82 (passed away Feb. 13th, 2012)
Jul. 11th, 1929
David Kelly's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Stardust
2005 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2004 - Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
2004 - The Calcium Kid
2004 - Laws of Attraction
2001 - Greenfingers
2001 - Mean Machine
2000 - Ordinary Decent Criminal
1997 - The MatchMaker
1992 - Into The West
1986 - Pirates
1985 - Stryker's War
1970 - The McKenzie Break
1969 - The Italian Job
Guest TV Roles
David William Kelly (Irish: Dáithí Ó Ceallaigh; 11 July 1929 – 12 or 13 February 2012; sources differ) 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, Kelly was known to Irish audiences for his role as Rashers Tierney in Strumpet City, to British audiences for his roles as Cousin Enda in Me Mammy and as the builder Mr. O'Reilly in Fawlty Towers, and to American audiences for his role as Grandpa Joe in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Another notable role was as Michael O'Sullivan in Waking Ned.
He became a familiar face on British television beginning in the 1960s with the BBC comedy Me Mammy, opposite Milo O'Shea and Anna Manahanwith. 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. He gained some of his greatest recognition worldwide in 1975, playing the inept builder Mr. O'Reilly on the second episode of Fawlty Towers ("The Builders"). Kelly was in the voice cast of The Light Princess, a partly animated, hour-long family fantasy that aired on the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1978.
IPersonal lifeKelly was married to actress Laurie Morton. He was outlived by her and by children David and Miriam.
Death He died after a short illness on 12 or 13 February 2012 (sources vary) at age 82. The Irish Times referred to him as the "grand old man of Irish acting". His funeral took place in Dublin on 16 February 2012. Kelly was laid to rest at Mount Jerome Cemetery & Crematorium.
- Has a dog named Max.
- First class watercolour painter.
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