“You realize what a small part of all human history you are,” Norton said.
Edward Norton got a chance to verify a long-running family rumor thanks to Finding Your Roots.
The Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery actor confirmed a long-standing family rumor that he was related to Pocahontas, the famous 17th-century Powhatan woman who married English settler John Rolfe in 1614. that Pocahontas is his 12th great-grandmother.
“I understand that was family history,” host Henry Louis Gates Jr. told Norton. “Well, it’s absolutely true.”
Gates contextualizes the fact: “John Rolfe and Pocahontas were married on April 5, 1614. Shakespeare dies in 1616 just to put that in perspective,” he said. “Pocahontas died sometime in March 1617 at Grave’s End, England, and John Rolfe died about March 1622.”
Norton replied, “That’s about as far back as you can go, unless you’re a Viking. Makes you realize what a small part of all human history you are.”
Norton’s other distant relatives also include a Civil War soldier who wrote to Abraham Lincoln and a 19th-century pro-union labor activist. He is also related to a third great-grandfather named John Winstead, who is said to have owned slaves in North Carolina during an 1850 census.
“The short answer is these things are uncomfortable, and you should be uncomfortable with them, everyone should be uncomfortable with them,” Norton said. “It’s not a judgment on you and your own life, but it’s a judgment on the history of this country and it has to be recognized first and then fought with.”
Finding Your Roots has also claimed that Bill Maher and Bill O’Reilly are cousins and that Larry David and Bernie Sanders are related.
Norton is currently playing jerk-off tech-bro billionaire Miles Bron on the Netflix series Glass Onion. Director Rian Johnson recently insisted the character wasn’t based on Elon Musk, despite the timely parallels to Musk’s dizzying public image during his Twitter takeover. “There’s a lot of general stuff about these kinds of tech billionaires that went straight in. But obviously it has an almost odd relevance right now,” Johnson told Wired. “A friend of mine said, ‘Man, that feels like it was written this afternoon.’ And that’s just a horrible, horrible accident, you know?
Through a direct paper trail leading to the 1614 marriage certificate of Pocahontas and John Rolfes, @EdwardNorton learns that his family history appears to be true. His 12th great grandmother is Pocohantas!
— Henry Louis Gates Jr (@HenryLouisGates) January 2, 2023
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