John Mahoney RIP

He was much more than Frasier’s dad, but here’s a clip from his favorite episode of that series. Open thread.






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    PST says:

    I saw Mahoney perform several times here in Chicago, most recently in 2015 at Steppenwolf. I had no idea until today that he grew up in England. I always thought of him as a local. Oddly enough, the play we saw that year, The Herd, takes place in London, and my wife and I both noticed that unlike the rest of the cast, Mahoney didn’t speak with a British accent. Very sorry to see him pass, especially since 77 doesn’t seem all that old to me anymore.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I knew him slightly and had dinner (in a group) with him a couple of times. Really nice guy. His health hadn’t been good for a while so we were expecting this news, but it’s still sad.

    @PST:

    He worked really hard to lose his accent. And the original Steppenwolf theater was in the basement of my (now-gone) Catholic school in Highland Park.

    (The Steppenwolfers who say it was in the basement of Immaculate Conception church in Highland Park are misremembering — it was in the basement of the adjacent parochial school, which is now condos.)

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    So many good character parts that I would see him in, a lot of times recognizing him in rematches after he blew up on Frazier

    @PST: I always wanted to see him on stage, sad I won’t now

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    PhoenixRising says:

    Moonstruck. “I’m too old for me; that’s my predicament.”

    Genius.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    We saw him in 2001 at the Geffen. He was good, but Lindsay Crouse blew everyone else off the stage.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I remember a story that Oprah wanted to have the whole cast of Frazier on during the last season, but he thought it was a silly idea and wouldn’t do it

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    He lived in Oak Park.

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    Tenar Arha says:

    This made me sad. The clip referenced in this tweet reminded me so much of my Dad (though there would have been more words & wordplay).

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    Always enjoyed his work, now I like him a whole lot more.

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    satby says:

    I always thought if my dad had lived long enough he would have been very much like Martin Crane. Mahoney wasn’t born there, but he was a Chicagoan through and through.

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    Tokyokie says:

    He was one of my favorite character actors, able to convey genuine warmth or quiet menace with equal ability, depending on the nature of the role.

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    OldDave says:

    Mahoney also voiced General Rogard in one of my favorite Brad Bird animations, “The Iron Giant”.

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    satby says:

    @Tenar Arha: That’s what I mean too, that’s so like my dad. Mahoney did that so well, and then could turn around and radiate menace in a role on Burn Notice.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @satby: Hi satby!

    This is said. He was one of thereat character actors. Now I want to find an episode of Burn Notice where he is a menace.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    That’s exactly why I was acquainted with him, but I really don’t want to get too specific online. If your email is back up, feel free to email me for exact OP locations.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Mnemosyne:
    No email until I can afford to repair or replace defunct iPad, but you can PM me through the FB messenger app. Now I’m intrigued!

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    PST says:

    @WaterGirl: if you want to see Mahoney radiate menace watch Primal Fear, a film with lots of Chicago color.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @satby: That was a fun show, and I was so happy when he turned up in that role.

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    PST says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    We saw him in 2001 at the Geffen. He was good, but Lindsay Crouse blew everyone else off the stage.

    Funny to see her name in this context. I was trying to think of times I saw Mahoney on stage, and one was a two man play with Mike Nussbaum, a great Chicago actor even older than him. Nussbaum was in the cast of House of Games with Lindsay Crouse, a movie with scenes that have stayed with me a long time.

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    John Revolta says:

    “Beer and pretzels, that’s our game, C-H-E-R-S!”

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @satby: ooh! Was he “Management”, by chance?

    (Been binge-watching “Burn Notice” because I am a huge Bruce Campbell freak, but been loving the rest of the casting!)

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    satby says:

    @WaterGirl: Hey lady! He was in the 2009 and 2010 season finales of Burn Notice, his character was referred to only as “Management”.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @satby: Right! I may have to take to watching that again. I wonder if it’s on Netflix.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Tenar Arha:
    He did make that show. Without him it would just have been 2 pompous idiots who wanted to be assholes but didn’t have the upbringing.

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    NotMax says:

    Liked him in “The House of Blue Leaves.” He won a Tony for that, IIRC.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @NotMax: Did he play Artie?

    (I actually played Bunny Flingus my sophomore year in high school. Looking back on it, I still can’t believe the administration let my drama teacher direct that play! Kind of racy for high school.)

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    oatler. says:

    Look for Ken Levine’s post tomorrow morning.
    http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/

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    NotMax says:

    Here he is in Star Trek: Voyager.

    Sort of.

    @

    Yup.

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    NotMax says:

    My bad. Fix.

    @Miss Bianca

    Yup.

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    Tehanu says:

    He was absolutely brilliant as William Faulkner in the Coen Bros. movie Barton Fink. I’m so sorry he’s gone, what a shame.

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    I never watched Frasier, but I liked him as Kid Gleason in Eight Men Out.

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    Mathguy says:

    He was great as the father in Say Anything.

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    mainmata says:

    So sad to hear. I loved his character on Frasier. Didn’t know about his other work. RIP.

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    John Revolta says:

    @Tehanu: Oh fuck, I TOTALLY MISSED THAT THAT WAS HIM!! Daaaammmmnnnnn………….

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    Skippy-san says:

    “There is never an egg timer around when you need one.”-from his role in The American President.

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    maurinsky says:

    I saw him in The House of Blue Leaves, also. What a great actor.

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