David Kelly (actor)

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David Kelly
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Born(1929-07-11)11 July 1929
Died12 February 2012(2012-02-12) (aged 82)
Goatstown, Dublin, Ireland
Resting place Mount Venus Cemetery, Rockbrook, Rathfarnham, County Dublin, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Education Synge Street CBS
Alma mater The Abbey School of Acting
OccupationActor
Years active1951–2012
Notable work
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , Waking Ned , The Jigsaw Man , Stardust , Into the West
Television Robin's Nest , Fawlty Towers , Strumpet City , Emmerdale Farm, Glenroe
Spouse(s)
Laurie Morton
(m. 1961;died 2012)
Children2
AwardsHelen Hayes Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Lifetime Achievement Award

David Kelly (11 July 1929 – 12 February 2012) was an Irish actor who had regular roles in several film and television works from the 1950s onwards. One of the most recognisable voices and faces of Irish stage and screen, [1] Kelly was known for his roles as Rashers Tierney in Strumpet City , Cousin Enda in Me Mammy , the builder Mr O'Reilly in Fawlty Towers , and Grandpa Joe in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). Another notable role was as Michael O'Sullivan in Waking Ned Devine . [2]

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Early life and career

Kelly was born 11 July 1929 in Dublin, Ireland, [3] [4] and educated at Dublin's Synge Street CBS Christian Brothers school. [5] He began acting at the age of eight at the city's Gaiety Theatre, [3] and trained at The Abbey School of Acting. [5] As a backup career, he additionally trained as a draughtsman and calligrapher, [5] and also learned watercolour art. [3] He appeared onstage in the original production of Brendan Behan's The Quare Fellow , and gained his first major career attention in Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape at the Dublin's Abbey Theatre in 1959. [6] By then he had made his screen debut in a small part in director John Pomeroy's 1958 film noir Dublin Nightmare . [5]

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One of his first television appearances was on RTE in "O'Dea's your Man" (1964) in which he played the part of Ignatius opposite Jimmy O'Dea. He went on to become a familiar face on British television with the BBC comedy Me Mammy , opposite Milo O'Shea and Anna Manahan. He went on to often-memorable guest roles on such series as Oh Father! , Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width , and On the Buses , and particularly during the 1970s with a long-running role as the one-armed dishwasher Albert Riddle in the Man About the House spin-off Robin's Nest . [6] He also had a regular long running role alongside Bruce Forsyth in both series of the comedy Slingers Day from 1986 to 1987.

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In Ireland, he may be most famous for his portrayal of the character "Rashers" Tierney in the 1980 RTÉ miniseries Strumpet City , [3] which starred Peter O'Toole, Cyril Cusack and Peter Ustinov. He went on to have starring roles in television shows such as Emmerdale Farm in the 1980s and Glenroe in the 1990s, as well as playing the grandfather in Mike Newell's film Into the West (1992).

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Later life and death

Kelly was married to actress Laurie Morton, who survived him, along with children David and Miriam. [8] He died after a short illness on 12 February 2012 [3] [9] at age 82. The Irish Times referred to him as the "grand old man of Irish acting". [3] A Catholic funeral mass took place on 16 February 2012, at the Church of the Miraculous Medal, in the actor's home town of Dublin. Kelly was cremated at Mount Jerome Cemetery and Crematorium. [10]

Awards and honours

Kelly won a 1991 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production, for a Kennedy Center revival of The Playboy of the Western World . [11] As well, he earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for the 1998 film Waking Ned . [12]

In 2005, Kelly won the Irish Film & Television Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award, in addition to earning a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory . [13]

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