Gerard Parkes

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Gerard Parkes
Born(1924-10-16)October 16, 1924
Dublin, Ireland
DiedOctober 19, 2014(2014-10-19) (aged 90)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other namesGerry Parkes
Years active1959–2009
Spouse(s)Sheelagh Norman (1980s-2014; his death)

Gerard Parkes (October 16, 1924 – October 19, 2014) was an Irish-born Canadian actor. He was born in Dublin, and moved to Toronto in 1956. He is known for playing "Doc" on the HBO television series Fraggle Rock and the bartender in the film The Boondock Saints and its sequel The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.


His acting career spanned film, radio, television, and the stage. Parkes worked often on CBC radio, beginning in 1959, and shifted into television and film, acting in such diverse series as the 1960s' ecological adventure series The Forest Rangers, children's show The Littlest Hobo, and the detective series Cagney and Lacey. In 1968, Parkes won the first Canadian film award (then called the Etrog and now known as the Gemini) for his portrayal of Uncle Matthew in the movie Isabel. He received the Andrew Allan Award in 1983 for Best Radio Actor, and in 1999, he won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role for Kilt.

Parkes played the role of Doc in the North American version of Fraggle Rock. When he was cast in Fraggle Rock, Parkes was finishing a regular role as another type of "doc," playing Dr. Arthur Lowe (no relation to the English actor of the same name) on the Canadian TV series Home Fires. After Fraggle Rock, in addition to returning as Doc in A Muppet Family Christmas, he continued to work in children's television, guest starring as alcoholic photographer Phil (opposite Sesame Park puppeteer Nina Keogh) on the TVOntario puppet series Today's Special, and appearing regularly on PBS's Shining Time Station as store owner Barton Winslow.[citation needed] In 1988 he made a cameo appearance in the hit comedy Short Circuit 2 as a priest.

In 1996, he portrayed Jonathan Swift in the HBO Original Film Handel's Last Chance. In 1998, he appeared on an episode of PBS's Noddy, as Wally the Wanderer in "Noah's Leaving". He appeared with Willem Dafoe and Billy Connolly in The Boondock Saints (playing a Tourette's syndrome-afflicted bartender, also named "Doc"). He reprised the role for The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.

He appeared in The Adjuster (1991), premiering at the New York Film Festival. In 1991, it won the Special Silver St. George[1] at the 17th Moscow International Film Festival. In 1993, the Toronto International Film Festival ranked the film 10th in the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time.[2]


He died three days after his 90th birthday on October 19, 2014.[3] His remains were cremated.

Honors and awards[edit]


Greer, Sandy. "Small Screen", The Toronto Star, August 2, 1986


  1. ^ "17th Moscow International Film Festival (1991)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
  2. ^ "Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time", The Canadian Encyclopedia (2012; accessed 28 April 2013).
  3. ^ "Gerard Parkes, Fraggle Rock actor, dead at 90". CBC News, October 20, 2014.

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