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 Posted:   Feb 6, 2018 - 11:20 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In the Coen Brothers film BARTON FINK, a black comedy of 1940's Hollywood, a renowned New York playwright, "Barton Fink" (John Turturro), is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. John Mahoney played a famous Southern novelist, "W. P. 'Bill' Mayhew." Barton’s hairstyle and eyeglasses were reportedly inspired by Jewish playwright George S. Kaufman, while John Mahoney’s character was somewhat modeled after William Faulkner. Joel Coen directed the 1991 film. Carter Burwell's score was released by TVT Records.

 Posted:   Feb 6, 2018 - 11:32 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

John Mahoney starred in another television series, "The Human Factor", which was given a Spring 1992 try-out by CBS. In this medical drama, Mahoney played "Dr. Alec McMurtry." As with Mahoney's earlier series, the executive producer was Dick Wolf. Only eight episodes of "The Human Factor" were produced, and three of those never aired.

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 12:34 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Wolfgang Petersen's IN THE LINE OF FIRE saw Clint Eastwood as a Secret Service agent protecting the President (Jim Curley). John Mahoney plays Secret Service director "Sam Campagna" in the 1993 film. Ennio Morricone's score was released by Epic Records.

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 12:47 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In STRIKING DISTANCE, Bruce Willis plays "Tom Hardy," a cop looking for the killer of his father, "Captain Vince Hardy" (John Mahoney), who died in the line of duty. When shooting their scenes as father and son, Mahoney found himself without Bruce Willis when it came time to shoot his close-ups. Since the two had to play off each other, Mahoney ended up shooting them with the script supervisor taking Willis' place. Rowdy Herrington directed this 1993 drama. Brad Fiedel provided the unreleased score.

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, Tim Robbins is "Norville Barnes," an innocent from Muncie, IN, who arrives in New York and gets a job in the mail room of giant, heartless Hudsucker Industries. The next day, he is its president. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays a smart-talking girl reporter named "Amy Archer," who poses as Norville's secretary to get the story. John Mahoney is Leigh's fast-talking editor, willing to do anything for a splashy headline. This was Mahoney's second film for the Coen Brothers, with Joel and Ethan co-directing the 1994 film. Carter Burwell's score was released by Varese Sarabande.

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 1:15 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

REALITY BITES was star-director Ben Stiller's comedy-drama about documentary filmmaker "Lelaina Pierce" (Winona Ryder) and her fellow Gen-X graduates facing life after college, looking for work and love in Houston. John Mahoney has a memorable cameo as "Grant Gubler," a disgruntled TV show host. None of Karl Wallinger's score ended up on the RCA song-track CD that was released. A Tenth Anniversary Edition only added more songs.

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 11:58 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In September 1993, John Mahoney began his role on the NBC situation comedy "Fraiser". The show followed psychiatrist "Dr. Frasier Crane" (Kelsey Grammer), who returns to his home town of Seattle, Washington, following the end of his marriage and his life in Boston (as seen in the sitcom "Cheers," which had ended its 11-year run in May 1993). His plans for a new life as a bachelor are challenged when he is obliged to take in his father, "Martin" (John Mahoney), a retired Seattle Police Department detective, who has mobility problems after being shot in the line of duty during a robbery.

Frasier hires "Daphne Moon" (Jane Leeves) as Martin's live-in physical therapist and caregiver, and tolerates Martin's dog "Eddie." Frasier frequently spends time with his younger brother "Niles" (David Hyde Pierce), a fellow psychiatrist. Frasier hosts The Dr. Frasier Crane Show, a call-in psychiatry show on talk radio station KACL. His producer "Roz Doyle" (Peri Gilpin) is working class, has cheap tastes and, at least early in the series, has superficial relationships with many men. However, Roz and Frasier share a professional respect, and over time, they become best friends. Also at the station is "Bob 'Bulldog' Briscoe" (Dan Butler), the male chauvinist, horny, boastful host of a sports radio talk show that follows Frasier's daily broadcast. Frasier and the others often visit the local coffee shop, Café Nervosa.

During the eighth season of "Cheers," Kelsey Grammer made a deal with former "Cheers" producers David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee that they would do a new series together once "Cheers" ended. Once it became clear that the 11th season would be the last, the group began working on their next series together.

Grammer did not originally want to continue playing Frasier Crane, but after considering other concepts, he ultimately agreed to star in a "Cheers" spin-off. The producers set the new show as far from Boston as possible to prevent NBC from demanding that other characters from the old show make guest appearances on the new show during its first season.

Taking an unused idea they had for a "Cheers" episode, they conceived of the psychiatrist working in a radio station surrounded by "wacky, yet loveable" characters. After realizing that such a setting resembled "WKRP in Cincinnati," the creators decided to emphasize Frasier's home life, which "Cheers" had rarely explored. Lee thought of his own experiences with "the relationship between an aging father and the grown-up son he never understood" and thought it would be a good theme for "Frasier." Although Frasier had mentioned on "Cheers" that his father, a research scientist, had died, they decided to overlook the discrepancy (which they attempted to explain in a second-season episode).

The cast of "Frasier" (l. to r.): Dan Butler, Peri Gilpin, David Hyde Pierce, Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, and John Mahoney

"Martin Crane" was based on creator Peter Casey's father, who spent 34 years with the San Francisco Police Department. The creators suggested to NBC that they would like to cast someone like Mahoney, to which NBC told them that if they could get Mahoney, they could hire him without auditions. Both Grammer and the producers contacted Mahoney, with the producers flying to Chicago to show Mahoney the pilot script over dinner. Upon reading the script, Mahoney accepted. Grammer, who lost his father as a child, and the childless Mahoney immediately built a close father-son relationship. In a final season interview, John Mahoney said the first offer he received to play Martin Crane consisted of a phone call from Kelsey Grammer, in which he asked, "Will you be my Dad?"

Although playing his father, Mahoney was only fifteen years older than Grammer. Because of this, Grammer was asked to shave the beard he had grown during the final season of "Cheers," because the producers felt he wouldn't look young enough to be John Mahoney's son.

In discussing Martin's nurse, Warren Littlefield of NBC suggested she be English instead of Hispanic and suggested Leeves for the role. Grammer was initially reluctant, as he thought the casting made the show resemble "Nanny and the Professor," but approved Leeves after a meeting and read-through with her. Mahoney and Leeves quickly bonded over their shared English heritage; Mahoney is originally from Manchester, where Leeves' character is from.

Martin Crane's dog, "Eddie," was played by a dog named Moose, who, John Mahoney noted, got more fan mail than any of the human cast members. In order to persuade Moose to lick Mahoney's face when required for a scene, Mahoney's face first had to be discreetly smeared with liver pâté.

David Hyde Pierce has said that, prior to this series, he had no strong interest in wine or opera. Ironically, he was introduced to both by John Mahoney, whose Martin Crane character eschews anything cultured.

John Mahoney continued to live full time in his hometown of Chicago, commuting between there and Los Angeles for his work on the series. Mahoney said that such continual back and forth travel came to be the only negative he had in doing the series.

"Frasier" was an immediate hit, coming in as the seventh most watched show during its initial 1993-94 season. The show remained in the top ten ranking during all of its 11 seasons, peaking at No. 1 during its seventh season (1999-2000). John Mahoney was nominated for an Emmy Award as "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" in 1999 and 2003. In 1999, he lost to fellow cast mate David Hyde Pierce, and in 2003 he lost to Brad Garrett for "Everybody Loves Raymond." "Fraiser" ended in May 2004, after 264 episodes.

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT is a comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. President (Michael Douglas) and a lobbyist (Annette Bening) who fall in love. John Mahoney has a small role as "Leo Solomon." Rob Reiner directed the 1995 film. Marc Shaiman's score was released by MCA.

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

PRIMAL FEAR is about an altar boy (Edward Norton, in his motion picture debut) who is accused of murdering a priest. He is defended by attorney "Martin Vail" (Richard Gere), who goes up against prosecutor "Janet Venable" (Laura Linney). John Mahoney co-stars as Janet's smirky boss "John Shaughnessy." Gregory Hoblit directed this 1996 crime drama. James Newton Howard's score was released by Milan, and expanded in 2016 by La-La Land.

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In the 1996 comedy-drama SHE'S THE ONE, the love lives of two brothers, "Mickey" (Edward Burns) and "Francis" (Michael McGlone), interconnect as Francis cheats on his wife (Jennifer Anniston) with Mickey's ex-girlfriend (Cameron Diaz), while Mickey impulsively marries a stranger (Maxine Bahns). John Mahoney plays the brothers' small-minded father, "Mr. Fitzpatrick." Edward Burns also wrote and directed the film. The film's music was by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and was released by Warner Bros.

Part of the cast of SHE'S THE ONE (l. to r.): John Mahoney, Maxine Bahns, Edward Burns, Michael McGlone

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In the 1998 animated film ANTZ, John Mahoney voiced the character of "Grebs." Eric Darnell and Tim Johnson directed the film. The score by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell was released by Angel Records.

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In his second animated film, Mahoney was the voice of "General Rogard" in THE IRON GIANT, about a young boy (Elie Marienthal) who befriends a giant robot from outer space (Vin Diesel) that a paranoid government agent (Christopher McDonald) wants to destroy. Brad Bird directed this non-Pixar film. Michael Kamen's score was released by Varese Sarabande, with a separate song-track CD issued by Rhino.

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 3:19 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Another voiceover opportunity for John Mahoney came in the 2001 Disney animated film ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE. Mahoney played "Preston B. Whitmore," a rich recluse who's put together a large team to search for Atlantis, led by a military commander (James Garner) who may have ulterior motives. Lloyd Bridges was originally cast and recorded as Whitmore, but he died before completing the film. Mahoney's zest and vigor led to Whitmore's personality being re-worked for the film. Mahoney stated that doing voice work was "freeing", and allowed him to be "big" and "outrageous" with his character. Mahoney also voiced his character in an accompanying video game, and in a 2003 made-for-video sequel, ATLANTIS: MILO'S RETURN. Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise directed the film. James Newton Howard's score was released by Walt Disney Records.

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

John Mahoney's final feature film role came in his second film for director Rob Reiner, FLIPPED. In the film, romance blossoms for middle-schooler "Juli" (Madeline Carroll) and boy-across-the-street "Bryce" (Callan McAuliffe) after they start out as friends. Mahoney played Bryce's kindly grandfather, "Chet Duncan." Marc Shaiman's score for the 2010 film has not had a release.

Madeline Carroll and John Mahoney

John Mahoney and Callan McAuliffe

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

John Mahoney was a fine character actor who latched on to a role, "Martin Crane" in Frasier, for which he will be long remembered. Thanks John, for that and all your other wonderful work.

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2018 - 6:55 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

Thank you so much Bob DiMucci, for your wonderful obituary, and to everyone who shared their memories!

And to you John Mahoney, RIP...

 Posted:   Feb 8, 2018 - 8:22 AM   
 By:   theMaestraX   (Member)

Thanks for the memories MARTIN CRANE - R.I.P John Mahoney!

Memories indeed - Attended a live recording of FRASIER in 2003 it was a Christmas Special;
the one where Frasier mentions 'Hungarian Goose'. plus everything else!

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