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Entertainment Remembering John Mahoney, Beyond ‘Frasier’

20:32  06 february  2018
20:32  06 february  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

John Mahoney, the Cantankerous Dad on 'Frasier,' Dies at 77

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John Mahoney , right, with Kelsey Grammer, who played his son, on " Frasier ."CreditParamount.

Even a casual viewer of the NBC sitcom “ Frasier ” would know that the actor John Mahoney , who died on Monday at 77, had range. It should come as no surprise, then, that Mr. Mahoney ’s work beyond “ Frasier ” was equally versatile and nuanced.

a group of people standing next to a man: Mr. Mahoney with Annie Parisse and Alan Tudyk in the 2007 Broadway revival of © Sara Krulwich/The New York Times Mr. Mahoney with Annie Parisse and Alan Tudyk in the 2007 Broadway revival of "Prelude to a Kiss."

Even a casual viewer of the NBC sitcom “Frasier” would know that the actor John Mahoney, who died on Monday at 77, had range.

As Martin Crane, the lovably grumpy, blue-collar father to the snobby Frasier and Niles, he hit many notes during the series’ run from 1993 to 2004 — sometimes all in the same episode. He played sarcastic, cutting his sons’ pretensions down to size. He did reserved, as a counterpoint to their voluble self-analysis. He even delivered warmth, when reminding Frasier and Niles of the importance of unfussy stuff like family and beer.

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Even a casual viewer of the NBC sitcom “ Frasier ” would know that the actor John Mahoney , who died on Monday at 77, had range. It should come as no surprise, then, that Mr. Mahoney ’s work beyond “ Frasier ” was equally versatile and nuanced.

Remembering John Mahoney , Beyond ‘ Frasier ’.

As Joe Keenan, a “Frasier” executive producer and writer, put it, Mr. Mahoney’s character was the “moral center” of the show.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Mr. Mahoney’s work beyond “Frasier” was equally versatile and nuanced. His theatrical breakthrough came in 1985, as a mobster in “Orphans” at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater Company, where he remained a longtime ensemble member. (The Chicago Tribune said his role in the company’s 2008 production of Conor McPherson's “The Seafarer” was perhaps his “most devastating performance.”)

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06.02.2018. John Mahoney colored his performances with an Everyman charm and a touch of melancholy.

John Mahoney , right, with Kelsey Grammer, who played his son, on " Frasier ."CreditParamount. It should come as no surprise, then, that Mr. Mahoney ’s work beyond “ Frasier ” was equally versatile and nuanced.

In those parts, as well as memorable turns in “Moonstruck,” “Say Anything…,” and “Prelude to a Kiss,” Mr. Mahoney colored his performances with an Everyman charm and a touch of melancholy.

‘The House of Blue Leaves’

In this 1986 revival of John Guare’s black comedy about a working-class Queens neighborhood in 1965, Mr. Mahoney has his hands full with the competing demands of his mentally unstable wife (Swoosie Kurtz) and his mistress (Stockard Channing), who wants to elope to California. The Times’s chief theater critic Ben Brantley saw that production and, in an email, called Mr. Mahoney’s performance “heart-melting.” As a zoo keeper with dreams of becoming a songwriter, Mr. Mahoney was “eager and pathetic, and so obviously unmatched to his big aspirations,” Mr. Brantley wrote.

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‘Moonstruck’

In his brief appearance as a philandering professor in this 1987 film, Mr. Mahoney steals a scene from no less than Olympia Dukakis. She suspects her husband is cheating on her, and after a young woman at the next table throws a glass of water in Mr. Mahoney’s face, Ms. Dukakis guesses that Mr. Mahoney might know why men chase women. In his touching answer, Mr. Mahoney is at once pathetic and winsome.

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Remembering John Mahoney , the Frasier Star With the Perpetual Twinkle in His Eye. By Jen Chaney. John Mahoney as Martin Crane on Frasier . Photo: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images.

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‘Say Anything…’

In Cameron Crowe’s 1989 film “Say Anything...,” Mr. Mahoney is introduced as the protective, morally upright father of Diane Court (Ione Skye), the dream girl of John Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler. Mr. Mahoney’s unamused disapproval of Lloyd’s kickboxing ambitions made the dinner scene a classic. But Mr. Mahoney reveals something more sinister, and complex, when he is discovered to be stealing money from patients in his nursing home, and his daughter has to decide whether his seeming trustworthiness has really been an act.

‘Prelude to a Kiss’

In the 2007 revival of Craig Lucas’s romantic fantasy, a fateful kiss causes the beautiful young Rita, on the day of her wedding to Peter, to switch souls with a sad-eyed old man, played by Mr. Mahoney. The fanciful plot leads to some absurd scenes, such as Mr. Mahoney trying to fold himself onto Peter’s chair as a lithe Rita would. But it also brings about a long, mournful monologue from Mr. Mahoney, which, Charles Isherwood wrote in The Times, “leaves a heart-rending afterglow.”

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‘In Treatment’

Over the course of seven episodes for this HBO series in 2009, Mr. Mahoney played Walter, an efficient, serious chief executive who seeks help for his panic attacks from the psychologist Paul, played by Gabriel Byrne. Walter wants a quick fix. But Paul pushes Walter to recognize his anxiety’s connection to his brother’s death decades ago. Watch Walter’s wrenching moment of understanding here.

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