Being born into a famous family doesn’t guarantee you anything, but it sure gives you better chances of becoming famous yourself. In Hollywood it’s all about who you know, date, befriend, and who is your family. You may not know it, but most of the famous people you see today are relatives of other celebrities and stars. It’s just easier for them to become successful! That being said, having a good background is clearly not enough to become a superstar. These people have worked hard to build their careers, there’s no denying the fact. Here are 11 celeb children who grew up to be more famous than their parents.
Chris Pine (Robert Pine)
Robert Pine was a big star back in the days of Magnum P. I., Lost in Space, and Knight Rider, but the modern generation knows more about his son, Chris Pine, who has become a real icon over the last few years. This happened mainly after he took the role of Captain Kirk in the Star Trek franchise, but he’s also known for his roles in Wonder Woman, Hell or High Water, and more.
Benedict Cumberbatch (Wanda Ventham, Timothy Carlton)
Benedict Cumberbatch was born into a family of actors, so no wonder he followed in his parents’ footsteps! His dad appeared in The Scarlet Pimpernel and Keeping Up Appearances, while his mother starred in a number of TV shows. Nevertheless, it was their son who got to build a truly breathtaking acting career, depicting a plethora of characters from Sherlock Holmes, to Alan Turing, and Smaug the Dragon from The Hobbit trilogy.
Zoë Kravitz (Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Bonet)
Lisa Bonet is undoubtedly quite a big star herself, but her daughter, Zoe Kravitz, has recently outshone both of her parents. She starred in blockbusters like X-Men: First Class and the Divergent series, as well as Mad Max: Fury Road, and her recent role in Pretty Little Liars has brought her immense recognition.
Kim Kardashian (Kris Jenner)
No one really knew about Kris Jenner until Kim Kardashian started building her very own socialite career. Whether we like it or not, Kim Kardashian has made a name for herself and is a power to be reckoned with when it comes to modern-day influencers and celeb icons.
Kiefer Sutherland (Donald Sutherland)
Okay, Donald Sutherland is pretty famous, there’s no denying the fact (the Hunger Games franchise, anyone?), yet when we talk about mainstream success, his son Kiefer is far ahead of his dad. There’s hardly any TV show enthusiast on this planet who doesn’t know the name ‘Jack Bauer’ from the show 24, and that says something. He also got numerous awards for this role.
Tori Spelling (Aaron Spelling)
Tori Spelling became truly big in a blink of an eye when she landed the role of Donna in Beverly Hills 90210 (which was directed by her father, by the way). She managed to stay relevant throughout the years, riding on the show’s success and landing a few roles here and there. Her father is known for producing famous shows like Charmed, Beverly Hills 90210, Dynasty, 7th Heaven, and more. So it’s hard to say who’s more famous here as their work lies in different spheres of showbiz.
Ben Stiller (Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara)
Ben Stiller’s dad is quite a star himself! He’s a real comedic legend and even performs as a duo with his wife, Anne Meara. He’s had quite a few movie roles himself, yet his son, Ben Stiller, has gone much further in terms of fame and success. He’s one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, acting in a whole variety of movies, including the popular Night at the Museum series.
Carrie Fisher (Debbie Reynolds)
Debbie Reynolds will forever remain an acting icon after her performance in Singin’ in the Rain, but in terms of movie fame her daughter, Carrie Fisher, has become a much more prominent actress. Her legacy as Princess Leia from Star Wars has become truly legendary!
Jennifer Aniston (John Aniston)
There’s hardly a person in this world who doesn’t know the name of Jennifer Aniston or won’t recognize her face when they see her. Friends, the show she starred in, is still one of the most loved and popular TV shows of all time. It will probably remain so for decades to come! John Aniston starred in the show Days of our Lives, but that’s his most prominent role as of today.
Angelina Jolie (Jon Voight)
Jon Voight has been a huge star back in the day and even brought home an Oscar for his role in Coming Home. He’s starred in dozens of movies, but when it comes to fame and popularity – Angelina Jolie is definitely ahead of her father. Everyone knows her! Not only for her roles in movies but also for the work she’s doing outside of her filming career. Needless to say, she’s one of the most famous people on Earth.
Miley Cyrus (Billy Ray Cyrus)
Billy Ray Cyrus has had a bit of a comeback to the big stage with the revival of the country genre thanks to the hit song “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X that mixed country and hip-hop in a fresh and fun way. Still, his daughter Miley Cyrus has been making headlines for the last decade with everything from her acting Disney career to her controversial hip-hop performances, photoshoots, and public appearances. She’s a real superstar!