Father Ted: The Snapper's Pat Laffan dies aged 79

Lawrence Kim
March 15, 2019

The actor, best known his role as Pat Mustard in the Channel 4 Irish comedy, was a tour-de-force on the small screen and stage.

In a post to Twitter, Linehan said: "Just heard the sad news that Pat Laffan who played Pat Mustard in Father Ted has died". 'Rest in peace, Pat, a pleasure to work with you'.

Hairy babies, massive tools in boxes, yanking himself off around the clock because he hasn't had any proper sex with girls, it's all comedic gold and like so numerous actors that appeared in Father Ted, Laffan made us laugh.

Laffan's character of a sleazy milkman was positioned as Mrs Doyle's love interest, with the show's writers suggesting he had relationships with all the women he delivered milk to each morning.

Through his career he appeared in nearly 40 films and made 30 television appearances.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Laffan was a member of the Abbey Theatre Company.

The Abbey said in a tweet: "He will be sorely missed".

Five years later, Laffan starred in the "Speed 3" episode of Father Ted and he became a bonafide cult hero.

Before establishing himself as an actor, Laffan grew up on a farm in County Meath, Ireland and joined the Abbey Theatre in Dublin immediately after he graduated from university.

Laffan also had the role of director at the Peacock Theatre, and directed at the Gate Theatre between 1979 and 1982.

It said: "Irish actor Pat Laffan has passed away".

The Gaiety School of Acting, of which Laffan was a board member, expressed their sympathies to his family and friends, while thanking him for his work with them over the years.

Love/Hate actor Laurence Kinlan said: "I'm devesated (sic) to hear of the passing of the fantastic Pat Laffan". He was one amusing man under his hard exterior.

"A gentle giant. He left us with some incredible performances, most notably as Georgie Burgess".

A fourth penned: '#PatLaffan very sad to hear the passing, "pat mustard".

Sadly, the 79-year-old actor is no longer with us but his work clearly means an very bad lot to the Irish public. And a fine actor.

'Sad news about Pat Laffan.

There's no overlooking the severity of George Burgess' actions in The Snapper - the character took advantage of and impregnated a clearly drunk Sharon Curley - but much like so many lines and characters in the adaptation of Roddy Doyle's beloved book, he'll forever be remembered.

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