Francis Cronin

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Francis Cronin
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Francis John Cronin

Dublin, Ireland
Alma materTempleogue College

Francis Cronin is an Irish actor and comedian and recipient of a Presidential Commission in 2007.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Francis was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland where he attended Templeogue College Secondary School. After leaving Templeogue college he started to study a BA in Arts and later joined the Irish Aircorps.


In 2005 Francis served with the United Nations on the UNMIL peace enforcing mission in Liberia and on his return began an Irish Army cadetship as part of the 82nd Cadet class and received a presidential commission in 2007 'Winning the tactical sword for leadership'. He retired a lieutenant in 2008.[2]

While serving in the Irish Defense Forces he began a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychological studies and Spanish at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In 2008 he opened an Irish bar 'The Temple Bar' in Guadalajara, Mexico.[3] Francis achieved national acclaim for his video series documenting his adventures on his YouTube channel Glowpunk.[4]

After living his entire final year of university in a tent Francis performed a one man show Tent Boy[5] in which "he distilled his experiences of living in the tent down to a performance" in the Galway,[6] Muscailt Arts Festival in 2013 at the Bank of Ireland Theatre, Galway.[7][8] While living in the tent in his six part series documenting his adventures he interviewed Irish comedian Des Bishop and Owen Colgan of the Hardy Bucks.[9] He is currently studying acting at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Hollywood, Los Angeles. He began performing standup comedy in 2013 and has since performed with Emmy Award winning Saturday Night Live alumnus Dana Carvey and Christopher Titus of pawnography fame. Francis has also starred in 'The Funster' YouTube series by Carvey where he portrays a hopeful tech entrepreneur. He is currently working on and guest starring in with ex-SNL head writer and screenwriter Fred Wolf.[10][11]

Francis was a series regular on Equals Three productions Date Debate and Comedians On And a series regular in Ray William Johnson's viral video sketches which receive over 50 million views a month. Francis has played the lead in the theatrical productions Nick Dear's Frankenstein in which he played The Creature. The Jacksonian by Beth Henley in which he played Dr. Bill Perch. 12 Angry Men in which he played Juror number 5. Dramatis Personae where he played John Rose. He also performed alongside Meena Suvari at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival.[12][13]


TV series[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Happy Camper GlowPunk
2013 The Boys Jimmy John Joe
2013 The Funster
2014 Beyond the Comics Self
2015 Comedians On Self
2016 Date Debate Self


Year Title Role
2015 A Friend in Need Vincent
2016 Dilemma Tony
2016 Dr. Elevator Jacob Jefferson (J.J)
2016 Frenchman's Flat Murphy
2016 And We Are Live Frankie
2016 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Performed with Meena Suvari



  • Frankenstein by playwright Nick Dear. Played the lead role of The Creature.
  • The Jacksonian by Pulitzer prize winning playwright Beth Henley. Played the lead Dr. Bill Perch.
  • 12 Angry Men by playwright Reginald Rose. Played Juror Number 5.
  • Dramatis Personae by playwright Don Nigro. Playing John Rose.


Francis was nominated for Outsider person of the year 2013[16] and won the Waff (Wee Adventure Film Festive) People's choice Award 2012 for his other comedic adventure videos on his YouTube channel glowpunk.[10] Francis also received an honorary head case award from[17]


  1. ^ "Student to save money by living in a tent". Galway Independent. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Merriment and What Not". Galway Advertiser. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Temple Bar, Guadalajara". Celtic life international. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Francis Cronin, a final year Psychology and Spanish student announced". Sin Newspaper (12). 3 April 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Francis Cronin, adventurer and filmmaker". Outsider. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Living in Crappy Student Accommodation?". Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Merriment And What Not' Unleashed For 13th Nui Galway Múscailt Festival". National University of Ireland, Galway. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Francis comes in from wild to share his experiences". Connacht Tribune. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  9. ^ "The Hardy Bucks Movie (2013)". IMDb. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Frankie Cronin bio". Flappers Comedy Club. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  11. ^ Maguire, Siobhán (23 September 2012). "Student camps out on campus". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Francis Cronin". IMDb. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Bhopal boy's Hollywood footprints". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Francis Cronin". IMDb. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  15. ^ "2016 Orpheus Artists". Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Outsider People of the Year 2013". Outsider. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Additional Honors & Awards". LinkedIn. Retrieved 7 February 2015.