It was announced today that the actor Pat Laffan has passed away.
He was perhaps best known for his portrayal of one of Father Ted's most iconic minor characters, the milkman-cum-lothario, Pat Mustard. Another of his more prominent roles was as Mr Burgess in Roddy Doyle's 1993 film The Snapper.
News of his passing was announced by his agent, Lisa Richards, who issued a statement today. It reads:
"It is with tremendous sadness that we here at the Lisa Richards Agency can confirm Pat Laffan's passing today.
Pat was one of the very first clients of the agency but much more than that, he was a close friend, a mentor and a hugely important supporter of the company's founders Lisa and Richard Cook and for many of the staff of the agency who had the pleasure to represent and work with him over the last almost thirty years.
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."
The co-creator of Father Ted, Graham Linehan shared his condolences at the news of Pat Laffan's passing.
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. https://t.co/ej9ZnsPlv0
— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) March 14, 2019