With St. Patrick’s Day arriving soon, it’s a fine time to recall these five notable Americans of Irish heritage whose lives were portrayed in TV movies:
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD Richard Chamberlain played the Roaring ’20s writer in 1974’s “F. Scott Fitzgerald and ‘The Last of the Belles.’ ” It was based on Fitzgerald’s semi-fictional account of how he met his wife, Zelda, while he was in the army and stationed in Alabama in 1919.
ERROL FLYNN Canadian actor Duncan Regehr (“Zorro”) portrayed the dashing Australian-born actor (who became an American citizen in 1942) in 1985’s “My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn.”
JACKIE GLEASON Achieving what he said had been a lifelong goal, “Everybody Loves Raymond’s” Brad Garrett starred as The Great One in the 2002’s “Gleason.”
GRACE KELLY Former “Charlie’s Angel” Cheryl Ladd starred in “Grace Kelly,” a biopic that aired in February 1983, just five months after the actress-turned-princess’ untimely death.
MARGARET MITCHELL After Shannen Doherty left “Beverly Hills, 90210,” she headlined “A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story,” a 1994 biopic about the author of “Gone With the Wind.”