Chris Parnell

Parnell in 2015, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Thomas Christopher Parnell

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 5, 1967

*father – English, other
*mother – German, Swiss-French/Swiss-German

Chris Parnell is an American actor, comedian, and singer.

He is the son of Shirley and Jack Parnell.

Chris’ maternal grandfather was August Carl Rauchle (the son of August Carl Rauchle and Louise Manner). Chris’ grandfather August was born in Tennessee, to German parents. Chris’ great-grandfather August was the son of Christian Rauchle. Louise was the daughter of Gottfried Manner and Elizabeth.

Chris’ maternal grandmother was Clara Bessire (the daughter of Fred Bessire and Louise Yancer). Clara was born in Tennessee, to Swiss parents, her father of Swiss-French origin, and her mother of Swiss-German descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Chris Parnell (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Chris’s maternal grandmother, Clara Bessire, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

2 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Fred was Swiss-French and Louise was Swiss-German. Their languages are listed here:

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