Saturday, 10 March 2012

DAVID KELLY - The Father

David Kelly (born 11th July, 1929 - died 12th February 2012) is an Irish actor sometimes credited as David Blake Kelly, who has been in regular film and television work since the 1950s.
The unusual looking David Kelly became a familiar face on British television during the 1970s with a long running role as the one armed dish washer Albert Riddle in Robin's Nest and the as inept builder Mr O'Reilly in the Fawlty Towers episode The Builders. Following his notable appearance as Michael O'Sullivan in the hit film Waking Ned, Kelly found work in small but noticeable roles in major films such Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Jigsaw Man, and Stardust. He has also acted extensively for radio, including a guest appearance on the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi.
Was un-credited for his role as the vicar in The Italian Job.
Kelly was married to actress Laurie Morton, who survives him, along with children David and Miriam. He died after a short illness on 12th February 2012, at the age of 82. The Irish Times referred to him as the "grand old man of Irish acting". A Catholic funeral mass took place on the 16th 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.

My David Kelly autograph display.

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