Our Favorite Irish Actors and Actresses


In honor of St Patrick’s Day… here are our favorite actors and actresses of Irish descent

Patrick_DuffyWe start off with a tv legend, Patrick Duffy on DALLAS . And here is something cool, his birthday is March 17..happy birthday bobby aka patrick

Daniel Day-Lewis 2012 4_3896_L Oscar winner for Lincoln Daniel Day Lewis is also a native of the emerald isle

shannen doughertyOnce teen sweetheart , Shannon Doherty of 90210 is also irish.

Brosnan, PierceThe former super spy , Pierce Brosnan, is native Irish.

anne mearaActress Anne Meara is as well. She played Steve’s mom on Sex and the City.  Here she is with her hilarious husband the one and only Jerry Stiller. They have a famous son, Ben.

archie bunker Archie Bunker aka the late actor Carroll O Connor

bing crosby the late singer and actor Bing Crosby is best known for the Christmas song White Christmas. I am also distantly related to him.

13618233_orihis daughter Mary will go down in tv history as the woman who shot JR.

Stephen-ColbertChicago native , Stephen Colbert was a student at Northwestern and was recently honored by Lookingglass Theatre

Sean-HayesAnother boy from the Windy City, Sean Patrick Hayes, famous for playing Jack on “Will and Grace.”

karen-walkerMegan Mullally was his partner in crime as Karen Walker.

rosie o donnellRosie O Donnell , has done it all television, movies and stage

"17 Again" Los Angeles Premiere - ArrivalsFirst known as Chandler from “Friends” Matthew Perry has some Irish in him as well. Now he makes us laugh as Ryan King on NBC’s hilarious hit “Go On”

monica  courteney coxCourteney Cox has it in her as well. She played the neurotic Monica, but now she is queen of the cul de sac on TBS’ “Cougar Town.”

nm_baldwin_brothers_ss_101221_sshHere are the Baldwin brothers, Daniel , Stephen , and big bro Alec who was best known as Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock”

neil_patrick_harrisNeil Patrick Harris is legend -wait for it – dary as man whore Barney on “How I Met Your Mother.”

lilly pad  allyson hanniganAllyson Hannigan is so sweet as Lily on “HIMYM” as well

laura_innes_01Laura Innes played the big boss on classic show “ER”

GeorgeClooney_065909 Another Irish Oscar winner, George Clooney got his start on “ER” as Dr Doug Ross

maura tierneyMaura Tierney was on “ER” as well. Now she is on “The Good Wife” with another ER alum, Julianna Marguilles

Kevin ConnellyKevin Connolly was described as a leprechaun by Ari on “Entourage”

mc dreamyHe has to be the most handsome irish man on television, Patrick  Dempsey stars on “Grey’s Anatomy” as Dr Derek Shepherd

Ellen-Pompeo Irish and Italian is the lovely Ellen Pompeo as the troubled Dr Meredith Grey on GA.

katherine-heigl Katherine Heigl played the heroic Dr Izzy Stevens as well.

kate_walsh300She went from Seattle to LA, Kate Walsh was Dr Addison Montgomery on “Private Practice.”  She is also an alum of the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston.

john and joan cusackJoan and John Cusack are alums of Piven as well. John is the best friend of Jeremy Piven.

nathan fillionjNathan Fillion charms as Richard Castle on ABC’s hit “Castle”

molly-quinn-05Molly Quinn plays his grown daughter, Alexis

castle-Seamus-Dever-2and Seamus Dever plays one of his partners in crime, Kevin Ryan

darren criss and chris colferAren’t they the most adorable Irish couple you will ever see .It’s Darren Criss and Chris Colfer as Blaine and Kurt on GLEE

JohnnyChitown’s own Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hoffsteder on mega hit “The Big Bang Theory ” on CBS.

tumblr_lnaqqoo1oG1qzagruKaley Cuoco is the love of his life , Penny

50885163John C McGinley was the hilarious and cynical Dr Perry Cox on “Scrubs”

neil flynnand Neil Flynn was hilarious as the “Janitor” Now he is on the ABC Comedy “The Middle.”

110816042552_ed-oneil-as-al-bundyYoungstown native Ed O Neil played the ultimate man on “Married With Children” Now he stars on ABC’s “Modern Family.”

Adian Quinnhandsome movie star , Aidan Quinn

30th Anniversary MOCA Gala - ArrivalsChris O Donnell stars on CBS ‘s “NCIA LA”

"Ondine" Screening - 2009 Toronto International Film Festival Another delicious irishman, Colin Farrell

conan-obrien-1-sizedTBS Funny man Conan O Brien

molly-shannonthe wild and crazy  SNL alum Molly Shannon

David-Caruso-cm01 and who is that peering from those shades ? why it’s Horatio Caine of “CSI Miami” or David Caruso

Happy St Pat’s from Chitownstarconnections. And let’s be careful out there.



About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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