It was announced today that actor John Mahoney had died after an illness.
You may wonder who Mr M is, except his death has been headline news all day.
He was, perhaps most famously, the father of Frasier and Niles Crane in one of the most wonderful comedy series ever from the USA. Yes, Marty Crane.
Now, John M was born in the UK. He had a long and distinguished acting career, and we had the pleasure of seeing him in The Man Who Came To Dinner some years ago. He was a leading light of the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.
But, of course, it was the Frasier role that made his name, I suppose, outside theatre circles. Marty Crane represented the old fashioned American values, a person stuck in his ways, a lover of routine. He loved his chair, his beer, his sport and his programmes. In real life, John Mahoney was much different from Marty Crane, but why wouldn’t he be?
A fine actor, will be much missed.