In a remarkable turn of events, Bob Odenkirk, famed for his role in "Better Call Saul," has discovered an astonishing familial connection to King Charles, tracing back their ties through bloodline. This unexpected revelation emerged during Odenkirk's appearance on the acclaimed PBS series "Finding Your Roots," hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., a show that delves into the ancestry of celebrities.
The episode, set to air soon, unveils that Odenkirk and King Charles are 11th cousins, a discovery that left the 61-year-old actor in disbelief. Reacting to the news with a mixture of humor and astonishment, Odenkirk exclaimed it as "crazy," especially given his American roots and lack of monarchist beliefs.
Odenkirk's connection to the British monarch comes from his paternal lineage. His father, Walter, had left their family when Odenkirk was just 15, leaving many aspects of that family history unknown to him. The "Finding Your Roots" team traced back Odenkirk's ancestry, revealing that his father's fifth great-grandfather was born to Maria Catharina Bein and the Duke of Plön, establishing the link to royal blood.
Odenkirk's Royal Surprise
Interestingly, before uncovering this royal connection, Odenkirk had expressed his views on monarchy. "I'm an American. I'm not a monarchist. I don’t believe in, uh, that," he said, reflecting on the concept of hereditary leadership.
He further elaborated, "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." This revelation adds a new, intriguing layer to Odenkirk's already fascinating personal history, blending the worlds of American television fame and European royalty.
It serves as a reminder of the unpredictable twists our ancestral lines can hold, connecting us in the most unexpected ways. As "Better Call Saul" continues to captivate audiences, and with Odenkirk's recent success in "Lucky Hank," this newfound royal connection might just add another level of interest to his already dynamic career. Stay tuned for more updates on this compelling story, where Hollywood meets royalty in the most unforeseen manner.