Chris O’Donnell and Rosie O’Donnell are two famous actors who have appeared in many movies and TV shows over the years. They both have Irish heritage and share the same last name, which might make some people wonder if they are related. However, the truth is that they are not related at all, and their last name is just a coincidence. In this article, we will explore their backgrounds, careers, and personal lives, and see how they are different from each other.
Chris O’Donnell: The Hollywood Star
Chris O’Donnell was born on June 26, 1970, in Winnetka, Illinois. He is the youngest of seven children of William Charles O’Donnell Sr., a general manager of a radio station, and Julie Ann Rohs von Brecht, a real estate agent. He has four sisters and two brothers, and his paternal grandfather was of Irish descent
Chris O’Donnell started his acting career as a teenager, appearing in commercials and modeling for catalogs. He made his film debut in 1990, playing Jessica Lange’s son in Men Don’t Leave. He then starred in several successful movies in the 1990s, such as School Ties (1992), Scent of a Woman (1992), The Three Musketeers (1993), Circle of Friends (1995), Batman Forever (1995), and Batman & Robin (1997). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance as Al Pacino’s protege in Scent of a Woman
In the 2000s, Chris O’Donnell shifted his focus to TV shows, appearing in The Practice (2003-2004), Grey’s Anatomy (2006-2007), and NCIS: Los Angeles (2009-present). He also continued to act in movies, such as Vertical Limit (2000), Kinsey (2004), Max Payne (2008), and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010). He has also produced some films and TV shows, such as The Company (2007) and Come Away Home (2005)
Chris O’Donnell is married to Caroline Fentress, a schoolteacher whom he met in college. They have five children: Lily Anne, Christopher Eugene, Charles McHugh, Finley O’Donnell, and Maeve Frances. They live in Los Angeles, California. Chris O’Donnell is a devout Catholic and a supporter of various charities, such as the Special Olympics and the Motion Picture and Television Fund
Rosie O’Donnell: The Queen of Nice
Rosie O’Donnell was born on March 21, 1962, in Commack, New York. She is the third of five children of Edward Joseph O’Donnell, an electrical engineer who worked in the defense industry, and Roseann Teresa Murtha, a homemaker. Her parents were both Irish immigrants who met in New York City. Her mother died of breast cancer when Rosie was 10 years old. Her older brother is Daniel J. O’Donnell, a member of the New York State Assembly. She was raised Roman Catholic
Rosie O’Donnell began her comedy career as a teenager and received her breakthrough on the TV show Star Search in 1984. She then appeared in several TV shows and movies as a comedian and actress, such as Gimme a Break! (1986-1987), Stand by Me (1986), A League of Their Own (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), The Flintstones (1994), Harriet the Spy (1996), and Tarzan (1999). She also hosted her own syndicated daytime talk show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, from 1996 to 2002, which won several Daytime Emmy Awards. She earned the nickname “Queen of Nice” for her friendly and generous personality on the show
In 2006-2007, Rosie O’Donnell became the moderator of the daytime talk show The View, where she often expressed her opinions on various topics, such as politics, pop culture, and social issues. She had a public feud with Donald Trump and clashed with some of her co-hosts over their views on the Iraq War and other matters. She left the show after one season due to creative differences with the producers. She later returned to The View as a co-host in 2014-2015 for a brief stint. She also hosted her own radio show on Sirius XM Radio, Rosie Radio, from 2009 to 2011, and her own talk show on OWN, The Rosie Show, from 2011 to 2012. She also starred in the Showtime comedy series SMILF from 2017 to 2019
Rosie O’Donnell is an outspoken advocate for lesbian rights and gay adoption issues. She came out as a lesbian in 2002 and has been married twice. She was with her first wife, Kelli Carpenter, a former Nickelodeon executive, from 1997 to 2007. They adopted four children together: Parker, Chelsea, Blake, and Vivienne. She married her second wife, Michelle Rounds, a headhunter, in 2012. They adopted one daughter together, Dakota. They divorced in 2015 and Rounds died by suicide in 2017. Rosie O’Donnell is currently dating Elizabeth Rooney, a police officer and Army veteran
Rosie O’Donnell is also a magazine editor, celebrity blogger, and author of several memoirs, such as Find Me (2002) and Celebrity Detox (2007). She used the $3 million advance from Find Me to establish her For All foundation and promote other charity projects, encouraging celebrities on her show to take part. She was named The Advocate’s 2002 Person of the Year and became a regular contributor to the magazine in 2003. She also co-founded the LGBT family vacation company R Family Vacations in 2004
Chris O’Donnell and Rosie O’Donnell are not related, despite having the same last name and Irish heritage. They are both successful actors and celebrities in their own right, with different backgrounds, careers, and personal lives. They have never worked together or met each other in person, as far as we know. They are just two O’Donnells who happen to share a common surname.