Top 10 Irish-American Oscar winners - SEE PHOTOS
From Jimmy Cagney in "Yankee Doodle Dandy" to Sean Penn in "Mystic River," a look at the roles that carried Irish-American actors to the top of their profession.
1942 – Best Actor in a Leading Role, "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
Though he’s famous for his tough guy gangster roles, Cagney’s Oscar win came from his arguably best performance as song-and-dance man George M. Cohan in 1942’s "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
The Irish-Norwegian American from New York City makes the movie that is ranked #88 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.
6. Jennifer Connelly
2001 – Best Actress in a Supporting Role, "A Beautiful Mind"
Connelly gave a stellar performance as Alicia Nash in Ron Howard’s Academy Award winning film. Her portrayal of the wife of schizophrenic and mathematical genius John Nash earned Connelly not only earned the actress an Oscar, but also a Golden Globe, BAFTA and AFI.
Connelly traces her Irish roots to Co. Cork, and told Irish America magazine in 2002 that she considers Ireland “hauntingly beautiful,” and considers James Joyce’s "Ulysses" one of her all-time favorite works.
5. Kevin Kline
1988 – Best Actor in a Supporting Role, "A Fish Called Wanda"
In this comedy written by John Cleese, Kline brilliantly portrays con artist Otto West.
In 2000, Kline told Irish America magazine that “Otto” was his first full-on comedic role, let alone a comedic role written specifically for him (Cleese wrote the part for Kline).
Kline, who is both Irish and Jewish, went on to explain the complexity of the role that won him the Oscar: “There seemed to me to be something so illogical about Otto; he was completely brain-dead stupid but then he could crack a safe, scale tall buildings and do seemingly impossible feats.”
4. Maureen Stapleton
1981 – Best Actress in a Supporting Role, "Reds"
This first generation Irish American, is one of the elite Triple Crown of acting winners, earning an Oscar, Tony and Emmy during her career.
Stapleton’s Oscar win came with her performance in 1981’s "Reds." The film, starring and directed by Warren Beatty, centers on the life of Communist, journalist and writer John Reed. Stapleton plays Emma Goldman, the Russian-born anarchist and supporter of the Bolshevik Revolution.
3. Spencer Tracy
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