Published: Wed, November 20, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Tom Hanks just found out he's related to Mister Rogers

Tom Hanks just found out he's related to Mister Rogers

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In a shocking revelation Tom Hanks who essays the role of Mr Rogers aka Fred Rogers in the upcoming film titled A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood are actually related.

Hanks just found out Sunday that he's related to Fred Rogers, who played Mister Rogers on the children's TV show.

Tom Hanks' performance as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood has already generated Oscar buzz ahead of its release on Friday.

Hanks and Rita Wilson, his wife, couldn't believe the news. "No, you're pulling our leg", Wilson said upon learning the news.

The reporter then brought up Hanks' Ancestry.com profile, which shows that he and Rogers are sixth cousins through their great-great-great-great-great grandfather Johannes Meffert, born in 1732. The Sully: Miracle on the Hudson actor goes on to joke, that he wanted to know if Johnny Depp was related to Fred Rogers. "Can you find out from Ancestry.com?"

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Hanks recently opened up about how the role has made its way into his personal life, even helping with his marriage to Wilson, 63. "I want to break some news to you tonight". You know what, honey?

"You are definitely no longer yourself", Hanks said.

He added: "And I learned that from Mister Rogers".

The film premieres on November 22.

The two are sixth cousins, Ancestry.com discovered. According to the family tree, Meffert's last name was later changed to "Mefford", likely when he immigrated to the United States in the 18th century (many last names were changed upon arrival at Ellis Island).

For family tree enthusiasts, Rogers and Hanks share a five-times great-grandfather.

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