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St. Patricks Day: 15 Stars You Didnt Know Were Irish

Yup, Mariah Carey is Irish

There are a handful of celebrities where their Irish heritage is far from secret, take Conan O’Brien, Alec Baldwin, Colin Farrell, and Bono there is no doubt that these stars of small screens, big screens and music are Irish and proud of it.  But you don’t always know who is carrying Irish blood in their veins, they don’t always have red hair or have a significantly sounded Irish name like O’Brien, O’Conner or McConaughey.

In celebration of St. Patricks day a time of year to celebrate all thing Irish – here are 15 celebrities moms and dads who you may not have known had a Emerald Isle ties.

(Mariah Carey’s mom is Patricia Hickey [Irish-American] and her dad is Alfred Roy Carey [African-American/Venezuelan.] She once said that her mother, “is among the whitest people I know,” adding that she was very into her heritage. “My mother’s white — she’s so Irish, she loves Ireland, she’s like, yay, Ireland! Waving the flag and singing ‘When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.’ And that’s great. I appreciate that and respect it,” said Carey.)

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  • Johnny Depp 1 of 14
    Johnny Depp
    In true American style, Johnny Depp is a one man melting pot. According to reports his ethnicity includes , German, English, Irish, French, African and Cherokee
  • John Travolta 2 of 14
    John Travolta
    John Travolta may have an Irish last name but he is actually half Irish, his mother Helen was Irish. He once said, "The emotional, romantic, whimsical part of me is Irish. Spiritually, I probably feel more like an Irishman - that's where my heart is."
  • Ana Ortiz 3 of 14
    Ana Ortiz
    The Ugly Betty star may be seen as more Puerto Rican but her mother is actually Irish American.
  • Mel Gibson 4 of 14
    Mel Gibson
    Mel Gibson was born in New York to his Irish born mother Anne Patricia. The family later moved to Australia.
  • Ben Affleck 5 of 14
    Ben Affleck
    The name Affleck may be Scottish, but in addition to being English and German, Ben is also Irish.
  • Julie Bowen 6 of 14
    Julie Bowen
    The Modern Family star is German, Welsh, English and, yes, Irish! The name Bowen is actually a Celtic name.
  • Harrison Ford 7 of 14
    Harrison Ford
    Harrison Ford is Jewish on his mother's side and Irish and German on his dads. When asked about this mix he said "As a man I've always felt Irish, as an actor I've always felt Jewish."
  • Matthew Broderick 8 of 14
    Matthew Broderick
    Matthew Broderick is Polish on his mother's side and Irish on his father's side. But you can totally see the Irish in him.
  • Owen Wilson 9 of 14
    Owen Wilson
    The Wilson brothers may have a Texas drawl, but their family moved their from Massachusetts, and before then their family came from Ireland.
  • Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel 10 of 14
    Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel
    Mom Emily Deschanel and sis Zoeey may have a French sounding last name (their paternal grandfather was French) but the rest of their family is Irish.
  • Vince Vaughn 11 of 14
    Vince Vaughn
    Vince Vaughn is an interesting mix of Lebanese, Italian, Irish, English and German ancestry.
  • Charlie Sheen 12 of 14
    Charlie Sheen
    His real name is Carlos Irwin Estevez, which doesn't sound Irish at all. But his paternal grandmother immigrated to America from County Tipperary (his grandfather was from Spain).
  • Diane Keaton 13 of 14
    Diane Keaton
    Diane Keaton's family is Irish-Catholic. She once said, "I'm Irish Catholic, and teasing is just the best thing in life. My father tortured me with teasing my whole life..."
  • Lucy Lawless 14 of 14
    Lucy Lawless
    Actress Lucy Lawless is best known for her role as Xena: Warrior Princess, but this Australian would have been great as Xena: Irish Princess. She comes from a large Irish Catholic family who went by the name Ryan.
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