Which 1960s leading actor are you most closely connected to?

+24 votes

We are featuring Sir Sidney Poitier in the Connection Finder this week in memorial to his recent death and contributions to film.

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29 Answers

+13 votes
John Wayne. 19 degrees, 8th cousins 2x removed. (Uncertain Confidence) My mother would just die! She always swooned over John watching his movies, and commented at times how she thought he had similar facial features as my father. I never saw it, but apparently she did. I'll have to show this to her, she'll get a kick out of it. How fun!
by Michael Smith G2G6 Pilot (111k points)
+11 votes
Degree-wise I'm closest to Sidney himself(19 degrees), but biologically I'm closest to Steve McQueen, 10th Cousin, 2x Removed, assuming all is accurate.
by Kae-Leah Williamson G2G6 Mach 1 (11.1k points)
+11 votes
by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
+11 votes

I am most closely related to Steve McQueen at 20 degrees of separation.

by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (516k points)
edited by Tommy Buch
+9 votes
John Wayne is my 10th cousin.
by Judi Stutz G2G6 Mach 6 (63.5k points)
+12 votes
I am a blood relative of two...

John Wayne 9th Cousin 1x removed

Steve McQueen 13 Cousin 3x removed
by Robert Clark G2G6 Mach 8 (85.2k points)
That means we're cousins, Robert. Hello cousin!

Greetings cousin.  I guess our families go way back smiley

+9 votes
17 degrees from Sidney Poitier
18 degrees from John Wayne (8th cousins, 2x removed)
20 degrees from Rock Hudson
21 degrees from Cary Grant
21 degrees from Steve McQueen (13th cousins, 5x removed)
21 degrees from Paul Newman
22 degrees from Marcello Mastroianni
22 degrees from Anthony Quinn
22 degrees from Aristotelis Savalas
23 degrees from Sean Connery
42 degrees from Jean-Paul Belmondo
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 5 (54.5k points)
edited by Mike Wells
+9 votes
I'm 16 degrees from Sidney Poitier.

And that is because my French Canadian spouse is a 6th cousin once removed to Poitiers wife Joanna!! (they are blood relatives) . They are also 14 degrees apart.

Everyone else is 20 degrees or more from me!!
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (961k points)
+8 votes
Closest to Sean Connery (20) and furtherest from Jean-Paul Belmondo (45).
by Kenneth Evans G2G6 Pilot (187k points)
+8 votes
I am most closely connected to John Wayne at 23 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (121k points)
+6 votes
19 degrees from John Wayne and Cary Grant, 20 degrees from Paul Newman.  The rest are more remote.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (269k points)
+7 votes
16 degrees from Paul Newman. 7th cousin once removed of his wife, Joanne Woodward. MRCA Margaret Elizabeth (Mosby) Wade (abt 1669 - 1729).

17 degrees from Cary Grant. 17th cousin once removed of his, one time, wife, Barbara Woodworth Hutton. MRCA Gwenllian (Gwilym) ferch Gwilym (abt 1361 -1455).

18 degrees from Steve McQueen. 9th cousin. MRCA Ann (Spilsby) Hunter (abt 1658 - 1717).

18 degrees from Aristotelis Savalas.

20 degrees from Sean Connery.

20 degrees from John Wayne. 16th cousin. MRCA Alice (Cox) Poyntz (abt 1434 - aft 1507).

21 degrees from Rock Hudson.

24 degrees from Sidney Poitier.

25 degrees from Marcello Mastroianni.

27 degrees from Anthony Quinn.

41 degrees from Jean-Paul Belmondo.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 3 (35.7k points)
+8 votes
Steve McQueen and John Wayne.  Both 9th cousins.
by Janice Sutherland G2G6 Mach 4 (45.5k points)
+7 votes
John Wayne is closest at 18 degrees.  There's just one marriage on that path and he is a 9th cousin once removed.

Paul Newman is a close second at 19 degrees.
by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 2 (23.7k points)
+7 votes
If all the connections are correct, both I and my husband are distant cousins to John Wayne and Steve McQueen.

My husband 14th cousin 3 times removed to John Wayne and the same to Steve McQueen.

I am 13th cousin 2 times removed to John Wayne and 13th cousin 3 times removed to Steve McQueen.
by Anna Robinson G2G4 (4.9k points)
+7 votes

Steve McQueen is my 7th Cousin Once Removed, which equates to 17 degrees of connection.

John Wayne is my 7th Cousin 3 Times Removed, which equates to 18 degrees of connection. 

You know, they never called. laugh

by Bill Vincent G2G6 Pilot (146k points)
edited by Bill Vincent
John Wayne is my 10th cousin, so that means we're cousins, Bill. Hi cousin. :D
+7 votes
I find this amusing - as it is almost always similar, connection on one side, cousin on the other.  Did they all know each other?

17 steps from John Wayne through my maternal side.

9th Cousin 1X through my paternal side.
by Kristina Adams G2G6 Pilot (245k points)

John Wayne is my 10th cousin, so that means we're cousins, Kristina. Hi cousin. :D

Eleventh cousins!  Happy New Year Cousin!
+7 votes
17 degrees from Cary (Archibald Leach) Grant.
by Luther Brown G2G6 Pilot (175k points)

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