Joe Lynch (actor)

Joseph Laurence Lynch (16 July 1925 – 1 August 2001) was an Irish actor who enjoyed a long career in both serious drama and light comedy. He also did voice work for children's animated series, in particular Chorlton and the Wheelies. He had a fine singing voice and composed songs, such as for the film Johnny Nobody (1961). He also recorded the work of other songwriters, including Leo Maguire's "The Whistling Gypsy" and Dick Farrelly's "Cottage by the Lee", one of Joe's biggest 1950s recordings.

Joe Lynch
Joseph Laurence Lynch

(1925-07-16)16 July 1925
Died1 August 2001(2001-08-01) (aged 76)
Alicante, Spain
OccupationActor, singer and songwriter
Years active1959–2000
Spouse(s)Marie Nutty

Joe Lynch attended the North Monastery CBS and first came to fame in Ireland in the 1950s when his radio show Living with Lynch was broadcast on Sunday nights on Radio Éireann. He was also a founding member of the Radio Éireann Players and played in productions of Teresa Deevy[1] plays amongst others. He had a career with the Abbey Theatre[2] between 1967-1981 where he appeared on stage. Lynch appeared in the popular ABC/Thames TV sitcom Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width between 1968 and 1970, and in its spin-off feature film in 1973. His other notable film roles included The Siege of Sidney Street (1960), The Running Man (1963), Girl with Green Eyes (1964), The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), Ulysses (1967), Loot (1970), The Mackintosh Man (1973), The Outsider (1980), If You Go Down in the Woods Today (1981) and Eat the Peach (1986). In the 1970s Lynch made regular guest appearances as Elsie Tanner's boyfriend in the long-running Granada TV soap Coronation Street.

In 1962, and again in 1977, Lynch won a Jacob's Award for his acting on RTÉ television.

By 1979 Lynch was back in Ireland and made his first appearances as Dinny Byrne in the RTÉ soap Bracken. Later the Dinny Byrne character would feature in the long-running RTÉ soap Glenroe – along with his catchphrase "Is there an'thin' stirrin?"

Lynch quit Glenroe after being "shamefully treated" and offered "small potatoes" when he asked for a pay rise. He was also upset that he was not to get a pension. RTÉ refuted these claims.[3] Lynch criticised RTÉ for preventing him from doing other acting work alongside Glenroe. "I was terrible restricted in RTÉ, they wouldn't let me off for anything, even commercials."[4]

Lynch was also the voice of the main antagonist Grundel the Toad of the Don Bluth film Thumbelina, his final audio work before his death seven years later.



Year Film Role Director Notes
1960 The Night Fighters Seamus Tay Garnett
1960 The Siege of Sidney Street Sgt. Todd Robert S. Baker
Monty Berman
1961 Johnny Nobody Tinker Nigel Patrick
1963 The List of Adrian Messenger Cyclist John Huston Uncredited
1963 The Running Man Roy Tanner Carol Reed
1964 Girl with Green Eyes Andy Devlin Desmond Davis
1965 Young Cassidy 1st Hurler Jack Cardiff
John Ford
1965 The Face of Fu Manchu Custodian Don Sharp
1967 Ulysses Blazes Boylan Joseph Strick
1967 Robbery Lorry driver Peter Yates Uncredited
1969 The Best House in London Policeman Philip Saville Uncredited
1970 Loot Father O'Shaughnessy Silvio Narizzano
1973 Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width Patrick Brendan Kevin Aloysius Kelly Ronnie Baxter
1973 The MacKintosh Man 1st Garda John Huston
1976 Never Too Young to Rock Russian Soldier Dennis Abey
1979 The Saint and the Brave Goose Capt. Finnigan Cyril Frankel
1979 The Outsider Sean Thompson Tony Luraschi
1981 If You Go Down in the Woods Today Shepherd Eric Sykes
1986 Eat the Peach Boss Murtagh Peter Ormrod
1994 Thumbelina Grundel (voice) Don Bluth
Gary Goldman

TV series

Year Title Role Notes
1958 Theatre Night Christopher Mahon 2.02 "The Heart's a Wonder"
1959 The Anne Shelton Show 4 episodes
1964 No Hiding Place Paddy 6.07 "An Eye for an Eye"
1964 Compact Hennegan 4 episodes
1965 Thirty-Minute Theatre Kieron 1.08 "The Late Arrival of the Incoming Aircraft"
1966 Redcap Sgt. O'Brien 2.01 "Crime Passionel"
1966 Insurrection Cathal Brugha 1.05 "Thursday, 27 April 1916: When We Are All Wiped Out"
1966 Armchair Theatre Des Humphries 6.18 "Great Big Blonde"
1967 Ó Dúill Liam Ó Dúill Television miniseries
1967 Sanctuary Mr. Daly 1.09 "You Can't Touch Me"
1967 The Gamblers Mullery 1.01 "Read 'em and Weep"
1967-1971 Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width Patrick Kelly 41 episodes
1968 Thirty-Minute Theatre Mr. Hill 3.21 "Eveline"
1968 The Jazz Age Fetch 1.04 "The Assassin"
1969 Love Story 8.05 "Look Out! It's Margaret Mitchell's Solicitors!"
1969 All Star Comedy Carnival Patrick Brendan Kevin Aloysius Kelly Television film
1970 Happy Ever After Wiggy 2.01 "Come Back Stranger"
1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre Michael O'Connor 2.41 "Slattery's Mounted Foot"
1972 ITV Sunday Night Drama Finbar O'Sullivan 7.03 "The Sanctuary Man"
1973 Crown Court George Wills 2.91 "The Night for Country Dancing"
1973 The View from Daniel Pike Jim Murphy 2.04 "None So Blind"
1973 The Frighteners Bob Blaw 1.02 "Glad to Be of Help"
1974 Childhood Michael O'Donovan 1.02 "An Only Child"
1974 The Tommy Cooper Hour
1974 The Playboy of the Western World Michael James Television film
1975 Crown Court Eric Flynn 4.01 "Ring in the New Year"
1975 Rule Britannia! Paddy O'Brien 7 episodes
1976-1979 Chorlton and the Wheelies Narrator / Various Characters 17 episodes
1976 Breakdown Dick Culver Television film
1976 Whodunnit? Art Selby 4.05 "A Bad Habit"
1978-1980 Coronation Street Ron Mather 9 episodes
1979 Play for Today Stacey 9.10 "The Out of Town Boys"
1979 Return of the Saint Captain Finnigan 2 episodes
1979 The Hard Way Devane Television film
1980-1982 Bracken Dinny Byrne 11 episodes
1983 The Irish R.M. Sgt. Murray 4 episodes
1983-2000 Glenroe Dinny Byrne 13 episodes


  1. "The Teresa Deevy Archive".
  2. "The Abbey Theatre Archive".
  3. "`Small potatoes' forced Dinny to quit Glenroe". Irish Independent. 26 May 2000. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
  4. "Glenroe star dies suddenly". The Irish News. 3 August 2001. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
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