FATHER Ted star Pat Laffan has sadly died aged 79.
We take a look back over his life and career.
Who was Pat Laffan?
Irish actor Pat Laffan – best known for playing milkman Pat Mustard in Father Ted – has passed away aged of 79.
Throughout his career, Pat appeared in almost 40 films and made 30 TV appearances, including in BBC’s EastEnders and in RTE’s The Clinic.
He was also known to Irish audiences for his portrayal of Mr Burgess in Roddy Doyle’s 1993 film The Snapper.
Pat was a member of the Abbey Theatre Company back in the 1960s and 1970s and directed in the Gate Theatre between the late ’70s and early ’80s.
When did Pat die?
Pat passed away on March 14, 2019.
His death was announced by his management.
The Lisa Richards Agency said in a statement: “It is with tremendous sadness that we here at the Lisa Richards Agency can confirm Pat Laffan’s passing today.
“He was a close friend, a mentor and a hugely important supporter of the company’s founders.
“While Pat is perhaps still best remembered by Irish screen audiences for his portrayal of Mr Burgess in Roddy Doyle’s film The Snapper (1993) and as Pat Mustard the notorious milk man in Father Ted (Channel 4, 1998), he had almost 40 film credits and 30 television credits to his name.
“All here will remember him first and foremost as our friend and mentor and we will miss him terribly. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
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What tributes have been made for Pat?
Father Ted creator Graham Linehan paid tribute, saying it was a “pleasure” to work with Meath native Pat – who featured in the iconic Speed 3 episode of the Channel 4 hit series.
He tweeted: “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.”
Love/Hate actor Laurence Kinlan said: “I’m devastated to hear of the passing of the amazing Pat Laffan.
” I was very fortunate to get to work with him over the years. He was one funny man under his hard exterior. A gentle giant. He left us with some incredible performances, most notably as Georgie Burgess. RIP my friend.”