Tyler Christopher

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Christopher in 2004, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Tyler Christopher Baker

Place of Birth: Joliet, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 11, 1972

Ethnicity: Scottish, Irish, English, German, distant Swedish and Welsh

Tyler Christopher is an American actor. He has also been credited as Tyler Baker.

Tyler is the son of Jimi-Ann (Stewart), who was born in Camden, Arkansas, and James W. “Jim” Baker, from Ohio. He is married to auto racing reporter Brienne Pedigo, with whom he has two children.

Tyler’s documented ancestry is Scottish, Irish, English, German, and distant Swedish and Welsh.

In 2004, Tyler said:

Both. Both my mom and dad are part Native American… I’ve been recognized within the Native American community in terms of entertainment. There’s not a lot of us out there, not tons of competition. We are definitely a minority amongst a minority, but we’re out there. Not everyone’s Italian or Latin that has dark hair and dark eyes.

His Native ancestry was sometimes said to be Choctaw and/or Seneca.

In 2018, Tyler said (at 29:09) that a DNA test taken by his sister stated that her genetic ancestry is, approximately:

*40% Irish/British Isles
*35-40% German
*1% Asian

Tyler stated that the test did not detect any Native American ancestry. Nor did a DNA test of Tyler’s father.

All of Tyler’s grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are listed as “White” on U.S. Censuses.

Tyler added in the 2018 interview, podcast That’s Awesome with Steve Burton:

So… my entire life… I’ve been told that I’m Native American… I can’t escape it, it’s been passed down to me… this is what you are… I’m certified… I got the card…

He was surprised at the DNA result.

Tyler is a third cousin, once removed, of actor Brad Pitt. Tyler’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, George Washington Dorris and Nanny Rosalene/Rosaleen Smith, were also Brad’s paternal great-great-grandparents. Through his maternal grandmother, Tyler is related to actors Derk Cheetwood and Drew Cheetwood.

Tyler’s paternal grandfather was Wilson Woodrow Baker (the son of Chester Arthur Baker and Margaret Lucretia Forgerson). Wilson was born in Ohio. Chester was the son of Henry Baker and Elizabeth/Eliza/Elisabeth Hawk. Margaret was the daughter of Willard Lane Forgerson and Anna/Anne/Ann Eliza Jack.

Tyler’s paternal grandmother was Phyllis Virginia King (the daughter of Frederick/Fred King and Oda Milinda/Malinda Smith). Phyllis was born in Ohio. Frederick was the son of Charles King. Frederick’s mother was German, possibly Swiss-German. Oda was the daughter of Wilson Edward/Edwin Smith and Margaret/Maggie Luella Cunningham, who was Canadian.

Tyler’s maternal grandfather was James Henry Stewart (the son of Henry Grady Stewart and Myrtie/Myrtle/Mertie May Crumpler). James was born in Arkansas. Tyler’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of John Henry Stewart and Willie Lee Walker. Myrtie was the daughter of William Henry Crumpler and Mary A./I. Freeman.

Tyler’s maternal grandmother was Anne/Annie/Anna/Ann Bell Gilchrist (the daughter of Walter Gilchrist and Effie May/S. Dorris). Anne was born in Arkansas. Walter was the son of James Thomas Gilchrist, who was born in Illinois, to Scottish parents, his father from Aberdeen and his mother from Galashiels, and of Addie Tuberville/Tubberville. Effie was the daughter of William Edward Dorris and Nancy/Annie I./E. Parnell.

Sources: http://people.com

Genealogy of Tyler’s father – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Tyler’s paternal grandfather, Wilson Woodrow Baker, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Wilson Woodrow Baker on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s paternal great-grandparents, Chester Arthur Baker and Margaret Lucretia Forgerson, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s paternal great-grandfather, Chester Arthur Baker, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Willard Lane Forgerson and Anna/Anne/Ann Eliza Jack, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s paternal grandmother, Phyllis Virginia King, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s paternal great-grandparents, Frederick/Fred King and Oda Milinda/Malinda Smith, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s paternal great-grandmother, Oda Milinda/Malinda Smith, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Oda Milinda/Malinda Smith on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Tyler’s mother – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Tyler’s maternal grandparents, James Henry Stewart and Anne/Annie/Anna/Ann Bell Gilchrist – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s maternal grandfather, James Henry Stewart, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James Henry Stewart on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/a

Tyler’s maternal great-grandparents, Henry Grady Stewart and Myrtie/Myrtle/Mertie May Crumpler, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Tyler’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry Grady Stewart (focusing on his own mother’s side) – https://www.ancestry.com

Tyler’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry Grady Stewart, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Henry Grady Stewart on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Tyler’s maternal great-grandmother, Myrtie/Myrtle/Mertie May Crumpler (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Tyler’s maternal great-grandmother, Myrtie/Myrtle/Mertie May Crumpler, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Myrtie/Myrtle/Mertie May Crumpler on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Mary A./I. Freeman, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Tyler’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Tyler’s maternal grandmother, Anne/Annie/Anna/Ann Bell Gilchrist, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Tyler’s maternal great-grandparents, Walter Gilchrist and Effie May/S. Dorris – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Tyler’s maternal great-grandfather, Walter Gilchrist (focusing on his own father’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com

Tyler’s maternal great-grandfather, Walter Gilchrist, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s maternal great-grandmother, Effie May/S. Dorris, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Tyler’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, George Washington Dorris and Nanny Rosalene/Rosaleen Smith – https://www.geni.com

17 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/bradford-anderson/stone-cold-and-the-jackal-the-podcast/e/54506857?autoplay=true

    At around 00:29 he talks about how his father and sister did a DNA test (ancestry.com if I’m not mistaken, he talks about some of the features only their tests have), and they both came up 0% Native American.

    At least Tyler is being open about this and remorseful for taking on Native roles, unlike some pretendians *cough*karinalombard*cough*

  2. andrew says:

    The link about his quote on the alledged Native American heritage statement does not work.

    In other sites he is said to be of Choctaw/Seneca descent

    However when he said “Not everyone’s Italian or Latin that has dark hair and dark eyes” he showed his ignorance because expecially Italians have a wide range of phenotypes

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