#OTD in 1998 – Death of one of TV’s best-loved comedy stars, Dermot Morgan, who played Father Ted.

Death of comedian and actor Dermot Morgan aged 47 from a heart attack. Morgan was one of the most popular comedy actors on Irish and UK TV during the 1990s. His most successful work was in the wildly successful Father Ted series where he played a dysfunctional scheming priest Father Ted Crilly who lived on Craggy Island somewhere off the coast of Ireland. Morgan and the show itself won BAFTA awards for best comedy work.

In 2016, on the same date, Frank Kelly, who played Father Jack, Father Ted’s foul-mouthed priest, passed away, aged 77. Kelly, who survived bowel cancer in 2011 and underwent treatment for skin cancer in 2014, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015. The actor had a celebrated career on stage and on television. He spent years working as a subeditor at Irish newspapers before his first acting role, in The Italian Job in 1969, escorting Michael Caine’s character out of prison. He continued to act in films right up to 2014 when he played Justice Cannon in Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie.

Image | Frank Kelly/Father Jack | Dáibhí Gibney Photography

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