ACTOR David Kelly, who made millions laugh as a dodgy Irish builder in Fawlty Towers, has died at 82. Dublin-born Kelly had an impressive stage, film and TV career spanning 50 years. But it was nine minutes he spent as Mr O'Reilly in the hotel comedy classic in 1975 that earned him lasting fame.
Kelly became an unlikely sex symbol in his late 90s for riding a motorbike naked in the film Waking Ned. And he was tipped for an Oscar nomination for his role as Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Actor pal Niall Toibin said: "He was a hilarious man." Kelly was married to actor Laurie Morton and had two children.