Earnest Kelly

Earnest Kelly
Appearances GTA Vice City
Full Name Earnest Kelly
Aliases Old Man Kelly


Gender Gender::Male
Nationality American
Home Vice City
Main Affiliations Tommy Vercetti
Businesses Print Works
Voiced by George DiCenzo

Earnest Kelly, credited as Old Man Kelly, is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. He is an employee of the print works in Vice City. He is voiced by George DiCenzo, who appeared in over thirty feature films.[1]

Character history

Earnest Kelly, at an unknown point in time, began working at the print works in Little Haiti, Vice City. In 1986 the company was purchased by Tommy Vercetti and the two form a plan to print money, with Kelly having fancied printing money on a small scale for years.[2] Vercetti later discovers a counterfeiting syndicate from the Vice City Triads and acquires high quality printing plates to produce better counterfeit money.[3] Kelly then begins to print the counterfeit money but is attacked and injured by some Forelli Family mobsters looking to collect payments for Sonny Forelli.[4] Vercetti, after insisting Kelly be taken to hospital, kills the mobsters and later Sonny Forelli. Vercetti later receives a phone call from Kelly explaining he was recovering and would be returning to work shortly.[5]


  • Earnest Kelly becomes somewhat of a surrogate father to Tommy Vercetti, while Vercetti appears to look up to Kelly as his own father had managed a print works.[6] When Kelly is attacked and injured, Vercetti also shows great concern for his wellbeing.[7]

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. 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. Forello'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: "Tommy...rip that guy a new asshole for me..."
    Tommy Vercetti: "I'm gonna rip him two!" (from the Cap the Collector mission)
  5. Earnest Kelly: "Tommy, for a raging lunatic you sure are naive... I'll be back at work soon. Teach ya a thing or two about life you hear?" (phone call after the Keep Your Friends Close... mission)
  6. 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)
  7. Tommy Vercetti: "Don't you worry pop, I'm not angry with you. Get him to the hospital." (from the Cap the Collector mission)