He found out that his paternal side is related to the UK monarch in a stunning revelation on the TV show.
During its tenth season, "Finding Your Roots" has delivered some mindblowing shocks to celebrity guests. The recent one to join this "shocking" list is the revelation about Bob Odenkirk. Odenkirk found out about the royal history of his paternal side on the show, as reported by The Guardian. The information given to the actor took him aback as he was unaware of many details about his father's side of the family. Walter Odenkirk, his father, walked away at the age of 15 and had a strained relationship with his sons.
Odenkirk went to the show to find out about his roots. The experts went back five generations to dig up his royal connections. Even though the actor is a native of Chicago, his fifth great-grandfather, Friedrich Carl Steinholz, was found to be born in Plön, Germany, in 1755. It was through Steinholz's that Odenkirk was connected to the royal families. Steinholtz was conceived out of wedlock to the Duke of Plön. The Duke of Plön had associations with royal families all across Europe due to intermarriage.
The revelation did not quite move the actor. He considered himself far apart from the ideology of monarchy and did not believe that this part of his "history" had any impact on him or his fundamental values. "[It makes me feel] like a part of history that I didn't think I was any part of, but I'm an American. I'm not a monarchist. I don't believe in that," Odenkirk said in the show. "You know, I feel like it's a little twisted. I understand why society built itself around monarchs and leaders and they passed them down through generations. I understand that goes through every society, every civilization. But I think that we've gotten to a better place with democracy and we should keep going down that road."
The tone changed a bit when he got to know his connection to the present monarch of England, King Charles III. He burst into laughter. "Well, maybe I'll change my mind on that!" he exclaimed. "That's so funny, man. Oh, that is crazy!" He wished his mother would have been alive to know of this unbelievable connection. It is safe to say he would have something to chat with King Charles III in his next meeting. His episode of the show aired on January 30 on PBS, which comes on the heels of a unique record created by the actor's headlined show, "Better Call Saul." It became the most nominated show in Emmy history to never earn a win, per The Independent. The actor was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series but lost to Kieran Culkin.
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Other celebrities to find their unique family history on the show include Angela Davis. In the show, she found out that she descended from William Brewster, one of the 101 people who came to the colonies aboard the Mayflower. It shocked Davis as she did not expect to descend from a white settler. Another tidbit that she gathered about her background was that she was the great-granddaughter of Isom Spencer, an enslaved person. The man went on to win a court battle to free his nephews from the clutches of slavery after the Civil War. She felt proud of the resistance shown by the man and his impact in changing the world for Black folks.