Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the ancestral pasts of actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal: two individuals whose family histories can be traced far back through the centuries.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. introduces actor Robert Downey, Jr. to his ancestors who were early colonists in Pennsylvania, including a patriot ancestor who participated in the Revolutionary War.
When I contacted Robert Downey Jr.’s agent to ask permission to trace his family tree, he responded with an interesting challenge. He asked me to write to Mr. Downey directly, explaining why I wanted him specifically to be part of the new series. So, I did just that. I told him that I was a […]