Ancestry.com has revealed that actor Tom Hanks is actually related to Mister Fred Rogers and is apparently his 6th cousin.
It’s like it was meant to be, considering Hanks is portraying the beloved children’s TV show host in a new film. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood premieres November 22nd and now we’re even more excited about it!
Hanks and Rogers allegedly share the same great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Johannes Mefford. Three of Mefford’s sons would serve as American soldiers in the Revolutionary War. Additionally, Rogers’ great-great-great-great-grandfather William serves in the Navy and is captured by the British in 1782. Ancestry says that he is held on a prison ship in Barbados and Antigua. He then is released 10 months later.
Moreover, Hanks’ great-great-great-great-grandfather allegedly fought in a skirmish at the Chesapeake Bay. “So, Rogers and Hanks not only share the same ancestor, they also descend from two brothers who fought for America’s independence,” Ancestry says in their statement.
Hanks seemed not too surprised at this news. “It all just comes together, you see,” he says. “I’d like to see if Johnny Depp is related to Fred Rogers, can you find out from Ancestry.com?”