It’s a common thing for people to follow in the footsteps of their family members. To take over the family business from their parents or to get work through sibling connections. With celebrities, it can be a bit different. Some will chase the same profession of a famous relative. And because of that relative’s level of fame, it’ll be that much more important that they set themselves apart.
In other cases, talent will just run in the family. People will work in the same field, be it acting or music, or they’ll choose completely different fields and find varying levels of success. And because many of them often end up making a name for themselves regardless of their famous relatives, many of us may not realize who’s related to who. Here are 20 famous people you probably forgot are related.
20 Beanie Feldstein And Jonah Hill
It’s probably due to them having different last names, but many haven’t realized that Beanie Feldstein and Jonah Hill are brother and sister.
Both have also starred in similar, end-of-high-school, coming-of-age movies. Jonah Hill became famous through Superbad while Beanie Feldstein starred in this year’s underrated Booksmart. And both are hilarious.
19 Nicolas Cage And Jason Schwartzman
The family that these two actors belong to is just bursting with talent. Jason Schwartzman of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and just about every Wes Anderson movie is director Francis Ford Coppola’s nephew.
He’s the son of Coppola’s sister while Nicolas Cage is the son of Coppola’s brother, making the two cousins.
18 Jenny McCarthy And Melissa McCarthy
Though the two have the same last name, it’s not exactly an uncommon one. So many may not have realized that the two comedians are related. I certainly didn’t.
Jenny McCarthy is best known for her TV work while her cousin Melissa has been nominated for two Oscars for her work on Bridesmaids and Can You Ever Forgive Me?
17 Peggy Lipton And Rashida Jones
The fact that Rashida Jones’ father is music legend Quincy Jones may be well-known by this point, but who her mother is may not be.
Peggy Lipton starred in the action/crime series, Mod Squad, that ran in the late 60s and early 70s. She also played Norma Jennings in the cult classic, Twin Peaks, and even returned when the show was revived in 2017.
16 Lenny Kravitz And Al Roker
Rock ‘n’ roller Lenny Kravitz and TV personality Al Roker provide one of the most differing entries on this list when it comes to their work.
Kravitz rose to fame in the 90s with songs like Fly Away and Are You Gonna Go My Way. His cousin Al Roker, on the other hand, is a weatherman for NBC’s Today.
15 Prince Charles And Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes’ acting ability already makes him seem like a person of royalty. Ss it turns out, he is related to a Prince.
Both Prince Charles and the Harry Potter actor are descendants of King James II of Scotland. They’re not exactly closely related, though, as the two are eighth cousins.
14 Snoop Dogg And Brandy
Everyone knows who Snoop Dogg is. The innovative rapper became famous in the 1990s, though he’s also an actor, entrepreneur, and put out his own cookbook in 2018.
His cousin, Brandy Norwood, also rose to stardom in the 90s. She put out several popular R&B albums and starred in the sitcom Moesha.
13 Ron Howard And Bryce Dallas Howard
The same last name and red hair probably tipped some people off. So impressive are both these stars’ resumes that others may not have realized they’re father and daughter.
Ron Howard starred in the sitcom Happy Days before transitioning behind the camera for films like A Beautiful Mind and Solo. His daughter has starred in many well-received movies like The Help and the Jurassic World franchise.
12 George Wendt And Jason Sudeikis
These two very funny men both became famous through roles on TV. George Wendt is best known for playing Norm on the sitcom classic Cheers.
And having a funny uncle probably inspired Jason Sudeikis to follow the same path. After becoming a cast member of Saturday Night Live, he’d star in movies like Horrible Bosses and We’re The Millers.
11 Liev Schreiber And Pablo Schreiber
It’s not exactly a common last name, but that doesn’t mean everyone realized these two actors were related. Liev Schreiber is the star of Showtime’s Ray Donovan, but he’s also starred in many popular films like Spotlight and Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
His half-brother, Pablo, isn’t quite as famous yet. He’s best-known for his roles in Orange Is the New Black and 13 Hours.
10 Barbra Streisand And Josh Brolin
Barbra Streisand is one of the most famous singers/actresses of all time, and she’s also the stepmother of Thanos himself.
Streisand married Josh’s father, James Brolin, in 1998. James is also an actor, known for his TV work in the CBS sitcom, Life in Pieces, and his Golden Globe-winning role in the drama series Marcus Welby, M.D.
9 Sissy Spacek And Rip Torn
Sissy Spacek became a film icon when she was cast in the adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie. Though she’s also been nominated for six Oscars, having won one for Coal Miner’s Daughter.
The late, great comedic actor Rip Torn stole scenes in the Men in Black franchise as well as Dodgeball. The two are cousins, though their acting styles are very different.
8 Berry Gordy And Redfoo
Berry Gordy is a record executive, songwriter, and founder of Motown Records, but his son has gone down a very different musical path.
Stefan Gordy, aka Redfoo, is one half of LMFAO, an electronic dance group known for the songs Party Rock Anthem and Sexy And I Know It. Because he’s known better by his stage name, most probably didn’t know of the relation.
7 Phil Collins And Lily Collins
Much like Ron and Bryce Dallas Howard, many may not have realized these two were father and daughter unless they followed their personal lives.
Phil Collins is known for his work with the band Genesis and his work as a solo artist. His daughter is an actress who’s starred in movies like Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
6 Dolly Parton And Miley Cyrus
Dolly Parton is a country music legend and has been for decades. As it turns out, she’s very good friends with fellow country musician, Billy Ray Cyrus.
The two are so close, in fact, that Parton was made Miley Cyrus’s godmother. It’s got to be pretty cool wanting to go into the music business and having Dolly Parton as your godmother.
5 Conan O'Brien And Denis Leary
The complexion and hair definitely make these two comedians look alike, though the relation is a tad distant— they’re third cousins.
Conan O’Brien has been a late-night host for years while Leary is known for his stand-up comedy as well as roles in the TV series Rescue Me and The Amazing Spider-Man.
4 Chuck Schumer And Amy Schumer
There’s no pairing on this list that is as different as Chuck and Amy Schumer in terms of what they’re famous for.
Chuck is a New York senator while Amy is known for her stand-up comedy and movies like Trainwreck and I Feel Pretty, but the two actually did work together in 2015 to lobby for stricter gun control.
3 Steven Spielberg And Jessica Capshaw
Though the two aren’t related by blood, Steven Spielberg has been Jessica Capshaw’s stepfather since 1991 when he married her mother, Kate Capshaw.
Spielberg actually directed the retired Kate in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where she played Willie Scott. Her daughter Jessica is best known for playing Dr. Arizona Robbins on Grey’s Anatomy.
2 Janet Leigh And Jamie Lee Curtis
Here’s a great example of a daughter following in her mother’s footsteps. Janet Leigh was best known for playing Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s groundbreaking Psycho in 1960.
Years later, her daughter would become a new scream queen by starring in the equally groundbreaking Halloween, which released one of its most popular sequels in 2018.
1 Goldie Hawn And Kate Hudson
Goldie Hawn became an icon through comedies like Overboard and The First Wives Club. And it seems that her daughter has followed a similar path.
Kate Hudson has starred in a ton of comedies such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Mother’s Day, and Kung Fu Panda 3.
Sources: variety, etonline, newsweek