Frasier’s Peri Gilpin Leads Tributes to Co-Star John Mahoney


Frasier star Peri Gilpin led tributes to John Mahoney after the actor’s death on Sunday (04Feb18).

The beloved actor, who portrayed Frasier Crane’s often-grumpy dad Martin on TV, was 77 when he passed away in a hospice in Chicago, Illinois.

Following the sad news of his death, Peri, who starred alongside John in Frasier as Roz Doyle, shared a picture of the actor singing at her wedding, and wrote: “Watch Moonstruck, Say Anything and/or Frasier or anything you can with him in it and raise a glass to John. Remember him well.”

Wendie Malick, whose character Ronee married Martin in the sitcom’s final episode, posted a picture of herself and John on set, and tweeted: “John Mahoney was not only a brilliant actor on stage & screen, but a perfect gentleman… ‘John, I glad I knew ye’ R.I.P.”

And Frasier casting director Jeff Greenberg wrote on his Twitter: “I’ve not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor. We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together.”

Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce, who played Frasier and brother Niles in the show, have yet to publicly comment on John’s death.

It wasn’t only Frasier stars who paid tribute to the late screen star, however. John Cusack, who starred alongside John in 1988 movie Eight Men Out and Say Anything the following year, tweeted: “He always said – it took him a long time to find out what he loved – and he loved performing – he was so happy to be there – he made everyone around him better and happier each day – blessed to know him.”

And Scrubs star Zach Braff, who co-starred with John in 2000 movie The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, wrote: “I was so honored to work with the legendary John Mahoney on The Broken Heart’s Club. I was so nervous because Say Anything is one of my favorite films ever. He could not have been a kinder man. #RIPJohnMahoney.”

John picked up a Screen Actors Guild award in 2000 for portraying Martin on Frasier, and was also nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes during his career. He also won a Tony Award in 1986 for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in John Guare’s American Playhouse: The House of Blue Leaves.