He’s already an A-list movie star, and now, it turns out, he’s also got a presidential bloodline. According to Ancestry.com, George Clooney and the 16th president are distant cousins – half-first cousins five times removed to be exact – and are related through Lucy Hanks, Lincoln’s maternal grandmother.
The 51-year-old isn’t the only celebrity to be related to the famous leader. Earlier this year, Tom Hanks announced that he too is a distant cousin of Lincoln’s, on Lincoln’s mother Nancy Hanks’ side of the family.
The genealogy website said it discovered the Clooney-Lincoln connection after researching more than three centuries of the former president’s family tree in preparation for the upcoming film, “Lincoln.” Perhaps if Steven Spielberg had known about the familial relationship he would have cast Clooney instead of Daniel Day Lewis for the lead role in his biopic? The staunch Democrat may not have wanted to play a Republican anyway."
"Daniel Craig related to James Bond â€¦ and royalty
If you've taken a look at the early reviews for the new James Bond flick, "Skyfall," you'll see that critics are gushing over the 23rd installment of the franchise and over Daniel Craig's portrayal of the tuxedo-wearing, martini-drinking, secret agent ladies' man. It's almost as if Craig has James Bond in his blood. And, it turns out, he kind of does.
Genealogy website Ancestry.com has told omg! from Yahoo! exclusively that the 44-year-old British leading man is actually related to James Bond, the man author Ian Fleming named the iconic character after when he wrote his first novel, Casino Royale back in 1953.
As die-hard 007 fans know, the real James Bond wasn't an international spy and man of mystery, however, but, actually a bird expert. (Yes, really.) Fleming, an avid bird watcher himself, was familiar with ornithologist (a fancy name for one who studies birds) James Bond, author of the book Birds of the West Indies, and decided to use the name to help create the now-famous character. "When I wrote the first one in 1953, I wanted Bond to be an extremely dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened; I wanted him to be a blunt instrument," Fleming told The New Yorker in 1962. "When I was casting around for a name for my protagonist I thought by God, [James Bond] is the dullest name I ever heard."
According to Ancestry.com, the connection is a royal one: Craig and the late Bond, who died in 1989, are related through John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster, who is also the son of King Edward III of England. And the actor's royal lineage doesn't stop there. He's also related to the Queen of England and Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury.
"While we were researching Daniel Craig's family history, we noticed that some of the names and places in his tree resembled names from James Bond's tree. We discovered a fascinating connection between him and the actual bird-watching James Bond â€” through English royalty," says Michelle Ercanbrack, Ancestry.com's family historian. "The great thing about family history is you never know what you might find."
I think u are the only one, sorry..... Hardly any ressemblance between them.... In all due respect and all honest, how much do u think they ressemble? BRAD PITT&BENICIO do indeed look alike, as its been pointed out a few times on the forum, but BENICIO&JOHNNY, sorry, no way....
I still don't get the Tarzan-Benito connection, but if you see it, it's like me when I used to get Julie Harris and Eve Marie Saint mixed up. Or Bradford Dillman and Bruce Dern. Don't know why, when was younger, I used to get them confused.