Some famous faces are now such a part of our cultural landscape that it’s like we never knew life without them. But these stars all came from somewhere, and for many of them they weren’t even the first showbiz folks in their families. In fact, there are many surprising celebrities out there who come from very famous fathers. Here, then, we take a look at 20 actors who happen to have very successful papas.
20. Jennifer Aniston and John Aniston
Friends superstar and movie star Jennifer Aniston has been famous for such a long time that it’s hard to imagine she also has a famous dad. But it’s true! Aniston’s father, John Aniston, is a longtime soap actor on Days of Our Lives. He plays patriarch Victor Kiriakis on the show and has done so for almost 2,500 episodes.
19. Blake Lively and Ernie Lively
Former Gossip Girl star Blake Lively also has a famous pops. Her father, Ernie Lively, portrayed Longstreet B. Davenport on the ’80s TV show The Dukes of Hazzard. In a rather sweet twist, he also played her dad in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
18. Alison Williams and Brian Williams
Allison Williams rocketed to fame as Marnie on Girls and later made a splash as the conniving love interest in the movie Get Out. But many might not realize that her dad is journalist Brian Williams. Interestingly, he was a darling of NBC nightly news for many years – until he was caught in a scandal in 2015 where he fudged details on a war report. Allison appeared to stand by her dad’s side throughout the whole embarrassing ordeal, though, and Brian is now making a comeback as host of MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.
17. Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard
Ron Howard, of course, got his big start on Happy Days, and these days he is best known as the director of blockbusters such as Apollo 13 and Solo. So daughter Bryce Dallas Howard has clearly also caught the showbiz bug and recently made a splash in the blockbuster Jurassic World and its sequel.
16. Enrique Iglesias and Julio Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias has been a heartthrob singer for many a year now, with hits such as “Hero” and “Escape” becoming pop anthems. But did you know that his father is actually an even bigger star? Yes, his dad, Julio Iglesias, is the best-selling Latin music artist in history. Unfortunately, their love of music has not brought father and son closer, and their relationship is reportedly strained. So strained, in fact, that Julio has apparently never met Enrique’s longtime love, Anna Kournikova.
15. Zosia Mamet and David Mamet
Yet another Girls cast member with a famous father! Yes, we all know Zosia Mamet as that show’s eccentric motormouth Shoshanna. But her daddy is the equally wordy Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet. While some might assume that having such a powerful papa gave Zosia a leg-up in the biz, she claims otherwise. Indeed, she’s said she had a harder time breaking in because no one wanted to give her special treatment.
14. Josh Brolin and James Brolin
Critically acclaimed actor Josh Brolin is best known these days as the villainous Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Meanwhile, his dad, James Brolin, was the star of the horror classic The Amityville Horror and currently has a role on the show Life in Pieces. Another fun bit of trivia about this Hollywood clan: James is married to none other than Barbra Streisand, making Babs Josh’s step-mom.
13. Jeff Bridges and Lloyd Bridges
The Bridges are a bit of a Hollywood dynasty. Indeed, dad Lloyd starred in comedy hits such as the classic Airplane, while his sons, Beau and Jeff, have made their own names in cinema favorites such as The Descendants and The Big Lebowski, respectively. But Jeff is arguably the most successful of the crew, with seven Oscar nominations and one Oscar win to his name. The dude abides!
12. Alexander Skarsgard and Stellan Skarsgard
Alexander Skarsgård is on fire right now with his recent Golden Globe win for Big Little Lies. And it appears he’s following in his father’s footsteps, for Stellan Skarsgård is also an extremely successful actor. Certainly, he’s appeared in Good Will Hunting, Mama Mia and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, to name but a few credits. Those Swedes really know how to command a scene!
11. Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight
Superstar Angelina Jolie needs no introduction; she’s an Oscar-winning actress and director of some acclaim. Fun fact: her dad, Jon Voight, is also an Oscar-winning thespian, having taken home the coveted statue in 1979 for Coming Home. But Angie and her dad have had a rocky relationship, to say the least, and the actress has been very open about their on-off estrangement.
10. Rashida Jones and Quincy Jones
Rashida Jones was beloved for her role as Ann Perkins on Parks and Recreation, and she’s also appeared in films such as The Social Network and The Muppets. Meanwhile, father Quincy Jones is a genuine legend in the music business, having produced music for the likes of Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra.
9. Kate Hudson and Kurt Russell
While many know Kate Hudson is the daughter of Goldie Hawn, they might not realize that her pops is Kurt Russell. Well, he isn’t her biological father, but he’s certainly the man she calls “Dad.” And while Kate is known for creating rom-com gold such as Bride Wars, Kurt is a screen legend best known for cult classics such as Escape From New York and The Thing.
8. Lily Collins and Phil Collins
British-American beauty Lily Collins has appeared in Mirror, Mirror and The Blind Side, but did you know that her dad is Phil Collins? As in “Sussudio”? It seems that Lily’s parents, Jill Tavelman and Phil Collins, divorced when she was five, and Lily was estranged from her dad for quite some time. These days, though, they have reconnected and are no longer living “Separate Lives.” Get it?
7. Colin Hanks and Tom Hanks
Colin Hanks recently won over audiences with his turn on the sinister series Fargo. Indeed, his mix of humor and empathy made Gus Grimly a very likeable character whom people loved to root for. Clearly, Colin has picked up a few tips from his dad, who just happens to be one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors: Tom Hanks.
6. Dakota Johnson and Don Johnson
Dakota Johnson’s career was launched into the stratosphere after taking on the role of Anastasia Steele in the steamy Fifty Shades movies. And if anyone ever wondered where she got her gorgeous looks, they’d just need to check out her parents: Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Her dad, Don, was a heartthrob during his Miami Vice days, too, and his career is still going strong. Strangely, Dakota once said she grew up “watching her parents have sex with other people” on screen. Well, at least she now has plenty of cash for therapy!
5. Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland
24 star Kiefer Sutherland has long been in the Hollywood spotlight, dating back to his Lost Boys days. Kiefer’s father, Donald Sutherland, has had an equally long and luminous career, too, appearing in classics such as Ordinary People and as the creepy villain of The Hunger Games. So when the two appeared side by side in the film Forsaken, Kiefer remarked that it was probably the longest amount of time the two of them had ever had together.
4. Chris Pine and Robert Pine
Chris Pine and his dazzling baby blues have starred in the likes of Star Trek and Wonder Woman. And it looks like he gets those pretty peepers directly from his dad, actor Robert Pine. For his part, Robert is best known from his role as Sgt. Joseph Getraer on NBC’s beloved ’80s cop show CHiPs.
3. Abby Elliot and Chris Elliot
Abby Elliott is known for her hilarious turns on Odd Mom Out and as a former cast member of SNL. But did you know that her dad, Chris Elliott, is also an SNL alumnus? Yes, Chris is a comedy veteran, having appeared in classics such as Groundhog Day, so it’s kind of cute to see that the humor apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
2. Nicole Richie and Lionel Richie
You know her as the goofy, opinionated star of the reality show Candidly Nicole, but did you also know that as a kid, her dad had Michael Jackson and Prince over as house guests? That’s because dad is pop superstar Lionel Richie. Of course, Lionel is now one of the judges on the latest incarnation of American Idol. So maybe now he’ll have Katy Perry over to the house for a bit of dancin’ on the ceiling.
1. Zoe Kravitz and Lenny Kravitz
Zoë Kravitz captivated audiences as the sexy yoga instructor on Big Little Lies. And it’s no wonder she sizzles onscreen because her dad is rocker Lenny Kravitz. Not only that, but her mom is the luminous Lisa Bonet. In terms of the sexy genes department, then, Zoë kind of struck gold. However, Zoë has said it was hard to fit in as a kid, as people just assumed she thought she was cool because her dad was so famous. Aww…