Tributes have been paid to the Blackpool-born actor who died in Chicago on Sunday

British-born actor John Mahoney, who starred as Martin Crane in hit US sitcom Frasier, has died, his manager said.

The 77-year-old, who appeared in the long-running series for 11 years, died in Chicago on Sunday.

John Mahoney earned legions of fans and a Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of the cranky retired detective and army veteran Marty, father of Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier.

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Frasier cast members after winning the 1998 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy – from left, Dan Butler, John Mahoney, Peri Gilpin, Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce (Reed Saxon/AP)

 

The sitcom’s casting director, Jeff Greenberg, tweeted: “I’ve not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor. We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together.”

US actress Peri Gilpin, who appeared alongside him throughout Fasier’s 263 episodes, tweeted a picture of John singing at her wedding, adding: “Watch Moonstruck, Say Anything and/or Frasier or anything you can with him in it and raise a glass to John. Remember him well.”

As well as his celebrated turn in Frasier, John also appeared in films including the Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink and performed as a voice actor and narrator.

He most recently appeared on TV screens in 2015, when he portrayed businessman Andrew Del Mar in an episode of ITV drama Foyle’s War.