30 Stars with Famous Fathers

The apple didn't fall far from the tree when it comes to these Hollywood dads, lads and daughters in show biz and beyond

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Jennifer Aniston & John Aniston

Jennifer Aniston; John Aniston
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"My dad became a soap opera actor, and I was an extra in a skating rink scene on the soap," Jennifer recalled of working alongside her dad in a 2008 chat with The New York Times. Clearly, her career took an upward turn from there.

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Hailey Baldwin & Stephen Baldwin

Stephen Baldwin; Hailey Baldwin
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Some of the model's first red carpet moments were alongside her actor father.

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Drew Barrymore & John Barrymore

Drew Barrymore, John Drew Barrymore
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Though Barrymore once called her father a "wild card," in the same Instagram post she touted his "gifts," as well.

"His wildness runs through me," she wrote. "His demons to overcome are mine to break! I love him not for who I wanted him to be, but for who he was."

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Nicholas Cage & August Coppola

Nicolas Cage; August Coppola
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The Willy's Wonderland star is the son of the late academic and Coppola film studio executive.

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Jessica Capshaw & Steven Spielberg

Jessica Capshaw; Steven Spielberg
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This family was destined for the silver screen! The legendary director is married to the Grey's Anatomy star's mother, Kate Capshaw.

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Lily Collins & Phil Collins

Phil Collins; Lily Collins
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The actress said her rocker dad was delighted to hear her sing in Rules Don't Apply.

"I didn't tell him I was doing it singing) until I sent him the trailer," Lily said, according to Music News. "So I sent him the newest trailer of just me singing, and he got back and he was like, 'Ugh, utterly fabulous!' He was very proud. He was really, really excited."

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Jamie Lee Curtis & Tony Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Curtis

The actress remembered her father on what would have been his 96th birthday with a throwback photo of them together from her baby days.

"I'm in the land of his ancestors and I see him everywhere in the beautiful dark-haired, blue-eyed men and women that I work with and see everywhere," she wrote on Instagram. "The joke on the movie that I'm shooting is that as a child I always looked stunned… Tony loved to laugh. We had one for you today dad!

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Laura Dern & Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern, Laura Dern
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"I'm so emotional because I got to hug my dad," Laura said proudly after winning her first Screen Actors Guild Award.

"To all the casting directors. I literally wouldn't be here if it weren't for actors," she continued, referencing her actor parents.

"Thank you Dianne Ladd and Bruce Dern. Thank you for raising me in the community of your friends."

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Scott Eastwood & Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood, Scott Eastwood
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"I don't think I'm competitive. I'm happy to see him do well. I'm happy that he's working. He's doing better than I was at his age, and that's the way it should be," Clint told Esquire of his Wrath of Man star son.

"I couldn't be more proud of him," Scott echoed in the joint interview. "I couldn't be more inspired by the films he makes. His movies are the kinds of movies that I want to be in. I'm just a pawn in getting to work with these great directors. I'm just trying

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Colin Hanks & Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks; Colin Hanks
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Like father, like son. Colin has followed in his famous father's footsteps with roles in The Good Guys, Orange County, Band of Brothers and more.

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Bryce Dallas Howard & Ron Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard
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Ron said he was flattered to see his daughter honor Apollo 13 in an episode of The Mandalorian she directed.

"I was as proud as I could possibly be. Great episode, too," he told NME of the tribute.

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Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson, Wyatt Russell & Kurt Russell

Kate Hudson; Wyatt Russell; Kurt Russell; Goldie Hawn; Oliver Hudson
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"He's an original. One of kind. A powerful, intelligent, talented, loyal family man," Kate wrote in a 2021 birthday tribute to Kurt. "He has taught me that we can all exist with immense love through our differences. And his dedication to my mother and their fight for love forever is as admirable as it gets. I love this man so much!"

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Enrique Iglesias & Julio Iglesias

Julio Iglesias; Enrique Iglesias
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Pop star Enrique's father has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, including Un hombre solo, Momentos and La carretera.

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O'Shea Jackson Jr. & Ice Cube

Ice Cube; O'Shea Jackson Jr.
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"It's amazing. I can only equate it to a guy watching his kid win the Super Bowl on the same team he won the Super Bowl with," Ice Cube told PEOPLE of watching his son play him in in Straight Outta Compton.

"He did a phenomenal job," he added with a smile. "I don't know if I could've done a better job playing me."

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Dakota Johnson & Don Johnson

Dakota and Don Johnson
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"We have a rule in the family that, you know, if you stay in school, you get to stay on the payroll," Don explained on Late Night with Seth Meyers. "So, you go to college, you get to stay on the payroll. Towards the end of high school, I went to her and I said, 'So, do you want to go visit some colleges?' Or something like that. And she was like, 'Oh, no. I'm not going to college.' "

Asking his daughter how she was "going to manage" without the financial support, she replied "Don't you worry about it."

"Three weeks later she had nailed down that part in David Fincher's The Social Network, and the rest is, shall we say, cinema history," he said.

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Angelina Jolie & Jon Voight

Jon Voight; Angelina Jolie
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The actor sang his daughter's praises as a devoted mother of six.

"She loves her kids, she's always involved with them, always concerned for them," Voight told reporters at pre-Golden Globes gala in January 2020. "She monitors everything. She's great."

The Eternals star and her actor father were estranged for nearly seven years before ending their feud in 2010 at the urging of her ex-husband Brad Pitt, who convinced the actress to mend fences.

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Duncan Jones & David Bowie

David Bowie; Duncan Jones
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"Today marks five years since dad died. We are all a little sad, coping individually in our own ways," the director wrote of his late father in January 2021.

"But it's both remarkable & delightful that dad is still so clearly loved by so many. Yes, he's missed… but with so much of 'him' in the work he made, he's clearly still here."

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Rashida Jones & Quincy Jones

Rashida Jones; Quincy Jones
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"My Darling Doonkie, @rashidajones …You've made me MORE than proud!" the music producer began a birthday tribute for his actress daughter.

"Always have. Being a father to U & your siblings is my greatest joy in life. HAPPY BIRTHDAY honey…45!! Love U from now 'til eternity. Thank you for being a wonderful daughter & collaborator, & most importantly, thank you for being YOU!! Y'awl are my heart AND soul!"

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Elle King & Rob Schneider

Elle King; John Schneider
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"Honestly, he's probably my biggest supporter," King told PEOPLE. "Like, every other day I'll get texts in all caps of like, 'Your record's gonna change the world! I can't wait for your fans to hear what you've made! I love you! I'm so proud of you!' And that's a beautiful, wonderful thing."

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Zoë Kravitz & Lenny Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz and Lenny Kravitz
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"Zoë and I have a very open dialogue," Lenny told PEOPLE of the tight bond he and his daughter share. "We can talk about anything and everything."

In fact, the musician said their relationship reminds him of the closeness his mother, Jeffersons actress Roxie Roker, had with her own father.

"So when I see the relationship between Zoë and myself, I see the relationship between my mother and my grandfather," he said. "It makes me very happy that we've elevated to that level."

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Gwyneth Paltrow & Bruce Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow (L) and her father Bruce
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"He was kind of the love of my life," Gwen said of her late father on The Howard Stern Show.

"I'll never forget, you know, when he died and everybody was so nice, you know, people, anyone who met him loved him and knew our relationship," she recalled. "I remember somebody wrote me an email saying, 'You know, everybody has a father, but not everybody has a daddy.' And that's what he was. He was the best."

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Chris Pine & Robert Pine

Robert Pine; Chris Pine
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"Oh, I was delighted for him," Robert told Star Trek of his son landing the role of Captain Kirk.

"Chris is such a hard worker, and I'm so proud of him. I'll run into people who have worked with him and they'll tell me how he's such a team player. You know, I think it's more fun watching him succeed than it would have been for me to have a bigger career."

"He puts in the time when it comes to preparing for a role, and he's very smart. I was thrilled when he got that part, because I knew it would push him to another level in his career," the CHiPs actor explained.

"I mean, look… I'm his father. I'm his biggest fan."

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Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen & Emilio Estevez

Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen; Emilio Estevez
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Art has imitated life multiple times for The West Wing alumnus, with two of his sons playing his kids on screen.

Emilio played his father's son in The War at Home and The Way, while Charlie acted opposite his father in Wall Street and Spin City, according to IMDb.

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Alexander Skarsgård & Stellan Skarsgård

Alexander Skarsgard; Stellan Skarsgard
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"It's always been a very open house… because we're very relaxed and non-judgmental in our family," Stellan told The Daily Beast of what the household was like when his children were young.

"It's really, truly pleasant. And my kids are more like pals to me. There's no hierarchical relationship at all. It's very nice. We just have fun!"

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Ben Stiller & Jerry Stiller

Ben Stiller and Jerry Stiller
Ben Stiller and Jerry Stiller in 2011. Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic

Over the years, Ben spoke highly about growing up with famous parents, telling PEOPLE in 2000 that their household "wasn't the typical family setup."

"We got to stay up late and go to TV studios," the star said of being raised by dad Jerry, who died in 2020, and mom Anne Meara. "It was like this fun fantasyland."

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Kiefer Sutherland & Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland; Kiefer Sutherland
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"I'm going to embarrass him right now... I have always felt that not only is my father one of the most prolific actors in the English language, he is also one of the most important," Kiefer told Today in 2016. "He's someone that I wanted to work with for my whole career."

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Sarah Sutherland & Kiefer Sutherland

Sarah Sutherland; Kiefer Sutherland
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"She's an extraordinary actor," Kiefer shared of his daughter on Live with Kelly and Ryan. "She gets mad when I talk about her publicly… But the truth is, she's worked so hard to do this on her own. I couldn't even tell you her agent's name. I have no idea."

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Robin Thicke & Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke; Robin Thicke
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"After my father's death, I remember a friend of his said, 'A big tree has fallen.' That's what my dad was: the big tree," Robin told PEOPLE. "Now here I am, this medium-size tree, and I've got to grow my branches and protect everybody. Every day I try to make him proud of me.

"Every time I speak to my son Julian, I feel him because I'm saying the same things he told me," he continued. "When I was young, I wanted to be a rebel because my dad was Mr. Good Guy. Now I just want to be as much like him as possible. In the end, all the advice he gave me was correct."

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John David Washington & Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington and son John David Washington
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Opening about his famous father, John David told PEOPLE the Oscar winner is "my favorite actor."

"I think the best actor in the industry, in the business, is my father," the Tenet star said of his dad.

"I'm inspired by the kind of career he's had and what he's had to do. Again, he's been on the frontline for many years and what he's done with it, with his opportunities, I just am so inspired and continue to be inspired by what he does and how he works and his approach to the craft and the business."

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Allison Williams & Brian Williams

Brian Williams, Allison Williams
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Dad and daughter both work in front of the camera – just different jobs. The Girls star is the daughter of the longtime national news anchor.

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