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'Spotlight' star returns to honor grandfather at Kings Park St. Patrick's Day Parade

Actor Michael Cyril Creighton and his grandfather, Robert

Actor Michael Cyril Creighton and his grandfather, Robert Creighton, the grand marshal of the Kings Park St. Patrick's Day parade, on March 5, 2016. Michael had a featured role in the Academy Award-winning film "Spotlight," and has had roles on major TV programs. And Robert, who has lived in the area since 1959, is a former Suffolk County police commissioner and Smithtown Town councilman. Credit: Ian J. Stark

March 5, 2016 - Actor Michael Cyril Creighton came home to Kings Park Saturday, only days after the film in which he most recently appeared, “Spotlight,” was chosen as best picture at the Academy Awards.

His career in full swing, Creighton returned to celebrate grandfather Robert Creighton's selection as grand marshal of the annual Kings Park St. Patrick’s Day parade, an honor marking that the elder Creighton has had a memorable career as well.

Creighton met up with his grandfather at Celtic Crossing Tavern, the usual kickoff spot for the pageant, where he expressed how proud and excited he was for his grandfather, who was already there — wearing a top hat and sash, greeting people in an almost endless stream of smiles, handshakes and conversation.

Michael Creighton is no stranger to high-profile roles in television and film, as he has appeared in such successful programs as “Louie,” “Orange is the New Black,” “30 Rock” and “2 Broke Girls,” among others. However, his turn as Joe Crowley, a real-life survivor of sexual abuse whose story was documented in “Spotlight,” has added new luster to his career.

Robert Creighton and his wife moved to Kings Park in 1959, and he has over the years held such notable positions as Suffolk County police commissioner, chief investigator for the Suffolk County district attorney's office and Smithtown Town councilman.

Michael, who lives in Manhattan, admits he hasn’t attended the parade lately: “The last time I was here was for when my grandmother [Gerry Creighton] was the grand marshal [in 2012].”

The actor says things hasn't changed much in Kings Park, but then adds, "I do miss Chicken Video. It was a video store that also sold fried chicken. I think no matter who you are or where you are from, coming home always feels a little familiar.”

Creighton is a busy man, explaining he recently appeared in comedian Louis C.K.'s web series "Horace and Pete," and is currently shooting an independent film through the month of March, among other projects.

But when he stops in to see family in Kings Park, they don’t treat him any differently.

“I still help change light bulbs and sleep in the same twin bed I did in grade school,” he said.

The respect for his grandfather was evident, as members of the crowd continued to come and offer congratulations until the parade began.

Robert Creighton expressed gratitude, but in grandfatherly style added, “Make sure you give Michael a lot of attention … he deserves it. [The whole family] is so proud, and we’re all so happy for him. He’s done so well.”

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