No Mr. Nice Guy Role for ‘Frasier’ Star John Mahoney
(l-r) Honeysuckle Weeks and John Mahony star in FOYLE'S WAR. ©Acorn TV. CR: Robert Viglasky.

(l-r) Honeysuckle Weeks and John Mahony star in FOYLE’S WAR. ©Acorn TV. CR: Robert Viglasky.

By ANGELA DAWSON

Front Row Features

HOLLYWOOD—For 11 seasons, John Mahoney played Martin “Marty” Crane, the retired police officer father to two neurotic adult sons in the TV comedy series “Frasier.” Shot while on duty, he lived with his older son, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer), a beautiful British caregiver, Daphne (Jane Leeves), and his beloved Jack Russell terrier, Eddie, Marty put up with foibles of his competitive, fussy psychologist sons.

After the award-winning series ended in 2004, Mahoney retuned to his first love, the theater. But he also has popped up from time to time in films (“Dan in Real Life”) and on TV, making guest appearances on shows including “Burn Notice,” “In Treatment,” and he has a recurring role as Betty White’s suitor in the sitcom “Hot in Cleveland.”

For “Frasier” fans, the snowy-haired actor will always be the lovable, down-to-earth Marty Crane. So when the opportunity arises to play against type, the British-born actor says he relishes it.

In the season premiere of the long-running British drama series, “Foyle’s War,” Mahoney gets to do just that. He plays Andrew Del Mar, an unscrupulous American oil tycoon and Nazi sympathizer. In this first of three episodes in this eighth and final season (known as Series 9 in the U.K.) starring Michael Kitchen as a Senior Intelligence Office with British spy agency MI5, the setting is post-World War II Britain. The government is dealing with intensifying Cold War matters with the Russians, the return of British soldiers to workforce, and the Nuremberg trials.

Mahoney’s episode, “High Castle,” premieres Monday, Feb. 2, on Acorn TV, the British TV network’s streaming service in North America. The remaining two episodes of the series streams Feb. 9 (“Trespass”) and Feb. 16 (“Elise”), respectively. Foyle’s War is created and written by renowned novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz, who also wrote the new Sherlock Holmes novel, “Moriarty,” and is currently writing a new James Bond novel.

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