Tim Donnelly, 'Emergency!' Actor, Dead at 77

Tim Donnelly, ‘Emergency!’ Actor, Dead at 77

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Tim Donnelly, best known for playing fireman Chet Kelly on the 1970s T.V. series “Emergency!,” died suddenly on September 17, 2021, at age 77.

The Los Angeles County Fire Museum first shared the news. Donnelly held his television ties to the firefighter community quite dearly.

“We at the Fire Museum are heartbroken as we sure all of you will be as well regarding the following news. It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our friend, Tim Donnelly, this weekend,” a Facebook post read. “Tim, as you know, played Chet Kelly on the show ‘Emergency!’ among many other roles during his acting career. Tim is survived by his daughter, Ashley, two grandsons, his sister Kathleen and his brother Dennis.”

“To all the ‘Emergency!’ fans, we want you to know that he was very excited about coming to the Museum in January for the 50th Anniversary,” the post continued. “Many of the Museum Board Members have great memories of Tim from our time on Project 51 and personal contact. To his daughter, grandchildren, and siblings, we offer our sincerest condolences.”

Tim Donnelly, the actor, best known for playing fireman Chet Kelly on the 1970s T.V. series “Emergency!,” has died. He was 77.

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The Los Angeles County Fire Museum first shared the news. Donnelly held his television ties to the firefighter community quite dearly.

“We at the Fire Museum are heartbroken as we sure all of you will be as well regarding the following news. It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our friend, Tim Donnelly, this weekend,” a Facebook post read. “Tim, as you know, played Chet Kelly on the show ‘Emergency!’ among many other roles during his acting career. Tim is survived by his daughter, Ashley, two grandsons, his sister Kathleen and his brother Dennis.”

“To all the ‘Emergency!’ fans, we want you to know that he was very excited about coming to the Museum in January for the 50th Anniversary,” the post continued. “Many of the Museum Board Members have great memories of Tim from our time on Project 51 and personal contact. To his daughter, grandchildren, and siblings, we offer our sincerest condolences.”

N.B.C.’s “Emergency!” followed the crew of Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 51, particularly the paramedic team and Rampart Hospital, as they responded to emergencies in their functional area. Kelly was a key figure, and Donnelly appeared in 122 of the 129 episodes.

The only actors to have appeared in more episodes, according to IMDb, were Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London, Bobby Troup, Robert Fuller, Marco Lopez, and Mike Stoker.

Donnelly previously appeared in several episodes of “Dragnet,” “Project U.F.O.” and “Adam-12.”

“Emergency!” was created by Jack Webb and Robert A. Cinader, who also created “Dragnet” and “Adam-12.” Technically, “Emergency!” was a spinoff of “Adam-12,” which itself was a spinoff of “Dragnet.” “Emergency!” and “Adam-12” technically crossed over on two occasions.

Yes, the Jack Webb universe would have fit in very comfortably in today’s T.V. landscape.

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