Danny Trejo’s Profound Family History is the American Dream

In the News, Lifestyle
25 January 2023
by Ancestry® Team

Ancestry® is proud to support Finding Your Roots on PBS.

In season 9 of the PBS program Finding Your Roots, actor Danny Trejo discovers that his family’s American dream began with his great-grandfather immigrating to the U.S. on foot and from there started a legacy of triumph. Join Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as Trejo shares his gratitude for his family history.

“I’ve got history, you know what I mean? If that’s what it is, I’ve got history.”

Actor Danny Trejo came to me knowing almost nothing about his paternal roots beyond the fact that they lay in Mexico. To explore them we focused on the man who brought his father’s family to America, Danny’s great-grandfather Cirilo Garay. We found Cirilo on an immigration record crossing the border into Laredo, Texas in March 1918 when he was 42 years old….”

Watch the video to learn more.

Watch all new episodes of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Tuesdays at 8/7c on PBS. Learn more or check your local PBS listings.