We are in the midst of election season, with the biggest job in the land being up for grabs. Being a president is one of the most challenging jobs out that, one that makes you one of the most famous people in the world. But there are other famous people in many a president’s family trees. (Hello, movie stars!)
What A-lister is Barack Obama related to and what president can Madonna call her 16th cousin five times removed? Check out these 10 celebrities who happen to be related to past and present presidents.
1. Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks is doing a voice-over job on a documentary about Lincoln — who he’s actually related to. How? Hanks is a third cousin, four times removed of old Honest Abe. They’re linked through the former president’s mother, Nancy Hanks.
2. Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is passionate about politics, and it turns out it is in his blood. He is related to 16 presidents, and is an 11th cousin of Barack Obama. Affleck’s ancestor, a seventeeth-century bricklayer named William Knowlton Jr. is who links him to our current prez — and longtime friend Matt Damon.
3. Hugh Hefner
This is probably not a affiliation President George Bush would have mentioned on the campaign trail, but it turns out he is related to Hugh Hefner — they’re 11th cousins, twice removed.
The original “Material Girl” is related to John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States. She is his 16th cousin, five times removed. Yes, Madonna comes from a line of powerful people.
5. Brad Pitt
Could you guess which president Brad Pitt is related to? It turns out he is a very distant relative of President Barack Obama’s. The ancestor they share is a man named Edwin Hickman, born in 1690.
6. President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama is very well-connected too. He is related to three past presidents: Lyndon Johnson, Harry Truman and Gerald Ford.
7. Richard Gere
Richard Gere’s family can be traced back to passengers on the Mayflower — which gives him ties to FDR and James Garfield.
8. Clint Eastwood
There’s a long trail of family ties tracing back to King Henry I of England that connect Clint Eastwood to President Franklin Pierce. He also is reportedly related to Nancy Reagan.
9. Jennifer Garner
She may not be related to 16 Presidents like her hubby Ben Affleck, but Garner has family ties to to former Vice President John Nance Garner, a position he held while FDR was in office.
10. Sarah Palin
This White House hopeful never made it to Capitol Hill, but she had a relative that did. Palin is related to FDR — they’re ninth cousins, once removed.