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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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Rainn Wilson

TV and Movie Actor

11th cousin 1 time removed
via Robert Blott

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Rainn Wilson

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 2 times removed
via John Gorham

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Rainn Wilson

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 2 times removed
via William Allis

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Maude Adams

Broadway Actress

8th cousin 2 times removed
via John Howland

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Gary Herbert

17th Governor of Utah

10th cousin
via John Howland

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Frank G. Allen

51st Governor of Massachusetts

9th cousin 2 times removed
via John Perkins

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Frank G. Allen

51st Governor of Massachusetts

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Richard Kimball Jr.

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John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Cutter

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Samuel J. Tilden

25th Governor of New York

7th cousin 3 times removed
via William Paine

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Samuel J. Tilden

25th Governor of New York

5th cousin 5 times removed
via John Sutton

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Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.

New York Times Publisher

9th cousin 2 times removed
via William Bradford Jr.

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Arthur Gregg Sulzberger

New York Times Publisher

9th cousin 3 times removed
via William Bradford Jr.

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Alvan T. Fuller

50th Governor of Massachusetts

7th cousin 2 times removed
via Thomas Pierce

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Shelley Fabares

TV and Movie Actress

12th cousin 2 times removed
via Thomas Morse

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Shelley Fabares

TV and Movie Actress

10th cousin 2 times removed
via Shattuck

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John Page

(c1586 - 1676)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

8th great-grandfather

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George Howard Earle

30th Governor of Pennsylvania

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Stephen Hussey

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Ethan Peck

TV and Movie Actor

10th cousin 2 times removed
via Gov. Thomas Mayhew

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Charlie Munger

Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

11th cousin
via Rev. Stephen Bachiler

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George Howard Earle

30th Governor of Pennsylvania

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Gardner

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George Howard Earle

30th Governor of Pennsylvania

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Gov. Thomas Mayhew

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George Howard Earle

30th Governor of Pennsylvania

8th cousin 1 time removed
via John Gorham

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George Howard Earle

30th Governor of Pennsylvania

7th cousin 2 times removed
via James Coffin

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George Howard Earle

30th Governor of Pennsylvania

7th cousin 1 time removed
via William Bunker

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Joe Keery

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 3 times removed
via Christian Penn

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