Hefty Irish teenage musician/singer with no prior acting experience, originally hired as a backup singer with the band performing for Alan Parker's auditions, whose powerful, gravelly voice (which has...
|The Commitments||Actor||Deco Cuffe||1|
|Won a six-record contract with MCA Records after success of "The Commitments"|
|By age four accompanied father at pub rehearsals and picked up tips for collecting beer glasses there|
|Performed with The Commitments at an AIDS fundraiser in Los Angeles in September|
|Began singing professionally with rock groups in clubs and stadiums at age 8|
|Formed own garage band and was lead singer by age 12|
|Film debut, "The Commitments"|
|Niamh Armstrong||Sister||born c. 1970|
|Rob Strong||Father||born c. 1947; was a member of the 1960's group, "The Plattermen"; professional musician on Ireland's pub circuit; teaches music part-time to inmates at Dublin's Mountjoy Prison; sings radio jingles for Guinness stout|
|Strong is an accomplished musician; he plays drums, guitar and bass.|
|"I've always wanted to be successful and I'm going in the right direction. But it hasn't changed me at all. I don't want to be a superstar overnight, and I don't want to just be big for five years and then be a major flop. I want to have longevity. I don't want to be burnt out by the time I'm twenty. I just want people to know where I'm, coming from and what I can offer. And I hope to God I can keep my head."--Andrew Strong ("US" magazine, December 1991)|
|"It's easy to play a jerk like Deco. Alan Parker would say, 'All right, Andrew, you know your lines. Just go ahead and act like a jerk.'" --Andrew Strong on his acting debut in "The Commitments" (THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 29, 1991)|
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