In WikiTree’s Connection Finder we feature a different notable each week so you can see your family connection to them.

This week we are featuring the three individuals behind the iconic Star Wars roles of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew).  Since the ninth and final movie of the Star Wars trilogies, “The Rise of Skywalker,” comes out this Friday, we thought it would be fun to have our own “stars war” and see who is more closely connected to whom.

There Is Another

Carrie Fisher was born October 21, 1956, in Beverly Hills, California. As the daughter of two icons, singer Eddie (Tisch) Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Carrie was often referred to as “Hollywood Royalty.” However, after Star Wars debuted in 1977, Carrie achieved newfound royalty as the galaxy’s favorite princess, Princess Leia.

Carrie’s paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, while her mother’s family were Scots-Irish and English. Sadly, the Princess passed away December 27, 2016.  Her mother, Debbie, passed away the next day.

“Old Ben Kenobi”

Sir Alec Guinness was a notable British actor born April 2, 1914, in London, England, to Agnes Cuff.

Alec’s birth certificate shows his mother’s name as Agnes de Cuffe. The space for the infant’s first name says Alec Guinness. The column for name and surname of father is blank.  The identity of Alec’s father has never been officially confirmed, though he believed his father was a Scottish banker, Andrew Geddes, who paid for Guinness’s public school education at Fettes College. Geddes occasionally visited Guinness and his mother, posing as an uncle.

Sir Alec was well-known for several roles, amongst the most notable for his portrayal of Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi.  He died August 5, 2000, in Midhurst, England.

Best to Let the Wookie Win

Peter Mayhew was born May 19, 1944, in Barnes, England, to Walter Mayhew and Constance Yeates. He grew to be 7’4″ tall! Though he started in the engineering field, Peter thought he was better served for hospital work and got a job as a hospital orderly in the radiology department at King’s College Hospital.

It was there that he was discovered by George Lucas, who offered him the role of Chewbacca, saying all he needed to do was show up and the gig was his. Well, Peter did show up and became our beloved Wookie, returning to reprise the role in several Star Wars films. He loved his Star Wars family and put everything he had into being the best Wookie he could be, going so far as to study the movements of bears, gorillas, and monkeys.

Peter died earlier this year, April 30, after a heart attack.

The Connections

Now the fun part. First we’ll share how they are connected to each other. Then we want to know how you are connected to them!

The Princess and the Jedi Master

Only 24 degrees separate Carrie and Sir Alec! This connection has some fun twists. It starts through her father, Eddie Fisher, and then jumps to his second wife, another Hollywood Royal, Elizabeth Taylor.

Also in their connection path is William Byrd. William is credited with the founding of the city of Richmond, Virginia. His son, also a William, was accused of squandering away the family fortune, which goes to show, like in Star Wars, all families have a light and a dark side!

The Jedi Master and the Wookie

There are 32 degrees between Peter and Sir Alec. Their connection is through their wives’ families. Though they may not have the high ground when it comes to this connection, they did have a friendship that lasted their lifetimes.

Interesting note: Both Carrie and Peter have Stirlings in their connection path with Sir Alec.

The Wookie and the Princess

Though their connection in real life was quite close, their connection here is far, far away. There are 28 degrees between Carrie and Peter. This particular connection stems from Carrie’s mother Debbie and through Peter’s wife. As Chewbacca would say, ” RRRAARRWHHGWWR.” I think we can all agree.

In this Star Wars showdown, it’s Carrie and Sir Alec for the win! Just 24 steps apart. (We knew Obi-Wan was our only hope!) So what about you? Are you more closely connected to the Princess, the Jedi or the Wookie? Check your connections and then tell us here!

May the Source be With You!

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  9 Responses to “Have a Connection, Do You? The Force is Strong in This Post”

  1. 19° from Carrie Fisher

    • I don’t know how it’s possible but I’m connected to MOST of the Magna Carta barons. I think I have a Gilbert and Clare in my lines.

      We connect somewhere out there…

  2. I am 19 degrees from Carrie Fisher. the others are a bit further away.

  3. Amazing! I’m related to three Star War heroes! Related to Carrie Fisher 20 degrees, Alec Guinness 28 degrees and Peter Mayhew 30 degrees. Connected all through the Gilbert’s and Browning’s in my tree. I’m also connected to Royalty through the Gilbert name! Genealogy is fascinating!!

  4. Yea connected to all them and think Luke to at least his manager.

  5. Didn’t receive email last Wednesday. Did I screw up and unsubscribe? I’m using a cell phone and I’m pretty much technology challenged. Please put me back on your list. Thanks.

  6. So does that make all us related people mean WE are cousins or related too?

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