An 'Entourage' Star's Family Tree
Actor Adrian Grenier received a rude awakening about his Spanish ancestry when he sat down with The Root's editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., on his PBS show, Finding Your Roots.
Although Grenier grew up with happy narratives of coming from a peaceful Indian tribe, Gates unraveled the history of one of Grenier's not-so-nice ancestors. In fact, Grenier's ancestor, who happened to be one of New Mexico's original Spanish settlers, was a member of Spain's last conquistadores, who ravaged the Pueblo Indian population throughout New Mexico.
"I'd like to think I was a part of a more peaceful ancestry," Grenier said.
Watch a clip of Grenier on Finding Your Roots below. Catch the full episode to find out all of Gates' findings on Sunday, May 20, at 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT on PBS.
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