Obit of the Day: Fraggle Rock’s Human

Every episode of Fraggle Rock (1983-1987) began with a trip through the window of the slightly befuddled tinkerer, “Doc,” under whose work shed lived a world of Fraggles, Doozers, and Gorgs. Alongside his trusty Muppet dog Sprocket, Doc, played by Gerard Parkes, appeared in all 96 episodes of the Jim Henson production.

Mr. Parkes was born in Dublin and moved to Canada in the 1950s to make his mark in acting. Beginning in radio, eventually Mr. Parkes moved to the stage and screen - and had success in both venues. In 1968 he won the a Canadian Film Award as Best Actor for his work in the film Isabel. More than three decades later he won a Dora for his performance in the play Kilt

For much of his career he played small, but impactful, parts in a variety of television shows and films. He appeared in several episodes of Shining Time Station, and many know him for his other “Doc” role in 1999's The Boondock Saints.

But he loved that his best-known role was on Fraggle Rock. His agent was quoted as saying, “He had a thrill doing that show….It was one of those roles that hit a chord with kids and adults.”

Gerard Parkes died on October 19, 2014 at the age of 90.

Sources: CBC, Toronto Star, IMDB.com

(Image of Gerard Parkes as “Doc” and Sprocket, played by Steve Whitmire who has played Kermit and Ernie since Jim Henson’s death, circa 1983 is courtesy of the Muppet Wiki)

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Here is a thing I have never before had to do - COMICS I HAVE WRITTEN, COMING OUT IN OCTOBER!

- October 8 - Bravest Warriors #25
Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Kate Leth (A) Ian McGinty (CA) Erica Henderson, Maris Wicks

Bizarro Catbug! Special guests! Secrets! A horror story! Holo-John!

- October 8 - Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring #1 (of 4)
Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Kate Leth (A/CA) Jake Myler

Fraggles! Doozers! Adventure! Songs! Poems! Ohmygosh Henson liked the songs I wrote!!

- October 22 - Edward Scissorhands #1 (of 5)
Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Kate Leth (A) Drew Rausch (CA) Gabriel Rodriguez

Mystery! Deception! Loss! Secrets! Newspapers! Teen girl mysteries! I wrote something Tim Burton worked on! Aaaaah!!!

My life is pretty cool! Please order these things, if you are into them. No pressure. It would be neat.

I’ve had about a dozen parents tell me they read Fraggle Rock with their kid(s) and that said kid(s) loved it. Man, that’s the best feeling! Jake’s art is so great and I’m so happy people like the story.