Celebrities Who Have Been Friends for a Long-Time

Celebrities Who Have Been Friends for a Long-Time

Aug 25, 2020Eric

Celebrities often only know other celebrities, but they were also regular people at one point and made friendships like everyone else. Some actors find friendship through their work or their living circumstances, and it is during those pre-fame times when the strongest relationships are forged. These celebrity friendships may have started a long time ago, but they have endured even after fame and fortune came their way.

Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson 

This creative pair met when they were in college and made their first movie together in 1996. "Bottle Rocket" was written by Wilson and Anderson, with Anderson directing and Wilson, along with his brother Luke Wilson, in the starring roles. The pair have since gone on to collaborate on many different projects, while also maintaining a vibrant friendship. 

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Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman 

These two acting legends came to prominence in the 1970s, but they were roommates before that, as well as struggling actors in New York. While their friendship has spanned five decades, they have rarely, if ever, appeared on-screen together, save for a few movies. 

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet 

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet were the biggest actors in the world at one point, thanks to their roles in mega-blockbuster "Titanic." While they were already somewhat known at the time, the movie's enormous success catapulted them to stardom. But the film also kicked-off a decade's long friendship between the two stars, who credit each other with being their best support system

Robert Downey Jr. and Sarah Jessica Parker 

While this couple dated for a brief spell in the early 90s, they remain friends. It was Downey Jr's struggles that lead to the break-up, but Jessica Parker remained a loyal friend as the actor struggled to get through recovery. After her relationship with Downey Jr. ended, she did end up meeting her future husband, Matthew Broderick. 

Martin Short and Steve Martin 

These two comedy legends met during the filming of "The Three Amigos" in 1986. The pair became friends after that and have stayed friends for over thirty years. They recently toured with a two-man show, and they both vacation together with their respective families. 

Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage 

These two future Best Actor Oscar winners were only just starting when they made their first appearance together in 1983's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." They went on to star in a few more projects together while maintaining their decades-long friendship over the years. 

Val Kilmer and Cher 

This blink-and-you'll-miss-them couple dated briefly when Kilmer had just moved to Hollywood to start his acting career. They were set up on a blind date and felt an immediate attraction. Even though the couple eventually split, they remained close friends. Kilmer even stayed at the singer's house while he was recovering from surgery in 2015

B.J. Novak and John Krasinski

These two "The Office" stars knew each other before working on the show. They grew up together in Newtown, Massachusetts, and even played Little League baseball together. Krasinski soon followed in Novak's footsteps and made a move to New York to pursue an acting career. 

Jack McBrayer and Alexander Skarsgård

These adorable besties have known each other since they were both struggling actors in New York. They even shared a house in LA and have kept in touch ever since. The pair even went on a date together to the Screen Actor's Guild Awards in 2018. 

Mariska Hargitay and Brooke Shields 

These two actors have known each other even since Shields guest-starred on Hargitay's show "Law and Order: SVU." The guest spot was only supposed to be one episode, but Shields' character became a recurring one on the show. The two friends have since become close and shower nothing but praise on each other during interviews

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld 

The relationship between these two comedians was the whole basis for one of the most popular TV shows in history. Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David created their show "based on nothing" from their experiences working as struggling stand-up comedians in New York during the 80s. "Seinfeld" went on to become a mega-hit, and the two have stayed friends ever since. 

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler 

This unlikely friendship has lasted for over 20 years. The pair met in the early 90s before Aniston became a household name for her role on "Friends." Aniston was dating a friend of Sandler's, but when they stopped dating Aniston and Sandler remained friends, and have been friends ever since. 

Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford 

Maybe the most romantic friendship/relationship on this list, actor Carey Mulligan and musician Marcus Mumford met when they became pen pals at an early age. They continued their correspondence for a few years before losing touch. They later met in adulthood, realized who each other was, and became a couple. The pair married in 2012 and have two kids together. 

Courtney B. Vance and Angela Basset 

These two esteemed actors knew each other when they were both studying acting at Yale. While they were friendly, Vance was in a relationship at the time and didn't give Basset a second thought until the pair (both newly single) crossed paths together in Los Angeles nearly fourteen years later. They married in 2007 and have two children. 

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King 

Friends for nearly 40-years, these two television icons first met when they were both unknown production assistants at a Baltimore TV station. The two were snowed-in during a snowstorm and stayed up talking all night. Despite their different upbringings, the pair managed to find common ground and have been at each other's side ever since. 

Were there any famous friendships that we missed? Which celebrity friendship were you most surprised by? What's the secret to a long-lasting friendship? Let us know in the comments section below. Celebrity friendships can be surprising, even though it is normal that people in the same industry form friendships based on mutual interests, admiration, sometimes even attraction. Great, life-long friendships are valuable for everyone, and the fact that some of your favorite celebrities have been able to stay together for such a long time feels as rewarding as your own longtime friendships.