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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory grandfather David Kelly dies, aged 82

By Alanah Eriksen

Irish actor David Kelly, who played Grandpa Joe Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has died, aged 82.

The dapper dresser passed away after a short illness following a career on stage and screen spanning 50 years.

He became a familiar face on British television during the 1970s with a long running role as the one-armed dishwasher Albert Riddle in Robin’s Nest.

Tributes are flowing: Irish actor David Kelly, who played the Grandpa Joe Bucket in the 2005 remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, alongside Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore, has died, aged 82

Tributes are flowing: Irish actor David Kelly, who played Grandpa Joe Bucket in the 2005 remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, alongside Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore, has died, aged 82

Despite his longevity, Kelly reckoned a nine-minute part as a feckless builder on Fawlty Towers gave him more fame worldwide than all his years acting.

Kelly also remarked he finally made it as a sex symbol after an unforgettable scene in the 1998 film Waking Ned where he rode a motorbike naked.

He was married to actress Laurie Morton – whom he met in the Dublin suburb of Goatstown – with whom he had two children.

Actor friend Niall Toibin, who lived with him in London for six months, paid a warm tribute to Kelly, saying he would always remember him with a smile.

‘He was a hilarious man. He had an outlook on life that was slightly skewed and made you laugh all the time,’ the former Ballykissangel star said.

Pouring himself into the role: Kelly with Freddie in a scene from the Tim Burton-directed movie

Pouring himself into the role: Kelly with Freddie in a scene from the Tim Burton-directed movie

Flashback: One of Kelly's first roles was a vicar on the The Italian Job in 1969, alongside Michael Caine and Noel Coward, with director Peter Collinson

Flashback: One of Kelly’s first roles was a vicar on the The Italian Job in 1969, alongside Michael Caine and Noel Coward, with director Peter Collinson

‘Even when he was down in the dumps recovering from our mutual, sort of, weakness for the bottle, he was still extremely funny and very light-hearted and he had a wicked sense of humour.’

Born in Dublin, Kelly was a calligrapher and talented watercolour artist and began acting aged eight at the Gaiety Theatre.

His impressive list of film credits includes playing a vicar on the The Italian Job in 1969, Into The West in 1992 and Waking Ned for which he earned a Screen Actors’ Guild nomination.

Others included Agent Cody Banks 2 in 2004, Laws of Attraction that same year, Stardust in 2007 and his role as Grandpa Joe in the Tim Burton remake alongside Hollywood heavyweight Johnny Depp and rising star Freddie Highmore.

Coveted role: He became a familiar face on British television during the 1970s with a long running role as the one-armed dishwasher Albert Riddle in Robin's Nest, alongside Tessa Wyatt, Richard O'Sullivan and Tony Britton

Coveted role: He became a familiar face on British television during the 1970s with a long running role as the one-armed dishwasher Albert Riddle in Robin’s Nest, alongside Tessa Wyatt, Richard O’Sullivan and Tony Britton

Among his many talents: Kelly stripped off alongside Ian Bannen in the English comedy Waking Ned in 1998

Among his many talents: Kelly, pictured with Ian Bannen, joked that he had finally become a sex symbol in the 1998 English comedy Waking Ned, during a scene where he rode a motorcycle naked

He was widely tipped for an Oscar nomination for the role which saw him lead Freddie’s famous character Charlie around Willy Wonka’s factory after the youngster won the golden ticket in a chocolate bar for a tour.

Kelly received a lifetime achievement award in 2005 at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

Toibin added to RTE Radio: ‘Even when he was in the depths of hangover he was hilarious company, always.’

My love: Kelly, pictured in 2008, was married to actress Laurie Morton with whom he had two children

My love: Kelly, pictured in 2008, was married to actress Laurie Morton with whom he had two children

In 1975 he took the Fawlty Towers role of O’Reilly for one episode. He also had parts on British sitcoms like Oh Father, On the Buses and Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width. Other television work included Glenroe on RTE, Ballykissangel and Emmerdale Farm.

Kelly, considered a charmer, continued to work up until last year but one of his most acclaimed performances was his portrayal of Rashers Tierney in the 1980 RTE series Strumpet City. He also pointed to it as one of his favourite roles.

Born on July 11 1929, Kelly went to Synge Street Catholic Boys School.

David Kelly dead: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory grandfather dies, aged 82 | Mail Online

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