On May 3rd, 2020 actor John Mahon died of natural causes at his home in Los, Angeles, California. Mahon was 82 years old at the time of his passing. Mahon was an actor, director, and writer. He was best known for his role in the movie L.A. Confidential.
His son Joseph Mahon made the announcement of his Father’s death.
Mahon would first appear in an Off-Broadway production by playwright/actor Jason Miller called “Nobody Hears A Broken Dream” in 1971. He would then go on to have a pivotal role (though small) in the cult-classic “The Exorcist.” Which also starred his friend Jason Miller.
Mahon went on to be well-known for being a famous character actor. With roles in films, such as Armageddon, L.A. Confidential, Zodiac, and the comedy Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Mahon would also go on to star in several hit TV series, including Star Trek: Enterprise, The X-Files, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Frasier, Angel, and Knotts Lansing.
His success on Broadway would continue as he would play a variety of characters. This included a role in the amazing story of King Richard III, which starred Al Pacino. Mahon then starred opposite actress Tammy Grimes in a touring production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Mahon produced his memoir in 2014 called A Life of Make Believe: From Paralysis to Hollywood. Mahon went into his childhood story about his bout of poliomyelitis or infantile paralysis, which left his left arm paralyzed for nine months. He never fully recovered the use of his left arm, and would become a trusted mentor to fellow actors with disabilities.
Mahon is survived by son Joseph and a daughter Katherine.
AEE sends our condolences to the Mahon Family. Mahon was a great actor and a better human being.
RIP Mr. John Mahon.