“Shameless” may have helped Michael Patrick McGill to obtain more acting recognition, but this actor has had a long career as a professional actor. People in the soap circles might know McGill from his roles in the soap operas “Days of Our Lives” and “Passions”.
Yet this actor has had numerous guest appearances on both TV and in movies. In fact, he has had so many small roles in different tv shows, that if you name three random shows from the year 2001 onwards, odds are, he worked on it. This Wisconsin-born actor continues to add to his acting credentials but “Shameless” remains one of his biggest roles. Michael Patrick and Amy McGill married in 2012.
Justin Chatwin (aka Jimmy Lishman)
If you were quick, you would have seen Justin Chatwin in the film “Josie and the Pussycats”. Most likely, you would probably know this Canadian actor from his guest appearances in “Weeds” and “Lost”. “Shameless” put this actor on the showbiz map.
Since this break, Chatwin has played a cartoonist in CBS’s "American Gothic”, a superhero in the “Doctor Who” Christmas release, and more recently, a scientist in the Netflix production “Another Life”. Chatwin is a promoter of leading a nomadic lifestyle. Joining him in his constant need to roam is Ombú, the sweet stray dog he adopted in 2016.
As a regular patron of the local bar, the Alibi, Tommy adds a much-needed comic relief to the otherwise somewhat bleak "Shameless" and he does so often at the expense of Frank. Many of our first encounters with Tommy are in the company of Frank at the Alibi where Frank is often the butt of one of Tommy’s jokes.
To make a living, Tommy manages a group of construction workers. Lip Gallagher takes up a temporary job with Tommy. Though Tommy is constantly teasing Frank, his heart is in the right place and he often intervenes when Frank is in danger.
Once owner of Patsy Pies, he and Fiona Gallagher flirt at work almost as a sport. It is clear the two are falling for each other in Season 5. Working at Patsy Pies is not the only thing they have in common but a past with substance dependency and subsequent rehabilitation.
In the case of Sean, he is recovering from some heavy stuff. His dependency caused him to lose his son and other heinous actions. By the time we meet him, he seems to be trying to make a clean start with Fiona. The two get married, but soon Sean relapses.
Dermot Mulroney (aka Sean Price)
Dermot Mulroney was a big name thanks to films like “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Wedding Date”. He also starred in Christopher Cain’s Western “Young Guns”. The actor has achieved some critical success, decorating his cabinets with awards such as Best Actor in "Samantha" at the Seattle International Film Festival.
Lovers of the show "Friends", would also remember him as Gavin, who nearly has a fling with Rachel. Interestingly, Mulroney is quite the cellist. During the 1990s, he was part of a band called Low and Sweet Orchestra. His musical talents help him to land musical roles, if you remember him from “The Thing Called Love” starring River Phoenix.