Celebrities You Didn't Know Had Famous Parents

Celebrities You Didn't Know Had Famous Parents

Aug 24, 2020Thato

Some people consider making it in Hollywood as one of the most challenging tasks in the entertainment business, but for some others, Hollywood is merely a family business. A lot of children look up to their parents and decide to follow their footsteps into the same industry; the same is true for Hollywood. Many celebrities have followed their parent's footsteps, and now they are famous too. This article will explore the background of prominent Hollywood families who have proved that Hollywood runs in their blood.

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is the son of comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His parents formed the iconic comedy duo Stiller and Meara and were very famous in the 60s. Fortunately, they passed down their sense of humor to their son, and he continues to build on their legacy. Ben Stiller is a respected comedian in his own right and credits his parents for his success, "If my parents were, like, plumbers, who know what I would be doing," he's said.

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Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph is the daughter of music producer, Richard Rudolph, and soul singer Minnie Riperton who was affectionately known as the "Queen of the whistle register." Maya first joined the cast of Saturday Night Live (1975) on May 6, 2000. She often stated that she was annoyed by the people who were staring at her because they knew who her mother was.

Jaden and Willow Smith

Jaden and Willow Smith are the children of Will Smith and Jada Pinket Smith. Because of who their parents are, the pair have been in and around Hollywood for most of their lives. They've decided not to follow their parents into acting and pursue music instead, but it wouldn't surprise us to them both on the big screen someday. Although, it's worth remembering that Jaden once starred in a remake of the iconic film "Karate Kid," which was released in 2010.

Colin Hanks

Colin Hanks decided to follow his father's footsteps into Hollywood, even though he would be expected to fill his dad's considerable shoes. Colin is the son of iconic Hollywood actor Tom Hanks who's known for his role in films such as Forrest Gump, Toy Story, and Sleepless in Seatle.

Diggy Simmons

Diggy Simmons was first introduced to the world in the reality tv show Run's House. He's the son of Rev Run, the former member of the hip hop group RUN-DMC. Diggy is now an actor and a musician and still maintains a strong relationship with his father. 

Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman was the son of legendary actress Mary Martin. After his parents split up, he moved to Los Angeles to live with his grandmother. Unfortunately, she eventually passed on, and he went back to his mother's house and decided to follow in her footsteps. He then became famous for playing the role of J.R. Ewing. Larry Hagman was also renowned for his philanthropic events and played an active role in the American cancer society.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson is also regarded as Hollywood royalty. Her father, mother, and brother are all famous. Kate's biological father, Bill Hudson, was a renowned musician and actor while her mother, Goldie Hawn, was a famous actress. Kate and her brother both successfully followed in their parents' footsteps.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is one of the most famous actors in Hollywood, but did you know that her parents were also just as famous? She is the daughter of legendary actors Jon Voight and Marcia Lynne. Angelina Jolie has often spoken about the difficulties of growing up in their household. Today, the Academy-award winning actress is regarded as one of the most talented actors of all time.

Eva Amurri

Eva Amurri is the daughter of Susan Sarandon and Franco Amurri. She has worked with her mother multiple times. One of the notable films in which she worked with her mom in Dead Man Walking, an Oscar-winning film that was released in 1995. They both worked together again in Banger Sister and Friends. The actress has always spoken about how much she admires her mother and her role in helping her career.

Robin Thicke

Did you know that Robin Thicke's father was a famous comedian? Several years ago, Alan Thicke was inducted into the Candian Songwriters Hall of Fame for his contributions to the industry. The comedian was best known for his role in the 80s sitcom Growing Pains.

Zoë Kravitz

Zoe Isabella Kravitz is the daughter of actress Lisa Bonet and actor/musician Lenny Kravitz. Zoe has built a stellar career in Hollywood and has taken after both her parents. She's a musician, actor, and model. She's appeared in movies such as Mad Max, X-Men, and Divergent.

Nicole Richie

Nicole first burst on to the scene after she appeared in the reality tv show The Simple Life. While a lot of people know who Nicole Richie is, not a lot of people know that she was actually adopted. Her father, Lionel Richie, brought her into his home when Nicole was still very young. She took a slightly different path to her famous father, Nicole Richie is a fashion designer, author, and an actress. 

Kiefer Sutherland

If Kiefer Sutherland hopes to emulate his father's career, he has a big job on his hands. His father is none other than Donald Sutherland, whose film career goes back several decades. He's won several awards and countless nominations throughout his career. Kiefer has spoken about how they've never been able to spend time together because his father is always working. Although, the father-son duo had shared the stage once before when they starred in the movie Foresaken.

 John David Washington

Being an actor was always John David Washington's masterplan. But before he started acting, he played professional football; he soon realized that Hollywood runs in his blood. According to the BlacKKKlansman star, he would often hide who his parents were to make a name for himself. His father is Academy award-winning actor Denzel Washington, and his mother is actress and singer Pauletta Washington.

Charlie Sheen

Born Carlos Irwin Estevez, the actor changed his name to Charlie Sheen after his father adopted the pseudonym, Martin Sheen. Charlie Sheen's Hollywood career blossomed after he changed his name, but things eventually turned sour for the former Two and a Half Men star.

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson belongs to one of the most famous families in Hollywood; both her parents and her grandmother have all been in showbusiness. Her dad, Don Johnson, was a famous actor who played a prominent role in shows such as Miami Vice and Nash Bridges. Dakota Johnson's most notable role to date came in the movie franchise of Fifty Shades.

Making it in Hollywood isn't easy. It's essential to have some sort of mentor to help guide you through it. Fortunately for some celebrities, that mentor happened to sit across the table from them at breakfast time. Most Hollywood stars who have followed in their parents' footsteps have all spoken about the significant roles their upbringing has had on their success.