Tom Hanks discovers he is related to Mister Rogers after taking DNA test


(CNN) — Talk about getting into character!

Actor Tom Hanks just found out Sunday that he’s related to Fred Rogers, the man who played Mister Rogers on the children’s TV show.

The two are sixth cousins, according to

Hanks plays Mister Rogers in the upcoming film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

Hanks says he didn’t know they were related when he took the role.

The actors share a fifth great grandfather who immigrated from Germany to America in the 18th Century.

“It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” premiers Nov. 22.

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