Actor David Kelly, who played Charlie's Grandpa Joe in 2005's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, died on Sunday at the age of 82 in Dublin after a short illness. Called the "grand old man of Irish acting" by the Irish Times, Kelly had a career that spanned 50 years and included work on television, movies, and on the stage.
The actor starred in a broad range of movies including Stardust, Waking Ned Devine, and Into the West. Ned Devine garnered the actor a SAG nomination and was also the movie he jokingly credited for making him a sex symbol, due to the fact that he was featured nude on a motorcycle. His television roles included the Irish mini-series Strumpet City, as well as a small but memorable part in the series Fawlty Towers.
Kelly was the recipient of the Irish Film and Television Academy lifetime achievement award in 2005, and was nominated for an IFTA for his work in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that same year. Posted 02.15.12 by Mandy