Posts about John Mahoney
Frasier has been one of the shows I rewatch multiple times a year, as I rotate comedies at bedtime because of their easy lull into sleep.
"Freudian Sleep" is an episode that always sort of plays in the background for me, was never one of my favorites though.
But the last few times I've watched the final act that reveals Martin's dream sequence with his singing and dance number expressing how happy he is I've really realized it brings Martin's arc full circle from the pilot, where he is miserable, mean and unable to connect with his sons, much less a new partner. His relationship with Frasier and Niles is warm, loving and healed and he found someone he loves to share his nights with. It's almost like his story is completed officially even though he's the rest of the season obviously.
With John gone, something about the whole arc and performance moves me to tears now - every time.
RIP John Mahoney.
John Mahoney was only 15 years older than Kelsey Grammer. Do you think he looked old enough to play Frasier's dad?
Obviously, I'm glad they decided to cast him, because I can't imagine him being played by anybody else; buy I was surprised when I initially found out he was only 53 when the first episode aired. Thoughts?
I was watching Foyle's War on my Acorn TV subscription and found they have some lovely bonus content--including an interview with John Mahoney from season 9! Mostly questions about his life and overall work, but at the end he talks about Frasier and has some lovely things to say about the process, the writing, the core cast.
Including explaining that Kelsey, in general, would not learn his lines--unless the scene included acting opposite children or older people, and then he would commit to his scripted lines, so as not to confuse them; and that he (Mahoney) was the only one who wanted to end the show at 11 seasons.
He also says he primarily misses British food, while in America, so the final note says he was paid in bangers and mash for the interview.