John Cusack

Cusack in 2009, magicinfoto /

Birth Name: John Paul Cusack

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

Date of Birth: June 28, 1966

Ethnicity: Irish

John Cusack is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer. He is the son of Ann Paula “Nancy” (Carolan), a teacher and political activist, and Richard John “Dick” Cusack, an actor and filmmaker. Among his siblings are actors Ann Cusack and Joan Cusack. He was raised in a Catholic family, of Irish descent. He grew up in Evanston, Illinois. John has starred in numerous films, including One Crazy Summer, Con Air, and High Fidelity.

John’s paternal grandfather was Dennis Joseph Cusack (the son of Dennis F. Cusack and Catherine Brennan). John’s grandfather Dennis was born in New York, to Irish parents. John’s great-grandfather Dennis was the son of Francis Cusack and Margaret.

John’s paternal grandmother was Margaret McFeeley (the daughter of Thomas McFeeley and Ann McGowan). Margaret was born in New York, to Irish parents.

John’s maternal grandfather was William Bartholomew Carolan (the son of Patrick Carolan and Ellen Murphy). William was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents, with his father having been born in Ardlow, Cavan. Patrick was the son of James Carolan and Catherine Ann Geoghegan. Ellen was the daughter of Dennis B. Murphy and Catherine Golden.

John’s maternal grandmother was Mary Agatha McGillen (the daughter of Owen McGillen and Annie Esther Fitzpatrick). Mary was born in Massachusetts. Owen was Irish, the son of Jamnes McGillen and Margaret. Annie was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents, John Fitzpatrick and Mary Murray.

Sources: Genealogy of John Cusack –

Genealogy of John’s paternal grandparents, Dennis Joseph Cusack and Margaret McFeeley –

John’s paternal grandfather, Dennis Joseph Cusack, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

John’s paternal grandmother, Margaret McFeeley, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

John’s maternal grandfather, William Bartholomew Carolan, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

John’s maternal grandmother, Mary Agatha McGillen, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

John’s maternal great-grandmother, Annie Esther Fitzpatrick, on the 1880 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

32 Responses

  1. Capricious says:

    He can pass as someone with a distant Asian ancestry.

  2. roman2886 says:

    Is it possible for British people too have no British ancestry most British people have British ancestry and Irish ancestry I can’t think of any British people who born in Britain who have Irish ancestry who hasn’t got a drop of British ancestry there is not many British people who havent got a drop of British ancestry i have British ancestry I’m not lying can’t be British without it I’m half British half Filipino I have Irish ancestry but not enough too consider myself Irish since I’m only 5th generation Irish my ancestry is mostly English Irish Scottish and Welsh lots of British people have Irish ancestry but their Irish families have been British for many generations my dad had 7 ethnicities but he ethnic background was mostly English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian and German his mother my grandmother had Southern European ancestry a long way back his father my grandfather his ethnic background was English Irish Scottish and Welsh which is very common ethnic background for British people.

  3. roman2886 says:

    How many Americans are 100% Irish

  4. roman2886 says:

    He is 100% Irish he has no British in him most Americans have Irish blood and British blood in them i would surprised if there is any Americans who have and Irish blood who haven’t got any British blood in them i would also be surprised if there is any Americans that are Euromutts who haven’t got a drop of Irish blood and British bood most Americans have Irish blood and British blood Americans think it’s cool too have Irish blood there is not Americans who have pure Irish blood most Americans of Irish blood are Euromutts Americans of Irish blood are not Irish they are Americans too be Irish you have too be born in Ireland my dad had Irish blood but he was British not Irish he had both Irish blood and British blood which includes English Scottish and Welsh blood.

    • J.J. says:

      i’m sure there are americans of full irish descent, however they wouldn’t be more than 2nd or 3rd generation american, most white americans are of 6+ generations and have numerous european ethnicities however the most common ethnicity in the USA is not irish nor british, it’s german, it’s odd to find an american of several generations with no german blood.

      • roman2886 says:

        I have Irish blood but i’m not full Irish i also have English blood Scottish blood Welsh blood and Filipino blood my ethnic background is mostly English Irish Scottish Welsh and Filipino i found out my great grandfathers day was St Andrews so that means i have Scottish blood maybe even Welsh blood my great grandfather had Irish blood but he wasn’t pure Irish he was mixed with Scottish.

      • roman2886 says:

        I’m of Irish descent but i’m full Irish i’m not full English either i’m of mixed blood i have 13 nationalities 13 is too many.

      • roman2886 says:

        I have German blood but i also Italian blood and Austrian blood.

      • roman2886 says:

        My ethnic background all together is

      • JohnC says:

        That’s not true at all. Most Americans are actually far more British than German.

        Of course, most Americans are a mixture of both, but English and Scottish are heavily downplayed.

        The Census may show German ahead of British, but that’s only because:

        1) A huge amount British-Americans just identify as “American”

        2) People choose to identify as German/Irish/Anything else then as a British American — even if the majority of their heritage is British.

    • Obey says:

      In South America most have these characteristics of white skin and dark hair, but are not descendants of Irish. They are usually descendants of Spanish, German, Italian or Portuguese.

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