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John Lithgow

Ancestry of
John Lithgow

Stage, TV, and Movie Actor


Who is John Lithgow?

John Lithgow is an American stage, television and movie actor. He is also a children's book author and has recorded children's music albums. John Lithgow has received many awards throughout his career including, but not limited to, two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and an American Comedy Award. He has also been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards.

Famous Kin

John Lithgow is a direct descendant of Mayflower passengers John Billington and William Bradford. He also has an accused witch in the family with a connection to Mary (Perkins) Bradbury who was convicted of witchcraft at the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. John Lithgow has a number of U.S. Presidents in his family tree including James Garfield, Millard Fillmore, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, Howard Taft, Grover Cleveland, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and both Presidents Bush. U.S. First Ladies are also represented in his family tree with kinship to Mamie Eisenhower, Bess Truman, and Nancy Reagan. There is also a royal connection for John Lithgow with kinship to the late Princess Diana

John Lithgow's literary kin include author Harriet Beecher Stowe, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, author Louisa May Alcott, poet Emily Dickinson, playwright Tennessee Williams, and poet Robert Frost. Celebrity kin for John Lithgow include actress Katharine Hepburn, singer Janis Joplin, actor Henry Fonda, TV personality and chef Julia Child, actor Humphrey Bogart, actress Jodie Foster, actor Clint Eastwood, actress Sally Field, singer Amy Grant, actor Ed Helms, actor James Dean, and the Wilson brothers of The Beach Boys..


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for John Lithgow

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Margaret Mead

Cultural Anthropologist

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Robert Blott

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Ding Darling

Cartoonist and Founder of National Wildlife Federation

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Andrew Warner

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Ding Darling

Cartoonist and Founder of National Wildlife Federation

10th cousin 1 time removed
via John White

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Ding Darling

Cartoonist and Founder of National Wildlife Federation

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Isaac Graves

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Kyra Sedgwick

TV and Movie Actress

11th cousin 1 time removed
via John White

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Alan Shepard

Mercury and Apollo Astronaut

11th cousin 1 time removed
via John White

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

11th cousin
via John White

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Michael Strahan

NFL Player and TV Personality

11th cousin 2 times removed
via John White

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Mark Isham

Musician, Film Composer

11th cousin 1 time removed
via John White

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Paul Giamatti

TV and Movie Actor

11th cousin 1 time removed
via John White

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A. Bartlett Giamatti

Major League Baseball Commissioner

11th cousin
via John White

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Kevin Spacey

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin
via Richard Martin

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Kevin Spacey

TV and Movie Actor

11th cousin 1 time removed
via Rev. Stephen Bachiler

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Nicholas Danforth

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

8th cousin 1 time removed
via William Carpenter

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Bill Weld

68th Governor of Massachusetts

11th cousin
via William Clap

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Edward Clap

(c1609 - 1664/5)
Hopewell passenger 1635

9th great-granduncle
via William Clap

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Sprague Grayden

TV and Movie Actress

11th cousin
via Henry Howland

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Linda Ronstadt

Singer and Songwriter

12th cousin
via Henry Scott

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Alexander Carpenter

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Kyra Sedgwick

TV and Movie Actress

9th cousin 1 time removed
via John Perkins

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

8th cousin 2 times removed
via John Perkins

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Hooker of Marefield, Tilton, Leicestershire

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

9th cousin
via Nicholas Danforth

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Peter Coffin

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John Lithgow photo by David Shankbone (CC BY-SA 3.0)