Birth Name: Burr Gore Steers
Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Date of Birth: October 8, 1965
Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh, German
Burr Steers is an American actor, screenwriter, and director.
Burr is the son of socialite Nina Gore (Auchincloss) and politician Newton Ivan Steers, Jr. His father was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland, from 1977 to 1979. His mother was a cousin of lawyer and novelist Louis Auchincloss, a step-sister of First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and a half-sister of writer Gore Vidal. His brother, Hugh Auchincloss Steers, was a figurative painter. Burr is a third cousin, once removed, of politician Jake Auchincloss. Burr’s great-great-grandparents, John L. Auchincloss and Elizabeth Buck, were also Jake’s great-great-great-grandparents.
Burr’s paternal grandfather was Newton Ivan Steers, Sr. (the son of William Colyer Steers and Margaret R. Gault). Newton was born in New York, to a father from New York and to a mother from Canada, whose own parents were Irish. William was the son of Thomas E. Steers and Margaret Calhoun. Burr’s great-grandmother Margaret was the daughter of Alex Gault and Elizabeth Campbell.
Burr’s paternal grandmother was Claire Louise Herder (the daughter of Peter Herder and Charlotte Maria Butler). Claire was born in New York, to a father from Germany and a mother from Ireland.
Burr’s maternal grandfather was Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr. (the son of Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Sr., and Emma Brewster Jennings). Burr’s grandfather Hugh was born in Rhode Island, and was a stockbroker and lawyer. Burr’s great-grandfather Hugh was the son of John L. Auchincloss and Elizabeth Buck; John was born in New York, to a father from Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, Hugh Auchincloss, and to a mother from Pennsylvania, Ann Anthony Stuart. Burr’s great-grandmother Emma was the daughter of Oliver Burr Jennings, a businessperson, who was one of the original stockholders in Standard Oil, and of Esther Judson Goodsell.
Burr’s maternal grandmother was Nina S. Gore (the daughter of Thomas Pryor Gore and Nina Belle Kay). Burr’s grandmother Nina was born in Oklahoma. Thomas was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, from 1907 to 1921, and again from 1931 to 1937. Thomas was the son of Thomas/Tom Madison Gore and Caroline/Carrie Elizabeth Wingo. Burr’s great-grandmother Nina was the daughter of John Thomas Kay and Marcella/Macilla McLaughlin.
Burr’s maternal Gore line can be traced to James Gore, who was born, c. 1662, in Wales.
Sources: Genealogy of Burr Steers – http://www.geni.com
Marriage record of Burr’s paternal great-grandparents, William Colyer Steers and Margaret R. Gault – http://www.familysearch.org
Burr’s paternal great-grandmother, Margaret R. Gault, on the 1900 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
Burr’s paternal grandmother, Claire Louise Herder, on the 1900 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Burr Steers (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Burr’s maternal grandparents, Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr. and Nina S. Gore – https://www.findagrave.com
Burr’s maternal great-grandmother, Nina Belle Kay, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Burr’s maternal great-grandmother, Nina Belle Kay (focusing on her father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com