The Irish actor, David Kelly, sadly died at the grand age of 82, after 49 years in the acting business. Probably most well-known for his role as Grandpa Joe in Tim Burton’s adaptation of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (2005), he was also in films such as STARDUST (2007), THE CALCIUM KID (2003) and MEAN MACHINE (2001). As well as recent cinema, Kelly also had a role in the original THE ITALIAN JOB (1969) and had an impact on the small screen, with roles in BALLYKISSANGEL (1998) and FAWLTY TOWERS (1975).
He earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role in WAKING NED (1998), a film in which he rode naked on a motorbike in. More recently, he won the Irish Film and Television Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award and earned himself a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Burton’s film.
He will be sadly missed by family, friends and fans.