Best buddies, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who have been inseparable since childhood, share an unexpected family connection.
The actors, who have been friends since the age of eight, are, according to genealogy research, 10th cousins once removed.
This means that they share a common ancestor who lived over three centuries ago.
Their moms, who were good friends, introduced the two boys when Ben was eight years old and Matt was ten.
The two friends went on to attend high school together and nurtured each other’s passion for acting and filmmaking.
As young and struggling actors, they supported each other and worked together to achieve their dreams.
Their big break came when they co-wrote and starred in the movie “Good Will Hunting.”
The film was a runaway success and earned them both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Since then, they have both gone on to have successful careers in Hollywood.
It turns out that Ben and Matt have a deeper connection than just being longtime friends.
Their genealogy research revealed that they are also family. According to a report by Ancestry.com, their common ancestors are William and Elizabeth Knowlton, who were immigrants from England during the 17th century.
They settled in Essex County, Massachusetts, which is where Ben and Matt both have roots.
The pair have not made any official comments about their newly discovered family connection, but this news has certainly raised eyebrows and sparked interest among their fans.
Many have taken to social media to express their surprise and delight at the revelation.
Their friendship has stood the test of time, and it’s clear that they have a deep bond.
In an interview with GQ, Ben Affleck revealed that he and Matt have always been supportive of each other’s careers, saying, “We have a friendship that transcends a lot of things, including our business.”
Their relationship goes back decades, and they have been through a lot together, including personal struggles and career highs and lows.
They have been known to help each other out, both on and off-screen.
This revelation has certainly added a new dimension to their friendship.
It’s interesting to think that two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, who have been friends for so long, share a family connection that goes back several centuries.
This isn’t the first time that Ben Affleck has been linked to his family’s past. In 2010, he appeared on the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” and discovered that his ancestors were slave owners.
This revelation sparked controversy, and Affleck later admitted that he had asked the show’s producers to omit this information from the broadcast.
Despite this controversy, Ben and Matt’s family connection is a reminder of the importance of genealogy and the fascinating stories that can be uncovered through family history research.
It’s clear that Ben and Matt have a strong bond that has lasted over the years.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Matt Damon described their friendship as “a pretty good story.”
He went on to say, “It’s been a lot of years of laughter and good times.”