John Mahoney Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Height, Net Worth, Fast Facts

John Mahoney Wiki, Biography

John Mahoney (June 20, 1940 – February 4, 2018) was an English-American actor. He was known for playing Martin Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier (1993–2004), and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for the role in 2000. Mahoney started his career in Chicago as a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company alongside John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, and Laurie Metcalf. He received the Clarence Derwent Award as Most Promising Male Newcomer in 1986. Later that year, his performance in the Broadway revival of John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves earned him a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

Mahoney first became known for his roles in such films as John Patrick Shanley’s romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987), Barry Levinson’s comedy Tin Men, John Sayles’ sports drama Eight Men Out (1988), Cameron Crowe’s romantic drama Say Anything… (1989), the Coen brothers’ Barton Fink (1991), and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Clint Eastwood’s In the Line of Fire (1993), and Rob Reiner’s political romance The American President (1995). He additionally had voice roles in Antz (1998), The Iron Giant (1999), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), and Kronk’s New Groove (2005). In television, Mahoney also made appearances on Cheers, 3rd Rock from the Sun, ER, In Treatment, Hot in Cleveland, and Foyle’s War.

Charles John Mahoney was born in Blackpool, England on June 20, 1940, the seventh of eight children. His father, Reg, was a baker who played classical piano, and his mother, Margaret (née Watson), was a housewife who loved reading. His paternal grandfather was Irish. The family had been evacuated to Blackpool from their home city of Manchester when it was heavily bombed during the Second World War. Mahoney started school at St Joseph’s College. After the war, the family moved back to Manchester, where Mahoney grew up in the suburb of Withington and discovered acting at the Stretford Children’s Theatre. His parents’ marriage was not happy. They would not speak to each other for long periods of time—and when they did, it often led to heated arguments. The family situation, combined with the war, fueled Mahoney’s interest in acting and he vowed to leave Manchester.

Mahoney moved to the United States aged 18 in March 1959, when his older sister Vera (a war bride living in rural Illinois) agreed to sponsor him. He studied at Quincy University before joining the United States Army. After graduating from Quincy, he lived in Macomb, Illinois, and earned his Master’s degree in English from Western Illinois University, where he went on to teach English in the late 1960s before settling in Forest Park, Illinois, and later in Oak Park, Illinois. He became a U.S. citizen in 1971 and served as editor of a medical journal through much of the 1970s.

Mahoney made a concerted effort to lose his English accent after joining the U.S. Army, later stating that he felt that he did not want to “stand out” in his new adopted country. He spoke with an American accent for the rest of his life.

Full NameJohn Mahoney
Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthJune 20, 1940
Place Of BirthBispham, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Height1.73 m
EducationWestern Illinois University, Quincy University
NationalityAmerican, British
ParentsMargaret Mahoney, Reg Mahoney
SiblingsVera Mahoney
AwardsTony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (1986), Screen Actors Guild Award (2000)
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play (1986), Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2001)
Movies“Primal Fear” (1996), “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994), “Reality Bites” (1994), “The American President” (1995), “Primal Fear” (1996), “Tin Men” (1987)
TV Shows“Frasier” (1993-2004), “H.E.L.P.” (1990), “The Iron Giant” (1999), “The Simpsons” (2007), “Kronk`s New Groove” (2005), “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” (2001)

Mahoney lived in Oak Park, Illinois, and suffered from colon cancer in the mid-1980s. He was successfully treated for cancer again in 2014, and credited his love of acting and desire to continue it for giving him enough determination to survive both bouts, saying in October 2017: “I refused to yield to it because I love what I’m doing so much.”

Mahoney rarely spoke publicly about his private life, and he died without marrying or having any children. In 2002, he said, “I was never very mature in my relationships with women. First sign of conflict, I was gone. Wouldn’t discuss it, because I was afraid it would lead to an argument.” This stemmed from a fear of having an unhappy marriage like the one his parents had, though Mahoney did previously have “several long-term relationships”.

He was a Catholic who called Christianity “probably the most important facet of my life” and prayed “Most glorious blessed spirit, I thank you for all the gifts and talents that you’ve given me. Please help me to use all these gifts and talents to their fullest. And please accept this performance as a prayer of praise and thanks to you” before each of his performances. Mahoney would also say prayers upon waking up and before going to sleep daily, and would repeatedly pray “Dear God, please help me to treat everybody – including myself – with love, respect, and dignity.”

Mahoney died in a Chicago hospice on February 4, 2018, due to complications from throat cancer, originally diagnosed in 2014. He was 77 years old. According to his friend Anna D. Shapiro, “He was fragile and he was supposed to be having a routine procedure. But having just beat Stage 3 throat cancer, I think he was just too weak… by the time he did The Rembrandt [a play at Steppenwolf Theatre] he was clean of cancer… but other health issues came up and he was just too fragile.”

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