Nepotism: Hollywood's Dirty "Secret"

"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.

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 give them good roles.

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. 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.

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David Schwimmer
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 seven other Northwestern graduates, he co-founded Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company.
“ Son of a powerful Hollywood lawyer. ” - fedor8
Anjelica Huston
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 childhood overseas...
“ Dunno what to say. ” - fedor8
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 several years as a result...
“ 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.) ” - fedor8
Jennifer Aniston
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 where her parents divorced when she was nine...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Casey Affleck
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 teacher...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Adrien Brody
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 camera...
“ 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 ” - fedor8
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Sofia Coppola
Writer, Somewhere
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, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was previously married to Spike Jonze.
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Daniel Radcliffe
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, Poland...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Kristen Stewart
Actress, Twilight
Though most famous for her role as Isabella "Bella" Swan in The Twilight 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 Australian...
“ I wouldn't have a problem if nepotists only got cast for horrible movies - as is the case with this woman. ” - fedor8
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 descent...
Rumer Willis
Actress, Hostage
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 but was credited as Willa Glen. Her mother hired cameramen to video tape her birth.
“ I doubt many movie-goers would disagree with me on this one. ” - fedor8
Martha Plimpton
Actress, Raising Hope
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 small part in Rollover, and also made a series of Calvin Klein commercials...
“ Often gets cast in sit-coms and comedies, despite her inexpressive face and almost zero comedic abilities. ” - fedor8
David Arquette
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 Arquette...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Drew Barrymore
Producer, Donnie Darko
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 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 actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (née Ildiko Jaid Mako)...
“ 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 ” - fedor8
Kiefer Sutherland
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 the national NDP party for almost 10...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Olympia Dukakis
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. Since then movie...
“ Cousin of failed Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis (lost to Bush Sr. in 1988).

Guess what year she won an Oscar?


Mere coincidence.

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. ” - fedor8
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 and as "Alex Whitman" in Roswell. 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. ” - fedor8
Mary Stuart Masterson
Mary Stuart Masterson started acting before the age of ten, when she appeared in The Stepford Wives 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 York's Dalton School...
“ They hyped her in the 80s until studio heads finally realized that audiences didn't want her. ” - fedor8
Kate Hudson
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 indie beginner to Vanity Fair cover girl in just three years...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Tori Spelling
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 Randy Spelling...
Paris Hilton
Producer, The Simple Life
Socialite Paris Whitney Hilton was born on February 17, 1981 in New York City, into the Hilton family, and has three younger siblings, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Barron Hilton and Conrad Hilton. She is the daughter of Kathy Hilton (née Kathleen Elizabeth Avanzino) and businessman Rick Hilton, and a great-granddaughter of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton...
“ Still don't believe me that anyone can become an actor provided they have connections? ” - fedor8
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. ” - fedor8
Rooney Mara
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, went on to have a supporting role in the independent coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall, and has since starred in the horror remake A Nightmare on Elm Street...
Courtney Love
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, under the care of her mother and other family members...
“ 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.

ELITISM. ” - fedor8
Geraldine Chaplin
Actress, Chaplin
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 Academy in London...
Sara Gilbert
Producer, The Talk
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 the Hollywood Walk of Fame...
“ Some nepotists are so talent-free, they can only have careers in sit-com-land. ” - fedor8
Christian Slater
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 in 1976 at the age of 7. He went on to star in many Broadway shows in the early-1980s...
Jake Gyllenhaal
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. His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, English and Swiss-German...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Blake Lively
Actress, Gossip Girl
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...
“ Some nepotists get a lot of facial surgery before kick-starting their careers. Check out her before and after pics. ” - fedor8
Miley Cyrus
Actress, Bolt
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 would achieve greatness...
“ No comment necessary. ” - fedor8
Jean-Pierre Léaud
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 fascinates others...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
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 mother is of Scottish and Welsh origin...
“ Appallingly bad actress with average looks. ” - fedor8
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 where he ended up playing a zoo keeper...
“ One of the unfunniest "comedians" on this list. He is the main reason I can't watch those cheesy pirate comedies. ” - fedor8
“ "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. ” - fedor8
Jane Fonda
Actress, 9 to 5
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. ” - fedor8
Illeana Douglas
Actress, Ghost World
Illeana Douglas is an actress, writer, and producer. She studied at "The Neighborhood Playhouse". While working in New York as a stand-up comedian and sketch comedy artist, she got a job "screaming" for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. This led to a long working relationship in the films, New York Stories...
“ Third-generation nepotist, I believe.

There is much in Hollywood that reminds of old European monarchies.

Ts, ts, ts. So elitist. ” - fedor8
Jaden Smith
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 Smith in both The Pursuit of Happyness and in the 2013 science fiction film After Earth...
“ Sting's daughter.

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? ” - fedor8
“ Quite a blatant attempt to cheat the viewers into thinking they're getting quality. ” - fedor8
“ Would anyone disagree about her?

Apart from Sharon, I mean. ” - fedor8
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 as "Loretta King" and starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Armin Mueller-Stahl in New Line Cinema's Theodore Rex as "Dr. Veronica Shade". She portrays "Drusilla" in the television dramas Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel...
“ Such a bad actress, that no amount of nepotism helped her being launched into stardom. ” - fedor8
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, the young actor, actually coming from upper classes...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Mario Van Peebles
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 Ship,"...
Tim Robbins
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? ” - fedor8
Evan Rachel Wood
Actress, The Wrestler
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. ” - fedor8
Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films, Silent House, Liberal Arts, Godzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. For her role in the critically-acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene, she was nominated for numerous awards...
“ If there were a thousand Olsen sisters, they'd all get employed.

That's Hollywood. ” - fedor8
Emily Osment
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 with Dick Van Dyke...
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 and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir)...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Helena Bonham Carter
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 banker...
“ 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?

Hypocrisy. ” - fedor8
Daryl Hannah
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 Hannah...
Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress, Iron Man 3
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 Gwyneth was eleven...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing Studios...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Glenn Close
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. Glenn...
“ One of the reasons why "Fatal Attraction" is such an absurd and awful thriller. ” - fedor8
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 Caspian, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader...
Ethan Hawke
Actor, Gattaca
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 next five years...
“ Not a bad actor but so bland and uninteresting. ” - fedor8
“ Yet another bland offspring of a much better actor.

The "acting DNA" does not exist. ” - fedor8
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 actress...
Cynthia Nixon
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. Her Broadway credits include "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," "Indiscretions,"...
“ Astounding. ” - fedor8
Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ She used to look semi-decent, but her acting is forced and unnatural.

And now she's even directing? ” - fedor8
Cuba Gooding Jr.
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 paternal grandfather was from Barbados...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Nora Ephron
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, co-written...
“ The most horrible commercial-formula scripts Hollywood has ever given us, came from her. ” - fedor8
Nicolas Cage
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 changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Isabella Rossellini
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 Ingrid Bergman and neo-realist master Italian director Roberto Rossellini...
“ I never liked Ingrid, and her daughter is much worse. ” - fedor8
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Minka Kelly
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 junior high school...
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. ” - fedor8
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, Portuguese...
“ No Carradine ever has to worry about their future. It is guaranteed by the non-official Hollywood "Nepotist Declaration Act". ” - fedor8
Rob Reiner
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 starred in...
“ Overrated director who uses left-wing politics to further attract attention and get awards. ” - fedor8
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 junior tennis player in Canada...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Oliver Platt
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, Maurice Roche...
“ Son of an ambassador.

Embassy DNA = acting DNA. ” - fedor8
Talia Shire
Actress, Rocky
“ 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". ” - fedor8
Sean Penn
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 second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Crispin Glover
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 Glover...
Nicollette Sheridan
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. Sheridan was honored in her native England, receiving the 2006 Glamour Women of the Year Award for Best U.S...
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. However, Plummer may be best remembered for her work in the Quentin Tarantino classic Pulp Fiction...
“ I rest my case. ” - fedor8
“ No comment. ” - fedor8
Jake Busey
Jake Busey is an American actor, musician and film producer. He is sometimes credited as "Jacob Busey". He is the son of actor Gary Busey. Busey was born in Los Angeles, and raised in Malibu, California. He spent his childhood on film sets and touring with bands in which his father played. He began...
“ Awful overactor. ” - fedor8
Rashida Jones
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. ” - fedor8
“ Not a horrible actor, but so uncharismatic that his range of roles is limited to just one type. ” - fedor8
Vanessa Paradis
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) for her debut movie Noce blanche...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
Erica Leerhsen
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. ” - fedor8
Max Minghella
Actor, Horns
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 of the National Youth Theatre. He attended Columbia University (2005-2009)...
“ Slightly more charmismatic than Colin Hanks, but that's not saying much. ” - fedor8
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
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 father...
“ 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. ” - fedor8
“ A bland upper-class nepotist. Textbook. ” - fedor8
David McCallum
Actor, NCIS
Since David McCallum's father, David McCallum Sr., was first violinist for the London Philharmonic and his mother, Dorothy Dorman, was a cellist, it's not surprising that David was originally headed for a career in music, playing oboe. He studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Music. He left that, however...
“ I had always wondered how such a dull, uncharismatic, bland actor could make it. Well, his father was the leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and several others.

Music DNA = Acting DNA?

Apparently, if your parents are regular folk your chances of an acting career rapidly sink. The same people whose political rights actors and directors so tirelessly pretend to represent are those they choose to ignore when pushing for their own brood to undeservedly take their places. ” - fedor8
Amanda Aday
Actress, Pledge This!
Amanda Lee Aday (born January 21, 1981) is an American actress. Born in New York City, Aday is best known for her recurring role as Dora Mae Dreifuss on the first season of the 2003-2005 HBO series Carnivàle. Aday is the daughter of actor/musician Meat Loaf and Leslie Aday and sister of singer Pearl Aday...
“ The main reason US comedies have been sucking in recent years is nepotists like Dugan increasingly infiltrating the script/directing departments. If you think they've "only" invaded the acting dept, think again. They're everywhere - and that's why so few people are laughing these days, at least people with a smidgen of taste. ” - fedor8