Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal

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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.

Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal

A Patriot Ancestor

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.

Robert Downey, Jr.’s Family Tree Challenge

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 […]