Irish actor David Kelly, “Grandpa Joe,” dies at 82

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David Kelly, a main­stay of Irish stage and screen, has died in hos­pi­tal after a short ill­ness, Ireland’s RTE net­work reported Sun­day. He was 82.

Kelly por­trayed Charlie’s “Grandpa Joe” in the 2005 movie remake Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory.

He was in the voice cast of The Light Princess, a partly ani­mated, hour-long fam­ily fan­tasy that aired on the British Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion in 1978.

Kelly was nom­i­nated for a Screen Actors Guild award for best sup­port­ing actor for his role as Michael Sul­li­van in the 1998 movie com­edy Wak­ing Ned.

On the stage and screen, he appeared in pro­duc­tions rang­ing from Beck­ett to Shake­speare. Best known in Ire­land for his role as “Rash­ers” Tier­ney in Strum­pet City, he won a Helen Hayes award for Moons for the Mis­be­got­ten.

In 2005, he received an life­time achieve­ment award at the Irish Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards.

David Kelly was born in Dublin on July 11, 1929. He is sur­vived by Lau­rie Mor­ton, his wife since 1961, and their chil­dren David and Miriam.

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