Showbiz Kids: 17 of Hollywood's Most Famous Offspring
4:52 PM PDT 3/28/2012 by Rachel Shapiro
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree with these famous parents and their talented children. From Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith's triple-threat kids, to Jon Voight's daughter Angelina Jolie who's joined her pop as an Oscar winner, these famous families have passed the talent on from one generation to the next.
Angelina Jolie grew up in the film industry because of her father, Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight. Like father, like daughter, she became an Academy-Award winning actress. She has topped “most beautiful” lists and “world leader” lists, while being mom to six. The actress recently stepped behind the camera for her feature directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey, and has announced that her next film will be Disney's Maleficent.
Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus
Viewers got to know this father-daughter duo through Disney’s Hannah Montana, which Miley first auditioned for when she was 11 years old. The younger Cyrus, who played a teen living a double life as a pop sensation on the show, soon faced her own superstardom. She has two films out in 2012, while country singer Billy Ray will release his memoir Hillbilly Heart in spring of 2013.
Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard
Award-winning director and actor Ron Howard wanted to raise his kids far from the world of showbiz. Bryce grew up in Connecticut, but that didn’t stop her from performing and later making her way to the big screen. Bryce starred in two Oscar-nominated films in 2011, The Help and 50/50, while Ron is directing a racing flick, Rush, due out next year.
Liv Tyler and Steven Tyler
Liv found out Steven was her real father at age 12. She got her start as a model, and then her film career took off soon after. The rock star lead singer for Aerosmith recently got a re-vamp in his career with a spot on the judges table at American Idol.
Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith
Keeping up the Smiths is pretty hard. Older sibling Jaden made his debut on the big-screen aside Will in The Pursuit of Happiness at age 6. Now, 13, he is an actor, rapper, songwriter and dancer. Willow, 11, is an actress and singing sensation. Her hit “Whip My Hair” peaked at no. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2010.
Jane Fonda and Henry Fonda
Jane Fonda is a double Academy Award-winning actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. -- and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Her father, Henry, was just as well loved on the big-screen and on stage, working almost 50 years in showbiz. The late actor was also politically active and appeared in a campaign commercial for J.F.K. "My father was a loner. He was not a Hollywood insider and he never talked about the business with us, so I never learned or understood that this business is built on relationships," Fonda told THR during a 2011 interview.
Kirk Douglas grew up poor in New York and identified an acting scholarship as his way out of poverty. He went on to become one of the world’s biggest film stars in the 1940s, earning his first Oscar nomination in Champion (1949). Michael followed in his father’s footsteps to become an A-list actor and he is set to star alongside Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra in 2013.
Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra
Everyone knows the original Rat Pack singer/actor Ol’ Blue Eyes. Between Frank’s “My Way” and Nancy’s “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” this legendary father-daughter combo made their mark on entertainment, and became timeless icons.
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Freddie Prinze
Comedian and actor Freddie Prinze ended his own life tragically when Freddie Prinze Jr. was just a baby. Freddie Jr. played Fred in the Scooby-Doo films (2002-2004) and is married to Sarah Michelle Gellar with one daughter.
Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn
Kate Hudson has made her own mark on the big-screen as America’s Sweetheart, just like her Oscar-winning mom did years before. Goldie Hawn still looks golden and recently revealed her anti-aging beauty tips on The Dr. Oz Show. Hudson is in production for three movies out next year.
Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen is an accomplished actor who will play Ben Parker in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man. Emilio Estevez was part of 1980s classics The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire among many other credits. The younger brother, and former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen experienced a media-frenzied breakdown in 2011. Emilio and Martin reunited for Emilio's The Way, which he wrote and directed, while Martin starred as a father who goes on a spiritual pilgramage after his son dies.
Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave
The Richarson/Redgrave family has produced several distinguished actors. Joely, who played Julia in Nip/Tuck, recently starred in the Oscar-nominated film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Vanessa made appearances on her daughter’s show Nip/Tuck, and has over 100 TV and film credits to her name. They both experienced the loss of Natasha Richardson—daughter and sister—after a head injury accident in 2009.
Colin Hanks and Tom Hanks
Colin definitely has his father’s genes; both in his physical appearance and his love for acting. Colin will star in My Mother’s Curse along with a diverse cast including Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen. Tom appears in the Oscar-nominated Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and he is currently busy producing a few TV projects.
Lisa Marie Presley and Elvis Presley
“The Princess of Rock and Roll” is the only child of “The King of Rock and Roll.” With her own singing/songwriting career, Lisa Marie has been involved with opening many educational programs and is a charitable activist. A new exhibit was just opened in Graceland for the rock ‘n’ roll icon titled “Elvis Through His Daughter’s Eyes,” and she has been in talks about a movie that correctly chronicles her father’s life.
Ben Stiller, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller
Ben Stiller's parents started as “Stiller and Meara” appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show 36 times. Jerry has starred in hit TV shows, Seinfeld and King of Queens. Anne and Jerry both appeared in Zoolander with Ben. Ben has a few movies out this year, including Madagascar 3.
Jeff, Beau and Lloyd Bridges
Lloyd Bridges had more than 200 TV and film credits when he passed in 1998. His two sons, Jeff and Beau, have made their individual marks in the film industry. Jeff has been nominated for six Academy-Awards and won for his performance in Crazy Heart. Older brother Beau stars in the Oscar-nominated film The Descendants and has won several Emmys and Golden Globes.
Norah Jones and Ravi Shankar
Norah Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player and three-time Grammy winner Ravi Shankar. The singer/songwriter has sold millions of albums, won nine Grammys and recently said she plans to tour “extensively” in 2012 with the release of her fifth album out this spring.