Nepotism: Hollywood's Dirty "Secret"by fedor8 | created - 21 Mar 2011 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
"It’s a running joke in Hollywood that every bellhop, busboy and waitress in LA is working on being an actor, screenwriter, director - whatever. Every year, thousands flock to the city where dreams are made… only to be passed over so someone’s niece can snag a role without having to go through the audition process. Hooray for Hollywood!" - KC Morgan.
Hey, I'm a whistle-blower of sorts! Why won't Hollywood side with me as they do with Edward Snowden?
Oh right, I'm blowing the whistle on them. They don't appreciate it when they're being scrutinized.
First off, let me explain why this list aggravates some people within show business: because it exposes the hypocrisy of their elitism which goes against all of their (mostly) left-wing, "equal-opportunity" public-persona politics. The main reason the list annoys some movie fans: because it reveals to them how easily they're manipulated into devouring anything - or accepting anybody - that the powerful movie-industry hype-machine serves to them. Nobody wants to be informed they are uncritical and lacking criteria.
The list that proves that practically anyone can be turned into a star, or at least a moderately employed actor. If you can talk, walk and learn lines, you're in. But you do need connections, because the gates of Hollywood are holding off hordes of incoming potential actors, writers and directors. Thanks to nepotism (and other forms of Hollywood corruption that I won't get into here) these gates are firmly shut most of the time.
The movie industry - everywhere, not just in the States - is a very incestuous, sect-like world in which family connections, political affiliation, even ethnicity are major factors when it comes to the forging of careers. Talent is far behind in 10th place. And that is a big part of the reason why at least 90% of all movies are pretty useless.
Which brings me to why (American) movies have been going down the toilet in recent years. There are several reasons, but perhaps the most negative impact stems from the exponentially growing nepotism. It is difficult to find a recent movie in which more than a half of the cast members didn't have influential parents/relatives/friends in the industry before they got their foot in the movie door. (Ditto the film crews).
The list focuses almost solely on actors and directors - hence it doesn't even take into consideration the vast number of bad scripts that have been a result of nepotistic infiltration! Nor does it include the plethora of nepotistic offspring that had appeared only in several smaller roles in fairly meaningless productions. You can click on the bio of just about any better-known actor older than 45 and you'll find that at least half of them have kids who are either actors, producers, or working in film crews.
Tinseltown's elitist jet-set would have us believe that acting "talent" is passed on genetically, but if you believe there is such a thing as an acting gene (or a "charisma DNA") I would like to see some scientific proof of it. Besides, many nepotists on this list come from non-movie, or at least non-acting, backgrounds. Furthermore, MANY of the kids who got a shot at fame in the past few decades - that aren't related to actors or producers - are children of upper-class, millionaire clans, wealthy industrialists for example, a fact that offers more proof how anti-equal-opportunity the film industry is.
They would also have us believe that nearly all of the world's acting talent has already been collected from all corners of America, that the world's "acting talent pool" has dried up, been totally depleted, so why even bother looking for potential new De Niros and Pacinos amongst the "masses"? Hence the annoying trend of most of the younger stars today having parents in powerful positions in the business. I wouldn't mind, IF these kids were any good. But they usually aren't. Armies of Pauly Shores and Casey Afflecks dominate Hollywood, while much more talented kids are sitting around stupidly, naively waiting for their agents to cast them in good auditions.
It would seem that auditions serve very little purpose in Hollywood (and elsewhere), except to weed out the worst from the bad. A typical high-profile Hollywood audition is mostly a who's-who of famous actors' children, all fighting for a shot at fame and additional cash. It makes one wonder just how many truly bad nepotists never make it! Even a severely talent-free case like David Arquette has beaten out several dozen failed nepotists, i.e. they might be even worse ones than him. Scary (but fascinating) thought.
The list also exposes the startling hypocrisy of the movie business which is predominantly left-wing, i.e. supposedly orientated toward the rights of the poor and "oppressed" - and yet there's this little thing called elitist nepotism that proves that this is just an act: in reality, no talented poor or unconnected person can make it in Hollywood unless they have wild luck. Hollywood predominantly employs its own rich kids, plus a whole array of sons and daughters of powerful politicians, famous pop stars, and high-profile athletes. It rarely hires poor or middle-class talent. Again, I wouldn't mind this at all, IF only this corrupt selection-process worked - but it clearly doesn't.
So, yes, Hollywood is about silver-spoon-fed, righteous, holier-than-thou millionaires creating and starring in movies that preach about the rights of the oppressed, the poor, Socialism, minorities, and the working class. Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it.
The list will be continually upgraded, there are LITERALLY HUNDREDS MORE that haven't yet been added. Listed in the order from worst to slightly less bad.
And no, I am not a disgruntled actor or director. I have never had more than zero aspirations in being in show-biz, since I am neither an exhibitionist attention-seeker nor obsessed with money. All I want is to watch good movies, but that is only possible when a good script is complemented with a good cast, and directed by someone chosen on the merit of his talents, not as a favour for a friend.
Nepotism is a branch of corruption. It is amoral, and it leads to a lowering of artistic standards. Whoever can't grasp this simple concept should skip this list altogether.
Actor | Friends
Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Schwimmer was encouraged by a high school instructor to attend a summer program in acting at Northwestern University. Inspired by that experience, he returned to Northwestern where he received a bachelor's degree in speech/theater. In 1988, along with ...
Son of a powerful Hollywood lawyer.
Actress | The Witches
Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her ...
Dunno what to say.
3. Laura Dern
Actress | Jurassic Park
Laura Dern was born on February 10, 1967 in Los Angeles, the daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. Dern was exposed to movie sets and the movie industry from infancy, and obtained several bit parts as a child. Her parents divorced when Dern was two and Dern lost contact with her father for ...
My opinion of David Lynch sunk when he started casting her. By casting so many nepotists, Lynch inadvertently revealed that his fall from artist to just another Hollywood elitist was complete. (As if his 80s movies didn't already show that.)
Actress | Friends
Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. Her father is Greek, and her mother was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent. Jennifer spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family. Her family then relocated to New York City ...
The best example in all the history of Hollywood of how intense the hyping of nepotist kids is, as compared to the usual levels of hype for "outsiders". No amount of bombs stopped her career because as a nepotist you are forgiven a lot more than as somebody who came outside of the inner circle. The amount of media attention she received - and still does - is reversely proportional to her almost non-existent talents.
Actor | Manchester by the Sea
An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple upcoming projects.
Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school ...
Casey wouldn't have had an acting career even in Z-level soap-TV had he not had the very powerful - and evidently very persistent - backing of his influential (though ironically almost talent-free) brother. Ben Affleck himself can barely act with any amount of conviction, so how exactly does his brother get to have the unproven, fictional "acting gene"?
I struggle to see any talent or charisma in him, at all. I pretty much avoid every movie he's in, because I don't believe that you can "learn" charisma through years of practice.
6. Adrien Brody
Actor | The Pianist
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the ...
I have rarely come across a more overrated actor than Adrien. What makes his career even more bizarre, he gets badly cast most of the time.
Bad casting + very little talent = quite a mess
Actor | Rushmore
Jason Schwartzman was born on June 26, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jason Francesco Schwartzman. He is known for his work on Rushmore (1998), The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and Moonrise Kingdom (2012). He has been married to Brady Cunningham since July 11, 2009. They have two children.
Is there a Coppola clan member NOT in movies?
Jason is one of the unfunniest "comedians" I have ever cringed to, as I explain on my Comedians list. You know that feeling when a stand-up comic bombs after every bad gag? That's how I feel watching him.
Writer | Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...
Here's another one.
A great example of how a newcomer nepotist director will nearly always receive much more attention than a non-nepotist newcomer director, and how quickly the Oscar voters will jump to "reward" such nepotists with awards that are totally undeserved, mildly put.
Why? To ensure that nepotism remains a powerful force, which in turns benefits all of Hollywood's numerous clans.
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham (née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, ...
You would think that at least when casting for a hugely expensive/ambitious project one would try to get the best possible candidate for the lead role? Think again. Most viewers (especially children) are totally uncritical, a fact not lost on producers and directors.
So Daniel is the BEST Harry Potter producers could find, out of literally THOUSANDS of kids who wanted that role? Really, Britain? Did these other kids get the same audition space that he got? I very much doubt it.
I think there should be a law prohibiting casting directors from pushing their own kids into movies. I see a conflict of interest in there somewhere... This kid can't act to save his life, plus the charisma of a chair. Daniel is a poster-boy (now a poster-man) for why nepotism is a huge problem in the film industry.
10. Kristen Stewart
Actress | Snow White and the Huntsman
Though most famous for her role as Isabella "Bella" Swan in The Twilight (2008) Saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California, where she was born. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Stewart, both work in film and television. Her mother is ...
I wouldn't have a problem if nepotists only got cast for horrible movies - as is the case with this woman.
11. Kyra Sedgwick
Actress | The Closer
Kyra Minturn Sedgwick was born on August 19, 1965 in New York City, to Patricia (Rosenwald), a family and speech therapist, and Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, a venture capitalist. Her mother was from an upper-class German Jewish family, and her father was from a wealthy Massachusetts clan of English ...
12. Rumer Willis
Actress | Sorority Row
Rumer Glenn Willis was born August 16th, 1988, in Paducah, Kentucky, to actors Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. She was named after the British novelist Rumer Godden. She made her debut at the age of 5 in the movie Now and Then (1995) but was credited as Willa Glen. Her mother hired cameramen to video ...
I doubt many movie-goers would disagree with me on this one.
13. Martha Plimpton
Actress | The Goonies
She has show biz in her blood. Martha Plimpton was born November 16, 1970, in New York City to two actors: Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton. Martha began her career at age 8, when her mom had a friend of hers, composer Elizabeth Swados, enroll her in an actors' workshop. At age 10, she got a ...
Often gets cast in sit-coms and comedies, despite her inexpressive face and almost zero comedic abilities.
14. David Arquette
Actor | Scream 3
The youngest of five, David Arquette was born in Winchester, Virginia and is part of the illustrious Arquette family, whose work has spread over several generations. His parents, Lewis Arquette, an actor, and Brenda Denaut (née Nowak), an acting teacher and therapist, had 4 other children: Rosanna ...
The Arquettes must wield some serious power, if they were even able to turn David into a Hollywood star, if only briefly.
What that mysterious power might be, I will leave to you to decide.
15. Drew Barrymore
Producer | Never Been Kissed
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation.
Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to ...
John Drew Barrymore (father), actor
Jaid Barrymore (mother), actress
John-Blythe Barrymore (half-brother), actor
Diana Barrymore (aunt), actress
John Barrymore (grandfather), actor
Dolores Costello (grandmother), actress
Maurice Costello (great-grandfather), actor
Mae Costello (great-grandmother), actress
Ethel Barrymore (great-aunt), actress
Lionel Barrymore (great-uncle), actor
Sophia Loren (godmother), actress
Anna Strasberg (godmother), actress
Steven Spielberg (godfather), bad director/producer
Actor | 24
Kiefer Sutherland was born in London, England, UK, to Canadian actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland, who moved to California shortly after his birth. His maternal grandfather, Tommy Douglas, was a Scottish-born Canadian politician who was a Premier of Saskatchewan for over 17 years and led ...
I avoid him like the plague. However, I bit the bullet once years ago and decided to watch a very good film despite his presence ("Dark City"), and was amazed at how badly he played his part: he delivered his lines like an asthmatic gasping for air. He must have thought that a nerdy, weird sci-fi scientist should talk like that.
Some nepotist actors overact, some underact. But they rarely get it right.
17. Olympia Dukakis
Actress | Moonstruck
Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning perf as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987). Since then movie (and ...
Cousin of failed Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis (lost to Bush Sr. in 1988).
Guess what year she won an Oscar?
The Oscars are NOT about politics, ethnicity and marketing hype. I repeat, NOT about politics, ethnicity or marketing hype. And certainly only actors from working-class backgrounds win them.
18. Colin Hanks
Actor | King Kong
Colin Lewes Hanks is an American actor. He was born in Sacramento, California, to actors Samantha Lewes and Tom Hanks. Colin is best-known for his work as "Jack Bailey" in the series, The Good Guys (2010) and as "Alex Whitman" in Roswell (1999). Hanks' best-known film role may be in the teen movie, ...
Hands down the blandest "actor" on this list. Wallpaper.
Peter Jackson, shame on you.
Actress | Benny & Joon
Mary Stuart Masterson started acting before the age of ten, when she appeared in The Stepford Wives (1975) in 1975 with her father. Afterwards, at the direction of her parents, Mary Stuart led a life outside of the limelight, attending school in New York. She appeared in a few productions at New ...
They hyped her in the 80s until studio heads finally realized that audiences didn't want her.
20. Kate Hudson
Actress | Almost Famous
Almost everyone who has spent time with Kate Hudson -including directors, family members, co-stars and interviewers - is quick to comment on her ability to light up a room. Through some combination of a winning smile, solid work ethic, and good old-fashioned talent, the young actress has gone from ...
That the "comedy gene" does not exist is well-supported by Kate's case. This is a typical average-looking American girl-next-door. Dime-a-dozen. You can find a million like her without even having to look...
She turned down a role (while she was still just a nepotist-in-waiting) in "Escape from L.A." because it starred Kurt Russell and she "didn't want to be professionally associated with my dad. I just wanted to see if I could do the audition."
So what she was saying is basically she wanted to debut in a film without any family relatives, so she could more easily fool the audiences into thinking she was a "free electron".
Shame has many names, and one of them is "Nepotism", and Kate must have felt that shame bone-deep.
21. Tori Spelling
Actress | Scary Movie 2
The daughter of Candy Spelling and Hollywood producer Aaron Spelling. With her father as the producer of many popular television shows in the 1970s, Tori had a taste for fame. She appeared on many of her father's shows, which gained her more praise for acting in comedies.
Tori has a younger brother ...
22. Paris Hilton
Producer | The Hottie & the Nottie
Paris Hilton is one of today's most recognizable figures, known around the world as a businesswoman and entrepreneur. In 2006, she created Paris Hilton Entertainment, a multi-billion-dollar company consisting of 45 branded stores throughout the Middle East and Asia selling handbags and other ...
Still don't believe me that anyone can become an actor provided they have connections?
23. Peter Fonda
Actor | Easy Rider
Peter Henry Fonda was born in New York City, to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw. He is the brother of actress Jane Fonda and the father of actress Bridget Fonda. His ancestry includes Dutch, English, Scottish, and distant French and Italian.
They tried hard to turn him into a star in the 70s, but failed, due to staggering levels of non-charisma. Henry Fonda he ain't.
24. Rooney Mara
Actress | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Actress and philanthropist Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She made her screen debut in the slasher film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005), went on to have a supporting role in the independent coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall (2009), and has since starred in the horror ...
25. Courtney Love
Actress | The People vs. Larry Flynt
The daughter of Grateful Dead devotee and first manager Hank Harrison and psychotherapist Linda Caroll, Courtney Love was born Courtney Michelle Harrison in San Francisco, California in 1964. Love spent her early years living in hippie communes in Oregon and at schools in Europe and New Zealand, ...
Her maternal grandmother was the children's novelist Paula Fox, and her maternal great-grandmother was screenwriter Elsie Fox Elsie's husband, (Courtney's maternal grandfather) was screenwriter Paul Hervey Fox, who wrote 14 films. Paul was the first cousin of film star Douglas Fairbanks.
So you always wondered how she got her band signed, and why she can neither sing or act? Now you know.
Actress | Hable con ella
Geraldine Leigh Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, California, to Oona Chaplin (née O'Neill) and legendary entertainer Charles Chaplin (A.K.A. Charlie Chaplin). She is a granddaughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and a great-granddaughter of stage actor James O'Neill. She attended the Royal Ballet ...
27. Sara Gilbert
Actress | Poison Ivy
Sara Gilbert was born on January 29, 1975, as Sara Rebecca Abeles at St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, California, to Harold and Barbara Abeles. Barbara was previously married to the late Paul Gilbert. At the age of six, when Sara saw her sister Melissa Gilbert get a star on ...
Some nepotists are so talent-free, they can only have careers in sit-com-land.
28. Christian Slater
Actor | True Romance
Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City, to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), a casting agent. Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night (1956) in 1976 at the age of 7. He ...
29. Jake Gyllenhaal
Actor | Nightcrawler
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko (2001). His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from...
A lot like Jennifer Aniston. No talent but hyped to the point of absurdity. Even if all of his movies bombed, they'd still give him a dozen more chances - because nepotism HAS to work in order to ensure emploment for future generations of everyone who is currently part of the Hollywood elite.
31. Blake Lively
Actress | The Age of Adaline
Blake Lively was born Blake Ellender Brown in Tarzana, California, to a show business family. Her mother, Elaine Lively (née McAlpin), is an acting coach and talent manager, and her father, Ernie Lively (born Ernest Wilson Brown, Jr.), is an actor and teacher. Her brother is actor Eric Lively, and ...
Some nepotists get a lot of facial surgery before kick-starting their careers. Check out her before and after pics.
32. Miley Cyrus
Soundtrack | Hannah Montana
Miley Cyrus was born in Franklin, Tennessee, the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife, Letitia Jean "Tish" (Finley). She has five siblings - two half-brothers, a half-sister, and a younger brother and sister. Her birth name is Destiny Hope Cyrus, because her parents hoped she ...
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Actor | Les quatre cents coups
Jean-Pierre Léaud is not everybody's cup of tea for sure, but will remain an important name in film history. As an actor he can be adored or hated for exactly the same reasons: he is one of those rare players that directors let improvise his dialogue, which gets on certain viewers' nerves while it ...
Proof that French "artists" such as Truffaut weren't above hiring their friends' kids as favours - instead of getting the best man for the job.
You scratch my back, I scratch yours. The film-making business is morally lacking, to say the least - and yet moralizing and preaching is all they do in their movies.
35. Keira Knightley
Keira Christina Knightley was born in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond on March 26th 1985. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born...
Appallingly bad actress with average looks.
36. Jack Davenport
Jack Davenport was born in 1973 and is the son of actors Maria Aitken and Nigel Davenport. He studied Literature and Film Studies at the University of East Anglia. His first break happened after he wrote to John Cleese to ask to be a runner on Fierce Creatures (1997) where he ended up playing a zoo...
One of the unfunniest "comedians" on this list. He is the main reason I can't watch those cheesy pirate comedies.
37. Jason Reitman
Producer | Up in the Air
Jason Reitman was born on October 19, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Up in the Air (2009), Thank You for Smoking (2005) and Juno (2007). He was previously married to Michele Lee.
"Juno". Need I say more?
Much like Sofia Coppola, an offspring of a powerful director/producer whose early efforts received immense hype from the studio. Kick-starting a bad career requires hype and money.
38. Jane Fonda
Actress | Klute
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by ...
Being a Marxist AND a nepotist gives you a huge advantage. You can basically do as you like, and get away with anything - including mediocre acting or even treason.
39. Illeana Douglas
Actress | Ghost World
Born with show business in her blood, Illeana is the granddaughter of screen legend Melvyn Douglas. Illeana began studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. In 1987 working for a publicist in New York led to her first movie role. Illeana appeared in several Martin Scorsese films.
Third-generation nepotist, I believe.
There is much in Hollywood that reminds of old European monarchies.
Ts, ts, ts. So elitist.
40. Jaden Smith
Actor | The Karate Kid
Jaden Smith is a movie actor, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010) and After Earth (2013). In addition to being an actor he is also a dancer, songwriter and rapper who won an MTV award for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. He co-starred with his father Will ...
42. Fuschia Sumner
Actress | Saving Mr. Banks
And he isn't even a good actor. He's a (brilliant) musician.
He hired his son's awful band to support The Police on their huge 2008 reunion tour. Sting, the great humanitarian. Why doesn't he hire a struggling Newcastle band?
43. Lucy DeVito
Actress | Leaves of Grass
Lucy DeVito was born on March 11, 1983 in New York, New York, USA as Lucy Chet DeVito. She is an actress and producer, known for Leaves of Grass (2009), Just Add Water (2008) and Melissa & Joey (2010).
Quite a blatant attempt to cheat the viewers into thinking they're getting quality.
44. Kelly Osbourne
Actress | Austin Powers in Goldmember
Kelly Osbourne was born on October 27, 1984 in Westminster, London, England as Kelly Lee Osbourne. She is an actress and producer, known for Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), The 7D (2014) and So Undercover (2012).
Would anyone disagree about her?
Apart from Sharon, I mean.
45. Juliet Landau
Actress | Ed Wood
Juliet Landau, the daughter of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, co-starred in Tim Burton's highly acclaimed Ed Wood (1994) as "Loretta King" and starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Armin Mueller-Stahl in New Line Cinema's Theodore Rex (1995) as "Dr. Veronica Shade". She portrays "Drusilla" in the ...
Such a bad actress, that no amount of nepotism helped her being launched into stardom.
47. Vincent Cassel
Actor | Black Swan
Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine (1995), the young actor, ...
A horrible French actor, one of the kings of overacting, and vastly overrated. Perhaps he and Nicholas Cage studied from the same acting coaches.
Plays tough guys often, for whatever insane reason. I certainly would never cast him in any gangster film.
Actor | Heartbreak Ridge
Mario Van Peebles is a highly regarded director, actor, producer and writer. His directorial skills can be seen in the retelling of the epic mini-series "Roots" starring Forest Whitaker and Matthew Goode. Van Pebbles has directed award-winning shows such as the recent hit "Empire" and "The Last ...
49. Tim Robbins
Actor | Mystic River
Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins (née Bledsoe). Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group, ...
Son of a popular country singer.
So let me get this straight... The country gene becomes the acting gene? Country DNA = acting DNA. Is that it?
A brilliant example of how nepotism and left-wing activism can help you advance in Hollywood. If Tim had declared himself a Republican at the outset of his acting career, how far do you think he would have gone? Or without the benefit of nepotism?
50. Evan Rachel Wood
Actress | Thirteen
Evan Rachel Wood was born September 7, 1987, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father, Ira David Wood III, is a theatre actor, writer and director, and her mother, Sara Wood, is an actress and acting coach. She has two older brothers--Dana Wood, a musician, and Ira David Wood IV, who has also acted. ...
I've seen her in several movies, and still can't remember what she looks like. She's that interesting.
51. Elizabeth Olsen
Actress | Martha Marcy May Marlene
Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films, Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Godzilla (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). For her role in the critically-acclaimed Martha ...
If there were a thousand Olsen sisters, they'd all get employed.
52. Emily Osment
Actress | Hannah Montana: The Movie
Emily Jordan Osment was born in Los Angeles on March 10th, 1992. She is the younger sister of The Sixth Sense star, Haley Joel Osment. Her father is also an actor of some renown. Following in their footsteps, Emily started her acting career performing in several commercials, including a radio spot ...
53. Emily Deschanel
Actress | Bones
Emily Erin Deschanel (born October 11, 1976) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for starring in the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama series Bones as Dr. Temperance Brennan since 2005.
Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, to cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel ...
Utterly uninteresting, totally forgettable and uncharismatic.
Without her family connections her chances at a TV career would have been pretty much nil. There are thousands of aspiring actresses better than her.
54. Agata Buzek
Actress | Hummingbird
Agata Buzek was born on September 20, 1976 in Pyskowice, Slaskie, Poland. She is an actress, known for Redemption (2013), The Innocents (2016) and Rewers (2009). She has been married to Adam Mazan since September 30, 2006.
Ever wonder why Jason Statham had to kiss her in "Redemption"? Her Daddy was none other than Poland's PRIME MINISTER between 1997 and 2001.
And of course she worked as a model, as well. Elitism at its worst. Did I mention that any woman can become a model if they come from a powerful background?
Since when does the "political gene" carry the "acting gene"? She is just another proof that to become an actor all you need is connections, period. Talent and looks are irrelevant.
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.
Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...
Stems from an almost aristocratic family, her great-grandpa was Prime Minister of Britain (no less).
Many people on this list stem from the upper classes, from the richest 1%. Where are all those poor that Hollywood liberals are so worried about never get a shot at becoming a success story?
56. Daryl Hannah
Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Daryl Christine Hannah was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Susan Jeanne (Metzger), a schoolteacher and later a producer, and Donald Christian Hannah, who owned a tugboat/barge company. Her stepfather was music journalist/promoter Jerrold Wexler. Her siblings are Page ...
57. Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress | Shakespeare in Love
A tall, wafer thin, delicate beauty, Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of noted producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Tony award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Her father was from a Jewish family, while her mother has German, and some English and Irish, ancestry. When ...
Her acting method consists of grinning and smirking. All the time. Regardless of whether she's doing comedy or drama.
She is fairly attractive for a nepotist actress, but her abilities are close to nothing.
58. Daniel Day-Lewis
Actor | There Will Be Blood
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Nicholas Blake, Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing ...
An unbelievably hyped, overrated actor. Stems from a very wealthy upper-class British family, and has movie family roots as well.
He has never impressed me, in any movie. The main reason is that he lacks charisma.
Some people say Charles Bronson and Clint Eastwood can't act. Performance, however, is 80% charisma, 20% actual acting "technique", whatever that may be. Charisma doesn't get inherited; you either got it or you don't.
59. Glenn Close
Actress | Fatal Attraction
Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Mary Hester "Bettine" (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families.
One of the reasons why "Fatal Attraction" is such an absurd and awful thriller.
60. Skandar Keynes
Skandar Amin Casper Keynes (born 5 September 1991) is an English actor best known for starring as Edmund Pevensie in the 2005 film adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He returned in the role of Edmund in the film's sequels The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince ...
61. Ethan Hawke
Actor | Training Day
Ethan Green Hawke was born on November 6, 1970 in Austin, Texas, to Leslie Carole (Green), a charity worker, and James Steven Hawke, an insurance actuary. His parents were students at the University of Texas at the time but divorced when Ethan was 5 years old. His mother raised him alone for the ...
Not a bad actor but so bland and uninteresting.
62. Max Irons
Actor | The Host
Yet another bland offspring of a much better actor.
The "acting DNA" does not exist.
63. Jeanne Balibar
When she was a child, Jeanne Balibar wanted to be a dancer. She was already attracted by the stage and the show and admired great opera singers like Maria Callas. As she was going to take the last exam for becoming a lecturer, she decided not to go to the exam but to take an exam to become a stage ...
64. Cynthia Nixon
Actress | Sex and the City 2
Cynthia Nixon was born in New York City on April 9, 1966, to Anne Elizabeth Knoll, an actress, and Walter E. Nixon, Jr., a radio journalist. She has German and English ancestry. Nixon made a memorable film debut in Little Darlings (1980). Her Broadway credits include "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," "...
65. Angelina Jolie
Actress | Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international ...
She used to look semi-decent, but her acting is forced and unnatural.
And now she's even directing?
66. Cuba Gooding Jr.
Actor | Jerry Maguire
Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York. His mother, Shirley (Sullivan), was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool". His ...
Unfunny over-actor. Father is a musician, not an actor.
Music DNA becomes acting DNA. If you'll believe it. Watching Cuba overact, I choose not to believe it.
67. Nora Ephron
Writer | Julie & Julia
Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...
The most horrible commercial-formula scripts Hollywood has ever given us, came from her.
68. Nicolas Cage
Actor | Face/Off
Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish, German, and English (mother) descent. Cage ...
He has become somewhat of a symbol of bad acting, with a plethora of comedians mocking his acting style, which is either underacting or overacting, never getting it right.
Actress | Blue Velvet
Isabella Rossellini, the Italian actress and model who has made her home in America since 1979 and holds dual Italian and American citizenship, was born cinema royalty when she made her debut on June 18, 1952 in Rome. She is the daughter of two legends, three-time Oscar-winning Swedish-born actress ...
I never liked Ingrid, and her daughter is much worse.
71. Mariel Hemingway
Actress | Manhattan
Mariel Hemingway was born on November 22, 1961 in Mill Valley, California, USA as Mariel Hadley Hemingway. She is an actress, known for Manhattan (1979), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) and The Sex Monster (1999). She was previously married to Stephen Crisman.
They gave her an Oscar just because her grandfather was a Marxist-leaning novelist. Her performance in that movie was nothing short of atrocious.
Woody Allen is an elitist. He constantly helps out his friends by casting their kids - or going by political affiliation.
72. Minka Kelly
Actress | (500) Days of Summer
Minka Kelly was born in Los Angeles, California and she is the only child of former Aerosmith guitarist, Rick Dufay, and Maureen Kelly, an exotic dancer and single mother who often moved with her daughter to different communities before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the time Minka was in ...
73. Summer Phoenix
Actress | The Believer
Born on 10 December 1978, Summer Joy Phoenix is the fifth and youngest child of Arlyn Phoenix and John Bottom, a carpenter. Summer was raised in Southern California, but spent her teen years in Central Florida, where she was born. She is an active supporter of numerous charities and activist groups...
Totally bland, and looking very bored in all her roles, just as on this photo.
75. Keanu Reeves
Actor | The Matrix
Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patricia Taylor, a showgirl and costume designer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, ...
Actress | The Killing Machine
Calista Carradine was born on April 27, 1962 in Hampton, Virginia, USA as Calista Miranda Carradine. She is an actress, known for The Killing Machine (1994), Mata Hari (2016) and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993).
No Carradine ever has to worry about their future. It is guaranteed by the non-official Hollywood "Nepotist Declaration Act".
77. Rob Reiner
Actor | All in the Family
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.
Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also ...
Overrated director who uses left-wing politics to further attract attention and get awards.
78. Matthew Perry
Actor | Friends
Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to Suzanne Marie (Langford), a Canadian journalist, and John Bennett Perry, an American actor. His ancestry includes English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian.
Perry was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, where he became a top-ranked ...
Matthew has a cute story about how he was a tennis coach (even a semi-talented aspiring tennis pro) in Hollywood before "accidentally" being discovered.
The story doesn't mention his nepotistic connections, so you decide how accurate it is.
79. Oliver Platt
Actor | 2012
Oliver Platt was born in Windsor, Ontario, to American parents, Sheila Maynard, a social worker, and Nicholas Platt, a career diplomat. His parents were both from upper-class families, and his maternal great-grandmother, Cynthia Roche, was the sister of Princess Diana's maternal grandfather, ...
Son of an ambassador.
Embassy DNA = acting DNA.
80. Talia Shire
Actress | Rocky
Talia Shire was born on April 25, 1946 in Lake Success, Long Island, New York, USA as Talia Rose Coppola. She is an actress, known for Rocky (1976), The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974). She was previously married to Jack Schwartzman and David Shire.
It's amazing that Francis Ford Coppola would risk sinking an entire movie by casting his sister. And then later his daughter.
Bland and uninteresting. Easily the worst thing about "Godfather".
81. Sean Penn
Actor | Mystic River
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints.
Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the ...
Please don't tell me what a brilliant actor he is, I can't hear it anymore. Certainly he is better than most on this list, but that's not saying much. He simply has the wrong face for most of the roles he got. Not to mention uncharismatic, especially in his younger days. His brother is much better.
82. Crispin Glover
Actor | Back to the Future
While he's never been a typical leading man, Crispin Glover has distinguished himself as one of the most intriguing personalities in the movie business. His unusual characters and personal projects have inspired a cult-like following that has dubbed him both madman and genius.
The son of actor Bruce...
Actress | Desperate Housewives
Nicollette Sheridan has won a worldwide audience with her past television and film roles. She exploded on the small screen with her Golden Globe-nominated role of "Edie Britt", the blonde bombshell of Wisteria Lane, on ABC's hit show Desperate Housewives (2004). Sheridan was honored in her native ...
84. Amanda Plummer
Actress | Pulp Fiction
The daughter of Canadian actor Christopher Plummer and American actress Tammy Grimes, Amanda Plummer was born in New York City on March 23, 1957. Her breakthrough role came when she starred opposite Robin Williams in The Fisher King (1991). However, Plummer may be best remembered for her work in the...
I rest my case.
85. Noomi Rapace
Actress | Män som hatar kvinnor
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace was born in Hudiksvall, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, the daughter of Swedish actress Nina Norén and Spanish Flamenco singer Rogelio Durán. Her parents did not stay together, and when Rapace was five she moved to Iceland with her mother and stepfather, where she lived for ...
87. Mamie Gummer
Actress | Ricki and the Flash
Mamie Gummer was born on August 3, 1983 in New York City, New York, USA as Mary Willa Gummer. She is an actress, known for Ricki and the Flash (2015), Side Effects (2013) and The Ward (2010). She was previously married to Benjamin Walker.
88. Jake Busey
Actor | The Predator
Jake Busey was born, raised and is living well in show business. The son of photographer Judy Lynn Helkenberg and actor Gary Busey, Jake spent his childhood on film sets, and on the road with his father's various bands. He grew up a complete artist. Spending many years on tour busses and ...
89. Spencer Grammer
Actress | Rick and Morty
Spencer Grammer was born on October 9, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Spencer Karen Grammer. She is an actress, known for Rick and Morty (2013), Ironside (2013) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). She has been married to James Hesketh since February 11, 2011. They have one ...
90. Rashida Jones
Actress | Parks and Recreation
Rashida Jones was born in Los Angeles, the younger daughter of media mogul, producer, and musician Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton. She has an older sister, Kidada Jones, and five half-siblings by her father's other relationships. Her father is African-American, and also has Welsh ancestry. ...
Music DNA becomes acting DNA.
91. Miguel Ferrer
Actor | Traffic
Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Miguel José Ferrer. He was an actor and director, known for Traffic (2000), Crossing Jordan (2001) and RoboCop (1987). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, ...
Not a horrible actor, but so uncharismatic that his range of roles is limited to just one type.
92. Vanessa Paradis
Actress | La fille sur le pont
Vanessa Paradis is a renowned French actress, model and singer born in 1972. She started her career as a model and singer before becoming a movie star. Her song "Joe Le Taxi" brought her success in 15 countries at the age of 14. Later, in 1990, she was awarded a 'César' (French equivalent of Oscar)...
Can't sing, can't act - but did that ever hinder her?
She too has a story how she got "discovered". You be the judge.
93. Erica Leerhsen
Actress | The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Erica Leerhsen was born February 14, 1976 in New York City, New York, where she was raised along with her two sisters, Nora and Debbie. She is the daughter of Barbara and Charles Leerhsen, a longtime editor of celebrity publication US Magazine (which became US Weekly in March 2000). She attended St...
One of the many nepotists who are kids of famous magazine publishers or television tycoons.
I knew she was one, the moment I saw her face. At least 90% of them are instantly recognizable. The aura of non-talent surrounds them like a cloud.
94. Jonny Lee Miller
Actor | Mindhunters
Jonny Lee Miller (sometimes credited with an H) was born on November 15, 1972, in Kingston, England, UK, to actors Anna Lee and Alan Miller, and the grandson of actor Bernard Lee. After appearing in many high school plays at his selective state grammar school, Johnny dropped out at 17, to pursue ...
Ever wondered why he sticks out like a sore thumb in the otherwise great Trainspotting cast?
Well, now you know. Totally without charisma, bland and uninteresting.
96. Max Minghella
Actor | The Social Network
Max Giorgio Choa Minghella is an English-born actor and filmmaker. He was born in Hampstead, London, England, the son of choreographer Carolyn Choa and the late Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella. He is the brother of Hannah Minghella, who has also worked in film.
Minghella is a former member ...
Slightly more charmismatic than Colin Hanks, but that's not saying much.
97. Joaquin Phoenix
Actor | Her
Joaquin Rafael Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York, while his ...
I saw some scenes from that ridiculous Johnny Cash bio, and honestly thought it was a comedy making fun of the country legend.
A horrible actor, prone to overacting, with an overblown reputation only nepotism can give. He does however have a little more charisma than most on this list.
98. Kate Mara
Actress | Fantastic Four
Kate Mara is an American actress. She starred in the Netflix political drama, House of Cards (2013), as "Zoe Barnes" and appeared in the Fox TV series, 24 (2001) as computer analyst "Shari Rothenberg". She appeared in Brokeback Mountain (2005), We Are Marshall (2006), Shooter (2007), Transsiberian ...
100. John Oliver
Writer | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
John Oliver was born on April 23, 1977 in Birmingham, England as John William Oliver. He is a writer and producer, known for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014), The Smurfs (2011) and The Smurfs 2 (2013). He has been married to Kate Norley since October 2011. They have one child.