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Steven Buscemi, star of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire", traces his roots to Ireland Photo by: HBO

Top ten American celebrities you may not know are Irish

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Steven Buscemi, star of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire", traces his roots to Ireland Photo by: HBO

1. Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi, an American actor, writer, and director, was born in New York in 1957. He is most famous for his roles in critically acclaimed movies such as Con Air, Fargo, and Miami Vice. Buscemi is close friends with Adam Sandler and has made appearances in numerous Sandler films. Most recently, he has starred in and won a Golden Globe for the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.” Buscemi was raised as a devout Catholic by his parents and his mother is of Irish-descent.

2. Kate Spade

Kate Spade, born in Missouri in 1962, is the co-founder of the designer brand, Kate Spade. She attended an all-girls Catholic High School during her teenage years and later graduated from Arizona State University. Spade opened her first boutique in New York City in 1996 and went on to open more than 90 Kate Spade stores. Her clothing, handbags, and accessories are sold in stores all over the world. This high-end designer traces her roots to Ireland.

3. Zooey Deschanel

With a surname like Deschanel, its hard to believe that Zooey has any connection to the Irish. Deschanel is an American actress and musician who is best known for her starring role in Fox’s TV series, New Girl. The name Deschanel comes from her paternal grandfather who was born and raised in the Rhône region of France, but this famous actress has strong roots in the north west of Ireland. On the maternal side of Zooey’s family tree is William Weir, a distant great-grandfather who emigrated from Donegal to the US in 1819 and settled in Ohio.



4. Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris, American action film star and martial-artist, was born in Oklahoma in 1940. Norris was launched into stardom after his 1972 appearance in Way of the Dragon and starred in the TV series, Walker, Texas Ranger for over eight years. He is one of three children to Wilma Scarberry and Ray Norris. His mother, Wilma, is of Irish-descent and his paternal grandfather emigrated to the US during the late 1800s.



5. Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple is an American film and television actress and former US ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She was born in 1928 in California and is considered as one of the most famous child actors in history and was the first child-actor to receive an Academy Award. Her mother, Gertrude Temple, was of Irish and German descent.

6. Quentin Tarantino

Golden Globe and Academy Award winning director, Quentin Tarantino was born in Tennessee in 1953. Famous for his directorial genius in Pulp Fiction and most recently acclaimed for his work on Django Unchained, Tarantino has been considered one of the best directors in Hollywood for decades. Tarantino was raised by his mother after his parents separated before his birth. His mother, Connie McHugh, is of Irish heritage.

7. Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando, considered to be one of the greatest movie stars of all time, was born in Nebraska in 1924. He starred in many films during his early career and reached the peak of his fame after playing Vito Corleone in The Godfather movie. Brando was also a close friend of Michael Jackson. Brando traces his Irish roots back to his maternal great-grandfather, Myles Gahan, who immigrated to the US from Ireland.

8. George W. Bush

George W. Bush, born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1946, was the 43rd President of the United States. Bush was raised in Texas and served as Governor there from 1995 to 2000.

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