Chris Pine

by ethnic on June 5, 2010

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 Chris’s 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). Granville was born in Oklahoma. 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). Virginia was born in Michigan. 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 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. Pearl was the daughter of William Barnes Guinn (possibly originally “Gwynn”) and Louella Ida Dowdell.

Sources: Genealogies of Chris Pine –

Chris’s paternal grandfather, Granville Martin Pine, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Chris’s paternal great-grandfather, Donald Watts Whitelaw, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Lucile Marie Foster, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Chris’s maternal grandfather, Max M. Gilford (Max Goldfarb), on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Max M. Gilford (Max Goldfarb) on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Notations on the ancestry of Chris’s maternal great-grandmother, Pearl Guinn, and on Pearl’s parents –

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bearboy September 30, 2016 at 1:40 pm

I believe Chris Pine has remote Irish heritage. Francis E Segraves who was Chris Pines’ 9th great grandfather was born in Kildare, Ireland (1654-1725). Francis was the son of Patrick Segraves born in Meath, Ireland.

bearboy December 6, 2016 at 5:05 pm

“CORRECTION’ Distant Irish

follers December 6, 2016 at 5:22 pm

Is that tree even correct about that 1/2048 of his ancestry?.

Geni says that Pine’s ancestor James Seagraves (born c. 1846) was the son of Clemson Seagraves and Sarah McCune. A tree on Rootsweb says that the same James Seagraves was the son of Francis Seagraves and Sarah Margaretha Knauss. Which one is right?

bearboy December 6, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Why if it’s more than 500 years back no one cares?

bearboy December 18, 2015 at 5:06 pm

On Hollowverse it says his maternal grandparents were Yetta Saporsnikova and Louis Goldfarb instead of great-grandparents. I guess Hollowverse isn’t as reliable as I thought.

ashash April 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm

He looks Georgian like Stalin.

neiltennant July 5, 2015 at 8:37 am

yes totally.

stalin was hot, had blue eyes, and the same shape of face


MichaelDubs January 14, 2015 at 7:15 pm

sign michael lipken

MichaelDubs January 14, 2015 at 7:10 pm

I would the Bronx zoo more.

Michael Lipken

bearboy January 14, 2015 at 7:12 pm

What exactly does that mean?

MichaelDubs January 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm

He has a big honker but not a small face

visokozen December 4, 2014 at 8:53 am

I’m not exactly sure about the same ancestor thing. The proof doesn’t seem very substantial.

aaa December 13, 2013 at 7:15 am

he is so overrated, people of media should use glasses

theropod April 1, 2015 at 5:40 pm

I agree.

ashash April 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm

He’s exotic, though. He has the Ashkenazi Jewish / Northern European mix and looks Georgian like Josef Stalin. I don’t understand how you could possibly think he is overrated.

Ethnic December 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

What’s weird is that every blue eyed person is related and share the same ancestor.

scott February 27, 2014 at 11:35 pm

hi ethnic yea that is weird

ethnic February 27, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Ethnic is pretending to be me!

nnnnn May 17, 2013 at 12:08 am

The new captain Kirk?

Ocean August 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

: Follers, go to, look under the message boards, under United States. There’s a message for you in one of the sections.”

levangelista36 June 18, 2012 at 1:43 am

He is hot.

Mint April 11, 2012 at 4:15 am

He looks like a Jewish/English mix

KnowItall September 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I think his dad was the actor that played the police commander on that motorcycle cop show Chips back in the ’70s.

Trese May 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm

So hot! If I wasn’t married……….LOL.

Kimberly July 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm

he so cutee

Lisa September 18, 2010 at 5:57 pm

He’s pretty hot. Not the hottest guy around *my opinion*.

kira June 5, 2010 at 7:58 pm

what a unique middle name lol!:)
hottest guy ever!

Kimmel July 26, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Sounds like his father branded him; “You will go forth and now be know as Whitelaw”.

ethnic June 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm

thanks for the input Dave and Anon.

Anonymous June 5, 2010 at 11:35 am

He is of Welsh and Jewish descent on his mother’s side.
But on wikipedia on his mother page write: Her grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants.
Maybe just on father side?

A/N December 8, 2011 at 12:49 am


Niki December 8, 2011 at 3:09 am

What do you mean with biracial? In what way? Just goes to show how nonsensical our definition of race is. Anyway, he wouldn’t be what he is if it were not for his genes!

Marko February 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm

@ A/N ur a racist, and how the hell is he biracial??

lelo4 July 23, 2016 at 11:50 am

He probably said biracial meaning European/Jewish mix, which is stupid too. This man doesn’t have Slavic blood, remember ‘Russian’ Jews are in no way related to ethnic Russians.

lelo4 July 23, 2016 at 11:51 am

He probably said biracial meaning European/Jewish mix, which is stupid too. Also this man doesn’t have Slavic blood, remember ‘Russian’ Jews are in no way related to ethnic Russians.

Mint April 11, 2012 at 4:10 am

@A/N I really want to know what sad pathetic you are maybe you should educate yourself a little then you wouldn’t walk around talking bull.

Anonymous June 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

Saporsnikova is Russian surname. -ova is Russian end of name.

Dave June 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm

“Yetta” is a very Jewish name, so definitely Russian Jewish on that side.

Hard to say about Welsh… people may assume so because his grandmother’s stage name was the Welsh “Gwynne” – but she wasn’t born with that name.

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