'Fraggle Rock' Actor Gerard Parkes Dead at 90

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Gerard Parkes as "Doc" on 'Fraggle Rock'

The Irish-Canadian actor played inventor Doc on Jim Henson's live-action puppet show

Gerard Parkes, the Irish-Canadian actor who starred in the hit kids series Fraggle Rock during the 1980s, died Sunday in Toronto. He was 90.

His agent, Gerry Jordan, told the Canadian Press news service that Parkes died from natural causes in a retirement home. Parkes played the eccentric inventor Doc on Rock — the only regular human character in Jim Henson's live-action puppet show for HBO and the CBC in Canada.

He also appeared in ABC's A Muppet Family Christmas special in 1987. Parkes' other TV credits included playing Dr. Cobourne on The Littlest Hobo and Barton Winslow on Shining Time Station.

He also appeared in the 1999 crime thriller The Boondock Saints, opposite Willem Dafoe and Billy Connolly. Parkes, who was born in Dublin in 1924 and settled in Canada after the Second World War, is survived by his partner, Sheelagh Norman.

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