These On-Screen Family Members Are Actually Related In Real Life
It’s always a surprise to see our favorite stars team up to play relatives in a film, but at the end of the day, we have to accept the reality that they’re just actors playing a part. Still, as much as we’d like James Earl Jones to be Mark Hamill’s real father or Thor and Loki to be real-life brothers, we often miss that many actors do, in fact, star alongside their relatives.
No, the actresses who voice Anna and Elsa in Frozen aren’t really sisters, but these celeb duos and trios prove the acting bug runs in the family. After seeing which related actors have starred alongside one another, you’ll hope George Clooney is your long-lost brother so he can whisk you off to Hollywood, too!
1. Angelina Jolie and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt: Though only four years old at the time, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt made a brief cameo opposite her mother in 2014’s Maleficent.
The other child actors who auditioned for the part were too frightened of Jolie’s character, and so Vivienne, unbothered by her mother’s appearance, was cast as young Aurora.
2. Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, and Iris Apatow: 2012’s This is 40 sees Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd navigate life amidst the chaos of career struggles, financial hardships, and two maturing daughters. Those daughters are played by Mann’s real-life children, Maude and Iris.
3. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall: Bogart claims it was love at first sight when he starred opposite Lauren Bacall in 1944’s To Have and Have Not. The two wed in 1945 and went on to star in 1947’s Dark Passage and 1948’s Key Largo.
4. Sylvester Stallone and Sage Stallone: The Rocky franchise made Sylvester Stallone an international star, and in 1990, he introduced his son, Sage, to the family business with the role of Rocky’s on-screen son in Rocky V.
5. Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly: After meeting on the set of 2001’s A Beautiful Mind, Bettany and Connelly wed in 2003 at a private ceremony in Scotland.
The two have worked together a number of times since, including in the roles of Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, in 2009’s Creation.
6. Casey Affleck and Ben Affleck: Though most cite Good Will Hunting as Matt Damon’s breakout role, the 1997 drama also brought brothers Ben and Casey Affleck into the mainstream.
Since playing Damon’s on-screen pals Chuckie and Morgan, the Afflecks have gone to work together as writers, actors, and directors.
7. Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen: 1987’s Wall Street features father-son duo Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen in the roles of blue-collar airline worker Carl Fox and his unscrupulous stockbroker son, Bud.
8. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn: After his divorce from actress Season Hubley, Kurt Russell began a relationship with Goldie Hawn that still ranks as one of Hollywood’s real-life true love stories.
The duo wasn’t just successful in love, they made a massive impression on the big screen too. In fact, they met when they acted alongside the other in 1968’s The One and Only Original, Genuine, Family Band.
The two have been together — and a Hollywood power couple — ever since, and they went on to star together in classic films like 1984’s Swing Shift and 1987’s Overboard.
9. Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, and Cameron Douglas: In the spirit of the film, three generations of the Douglas family starred in 2003’s It Runs in the Family.
One of the main themes of the movie is not wanting to become like your father, though for the Douglas family this is probably something to aspire to.
10. John Wayne and Patrick Wayne: With over 140 films to his credit, it’s no surprise that John Wayne made a number of them alongside his son, Patrick (middle). The duo appeared in 11 films together, the most notable being 1971’s Big Jake.
11. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski: 2018’s A Quiet Place saw real-life married couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star as Lee and Evelyn Abbot, two parents fighting to keep their family alive in a world terrorized by blind, acutely hearing monsters.
12. Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda: 1981’s On Golden Pond starred Henry and Jane Fonda as a father-daughter duo attempting to repair their long-strained relationship while vacationing in New England. The film earned Henry his first and only Best Actor award at age 76, though he sadly passed away one year later.
13. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman: After meeting on the set of 1990’s Days of Thunder, Cruise and Kidman wed on Christmas Eve of that same year. They went on to star together in 1992’s Far and Away and 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut, the latter of which many speculate led to their divorce in 2001.
14. Will Smith and Jaden Smith: Young Jaden Smith got his start in Hollywood opposite his father in 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness. Both performances were critically acclaimed, and the elder Smith even earned two Best Actor nominations.
15. Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson: Though Owen Wilson’s character, Eli Cash, is technically the Tenenbaum’s neighbor, his relationship with real-life brother Luke’s character Richie is about as close to brotherly as it can get. The Wilsons’ eldest brother, Andrew, also makes a brief appearance in the film.
16. Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal: The 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko stars real-life siblings Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal as the brother-sister duo of Donnie and Elizabeth Darko. This film is often considered to be Jake’s breakout role, whereas Maggie’s would come a year later in the equally dark Secretary.
17. Ben Stiller and Jerry Stiller: Fans of 2001’s Zoolander will remember the hilarious dynamic between Derek and his agent, Maury, played by real-life father-son duo Ben and Jerry Stiller, respectively.
Jerry’s wife, Anne Meara (far right), Ben’s sister, Amy (second from
left), and Ben’s then-wife, Christine Taylor, also made appearances in
18. Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer: Meryl Streep has played a mother to dozens of different actors, but 2015’s Ricki and the Flash saw Streep play parent to her own flesh and blood.
The film marks Mamie’s first starring role opposite her mother, though the two appeared together in 1986’s Heartburn and 2007’s Evening.
19. John Cusack and Joan Cusack: Since the 1980s, this brother-sister duo has popped up in dozens of films, including 16 Candles (1984), High Fidelity (2000), and War, Inc. (2008, below). Surprisingly, however, the two have never played siblings!
20. Colin Hanks and Tom Hanks: As if Colin Hanks wasn’t lucky enough to have Tom Hanks for a father, the actor got to work alongside him in 2008’s The Great Buck Howard. Tom plays Mr. Gable, father to Colin’s character, Troy, a law-school dropout in search of meaningful life experience.