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Actor Gerard Parkes, 'Doc' on Fraggle Rock, dies at 90

Gerard Parkes, the Irish-Canadian actor best known for portraying Doc on Fraggle Rock, died Sunday in Toronto, four days after celebrating his 90th birthday.

Parkes was born in Dublin in 1924, and took a job at CBC Radio in the 1950s. Parkes appeared in movies, television shows, and onstage, with roles in The Boondock Saints, Isabel, and A Muppet Family Christmas. His most memorable role was as Doc on the 1980s children show Fraggle Rock, where he was the only human to regularly appear. "He had a thrill doing that show," Parkes' agent of 30 years, Gerry Jordan, told CBC News. "We got loads of fan mail from kids and adults around the world. He was a magical man and a terrific performer."