Frank Kelly

Executive
Character actor Frank Kelly was particularly well known for his comedic roles, and it's no surprise. Kelly's father Charles Kelly was a cartoonist and the founder of the satirical magazine iDublin Opinion/i. Kelly would ... Read more »
Born: 12/28/1938 in Blackrock, Dublin, IE

Filmography

Actor (11)

Turning Green 2009 (Movie)

Father O'Hara (Actor)

Waiting For Dublin 2009 (Movie)

Thaddius (Actor)

Cowboys and Angels 2004 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

The Deal 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Evelyn 2002 (Movie)

Henry Doyle (Actor)

Father Ted 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Rat 2001 (Movie)

Uncle Matt (Actor)

War of the Buttons 1995 (Movie)

Gorilla's Dad (Actor)

Hear My Song 1991 (Movie)

2nd Taxi Driver (Actor)

Aristocrats (TV Show)

Actor

Malice Aforethought (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Character actor Frank Kelly was particularly well known for his comedic roles, and it's no surprise. Kelly's father Charles Kelly was a cartoonist and the founder of the satirical magazine <i>Dublin Opinion</i>. Kelly would enroll at University College Dublin where he studied law, but he never practiced in that field. Instead, he began participating in the theater, even working at Dublin's Eblana Theatre with Cecil Sheridan. Eventually, he landed an uncredited role as a prison guard in the film "The Italian Job" (1969), thus beginning his career on screen. Kelly played several characters on satirical series "Pictorial Weekly" (RTE, 1970-1982) and later appeared on the series "Teems of Times" (RTE, 1978). He would appear on an episode of the series "Remington Steele" (NBC, 1982-87) in 1984, which would prove to be the first in a series of collaborations with actor Pierce Brosnan, including the movies "Taffin" (1988) and "Evelyn" (2002). In 1995, Kelly took on the role he would become most well known for, of the alcoholic priest Father Jack Hackett on the comedy series "Father Ted" (Channel 4, 1995-1998). The role required extensive makeup and prosthetics to make him appear completely degenerate. Kelly would also appear memorably on the soap opera "Emmerdale" (YTV, 1972-). He would also appear in the slapstick movie "Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie" (2014). Frank Kelly died in 2016 at the age of 77.

EDUCATION

University College Dublin

Milestones

1991

Promoted to president, creative affairs and first-run programming, at Paramount

1989

Became executive vice president of programming for the Domestic Television Division of Paramount; handled first-run programming

1983

Joined Paramount's television division as vice president of programming

1978

Worked as an associate producer and producer of "AM Los Angeles" at KABC-TV in Los Angeles

Employed as an executive producer at KABC

Served as program director of KABC

Bonus Trivia

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Scored a UK Top 30 hit in 1983 with the satirical song "Christmas Countdown."

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Worked at Dublin’s Eblana Theatre with Cecil Sheridan.

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Voice acted in several sketches on "The Glen Abbey Show" on RTÉ Radio 1 from the 1970s through the 1990s.

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Narrated the audiobook Well Remembered Days by Arthur Matthews.

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Collaborated with Pierce Brosnan on several projects.

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Passed away on the 18th anniversary of the death of his "Father Ted" co-star Dermot Morgan. 

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Upon his death, many of Kelly's obituaries fondly used Father Jack's preferred interjection "Feck!"

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