Zach Cregger

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Birth Name: Zachary Michael Cregger

Place of Birth: Arlington, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 1, 1980

Ethnicity: German, English, some Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Irish, remote French

Zach Cregger is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, and Twitch streamer. He directed and wrote the film Barbarian (2022). He is a founding member of comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’ Know (also a television program). Trevor Moore was also a member of the group; the two starred together in the film Miss March, which they also co-directed and co-wrote. Zach has also appeared in the films College (2008), Love & Air Sex, and Date and Switch, and starred on the shows Friends with Benefits, Guys with Kids, and Wrecked.

Zach is married to actress and model Sara Paxton. Zach’s seven times great-grandfather, Carter Braxton, was among the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and was a merchant, planter, and Virginia politician. Zach also descends from the prominent Lee family of Virginia.

Zach is a first cousin, once removed, of Second Lady Tipper Gore, the wife of Vice President Al Gore. Tipper was born Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson, and her paternal grandparents were also Zach’s maternal great-grandparents. Zach’s uncle, William B. Taylor, Jr., was a U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, from June 21, 2006 to May 23, 2009, and again, in an Acting capacity, from June 18, 2019 to January 1, 2020.

Zach’s paternal grandfather is Hugh Caster Cregger, Jr. (the son of Hugh Caster Umberger Cregger and Flossie Mae Arrington). Zach’s grandfather Hugh was born in West Virginia. Zach’s paternal great-grandfather Hugh was the son of Wayman Leftridge Thomas Cregger and Malinda Ann Umberger. Flossie was the daughter of David Arrington and Julia.

Zach’s paternal grandmother is Idella/Idelle Fay Rethlake/Rethelake (the daughter of Clarence Bernard Rethlake/Rethelake and Maxine Lenna Kitts). Idella was born in West Virginia or Minnesota. Clarence was the son of John Frank Rethlake/Rethelake and Barbara C. Kirsch/Kirsh. Maxine was the daughter of Franklin Kitts and Nettie May Rose.

Zach’s maternal grandfather was William Brockenbrough Newton Taylor (the son of Lewis Jerome Taylor and Roberta Page Newton). William was born in Virginia, and was a founder of St. James’ Episcopal Church in the 1950s. Lewis was the son of Lewis Morris Taylor and Genevieve Meeker Belcher. Roberta was the daughter of William Brockenbrough Newton and Mary Elizabeth Shields. William’s father, Zach’s great-great-great-grandfather, was John B. Newton (John Brockenbrough Newton), Assistant Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

Zach’s maternal grandmother was Nancy Dare Aitcheson (the daughter of John Kenneth Aitcheson, Sr. and Virginia Dare Clarke). Nancy was born in Virginia. Zach’s maternal great-grandparents John and Virginia were also the paternal grandparents of Tipper Gore. Zach’s great-grandfather John was the son of John Aitcheson, who was born in Maryland, to parents from Paisley, Scotland, and of Caroline Appich. Virginia was the daughter of Randolph Thornton Clarke and Celeste Maude “Lessie” Wilkinson.

Sources: Genealogy of Zach Cregger –

Zach’s paternal grandfather, Hugh Caster Cregger, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Zach’s paternal great-grandfather, Hugh Caster Cregger, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Zach’s paternal grandmother, Idella Fay Rethlake/Rethelake, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Zach’s maternal grandfather, William Brockenbrough Newton Taylor –

Obituary of Zach’s maternal grandmother, Nancy Dare (Aitcheson) Taylor –

Genealogy of Zach’s first cousin, once removed, Tipper Gore –

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