List of American actors of Irish descent

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This is a list of notable Irish American actors.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article and/or references showing the person is Irish American and a notable actor.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

The list is organized in reverse chronological order of birth decades.



















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  2. ^ Lee, Joseph & Marion R. Casey (2006). Making the Irish American: History and Heritage of the Irish in the United States. New York University Press. ISBN 0-8147-5208-X. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ Richards, Jeffrey H., ed. (1997). Early American Drama. Penguin Books. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ Hill, Constance Valis (2009). Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History. Oxford University Press. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ Queenan, Joe (July 15, 2010). "How the Irish took Hollywood". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on May 13, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Sweeney, Meghan (October 4, 2010). "Top 10 Irish-American Oscar winners". IrishCentral. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ Hernandez, Lee (January 7, 2009). "Jake T. Austin's 'powers' beyond TV". Daily News. Retrieved January 10, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Dakota Fanning Lives Out Her Dreams". Archived from the original on December 26, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "The JONAS Brothers talk purity rings & their Irish roots". YouTube. May 19, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c "Jonas Brothers Irish". YouTube. June 11, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  11. ^ Caramanica, Jon (July 15, 2009). "Tween Princess, Tweaked". New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2009. 
  12. ^ McCurdy, Jennette (May 23, 2011). "Fun fact about @jennettemccurdy". Tumblr. Retrieved November 23, 2014. "i'm swedish, irish, french, italian, and dutch."
  13. ^ Johnson, Jason (June 4, 2012). "Sidekick supreme". AsiaOne. Retrieved August 22, 2016. "The New Yorker of Irish, Italian, Spanish and English heritage..."
  14. ^ Brady, Tara (December 8, 2012). "Wandering Jack". The Irish Times. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  15. ^ Spáčilová, Tereza (June 4, 2009). "Hvězda z Karlíka a továrny na čokoládu Robbová: Johnny Depp mě nebavil". Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b Smolenyak, Megan (February 27, 2011). "Julia Roberts Isn't a Roberts". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 5, 2013. "Her roots on this half of her family tree extend back deeply enough that it would take extensive research to nail down the specifics, but the surnames suggest a mix of Irish, English, Scottish and Welsh."
  17. ^ Paul Ronan at IMDB
  18. ^ Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV – Oscar-nominated actress has family ties to Mercer County
  19. ^ "I’m an English-Irish girl who grew up in New York and moved around a lot with her dad's job" "My mother's Irish—she went to school in London when she was young—but she's full-on Irish, you can trace it back as far as you want. My father is from Manchester, England, with the accent."
  20. ^ Hiltbrand, David (February 11, 2014). "Lauren Cohan has turned killing zombies into a fine art in The Walking Dead". Retrieved September 5, 2016. "Cohan was born in Philadelphia of Scottish, Irish and Norwegian stock."
  21. ^ Kelly, Antoinette (November 20, 2010). "Darren Criss among Glee stars to perform in Dublin". IrishCentral. Retrieved February 21, 2012. "Criss, 23, is Half Filipino, Half Irish..."
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  23. ^ "A Scene Stealer Steps off the Sidelines: With a calculated move, actress Zooey Deschanel sheds the 'best friend' persona" (reprint), Los Angeles Times, February 16, 2003. Retrieved on December 1, 2007.
  24. ^ "Q: What nationality are you? A: Irish Italian". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Megan Fox on family background and celebrity inspired tattoo from Maxim Radio". Retrieved August 19, 2009. 
  26. ^ "This half Irish, half Cuban actor can dance for six hours straight! "I'm proud to have the Latin hips," he says!"
  27. ^ from interview found at " film_interview=1&interview_id=2213" – no longer online: "Hathaway's heritage actually goes back Ireland, and in particular, Cork and Donegal. "On my father's side, we have relatives all over Cork and Donegal. Ireland is such an amazing country, and I have this little dream in the back of my head that someday I'll end up living there. When I've established myself in America, and I don't need to live near the action, so to speak. If you're good, the work will come to you. I feel very Irish; maybe that's why I've been so lucky with my career.""
  28. ^ Barker, Lynn (May 17, 2006). "I'm everything. Pretty much I'm Filipino and Caucasian but within that, I'm Spain Spanish, Chinese, American Indian, Irish". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Miss September is red, hot and Irish"
  30. ^ Smolenyak, Megan (January 12, 2012). "A Peek into Blue Ivy Carter's Past". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  31. ^ "This place was a fair reflection of her Irish-Italian Catholic family's fortunes at this point.". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Lohan's dad in TV show bid. – Free Online Library". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Described as an "Italian-Irish beauty" at". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  34. ^ Moore, Mandy (as told to Kuster, Elizabeth) (August 2003). "60 Things I Want to Do Before I'm 30". Seventeen: 187. 
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  36. ^ Vincent, Mal (March 3, 2000). "Skip star Frankie Muniz finds sudden superstardom". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
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  38. ^ Dodger (August 15, 2002). "The Minx Effect". Dodger's Christina Ricci fan page. Archived from the original November 23, 2003. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
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  40. ^ "In the Valley of the Dolls". The Philippine Star. PhilStar Daily, Inc. November 2, 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  41. ^ Vilkomerson, Sara (April 11, 2007). "Wilde At Heart". New York Observer. Retrieved April 11, 2007. 
  42. ^ "Only half a Mick (mom's side-- Affleck is Scottish) sad to say..."
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  46. ^ Butler, Karen (April 3, 2002). "Siren's Song: Lara Flynn Boyle". The Irish Echo. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  47. ^ Murray, Rebecca (January 26, 2004). "Interview with Eddie Cahill and Jim Craig". Retrieved December 19, 2010. "Being an Irish-American..."
  48. ^ Lamb, Bill. "When and Where Did Mariah Carey Grow Up?". Retrieved March 31, 2012.
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  51. ^ Vely, Yannick (October 6, 2009). ""Kissing" Zooey". Paris Match. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  52. ^ Smolenyak, Megan (February/March 2014). "Jimmy Fallon Family Tree". Irish America. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  53. ^ "She says she rebelled against a strict Irish Catholic upbringing. Her parents counter that it wasn't especially rigid."
  54. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (October 21, 2005). "Threshold Plan Is a Success for Gugino". TV Guide.
  55. ^ Brady (2003). "In Step with Alyson Hannigan". Parade. Archived from the original on February 14, 2005. Retrieved February 18, 2016. "She's a redhead, Irish and both sexy and funny."
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  57. ^ Corcoran, Monica (September 1, 2004). "Man of Style: Josh Hartnett". InStyle. Retrieved February 17, 2013. "When I was in Ireland I went to a peninsula where my ancestors are from..."
  58. ^ "...the half-Irish, half-German natural blonde was a child model for Sears catalogs before landing small roles in commercial work.". November 24, 1978. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  59. ^ Patrick (2004). "Robert Kelly Live". Archived from the original on June 18, 2006. Retrieved February 18, 2016. "I'm friggin' Irish, my name is Robert Patrick Kelly...I look like a little Mexican dishwasher, I don't know what the hell happened...maybe my mother had sex with the paper boy Raul."
  60. ^ Kennedy does stand-up
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  63. ^ Kutcher said he was "Irish, Bohemian and Native American" on The Tonight Show, August 12, 2003; Kutcher's mother is Irish-American
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  66. ^ Davis, Peter (January 23, 2009). "When Danny met Bijou". Paper. Archived from the original on October 21, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  67. ^ "McCarthy grew up in Chicago in an Irish Catholic family...". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  68. ^ "Very close to the dark shade that I have now. I am Irish after all and I come by the black hair and white skin thing naturally. Unlike Michael Jackson.". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  69. ^ "Danica McKellar Biography (1975-)". Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  70. ^ Staff (July 19, 2004). "Momoa Makes Hawaii Hot". Extra. Retrieved February 12, 2013. "She's Irish, German, Native-American," Jason told us. "Fifty-seven, baby."
  71. ^ "...she is Irish on both sides of her family. Her mother’s family are Moriartys from County Donegal and County Clare. Her father’s side are Moynahans from County Cork. She has visited Ireland many times, and has an Aunt Bridget in Ireland who was delighted to meet her, largely because she was so happy that her name was being passed along..."
  72. ^ McGoldrick, Debbie (2005). "Brittany: I'm Irish!". Irish Voice. Retrieved November 18, 2009. “My family is very Irish".
  73. ^ a b "Jerry O'Connell and his younger brother Charlie (Sliders) have always been close. "We're Irish twins, 14 months apart," says Jerry, 30.". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  74. ^ "Star of NCIS: Los Angeles" "When he called his Irish-Catholic parents back in Chicago to tell them about it, his mother was so upset she hung up on him."
  75. ^ Staff (January 29, 2009). "O'Mara becomes a U.S. citizen". Daily Express. Retrieved December 25, 2013. "Irish-born actor Jason O'Mara is celebrating after he was sworn in as an American citizen..."
  76. ^ "Heather O'Rourke Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  77. ^ Ryan, Maureen (November 16, 2006). "Ana Ortiz on Ugly Betty: 'I definitely have a Queens connection'". Chicago Tribune. "My father’s Puerto Rican and my mother’s Irish".
  78. ^ Braun, Liz (April 7, 2001). "Potter has planted her roots". Retrieved December 6, 2010. "Around the age of 14, the Irish Catholic was attracted to the calm and order of the orders..."
  79. ^ Rob Owen (April 2, 2006). "The Insiders: 4/2/06". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  80. ^ Miller, Oliver (September 23, 2010). "Hurt Locker Star Jeremy Renner on Ditching His Mom, Dancing With Madonna". TV Replay. Retrieved February 8, 2012. "My mom's good. You know, she's Irish; she can make things happen."
  81. ^ Staff (March 20, 2012). "My Irish dad would pretend to be a gay hairdresser!". Irish Independent. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  82. ^ "Vince Vaughn: Company". Retrieved May 24, 2006. 
  83. ^ "The youngest of nine children in a strict Irish Catholic family, Wahlberg spent much of his teen years dealing drugs and picking fights on the streets of Dorchester, Mass., a working-class section of Boston.". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  84. ^ Buckmaster, Luke (April 14, 2006). "Paul Walker: A Man for All Seasons". In Film Australia. Archived from the original on August 22, 2006. Retrieved January 16, 2006. "I’m Irish and German..."
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  86. ^ [1] "My father has Irish heritage. My mom took a trip to Ireland — a very short trip — and when she saw Ireland, she was like, “I’ve got to take my husband here because he will be amazed to see all his relatives.”"
  87. ^ "Edward Burns, writer, director, and featured actor in The Brothers McMullen is now being hailed as the Irish-American Woody Allen."
  88. ^ "I'm mostly Welsh, and then one-quarter Japanese, Irish and French Canadian,". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  89. ^ "Jim Carrey Becomes New U.S. Citizen". People. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  90. ^ [2] "My mom's 100 percent Irish, and in my family we've always called acting blarney."
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  97. ^ "The institute's advisory board includes such American Irish luminaries as... actress Karen Duffy...". January 1, 1970. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
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  99. ^ "We were a large, Irish family growing up in the Midwest who wanted to see humor in everything."
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  102. ^ Seipp, Catherine (June 1994). "Cameos". Premiere. Archived from the original on May 2, 2006. Retrieved February 18, 2016. "School Ties, a passion project of Stanley Jaffe's, chief of Paramount and one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, in which the Irish Catholic Fraser played a Jewish quarterback in a bigoted '60s prep school."
  103. ^ "This half-Italian, half-Irish, New Jersey transplant says she may have the leading role...". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  104. ^ Interview previously available at
  105. ^ "LAUREN: Yeah, and you're Irish and I'm Irish.". March 1, 2002. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  106. ^ "And I don't want to be comfortable. I'm 100% Irish Catholic, and what am I going to do?". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  107. ^ Hall said he was "Irish and Italian" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, can be seen at [4]
  108. ^ [5] "After growing up as part of a large Irish family (seven kids), she trained as a nurse and worked specifically with cancer patients."
  109. ^ "Instead, the 29-year-old Irish-American New Yorker has been living off the independent film industry since 1993.". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  110. ^ [6] "Waterbury, Connecticut, October 26, 1961 – Mark Anthony McDermott is born to a pair of Catholic teenagers: the Italian American Diane, only 15 years of age, and the Irish American Richard, just 17." [7] ""I'm Irish", he says, pinching his cheeks, "It goes right to my face.""
  111. ^ [8] "It was love at first sight, he says, tears puddling his ice-blue eyes. "She was, 'Who is this Irish guy?' She didn't understand."
  112. ^ [9]
  113. ^ [10] "I come from an Irish Catholic family that suffered a tragedy where emotions weren't dealt with on any kind of real level." [11] "LAUREN: Yeah, and you’re Irish and I’m Irish."
  114. ^ [12] "I am, in this moment, a part of the O'Malley clan and we're in Massachusetts; so, technically, I'm Irish and this shouldn't be a problem."
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  116. ^ Eby, Douglas (December 11, 2006). "Ellen Pompeo: strength and tenacity from a challenging early life". The Inner Actor. Archived from the original on August 20, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2016. "I come from a Catholic Irish-Italian family..."
  117. ^ [13] [14] "Now 39, John Reilly grew up in a tough neighbourhood on the south side of Chicago. He was the fifth of six children born to a Lithuanian mother and an Irish-Catholic father."
  118. ^ "So where does Mary come from? Molly Shannon: It's a lot based on my own experience. I'm from an Irish Catholic family.". "CrankyCritic. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  119. ^ "He is half Jewish and half Irish..." [15] "Being of Irish and Jewish heritage, Stiller’s parents, serve green matzoh ball soup during their annual Saint Patrick’s Day dinner... Stiller’s great-grandfather, James Meara came to the United States from Liverpool aboard the Parthia on May 19, 1881."
  120. ^ Johnson, Hillary (March 1999). "Courtney kicks back". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2016. "I'm sturdy Irish stock."
  121. ^ [16][dead link] "L.A. residents are famous (and ridiculed) for their reluctance to flout jaywalking laws, but "it was my Boston Irish Catholic upbringing" that stopped her, she explains."
  122. ^ "Donnie Wahlberg on". Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  123. ^ Stated in a commercial interview that Walsh did for Cadillac; "Kate Walsh "The Elegant, Sexy and Luxurious CTS"". 
  124. ^ "". Retrieved December 6, 2010. "Wilson grew up in Dallas, the middle child of Irish Catholic parents who were both funny and creative; his mother is a photographer, his father a writer. The family is prone to a melancholy moodiness, an "Irish strain of depression," Wilson said, that goes back generations. "The Irish way of dealing with that is humor," he added." "It's supposed to be England, if we go back to Jack the Ripper time. I don't know where, maybe Prague and London. I would like it to be Dublin, to be Ireland, because that's where my ancestors are from and I think I get along well with Irish people." Ah, the luck of the Irish!"
  125. ^ "still something a little too real about this morgue-pale, floppy-thin Irish-Italian for him to count as a bona fide star."
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  129. ^ [17] "When not working, Lenny would spend time kibitzing with his large, Irish family, sharing his unique blue-collar take on life."
  130. ^ [18] "Native, Irish and German Ancestry"
  131. ^ [19] "Christened Mary Cathleen Collins, she was known as Cathleen or Cathy in this Irish/German/Dutch-California family..."
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  136. ^ [20] "The forty-one-year-old Heaton, who grew up in an Irish Catholic family of five in Cleveland, readily admits that her own childhood was hardly fancy fare."
  137. ^ [21] "How far out can a girl who grew up as one of three children in a German/Irish Catholic family go?"
  138. ^ [22] "Q: "Even though you were born into an Irish Catholic blue-collar family, just about everyone assumes that you're Jewish and that you changed your name from Rabinowitz. How did that impression catch hold and how do you feel about it?"" [23] "Lane sprouted from an Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Jersey City..."
  139. ^ [24] "American-Irish comedian and the last angry man Denis Leary in-true-form defied Irish smoking laws and sparked-up numerous cigarettes during his sold-out Point concert at the weekend..."
  140. ^ [25] "KING: Are you angry, Bill? Are you by nature angry? MAHER: You see that I'm trying – Irish, all Irish people are. KING: Why is that? We have never discussed this. MAHER: Potatoes, Larry. We didn't have enough potatoes in the 1850s. They ran out of them. It has been in out blood ever since. KING: It does stem back from that? MAHER: But I think we need more angry people, and among them Democrats. That's why Democrats used to be great Irish politicians. And there is not enough of those Irish..."
  141. ^ [26] "The Irish-born actor intends to play Joe Astor..."
  142. ^ [27] "McGinley, whose paternal great-grandfather hailed from Donegal..."
  143. ^ Kate Mulgrew – Biography
  144. ^ [28] [29] "Murray, who will be spending more time at home in upstate New York, has come a distance from his humble Irish roots. Growing up in a large Catholic family in the suburbs of Chicago, Murray was one of nine children of Lucille and Edward Murray, a lumber salesman." [30] "I'm a hundred per cent Irish. I'm an American – but the blood is green."
  145. ^ [31] "One of seven children born into a wealthy Irish-American family..." [32] "The O'Keefe name forever associates him with the Emerald Isle and the third generation Irishman has relatives living in Wicklow, Limerick and Cork..."
  146. ^ "interview with miriam o'callaghan". June 24, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  147. ^ [33] "Born in Brooklyn, New York, Colin Quinn has come to represent the quintessential Irish American comedian: pissed off, cynical and hilarious."
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  149. ^ [34] "And get this? Washed-up Irish American actor Mickey Rourke was at the center of controversy."
  150. ^ [35] "An awful lot of Americans have an Irish ancestry. Do you? Both of my parents are half Irish... it wasn't a real strong part of my upbringing. Being Catholic was but not being Irish... I just felt it would work best for my knowledge and for a general audience being set in Ireland.... Because you yourself are Irish?"
  151. ^ [36] "The oldest of a large Irish Catholic family, Julia's first step on the path to disillusion comes when her mother tells her that her birthday is in October, not September."
  152. ^ [37] "But John Travolta has more of a claim than others being half Irish on his mother Helen's side and growing up in a predominantly Irish neighbourhood in New Jersey. His mother was also a drama coach. Although the Italian side of his lineage is what he is most recognised for, Travolta himself sees it differently. He told Plus Magazine recently, "The emotional, romantic, whimsical part of me is Irish. Spiritually, I probably feel more like an Irishman – that's where my heart is.""
  153. ^ [38] "the handsome Irish-Italian actor..."
  154. ^ [39] "There’s something about him Irish. “Definitely Irish. Half Irish, half French-Canadian, half English. I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone. My brother fell off the highest peak in Killarney and I rescued him, saved his life. He owes me. My brother, like my father, is a musician, a piano player. I come from a musical family and I was intimidated by it for a long time—I sublimated my musical yearnings.”"
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  157. ^ [40] "I'm Irish, my mother was Irish, and I have a million superstitions"
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  159. ^ [41] "Garr’s Irish relatives emigrated from Cork to New York in the early part of the last century. “They started a mortuary in midtown and then they moved to Philadelphia.” Garr’s father, Eddie Garr, was an actor-comedian on the vaudeville circuit... “Aunt Alice was smart and funny and a great Irish Catholic. She went to Mass every day but she also liked to have a few drinks and tell dirty jokes. She was so great and sometime I think that’s where I get my humor.”"
  160. ^ [42] "DK: I'm an Irish Catholic. And you know what that means."
  161. ^ [43] "Agnes Kline, his mother, was of Irish descent and a Catholic, and Robert, his father, was Jewish... In fact, after this interview for Irish America, I have to rush off for another one with The Jewish Light."
  162. ^ [44] "Those feelings are not because I had at one dark time been a Liberal, but because I’m Irish-American."
  163. ^ [45] "The bride's father, the hotheaded Irish-American actor Ryan O'Neal..."
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  166. ^ "Sarandon learns about Welsh roots". BBC News. November 28, 2006. 
  167. ^ [46] [47] "He was born Ramon Estevez in 1940, in Ohio, the seventh of 10 children of a Spanish immigrant father and an Irish mother."
  168. ^ [48] "The blonde actress grew up with a father who was an alcoholic, as were many of her relatives – and she believes her heritage has a lot to do with it. She says, "My people are from Ireland so we have a bit of a drinking problem."
  169. ^ [49] [50] "Born William “Billy” Millar July 4, 1931 at White House by Belfast, Northern Ireland."
  170. ^ [51] "...wasn't all that unusual a choice for an Irish Catholic middle-class kid growing up in Philadelphia. Cop, priest, fireman, Brother. The options were limited."
  171. ^ [52] "We're also both Irish. "Eccentric," she says. "When I was in Ireland recently, I went there to do a play, I picked up a book called Irish Eccentrics. I wouldn't be anything else. It's the saddest damn history I've ever seen, and now I can't get enough of Irish history. And, I married an Englishman."
  172. ^ [53] [54] "Carlin... primarily raised by their mother...Mary Carlin, a devout Irish Catholic..."
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  174. ^ [55] "Brian Dennehy was a burly, light-haired supporting player... whose Irish charm and engaging grin made him a popular second-tier star in the 1980s."
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  178. ^ [56] [57] "Malachy McCourt was born in Brooklyn, USA and from the age of three was raised in Limerick, Ireland..."
  179. ^ [58] on Nicholson's maternal grandmother: "She began as Ethel May Rhoads of Chester, Pennsylvania, only daughter of upright Pennsylvania Dutch Protestants, and when she married John Nicholson, a working class Irish Catholic, her irate family broke their ties and disinherited her."
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