This weekend the movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, hits theaters nationwide. The film stars Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, the host of the beloved children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The film was inspired by the 1998 article “Can You Say…Hero?” by Tom Junod for Esquire. The film follows journalist Lloyd Vogel, who is assigned to profile the television icon for Esquire magazine. Recently on the red carpet, Hanks learned of his own personal connection to Rogers – they are 6th cousins! Their common ancestor is Johannes Mefford, who served in the American Revolutionary War.
In light of this new discovery, we decided to have some fun looking into who else Tom Hanks may be related to in Geni’s World Family Tree, which currently connects over 137 million people to a single family tree.
Check out these fun finds:
Hank’s co-star Matthew Rhys portrays journalist Lloyd Vogel in the film. It turns out Rhys’s longtime partner and former co-star Keri Russell has a connection to both Hanks and Rogers. Hanks is her 15th cousin and Rogers is her 11th cousin!
Hank’s film is being released on the same weekend as the highly anticipated Disney film Frozen 2 starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell as sisters Elsa and Anna. Bell is also Hank’s 16th cousin twice removed.
November 22 also marks the 24th anniversary of the release of Toy Story. The groundbreaking computer animated film starred Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear. The massively successful and critically acclaimed film spawned three sequels and was inducted into the National Film Registry for being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant in 2005. Not only do Woody and Buzz have a friend in each other, but they are also family – 17th cousins to be exact.
This is not the first time Hanks has portrayed a real ilfe person on screen. In 2016, he portrayed hero pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in Sully and in 2013, he took on the role of Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks. Hanks and Disney are 15th cousins once removed.
Explore the family trees of Tom Hanks, Fred Rogers, Walt Disney, and more on Geni and discover your connection to the stars.