Birth Name: Christopher Whitelaw Pine
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: August 26, 1980
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandfather), German, English, Welsh, French
Chris Pine is an American actor. He is known for playing Capt. James Tiberius Kirk in the newer series of Star Trek films. Chris is the son of actors Roberts Pine (Granville Whitelaw Pine) and Gwynne Gilford (Gloria Gwynne Gilford), and the grandson of actress Anne Gwynne.
Chris’s father is of German and English ancestry. Chris’s maternal grandfather was Jewish, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. Chris’s maternal grandmother was a Texan, and had English, Welsh, and French, ancestry.
One family tree traces the “Pine” line back to William Pyne, who was born, c. 1580, in Woodbury, Devonshire, England.
Chris’s paternal grandfather was Granville Martin Pine (the son of Roswell Dean Pine and Mary Louise Harder). Roswell was the son of William Grandville Pine and Margaret Hannah Green. Mary Louise was born in Illinois, the daughter of German parents, Henrich/Henry Harder and Margaret Schulz.
Chris’s paternal grandmother was Virginia Whitelaw (the daughter of Donald Watts Whitelaw and Lucile Marie Foster). Donald was the son of Robert Glass Whitelaw, who was born in Ohio, to Canadian parents, and of Johanna Frank, who was German. Lucile was the daughter of Arthur L. Foster and Myrtie Seagraves/Seagreaves.
Chris’s maternal grandfather was Max M. Gilford (born Max Goldfarb; the son of Louis Goldfarb and Yetta Saporsnikova). Max, a prominent Hollywood lawyer, was born in New York. Louis and Yetta were both Russian Jewish immigrants.
Chris’s maternal grandmother was actress Anne Gwynne (born Marguerite Gwynne Trice, the daughter of Jefferson Benjamin Trice and Pearl Guinn). Anne was born in Texas, and had English, Welsh, and French ancestry. Jefferson was the son of James B. Trice and Lillian P. Chevalier, indicating partial French ancestry. Pearl was the daughter of William Barnes Guinn (possibly originally “Gwynn”) and Louella Ida Dowdell.
Chris’s paternal grandfather, Granville Martin Pine, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Chris’s paternal great-grandfather, Donald Watts Whitelaw, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Lucile Marie Foster, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Notations on the ancestry of Chris’s maternal great-grandmother, Pearl Guinn, and on Pearl’s parents – http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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