Celebs With A Bit Of Irish

Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde
Star of ‘Tron Legacy’ and ‘House’, Olivia Wilde is Irish-American. Adopted her professional name “Wilde” after she developed a profound respect and admiration for Irish poet and writer Oscar Wilde and his body of literature. (Credit: ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Zachary Quinto
Zachary Quinto
His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of Irish descent. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones
Daughter of composer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, Rashida is of African, Irish, and Russian descent. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell
Is of Irish descent. Will has said on the Old School DVD commentary that his nationalities are Irish and Filipin. (Credit: Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
Rose McGowan
Rose McGowan
She is of French and Irish descent (Credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone
She is Irish-American. (Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi
Surname pronounced Buss-ehm-ee. Is of Italian and Irish-American ancestry. His mother is Irish-American. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Richard Gere
Richard Gere
Star of ‘Pretty Woman’, Richard Gere is Irish-American. (Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan
She is of Italian and Irish descent. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
Liam was a boxer as a teen-ager in Northern Ireland, which resulted in getting his nose broken at the age of 15. Nevertheless, he went on to win the Irish Youth Championship. A brief blackout after one of his fights, however, caused him to give up the ring for good. In an interview with the BBC, he said that Northern Irish Protestant minister Ian Paisley influenced his decision to become an actor. He use to sneak into the church in his hometown of Ballymena and watch Mr. Paisley preach. “He had a magnificent presence and it was incredible to watch this six foot-plus man just bible-thumping away. It was acting but it was also great acting and stirring too.”.(Credit: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Robert Downey Jr
Robert Downey Jr
He is of Irish and Russian-Jewish ancestry from his father’s side and German-Jewish and Scottish descent from his mother’s side. (Credit: TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore
Singer & Actress, Mandy Moore is of Irish and Cherokee descent on her father’s side and of English descent on her mother’s side. (Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke
The ‘Iron Man 2′ star is Irish American. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
U2
U2
One of the biggest bands in the world, Irish rock band, U2 hails from Dublin, Ireland. Formed in 1976. (Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen
His mother, Mary Ann Phelan, was an Irish immigrant with IRA connections, and his father, Francisco Estevez, was a Spaniard who came to the U.S. by way of Cuba. (Credit: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
Actor Matthew Broderick is Polish on his mother’s side and Irish on his father’s side. (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Lauren Graham
Actress Lauren Graham has Irish roots. Has a half sister, Maggie and a half brother, Chris. First paying job was in high school, in a video about Planned Parenthood. (Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)
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Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
Father was Irish, mother was Scottish. Was friends with fellow Irish actor Richard Harris. After Harris died, his family hoped that O’Toole would replace him as Professor Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Both he and his fellow Irish actor (and close friend), the late Richard Harris appeared in versions of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’: Harris played the 1977 film version Gulliver’s Travels and O’Toole played the Emperor of Lilliput in the 1996 TV-film version Gulliver’s Travels, where Ted Danson played Gulliver. (Credit: Frederick M Brown/Getty Images)
Paul Walker
Paul Walker
His grandfather Paul Walker, Jr. (aka. “Irish” Billy Walker) was a professional boxer. Is of Irish descent. (Credit: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
Rose Byrne
Rose Byrne
Is of Scottish and Irish descent (Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Michaela Conlin
Michaela Conlin
Actress Michaela Conlin of Fox’s ‘Bones’. Her mother is Chinese American and father is Irish American. Michaela has one older sister. She will be seen along fellow Irishman, Matthew McConaughey in ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’. (Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Natasha McElhone
Natasha McElhone
Her mother (Noreen) is Irish. (Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Patricia Heaton
Patricia Heaton
Irish-American. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Received American Citizenship at the US District Court House in Los Angeles in 2004. He has dual citizenship: Irish and American. He was made a Freeman of Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland (the town he lived in until he moved to England in 1964) on 11th November 1999. His primary residence is in Malibu, California. Owns his own production company, Irish DreamTime. Its first release was The Nephew. Became an American citizen on 23 September 2004 but still plans to keep his Irish citizenship. (Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Sean Patrick Flanery
Sean Patrick Flanery
He is of Irish descent. (Credit: John Shearer/Getty Images)
Robin Tunney
Robin Tunney
Irish American; her father emigrated from Ireland and her mother is a first generation Irish-American. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Mark and Donnie Wahlberg
Mark and Donnie Wahlberg
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 30: Actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg attend the game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center December 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Rachel Hurd-Wood
Rachel Hurd-Wood
She is half Irish. (Credit: TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton
Is half English and half Irish (Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images)
George Clooney
George Clooney
Irish-American descent. (Credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick
The star of “Up In The Air” is of Irish descent. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Emmy Rossum
Emmy Rossum
Emmy Dutch and Scot-Irish. (Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Dermot Mulroney
Dermot Mulroney
Is of predominantly Irish ancestry. All of his siblings have traditional Irish names. (Credit: Randy Pearson/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images)
Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci
Her paternal grandfather was of Italian descent. The remainder of her ancestry is Scots-Irish. (Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
His father is of Irish ancestry, while his mother is half Choctaw Indian and half Italian. (Credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Bill Murray
Bill Murray
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Chris Evans
Chris Evans
Is of Irish and Italian descent. (Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Rachel McAdams & Channing Tatum
Rachel McAdams & Channing Tatum
His ancestry includes Irish, French, and Native American & she is of Irish decent. (Credit: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl
She is half Irish and half German. (Credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Ed O'Neill
Ed O'Neill
Star of ‘Modern Family’ & Married With Children’, Ed O’Neil is an Irish-American…Sofía Vergara is from Colombia, not Irish. (Credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Graham
Heather Graham
‘The Hangover’ star is of Irish Catholic extraction. (Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images0
Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher
Actor Ashton Kutcher is mostly Irish American descent. He also has some Native American and Bohemian (the source of his surname) ancestry. (Credit: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Laura Prepon
Laura Prepon
She is of half-Russian-Jewish and half-Irish-Catholic descent. (Credit: Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images)
Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy
Actor Cillian Murphy of ‘Batman Begins’ & ‘The Dark Knight’. As of 2006 he is the most nominated Irish Actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards with 6 nominations. He is fluent in French and Irish. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper
His father, Charlie Cooper, is of Irish heritage and his mother, Gloria Cooper (formerly Campano) is of Italian heritage. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Brendon Gleeson
Brendon Gleeson
He played Irish leader Michael Collins in The Treaty. He later had a supporting role in the biopic Michael Collins. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
She has Irish ancestry. (Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan
Irish-American on her father’s side and Jewish-American on her mother’s side, Hannigan was raised in the Jewish faith. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Kristen Bell
Star of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall’, Kristen Bell is of Irish and Polish descent. (Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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Christian Slater
Christian Slater
Actor Christian Slater is of English/Irish descent. (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell
Son of Irish football player, Eamon Farrell. Auditioned to become a member of the Irish boyband, Boyzone, but was turned down. Daredevil marks the first time he has been able to use his own Irish accent in an American movie. (Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
John Travolta
John Travolta
Is of Italian descent on his father’s side and Irish descent on his mother’s side. (Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh
Star of ABC’s ‘Private Practice’, Kate Walsh’s mother is Italian and her father is Irish. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
John C. Reilly
John C. Reilly
Born to an American father (of Irish ancestry) and a Lithuanian mother. He is the fifth of six children. (Credit: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Dane Cook
Dane Cook
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Carla Gugino
Carla Gugino
Is of Italian, Irish, and English descent. (Credit: Frederick M Brown/Getty Images)
Andrian Grenier
Andrian Grenier
Native American and Irish parentage (Credit: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
Josh Hartnett
Josh Hartnett
The ‘Pearl Harbor’ Star is of Swedish and Irish descent. (Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Kevin Dillon
Kevin Dillon
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Denis Leary
Denis Leary
Irish-American (Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images0
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
Is of French, Irish, German and Native American descent. (Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Kevin Connolly
Kevin Connolly
Star of ‘HBO’s Entourage’, actor Kevin Connolly is of Irish ancestry. (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
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James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
Actor James Earl Jones is of African-American, American Indian and Irish ancestry. His paternal great-great-grandmother, Parthenia Connolly, was a native of Ireland who worked as an indentured servant. She married a former slave named Brice. Because Brice had no surname of his own, he took his wife’s name Connolly. His maternal grandmother, Maggie Anderson, was part Choctaw Indian. He also has Cherokee ancestry. (Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Anthony Michael Hall
Anthony Michael Hall
Is of Irish and Italian heritage. (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Catherine Zeta-Jone
Catherine Zeta-Jone
Mother is Irish, father is Welsh. (Credit: JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
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Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
His mother, June Nicholson, was of Irish and Dutch descent. He never knew his father and was raised by his grandparents. He was led to believe that June was his older sister and his grandparents were his parents. It was not until 1974 when a Time magazine reporter researched his life that he learned the truth. An Italian immigrant named Donald Furcillo who was married briefly to June claimed to be his father. But Nicholson chose not to investigate further. (Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The Baldwin Brothers
The Baldwin Brothers
The Baldwin Brothers are of Irish and French descent. They are frequently referred to as Irish-American and, although both of their parents have Irish heritage, they are not entirely Irish. Their father was half-English and their mother’s side is primarily French (only one-quarter Irish). (Credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Edward Burns
Edward Burns
He is Irish-American. (Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Brian Austin Green & Megan Fox
Brian Austin Green & Megan Fox
He is of Irish, Scottish, Hungarian and Cherokee descent. Megan Fox has Irish, French and Cherokee ancestry. Her Irish ancestors were from County Tipperary, one of the first Irish counties to be established in the 13th century. (Credit: GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener
Of Irish and Lebanese descent. (Credit: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images)
John Slattery
John Slattery
The ‘Mad Men’ Star is Irish-American. (Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)
Alex O'Loughlin
Alex O'Loughlin
Is of Irish and Scottish descent. (Credit: MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)
Jason Patric
Jason Patric
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Star of the ‘Tudors’, actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a good friend of fellow Irish actor Stuart Townsend. The two of them protested at the “Save Tara Hill Campaign” in 2006. (Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Jennifer Beals
Jennifer Beals
Has an African-American father and an Irish mother. Daughter of Alfred Beals (an African-American grocery store owner) and Jeanne Cohen (an Irish elementary school teacher). (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
Moving to County Wicklow, Ireland, he assumed Irish citizenship (1993). Always quiet and introverted, he said that he was not popular in school and was mocked as an outsider while growing up in England, partially because he was of half-Jewish/half-Irish stock. The upside was that, instead of socializing, he developed a rich fantasy life that later helped him to delve so deeply into his characters. Holds dual citizenship – British and Irish. (Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Janeane Garofalo
Janeane Garofalo
Star of CBS’ Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior’, Actress/Comedian, Janeane Garofalo is of Italian and Irish descent. (Credit: Andrew H Walker/Getty Images)
Alison Lohman
Alison Lohman
She is of Irish descent. (Credit: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Dakota & Elle Fanning
Dakota & Elle Fanning
Actress Dakota Fanning and actress Elle Fanning. Their last name “Fanning” is of Irish origin. Also, they are of half-German descent. (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Charles Durning
Charles Durning
Charles Durning is Irish-American. (Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
Dominic Purcell
Dominic Purcell
His mother is Irish. (Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Anna Friel
Anna Friel
Actress Anna Friel from the show “Pushing Daisies” Is of Irish descent. (Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
Both his parents were half Irish and half Cherokee (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Ben & Casey Affleck
Ben & Casey Affleck
(L-R) Actor/Director Ben Affleck and actor Casey Affleck’s mother is Irish and father is Scottish. (Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Kieran Culkin & Rory Culkin
Kieran Culkin & Rory Culkin
Kieran Culkin & Rory Culkin are of Irish descent. (Credit: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
His father was of Irish-Cherokee Indian descent, his mother was of Italian descent. (Credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Catherine O'Hara
Catherine O'Hara
Third generation Irish/Canadian/Catholic. (Credit: Evan Agostini/Getty Images for The National Board of Review)
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
Mother, Anne Meara is Irish-American (Credit: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Krista Allen
Krista Allen
Actress Krista Allen is of Portuguese heritage on her mother’s (Katherine Mary Raposa) side and Irish heritage on her father’s (Daldon Earl Allen) side. (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Emily & Zooey Deschanel
Emily & Zooey Deschanel
Actresses Emily Deschanel (L) and Zooey Deschanel. Their paternal grandfather was French and the remainder of their ancestry is Irish American. (Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
John C. McGinley
John C. McGinley
Actor John C. McGinley is Irish-American. (Credit: Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
Ann, John & Joan Cusack
Ann, John & Joan Cusack
Siblings (L-R) Ann, John, and Joan Cusack are Irish-American. The name Cusack is not Slavic as many may believe. It is a Norman name, brought to Ireland when the Normans invaded in 1169. “Cussac” is a city in South Central France. (Credit: Matt Carmichael/Getty Images)
Luke, Owen and Andrew Wilson
Luke, Owen and Andrew Wilson
(L-R): Director Andrew Wilson and his brothers, actors Luke and Owen Wilson are of Irish descent. (Credit: Marco Garcia/Getty Images)
Dominic West
Dominic West
Actor Dominic West is Irish-American. (Credit: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
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