Famous Hollywood Stars You Didn’t Know Were Related

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Karee Blunt

Hollywood is a vast tapestry of talent, and sometimes that talent runs in the family, though not always in the limelight. From Oscar winners to cult classics, the film industry has seen its fair share of familial duos and trios. These Hollywood relationships just might surprise you!

1. Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight

Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight
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Angelina Jolie, known for her roles in “Maleficent” and “Tomb Raider,” is the daughter of Jon Voight, an Oscar-winning actor famous for his roles in “Midnight Cowboy” and “Coming Home.” Despite their shared talent, their relationship has been fraught with public estrangement and reconciliation.

Fun Fact: Angelina Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father Jon Voight in “Lookin’ to Get Out” (1982).

2. Julia and Eric Roberts

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Julia Roberts, the “Pretty Woman” star, is the sister of Eric Roberts, known for his roles in “The Dark Knight” and “Runaway Train.” Their familial ties extend to the next generation, as their niece Emma Roberts has also made a name for herself in Hollywood.

Fun Fact: Julia Roberts was so taken with her brother’s performance in “Runaway Train” that she decided to pursue acting herself.

3. Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Both Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal are well-known actors. Jake is known for his roles in “Brokeback Mountain” and “Nightcrawler,” while Maggie is famous for her roles in “The Dark Knight” and “Secretary.” The siblings have even shared the screen in the cult classic “Donnie Darko.”

Fun Fact: Jake and Maggie are the first siblings to be nominated for Academy Awards in the 21st century.

4. Chris and Liam Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth, known for playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the older brother of Liam Hemsworth, who starred in “The Hunger Games” series. Both brothers hail from Australia and have made their mark in Hollywood with their impressive acting chops and undeniable charm.

Fun Fact: Chris and Liam have another brother, Luke Hemsworth, who is also an actor and stars in the series “Westworld.”

5. Elle and Dakota Fanning

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Both Elle and Dakota Fanning started their acting careers at a young age. Dakota is known for her roles in “I Am Sam” and “War of the Worlds,” while Elle starred in “Maleficent” and “Super 8.” Despite their shared profession, they’ve only acted together once, in the film “I Am Sam.”

Fun Fact: Dakota was the youngest person ever nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award at the age of eight.

6. Luke and Owen Wilson

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Luke and Owen Wilson, both successful actors, have starred in numerous films. Owen is known for “Wedding Crashers” and “Zoolander,” while Luke starred in “Old School” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.” The brothers often collaborate with director Wes Anderson.

Fun Fact: Luke and Owen Wilson’s brother Andrew is also an actor and has made cameo appearances in several of their films.

7. Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty

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Shirley MacLaine, known for “Terms of Endearment” and “The Apartment,” is the older sister of Warren Beatty, who starred in “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Reds.” Both siblings have received numerous accolades for their work, including Academy Awards.

Fun Fact: Warren Beatty was named after his maternal grandmother, whose maiden name was Beatrice.

8. John and Joan Cusack

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John Cusack, known for “High Fidelity” and “Say Anything,” is the brother of Joan Cusack, who starred in “Working Girl” and “In & Out.” The siblings have appeared in ten films together, including “Sixteen Candles” and “Grosse Pointe Blank.”

Fun Fact: Joan and John Cusack are the only brother-sister duo to both be nominated for Academy Awards.

9. Emily and Zooey Deschanel

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Emily Deschanel, known for her role in the TV series “Bones,” is the older sister of Zooey Deschanel, who starred in “New Girl” and “500 Days of Summer.” Both sisters have made their mark on television with their unique acting styles and memorable roles.

Fun Fact: Emily made a guest appearance on Zooey’s show “New Girl” as a quirky cousin of her character, Jess.

10. Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez

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Charlie Sheen, known for “Two and a Half Men” and “Wall Street,” is the younger brother of Emilio Estevez, who starred in “The Breakfast Club” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.” Despite their shared profession, Estevez chose to use their father’s real surname while Sheen adopted their father’s stage name.

Fun Fact: Their father is actor Martin Sheen, whose real name is Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez.

11. Kate and Rooney Mara

Kate Mara and Rooney Mara
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Kate Mara, known for “House of Cards” and “Fantastic Four,” is the older sister of Rooney Mara, who starred in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Carol.” Both sisters have carved out successful careers in both film and television.

Fun Fact: The Mara sisters come from a prominent football family. Their paternal grandfather founded the New York Giants, and their maternal grandfather founded the Pittsburgh Steelers.

12. Ben and Casey Affleck

Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck
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Ben Affleck, known for “Argo” and “Good Will Hunting,” is the older brother of Casey Affleck, who starred in “Manchester by the Sea” and “Gone Baby Gone.” Both brothers have received Academy Awards for their work in film.

Fun Fact: Ben and Casey wrote their first screenplay for the film “Good Will Hunting” with their friend Matt Damon.

13. Rashida and Kidada Jones

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Rashida Jones, known for “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office,” is the younger sister of Kidada Jones, who is an actress and fashion designer. Both sisters have made their mark in the entertainment industry in their unique ways.

Fun Fact: Their father is music mogul Quincy Jones, and their mother is actress Peggy Lipton, known for her role in “The Mod Squad.”

14. Jaden and Willow Smith

Jaden Smith, known for “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “The Karate Kid,” is the older brother of Willow Smith, who is an actress and singer. Both siblings have followed in the footsteps of their famous parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Fun Fact: Jaden and Willow both appeared with their father in their film debuts: Jaden in “The Pursuit of Happyness” and Willow in “I Am Legend.”

15. Mary-Kate, Ashley, and Elizabeth Olsen

Mary-Kate Ashley and Elizabeth Olsen
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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, known for “Full House” and their numerous direct-to-video movies, are the older sisters of Elizabeth Olsen, who starred in “WandaVision” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” While the Olsen twins have since retired from acting to focus on fashion, Elizabeth continues to make a name for herself in Hollywood.

Fun Fact: Elizabeth almost quit acting after her sisters’ fame made her question if she could be a successful actress without constant media scrutiny.

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