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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