Famous Irish Americans

No doubt you’ll recognize most of the following names. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but merely a sampling of well-known Irish Americans. Numerous American Presidents claim Irish heritage, but in the interest of space, I haven’t listed each one here. They include James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.

Daniel Boone–Explorer, settler

John and Lionel Barrymore–Stars of stage and screen

George M. Cohan–Composer, director, performer, American musical comedy star

Mathew Brady–Renowned Civil War photographer

Davy Crockett–Pioneer, settler. Died at the Alamo

Bing Crosby–Singer, screen star. Oscar winner for Going My Way

F. Scott Fitzgerald–Author

Edward J. Flannagan (Father Flannigan)– Founder of Boys Town

John Ford–Film director, Oscar winner (Grapes of Wrath, The Informer, How Green Was My Valley, and others

Henry Ford–Founder of the Ford Motor Co.

Judy Garland–Singer, stage and screen star

Helen Hayes–Actress. First Lady of the American Theater.

James Hoban–Designed and supervised construction of the White House, which was modeled on Leinster House in Dublin. He also oversaw the reconstruction after the original was burned by the British in 1814

Gene Kelly–Singer, dancer, film star

Marrion Morrison–We know him as movie legend, John Wayne

Edward R. Murrow–News correspondent

Flannery O’Connor–Novelist and short story writer

Maureen O’Hara (Maureen Fitzsimmons)–Film star

Eugene O’Neill–Pulitzer-winning playwright (The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey into Night)

Gregory Peck–Oscar winning film star (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Alexander Stewart–Established the first true American department store

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