Born in Connemara, Ireland on August 2, 1932, O’Toole was raised British…but I won’t hold that him completely against him. He hit it big in the ‘60s with back-to-back Best Actor Academy Award nominations for Lawrence of Arabia and Becket, finishing out the decade with classics like What’s New Pussycat? and Goodbye, Mr. Chips.
Compton Dublin, Meaney started his career on the British TV series Z Car in 1978. He was on one episode. Fast forward nine years when Meaney made it big in the states thanks to Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. But I don’t watch that crap, so my favorite role Meaney was from the Nick Cage action masterpiece that was Con Air. He was ornery DEA Agent Duncan Malloy who was determined to bring John Cusack’s hijacked plane to the ground. Hilarity ensued. And by that, I mean explosions and bad southern accents.
Known best as the original Jane Parker, O’Sullivan starred across Olympic medalist Johnny Weismuller’s Tarzan in the six-film series. Our generation remembers her more easily, however, as Elizabeth Alvorg in 1986’s Peggy Sue Got Married (another Nick Cage flick…weird). She's also Mia Farrow’s mom.
Born Maureen FitzSimons in August of 1920 in Ranelagh, a suburb of Dublin, O’Hara starred in two of my favorite classics: 1947’s Miracle on 34th Street and 1961’s The Parent Trap. Needless to say, she holds a fond place in my heart.
Fricker gets an honorary mention here because most people know as Mike Meyers’ mom in So I Married and Axe Murderer - probably one of the best films released in July of 1993.
My hottest Irish actor in an Irish film award goes to Cillian Murphy in The Wind that Shakes the Barley. Also, that movie made me cry.
Speaking of hot Irish actors, I wish the Disney Channel would start showing Darby O'Gill and the Little People again so I can glimpse a young Sean Connery!
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