11 television actors who can trace their roots back to Ireland
These actors can claim the luck of the Irish.
St. Patrick's Day is upon us, which means for one day we celebrate all things Irish. That includes these 11 television stars, who can trace their ancestry back to Ireland.
Did you know these celebrities have some Irish in them? We bet you'll have a "whale of a time" reading this list.
1. Jackie Gleason
Before making it big, Gleason lived with his Irish-Catholic immigrant family in Brooklyn. His childhood address was the same one used on The Honeymooners.
2. Lucille Ball
Although Ball was mostly English, she also had some Northern Irish ancestry. Perhaps that explains the vibrant red hair.
3. Patty Duke
Duke's father and mother had Irish ancestry. Because of that, Duke obtained dual citizenship in 2013 by becoming a citizen of Ireland.
4. John Travolta
Although Vinnie Barbarino on Welcome Back, Kotter was Italian-American (the name says it all), Travolta is also half Irish. In the past, he's said he grew up in an Irish-American neighborhood, and his childhood home was primarily Irish in culture.
5. Suzanne Somers
Somers, who was born Suzanne Mahoney, is as Irish as they come. The Three's Company actress told her fans in the past St. Patrick's Day was a huge holiday for her family, and she celebrates by wearing green and making corned beef and cabbage.
6. Clint Eastwood
Although Eastwood has roots in England, Scotland and the Netherlands, he strongly identifies with his Irish heritage as well. In 2012, Eastwood received the first John Ford Award by the Irish Film and Television Academy. The Rawhide star has also said he wants to film a movie in Ireland to pay homage to his roots.
7. Jack Lord
The Hawaii Five-O actor grew up in Queens with his Irish-American parents.
8. Jack Kelly
Just like Lord, Kelly grew up in Queens with his Irish-American family. The Maverick star also came from a long line of performers, with his mom having been a popular stage actress and model.
9. Barbara Stanwyck
Although Stanwyck's mother was from Nova Scotia, Canada, The Big Valley star can trace her lineage back to Scotland and Ireland.
10. Patrick Duffy
If you couldn't tell from the last name, Duffy has some Irish in him. Just don't confuse the Dallas actor with the famous Irish politician of the same name.
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11. Ron Howard
Howard has some Irish ancestry, along with German, English, Scottish, Dutch and Cherokee.
Episode called A Potsie Is Born
Potsie is offered a job singing at
a night club.
This episode is the Last Appearance of Richie Cunningham and Ralph
Malph as regulars and is the
Last Appearance of Richie's band.
One of the person's shown dancing
at Arnold's Drive In looks like
Chuck Cunningham (Randolph Robert)and I wonder if Randolph Roberts made an Uncredited
Appearance at Arnold's Drive In
Leather and Richie's band
perform the fantastic song called DO THE FONZIE.
I would like to hear from other
Happy Days fans who like this
episode and who like the dance Do The FONZIE!!
the drums In Richie's band:
Bag Zombroski:Neil J Schwartz
Sticks Downey Jr:John Anthony
Chachi Arcola:Scott Baio
(Maybe if Richie had hired
Chuck Cunningham to play the
Bongos in Richie's band maybe
Chuck would have been on
Happy Days until at least 1980
Directly to the right of FONZIE
(Henry Winkler) with blonde hair looks like actress Candy Moore who played the role of
Chris Carmichael on The Lucy
The Irishman replies: "No! I have two other brothers back at home, so every time I come into a pub, I order a shot for them both."
The following week, the Irishman orders just two whiskeys.
The barman asks: "Did something happen one of your brothers?" "Oh no," replies the Irishman. "I just decided to quit drinking!"
He says: "Have you been drinking?"
"Just water," says the priest.
The cop replies: "Then why do I smell wine?"
The priest looks at the bottle and says: "Good Lord! He's done it again!"