Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Irishman has a cast that's fully loaded with iconic actors and familiar industry faces. The highly-anticipated Netflix film clocks in at 209 minutes and features de-aging technology, so viewers may be steadily wondering where they've seen the actors and actresses before.
The Irishman is based on Charles Brandt's 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses, which details the life story and alleged crimes of mobster Frank Sheeran. Prior to the subject's 2003 death at age 83, he confessed to the murders of Jimmy Hoffa and Joey Gallo - two of the most infamous hits associated with 21st century organized crime. Since the publication of I Heard You Paint Houses, Sheeran's account has been heavily scrutinized by investigative journalists. In The Irishman, however, Scorsese and screenwriter Steven Zaillian detail what might've really happened based on Sheeran's version of events.
The Irishman features a variety of frequent Scorsese collaborators, and performers known for their association with mob-related televisions shows and movies. Here's a cast and character guide for Netflix's The Irishman.
The Irishman's Main Cast
Robert De Niro as Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran: A corrupt Teamsters official, hitman, and title character of The Irishman. De Niro won the Best Actor Oscar for Scorsese’s 1980 film Raging Bull, and the pair also worked on Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York, New York, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas Cape Fear, and Casino .
Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa: The leader of the Teamsters union and close friend of Frank Sheeran. The Irishman marks the first feature film collaboration for Al Pacino and Scorsese. Pacino is best known for portraying Michael Corleone in The Godfather franchise, and recently played Marvin Schwarzs in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino: The Pennsylvania crime boss that Sheeran works for and develops a close bond with. Pesci previously appeared in the Scorsese films Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino. The Irishman is his first live-action appearance since 2010.
The Irishman's Supporting Cast
Ray Romano as Bill Bufalino: Russell’s cousin and the Teamsters’ attorney. Ray Romano starred as the title character in CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond. He also voices Manny in the Ice Age movie franchise, and currently portrays Rick Moreweather in Epix’s Get Shorty.
Kathrine Narducci as Carrie Bufalino: Russell’s wife whose Sicilian heritage makes her “mob royalty.” Kathrine Narducci portrayed Olympia Gigante in Godfather of Harlem and Frankie Lavarro in Power.
Harvey Keitel as Angelo Bruno: The boss of the Philadelphia crime family. Harvey Keitel starred in Scorsese's 1967 feature film debut Who's That Knocking at My Door. Since then, he and Scorsese have collaborated for Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, and The Last Temptation of Christ. Keitel portrayed Mr. White in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.
Bobby Cannavale as Felix "Skinny Razor" DiTullio: A restaurant owner and mob associate. Bobby Cannavale portrayed Paxton in Ant-Man. He recently portrayed Colin Belfast in Homecoming and AJ Giles Jr. in Angie Tribeca.
Paul Herman as Whispers DiTullio: He asks Frank to bomb the Cadillac Linen Service in Delaware. Paul Herman is best known for character roles in American Hustle, Heat, Silver Linings Playbook, and Big.
Domenick Lombardozzi as Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno: An underboss for the Genovese crime family who politely suggests that Jimmy should be calmed down. Domenick Lombardozzi portrayed Herc in HBO’s The Wire. He currently stars as George in Mrs. Fletcher.
Sebastian Maniscalco as Joseph "Crazy Joe" Gallo: A gangster who’s known for public murders; he's the focus of an extended mid-movie slo-mo sequence that ends with his murder via Frank. Sebastian Maniscalco is a stand-up comedian who portrayed Johnny Venere in Green Book.
Anna Paquin as Peggy Sheeran: Frank’s daughter. Anna Paquin is best known for starring as Sookie Stackbouse in HBO’s True Blood. At age 11, she won an Oscar for her performance in The Piano. Paquin also portrayed Rogue in the X-Men franchise.
Lucy Gallina as Young Peggy Sheeran: As a seven-year-old, she watches Frank beat up a man and eventually becomes scared of Russell. Lucy Gallina portrayed Emily Schroeder in Boardwalk Empire.
Stephanie Kurtzuba as Irene Sheeran: Frank’s second wife, “Reenie.” Stephanie Kurtzuba portrayed Kimmie Belzer in Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
Aleksa Palladino as Mary Sheeran: Frank’s first wife. Aleksa Palladino portrayed Angela Darmody in Boardwalk Empire.
India Ennenga as Dolores Sheeran: Frank’s daughter. India Ennenga portrayed Sofia Bernette in Treme.
Louis Cancelmi as Sally Bugs: A mafia hitman. Louis Cancelmi portrayed Mike D'Angelo in Boardwalk Empire and currently portrays Victor Mateo in Billions.
Stephen Graham as Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano: A captain of the Genovese crime family. An English actor, Stephen Graham portrayed Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire. He also starred as Tommy in Snatch and Shang in Gangs of New York.
Jesse Plemons as Chuckie O’Brien: Jimmy's naive foster son. Jesse Plemons portrayed Todd Alquist in Breaking Bad season 5 and Ed Blumquist in Fargo season 2. He’s also known for movie roles in Game Night, The Master, and Black Mass.
Welker White as Josephine Hoffa: Jimmy’s wife, “Jo.” Welker White portrayed Lois Byrd in Scorsese’s Goodfellas.
Steven Van Zandt as Jerry Vale: The famous American singer who performs "Spanish Eyes" at Frank's honorary banquet. A member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Steven Van Zandt portrayed Silvio Dante in The Sopranos and Frank Tagliano aka Giovanni "Johnny" Henriksen in Lilyhammer.
Paul Ben-Victor as Jake Gottlieb: He asks Jimmy for a Las Vegas business loan. Paul Ben-Victor portrayed Jose Quesada in Daredevil and Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos in The Wire.
J.C. MacKenzie as Jimmy Neal: A prosecutor who questions Ewing King. J.C. MacKenzie is known for his character acting in the Scorsese films The Aviator, The Departed, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Bo Dietl as Joseph Glimco: A corrupt labor leader and mobster who explains the rules of the game to Frank during a Chicago sauna scene. Bo Dietl is known for character acting in Goodfellas, Carlito’s Way, and Bad Lieutenant.
Gary Basaraba as Frank Fitzsimmons: Jimmy’s Executive Vice President; Frank worries about his intelligence. Gary Basaraba is known for movie roles in Charlotte’s Web, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Suburbicon.
Jim Norton as Don Rickles: The stand-up comedian who appears after the Joey Gallo sequence. Jim Norton is a stand-up comedian who portrayed Father Callahan in Power.
Larry Romano as Philip Testa: He meets Frank in Villa Di Roma restaurant after the Whispers murder. Larry Romano is known for small roles in Donnie Brasco and Sleepers.
Jake Hoffman as Allen Dorfman: An insurance man who helps Jimmy with loans. The son of actor Dustin Hoffman, Jake Hoffman portrayed Steve Madden in Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
Patrick Gallo as Anthony Giacalone: An associate of Tony Provenzano who's present when Jimmy reluctantly asks for an endorsement. Patrick Gallo portrayed Franco in Boardwalk Empire and Clifford in The Deuce.
Barry Primus as Ewing King: A Teamsters member who pleads the 5th Amendment in court. Barry Primus is known for appearing alongside De Niro in Righteous Kill, Grudge Match, and 15 Minutes.
Jack Huston as Robert Kennedy: The iconic American politician (JFK's brother) who questions Jimmy about loans at a hearing. Jack Huston portrayed Richard Harrow in Boardwalk Empire.
Kevin O'Rourke as John McCullough: The Roofers Union President who hypes up Frank during an honorary banquet. Kevin O'Rourke portrayed Spencer Tracy in Scorsese's The Aviator and Edward Bader in Boardwalk Empire.
Stephen Mailer as F. Emmett Fitzpatrick: The District Attorney who's present at Frank's honorary banquet. Stephen Mailer is best known for roles in Cry-Baby, Baby Mama, and The Post.
Gino Cafarelli as Frank Rizzo: The Philadelphia mayor who's present at Frank's honorary banquet. Gino Cararelli is best known for portraying Jeff Aufiero in Big Fan.
Al Linea as Sam Giancana: A Chicago mob boss who had the same girlfriend as JFK. Al Linea portrayed Matteo D’Allessio in Boardwalk Empire.
Joseph Riccobene as Jimmy Fratianno: The "weasel" who sets up Jimmy. Joseph Riccobene portrayed Frankie Yale in Boardwalk Empire and Kneecapped Bankrobber in Scorsese's The Departed.
Action Bronson as Coffin Salesman (Uncredited): He sells a coffin to Frank. A popular recording artist, Action Bronson makes his feature film acting debut in The Irishman.
- The Irishman (2019) release date: Nov 27, 2019