John Lithgow

Lithgow in 2016, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: John Arthur Lithgow

Place of Birth: Rochester, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 19, 1945

Ethnicity: Welsh, English, as well as French, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Scottish

John Lithgow is an American actor, musician, singer, comedian, and author. He is the son of Sarah Jane (Price), an actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow, Jr., a theatrical director, producer, and actor, who ran the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey. His father was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, where some of his family had lived for a few generations. His ancestry is Welsh, English, French, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Scottish. He has three children, two with his wife, Mary Yeager, and a son, actor Ian Lithgow, with his former wife, Jean Taynton.

John’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Washington Lithgow, Jr. (the son of Arthur Washington Lithgow and Ellen Prentiss Pierce/Peirce). John’s grandfather Arthur was born in Massachusetts. John’s great-grandfather Arthur was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, the son of Arthur Lithgow, from Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, and of Anna/Ana Maria de Pelegrin, from New Orleans, Louisiana. Ellen was the daughter of William Pierce and Ellen Prentiss.

John’s paternal grandmother was Ina Berenice Robinson (the daughter of Edwin Bradford Robinson and Amanda Melvina/Mellie Knowles). Ina was born in Rhode Island. Edwin was the son of Alexander Bartlett Robinson and Hannah Mitchell Bunker. Amanda was the daughter of Jonathan Knowles and Amanda Pollard.

John’s maternal grandfather was Orlo Josiah Price (the son of Thomas Davis Price and Sarah Jane Jones). Orlo was born in Ohio. Thomas was the son of Welsh parents, Edward Price and Mary Polly Pittsford. Sarah was also the daughter of Welsh parents, Maurice Jones and Jane Glynn.

John’s maternal grandmother was Eva Bronson Graves (the daughter of Albert Mattoon Graves and Mary E. Bronson). Eva was born in Illinois. Albert was the son of Warren Mattoon Graves and Amanda Root. Mary E. was the daughter of Robert Bronson.

Sources: Genealogies of John Lithgow –

John’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

John’s maternal grandfather, Orlo Josiah Price, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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