Monday, September 12, 2011

Top 5: Families with Generations of Actors

Acting isn't always a family business, but sometimes it is. While there are many show biz families, there are not a lot which have different members that are very successful. And if they are it is usually in different areas of the biz (acting, directing, producing etc). Here are some families that stuck to acting.

Julia, Eric and Emma Roberts
That's one talented family. Everyone's favorite prostitute, Julia Roberts, is the sister of Eric Roberts, whom you will recognize, but may not be able to place. Emma Roberts is the spawn of Eric and niece of Julia. She is not as talented as her aunt, but the name is getting her places.

Goldie Hawn, Kate and Oliver Hudson
Goldie Hawn was a staple of the 80s RomCom. So it is ever so fitting that her daughter, Kate Hudson, be this decades face of the chick flick. Goldie is also the mother of Oliver Hudson...who you may have seen in that sitcom with David Spade and that other dude who is more known for his voice used in cartoons (Rules of Engagement). Cute fam!

Martin Sheen, Joe Esteves, Charlie Sheen, and Emilio Esteves
Martin Sheen (Esteves) was pretty big back in his day. His sons are Emilio (Esteves) and Charlie (Sheen). A couple of years ago I would have said that saving the family name didn't really do well for the brothers that kept them (Emilio as well as Martin's actor brother Joe both kept the fam name)....but after the Charlie Sheen meltdown I am going to rethink that. Plus...Emilio has the Mighty Ducks, and that's a classic.

Tom and Colin Hanks
This family is Hollywood at its finest. Proving to the world that you can be insanely talented, wealthy and popular and not be a raging psycho, addict who eventually implodes on oneself. Well done Hanks give hope to the masses.

Will, Jada, Jaden, and Willow Smith
Talk about keeping it in the family. The Smith's are probably the most marketable family on the planet. Will Smith is one of the biggest blockbuster stars in recent years and his kids manage to bring in the bucks as well with their lame little kids movies. The only one not pulling their weight is Jada...bitch, get to work.

There are a lot of other famous family links out there. Here are a few: James Caan and Scott Caan; Judy Garland and Liza Minelli; Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie; Donald and Kiefer Sutherland. Almost making the list was the late Rosemary Clooney and George, but I decided to stick with the living.


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