If you’re on Twitter for any amount of time, you’ve probably crossed paths with tweets talking about generational wealth and wealthy families. But what about generational fame and family fame? Here’s an article to fill that gap. Here are the 10 most popular families in Hollywood.
If you’re not living your life under a rock, you’ve probably seen movies from Warner Brothers. Sure, none of them are alive anymore, but they’re still the first and (arguably) the most famous family in Hollywood. Warner Brothers was a film studio that was started by four Jewish brothers: Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner. As the studio prospered, it got funding from Wall Street and continued to grow through the 1920s until it became the Hollywood behemoth that it is today.
Okay, so, technically, the Osbourne family is English, but Ozzy Osbourne’s world-spanning career as a rock icon has made him famous worldwide. Later, the hit reality TV show, The Osbournes, put the rest of the family on the map. From Ozzy’s wife (who, honestly, should be credited with at least 50% of Ozzy’s fame and 90% of his longevity as a worldwide rock star) to Ozzy’s children — keeping up with the family was a very exciting way to spend an hour or two on MTV. Remember when MTV had shows that were actually interesting? I sure do.
Here’s another group of brothers where everyone is famous too! There’s Alec Baldwin, obviously. He’s been in 30 Rock, in classic movies like Glengarry Glen Ross, and, of course, he’s one of the most frequent guests on Saturday Night Live.
But it’s not all Alec in the Baldwin family! Stephen, William, and Daniel Baldwin are famous in their own right! Stephen Baldwin is an actor, director, producer, and political activists. You might know him from the movie The Usual Suspects or the TV show The Apprentice. William Baldwin basin Backdraft, Northern Rescue, and Fair Game. And, finally, you might know Daniel Baldwin from his roles in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Grey Gardens, and Bare Witness.
Here’s a family that has definitely come far due to some friendly family competition. The Wayan family is full of famous people. There’s Chaunté, Damon, Kim, Marlon, Damon Jr., and Shawn Ryan, all of them famous in their own rights! You might know some (or all) of the Wayans tom their roles in Scary Movie, The Wayans Bros., White Chicks, and Little Man!
With the Sheens we get into generational fame. First, there’s Martin Sheen, who acted in movies like Apocalypse Now and The Way, as well as TV shows like West Wing and Grace and Frankie. Then there’s Charlie Sheen, who is more infamous than famous, but he’s very famous nonetheless. You might know him from the “winning” meme or from his lead role in the hit TV show Two and a Half Men. Emilio Esteves is Martin Sheen’s son, and his most famous role was as the nerd in Breakfast Club.
How could this list possibly not include the Jackson family? I mean, for starters, there’s the Jackson 5! A pop-sensation supergroup that consisted of Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, and of course the world famous Michael Jackson. And then, of course, how can we talk about the Jackson family without mentioning Janet Jackson?!
If there’s a single Hollywood family that’s really constantly in the spotlight in 2019, it’s the Kardashian family. Kim Kardashian and co have made an entire empire out of exposing their life on the hit reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Caitlyn Jenner is an icon in her own right, becoming a world-famous icon for the trans community.
You’d think there’s a limit on talent in a family, but the Hanks family prove that that’s not the case. First of all, there’s obviously Tom Hanks. If you don’t know who Tom Hanks is, what are you doing with your life? Drop everything and go watch these movies: Cast Away, Forrest Gump, Big, The Terminal, and The Green Mile. Then there’s also Colin Hanks, who is Tom Hanks’s son. He’s famous for his roles in Jumanji, Dexter, and Fargo (the TV show). And then there’s Tom Hanks’s wife, Rita Wilson, who has starred in Sleepless in Seattle (where they met), My Big Fat Greek Wedding (a true classic), and Mamma Mia!
Alexander Skarsgard is the lead in The Legend of Tarzan, and has had roles in True Blood, Big Little Lies, and Long Shot. Then there’s Bill Skarsgard, who’s been in It, Hemlock Grove, and Deadpool 2. There’s also Gustaf Skarsgard, who stared in Vikings, Westworld, and Us. But obviously, the patriarch and “main event” of the family is Stellan Skarsgard who is famous for his roles in Thor, Good Will Hunting, and the hit HBO show Chernobyl.
Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith. All of them are famous in their own right, and all of them have become incredibly interesting people in their own right, none of them overshadowed by the fame of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.