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John Mahoney, who played cranky dad Martin Crane on 'Frasier,' dies at 77

File: Actor John Mahoney attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles.
File: Actor John Mahoney attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles.
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File: Actor John Mahoney attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles.
File: Actors (l-r): John Mahoney as Martin Crane, David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane and Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon star in NBC's comedy series "Frasier." Episode: 'Mary Christmas' - Martin, Niles and Daphne open Christmas presents as they watch Frasier host the holiday parade.
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File: Actor John Mahoney attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles.
File: Actors John Mahoney and David Hyde Pierce perform at The Alzheimer's Association's 12th Annual "A Night at Sardi's" Grease themed celebrity fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 4, 2004 in Beverly Hills.
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File: Actor John Mahoney attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles.
File: "Frasier: Christmas in Washington." John Mahoney, Jane Leeves, Kelsey Grammer, Peri Gilpin and David Hyde Pierce in a 1999 publicity photo from NBC.
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File: Actor John Mahoney attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles.
File: Presenters John Mahoney and Jane Krakowski appear onstage at the 61st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2007 in New York City.
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File: Actor John Mahoney attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles.
File: Cast Members Of NBC comedy series "Frasier" Pictured: (L-R) Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon, David Hyde Pierce as Dr. Niles Crane, Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane, John Mahoney as Martin Crane, and Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle.
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File: Actor John Mahoney attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles.
File: John Mahoney as Jack in Sony Pictures Classics romantic comedy "The Broken Hearts Club."
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File: Actor John Mahoney attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles.
File: Kelsey Grammer, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, John Mahoney, Moose the Dog, and David Hyde Pierce stars in the NBC series "Frasier," as seen in an October 1999 publicity photo.
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File: Actor John Mahoney attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles.
File: John Mahoney during the Q&A session following the screening of "Flipped" at the Hilbert Circle Theatre on Aug. 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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File: Actor John Mahoney attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles.
File: Cast Members Of NBC comedy series 'Frasier.' Pictured: (L-R) Actors David Hyde Pierce As Dr. Niles Crane, Jane Leeves As Daphne Moon, John Mahoney As Martin Crane, Kelsey Grammer As Dr. Frasier Crane, Moose (Dog) As Eddie, And Peri Gilpin As Roz Doyle.
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File: Actor John Mahoney attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles.
File: Kelsey Grammer, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, John Mahoney, and David Hyde Pierce stars in the NBC series "Frasier," as seen in a 1999 publicity photo.
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A representative for John Mahoney says the actor known playing the cranky dad on "Frasier" has died. He was 77.

Mahoney's longtime manager, Paul Martino, said Monday that Mahoney died Sunday in Chicago after a brief hospitalization. The cause of death was not immediately announced.

Mahoney played Martin Crane, father of Kelsey Grammer's Frasier and David Hyde Pierce's Niles. The series, a hit spinoff of "Cheers," aired from 1993 to 2004.

Mahoney's recent roles included guest appearances on "Hot in Cleveland" and a 2015 episode of "Foyle's War."

The British-born Mahoney made Chicago his adopted hometown.