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Matt Damon & Ben Affleck: Distant Cousins

Matt Damon & Ben Affleck: Distant Cousins


Matt Damon gives the thumbs up after filming a rain scene for his new movie, The Adjustment Bureau, in New York City on Saturday (October 10).

The 39-year-old actor is BFF with Ben Affleck but did you know they are approximately 10th cousins, once removed?

Both Matt and Ben are descended from William Knowlton Jr. He was a bricklayer who came to the U.S. from England in the 1630s and settled in Ipswich.

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    i love matt and ben!!!

  • Yep

    Matt is Mr. fake.
    Ben used to be a cool man, but now his horsey- faced peasant- wife has his balls.

  • SouthAfricanGirl

    First :)

  • Yep

    I bet Matt was the one who paid to find a connection with Ben’s family.
    That guy has been so clingy and obsessed with Ben.
    Matt should realize by now that Ben will never become gay.

  • Pippi

    Old news!

  • Bloomsbury

    What an unfortunate looking fellow.

  • karmaisa

    big deal i’m 100th cousin to ben, i’m related to everyone here we all came from apes

  • Noticias de famosos

    I love all movies that Matt has done.

  • nikomilinko
  • LadyB

    This story has been beaten to death. Are we supposed to have a party? I don’t get it. It’s still making front page news on, and the story came out last week.

  • Jima1954

    Ben and Matt must be distant relatives if mine as well since I am a direct descendant of the Knowltons.

  • AnnexGal

    It’s interesting that Matt’s career has come out on top. When they made it big, Ben was the bigger star and now there’s a reversal. I like both equally tho’.

  • Honeybunn

    Matt and Ben are good guys.
    Matt is a steady person. He doesn’t rock the boat.
    Matt has always said he wanted to be a good actor . And he is.
    Ben is more of a complex person.
    Ben has always been the risk taker/ adventurer/ the restless one in this friendship. Ben took Matt’s English Short Story Assignment and help turn it into an Oscar Winning Screen Play. Now, Ben is Writing, Acting, and Directing his own movies.
    Matt is the bigger star. He has done some great work.
    Ben is a big star and is still the go getter. He may have taken some big hits and set backs, but I have give him some respect for not giving up. Ben is still working at what he loves. He has great promise for things in the future (Directing and Writing). Matt is doing what he loves (Acting). It wouldn’t surprise me if these two BFF work together again. They are Yin and Yang friends.

  • Love Matt

    Thanks Jared! :D
    I love Matt Damon, I think he’s a hunk and a terrific actor. I also admire him for his wit and charitable contributions. I’m not so much a fan of Ben Affleck because he hasn’t really been in any movie that I particularly enjoyed apart from Good Will Hunting (and it was Matt Damon that made it a good movie for me).
    I wish that some people would stop comparing the two of them! They’re friends I know but two very different individuals. How would you like it if you’re constantly being compared to your best friend and someone who likes your friend is supposed to hate you and vice versa? It’s so silly. Condemning one doesn’t make the other look any better.

  • Two

    You’re sick, #4

  • ellie’

    Thanks Jared I just love Matt Damon…

  • Chris

    Pathetic Ben is trying to play all the pr stunts to pull his sorry acting career out of the hole. Ben just can’t act worth nothing. I agree with the other poster Garner has Ben’s balls.

  • coco

    So now their one night stand is incest. Disturbing news.

  • cigarettes smoker

    Matt Damon is one of the best actors I ever seen, for me he is better than Ben.