Monday, December 26, 2011

100 Notable Real Life Film Families

Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Jason Schwartzman & Nicholas Cage


This is a list of families where more than one member has done significant work in film. I've included only the members of the clan famous for their movie work; sometimes there are other relatives who have also worked in lesser-known films, or who are famous for other reasons.

I've already done a separate list for brothers who are both directors and I’ll soon be doing another list for married couples. This one concentrates on other siblings, and cross-generational movie fame within a family.


1.   Affleck: Ben And Casey, brothers
2.   Andrews: The Andrews Sisters, LaVerne, Maxene and Patty
3.   Argento: Dario, father of Asia
4.   Arquette: Rosanna, Patricia and David, siblings
5.   Baldwin: Alec, Stephen and William, brothers
6.   Barrymore: John, Lionel and Ethel, siblings, and John’s grand-daughter, Drew
7.   Begley: Ed Begley, father of Ed Begley Jr
8.   Belushi: John And Jim, brothers
9.   Bergman: Ingmar, father of Daniel, also a director
10. Blier: Bernard, actor-father of the French director, Bertrand
11. Bottoms: Timothy And Sam, brothers
12. Bowie/Jones: David Bowie, father of Duncan Jones
13. Bridges: Lloyd, father of Jeff and Beau
14. Brolin: James, father of Josh (Josh's step-mum is Barbara Streisand)
15. Busey: Gary, father of Jake
16. Cagney: Jeanne (actress) and James, siblings
17. Carey: Harry Carey, father of Harry Carey Jr
18. Carradine: John, father of Keith And David
19. Bonham Carter/Asquith: Helena Bonham Carter, great-niece Of Anthony Asquith
20. Cassavetes: John, father of Nick
21. Clooney/Ferrer: George Clooney, nephew of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney (singer/star Of White Christmas)
22. Connery/Cilento: Jason Connery, son of Sean Connery And Diane Cilento
23. Coppola/Cage/Shire/Schwartzman: Francis Ford Coppola is a) father of Sofia b) son of Carmine, film composer and c) brother of Talia Shire, who is the mother of Jason Schwartzman. Nicholas Cage is a nephew of both Francis Ford Coppola and Talia Shire.
24. Culkin: Macauley, Kieran and Rory, brothers
25. Curtis/Leigh: Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis
26. Cusack: John And Joan, siblings
27. Cusack: Cyril, father of Sinead
28. Day Lewis/Balcon: Daniel Day Lewis, grandson of Michael Balcon
29. Delphy: Julie’s father Albert is a well-know actor in France who’s been in dozens of films since the 1970’s
30. De Havilland/Fontaine: Olivia De Havilland and Joan Fontaine (real name Joan De Havilland), sisters
31. Deneuve/Dorleac: Catherine Deneuve and Francois Dorleac, sisters
32. Dern/Ladd: Laura, daughter of Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd
33. Deschanel: Zooey and Emily, daughters of Caleb, cinematographer
34. Douglas: Kirk, father of Michael
35. Downey: Robert Downey, father of Robert Downey Jr
36. Fairbanks: Douglas Fairbanks, father of Douglas Fairbanks Jr
37. Fanning: Dakota and Elle, sisters
38. Farrow/O’Sullivan: Mia Farrow, daughter of John Farrow and Maureen O’Sullivan
39. Fiennes: Ralph, Joseph and Martha, siblings
40. Fisher/Reynolds: Carrie Fisher, daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
41. Fitzgerald/Lindsay-Hogg: Geraldine Fitzgerald, mother of Michael Lindsay-Hogg (Lindsay-Hogg is also the biological son of Orson Welles: see Wikipedia for further details.)
42. Fonda: Henry, father of Jane and Peter, and grand-father to Peter’s daughter Bridget
43. Fox: James and Edward, brothers
44. Gainsbourg: Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of Serge
45. Gish: Dorothy And Lillian, Sisters
46. Griffith/Hedren: Tippi Hedren, mother of Melanie Griffith
47. Gyllenhaal: Maggie and Jake, siblings
48. Hanks: Colin, son of Tom
49. Hannah/Wexler: Daryl Hannah, step-niece of Haskell Wexler
50. Hayworth/Rogers: Ginger Rogers and Rita Hayworth, cousins
51. Hudson/Hawn: Goldie Hawn, mother of Kate Hudson
52. Huston: Walter, father of John, who was father of Anjelica And Danny (by different mothers)
53. Jason Leigh/Morrow: Jennifer Jason Leigh, daughter of Vic Morrow
54. Kiarostami: Abbas, father of Bahman, also a director
55. Kinski: Klaus, father of Nastassja
56. Ladd: Alan, father of Alan Ladd Jr (executive and producer)
57. Lee: Bill Lee, father of Spike, composer for many of his movies
58. Lee: Bruce, father of Brandon
59. Lynch: David, father of Jennifer, also a director
60. Macdonald/Pressburger: Kevin Macdonald, grandson of Emeric Pressburger
61. Maclaine/Beatty: Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beauty, siblings
62. Mankiewicz: Hermann (writer of Citizen Kane) and Joseph, Writer-Director, brothers
63. Marx: The Marx Brothers, Groucho,  Chico, Harpo and Zeppo
64. McLaglen: Andrew V, director son of Victor
65. Mills: John, father of Hayley
66. Minnelli: Liza, daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli
67. Newman: Alfred and his son Thomas, and Alfred’s nephew, Randy, all well-known film composers
68. Olsen: the Olsen Twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, plus Elizabeth 
69. O'Neal: Ryan, father of Tatum
70. Ophuls: Max, father of Marcel
71. Paltrow/Danner: Gwyneth Paltrow, daughter of Blythe Danner
72. Patric/Gleason: Jason Patric, grandson of Jackie Gleason
73. Penn: Sean And Chris, brothers
74. Phoenix: River and Joaquin, brothers  
75. Quaid: Dennis and Randy, brothers
76. Redgrave/Richardson: Michael was father of Vanessa and Lynn. Vanessa married director Tony Richardson and they had two actress daughters, Natasha and Joely Richardson
77. Reed: Oliver, nephew of director Carol
78. Reiner: Rob, son of Carl 
79. Renoir: famous French director Jean had an actor brother Pierre, whose son Claude was a noted cinematographer
80. Roberts: Eric and Julia, siblings
81. Rossellini: Isabella Rosselini, daughter of Ingrid Bergman And Roberto Rossellini. (Also Renzo Rossellini scored many of his brother Roberto’s films)
82. Schell: Maximilian and Maria, siblings
83. Scott: Campbell, son of George C.
84. Shaffer: Anthony (Sleuth) And Peter (Amadeus)- Screenwriter twin brothers
85. Shaw: The famous Shaw Brothers Studio of Honk Kong was started by 6 brothers, most famous of whom was Sir Run Run Shaw.
86. Sheen/Estevez: Martin Sheen, father of Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen
87. Sinatra: Frank, father of Nancy (who acted in a few movies)
88. Smith: Will, father of Jaden
89. Sorvino: Mira, daughter of Paul
90. Stiller: Ben, son of Jerry
91. Surtees: Bruce, son of Robert (both cinematographers with major filmographies)
92. Sutherland: Donald, father of Keifer
93. Van Peebles:  Melvin, father of Mario
94. Voight/Jolie: Jon Voight, father of Angelie Jolie
95. Wahlberg: Donnie and Mark, brothers
96. Warner :  The Warner Brothers, Jack, Harry, Albert and Sam
97. Wayans: Damon, Marlon and Keenan Ivory, brothers
98. Weinstein: Harvey And Bob, brothers
99. Wilson: Luke And Owen, brothers
100. Zanuck: Richard D., Son of Darryl F.




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