Watch Tom Hanks Learn He’s Actually Related To Mr. Rogers At The Premiere Of “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood”
While on the red carpet for the premiere of "A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood," Tom Hanks was surprised to learn he is related to Mr. Rogers.
Tom Hanks found out some exciting and wholly surprising news at the premiere of “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.” This news might explain why the “Forest Gump” actor is getting such critical acclaim for performance as Mr. Rogers. It turns out the Academy Award winner is actually related to the beloved children’s television icon in real life.
While walking the red carpet with his wife Rita Wilson, Access Hollywood dropped the bombshell news. Tom Hanks didn’t have a clue that he and Fred Rogers are cousins. Ancestry.com did some digging into both the Rogers and Hanks family trees. It didn’t take too much digging to find a common relative named Johannes Meffert between the stars.
Tom Hanks and Mr. Rogers Are Cousins
It turns out Hanks and Mr. Rogers are sixth cousins. Both Hanks and Wilson were shocked and delighted to find out this family history. It took a minute for them to realize this wasn’t a joke.
“No, impossible. No, you’re pulling our leg,” Hank’s wife Rita Wilson said before asking if they could take the Ancestry chart home.
— SETTA PERFORMANCE (@SETTAPERFORMANC) November 20, 2019
“Fred Rogers and Tom Hanks are sixth cousins sharing the same 5x great-grandfather, Johannes Mefford, who immigrated from Germany to America in the 18th century. Johannes raised a family of patriots; three of his sons (including Tom Hanks’ and Fred Rogers’s ancestors) served in the Revolutionary War,” a statement from Ancestry.com said about the relationship.
Subscribe and get our daily emails and follow us on social media.
By opting in, you agree to receive emails with the latest in Lifestyle + Entertainment from TellMeNow. Your information will not be shared with or sold to 3rd parties.
“It all just comes together, you see,” Hanks told Access Hollywood in the video below.
Tom Hanks’ Granddaughter
Tom Hanks is putting his sixth cousin’s techniques into practice into his own life.
When Hanks’ granddaughter was over, he pulled something out of Mr. Rogers’ playbook to help her adjust to being without her mom.
From Fox News:
“I had my granddaughter over,” the 63-year-old Oscar winner tells USA TODAY. “Her mom got up early and left before she got up out of bed. And when she got up, she was asking, ‘Where’s Mommy?’
“And I said, your mom has gone off to see some friends. And she’s left you with me to take care of. So I am going to keep you safe until your mom comes back. So I really hope you’ll come and help me now make some pancakes,” he recalls, chuckling.
“And as soon as I said, ‘I’m going to keep you safe,’ she was completely a gem for the remainder of the day. I got that from Mr. Rogers, because children want to know they’re going to be taken care of.”
Aaron & I were invited to the NYC premiere of the Tom Hanks/Mr Rogers movie ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Sunday night—and I’ll be honest, I was so excited & maybe even felt a little fancy about it. :) pic.twitter.com/wxbI2XtiZz
— shauna niequist (@sniequist) November 19, 2019
“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers opens Thursday, November 21st.