Pat Laffan, best known for his role as promiscuous milkman Pat Mustard in Father Ted, has died at the age of 79.
The actor’s death was confirmed by his agents, the Lisa Richards Agency, who described him as “one of the leading stage actors of his generation” in a statement posted online.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we here at the Lisa Richards Agency can confirm Pat Laffan’s passing today,” they confirmed.
‘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.’
“We send our heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.”
The Irish star appeared in almost 30 TV roles and 40 movies – including roles in Stanley Kubrick movie Barry Lyndon, Z Cars, The Snapper and EastEnders.
But he was arguably best known for his 1998 appearance as Father Ted’s Pat Mustard – a lothario milkman who catches the eye of Mrs Doyle and countless other women across Craggy Island.
Paying tribute on Twitter, Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan wrote: “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.”
Other tributes came from Dublin’s Gate Theatre, which described Laffan as “an incredible force.”
“Irish actor Pat Laffan has passed away. Over the years, Pat was an incredible force in the Irish theatre community and was no stranger to the Gate throughout his prolific career as an actor and director. Our thoughts are with his family and friends,” they wrote.