Acting generations

a list of actors whose parents have been in the acting business for several generations
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
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...
“ Angelina Jolie is the daughter of academy award winning actor John Voight. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
2.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business. Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey (née Elsie Ann Ford)...
“ Robert Downey Jr. is the son of actor Robert Downey Sr. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
3.
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ Marlon Brando is the son of stage actress Dodie Brando, who was among the members of the Omaha Community Playhouse's first cast. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
4.
“ Christian Brando is a third generation actor. He is the son of multi-award winning hollywood legend Marlon Brando, and actress Anna Kashfi. He is also the grandson of stage actress Dodie Brando.
Christian Brando has appeared in a few minor film roles. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
6.
Michael Douglas
Actor, The Game
An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns...
“ Michael Douglas is the son of Academy award nominee Kirk Douglas. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
7.
Jeff Bridges
Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without billing...
“ Jeff Bridges is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges.
His brother Beau Bridges is also an actor. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
8.
Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges and his wife, who was his college sweetheart, Dorothy Dean Bridges. Born just two days after the attack on Pearl Harbour, he was delivered by candlelight because of a power blackout. Named Lloyd Vernet Bridges III, his parents immediately started calling him Beau after Ashley Wilkes' son in Gone with the Wind...
“ Beau Bridges is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges.
His brother Jeff Bridges is also an actor. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
9.
Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress, Se7en
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...
“ Gwenyth Paltrow is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner ” - Breakingbaddest
 
10.
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...
“ Jennifer Aniston is the daughter of actor John Aniston, best known for his long-running role in "Days Of Our Lives" ” - Breakingbaddest
 
11.
Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965, in New York City. His father, actor Martin Sheen (born Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez), was at the time just breaking into the business, with performances on Broadway. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art student who had met Charlie's father right after he had moved to Manhattan...
“ Charlie Sheen is the son of multi-golden globe nominated actor Martin Sheen. His brother Emilio Estevez is also an actor. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
12.
Emilio Estevez
Emilio Estevez was born on May 12, 1962, in New York City. He is the eldest son of actor Martin Sheen, who at the time was just breaking into the business. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art student who had met Emilio's father right after he had moved to Manhattan...
“ Emilio Estevez is the son of multi-golden globe nominated actor Martin Sheen. His brother Charlie Sheen is also an actor. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
13.
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...
“ Kate Hudson is the daughter of actress Goldie Hawn ” - Breakingbaddest
 
14.
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...
“ Peter Fonda is the son of actor Henry Fonda. His sister Jane Fonda is also an actor. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
15.
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...
“ Jane Fonda is the daughter of actor Henry Fonda. Her brother Peter Fonda is also an actor. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
16.
Bridget Fonda
Actress, Jackie Brown
Bridget Jane Fonda was born in Los Angeles, California, to Susan Brewer and actor Peter Fonda. She is the granddaughter of Henry Fonda and niece of Jane Fonda, both famous actors. Bridget made her film debut at age five as an extra in Easy Rider, but first became interested in acting after appearing in a high school production of "Harvey." At age 18...
“ Bridget Fonda is a third generation actress. She is the daughter of actor Peter Fonda, and the granddaughter of actor Henry Fonda. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
17.
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...
“ Kiefer Sutherland is the son of actor Donald Sutherland ” - Breakingbaddest
 
18.
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)...
“ Drew Barrymore is a fourth generation actor. She is the daughter of actor John Drew Barrymore, and the granddaughter of iconic stage actor John Barrymore. Her Great-grandfather was stage actor Maurice Barrymore. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
19.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress, True Lies
Jamie Lee Curtis served as an honorary chairperson for the Building Resilience for Young Children Dealing with Trauma program held at the Shakespeare Theatre - Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She was an inspiration for the youth that were celebrated. Jessey Love-Wadkins (formerly known...
“ Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of movie icon Tony Curtis. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
20.
Alexander Skarsgård
Actor, True Blood
Sweden may not have a large population but it has gifted the world with bounty of astonishing directors and actors. Greta Garbo, Ingmar Bergman, Max von Sydow and Ingrid Bergman are just the tip of the iceberg of Nordic actors and filmmakers who have enchanted and engaged cinemaphiles across the globe: Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård is poised to join their ranks...
“ Alexander Skarsgard is the son of actor Stellan Skarsgard ” - Breakingbaddest
 
21.
Vanessa Redgrave
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave...
“ Vanessa Redgrave is the daughter of British stage actor Sir Michael Redgrave ” - Breakingbaddest
 
22.
Joely Richardson
Actress, The Patriot
For Joely the theater must be in her genes. Born in Marylebone, London, England, she is the daughter of Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, granddaughter of Sir Michael Redgrave, niece of Lynn Redgrave, and sister of Natasha Richardson, all actors. Former husband Tim Bevan is a producer. However the genes were slow...
“ Joely Richardson is a third generation actress. She is the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave, and the granddaughter of British stage actor Sir Michael Redgrave.
Her sister Natasha Richardson is also an actress. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
23.
Natasha Richardson
Natasha Jane Richardson was born in Marylebone, London, England, to director and producer Tony Richardson and actress Vanessa Redgrave. She was the sister of actress Joely Richardson, the niece of actors Corin Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and the granddaughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson...
“ Natasha Richardson is a third generation actress. She is the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave, and the granddaughter of British stage actor Sir Michael Redgrave.
Her sister Joely Richardson is also an actress. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
24.
John Huston
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ John Huston is the son of actor Walter Huston. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
25.
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...
“ Anjelica Huston is a third generation actor. She is the daughter of actor John Huston, and the granddaughter of actor Walter Huston. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
26.
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...
“ Jaden Smith is the son of celebrated movie star Will Smith ” - Breakingbaddest
 
27.
David Carradine
David Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine, and his wife, Ardanelle Abigail (McCool). He presided over an acting family that included brothers Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine as well as his daughters Calista Carradine and Kansas Carradine, and nieces Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton...
“ David Carradine is the son of actor John Carradine. His Brother Robert Carradine is also an actor. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
28.
“ Robert Carradine is the son of actor John Carradine. His Brother David Carradine is also an actor. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
29.
“ Ever Carradine is a third generation actor. she is the daughter of actor Robert Carradine, and the granddaughter of actor John Carradine. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
30.
John Ritter
Jonathan Southworth Ritter was born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. He was the son of legendary country singer/actor Tex Ritter and his wife, actress Dorothy Fay. The couple married in 1941 and had their first child, Tom Ritter, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. John was destined to follow in his parents footsteps...
“ John Ritter is the son of singing cowboy/matinee-star Tex Ritter ” - Breakingbaddest
 
31.
Zooey Deschanel
Actress, Elf
Zooey Deschanel was born in 1980 into a showbiz family. Her father, Caleb Deschanel, is an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer (perhaps most notably for The Passion of the Christ) and her mother, Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir), is an actress who appeared in Twin Peaks. Her paternal grandfather was French, and her other roots include English, German, Scottish, Irish, and Dutch...
“ Zooey Deschanel is the daughter of "Twin Peaks: Actress Mary Jo Deschanel. Her sister Emily Deschanel is also an actress. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
32.
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)...
“ Emily Deschanel is the daughter of "Twin Peaks" Actress Mary Jo Deschanel. Her sister Zooey Deschanel is also an actress. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
33.
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...
“ Rashida Jones is the daughter of music mogul Quincy Jones. Her mother is "Twin Peaks" actress Peggy Liptn. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
34.
“ Lewis Arquette is the son of actor Cliff Arquette ” - Breakingbaddest
 
35.
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...
“ David Arquette is a third generation actor. He is the son of actor Lewis Arquette, and the grandson of actor Cliff Arquette.
His siblings Patricia Arquette and Rosanna Arquette are also actors. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
36.
Patricia Arquette
Actress, Medium
With her expressive blue eyes, soft, Southern-tinged voice and an acting range that can carry her from hysterically funny to terrifying in seconds, Patricia Arquette is one of the most underrated and talented actresses of her generation. Though she has been working for years, she's always stayed just under the radar of true stardom, despite a 1995 marriage to Nicolas Cage...
“ Patricia Arquette is a third generation actor. She is the daughter of actor Lewis Arquette, and the granddaughter of actor Cliff Arquette.
Her siblings David Arquette and Rosanna Arquette are also actors. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
37.
Rosanna Arquette
Actress, Pulp Fiction
Rosanna Arquette has acted extensively in film and television, and has come to be acknowledged as an actress of rare depth and scope. Arquette was born in New York City, New York. Her parents, Lewis Arquette, an actor, and Brenda Denaut (née Nowak), an acting teacher and therapist, had 4 other children: Richmond Arquette...
“ Rosanna Arquette is a third generation actor. She is the daughter of actor Lewis Arquette, and the granddaughter of actor Cliff Arquette.
Her siblings David Arquette and Patricia Arquette are also actors. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
38.
Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth Montgomery was born into show business. Her parents were screen actor Robert Montgomery and Broadway actress Elizabeth Allen. Elizabeth graduated from the Spence School in New York City and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. After three years intensive training, she made her...
“ Elizabeth Montgomery is the daughter of actor Robert Montgomery. ” - Breakingbaddest
 
39.
Marlo Thomas
Many well-known and highly identifiable actresses have tried and failed to make the arduous crossover from fizzy TV sitcom star to mature, dramatic artist. Usually, it was their hardcore fans who refused to accept them in any other light. Sally Field and Elizabeth Montgomery come to mind first as two actresses who somehow managed to make the none-too-easy adjustment...
“ Marlo Thomas is the daughter of film and television actor Danny Thomas ” - Breakingbaddest