Best known for his iconic role as Father Jack, Irish actor Frank Kelly has died, aged 77.
Tributes for Frank – who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2015 – have already been pouring in:
Just hearing from various sources that Frank Kelly has passed away. Terribly sad news. Thanks for everything, Frank.
— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) February 28, 2016
This seems doubly appropriate today. Thank you, Frank Kelly. pic.twitter.com/sDauXrji52
— Steve G (@oohhangon) February 28, 2016
RIP Frank Kelly. You made us laugh a lot. pic.twitter.com/w4cAlQTr1j
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) February 28, 2016
Frank’s first film role was in The Italian Job – as “prisoner in cell”, and he found fame on Father Ted, as the foul-mouthed Father Jack.
His death comes 18 years to the day since Dermot Morgan – who played Father Ted – died suddenly and unexpectedly on the day after filming wrapped on the final season of the series.
You can watch a compilation of Frank’s “fecks”, “drinks” and “arses” here.