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Steve Buscemi

Brooklyn-born actor and director Steve Buscemi - star of many classic movies and TV series, from The Sopranos to Boardwalk Empire - is no stranger to the darker side of life, given the characters he tends to play, and he specifically wants to know if there are any similarly shady characters in his ancestral past. And indeed there are; Steve uncovers the story of his maternal great-great grandfather Ralph B Montgomery.

Steve traces Ralph back to the 1870s in New Jersey, where he lived with his wife Julia and his burgeoning young family. But as Steve digs deeper, he finds a darker story - another secret family, a tarnished Civil War service record and, most mysteriously, a suicide note without a suicide.

Steve's journey takes him to Philadelphia and Virginia, but eventually brings him full circle back to Brooklyn and a surprise encounter with a distant relative.

30 minutes

Last on

Wed 16 Nov 2011 23:15
BBC One Northern Ireland, Wales only


Role Contributor
ParticipantSteve Buscemi
Executive ProducerAlex Graham