Chicago – The actor John Mahoney
, the son of Chicago that came here from England, died on February 4th, 2018 at his home in nearby Oak Park. He was 77. He had a varied career of stage and screen roles, but he is best remembered as Dad Martin Crane
to sons Niles and “Frasier,” on that long running series.
He was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, and came to the U.S. because his sister was a war bride. She sponsored his emigration here, and after serving in the army graduated from downstate Quincy University. Post graduation, he was a teacher at Western Illinois University
and journal editor in Chicago, but a dissatisfaction for that life led him to acting lessons through members of the fledgling Steppenwolf Theatre
company. He joined that ensemble in the late 1970s, and had a hit play called “Orphans” that went to New York and put him on the map.