Actor to receive 'Honorary Irishman' award

Paul Rudd’s not Irish.

But the actor is being honored as an “Hononary Irishman” at the Oscar Wilde Awards for his deep connection to his family’s U.K. neighbor. Previous recipients of the honorary award have been Jim Brooks and J.J. Abrams.

As a kid, Rudd had a fondness for Irish music and found himself drawn to the work of Irish authors. His fascination was confirmed when he visited.

His father concurred. Michael Rudd was a Titanic enthusiast, and would lead groups through the country for the Titanic Historical Society.

When Michael passed away, his ashes were spread in Ireland. As Rudd explained on “The Late Show With David Letterman” last July, it was a windy day.

“We Lebowskied ourselves,” he joked.

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