Sad news out of聽the entertainment world this week. John Mahoney, best known for his role as Martin Crane on NBC鈥檚 long-running hit sitcom聽Frasier,聽has died at the age of 77.

Variety reports that Mahoney died on Sunday while in hospice care in Chicago. Most widely recognized as the face of聽Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce鈥檚 father on Frasier, Mahoney brought warmth to an otherwise grumpy, sarcastic character. The role earned him a SAG Award win and nominations for two Emmys and Golden Globes.

Most recently, Mahoney played Betty White鈥檚 suitor Roy on聽Hot in Cleveland. Many of his Hollywood peers took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the actor, who, by all accounts, was known as a kind and generous talent.

John Cusack, who starred in the聽1989 teen romantic comedy Say Anything聽with Mahoney, said that 鈥渁nytime you saw him you left feeling better.鈥

Other聽comedians recalled some of the celebrated actor鈥檚 memorable roles.

Zach Braff remembers the impact Mahoney had on him while making The Broken Hearts Club.

Frasier聽costar Peri Gilpin (who famously played Roz Doyle) shared a聽photo of Mahoney singing at her wedding. 鈥淩emember him well,鈥 she said.

Prior to becoming a theater actor in the late 1970s, Mahoney worked as an editor and, dissatisfied with his career, began taking acting classes at age 37. 鈥淕o do that thing you鈥檙e thinking about,鈥 actor John Ross Bowie said.

Our thoughts are with Mahoney鈥檚 friends and family.

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