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Celebrities You Never Knew Had Very Famous Parents

Celebrities You Never Knew Had Very Famous Parents April 12, 2017

So what's going on here? Is it genetics or nepotism?

Ben Stiller

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Ben Stiller has been cracking us up for years in hilarious movies like "Little Fockers," "Your Friends and Neighbors" and "Permanent Midnight." So it should come as no surprise that both of his parents were also famous and funny.

Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller

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Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller were a popular comedy team called Stiller and Meara. In the ‘90s, Jerry Stiller became well known to a new generation for playing George’s father on “Seinfeld.”

Scott Caan

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You probably know Scott Caan from “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Hawaii Five-0” and other things with numbers in their titles. Scott Caan’s father is very famous.

James Caan

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James Caan is certainly best known for playing doomed hothead Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather.” He’s also in “Elf”!

Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie. Heard of her?

Jon Voight

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Jolie’s father is famous actor Jon Voight. He's in “Midnight Cowboy,” “Deliverance,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Varsity Blues” and like 100 other things.

Sean Astin

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Hey, it’s Sean Astin! He’s in “The Goonies,” “Rudy” and “The Lord of the Rings.” Everyone likes Sean Astin. But did you know he has a famous dad?

John Astin

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Sean's father John Astin is a character actor probably best known for playing Gomez Addams on the original “The Addams Famly” TV sitcom.

Allison Williams

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Allison Williams is the woman who plays Marnie on “Girls” and the girlfriend in “Get Out.” Do you know who her famous father is?

Brian Williams

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That’s right! It’s disgraced NBC news anchor Brian Williams!

Zosia Mamet

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Zosia Mamet plays Shoshanna on “Girls.” In real life, her dad is one of the greatest playwrights of his generation. Figured it out yet?

David Mamet

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In addition to creating Zosia Mamet, David Mamet also wrote “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Speed-the-Plow,” 1987’s “The Untouchables,” and “Wag the Dog,” to name just a few of his works.

Redfoo

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Do you remember LMFAO? No? Well, they were a popular pop duo many years ago. Redfoo was one half of the duo, and his dad is one of the most influential people in the history of American pop music.

Berry Gordy Jr.

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Redfoo’s real name is Stefan Gordy, and his father is Berry Gordy Jr., the founder of Motown!

Amanda Plummer

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You may recognize Amanda Plummer as Honey Bunny from “Pulp Fiction” or Wiress in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Will you recognize her famous father?

Christopher Plummer

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Christopher Plummer is arguably most familiar for his role as Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,” but he’s been working constantly in TV and film for 60 years. Read his IMDb page if you have a couple of hours to kill.

Chris Pine

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Chris Pine is Captain Kirk to millennials, and he’s very dreamy. But who’s his famous dad?

Robert Pine

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Character actor Robert Pine is remembered for playing the commanding officer to the two main characters on “CHiPs” in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.  

Rashida Jones

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You know the extremely lovable Rashida Jones as cunning, pliable, chestnut-haired sunfish Ann Perkins on “Parks and Recreation,” and for playing the title role on “Angie Tribeca.” It shouldn’t surprise you at all that both her parents are also beautiful, talented and famous.

Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton

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Rashida Jones’ father is living music legend Quincy Jones, and her mom is actress Peggy Lipton from “The Mod Squad” and “Twin Peaks”!

Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Aniston is an actress who was on an NBC sitcom in the ‘90s and has appeared in a few movies since then. Coincidentally, her father is also an actor.

John Aniston

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John Aniston has not only been acting for decades, but he’s played one role for more than 30 years: He’s been Victor Kiriakis on “Days of Our Lives” since 1985.

Abby Elliott

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Of course you know Abby Elliott from her four seasons on “Saturday Night Live.” But guess what. Her father was also on “SNL.” Did you even know that?!

Chris Elliott

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Chris Elliott was on “SNL” in 1995. Before that, he starred in the cult classic show “Get a Life.” But guess whatHis father is also a famous comedian!

Bob Elliott

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Chris Elliott's dad, Bob Elliott, was half of the Bob and Ray comedy duo, along with Ray Goulding. They were popular in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and famous for their deadpan humor.

Eva Amurri

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We first noticed Eva Amurri in the movie “Saved.” Since then she’s been on a bunch of TV shows, like “Californication” and “Undateable.” Her mom is super-duper famous...

Susan Sarandon

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Susan Sarandon has been famous for decades, so we don’t have to explain her to you. Fun fact, though: Amurri and Sarandon played past and present versions of the same character in the Adam Sandler comedy “That’s My Boy.”

Lenny Kravitz

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Lenny Kravitz is a rocking rock-and-roller. He shreds so hard on his guitar. Lenny has two simple questions for you: 1. “Are you gonna go my way?” 2. “Can you guess who my famous mom is?”

Roxie Roker

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Roxie Roker was a TV actress best known for playing Helen Willis on “The Jeffersons.” Her character’s marriage to a white guy was a groundbreaking portrayal of interracial relationships on TV in the ‘70s.

Mariska Hargitay

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Mariska Hargitay has played Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: SVU" since 1999. She's one tough cookie on that show! In real life, Hargitay's mom is a legendary blonde bombshell. Do you know who we mean?

Jayne Mansfield

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Jayne Mansfield was a sex symbol in the '50s and '60s, and one of the first Playboy Playmates. Sadly, she died in a car crash in 1967. She was 34.