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"Tommy that guy a new asshole for me..."
―Earnest Kelly

Earnest Kelly, credited as Old Man Kelly, is a character in Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Kelly is a long-time worker at the Print Works in Little Havana/Little Haiti, which would be bought over by Tommy Vercetti.

Earnest Kelly was voiced by the late George DiCenzo.[1]


Life up to 1986

Having worked at the print works for a long time, Earnest has always fancied printing money, albeit on a smaller scale.[2]


With the help of Tommy, Earnest acquires high quality printing plates to produce better counterfeit money.[3] It also appears Tommy has a soft spot for the old man, as his own father managed a print works when Vercetti was younger.[4] As a result, Tommy seems to bond with Earnest right after their first meeting.

Tommy shows extreme concern and anger when Earnest is injured by Forelli Family enforcers who have come to take "their cut".[5] Tommy then murders all of the Forelli enforcers, and eventually Sonny Forelli himself, along with Lance Vance.

Some time after the final mission, Tommy receives a phone call from Earnest, who is recovering from his injuries. Telling him, "Tommy, for a raging lunatic you sure are naive," and "I'll be back at work soon. Teach ya a thing or two about life you hear?".

Mission appearances

GTA Vice City



  1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City full credits list. Internet Movie Database.
  2. Earnest Kelly: "Oh, crap, sonny, low grade crap. I've always fancied printing money. It ain't too hard. You know, I've been doing it on a small scale for years.." (from the Spilling the Beans mission)
  3. Tommy Vercetti: "Alright, the courier's moving the plates from the docks today. I'm gonna go intercept them, grab the plates, lose any heat, and make my way back here." (from the Hit the Courier mission)
  4. Earnest Kelly: "Mr. Vercetti? Hey. You bought the old print works?"
    Tommy Vercetti: "Yeah, my old man used to work on these. I used to spend the evenings with him, cleaning the rollers... I was going to follow him in his trade, but...I lived a different life." (from the Spilling the Beans mission)
  5. Tommy Vercetti: "Ok, what's the emergency?"
    Earnest Kelly: "Tommy...some mob thugs ...said they'd come to take their cut... ...said it was a Mr. Forelli's money...I feel like crap".
    Tommy Vercetti: "Forelli? SONNY Forelli?"
    Earnest Kelly: "Yeah, that's the guy...I think...they were very insistent..."
    Tommy Vercetti: "I'm not angry with you. Get him to the hospital."
    Earnest Kelly: " that guy a new asshole for me..."
    Tommy Vercetti: "I'm gonna rip him two!" (from the Cap the Collector mission)

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