Friday 9 December 2016

Ardal O'Hanlon pays tribute to the late Frank Kelly - 'A gentleman and friend'

Published 28/02/2016 | 13:14

Frank Kelly and Ardal O'Hanlon attend the Irish Film and Television Awards at the Burlington Hotel on October 30, 2004
Frank Kelly and Ardal O'Hanlon attend the Irish Film and Television Awards at the Burlington Hotel on October 30, 2004
Frank Kelly died in late February. He most famous role was undoubtedly Father Jack in Father Ted.

Comedian Ardal O'Hanlon has paid tribute to his Father Ted co-star Frank Kelly, who passed away earlier today.

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The actor, who played Fr Dougal in the hit series revealed that he was "extremely sad" to hear of the actor's death.

"Extremely sad news today. A gentleman, great comedy priest, friend. RIP Frank," he tweeted.

One of the writers of the hit series led tribute today to the late actor, who passed away aged 77.

The late Frank Kelly with his Fr Ted Costars Dermot Morgan Ardal O'Hanlon and Pauline McLynn
The late Frank Kelly with his Fr Ted Costars Dermot Morgan Ardal O'Hanlon and Pauline McLynn
A young Frank Kelly
John B Keane's Moll in 2014 with Clare Barrett who plays Moll and Frank Kelly playing His Lordship The Bishop
Frank Kelly pictured with his wife of 51 years Bairbre Kelly
Frank Kelly died in late February. He most famous role was undoubtedly Father Jack in Father Ted.
Frank Kelly joins the Emmerdale cast in 2010
Frank Kelly with fellow Fr Ted actors Ardal O'Hanlon, Dermot Morgan and Pauline McGlynn
Frank Kelly
Frank Kelly & wife Bairbre Kelly grandchildren Max McGuirk & Caragh Harney at the Gaiety Panto in 2013
Actress Mary McEvoy and Frank Kelly
Frank Kelly and wife, Bairbre
Frank Kelly played Fr. Jack in the hit series Father Ted from 1995 to 1998.
Frank Kelly attends the 50th anniversary of The Late Late Show in 2012
Frank Kelly with his wife Bairbre Kelly in 2008
Frank Kelly
Caroline Morahan pictured with John Healy and Actor Frank Kelly at the Bath Pub on Bath Avenue for the launch of the Irish Heart Foundation 'Say When Sooner campaign'
Frank Kelly at Christmas FM studio

In the wake of the sad news, writer Graham Linehan revealed he was “terribly sad” to hear of the passing of his former colleague and thanked him for his work on the series.

“Just hearing from various sources that Frank Kelly has passed away. Terribly sad news. Thanks for everything, Frank,” he wrote.

The actor, who played Fr. Jack on the series passed away on the anniversary of his late co-star Dermot Morgan, who died in 1998.

Rob Morgan, the son of Father Ted star Dermot Morgan tweeted: "Thoughts and condolences to Frank Kelly's family and friends on their loss. A sad day. I hope they find comfort in the joy he brought others."

Fellow Father Ted Writer Arthur Mathews paid tribute to a "comedy legend".

"Just heard about Frank's death. Sad news. Comedy legend. So thrilled we had him in Fr Ted," he wrote.

Irish comedian Oliver Callan said that the actor made people happy through the means of his work, which is the aim of everyone in the profession. "Frank Kelly brought us much joy. Rest in Peace," he tweeted.

Fr Ted actor Joe Rooney said: "I'm sad to hear about Frank Kelly; I interviewed him recently for the podcast and he was an absolute gent. He is a legend of Irish comedy."

Mrs Brown's Boys writer and actor Brendan O'Carroll revealed that he was deeply saddened by the news, which he received in Australia. "News of Frank Kelly's passing just reached us in Australia. Such a lovely man and a joy to work with. God bless him," Brendan tweeted.

 

 

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