John Mahoney

John Mahoney

77 (passed away Feb. 4th, 2018)
Jun. 20th, 1940
Born in
Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
173 cm

John Mahoney's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Frasier TV Show
In Treatment TV Show
In Treatment
Gary the Rat TV Show
Gary the Rat
Chicago Story TV Show
Chicago Story
The Human Factor TV Show
The Human Factor

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


John Mahoney is an award-winning American actor who was born during the Battle of Britain in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. The seventh of eight children, Mahoney's family had been evacuated to the sea-side resort to avoid the Nazi bombing of their native Manchester. The Macunian Mahoneys eventually returned to Manchester during the war. Visiting the States to see his older sister, a "war bride" who had married an American, the young Mahoney decided to emigrate and was sponsored by his sister. He eventually won his citizenship by serving in the U.S. Army.

Long interested in acting, Mahoney didn't actually make the transition to his craft until he was almost 40 years old. Mahoney took acting classes at the St. Nicholas Theater and finally built up the courage to quit his day job and pursue acting full time, John Malkovich, one of the founders of the Second City's distinguished Steppenwolf Theatre, encouraged Mahoney to join Steppenwolf. In 1986, Mahoney won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves (1987) (TV).

Mahoney made his feature film debut in 1980, but he is best known for playing the role of the father of the eponymous character "Frasier" (1993) from 1993 until 2004. He is concentrating on stage work back in Chicago and has appeared on Broadway in 2007 in a revival of Prelude to a Kiss (1992).

  • He was nominated for a 1984 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "The Hothouse" at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
  • He joined the ensemble at Steppenwolf Theatre in 1979 and has appeared in over 20 productions there, including "The Dresser," "I Never Sang For My Father," "The Drawer Boy," "Balm in Gilead," "Orphans," "Of Mice and Men," "Born Yesterday," "The Song of Jacob Zulu," "Death and the Maiden." "Supple in Combat," and "The Man Who Came to Dinner". He made his Steppenwolf directing debut in 1994 with "Talking Heads".
  • Has appeared in episodes of three different series with 'Ted Danson' (qv): _"Cheers" (1982)_ (qv), _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv) and _"Becker" (1998)_ (qv).
  • He was nominated for a 2004 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "I Never Sang for My Father" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
  • He and 'David Hyde Pierce' (qv) play the father and brother, respectively, of 'Kelsey Grammer' (qv) on 'Fraiser (1993)(TV)'. In 1997, Pierce again played Grammer's brother, this time by playing Sideshow Bob'Cecil on _The Simpsons (1989)(TV) s brother'. To complete the joke, a decade later, Pierce reprised his role on another episode of The Simpsons, this time with Mahoney as father to them both.
  • Met actor 'John Malkovich' (qv) in a Chicago acting class, who encouraged him to join the Steppenwolf theater company.
  • While approaching middle age, he finally decided to become an actor by quitting his job as a medical journalist and enrolling in acting classes at the St. Nicholas Theater, which has since closed.
  • He was nominated for a 1980 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in "Death of a Salesman" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.

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