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David Kelly – Irish Character Actor Dead at 82

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Best known to mainstream audiences as ‘Uncle Joe’ in Tim Burton’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and to arthouse snobs as the naked old guy on the motorcycle in the 1998 hit WAKING NED DEVINE, David Kelly’s been acting for 60 years. Other interesting credits include a bit in Hitchcock’s THE WRONG MAN (1956), the Fawlty Towers TV show, Mike Newell’s INTO THE WEST (1992), and STARDUST (2007). Kelly died Sunday at age 82. The cause of death has not been announced.

From The Washington Post:

Irish character actor David Kelly, who played Grandpa Joe in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and motorcycled naked in “Waking Ned Devine,” has died. He was 82. His family and friends said Kelly died Sunday in Dublin after an acting career on stage, film, TV and radio that spanned a half-century. His cause of death was not announced. Kelly was best known in Ireland for his 1980 depiction of doomed tenement dweller Rashers Tierney in the historical miniseries “Strumpet City” and for his large body of work as a Dublin stage actor in the 1950s and 1960s……….

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