Every Irish Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

In a late follow up to my Every Irish Winner At The Academy Awards – The Oscars! post I have compiled this list.

You will notice that many of the below stars were inducted on the same date; this is because the Walk of Fame was only brought to life in the years preceding 1960. The actors are listed alphabetically.

George Brent

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March 1899 (Offaly) – May 1979 (California)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

The favourite leading man of star actress Bette Davis, was born George Brendan Nolan, near Dublin, and became an orphan at the tender age of eleven. For a while, he stayed with an aunt in New York, but returned to Ireland to study at the University of Dublin. After leaving university in 1919 he had developed an interest in acting and joined the Abbey Theatre Players. Then he returned to New York and acted on the stage until 1930 when he began his career in Hollywood.

At first he had walk on parts until his talent as a leading man was spotted and he went on to specialise playing dapper, sophisticated gentlemen, Brent gave reliable support to stars like Greta Garbo, Hedy Lamarr, Barbara Stanwyck and eleven times with Bette Davis

Best known for Dark Victory (1939), Jezebel (1938), 42nd Street (1933), and The Spiral Staircase (1945).

Trivia

Brent became a courier for Sinn Fein leader Michael Collins, hunted by the Black and Tan, with a price on his head.

Pierce Brosnan

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May 1953 (Meath)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on December 3, 1997

Pierce Brosnan was born in Navan, County Meath, Ireland, he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left the household when Pierce was a child and although reunited later in life, the two have never had a close relationship.

Best known for the role is that of British secret agent James Bond. He played the character in four outings.

Trivia

Is a fan of Doctor Who since 1963.

Brian Donlevy

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February 1901 (Armagh) – April 1972 (California)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Donlevy lied about his age (he was actually 14) in 1916 so he could join the army, it looked like he was going to be a military man as he survived forays into Mexico and spent time as a pilot which gained him honourary membership with the Lafayette Escadrille, a unit of the French Air Force comprised of American and Canadian pilots but gave it all up to act on the stage which led him to Hollywood.

Best known for his roles in Dangerous Assignment (1952), Kiss of Death (1947), Wake Island (1942), and The Quatermass Xperiment (1955).

Trivia

He was William Holden’s best man at his 1941 wedding to Brenda Marshall.

Barry Fitzgerald

Barry Fitzgerald

March 1888 (Dublin) – January 1961 (Dublin)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

One of Hollywood’s finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and joined Dublin’s world-famous Abbey Players. It was his performance in Juno and the Paycock that caught the eye of Alfred Hitckcock who was planning a film of the play that brought Fitzgerald to Hollywood.

Best known for his roles in The Quiet Man (1952), Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Naked City (1948), and And Then There Were None (1945).

Trivia

He broke the head off his ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Oscar for Going My Way (1944) practicing his golf swing.

Geraldine Fitzgerald

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November 1913 (Wicklow) – July 2005 (New York)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

She made her theatrical debut at Dublin’s renowned Gate Theatre in 1932. She appeared in English films from 1934 to 1937 before emigrating to New York City, where she acted with Orson Welles (who had appeared at the Gate when he was all of 16 years old as a protégé of Micheál MacLiammóir). In 1938 she made her Broadway debut with Welles’ Mercury Theater in their production of George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House, soon after she was signed by a Warner Bros. talent scout and decamped to Hollywood.

Best known for Arthur (1981), The Pawnbroker (1964), Dark Victory (1939), and Wuthering Heights (1939).

Trivia

She was the only actress to appear as both Laurence Olivier’s wife and Rodney Dangerfield’s mother-in-law.

Creighton Hale

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May 1889 (Cork) – August 1965 (California)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Born Patrick Creighton Hale Fitzgerald in Cork, Ireland, Creighton came to America with a troupe of actors in the early years of the 20th century, and quickly established himself as a leading man on Broadway. In 1914, he made his first trip out west, where he became a featured player in The Exploits of Elaine, a weekly serial that turned out to be one of the biggest hits of the year. He settled on Hollywood and became a star of the silent screen.

Best known for his roles in The Cat and the Canary (1927), Orphans of the Storm (1921), The Marriage Circle (1924), and Snow White (1916).

Trivia

His starring roles decreased as sound was introduced to film and from the late 1920s onward he mainly appeared in walk on parts.

Rex Ingram

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January 1892 (Dublin) – July 1950 (California)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Ingram was born Reginald Ingram Montgomery Hitchcock. Despite his athleticism, Rex was a loner and a rebel once challenging a master “to lay down his master’s robes and come out behind the ‘gym’ and see who is the better man.” Rex’s mother Kathleen Ingram died when he was fifteen. Either as a consequence of failing to gain a place at Trinity College Dublin or maybe because of his intrinsic restlessness, and the lack of opportunity in a small country, Rex left Ireland in 1911, never to return. In New York he met Charles Edison (son of Thomas Edison) and began working for the Edison Company. Smitten by early cinema he started to work in from of and behind the camera and soon showed his talent for directing. At the height of his fame his name was mentioned in the same breath as early greats such as D.W. Griffith, and Erich von Stroheim.

Best known for directing The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Trivia

Rex quarreled with Louis B. Mayer soon after he joined MGM. Subsequently he just put “Metro-Goldwyn presents …” on his pictures with no mention of Mayer.

J.M. Kerrigan

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December 1884 (Dublin) – April 1964 (California)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Kerrigan was born in Dublin, Ireland. He worked as a newspaper reporter until 1907 when he joined the famous Abbey Players. There he became a stalwart, appearing in plays by Lady Gregory, William Butler Yeats and John Millington Synge. His first screen appearance was in the silent film Food of Love in 1916. Before moving to Hollywood he was appearing on Broadway, often in plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Sheridan during the 1920s.

Best known for his roles in Gone with the Wind (1939), 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), The Wolf Man (1941), and The Informer (1935)

Trivia

Supported Dublin football club Bohemian FC.

Matt Moore

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January 1888 (Meath) – January 1960 (California)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Matt, his brothers, Tom, Owen, Joe and his sister Mary Moore emigrated to the United States. They all went on to successful movie careers. Once his brothers made a name for themselves, Moore made his debut in the role as the minister in the silent short Tangled Relations (1912) starring Florence Lawrence and Owen Moore.

Best known for his roles in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Coquette (1929), The Unholy Three (1925), and The Front Page (1931)

Trivia

He appeared in over 200 films from 1912 to 1958

Owen Moore

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December 1886 (Meath) – June 1939 (California)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

A virile and dashing silent screen idol Owen Moore, equipped with incredibly handsome reddish and ruddy features, came to America with his family from Ireland at age 11. After some stage work, he entered films at the Biograph Studio in 1908 and appeared in many of D.W. Griffith’s early productions. Owen was Mary Pickford’s stylish leading man in her early career-starters.

Best known for his roles in A Star Is Born (1937), She Done Him Wrong (1933), The Red Mill (1927), and Cinderella (1914).

Trivia

Moore was secretly married to Mary Pickford before she left him for Douglass Fairbanks Jnr.

Tom Moore

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May 1883 (Meath) – February 1955 (California)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Brother of Owen and Matt, his success in Hollywood was as both actor and director starting with a job with Kalem Film Manufacturing Company in 1913. He was married to Elinor Merry, Renée Adorée and Alice Joyce (but not all at once).

Best known for his roles in Manhandled (1924), The Woman Racket (1930) and Side Street (1929)

Trivia

He was the Oldest of The Moore Sibling acting dynasty.

Maureen O’Hara

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August 1920 (Dublin)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Maureen O’Hara was born as Maureen FitzSimons. When she was a young teenager, she joined Dublin’s prestigious Abbey Theatre School. She graduated in 1937 and was offered a lead role with the Abbey Players, but instead moved to London and tried her hand at film acting. She screen tested for an un-produced English feature and caught the attention of Oscar-winning movie star and producer Charles Laughton. After convincing Maureen to change her surname to O’Hara, Laughton helped launch her career by recommending her for the role of the orphaned Mary Yelland in Alfred Hitchcock’s British-made film Jamaica Inn (1939). Although the film met with lackluster reviews, O’Hara was noted for her convincing performance. By 1939 Laughton had her signed a with RKO Studios which began her massively successful Hollywood career

Best known for her roles in for Miracle on 34th Street (1947), The Quiet Man (1952), How Green Was My Valley (1941), and The Parent Trap (1961).

Trivia

She is quoted as saying “I made John Wayne sexy. I take credit for that.”

Maureen O’Sullivan

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May 1911 (Roscommon) – June 1998 (Arizona)

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 27, 1991

At the age of nine she intended to become a pilot. After more school in Paris, back in Dublin, she met director Frank Borzage who was doing location filming for Fox and who invited her to Hollywood where she arrived, accompanied by her mother, in 1930.

Best known for her roles in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The Thin Man (1934), Tarzan and His Mate (1934), and Tarzan the Ape Man (1932).

Trivia

O’Sullivan was Mia Farrow’s Mother and was in school with Vivien Leigh in London.

In June 2013 the list with next year’s stars to be honoured was announced, Liam Neeson was among the names!

Photos and References

Hollywood Walk of Fame

IMDb

Silent Era

Trinity College Dublin

More Than You Needed to Know

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4 responses to “Every Irish Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  1. great post Ben. I profiled George Brent and the Moore Brothers on my Diasporational Page. The Moores aren’t any relation of yours, are they? 😉

  2. Thank you for this interesting and entertaining resource that we will share with the followers of “Eire Of Success” http://www.eireofsuccess.com – Michael Sloyan (Founder)

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