The most famous father-and-son duos in Hollywood


Hollywood is full of some of the biggest name actors and actresses on the planet. It’s also an industry that can sometimes run in the family, with siblings often acting together, and children following their parents into the glitz and glamor of Tinseltown. In fact, there are some really famous father-and-son duos who have been active in Hollywood over the years.

For these guys, talent, and performing obviously run in the family, and the kids are following in the footsteps of their fathers. Now, these can sometimes be big shoes to fill, especially if your dad is a major star. We are going to take a look at some of the most famous father-and-son duos to have taken the movie industry by storm over the years.

Will and Jaden Smith

It can’t be easy having a dad who is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, but we feel Jaden Smith has coped pretty well. Since making his acting debut alongside his dad in The Pursuit of Happyness, Smith Jnr has had a pretty good career as an actor, model, and rapper. Will, meanwhile, continues to be a huge box office draw and recently starred in DC’s ensemble comic book caper Suicide Squad.

Jerry and Ben Stiller

This is a rare example where the son is probably more famous than the father. Ben Stiller is one of the most beloved and respected comedians in Hollywood, with a career spanning 25 years, and a host of hit movies under his belt. He has actually appeared alongside father Jerry in four movies; Zoolander, The Heartbreak Kid, Hot Pursuit, and Heavyweights. Jerry has also enjoyed a successful career on the small screen, with a nine-year supporting stint on the sitcom The King of Queens.

Kirk and Michael Douglas

Perhaps the most esteemed father-son duo in Hollywood at present, Kirk and Michael are both legends of the big screen. Kirk was well-known for a number of roles in the ‘50s and ‘60s, most notably Spartacus, and has received 3 Academy Award nominations. Michael has also had a successful career, scooping an Oscar for his role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. In fact, Michael’s son Cameron is also a working actor, meaning there are three generations of the same family still working in motion pictures!

Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson is something of a legend, having acted in blockbusters, as well as some indie numbers. His son Domhnall Gleeson is certainly making a name for himself with his role as General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a role he will reprise in The Last Jedi. In fact, both the Gleeson’s appeared in the Harry Potter movie franchise. Brendan portrayed aura Alastair Moody, while Domhnall played the part of Bill Weasley in the last two movies.

These are just some of the classic Hollywood pairings you’ll find in the industry these days. There are a lot of father and son duos who are still active in Hollywood – many have never acted together, but a lot of them have. But we feel like these guys are some of the best acting families in the business, with awards and mainstream success in abundance.