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If the shirt fits, Ryan ...star gets late actor Kelly's old clothes

LATE Late show host Ryan Tubridy has expressed his delight at receiving a gift from legendary actor David Kelly.

The presenter (39) received unworn shirts from the family of the late actor and Fawlty Towers star Kelly.

A message posted on the website of the Tubridy's radio station 2fm said: "Ryan received some lovely shirts this morning that once belonged to the late, great actor David Kelly."



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The package was part of a long-running joke in the Charlie And The Chocolate Factory actor's family about the late actor buying clothes and then never getting around to wearing them.

"David always kept brand new shirts and his family used to threaten him, saying if he didn't wear them, they'd send them to Ryan as he was about the same size."

The arrival of the surprise package on Tubridy's desk from the family of the Kelly, who died in February aged 82, was described as a "lovely gesture".

Meanwhile, Kelly, who starred in film, TV and theatre productions, left €380,275 in his will which was donated to probate.

The actor was married to actress Laurie Morton and had two children, David and Miriam.

He was best known here for his depiction of Rashers Tierney, a doomed tenant dweller in the 1980 mini- series Strumpet City and for his work as a stage actor in Dublin in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as his role as Sylvie Dolan in Glenroe in the 1980s.

He also earned praise for his nine-minute portrayal of O'Reilly in Fawlty Towers.

He also rode a motorbike naked in the film Waking Ned.

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