TODAY BRINGS THE sad news that actor Frank Kelly has passed away at the age of 77.
Best known for his portrayal of Fr Jack in Father Ted, Kelly has passed on the 18th anniversary of his Ted co-star, Dermot Morgan.
Morgan’s son Rob and Father Ted creator Graham Linehan are among those paying tribute to Kelly today:
While this simple cartoon by artist Darren Birdie sums up the sadness of his death:
A prolific actor and comedian and universally described as a gentleman, many fond memories of his best scenes and tributes to his kind nature are being shared.
Kelly’s turn as the brick and drink-loving Father Jack Hackett stands out for many as his seminal role:
While his classic and hilarious take on The 12 Days of Christmas is also a favourite:
There are also plenty of people planning a Father Ted marathon and maybe a ‘drink’ in Kelly’s (and Morgan’s) honour.
Last October it was reported that Kelly was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. He survived bowel cancer in 2011 and was treated for skin cancer last year.
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