Belfast Telegraph

Home Life Features

All the best: Actor Marty Maguire's favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

The 50-year-old actor will be appearing in Crazy at the Mac in Belfast from May 26. He lives in Belfast with his partner Jo Donnelly and has two sons - Dylan (22) and Brandon (18).

My best moment

That was when my kids were born. I lived out in Los Angeles for 20 years and the boys still live out there. They were the best thing that ever happened to me.

My best song

It’s the Tennessee Waltz, which I sing in the show. There’s no particular reason, it’s just a song I like. The version by Tom Jones is the best.

My best way to relax

Sitting in front of the telly watching trashy TV with my partner Jo. We like American shows like NCIS.

My best job

Other than being an actor, I’ve had a few jobs. I used to work in Topman on Donegall Place before it closed but my best job was in a bar in Los Angeles. I worked there for about 20 years on and off. I went back and forth in between acting jobs and the kids. It was called Ireland’s 32 and they gave me the freedom to come and go and do plays and auditions as I wished. It’s a great bar and it’s still there.

My best bit of advice

That was from my mum. She said to me: “You’ve got two ears but only one mouth. No-one learned anything from talking all the time. Learn to listen.” That’s one that has stayed with me.

My best gift

When I was 16, my grandmother gave me a Claddagh ring — I still wear it today and I’ve managed to wear it in lots of films and programmes. When my two sons turned 16, I made sure that they got one as well. It’s become a wee family link for us. Now every time I look at the ring on my hand, I know that even though they’re 6,000 miles away, the boys are wearing the same one.

My best achievement

To still be doing this — acting — after more than 30 years. I still love what I do and if I won the lottery and didn’t have to work I would still want to do this.

My best buy

Driving lessons back when I lived in America. It gave me a whole new lease of life because in Los Angeles you really need to be able to drive. I used to drive 50 miles to work each night and 50 miles home again so learning to drive was really worth it.

My best book

I’m not a big reader at all and the best things I read are my play scripts. My best book though is called A  Man Walks Into A Bar (right) —  it’s a book with 6,000 jokes in it and it makes me laugh.

My best film

My favourite film of all time is The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. I was lucky enough to work with one of the last surviving actors who was in the film. His name was Sean McClory and he was with the Abbey Theatre in Dublin but he went over to the States in 1947 and ended up in The Quiet Man. We were in a radio drama together before he died and he had some amazing stories to tell me.

  • Crazy will be on stage at the Mac in Belfast until June 14. For tickets and information go to

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph