Gerard "Gerry" Parkes (October 16, 1924 – October 19, 2014) was an Irish Canadian actor who was born in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to Toronto in 1956. His acting career has spanned film, radio, television, and the stage. Parkes worked often on CBC radio, beginning in 1959, and shifted into television and film, acting in such diverse series as the 1960s' ecological adventure series The Forest Rangers, children's show The Littlest Hobo, and the detective series Cagney and Lacey, and of course, starring as Doc (no relation) in the Jim Henson television series Fraggle Rock. In 1968, Parkes won the first Canadian film award (then called the Etrog and now known as the Gemini) for his portrayal of Uncle Matthew in the movie Isabel. He received the Andrew Allan Award in 1983 for Best Radio Actor, and in 1999, he won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role for Kilt.
Although Gerry Parkes never did any direct work for the Walt Disney Company, he reprised his role as Doc in the 1987 television special A Muppet Family Christmas, which was one of the many productions starring the Muppets that was included in Disney's 2004 acquisition of the franchise.
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