Mary and I were watching Frasier last night, and during a commercial break I opened Instagram to this.
John Mahoney has died. The long time Oak Park resident was known for many roles on stage and screen, including his work at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. He played Martin Crane, Frasier and Niles’ father for 11 seasons on "Frasier." He died Sunday in Chicago after a brief hospitalization, his manager said. The cause of death was not immediately provided. He was 77.
What timing, huh?
It kind of hit us both, because he’s a favorite of ours, and a Chicago guy who was happiest when working onstage at the Steppenwolf Theater, which was started by a couple of other Chicago guys, one of them being Gary Sinise.
Here’s a news story that ran on WBBM-TV in Chicago last night.
Rest in peace, John Mahoney, and thanks for all the laughs.