Gerard Parkes, Beloved Fraggle Rock Actor, Dies at 90
updated 10/21/2014 AT 12:45 PM EDT
•originally published 10/21/2014 AT 12:00 PM EDT
Parkes was born in Ireland in 1924, and he moved to Canada after World War II, starting his acting career in theater in 1948. Aside from Fraggle Rock, Parkes also acted in children's fare like A Muppet Family Christmas and Shining Time Station.
Parkes won best actor at the 1968 Canadian Film Awards for his role as Uncle Matthew in the film Isabel, but it was the role of Doc that "hit a chord with kids and adults," his agent, Gerry Jordan, told the Canadian Press. "We would get loads of fan mail always asking for his picture," Jordan noted.
Ironically, Parkes played another character named Doc, a Boston bartender with a penchant for mix-and-match aphorisms and Tourette's-related profanity, in 1999's The Boondock Saints, a role he reprised for the film's sequel 10 years later.