Tony Award-winner and Emmy Award-nominee John Mahoney portrays Frasier’s widowed father, Martin Crane in the top-rated comedy series Frasier.
Mahoney’s role as Martin Crane has most recently earned him a second Emmy nomination in 2003 for “Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.” His first Emmy nomination came in 1999, which was followed by a Golden Globe nomination in 2000.
Mahoney’s film work includes Tin Men, Moonstruck, Suspect, Reality Bites, The American President, The Hudsucker Proxy, Barton Fink, The Russia House, Frantic, Betrayed, Eight Men Out, Say Anything, Code of Silence, The Manhattan Project, Streets of Gold, Article 99, Striking Distance, In The Line of Fire, Primal Fear, She’s the One, The Broken Hearts Club, Almost Salinas and Fathers and Sons. His voice has been heard in such popular animated films as Antz, Iron Giant and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
Mahoney’s work in the theatre won him a Tony Award, a Clarence Derwent Award and a Drama Desk nomination for his portrayal of ’Artie Shaughnessy’ in the Broadway production of House of Blue Leaves. He was also honored with a Theatre World Award and a second Drama Desk nomination for his performance as ’Harold’ in the off-Broadway production of Orphans.
Born in Manchester, England, Mahoney developed an early interest in the stage. At the age of nineteen he moved to the United States where he served a brief stint in the U.S. Army. Mahoney then settled in Chicago where he still makes his home, and where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in English literature at Quincy College and a Master’s degree from Western Illinois University. He then took a position as an editor of medical trade publications for doctors and college professors.
However, at the age of 37, Mahoney decided it was time to pursue his life-long love for the theatre as a career. After watching some dramatic performances at Chicago’s St. Nicholas Theatre, co-founded by David Mamet, he enrolled in classes there. Later that year, Mamet cast him in the world premiere of The Water Engine. He hasn’t stopped working since.
Mahoney’s stage work includes The Subject Was Roses, Uncle Vanya, Death and the Maiden, Wrong Turn at Lungfish, The Man Who Came To Dinner, The Drawer Boy, Long Days Jouney Into Night, The HotHouse, Taking Steps, After the Fall and Death of a Salesman.
Mahoney has also appeared in numerous telefilms such as The 10 Million Dollar Getaway, Dinner at Eight, The Image, Favorite Son, Will, Listen to Your Heart, The Killing Floor, Through Naked Eyes, First Step and Dance of the Phoenix. His television series include H.E.L.P., Lady Blue, The Human Factor, Two Lumps of Ice and Buying a Landslide.