Graham Phillips

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Phillips in 2010, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Graham David Phillips

Place of Birth: Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 14, 1993

Ethnicity: English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Scottish, distant Dutch

Graham Phillips is an American actor, filmmaker, and singer. He is known for his roles on the shows The Good Wife, Riverdale, and Atypical, and in the films Evan Almighty, Ben 10: Race Against Time, Staten Island Summer, XOXO, and Blockers. He runs independent film production studio Phillips Pictures, with his brother Parker Phillips. The two co-wrote and co-directed the film The Bygone.

His father, Layn R. Phillips, is a former U.S. district court judge. Graham was raised Episcopalian.

Graham’s paternal grandfather was James Arthur Cole Phillips (the son of Luther D. Phillips and Hattie Dragoon). James was said to have some degree of Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Cherokee Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. Graham’s grandfather and great-grandparents were listed as “White” on United States censuses.

Graham’s paternal grandmother was Eloise Gulick (the daughter of Raymond Lorenzo Gulick and Opal Mimmie Ready/Reedy). Eloise was born in Oklahoma. Raymond was the son of William Finley Gulick and Arminda Mae Kennon. Opal was the daughter of The Rev. William T. Ready and Lillie D. McCollum.

Graham’s maternal grandfather was Billie Joe/Joseph Hale (the son of Joseph R. “Joe” Hale and Myrtle Malcom Stephenson). Billie was born in Texas. Joseph was the son of William Eli Hale and Dialtha Catherine “Katie” Gregory. Myrtle was the daughter of David Logan Stephenson and Sarah Ann Akard.

Graham’s maternal grandmother was Martha Mona Donaldson (the daughter of Leon Prentiss/Prentice Donaldson and Leona Esther Chambliss). Martha was born in Texas. Leon was the son of William Harrison Donaldson and Ada Lenora Anderson. Leona was the daughter of William Franklin Chambliss and Anna/Annie Amanda/M. Taylor.

Sources: Genealogy of Graham Phillips (focusing on his father’s side) –

Graham’s paternal great-grandparents, Luther D. Phillips and Hattie Dragoon, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Luther D. Phillips and Hattie Dragoon on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Graham’s paternal grandmother, Eloise Gulick, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Graham’s paternal great-grandfather, Raymond Lorenzo Gulick, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Graham’s paternal great-great-grandparents, The Rev. William T. Ready and Lillie D. McCollum, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Graham’s maternal grandparents, Billie Joe/Joseph Hale and Martha Mona Donaldson –

Graham’s maternal grandfather, Billie Joe/Joseph Hale, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Graham’s maternal grandmother, Martha Mona Donaldson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Graham’s maternal great-grandmother, Leona Esther Chambliss, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

3 Responses

  1. Devotion says:

    Waiting for someone to say “is he part native?”

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