Suddenly George Clooney's passion for human rights makes more sense than ever. It's because the political activist actor's lineage can be traced back to Abraham Lincoln.
While gorgeous George doesn't look much like his ancestor, there's a good reason for that. They are merely half first cousins, five times removed. That information is courtesy of Ancestry.com.
Clooney descends from Lincoln's maternal grandmother, Lucy Hanks. Of course his family is much further down on the family tree. However, it proves one thing: Everyone's related to someone of note at some point in their lineage. Clooney is lucky in that his ancestor is a hero and not someone else.
George is also related to talented singer and actress, Rosemary Clooney. That's a lineage of which he's very proud. However, being related to one of America's most revered presidents must be humbling. Those are mighty big shoes to fill. Luckily, George doesn't have to worry about that. He just needs to follow Lincoln's lead in one important respect; protecting the rights of all men and women. That's something Clooney is already passionate about.
Of course, there is a lot of people who'd love to see George Clooney follow in Ronald Regan's footsteps and run for political office; maybe even the presidency. He's highly intelligent, political savvy and an impassioned speaker. All of that would serve him well in the job if he won it. However, the actor scoffs at the idea. He says he has no plans to follow such a path, but he doesn't rule out playing the president if the right role came along.