Most of you will recognize the celebrities in this article for their roles in films, TV series, performing live on the biggest stages or strutting their goods down the runway. What might have slipped under your radar, is that Just like Prince, many superstars have followed in the footsteps of their talented and famous parents. We invite you to test your knowledge of your favorite superstars, and we guarantee to surprise and reveal with unknown related celebs.
Parent: Quincy Jones
Rashida Jones is an actress, singer, comic book author, screenwriter and film producer. You may recognize her as Ann Perkins from the famous comedy, “Parks and Recreation”. Her father Quincy Jones is one of the most well known music producers in the industry, if not even more so known as a legend. Rashida Jones can surely be considered as one Hollywood royalty, as her father is Quincy Jones and her mother is Peggy Lipton. She claims to be grateful for everything she has, even though she made a bizarre comment on her parents appearing in her TBS show “Angie Tribeca”, while promoting this satirical comedy series at a TCA panel, in early 2016. Talent runs well in the Jones bloodline as you can see.
Georgia May Jagger
Parent: Mick Jagger
English singer and songwriter Mick Jagger is best known as the lead singer and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones. His beautiful daughter, Georgia May, did not follow the shadows of her father in terms of music, but she did follow in his success. In 2012, Georgia May took part in the Summer Olympics closing ceremony along side Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Lily Donaldson, representing British fashion. . Although Mr. Jagger is seen as one of the coolest rock’n’roll personalities in history, his daughter, Georgia May claims that he’s not an interesting character and that she often feels embarrassed by some of his public actions. So, it’s definitely one thing to see him appearing and performing live when he’s at his best, and another to live with him and see what kind of person he is behind the scene and in personal life.
Lily-Rose Melody Depp
Parents: Johnny Depp & Vanessa Paradis
Having two beautiful parents makes for one gorgeous modeling daughter,Lily-Rose Melody Depp. While Johnny is an actor, Vanessa is a successful singer, actress, and model, so we can see where Lily-Rose got her runway skills from. Depp said that having children has given him a real perspective of life and everything around it. He says that he really enjoys parenthood and that his kids are the most important thing for him. After Lily was hospitalized at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, Depp visited the hospital dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow. He spent hours hanging out with children, and has donated 1 million pounds in gratitude for his daughter’s recovery.
Parent: Tom Hanks
If there were a movie starring Tom Hanks going back in time, his son Colin would instantly succeed in playing him in the film. Colin is more well known for his role on the new television show, “Fargo”, which has garnered him much success. Colin stated that he is in good relations with his father, he thinks that there are no reasons to disrespect your parents after they divorce. It is known that Colin has a good relationship with his stepmother Rita Wilson. Both Colin and Tom are huge music buffs, they created a special connection because of their passion, Colin once stated that his dad “only likes music if it sounds like it was recorded between 1961 and 1965.” so he has to educate him on more contemporary stuff.
Parent: Eric Roberts
Acting obviously runs in this family as Emma is not only the daughter of actor Eric Roberts, but also the niece of Julia Roberts. Eric Roberts has received many awards for his work in the film industry. Emma has acted in many television shows on Nickelodeon as a child, and furthered her career in movies. A few years ago, Emma began to pursue a degree and put her career aside, but ultimately made the right decision to return and deliver her talents to our eyes. Eric Roberts defended his daughter after the domestic dispute that she had with her boyfriend Evan Peters. Eric said that arguments are always a part of relationships, grownups have misunderstandings and that is totally normal.
Parent: Kate Capshaw
Although less known, Kate Capshaw can still be recognized, but only by few. When you see Jessica, you instantly see the lesbian hottie from “Grey’s Anatomy”, and you’re instantly reminded of her constant drama with her ex-wife (sorry to spoil it) Callie. One could claim that Dr. Robbins is probably one of the best characters on the show, in my honest opinion. The Capshaw family has moved to New York to pursue Kate’s modeling career. Jessica’s parents divorced when she was really young and Jessica got involved with the new glamorous world her mother was in. Her mother married Steven Spielberg when she was 15. Jessica Capshaw married Christopher Gavigan on May 22, 2004, and they have four children together.
Parent: Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller
Everyone knows Ben Stiller, but few millennial know his father Jerry Stiller. Both are equally hilarious actors, but it is obvious that Ben inherited his skills from his father. Both donate their time to making people laugh until they cry, they succeed at this amazingly. Ben and Jerry both starred together in “Zoolander 2”. Talk about double the Stiller trouble. Ben and Jerry also costarred in couple of other movies such as “Heavyweights”, “Hot Pursuit” and “The Heartbreak Kid”. Both actors said that they really enjoyed shooting with each other, not a lot of parents and kids have the opportunity to work together, especially in something that makes other people happy. That’s why Jerry is really proud of his kids, especially Ben who followed his steps and started acting.
Bryce Dallas Howard
Parent: Ron Howard
Bryce Dallas, a beautiful red haired American actress, filmmaker, and writer. Her father is the legendary film director Ron Howard. To most of us Bryce became more recognizable after her role as Victoria in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in 2010”, and her career expanded beyond this as well. Through her father, her grandparents are Rance Howard and Jean Speegle Howard, who are also actors. All of the Howard children were raised in a way where show business does not affect their lives at all. Their parents tried to encourage them not to watch a lot of television but to enjoy and partake in outdoor activities. At the age of 7, however, she appeared as an extra in one of her father’s movies.
Parent: Phil Colline
Lily Collins, or Snow White as we know her from “Mirror Mirror” may not have followed the footsteps of her father, Phil in a career in music, but she definitely has made a name for herself in Hollywood. Although she may not be a character in Tarzan, she will still always be in her father’s heart. She claims that her talent comes from both of her parents. It was difficult to maintain a good relationship with her father, but even though they live far away from each other they managed to have an awesome, friendly connection. Phil always supports everything his daughter does and Lily claims that she is very proud of her father too. Collins claims that she managed to build her own career in acting without the help of her ultra-famous father.
Christopher Whitelaw “Chris” Pine
Parent: Robert Pine
Like father like son, Chris Whitelaw and Robert Pines both share a name in acting. We all remember Robert Pine as Sergeant Joseph Getraer on “CHiP”. On July 14, 2016, Chris was nominated for an Emmy Award in “Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance” for his role on the series SuperMansion. Both are equally talented, and equally handsome. Chris tried to avoid following the acting footsteps of his parents, but he couldn’t deny his ability and talent, so he took a shot and built a career. Chris is proud of his path; he never had any help when it comes to acting and getting roles, so he never wanted his parents help in achieving what he planned. What a way to do it!
Michael Krik Douglas
Parent: Kirk Douglas
Michael Douglas is the son of famous Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, and husband of Catherine Zeta-Jones. He has had an amazing career in acting, but also in political activism in which he loans most of his time to. His passion is so intense that he might as well give up acting to become a lawyer or attorney for a non-governmental organization! Michael remembers his father being a ladies man, the reason his parents had a divorce when Michael was 7 years old. Michael and his brother always enjoyed visiting their father in California; they spent time at his house in Palm Springs where they met people such as Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra and Tony Curtis. Douglas says that his dad was a film star first, father second.
Dakota Mayi Johnson
Parent: Don Johnson & Melanie Griffith
Why only have one famous parent when you can inherit the golden genes from two? Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith are both critically acclaimed actors that have been in the spotlight once too many times. She also had Antonio Banderas as her stepfather for a period of time. She has six half siblings, two on her mother’s side and four on her father’s. Dakota started her career on a short-lived TV comedy “Ben and Kate”. In 2015, Dakota played Anastasia in the chick flick, “50 Shades of Grey” in which her parents had the pride and joy of seeing her get spanked and whipped by the sick and twisted Christian Grey. In the long run, it’s all for the sake of the career eh?
Parent: Jon Voight
Before Angelina Jolie began an iconic acting career, she was simply the beautiful daughter of Jon Voight, Academy Award winner and 4 Golden Globe Awards winner. Now, Angelina Jolie has become a legend in Hollywood, and a force to be reckoned with. Although she and her father are not in touch, she still shares the connection of talent and dedication to her work like he does, and this is something that is undeniable. Their unhealthy relationship comes from the fact that Angelina’s father cheated on her mother and left the family. Angelina’s brother shares her opinion about their father. Jolie says that she is trying her best to raise her children right, just like her mother raised her and her brother.
Parent: Brian Williams
If any of you are obsessed as I am with the show “Girls”, then you would immediately recognize Allison Williams and cringe at the thought of her most intolerable character, Marnie. Obviously credit is due because when someone’s character pisses you off, you know they are doing a great job. Now obviously, her character Marnie is more inflaming like her father Brian Williams, as he is well known for his controversial coverings of the Iraq War. So in this situation, it’s not like daughter and father, but more so a case of Marnie resembling her dad. When her dad was suspended without pay from NBC she stepped up to defend him, claiming that he is a good man, a good father and a good journalist.
Parent: Martin Sheen
So, we all know Charlie Sheen. We even recognize his father due to the same exact face, and also his role in “Apocalypse Now”. Both Martin and Charlie are very successful actors, having starred in many different television shows and succeeding at making us all laugh until we cry. The only difference between the both of their careers is that Charlie has become more notorious in previous years for his encounters with the law due to drugs, alcohol, and disorderly conduct. Marin fully supported his son Charlie when he spoke out about the fact that he is HIV positive. He says that his son needs all of his support and love he can get. Sheen pointed out the bravery his son showed while he was discovering some of his deepest and darkest secrets about himself.
Parent: Christopher Plummer
Actress Amanda Plummer is best known for her work as the Stage Actress as well as starring in the “Hunger Games”. Amanda is the daughter of Christopher Plummer who recently starred as Leo Tolstoy in “The Last Station”. Amanda is an only child of actors Christopher Plummer and Tammy Grimes. She appeared in many movies throughout 1980’s and 1990’s. Plummer rarely saw her father when she was a child, but instead she watched all of his movies. She also says that her complicated life helped her with her acting ability. Amanda is well known for the fact that she can perform and play some of the most difficult and odd roles. Her parents are both Tony winners, Amanda managed to get a Tony herself in 1982.
Parent: Blythe Danner
Gwyneth isn’t only Blythe Danner’s daughter; she is also an Academy Award Winning actress! We all remember her mom from ‘Meet the Parents’ comedy. You could also recognize Blythe Danners from the hit show, “Will and Grace”. Talk about talent and also surprise facts! Blythe gave an interview on how she thinks that her daughter and her ex husband are the best example of how two divorced people should act, and that she is really proud of everything her daughter did. Gwyneth on the other hand talks about how much she learned from her mother, not only about acting, but about parenting also. They spend a lot of time together, so Blythe is one happy grandma since she gets to see her grandchildren that often.
Parent: John Aniston & Nancy Dow
John Aniston, a Greek-American actor, is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime drama “Days of Our Lives”. Nancy Dow was an American actress and model who appeared in a small group of films and television shows. Jennifer Aniston is an American actress, producer, and businesswoman. Jennifer gained worldwide fame for playing Rachel Green on the popular TV show Friends (from 1994 until 2004). This role earned her a Prime-time Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. We obviously know Jennifer and love her guts. Jennifer described her father as a loving and caring person, but also hilarious and shy. Jennifer shows us that not all Hollywood stories end up tragically.
Parent: Keith Allen
Keith Howell Charles Allen is a Welsh actor, comedian, musician, singer-songwriter, artist, author, and television presenter. Lily Allen is an English singer, songwriter, actress, and television presenter. Her first mainstream single, “Smile”, reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006, but she is more well known for her ballsy single, “F*** You”. We all adore both of these talents, and it is an even better treat knowing they are related. Lily and her family were abandoned by Keith Allen when Lily was young. They moved across the country and she attended 13 different schools in that short period of time. Lily was the trouble kid since she was caught smoking and drinking on several occasions, but her talent and hard work made what she is today!
Parent: Roxie Roker
Roxie Albertha Roker was an American actress, best known for her role as Helen Willis on the CBS’s The Jeffersons (1975–85), and was half of the first interracial couple to be shown on regular prime time television! Roxie graduated from Harvard University where she met Lenny’s father Sy Kravitz, who was a television producer. When his father left his mother Lenny was extremely mad at him, but his father told him that he is going to do the same thing when he gets older, as Lenny actually did. We’ve honestly always known that Lenny Kravitz is the famous parent of Zoe Kravitz, who is a famous actress and singer, but we never knew Lenny Kravitz had a famous mother. Talk about a talented bunch of Kravitz!
Parent: Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus could never have an “Achy Breaky Heart” because he has such a beautifully and insane talented daughter Miley. Miley first started out as a teen idol, starring in the Disney Channel TV series <i>Hannah Montana</i> in 2006. Now she’s more of a wrecking ball in Hollywood, surprising us with new trends and bizarre fashion expressions. Miley says her father supports her, and that he doesn’t mind all the nudity and crazy topless pictures Miley loves to take. His philosophy is simple, he would rather have her shirtless and be a good person instead of the situation being other way around, which actually makes perfect sense. Either way, we both love Billy Ray, his mullet, and his beloved, crazy cool Miley.
Parent: Stellan Skarsgård
Remember watching the amazing movies “Pirate of the Caribbean”, as well as the “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, and seeing Stellan Skarsgård? And then remember seeing the hottie Eric Northman on “True Blood”? Okay, well, both of Alexander and Stellan share talent, and also looks that are impeccable. Alexander was raised in a modest surrounding, in a working class Swedish neighborhood since his parents wanted their children to live a normal life. Alexander started his acting career when he was really young and continued working in films that were made in Sweden. There is no questions about who was Alexander looking up to, he says that he had a great role model as a child and as an actor.
Beau And Jeff Bridges
Parent: Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr.
Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. (died 1998) was an American actor who starred in a number of television series and appeared in more than 150 films. Beau Bridges is an American actor and director who has achieved winning three-time Emmy awards, two Golden Globes and one Grammy Award. Jeff Bridges is an American actor, singer and producer. Who could’ve known that this family tree is filled with talented men who loan their time to the arts and entertainment industry. Jeff who was a trouble kid had some marijuana and drug issues during his teenage years always says that he is grateful that his parents intervened when they realized what was going on, Bridges claims that he doesn’t know what would have happened to him if he continued ruining himself.
Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley & Damian Marley
Parent: Bob Marley
Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley, (died 1981, at the young age of 36) was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame for his songs. His 3 sons took after him. Stephen is a Jamaican American reggae musician and a six time Grammy award winner as an artist and producer. Ziggy is a Jamaican musician and leader of the family band: “Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers”. Damian Marley is also a Jamaican reggae artist and he is the youngest son of Bob. Marley brothers collaborate with many contemporary artists from our era. Bob times three plus Raggae equals a gift of peace and love to each and everyone of us who listens to this relaxing, loving genre.
Parent: Ravi Shankar
Yet another surprise of a celebrity with a famous parent, this time same kind of talent, but a different style separated by two worlds apart. Norah Jones we obviously know for her hit song, “Don’t Know Why”, as well as “Come Away With Me”, but little did we know her father is a famous Indian composer of Hindustani music. Talk about talented goodies as an interesting difference in genres! After her parents divorced she moved to Texas with her mother, a big change for a New Yorker. Norah started singing and playing instruments while she was in high school. Jones says that she always liked older music especially Bill Evans and Billie Holliday who really had an impact on her music taste.
Chelsea Tallarico, Liv Tyler & Mia Tyler
Parent: Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television American Idol judge, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith! He is featured above with his daughter Mia Tyler (right photo), who is an American actress, model, public speaker and advocate. She was formerly married to ex-Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner. Liv Tyler and Chelsea Tallarico (pictured left) are also Steven’s daughters and although Chelsea isn’t so much famous, Liv is an American actress and former child model. Liv found out that Steven Tyler is her biological father when she was 8, and she claims that the whole story is really emotional. She says that there was little bit of confusion about where she came from, but she was surrounded with love and care since the day one.
Parent: Bob Dylan
Who doesn’t know Bob Dylan and his hit “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”? Bob has been the most influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. His son, Jakob, is an American singer and songwriter who rose to fame as the lead singer for the rock band “The Wallflowers”. In 2005 Jakob spoke about the relationship with his father for the first time in the interview for the New York Times. Jakob rarely speaks about his father and that’s why there are so many rumors that two of them aren’t that close, but Jakob denied everything about their relationship being strained. He also spoke about how his father is an affectionate person towards him, and that they have an amazing relationship.
Parent: Donald Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland, AKA, Jack Bauer from the “TV show” is the sons of Donald Sutherland whose career has been going strong for over 50 years. You may know him from “The Eagle Has Landed”, “Ordinary People”, “The Italian Job”. Now it is easy to catch Donald Sutherland on the fan favorite, “The Hunger Games”. We are all hungry for more of Donald Sutherland and his father Kiefer’s impeccable acting skills. Kiefer always imagined what would it be like to play in a movie with his father, and when he finally got the opportunity to do so in the western “Forsaken” he felt a little insecure. Kiefer is a true professional and he overcame his problem and the outcome was truly spectacular.
Jake & Maggie Gyllenhaal
Parent: Naomi & Stephen Gyllenhaal
Naomi Gyllenhaal is an American screenwriter while husband Stephen Gyllenhaal directs films and writes poems. With parents like that how can you not be a mega talent and a force to be reckoned with? Maggie, older sister of Jake who is also an actor, began her career as a teenager with roles in her father’s films. Jake also began young, acting as a child with a screen debut in “City Slickers”. We gotta give the Gyllenhaal bunch credit for being a handful of talented actors and inspiration to us all. Maggie met actor Peter Sarsgaard who is a close friend of her brother Jake in 2002. They are married since 2009. and live a happy life. Maggie always says that her parents played the most important role in her life and career.
Parents: Goldie Hawn & Bill Hudson
Talk about resemblance in acting and even beautiful looks! Goldie Hawn is an actress and director while Kate Hudson is very famous for her start in the movie “How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days”. Kate’s father Bill Hudson is a musician who is very famous for his band, “The Hudson Brothers”. Her parents divorced when she was 18 months old so her father was never around. Even though Bill Hudson tried to reconnect with Kate and her brother his efforts were for nothing. Kate stated that she considers Kurt Russell, her mother’s longtime boyfriend her father because he took care of her when she was a child. Kate says that she owes everything to her mother who she absolutely loves.
Parent: Ernie Lively
If you really want something to gossip about, talk about how “Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively is the daughter of “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” star Ernie Lively. Both are beautiful and talented; we hope to see them in the same movie together one day! Both of her parents and all of her siblings have been a part of entertainment industry. Blake took acting classes from her parents who actually made some money on the side by doing this job. Lively says that watching her parents teach acting made her more confident while she was getting older. She wasn’t interested in acting at the beginning; her plan was to go to Stanford, luckily for us and her husband Ryan Reynolds she changed her mind.
Parent: John L. Nelson
Not many know, but Prince was named after his father’s stage name ‘Prince Rogers’. John L. Nelson was a pianist and songwriter who performed with his jazz band called the “Prince Rogers Trio”. He is also credited as a songwriter on few of Prince’s songs. His mother also was a musician, performing as jazz singer across the world. All we can really say is “Thank you Mr Nelson for giving us one of the most talented men of all time!”. John L. Nelson was a strict parent; we know that because Prince told a story about how he got kicked outside of the house when he was 12 for having a girl in his bed. Later on Prince’s parents divorced because his dad used to get violent, that caused a lot of stress for young Prince. The father and son relationship oscillated between affection and estrangement until Nelson died in 2001.