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Famous Irish Americans

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This list includes famous Irish Americans of both today and throughout history, hot pics included! (Famous Irish people take great photos.) All of the most important Irish Americans are listed, and additional biographical data is included for many.

Irish immigrants are part of the fabric that is the great American melting pot. Many arrived in America during the early to mid 1800s, following the Great Irish Famine. Important Irish people in the US include many leading entertainers, renowned authors, and distinguished politicians (including, of course, JFK).
  • Ada Dyas

    Dec. at 65 (1843-1908)
    Ada Dyas (1843-1908) was an Irish actress. She made her London debut in 1861 in Henry IV, and became famous in the 1871 play based on Wilkie Collins's novel The Woman in White....  more
  • Ada Rehan

    Dec. at 57 (1859-1916)
    Ada Rehan (April 22, c. 1857 – January 8, 1916) was an American actress and comedian who typified the "personality" style of acting in the nineteenth century....  more
  • Aedanus Burke

    Dec. at 59 (1743-1802)
    Aedanus Burke (16 June 1743 – 30 March 1802) was a soldier, judge, and United States Representative from South Carolina....  more
  • Aidan Quinn (born March 8, 1959) is an Irish-American actor, who made his film debut in Reckless (1984). He has starred in over 80 feature films, including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), The...  more
  • Al Smith

    Dec. at 71 (1873-1944)
    Alfred Emanuel Smith (December 30, 1873 – October 4, 1944) was an American politician who served four terms as Governor of New York and was the Democratic Party's candidate for President in...  more
  • Alan Dugan

    Dec. at 80 (1923-2003)
    Alan Dugan (February 12, 1923 – September 3, 2003) was an American poet.His first volume Poems published in 1961 was a chosen by the Yale Series of Younger Poets and went on to win the National Book...  more
  • Alfred Thayer Mahan

    Dec. at 74 (1840-1914)
    Alfred Thayer Mahan (; September 27, 1840 – December 1, 1914) was a United States naval officer and historian, whom John Keegan called "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth...  more
  • Alice Fulton (born 1952) is an American author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction....  more
  • Alice McDermott (born June 27, 1953) is an American writer and university professor. For her 1998 novel Charming Billy she won an American Book Award and the U.S. National Book Award for...  more
  • Andrew Lewis

    Dec. at 61 (1720-1781)
    Andrew Lewis (October 9, 1720 – September 26, 1781) was an Irish-born American pioneer, surveyor, and soldier of Colonial Virginia. A colonel of militia during the French and Indian War, and...  more
  • Andrew Mark O'Connor (born 25 March 1963 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire) is an English actor, comedian, magician, television presenter and executive producer....  more
  • Ann Sheridan

    Dec. at 52 (1915-1967)
    Clara Lou Sheridan (February 21, 1915 – January 21, 1967), known professionally as Ann Sheridan, was an American actress and singer. She worked regularly from 1934 to her death in 1967, first in film...  more
  • Anthony McLeod Kennedy (born July 23, 1936) is an American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1988 until his retirement in 2018. He...  more
  • Art Carney

    Dec. at 85 (1918-2003)
    Arthur William Matthew "Art" Carney (November 4, 1918 – November 9, 2003) was an American actor in film, stage, television and radio. He is best known for playing sewer worker Ed Norton opposite...  more
  • Arthur Kennedy

    Dec. at 76 (1914-1990)
    John Arthur Kennedy (February 17, 1914 – January 5, 1990) was an American stage and film actor known for his versatility in supporting film roles and his ability to create "an exceptional honesty and...  more
  • Audie Murphy

    Dec. at 46 (1925-1971)
    Audie Leon Murphy (20 June 1925 – 28 May 1971) was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He received every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army,...  more
  • Augusta Browne

    Dec. at 62 (1820-1882)
    Augusta Browne (1820–1882) was an American composer who became renowned in the 1850s as part of the first wave of female composers in the country. She was the most prolific of that group, and Wake,...  more
  • Augustus Saint-Gaudens

    Dec. at 59 (1848-1907)
    Augustus Saint-Gaudens was an American sculptor of the Beaux-Arts generation who most embodied the ideals of the "American Renaissance". Raised in New York City, he traveled to Europe for further...  more
  • Ben Hogan

    Dec. at 85 (1912-1997)
    William Ben Hogan (August 13, 1912 – July 25, 1997) was an American professional golfer who is generally considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Hogan is notable for...  more
  • William James O'Reilly Jr. (born September 10, 1949) is an American journalist, author, and former television host. During the late 1970s and 1980s, he reported for local television stations in the...  more
  • Bing Crosby

    Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)
    Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (; May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture...  more
  • Bugs Moran

    Dec. at 66 (1891-1957)
    Adelard Cunin (August 21, 1893 – February 25, 1957), better known as George "Bugs" Moran (), was a Chicago Prohibition-era gangster. He was incarcerated three times before his 21st birthday. Seven...  more
  • Carmel Quinn (born 31 July 1925) is an Irish entertainer who has appeared on Broadway, television and radio since immigrating to the United States in 1954....  more
  • Carroll O'Connor

    Dec. at 77 (1924-2001)
    John Carroll O'Connor (August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2001) was an American actor, producer, and director whose television career spanned four decades. A lifelong member of the Actors Studio, in 1970...  more
  • Charles Carroll

    Dec. at 60 (1723-1783)
    Charles Carroll (March 22, 1723 – March 23, 1783) was an American statesman from Annapolis, Maryland. He was the builder of the Baltimore Colonial home Mount Clare (1760), and a delegate to the...  more