Edward Norton’s family history is like something Miles Bron invented

So it turns out Edward Norton‘s family history is practically straight out of a Disney movie. Or at least the real inspirations for one. An upcoming episode of the PBS documentary series Find your roots reveals that Norton, who is currently riding high on Netflix’s success glass onionhas an ancestor even more famous than that Incredible Hulk Actor himself – Pocahontas, daughter of 17th century Algonquin leader Powhatan.

A clip from the upcoming season of Find your roots features historian and host Henry Louis Gates Jr. informing Norton that his family connection to the legendary indigenous prisoner, a belief long held by Norton’s family, is indeed true. “Pocahontas is actually your 12th great-grandmother. I understand that was family lore, well it’s absolutely true,” Gates informs a stunned Norton, adding, “You have a direct paper trail, there’s no doubt about that, a connection to your 12th great-grandmother and great-grandfather, John Rolfe and Pocahontas.”

Gates then alludes to the tragic story of Pocahontas, noting that she married the Virginia planter John Rolfe in the Jamestown settlement of the Colony of Virginia in 1614 before later traveling to Rolfe in England, where she died shortly after leaving Gravesend in 1617 reached at the age of 21. Pocahontas had been captured and held for ransom by the Jamestown colonists during the First Anglo-Powhatan War. She was baptized by the colonists before meeting Rolfe.

Pocahontas is known to be associated with colonist and future colonial governor John Smith. Their relationship, now considered apocryphal at best by most historians, has been the subject of several romanticized fictional accounts, including the 1995 Disney film Pocahontas. Their “relationship” was largely based on a questionable account by Smith of his own capture by Powhatan, in which she bartered for his life with her own. It’s now seen as just the kind of giant whopper Norton’s glass onion Character, Miles Bron, would attempt to pass as actual fact.

The season premiere of Find your rootswith Edward Norton, airs Friday nights at 8 p.m. EST on PBS.

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