John Mahoney, star of many films over a distinguished career but probably best known for his role on Frasier as Frasier Crane’s father, retired Seattle cop Martin “Marty” Crane, passed away on Sunday. He was 77.
Terribly sad, this. Frasier is a huge favourite of mine. I can’t sleep without a DVD of some sort playing in the background and Frasier is to this day a nightly favourite among a handful of other shows. We probably watch the series in its eleven-season entirety at least twice a year. We know every word and, once you know a piece like that, the characters start to just feel like old friends in the room. If I’d had a dad worthy of the title, I would’ve been happy if he’d been anything like Marty Crane. Besides all that, John Mahoney was a canny character actor who brought something to every role, even if it was a cameo.