25 Celebrities With Famous Parents

The entertainment industry is surprisingly small and convoluted, with endless family connections among many of our favorite stars.

Is there anything more disappointing than beginning to stan a new actor or musician only to discover they have been given a leg up in the industry by their famous parents

However, with that being said, many go on to prove their talents in their own right, albeit with the help of a few of mom and dad's contacts no doubt. But hey, that's showbiz baby.

Hollywood is full of famous children, from the obvious namesakes like Lily-Rose Depp and Jamie Lee Curtis, to more surprising ones as listed below.

Here are 25 celebrities with famous parents:

Dakota Johnson

The 50 Shades of Grey star, famous for calling Ellen DeGeneres out in her show, is the daughter of two Hollywood heavyweights, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. She is also the granddaughter of Tippi Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

On growing up in a famous family, Dakota told The Edit in 2016: "I understood that my family was famous. I saw the way it felt from the inside, and that put me off ever feeling like I was capable of gawking at someone because they were famous."

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Melanie Griffith, Dakota Johnson and Don Johnson attend the "How To Be Single" New York Premiere at NYU Skirball Center in New York City. Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images

John David Washington

BlacKkKlansman and Tenet star John David Washington is the oldest son of Hollywood icon Denzel Washington.

"I think the best actor in the industry, in the business, is my father," Washington told People last year. "I'm inspired by the kind of career he's had and what he's had to do."

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Actors Denzel Washington and son John David Washington attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on December 05, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross of Girlfriends and Blackish fame is the daughter of the iconic Diana Ross.

"Being my mom's child, of course, duh, that's some big shoes to step into, she's just an international icon and beloved by the world and broke barriers and opened up roads, etc.," she said of her mother to PA.

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Diana Ross (L) and Tracee Ellis Ross attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Emma McIntyre/VF19/WireImage/Getty

Margaret Qualley

Margaret Qualley has a new but blossoming career in Hollywood having starred in HBO's The Leftovers and FX's Fosse/Verdon. She also rose to further prominence in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.

However, some may be surprised to discover she is actually the daughter of the prolific Andie MacDowell known for Groundhog Day and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

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Andie MacDowell and Sarah Margaret Qualley at the Closing Ceremony and the premiere for "Therese Desqueyroux" during the 65th Cannes International Film Festival. Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images

Wyatt Russell

Black Mirror fans will recall Wyatt Russell starred in the "Playtest" episode of the dystopian anthology but he also stars in Amazon Prime's Lodge 49.

He is the son of actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

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Actors Wyatt Russell (L) and Kurt Russell attend the "Everybody Wants Some" after party during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival on March 11, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SXSW

Kate Hudson

Similarly, Kate Hudson is the daughter of Goldie Hawn and her first husband, Bill Hudson.

Speaking to The Edit in 2017, Hudson said that her parents told her she could not rely on them when she chose to go into acting.

"[My parents] said, OK, but we're not going to [financially] support you," the Almost Famous actress said. "They made it clear that we grew up privileged, and that it was theirs, not ours."

Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson
Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson arrive at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Dan MacMedan/Getty Images

Zoe Kravitz

Zoe Kravits of Big Little Lies fame is the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet.

"When your mom and dad are both so cool but you're not, I think maybe that's where I get this idea that I'm really not cool," Kravitz told Rolling Stone in 2017. "That has stuck with me forever."

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Jason Momoa, Lisa Bonet, Lenny Kravitz and Zoe Kravitz at Entertainment Weekly's Party to Celebrate the Best Director Oscar Nominees held at Chateau Marmont on February 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Alexandra Wyman/Getty/WireImage

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay, best known for playing Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is the daughter of Hollywood sex symbol, the late Jayne Mansfield.

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Actress Mariska Hargitay poses with a photo of her mother Jayne Mansfield at the 7th Directors Guild of America Honors at the DGA Theater on October 16, 2008 in New York City. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Lily Allen

English singer Lily Allen is the daughter of actor Keith Allen who has starred in films such as Trainspotting, The Others and Shallow Grave. Lily's brother Alfie is famous for playing Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones.

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Singer Lilly Allen (R) and her father, Keith Allen arrive at the BRIT Awards 2007 in association with MasterCard at Earls Court on February 14, 2007 in London. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Nicholas Cage

Nicholas Cage is actually part of the Hollywood Coppola dynasty. His father, August Coppola, was an author, film executive, and academic and the brother of The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola.

On why he didn't keep his family's famous last name, Cage told 680News in 2011: "Nicolas Coppola was a very scared little boy, and I had to sort of re-invent who I was going to be to make my dreams come true."

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Francis Ford Coppola & Nicolas Cage during SPUN Premiere After-Party at SMIRNOFF ICE TRIPLE BLACK Lounge at the Ivar at Ivar in Hollywood, CA, United States. L. Cohen/Getty/WireImage

Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland of 24 fame is the son of veteran actor, Donald Sutherland.

The two played father and son on screen in the 2015 Western movie, Forsaken.

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Actors Donald Sutherland (L) and Kiefer Sutherland attend the screening of Momentum Pictures' 'Forsaken' at Autry Museum of the American West on February 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images

Gwyneth Paltrow

Oscar-winning actress and Goop entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow is the daughter of prolific actress Blythe Danner.

The Shallow Hal actress posted a sweet birthday tribute to her mother in 2021, writing: "This beautiful creature fills our hearts with so much warmth."

Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner
Actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner attend the Los Angeles special screening of Bleecker Street's "I'll See You In My Dreams" at The London Screening Room on May 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Toby Stephens

Toby Stephens, who has starred in Netflix's Lost In Space and played Mr. Rochester in a beloved 2006 BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre, is the son of the legendary Maggie Smith.

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Toby Stephens arrives to the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix's "Lost In Space" Season 1 held at The Cinerama Dome on April 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Michael Tran/Getty/FilmMagic

Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard has been one of Hollywood's most prolific actresses in recent years, starring in blockbusters like Jurassic World and The Help but she is actually the daughter of legendary director Ron Howard.

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Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Lily Collins

Lily Collins has been making a name on Netflix in recent years starring both in Emily in Paris and Mank. She is the daughter of iconic rock musician Phil Collins.

She once wrote her famous dad a letter about forgiving him for not being there for her.

"I forgive you for not always being there when I needed and for not being the dad I expected," she wrote in the letter that was published by the Daily Mail.

Lily Collins and musician Phil Collins
Actress Lily Collins and musician Phil Collins attend The Blind Side premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on November 17, 2009 in New York City. Jim Spellman/Getty/WireImage

Riley Keough

Riley Keough of Mad Max: Fury Road fame comes from music royalty being the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley. Her grandparents are Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley and Michael Jackson was her stepfather.

"People always ask, 'How crazy is it that your grandpa was Elvis and your stepdad was Michael Jackson?' I make them happy and say, 'Yeah, it's soooo crazy!'" Keough revealed to Esquire. "But actually, I don't think about it, ever...But I always wanted my own money."

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Riley Keough (L) and Lisa Marie Presley attend ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Laura Dern

A beloved Hollywood legend in her own right, the Academy-award winning Marriage Story actress is the daughter of Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd.

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Actress Laura Dern attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones, beloved for her role in Parks and Recreation among many other titles is the daughter of the legendary Quincy Jones.

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Rashida Jones and Quincy Jones attend Common's 5th Annual Toast to the Arts at Ysabel on February 22, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Freedom Road Productions

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is the daughter of Jon Voight, known for his roles in Midnight Cowboy and Anaconda.

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Angelina Jolie (L) and actor Jon Voight arrives at the "In the Land of Blood and Honey" premiere held at ArcLight Cinemas on December 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California. Lester Cohen/Getty/WireImage

Kaia Gerber

Currently one of the fashion industry's most sought-after models, Kaia Gerber has followed in the footsteps of her supermodel mom, Cindy Crawford.

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Kaia Gerber and Cindy Crawford attend the Women's Guild Cedars-Sinai Annual Luncheon at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Maya Rudolph

The comedy legend of SNL fame is the daughter of the late Minnie Ripperton, famous for the iconic 1975 single "Lovin' You."

On losing her mother at a young age, Rudolph told E!: "For many, many years, I couldn't even touch this conversation. Like my mom was always—it was such a painful—I don't remember if I ever did proper grieving."

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Minnie Riperton - "Lovin' You" (1975) The song: It feels reductive to label groundbreaking musician Riperton as a one-hit wonder, but “Lovin' You” was her only song to crack the top 50. The swooning song shows off Riperton’s whistle register, backed on the keyboard by Stevie Wonder. What happened next: Riperton tragically died of cancer in 1979 at age 31. Her daughter, for whom “Lovin' You” was written, is the successful actor and comedian Maya Rudolph. Epic

Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson's blossoming Hollywood career includes roles in films like Ex Machina, About Time, Brooklyn and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He is the son of acclaimed actor, Brendan Gleeson.

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Actors Brendan Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson attend the 'Brooklyn' premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival held at Winter Garden Theatre on September 13, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. Tommaso Boddi/Getty/WireImage

Jack Quaid

Jack Quaid, who has recently risen to prominence playing the protagonist on Amazon Prime's The Boys is the son of 90s icons Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan.

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Jack Quaid attends the Amazon Prime Video Post Emmy Awards Party 2019 on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic/Getty

Billie Lourd

Billie Lourd—who has starred on multiple Ryan Murphy TV shows like Scream Queens and American Horror Story—is the only child of the late Carrie Fisher.

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Actors Carrie Fisher (L) and Billie Lourd attend the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Eve Hewson

Irish actress Even Hewson from The Luminaries and The Knick is the daughter of musician Paul David Hewson, or as he more famously goes by, Bono, the frontman of rock band U2.

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Actress Eve Hewson (L) and father recording artist Bono attend the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. David Livingston/Getty Images

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