Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

David Kelly, R.I.P.

David Kelly, best known for his role in seventies British sitcom FAWLTY TOWERS, passed away on Monday after a short illness at the age of 82. In his long career which spanned over 50 years, the Irish stage, film and TV actor has appeared in many memorable roles including Grandpa Joe in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Rashers Tierney in STRUMPET CITY and his career defining role of the feckless incompetent builder Mr O'Reilly in FAWLTY TOWERS. "It was nine minutes on the screen of Fawlty Towers and I was signing autographs all over the world," he had said, The actor is also known for his naked bike ride in the 1998 comedy WAKING NED. "He was a hilarious man. He had an outlook on life that was slightly skewed and made you laugh all the time," according to his friend Niall Toibin. Kelly's last role came in the 2007 British film STARDUST, where he played a wall guard. He is also Albert Finney's chum in A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, 1993. The actor received a lifetime achievement award at the 2005 Irish Film and Television Awards.

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