Tom Hanks Is Stunned to Find Out he Is Related to Mr. Rogers After Starring as the Legendary Children’s TV Host in New Film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

At the premiere for his new film as legendary children’s host Fred Rogers, Tom Hanks is told he shares distant genes with the person he portrays. His wife Rita Wilson exclaimed: ”No, impossible. No, you’re pulling our leg’

Tom Hanks was stunned to discover he is related to Mr Rogers – the legendary children’s TV star he plays in the new biopic movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

The famous entertainers share a distant relative in Johannes Meffert, who was born in 1732, and are actually sixth cousins according to research through Ancestry.com.

And Hanks and his actress wife Rita Wilson were stunned when Access Hollywood broke the news on the red carpet for his new film.

When a reporter told them about the connection, an incredulous Wilson shot back, ‘No, impossible’. No you’re pulling our leg.’

‘It all just comes together you see,’ Hanks said.

Fred Rogers, who died in 2003, hosted Mr Roger’s Neighborhood from 1968 to 2001.

As Tom Hanks takes on another real life role as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the star-studded actor was stunned to learn he’s a sixth cousin of the former Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood host
The family tree researched by Ancestry.com show life intimating art, as Tom Hanks takes on Fred Rogers for his new movie, but it’s uncovered that the pair are sixth cousins

‘I would like to see if Johnny Depp is related to Fred Rogers,’ Hanks joked.

Rogers’ widow Joanne was equally thrilled by their connection.

‘That is just wonderful! Now that is amazing, and Fred would have loved it. He loved family tree stuff,’ she told Access Hollywood.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Jerry Barmash