Melissa McCarthy

by follers on April 22, 2014

LAS VEGAS - APR 18:  Melissa McCarthy arrives to the CinemaCon 2

Birth Name: Melissa Ann McCarthy

Place of Birth: Plainfield, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 26, 1970

Ethnicity: [fractions approximate]
*69% Irish
*19% German
*12% English

Melissa McCarthy is an American actress, comedian, writer, fashion designer, and producer.

Melissa is the daughter of Sandra and Michael McCarthy. Her cousins include actress Jenny McCarthy and basketball player Joanne McCarthy. She grew up in a Catholic family, on a corn and soybean farm. She is married to actor and director Ben Falcone, with whom she has two children.

In detailing Melissa’s ancestry, genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak described Melissa’s roots as approximately 69% Irish, 19% German, and 12% Colonial American (likely English).

Melissa’s paternal grandfather was Michael McCarthy (born Michael Carty, the son of Thomas Carty and Sarah Owens). Michael was from Currygranny, in the Newtownforbes area of County Longford, Ireland.

Melissa’s paternal grandmother was Ann/Anne O’Reilly (the daughter of John O’Reilly and Sarah). Ann was born in Scotland, as were her own parents, though all of their own parents were Irish.

Two of Melissa’s maternal great-grandparents were Daniel Patrick Moore and Bessie M. Dagenhart. Daniel was the son of John W. Moore and Catherine/Kath/Kate Condon, who were born in Illinois, both of them to Irish parents. Bessie was the daughter of Peter H. Dagenhart, who was born in Illinois, to German parents, and of Anna/Hannah Daley, who was born in Illinois, to Irish parents.

Melissa has ancestry from County Armagh.


Genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak on Melissa’s ancestry –

Genealogy of Melissa McCarthy (focusing on her father’s side) –

Melissa’s maternal great-grandparents, Daniel Patrick Moore and Bessie M. Dagenhart, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Daniel Patrick Moore and Bessie M. Dagenhart on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Melissa’s maternal great-grandfather, Daniel Patrick Moore, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Melissa’s maternal great-grandmother, Bessie M. Dagenhart, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

savanna July 22, 2016 at 9:55 am

“Melissa McCarthy is of mostly Irish heritage (though with a twist – more on this shortly) – roughly 69%. German comes in second with 19% and the remaining 12% is deep American, mostly tracing back to England.”

neiltennant July 20, 2018 at 5:49 am

can you add please KATY MIXON ?
she looks ambiguous

she could be of italian descent

savanna April 9, 2016 at 11:51 am

Her parents are Sandra and Michael McCarthy,,20472991,00.html

neiltennant August 8, 2015 at 10:37 am

She has an italian american husband

if she has kids her children were the FALCONE children and despite their irish descent they would be considered ITALIAN AMERICAN

and there would be people here claiming that AVERAGE ITALIANS do look like her

neiltennant July 5, 2015 at 8:12 am

she s got that NEWCASTLE or liverpool girl look :-)

one of the most talented actress of our time and the proof, that even overweight women could look hot

Devotion October 16, 2015 at 8:47 pm

Looool so true.

She looks like a typical urban Brit.

But she’s cute though.

neiltennant September 16, 2016 at 2:57 pm


i know her from GILMORE GIRLS back in that time i never could have imagine that she would become a superstar and 2nd best paid woman in hollywood

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