Mahoney was a hit with fans of the Emmy-winning "Cheers" spinoff, playing the recliner chair-bound patriarch to Fraiser Crane (Kelsey Grammer) and his brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce). The series aired from 1993 to 2004 and earned Mahoney two Emmy nominations for his role as the opinionated, fussy, and very likable Martin Crane. The late actor also was nominated for two Golden Globes for the role -- and he won a Screen Actors Guild award for playing Martin.
Born in England, Mahoney first discovered acting at the Stretford Children's Theater. He excelled as an actor with a successful theater career, and made his feature film debut in 1987's "Tin Men." Mahoney is arguably best known to movie fans for playing the father of Diane Court (Ione Skye) in Cameron Crowe's '80s classic, "Say Anything..."
Other feature film credits include the Coen Brothers' "Barton Fink," "In the Line of Fire," and "The American President."