Best known to American audiences for his role as Grandpa Joe in the 2005 remake of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Kelly's credits also included "Laws of Attraction," "The Jigsaw Man" and the original "Italian Job." In 1998, he earned a Screen Actor's Guild nomination for his portrayal of Michael O'Sullivan in "Waking Ned Devine," which included a rather memorable scene where Kelly rode a motorbike naked.
He received a lifetime achievement award at the 2005 Irish Film and Television Awards.
Kelly's final film was the 2007 fantasy flick "Stardust." According to the Telegraph, he passed away in the hospital after a short illness.