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Emergency! actor Tim Donnelly has died at 77 following complications after surgery


Emergency! actor Tim Donnelly has died at 77 following complications after surgery

  • The actor died Friday at his Santa Fe, New Mexico home
  • The late actor’s older brother, director Dennis Donnelly, confirmed the news 
  • Donnelly portrayed the role of firefighter Chet Kelly on the NBC show 
  • Donnelly had also appeared on Hawaii Five-O, Dragnet 1967 and Adam-12  


Emergency! actor Tim Donnelly has died at the age of 77 amid complications after surgery.

The late actor’s older brother, director Dennis Donnelly, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the actor died Friday at his Santa Fe, New Mexico home.

Donnelly portrayed the role of firefighter Chet Kelly on the NBC show through its duration from January of 1972 thru May of 1977.

The latest: Emergency! actor Tim Donnelly has died at the age of 77 amid complications after surgery, according to his older brother, director Dennis Donnelly

The Kelly character, based out of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Station 51, was marked by his penchant for practical jokes.

Other performers on the series, which was produced by late Dragnet legend Jack Webb, also starred Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Robert Fuller, Julie London and Bobby Troup.

Donnelly had also appeared on Webb-produced shows Dragnet 1967 and Adam-12, as well as on shows including The Smith Family, Hawaii Five-O, Project U.F.O., Vega$, CHiPs and The A-Team.

He also appeared in the 1979 films The Clonus Horror and The Death of Ocean View Park.

Donnelly portrayed the role of firefighter Chet Kelly on the NBC show through its duration from January of 1972 thru May of 1977

Donnelly portrayed the role of firefighter Chet Kelly on the NBC show through its duration from January of 1972 thru May of 1977 

The Kelly character, based out of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Station 51, was marked by his penchant for practical jokes

The Kelly character, based out of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Station 51, was marked by his penchant for practical jokes 

The Los Angeles County Fire Museum paid homage to the late actor with a statement.

‘It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our friend, Tim Donnelly, on September 17th,’ the museum said. ‘Tim, as you know, played Chet Kelly on the show EMERGENCY! among many other roles during his acting career.’

Donnelly’s father Paul Donnelly worked at Universal Pictures as a vice president of production, while his mother Eileen was daughter to actor Pat O’Malley. The actor is survived by daughter Ashley, brother Dennis, sister Kathleen and two grandsons.

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