Melissa McCarthy

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

McCarthy in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

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 Lynne (Cook) and Dennis 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 Joseph McCarthy (born Michael Joseph Carty, the son of Thomas Carty and Sarah Owens). Michael was born in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland, of Irish descent. Thomas was born in Currygranny, County Longford, Ireland, the son of John Carty and Maria Quinn. Sarah was born in Holytown, Bothwell, Lanarkshire.

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.

Melissa’s maternal grandfather was Lewis Elza Cook (the son of Elza Eothel/Ethol Cook and Amanda Marie Hoffman). Lewis was born in Illinois. Elza was the son of William Albert Cook and Eva May/Mae Wakefield. Amanda was the daughter of William C. Hoffman, who was German, and of Emma Anna Weidner/Wechner, whose parents were from Prussia, Germany.

Melissa’s maternal grandmother was Marjorie Lucille Moore (the daughter of Daniel Patrick Moore and Bessie M. Dagenhart). Marjorie was born in Illinois. 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 grandfather, Lewis Elza Cook, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Lewis Elza Cook on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Melissa’s maternal great-grandparents, Elza Eothel/Ethol Cook and Amanda Marie Hoffman –

Melissa’s maternal grandmother, Marjorie Lucille Moore, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Marjorie Lucille Moore 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 –

6 Responses

  1. liaasunshinecrazy says:

    She’s scotissh, i think that she’s are 100 american. Half American, Half Scotissh

  2. savanna says:

    “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.”

  3. savanna says:

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

  4. Devotion says:

    Looool so true.

    She looks like a typical urban Brit.

    But she’s cute though.

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