Pat Laffan, star of The Snapper and Father Ted, has died
He's famous for playing Pat Mustard and George Burgess.
Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan has confirmed that actor Pat Laffan has passed away.
For many Father Ted fans, Laffan will always be remembered for his beloved role as the milkman Pat Mustard.
Before establishing himself as an actor, Laffan grew up on a farm in County Meath and joined the Abbey Theatre immediately after he graduated from UCD where he studied engineering.
In the early 1970s, Laffan returned to the Abbey after a stint in London where he became close friends with Colm Meaney.
Both men would later star in the adaptation of Roddy Doyle's beloved book, The Snapper.
In the film, Laffan famously played George Burgess, the man who's the father of Sharon Curley's baby. Since being released in 1993, the comedy is still revered as a bonafide Irish classic.
In recent years, Laffan appeared in Ripper Street, Moone Boy, and he had a small role in Steven Spielberg's War Horse.
As a member of the Abbey Theatre Company in the sixties and seventies, Laffan performed in many plays, old and new, from the Abbey repertoire.
For most of the seventies, Laffan was Director of the Peacock Theatre and he also directed numerous plays at the Gate Theatre.
Notable productions include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for Noel Pearson at the Gaiety Theatre and Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Gate.
An actor that will be sorely missed.
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. https://t.co/ej9ZnsPlv0
— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) March 14, 2019