Actor David Kelly

February 13, 2012 by staff 

Actor David Kelly, Kelly also played a vicar in The Italian Job
Irish stage and screen actor David Kelly, known for films like Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has died aged 82.

Dublin-born Kelly also played feckless builder Mr O’Reilly in Fawlty Towers but is perhaps best remembered for riding a motorbike n*ked in the comedy Waking Ned.

He earned a Screen Actors’ Guild nomination for the 1998 film.

Kelly was married to actor Laurie Morton and had two children.

His friend, Ballykissangel star Niall Toibin, told the Press Association: “He was a hilarious man. He had an outlook on life that was slightly skewed and made you laugh all the time.”

He praised Kelly’s “wicked sense of humour”.

In a 50-year career, Kelly’s roles ranged from the dramatic to the comedic.

In his native Ireland, he is well known for the historical drama mini-series Strumpet City, which starred co-starred Peter O’Toole and Peter Ustinov.

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