COMEDIAN Pat Shortt is urging the public to help trace his friend and fellow actor Gerry McCann, who has gone missing from his home in Dublin.
The renowned actor and funnyman from Thurles, Co Tipperary, said he was asking everyone to be on the look-out for the 47-year-old Dublin actor who has been missing for four days.
"It's a terrible situation," Shortt told the Irish Independent last night. "He's a really gentle and beautiful man. He's mad about his kids, he's a real family man and it's so out of character for him."
Shortt said he got to know the married father-of-two when they co-starred in the film 'Life's A Breeze' and he became good friends with the family.
Shortt asked anyone who spots the missing man to "stay with him and talk to him ... don't let him out of your sight."
Mr McCann, who has appeared in 'Fair City', 'Raw' and 'Love/Hate', as well as on stage, was last seen in the Stillorgan area of south Dublin around 10am on Thursday.
His wife Andrea said his phone had been on but Mr McCann has not been contactable. It was traced to a mast in Ballsbridge on that day.
"It would be very unusual, because we would talk or text several times a day when we are not together, so by Friday I was told it was more serious because Gerry would be very much a family man," she said.
"He hasn't been on his email, we've checked all of that, he hasn't done anything with his bank account, he doesn't have his wallet with him, so he has no access to money."
Gardai are urging anyone with information to contact Blackrock garda station on 01 6665200, the garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any garda station.
Mr McCann is described as approximately 5ft 9in tall, with greyish blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a charcoal grey jumper, brown trousers and brown shoes.