Actor/writer/director John Mahon has died at age 82 of natural causes at home in Los Angeles.
Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1938, Mr. Mahon overcame polio as a youngster and was left without the use of one arm as documented in his autobiography “A Life of Make Believe: From Paralysis to Hollywood”. Despite his handicap, John went on to a long career in film that began with a small, but important role, as the language lab director in The Exorcist who analyzed the recording of the possessed Regan and told Father Karras that the language on the tape was English spoken in reverse.
After The Exorcist, Mr. Mahon worked consistently in film, television, and theater until 2018. Horror fans would also recognize him from roles in Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs (1991) and David Fincher’s Zodiac (2007).
He is survived by his son Joseph and daughter Katharine.