Born in Ireland, Gerard Parkes immigrated to Canada in 1956 and began in show business on CBC Radio in 1959. He is pictured in a still from the first film he appeared in, Paul Almond’s Isabel, playing Genevieve Bujold’s kindly uncle, a role that brought him a Canadian Film Award for best supporting actor. He also received the Andrew Allan Award in 1983 for best radio actor. His long career included work in the U.S., as well as Canadian movies such as A Fan’s Notes, Who Has Seen the Wind, Speaking Parts and The Adjuster. He is perhaps best known for his role as Doc on the Fraggle Rock series, where he played the character, an inventor, blissfully unaware that his workshop leads to Fraggle Rock`s underground grotto. Gerard Parkes died in a Toronto retirement home, four days after his 90th birthday.
The image of Gerard Parkes was scanned from one of seven original lobby cards for the film Isabel in the Northernstars Collection.
Features & TV Movies: VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release
The Man Who Stole the Blarney Stone (TV-1960) David Thompson: The Great Mapmaker (1964, short) A Great Big Thing (1968) Isabel (1968) The First Time (1968)
The Write Off (TV-1970) Fleur bleue (1971) The Pyx (1973) Running Time (1974) Second Wind (1976) Bethune (TV-1976) Who Has Seen the Wind (1977) An American Christmas Carol (TV-1979)
Yesterday (1981) Spasms (1983) Draw! (TV-1984) Jimmy Valentine (TV-1985) The Suicide Murders (TV-1985) La ligne de chaleur (1987) The Muppet Family Christmas (TV-1987) Glory Enough for All (TV-1988) Short Circuit 2 (1988) The Gunrunner (1989) The January Man (1989) Bridge to Silence (TV-1989) Speaking Parts (1989) The Last Winter (1989)
Money (1991) The Adjuster (1991) Dieppe (TV-1993) J.F.K.: Reckless Youth (TV-1993) Small Gifts (TV-1994) Trapped in Paradise (1994) Artisans de notre histoire, Volume 2: Les Explorateurs (1995, short) It Takes Two (1995) Handel`s Last Chance (TV-1996) Mother Night (1996) Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Woman (TV-1997) Thunder Point (TV-1998) Thanks of a Grateful Nation (TV-1998) The Boondock Saints (1999) Must Be Santa (TV-1999)
Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble (TV-2000) A House Divided (TV-2000) Deeply (2000) Moss (2004, short) Saint Ralph (2004) The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
TV Series – Cast: The Forest Rangers (1963-1965)
The National Dream (1974, mini-series)
Fraggle Rock (1983-1987)
Storm of the Century (1999, mini-series)
TV Series – Guest appearances: Seaway (1965) Barney Boomer (1967) Upside Town / Swingaround (1968) Adventures in Rainbow Country (1969)
A Gift to Last (1978) King of Kensington (1978)
Home Fires (1980) Cagney & Lacey (1981) The Littlest Hobo (1981) Seeing Things (1985) Night Heat (1985) Today’s Special (1986) The Twilight Zone (1988) War of the Worlds (1989)
Friday the 13th (1990) The Ray Bradbury Theater (1990 Shining Time Station (voice, 1991)