When John Mahoney passed away in February 2018, tributes flooded in from co-stars, fellow celebrities and fans of the Frasier star. After the actor’s death, however, the full extent of the health problems he battled behind the scenes became abundantly clear.
And if there was ever someone who proved that it’s never too late to turn your life around, it was Mahoney. Indeed, while many performers typically begin their entertainment careers at young ages, the much-loved British actor didn’t start acting until his late 30s.
Mahoney was born back in 1940, however, during a period when war raged across Europe. Specifically, he came into the world in the English seaside resort of Blackpool; his family had fled there from Manchester after Nazi bombing had devastated their home town.