Frank Kelly (1938 - 2016)

Frank Kelly, the actor who starred on the British sitcom “Father Ted,” died Sunday. He was 77.

The actor died exactly 18 years after the death of his “Father Ted” co-star Dermot Morgan. Kelly announced last November that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, although he said he would continue to act.

The Irish actor had a long career on stage, screen and television. His first film role was a small part in the movie "The Italian Job" in 1969 starring Michael Caine.

He was known best outside of Ireland for his role as the Rev. Jack Hackett on the comedy series “Father Ted,” which ran for three years from 1995 until 1998 on Channel 4. His character on the show was an offensively inappropriate priest who would yell out words like "Girls!" and "Drink!"


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He had a supporting role in the movie “Evelyn,” playing the father of Pierce Brosnan’s character. Kelly also released a comedy song in 1982 titled “Christmas Countdown,” which reached No. 8 on the Irish singles chart.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Bairbre, seven children and 17 grandchildren.

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