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Gerard Parkes, Beloved Fraggle Rock Actor, Dies at 90

21 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Gerard Parkes, the Dublin-born actor best known for playing the sole human character, Doc, on Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock, died on Oct. 19 in his retirement home in Toronto, Canada. He was 90 years old. Parkes was born in Ireland in 1924, and he moved to Canada after World War II, starting his acting career in theater in 1948. Aside from Fraggle Rock, Parkes also acted in children's fare like A Muppet Family Christmas and Shining Time Station. Parkes won best actor at the 1968 Canadian Film Awards for his role as Uncle Matthew in the film Isabel, but it was the role of Doc »

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Gerard Parkes, ‘Fraggle Rock’ and ‘Boondock Saints’ Actor, Dead at 90

21 October 2014 8:17 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Gerard Parkes, best known for playing Doc on the Jim Henson children series “Fraggle Rock” died of natural causes on Sunday. He was 90. Born in Dublin, the actor relocated to Canada after World War II and launched his career on CBC Radio in the 1950s. He began acting in television with a 1960 appearance on the series, “The Encounter.” See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Parkes is also known for his role in 1999's “The Boondock Saints,” playing a bar owner (also named Doc) with Tourette syndrome. He was also seen in “The Littlest Hobo,” “Shining Time Station,” and “A Muppet. »

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Fraggle Rock: Gerry Parkes Dies at 90, Farewell Doc

20 October 2014 8:14 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Muppet site Tough Pigs reports that actor Gerry Parkes (sometimes credited as Gerard Parkes) has died at the age of 90. Parkes was best known as the beloved human character Doc from the Fraggle Rock TV show. He also had a recurring role in the Shining Time Station series from the 1990s.

In addition, Parkes appeared in more than 70 TV shows and movies, including The Boondock Saints. His last on-screen appearance was in 2009's The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.

Here's are clips from the final episode of Fraggle Rock. Doc and Sprocket are moving away but still have a connection to the underground creatures.

What do you think? Do you remember Parkes' work on Fraggle Rock or on other TV and movie projects? Have any favorite memories? »


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Have 'The Walking Dead' fans become numb to all the atrocities?

20 October 2014 6:39 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Have “The Walking Dead” fans become numb to all the atrocities? "'The Walking Dead' has always lived in uncharted television territory, and you can’t say that viewers weren’t warned that this season was determined to go even further beyond Thunderdome,” says Jeff Labrecque, adding: "But is it too far? And is 'The Walking Dead' getting a free pass because its explicit depictions of violence are framed within a zombiefied landscape?” “The Real World" Season 30 is going with a "Skeletons” format The Chicago-set "Real World: Skeletons" will feature "skeletons" from the housemates’ past, who move in to "drum up secrets and dark memories.” “Gossip Girl’s” Penn Badgley will romance Mary-Louise Parker on NBC’s “The Slap” He’ll play her much-younger boyfriend on the NBC miniseries about a   slap gone wrong. Click Read Full Post For More Ryan Murphy was wrong to claim he's »

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'Fraggle Rock' Actor Gerard Parkes Dead at 90

20 October 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gerard Parkes, the Irish-Canadian actor who starred in the hit kids series Fraggle Rock during the 1980s, died Sunday in Toronto. He was 90. His agent, Gerry Jordan, told the Canadian Press news service that Parkes died from natural causes in a retirement home. Parkes played the eccentric inventor Doc on Rock — the only regular human character in Jim Henson's live-action puppet show for HBO and the CBC in Canada. He also appeared in ABC's A Muppet Family Christmas special in 1987. Parkes' other TV credits included playing Dr. Cobourne on The Littlest Hobo and Barton Winslow on Shining

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