When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, you see green and mentions of the patron saint of Ireland everywhere. But there are plenty of other famous Patricks worth mentioning.
How many famous Patricks could you name? If you’re not into celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, I have a list of other Patricks you might celebrate instead.
1. Patrick Stewart
The English actor gained international fame as Capt. Jean Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation and then for the role of Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film franchise. In 1993, TV Guide named Stewart the Best Dramatic Television Actor of the 1980s, and in 2010, Queen Elizabeth knighted him for his services to drama.
2. Neil Patrick Harris
The first role Harris is known for was as the pint-sized Doogie Houser, M.D. on ABC in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 2005, he began playing a much more grown-up character, Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother. In addition to film roles, he has hosted multiple awards shows and was named one of Time0 magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010.
3. Patrick Duffy
Duffy played good guy Bobby Ewing in the legendary Dallas series and one of his most talked-about moments came in 1986 when his on-screen wife, Pam, woke up to the sound of running water and found him taking a shower. What was so odd about it was that Duffy had left the show the year before and his character had been killed in a dramatic scene. The “shower scene” reset the show, establishing that the entire past season had been nothing more than a bad dream. It definitely got the show some publicity and it stayed on the air for five more years. I also remember him for the role of Mark Harris in The Man From Atlantis, which immediately preceded his work on Dallas.
4. Patrick Ewing
Ewing played most of his basketball career as starting center for the New York Knicks. Now retired from playing, he is the head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas.
5. Patrick Dempsey
After a string of teen angst-style films, he started making women swoon as “Dr. McDreamy” in the role of neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. He also enjoys auto-racing, and he likes that hobby so much, in fact, that he was quoted by 24 Minutes saying he’d give up acting if he could race full-time.
6. Patrick Henry
The 18th century attorney and planter was best known for his famous oratory in which he yelled, “Give me liberty or give me death” at the Second Virginia Convention in 1775. He also served two terms as the governor of Virginia.
7. Patrick Swayze
Swayze’s early successes in films like The Outsiders and Red Dawn quickly made him a heartthrob. Movies like Dirty Dancing and Ghost cemented him as a handsome, strong but loving leading man. Unfortunately, cancer cut his career short, claiming his life in 2009.
8. Patrick Warburton
He’s an actor, voice artist and commercial pitchman, probably best known for his role as David Puddy on Seinfeld, or as Jeff Bingham on Rules of Engagement.
9. Patrick Leahy
Sen. Patrick Leahy has served the people of Vermont since 1975 and is currently their senior senator. He’s also the longest-serving Democratic senator. He is the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and he currently serves as the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
10. Pat Sajak
A former Armed Forces Radio disc jockey during the Vietnam War and a former weatherman in Los Angeles, Pat was approached by Merv Griffin in 1981 about hosting Wheel of Fortune. Sajak has hosted the show since 1983 (both on NBC daytime through 1989 and in syndication to this day).
That’s my list.
Is there another Patrick you think should have made the list?
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.