John Mahoney was an actor known for his role as the cranky, blue-collar dad to pompous sons Frasier and Niles on the TV sitcom “Frasier.” He died Feb. 4 in Chicago after a brief hospitalization, his manager said. The cause of death was not immediately provided. He was 77. Mahoney was a two-time Emmy nominee for his portrayal of Martin Crane in “Frasier,” the hit “Cheers” spinoff that aired from 1993 to 2004. He won a 1986 Tony Award for “The House of Blue Leaves.” He worked steadily in movies, including such films as “Say Anything,” “The American President,” “Eight Men Out” and “Tin Men.”
John Gavin was an actor who appeared in such films as “Spartacus” and “Psycho” before forsaking acting to become President Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to Mexico. He died Feb. 9 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 86. Gavin played Julius Caesar in “Spartacus” and Janet Leigh’s divorced lover, Sam Loomis, in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic “Psycho.” He later made guest appearances on “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island” and other television series. He was appointed ambassador to Mexico in 1981 and served until 1986. He was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1971 to 1973.
Reg E. Cathey was an actor whose roles on such television shows as “House of Cards” and “The Wire” won him legions of fans and an Emmy Award. He died Feb. 9 in New York. The cause was not given. He was 59. Cathey won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2015 for his portrayal of barbecue pit owner Freddy Hayes in the Netflix series “House of Cards.” He played a Baltimore political operative in “The Wire” and a warden in “Oz,” both on HBO. He also had roles in network TV series such as “Law & Order” and “30 Rock,” and in movies including “Fantastic Four,” “Hands of Stone” and “American Psycho.”
Mickey Jones was a drummer who toured with Bob Dylan and recorded with Kenny Rogers before becoming a character actor in movies and on television shows. He died Feb. 7. He was 76. Jones was the drummer on Dylan’s storied 1966 world tour. His many television credits included “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Rockford Files,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “M.A.S.H,” “Home Improvement” and “Justified.” He was also seen in “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Starman,” “Sling Blade” and other movies.
Lin Bolen was the highest-ranking woman in television in the early 1970s when she was the executive in charge of NBC’s daytime programming. She died Jan. 18 in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 76. Bolen was just 31 in 1972 when she was appointed director of daytime programs at NBC, putting her in charge of the network’s collection of soap operas and game shows. A year later she was given the title of vice president for daytime programs. She held that job until forming her own production company in 1976.
Johann Johannsson was an award-winning composer and producer who combined classical sounds and modern electronics on the acclaimed soundtracks to “The Theory of Everything” and “Sicario.” He was found dead Feb. 9 at his Berlin apartment. More details were not immediately available. He was 48. Johannsson won a Golden Globe and received Grammy and Oscar nominations for his score for “The Theory of Everything,” the 2014 film about physicist Stephen Hawking. He also received an Oscar nomination for the 2015 movie “Sicario.”
Compiled from news service reports by Chris Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org.