There are plenty of famous Hollywood families out there, and these days, it seems like almost everyone is related to someone. It’s easy to see the resemblance when we’re talking about the likes of Chris and Liam Hemsworth, or Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal. Nepotism has a tendency to run rampant in La La Land.
But there are some relations out there that aren’t quite so obvious. We thought we would take a look at some of the ones that aren’t as well known, and maybe even a little surprising.
Here are Screen Rant’s 12 Famous Actors You Didn’t Know Were Related To Each Other:
12. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy
Emmy award winning actress Melissa McCarthy and former Playboy Bunny Jenny McCarthy are, in fact, first cousins. The two actresses are the same age and actually grew up together in Illinois. Jenny helped to get Melissa her first Hollywood gig, a guest spot on her sitcom Jenny, which ran from 1997-98.
You would think that the surname would be a dead giveaway, but given how common it is, you can be forgiven for not getting the connection. It’s obvious that the humor gene runs rampant in this family as the two women have built their careers on being funny. The cousins have not appeared in a movie together, and it is unlikely, given that Melissa is a box-office juggernaut and Jenny has decided to focus on other parts of her career. Jenny can currently been found hosting her own show on SiriusXM, Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, and Melissa can be seen in The Boss which is in theatres now and later this summer in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot.
11. Jason Schwartzman and Talia Shire
Actor, writer and musician Jason Schwartzman actually belongs to a big Hollywood dynasty, as he is the son of legendary actress, Talia Shire. Schwartzman got his break at the age of 17, starring in Wes Anderson’s Rushmore. Shire, of course, played Adrian Pennino in the Rocky franchise and Connie Corleone in The Godfather series.
In case you’re wondering, the dynasty is the Coppola family, which has deep roots in Hollywood. It could easily be thought that there was some sort of nepotism in Schwartzman’s rise to fame, and although it’s definitely possible it occurred in the beginning, the actor has proven time and again that it’s his talent that keeps him working. Shire has had a long and interesting career, choosing diverse projects and smaller supporting roles along the way. The two have not appeared together onscreen. Jason was last seen in last year’s Netflix prequel, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, while Talia’s last role was as Gloria Neiderman in the 2011 indie film, The Return Of Joe Rich.
10. Tom Cruise and William Mapother
Hollywood royalty Tom Cruise and character actor William Mapother are first cousins. The two, whose father’s were brothers, spent time growing up together in Louisville, Kentucky, before the acting bug took hold of them both.
There’s not much to say about Cruise, because he’s TOM CRUISE!, but William has quietly made a name for himself playing the strange or dark characters in both film and television, his most famous being Ethan Rom on Lost. The two have starred in a total of five movies together (for those keeping score, they are Minority Report, Vanilla Sky, Mission: Impossible II, Born on the Fourth of July, and Magnolia), although you probably didn’t notice William, given that these are all starring vehicles for Cruise. Tom can next be seen in 2016’s sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, while William has guest starring roles in the new television series Rush Hour and Powers.
9. Emma Roberts and Julia Roberts
Hollywood heavy-weight Julia Roberts is actually the aunt of actress and singer, Emma Roberts. Emma also has a famous dad, as she is the daughter of Julia’s brother Eric, who has had an illustrious career in both TV and film.
Emma rose to fame as a Nickelodeon kid in the show Unfabulous, before branching out into film roles. Of course, Julia became America’s Sweetheart with her turn as Vivian Ward in 1990’s Pretty Woman. Now that you know the two women are related, it’s easy to see the resemblance. Only time will tell if Emma is able to reach the same heights as her aunt. The two women have not appeared in a film together, although it’s not out of the realm of possibility in the future, especially given how much the two resemble one another. Julia can next be seen in the upcoming film Mother’s Day and Emma will be gracing television screens next fall in season 2 of Scream Queens.
8. Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn
These two blonde bombshells are actually mother and daughter, although they’re not the only famous faces in the family. Goldie is also mom to Kate’s older brother Oliver Hudson, who has made a bit of name for himself starring in such television shows as Rules Of Engagement and Nashville.
Kate made a name for herself, and a Golden Globe to boot, for playing Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. Goldie rose to fame on the television show Laugh-In in 1968, which led to an illustrious film career. The two have not appeared together on screen, and probably won’t, as Kate prefers to keep their relationship a personal one. Kate can next be seen in the upcoming film Mother’s Day, while Goldie is rumored to be returning to the big screen for the first time since 2002, playing Amy Schumer’s mother in 2017’s Mother/Daughter.
7. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine
The legendary actors are actually brother and sister. The siblings, who were born in Richmond, Virginia, have never, nor will they ever star in a film together, although separately they have both had storied careers. Talent obviously runs through the veins of the Beaty family (Warren altered the spelling of their name when he decided to become an actor).
MacLaine made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble With Harry and quickly followed it up with awards nominated performances in classics like Some Came Running, The Apartment and The Children’s Hour. Beatty’s film career began with 1957’s Splendor In The Grass, but it wasn’t until 1967’s Bonnie And Clyde that the actor would really hit his stride. The two have never appeared on screen together, and probably won’t, give their rather strained relationship. Shirley can next be seen in the upcoming comedy Wild Oats, while Warren, who hasn’t been in a film since 2001’s Town & Country, is said to be playing Howard Hughes in an upcoming, untitled project, which he will also write and direct.
6. Rashida Jones and Quincy Jones
The music mogul and film producer extraordinaire, Quincy Jones, is in fact the father of actress Rashida Jones. Rashida comes from good stock and gets the acting bug from her mother, who is actress Peggy Lipton of The Mod Squad fame.
Rashida got her start on the television show Boston Public, but has transitioned over to film, where she has built a career playing funny, quirky and interesting characters in such films as I Love You, Man and Celeste and Jessie Forever. Quincy Jones is a legend and an icon in the entertainment industry, who is responsible for some of the most iconic music in history. Rashida can next be seen in the second season of TBS’s Angie Tribeca, while Quincy is still busy just being awesome.
5. Jason Sudeikis and George Wendt
This one is a bit of a surprise, but the famous Cheers alum George Wendt is actually the uncle of funny-man Jason Sudeikis, The connection is through Jason’s mother Kathryn, who is George’s sister, which is obviously where the funny comes from in the family.
Jason was a featured member of Saturday Night Live before branching out into other television projects and film. His first lead film role was in 2011’s Hall Pass, but it’s his supporting characters that really stand out. George is most famous for his role as Norm Peterson on the long running television show Cheers, but he also has a pretty impressive filmography and has appeared in more than thirty films. The two have not appeared onscreen together. Jason can next be seen in the upcoming film Mother’s Day, while George was last seen in the TBS sitcom, Clipped.
4. Liev Schreiber and Pablo Schreiber
Now that you know that Liev and Pablo are related, when you look at them you are going to totally see the resemblance. The two actors are actually half-brothers, each having a different mother.
Liev had a number of smaller roles in film and television before landing his big break as the accused murderer Cotton Weary in 1996’s Scream. Over the years, he has built an interesting career, refusing to be typecast in any sort of capacity. He has played everything from a mutant in the X-Men universe to Laertes in an adaptation of Hamlet. Pablo, on the other hand, has had a relatively quieter career, doing most of his work on television. A character actor, he’s had a number of guest spots on high profile dramas, such as The Good Wife and Law And Order. The half-siblings have yet to appear onscreen together, although it is always a possibility.
Liev can next be seen in next year’s Goon: Last Of The Enforcers, while Pablo is currently starring in Orange In The New Black as George ‘Pornstache’ Mendez.
3. Zoey Deutch and Lea Thompson
While she’s not Marty McFly’s sister, Disney darling Zoey Deutch is related in a way, since she is the daughter of 80’s darling Lea Thomson. Yes, Lorraine went on to have two daughters, who both decided to follow in her footsteps into the spotlight.
Zoey got her big break with a guest starring role on the Disney Channel’s The Suite Life On Deck. Her first co-starring film role came in the not so well received 2014 adaptation Vampire Academy, but that hasn’t stopped the offers from rolling in. She currently has four films in various forms of production, many of which are slated for release within the next year. Lea’s most memorable role was of Lorraine Baines McFly in the Back To The Future trilogy, although she has plenty of other projects in her filmography. Her younger years were filled with playing the love interest, before she transitioned into the mom role. She also had a successful series that aired from 1995-99 on NBC entitled Caroline In The City. They did appear together in the 2011 film, Mayor Cupcake.
Zoey can currently be seen in Richard Linklater’s spiritual-sequel to Dazed And Confused, Everybody Wants Some!!, while Lea can next be seen in the upcoming film, The Dog Lover.
2. Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen
By this time, you would think that everyone would know this one already, but for those that don’t… yes, it’s true that Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen are brothers. Not only that, but they are also the sons of legendary actor Martin Sheen.
Charlie’s film career began with the 1984 Cold War drama, Red Dawn, while Emilio began a little earlier, with his first credited role in 1982’s Tex. The two blazed a trail through 1980s cinema as members of the Brat Pack, racking up film credits left and right. They have appeared together in three films; Wisdom, Young Guns and the hilarious Men At Work. Martin has had a storied career, and has appeared in more than one hundred films and almost forty different television series. His work encompasses many different genres and he has played many varied characters over the years, although his most recognizable is probably President Josiah Bartlett on NBC’s The West Wing.
Martin has starred in a number of films with his sons, although the three have never been on the big screen together. Charlie’s last role was on the sitcom Anger Management, while Emilio has decided to focus his energies behind the camera, and has chosen to direct films instead. Martin can next be seen in next year’s untitled Warren Beatty project about 1950s Hollywood.
1. Angelina Jolie and Jon Voigt
Sure, Angelina has a famous family, but it’s more than just the one that she and Brad Pitt have created over the last few years. She is actually the daughter of Oscar and Golden Globe winning actor, Jon Voight.
Angelina’s first starring role came with her co-starring role in 1995’s Hackers, but it wasn’t until she played Gia Carangi in the HBO mini-series, Gia, that Hollywood really took notice. It was full steam ahead from there, and she is now considered Hollywood Royalty and is one of the highest paid actresses in the world. Jon began his career on television, before transitioning into films with the lead in the much celebrated 1969 film, Midnight Cowboy. He has more than eighty film and television credits to his name, all in various genres. Some are more lauded than others, although he does have four Academy Award and ten Golden Globe nominations under his belt. He is they type of performer that doesn’t seem to be exceptionally choosey about what roles he takes, as some of his credits include Bratz: The Movie and Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2. He and Angelina have appeared on screen together once, in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
They have a rather tumultuous relationship, so additional onscreen collaborations probably won’t happen anytime soon. Angelina was last heard reprising her role as Master Tigress in this year’s Kung-Fu Panda 3, while Jon can be seen later this year in the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
So, did any of these relations surprise you? There are plenty of famous families who embrace the fact and are often seen together on red carpets and at events. But it seems as if there are also plenty out there that don’t let their familial connections define them. Are there any other secret famous relations that we missed? Let us know in the comments!
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