It seems like everyone is related to someone in Hollywood these days. Being famous seems to run in the blood for most celebrities. Just look at the many Baldwin brothers who all have different levels of fame. And we wouldn’t have Miley Cyrus if it weren’t for Billy Ray. The Smiths and the Osbournes both have talent running through their veins. The Beckham children have already gained popularity just for being good-looking like their parents. For some celebrities, they are as talented as their famous relatives, but other celebrities lucked into their Hollywood fame by being related to someone famous. Still, others try hard to make their own name for themselves. They want to achieve fame and success on their own and not because one of their famous relatives gave them their last name or their first role. Other famous moms and dads push their children into following in the family footsteps of fame whether or not the children want to act or sing. If you go deep into a celebrity’s bloodline, you could probably find that he or she is related to a number of other celebrities, but these celebrities below are for the most part all closely related.
12 Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy
Sure they have the same last name, but McCarthy is a pretty popular last name. These two talented McCarthy ladies are actually cousins, and fame isn’t the only thing that runs in their blood. Both are talented actresses, and both are hilarious. Family get-togethers would surely be entertaining with these two funny ladies taking turns telling jokes and anecdotes. While Melissa shows her funny side in a number of Hollywood comedies, Jenny shows her humor on different reality and live TV shows. But Melissa is sure to make you laugh anytime she is on camera whether she is acting or not.
11 Tom Cruise and William Mapother
You might not know that Tom Cruise was born with the last name Mapother. You can’t blame him for dropping it when he wanted to pursue an acting career. Tom and William are actually cousins, which isn’t too hard to believe because they do kind of look alike, but not so much that you would have assumed they were related. William Mapother isn’t as well-known as his cousin, but he never worried that his relation to Tom would be linked to his success as an actor. William has starred in “Lost” and “The Mentalist.” William believed that he would be seen as his own man if he did good work, which he has.
10 Ray J and Brandy Norwood
In case you forgot, Ray J was the guy in the sex tape with Kim Kardashian. He is also a singer, but he is probably better known for the sex tape. He is also singer and actress Brandy Norwood’s younger brother. Ray J is also an actor and producer, best known for “Moesha,” “Mars Attacks!” and “Steel.” Unfortunately for him, despite his success in acting, his career did not take off the way Kim Kardashians did when the famous sex tape was released. Brandy is the more well-known of the two singing and acting siblings. She is known for “Moesha,” “Cinderella,” and “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.”
9 Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine
Warren Beatty is the younger brother of Shirley MacLaine. Both are successful actors, but people believe Beatty only got into the acting business because he was inspired by his older sister’s success as an actress. No matter what the reason was for his career choice, it worked out well for both of them who are now Hollywood legends. Warren is best known for starring in “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Dick Tracy.” Shirley starred in “The Apartment” from 1960, “Terms of Endearment” in 1983, and “Being There” from 1979. She was even in a few episodes of “Glee” and “Downton Abbey.”.
8 Jessica Capshaw and Steven Spielberg
Capshaw is the stepdaughter of famous director Steven Spielberg. You might know Jessica better as Dr. Arizona Robbins from “Grey’s Anatomy.” They may not be blood relatives, but Capshaw must have picked up a thing or two from her stepdad. She might have also picked up a few tricks from her mom, Kate Capshaw, who is also an actress. Spielberg married Kate when Jessica was fifteen. Spielberg likely influenced Jessica into becoming an actress, but his influence doesn’t stop there. He is also the godfather of Drew Barrymore who he gave a role to in his film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”
7 Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Cage
Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Cage are cousins. Nicolas’s real last name is Coppola. While Nicolas Cage acts, Sofia directs. She directed “Lost in Translation.” She isn’t the only one in her family who has a thing for show business. Her dad, Francis Ford Coppola, directed “The Godfather,” and her brother also directs. Lastly, her grandfather, Carmine, is a famous composer who also scored the soundtrack for his son’s films including “Apocalypse Now.” That is one talented family! Cage was once considered a well-respected actor, but that was before he started starring in any movie he could get his hands on.
6 Snoop Dogg and Brandy Norwood
Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion and Brandy Norwood are first cousins, which means Snoop Dogg and Ray J are also cousins. The love of music and acting runs deep in this family. However, so does poor decision making. Snoop Dogg has had a few legal problems and his cousin Ray J made the mistake of making a sex tape with Kim Kardashian, which was released. The musical talent of this family extends even further. Snoop Dogg’s cousin, Nate Dogg was also an actor and rapper before dying in 2011 at the age of forty-one from complications after having several strokes.
5 Conan O’Brien and Denis Leary
Late night funny man Conan O’Brien and actor Denis Leary share more than just red hair. They share family. Conan and Denis are 3rd cousins. Leary is the writer and creator of the TV show “Rescue Me.” He also voiced Diego in the “Ice Age” movies and played Captain Stacy in “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Red hair and Hollywood fame really does run in this family. Conan’s younger sister, Kate is a redhead and an actress known for “The Fighter” and “Ted 2.” His other younger sister Jane has also worked in film. She has worked as a crew member and part of a production team. Leary’s redheaded son, Jack, has also worked in the film industry and is known for his work on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which gave him the opportunity to work with his dad.
4 Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard
Actor Peter Sarsgaard became Jake’s brother-in-law in 2009 when he married Jake’s older sister Maggie. It’s a strange coincidence that the relatives both have the double “A” in their last names. Jake and Peter are also good friends. Jake and Maggie played siblings in the movie Donnie Darko in 2001. The movie business really runs in the blood of this family. Jake and Maggie’s mom, Naomi Foner was a screenwriter and a producer while their dad, Stephen Gyllenhaal, was a director. Peter who has played in Jarhead, Flight Plan, and Green Lantern did not come from a long line of film buffs. His father was an engineer.
3 Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci
Actress Emily Blunt is the sister-in-law of actor Stanley Tucci who married her sister, Felicity. Emily and Stanley both starred in “The Devil Wears Prada” together before Stanley and Felicity’s relationship began. It seems like the Blunt family really likes to marry other famous people. Emily is married to the hilarious actor John Krasinski. While Felicity married a Hollywood man, she is not famous. She is a literary agent. The Blunt sisters apparently also really like their men to have a good sense of humor. Funny man John Krasinksi played Jim Halpert in “The Office” while Stanley has played funny, quirky characters such as Caesar in “The Hunger Games,” Emma Stone’s father in “Easy A,” and of course Nigel in "The “Devil Wears Prada.”
2 Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker
Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker are distant cousins through Kravitz’s mom, Roxie Roker who is Al’s cousin. Al Roker is the weather anchor on “Today,” but he has also acted in a number of TV movies and series similar to Lenny Kravitz who had a successful singing career and has also done some acting. Most recently, Kravitz played Cinna in “The Hunger Games” and Nurse John in “Precious.” Roxie is also an actress known for her role as Helen Willis on “The Jeffersons.” Kravitz’s father, Sy Kravitz, was a Hollywood Producer, so clearly Hollywood is in the blood of this family.
1 Gwyneth Paltrow and Gabrielle Gifford
Paltrow is the second cousin to Gabrielle (Gabby) Giffords who isn’t Hollywood famous but is a celebrity nonetheless. Gabby was a member of the United States House of Representatives. She became more popular after surviving an assassination attempt in Tucson, Arizona in 2011 that resulted in a severe brain injury, which forced her to resign. When Giffords was shot, Paltrow spoke up about senseless violence despite the fact that at the time of the shooting, the two cousins had never met. The cousins are related through Paltrow’s late dad, Bruce. Paltrow’s grandfather was the brother of Gifford’s grandmother, which means their fathers were first cousins.