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Frank Kelly obituary

28 February 2016 7:05 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Veteran stage and screen actor best known for playing the ranting, drunken Father Jack in the Channel 4 television comedy Father Ted

The actor Frank Kelly was best known as Father Jack Hackett, the demented, drunken old cleric bellowing “Drink! Girls! Arse! Feck!” from his armchair in the priests’ house on Craggy Island. But there was far more to Kelly, who has died aged 77. He had been a versatile television and radio star, stage actor, writer, satirist and singer in Ireland for more than 20 years before his breakthrough role in the classic Channel 4 series Father Ted (1995-98), written by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews.

A gentle, urbane and analytical person, Kelly once told me: “Father Ted is not a lampoon of the church at all. It’s a dysfunctional little family, and it’s a very convenient umbrella to bring these people together under. Ted is a guy who »

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Frank Kelly, Father Ted's foul-mouthed priest, dies aged 77

28 February 2016 5:23 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Irish actor had celebrated acting career on stage and screen including much-loved turn as Father Jack in Channel 4 sitcom

Actor Frank Kelly, best known for his role as the foul-mouthed priest Father Jack in the sitcom Father Ted, has died aged 77.

Kelly, who survived bowel cancer in 2011 and underwent treatment for skin cancer in 2014, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last year.

Rip Frank Kelly. You made us laugh a lot.

Sad news about Frank Kelly. I know Father Ted was the thing everyone knew him for. I worked with him on The Deal and he was such a great guy

Goodbye Frank Kelly, you will be sorely missed. x #Emmerdale

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