While some children inherit family heirlooms, these celebrity children have definitely won the genetic lottery of life. They were all born into a famous family acting and musical dynasties, and many of them have clearly inherited their parents’ famous genes.
Although you might think life would be smooth sailing if you have celebrity parents, having connections and a substantial trust-fund certainly does give you a head-start in life. Some celebrity kids have used their status as a fast-track to becoming a celebrity themselves. So we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite celebrities and their children at the same age, many of whom decided to follow in their parents’ talented footsteps.
Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas at age 30
It’s fair to say that Michael Douglas was destined to be a star. With talented acting parents like Diana Dill and Kirk Douglas, it’s understandable that he inherited the star gene and so much talent. He has gone on to established a blockbusting career which has spanned over 50 years.
Michael has many hit movie credits to his name and has received numerous awards and accolades for his work. There’s no doubt that he has established himself as a respected Hollywood A-lister and followed a similar path to his famous father.
Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson at age 25
Kate Hudson clearly received her talent and charisma from her famous mother Goldie Hawn. Her mother shot to fame in the 1960s, but later cemented her status as a star with numerous movies and TV shows to her name, like Overboard.
Kate Hudson is the image of her mother and followed in her acting footsteps too. She landed her breakthrough role in the movie “How to Lose a Guy in 10 days“, before becoming a Hollywood A-list actress herself. Both Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson are continuing to act and Hudson’s is set to star in movies such as “Music” and “Blood Moon“.
Minnie Ripperton and Maya Rudolph at age 29
Maya Rudolph was another celebrity child who was born with star potential. Her mother is Minnie Riperton, who made a name for herself as one of soul music’s most talented singers. Her voice was unique and she is best known for her iconic 1975 hit single Loving You.
Just like her famous mother, Maya used her talents to follow a similar path and started out as a singer in the 1990s. She also established herself as an actress and comedian and fast became one of the most popular names in the industry. Sadly Maya her famous mother passed away aged 31 from cancer. Still, Maya continues her legacy and continues to act and sing today.
Clint Eastwood and Scott Eastwood at age 30
Clint Eastwood is a classic Hollywood icon that jumped to fame as a legendary western movie star. So when his son Scott Eastwood was born, it’s fair to say his father’s reputation preceded him. Thankfully, it seems that Scott lucked out when it came to genetic inheritance and was born a star.
Scott Eastwood turned his talents to acting, just like his father and has forged a successful career for himself. He has landed some starring roles in some of the biggest Hollywood movies, including “Suicide Squad“, “Mercury Plains“, “The Forger“, and “Texas Chainsaw“.
Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow at age 30
Blythe Danner forged a successful career for herself as a Broadway and Hollywood actress and has received numerous accolades for her work, including a Tony Award. She also gave birth to one of the most famous actresses on the planet. Blythe’s daughter is none other than the talented Gwyneth Paltrow, and it’s fair to say they’re like two peas in a pod.
While Gwyneth inherited her mother’s features, she also received her talent. So it’s understandable that she followed in her mother’s starry footsteps and became a Hollywood A-lister in her own right. Blythe also passed on her fashion taste to Gwyneth and they are both regularly spotted in matching outfits. We’re sure they have the most adorable relationship too.
Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer at age 31
Evidently, Mamie Gummer grew up in the spotlight, especially since her parents were legendary stars like Meryl Streep and Don Gummer. It seems she also inherited her mother Meryl’s unique acting talents and made the decision to embark on her own career in the movie industry.
Mamie might still be starting out in the industry and still has a long way to go to establish herself as a Hollywood icon like her mother. Still, she is definitely destined to go places and already has numerous acting credits under her belt. You can spot her in her latest TV Show “True Detective” and the upcoming movie “Separation“, which will be released in 2019.
Jerry Stiller and Ben Stiller at age 39
Clearly, we don’t need a DNA test to recognize that Ben Stiller inherited his charm and acting talents from both his parents. His father is Jerry Stiller and his mother Anne Meara, who are both stars in their own right. Ben has gone on to establish himself as one of the biggest comedic actors in Hollywood.
Most of you know Jerry as George Costanza’s father on ‘Seinfeld.’ Fans were thrilled that Ben and his father Jerry pooled their talents to work together on a few hit movies, including “Zoolander“, “The Heartbreak Kid“, and “Heavyweights“. In addition to acting, Ben has also made a name for himself as a popular comedian and has even dabbled in producing. His latest producing project is Friendsgiving which should be released soon.
Peggy Lipton and Rashida Jones at age 30
Peggy Lipton first jumped into the limelight as a successful model, before switching her career to acting. When she had her daughter Rashida, it’s clear to see that she is the dead ringer of her famous mother and inherited her talent and star quality.
Unsurprisingly, her daughter Rashida fine-tuned her own acting talents and has established a name for herself in the acting industry, just like her mother. One of her latest projects is Spies in Disguise and Duncanville, set to be released in 2019. Rashida Jones has also recently had a child with Ezra Koenig, so we can only hope she passed on her talents to the next generation.
Stellan Skarsgard and Alexander Skarsgard at age 35
Stellan Skarsgård is a familiar face on the Hollywood scene and has appeared in many blockbusters. Some of the most memorable ones include movies like “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo“, “Good Will Hunting“, and “Angels and Demons“. He also seems to have passed on his penchant for acting to his son Alexander Skarsgård.
Alexander decided to venture into the world of acting too and has forged a fruitful career of his own too. He has landed roles in a few popular TV series, including “Little Big Little Lies” and “True Blood“. The family acting dynasty doesn’t end there either, as his two brothers are also successful actors.
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at age 23
While Debbie Reynolds was one of the most popular actresses of the 1950s, her daughter went onto become one of the most well-loved actresses in Hollywood too. Carrie broke out into the limelight after her breakthrough role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films franchise.
Carrie continued to carve a star-studded career for herself and received numerous accolades for her work. Some of her most memorable movies include “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Wedding Singer“, and she continued to charm the world with her acting and comedic talents until recently. Sadly Carrie passed away in 2016, and one day later her mother Debbie passed away, but they both left an unforgettable legacy.
Victor French and Tracy French at age 56
Victor French is a successful director and actor and is fondly remembered for playing the part of Isaiah Edwards on the iconic show on Little House on the Prairie. He also made a name for himself on numerous TV shows like “Carter Country” and “Highway to Heaven“. Victor went on to have three children, including a son Victor Jr. and twin daughters Kelly and Tracy.
Although Victor sadly passed away from lung cancer in 1989, he is still affectionately remembered. He also passed on his talents to his daughter Tracy French, who has become a successful actress and producer. Her recent projects include “Highway to Heaven” and “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway“?
Kim Basinger and Ireland Baldwin in their 20s
When Kim Basinger was once happily married to Alec Baldwin, they welcomed a daughter into the world, Ireland Baldwin. Although the couple has since divorced, evidently Ireland had a great start in life and has inherited her mother’s appearance and her father’s acting talents.
Ireland is now in the 20s and has embarked on her own career into the world of acting and modeling. She is now thriving in both fields and is set to work alongside Selma Blair in the role of Madeleine in the much-anticipated movie, “The Great Illusion“.
Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis at age 20
In 1947, Janet Leigh made her movie debut on the set of “The Romance of Rosy Ridge“. From there, her Hollywood career went from strength to strength, and she continued to become one of the most successful actresses until she passed away in 2004. While she left a strong legacy, she also gave birth to one of the most successful actresses in the world, Jamie Lee Curtis.
Jamie Lee Curtis is one of the most familiar faces on the Hollywood scene, and she resembles her famous mother. Jamie has many box office credits to her name, but some of her most memorable ones include horror films, like “Halloween“, and prime time TV shows like “NCIS“. Jamie is now in her 60s and continuing to work. Her latest movies include “Senior Entourage” and “Psychosis“.
Damon Wayans and Damon Wayans JR. at age 30
Damon Wayans Jr. was born into a showbiz family of entertainers. His father is Damon Wayans, who became a famous comedian, actor, writer and producer. He starred in shows like “The Last Boy Scout“, “My Wife and Kids” and the TV version of “Lethal Weapon“. When Damon’s oldest son was born, he clearly inherited both his father’s name, features and talented genes.
Unsurprisingly, Damon Wayans JR. followed in his famous father’s footsteps and has also become a successful comedian, actor, and writer in his own right. He is best known for starring in the ABC sitcom “Happy Endings” as Brad Williams and for comedic movies like “Let’s Be Cops“.
Nancy Kerrigan and Matthew Eric Solomon at age 20
Nancy Kerrigan started her career as a professional figure skater. Although she enjoyed a successful run and achieved a great deal, sadly her career was cut short after she suffered an attack in 1994. Still, she wasn’t deterred and it inspired her to embark on a new career an actress.
Nancy found success in her new profession and appearing in several hit TV shows. When her son Matthew Eric Solomon was born, he clearly inherited her creative talents. Although he didn’t become an actor, he prefers to work behind the camera set and has become a successful costume designer.
Kate Moss and Lila Grace at age 16
Kate Moss quickly became one of the most successful supermodels in the world from a young age. At one point, her face was on every billboard and she was the face of almost all the top brands. While she had some trouble adjusting to fame and had some issues in the past, this seems to be under control now.
It’s clear to see that her daughter Lila Grace Moss inherited her mother’s model style and definitely has star potential. She has already been carving her own name in the world of modeling and is on the path to supermodel stardom, and has already appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue.
Anthony Hopkins and Abigail Hopkins at age 48
Anthony Hopkins is a legendary Hollywood actor that is well respected in the industry and has won international acclaim for his roles in movies like “Silence of the Lambs“. While there is much written about this iconic star, he also has a daughter, Abigail Hopkins who became a successful actress and composer too.
Abigail went on to star in numerous TV documentaries and movies, including featuring alongside her famous father in 1993’s “Remains of the Day” and “Shadowlands“. She has also become an accomplished composer, releasing three albums. While the relationship has been a bit rocky over the years with her father, she clearly inherited his talents, so we hope they work it out their issues soon.
Tom Hanks and Colin Hanks at age 25
Tom Hanks may just be one of the most loveable and endearing actors in Hollywood. Hanks has wowed audiences with his incredible on-screen performances in classic movies like “Forest Gump” and “Apollo 13” and worked as an executive producer on movies like “Catch me if you can“.
He also remains hugely modest in interviews, so it’s almost impossible to fault him. He also passed on his talented acting skills and modest genes to his eldest son Colin Hanks. Colin has already become a successful director and producer and starred in movies like “The House Bunny” and “Orange County“. Only time will tell if he can reach the same iconic status as his father.
Phil Collins and Lily Collins at age 23
Phil Collins shot to fame as a mega-popular musician and member of the band Genesis. He then embarked on a solo rock career and is still considered as one of the most influential British artists on the scene. Phil also became the proud father of his daughter Lily Collins, who is also becoming successful in her own field.
Lily Collins clearly inherited talents and charm from her famous father Phil and mother Jill Tavelman. She has fine-tuned her creative talents and ventured into the world of acting, and writing. Lily has already achieved so much and landed leading roles in movies like “The Blind Side“, “Priest“, “Abduction” and a Netflix drama “The Bone“.
Angelina Jolie and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie Pitt at age 7
In 2008, Angelina Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt added to their ever-growing brood and welcomed a new set of twins into the world, named Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon and Jolie-Pitt. While Angeline and Brad have both forged successful careers and are some of the biggest names in Hollywood, it’s clear that their children were also born with star qualities.
While Vivienne Marcheline is only seven years old, she seems to have inherited her famous mother Angelina’s demeaner. You can also see the resemblance with her father Brad too. Although Angelina and Brad have since separated, we’re sure their children will be doted on, and we hope to see the next generation of Jolie-Pitt stars in the near future.
Heather Locklear and Ava Sambora at age 20
Heather Locklear has made a name for herself for her appearance, but she also forged a fruitful career for herself as an actress, landing roles in shows like “Dynasty” and “Franklin and Bash” and movies like “The Perfect Man“.
Aside from her successful career, Heather also gave birth to a daughter Ava Sambora in 1997. As you can see, she passed on her acting talents to her daughter. Ava has already been making waves in the industry as a model and starred in movies like “This is 40” and “Mommy Be Mine“.
Chuck Berry and Charles Berry Jr. at age 50
Chuck Berry was one of the most recognizable faces in the 1950s and became a legendary rock and roll singer. Some of his most memorable hits include “Roll Over Beethoven“, “Rock and Roll Music“, and “Maybelline“. Chuck had one son, named Charles Berry Jr. who was born with his father’s musical talents.
Charles Berry JR. followed in his father’s footsteps in the most legendary way and even joined his father’s rock band and played for many years with him. While Charles Berry continued to rock until the age of 90, when he sadly passed away in 2017, his musical legacy still lives on with his son.
Jada Pinkett and Willow Smith at age 19
Willow Smith was another celebrity child who was born with starry genes. Her father is Will Smith, an A-listing actor, rapper and media personality, and her mother is Jada Pinkett Smith, an actress, singer, and songwriter. So it seems as no surprise that she was destined to be a star.
While she inherited her style from her mother, Willow has also inherited her parents’ talents and is already breaking into the world of singing, songwriting, acting, and dancing. She made her movie debut in the 2007 film “I am Legend” and famously had a hit with “Whip My Hair” in 2011. Since then she is proving unstoppable and continues to make her mark.
Kelly Clarkson and River Rose Blackstock at age 3
Kelly Clarkson shot to stardom after wowing the judges on American Idol with her singing abilities. Since then she has continued to churn out hit singles and albums and toured the world as an international artist. She has sold over 25 million albums and won numerous Grammy awards.
As well as her singing successful career, Kelly also got married to Brandon Blackstock and gave birth to two children. Her daughter River Rose Blackwood is now 3 and a spitting image of Kelly at the same age. She already has the star quality, so only time will tell if she picks up the microphone and follows in Kelly’s footsteps.
Mandy Teefey and Selena Gomez in their 20s
Selena Gomez was another genetic lottery winner who was born into the glamorous world of showbiz. Her mother is Mandy Teefey, a Hollywood producer who had made a name for herself in the entertainment industry.
Mandy passed on her model appearance to Selena and it’s clear she had a good start in life. So it comes as no surprise as she went on to take over the world of entertainment herself. Selena is now a hit singer and actress. She has also made her producing debut on the set of the show “13 Reasons Why“.
Brian Williams and Allison Williams at age 29
Brian Williams has established a successful career in front of the camera, as a news anchor, who currently works on NBC News. He has won awards for his journalism coverage and is the host of the networks’ primetime show, “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams“.
While his daughter Allison Williams inherited some of the presenting skills from her famous father, she chose to turn her talents to acting. So far she has been pretty successful and starred on the HBO comedy-drama series “Girls” and the 2017 movie “Get Out“.
Kris Jenner and Kendall Jenner in their 20s
For the past few years, the Kardashian-Jenner clan have dominated the world of reality TV and ventured into fashion and business. Kris Jenner is better known as a manager, media mogul, and businesswoman, but she still passed on her model genes to her children, including Kendall.
It’s clear that the resemblance between Kris and Kendall is uncanny and it may come as no surprise that she has already forged a successful career as a model. At the tender age of 22, she has already amassed a net worth of $18 million. So it looks like she inherited her mother’s business finesse as well.
David Beckham and Brooklyn Beckham at age 16
David Beckham enjoyed a long and successful career as a professional footballer, playing for some of the greatest teams in the world. He also has dabbled into modeling and business. His famous other half is the former Spice Girl’s band member and fashionista Victoria Beckham. So it comes as no surprise that their children inherited the star gene.
Their eldest child, Brooklyn Beckham is almost 20 and clearly has inherited his football skills from his father. He has already ventured into a few different career paths, including football, and the world of modeling. Now he is completing a Design degree and hopes to become a photographer. With those genes, we’re sure he’s destined for greatness.
Yolanda Hadid and Gigi Hadid at age 18
Yolanda Hadid shot to stardom as a TV personality and model and is well-known for starring in the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She gave birth to three daughters and amazingly, they all became A-list models.
One of her daughters Gigi clearly inherited her youthfulness from her mother. She has since become an A-listing supermodel and fashionista and regularly graces the catwalk. Gigi also inherited her entrepreneurial gene and has become successful in business and is the face of many brands.
Andie MacDowell and Rainey Qualley at age 27
Andie MacDowell is a talented US actress and fashion model. She famously starred in many iconic movies, like “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Groundhog Day”. It seems she also passed her unique appeal and talent to her daughter Rainey.
Rainey Qualley takes after her famous mother in more ways than one and you can definitely see the family resemblance. Now she is in her 20, she is also making waves in the industry as both a singer and a movie star, featuring in awesome films like “Mighty Fine“, “Falcon Song” and “Ocean 8“.
Michael Douglas and Cameron Douglas at age 30
With a father like Michael Douglas and grandfather like Kirk Douglas, it’s safe to say that Cameron Douglas was born into an acting family dynasty. Michael Douglas has made a name for himself in Hollywood, so many expected Cameron to follow in his famous footsteps.
When Cameron was younger, he did embark on an acting career, in movies like Jackie Chan’s “Mr. Nice Guy”, “It Runs in the Family” and “Adam & Eve”. He later suffered some personal issues, but it looks like he’s getting his life back on track. We’ll have to wait to see if he ventures again into the world of acting.
Anthony Perkins and Oz Perkins at Age 27
Anthony Perkins enjoyed a long and fruitful acting career and was best known for portraying Norman Bates in Hitchcock’s Psycho. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Friendly Persuasion.
Sadly, Anthony Perkins passed away in 1992 but still passed on his talents and charms to his son Oz Perkins. It seems that Oz took over from where his iconic father left off and has become a leading actor, screenwriter, and director. He recently wrote and directed horror films like “Blackcoat’s daughter“.
Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd at age 23
While Carrie Fisher won over fans for her charismatic personality and acting charms in movies like “Star Wars“, her daughter Billie Lourd has inherited her star genes. Just like her famous mother, Billie Lourd has also carved a name for herself in Hollywood as a talented actress.
Billie Lourd has already made her on-screen debut, featuring in the horror series like “Scream“, “Queens” and “American Horror Story“. While her mother Carrie Fisher sadly passed away in 2016, Billie has continued the legacy and is continuing to build the family name. She also followed in her mother’s footsteps by appearing the “Star Wars” trilogy.
Naomi Judd and Ashley Judd at age 39
While Ashley Judd may have inherited the beauty, trust-fund, and talent from her famous country singer mother Naomi Judd, she has carved a career for herself in her own right. Ashley Judd is now a well-known face on the Hollywood scene.
Ashley has forged a career as an actress and political activist and has been involved in many humanitarian causes. She has also graced the sets of many movies, like “Ruby in Paradise” and most recently, the “Divergent” Series: Insurgent.
Steven Tyler and Liv Tyler in their 30s
Steven Tyler never fails to rock the crowd as the frontman on the iconic band Aerosmith. His daughter Liv Tyler has a striking resemblance to him and manages to electrify the big screen her acting talents and eye-catching beauty.
Liv Tyler began her career as a model, before venturing into the world of acting. Now she has a long list of acting credits to her name, and some of her most memorable roles were in Armageddon, and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Vanessa Paradis and Lily-Rose Melody Depp
Lily-Rose Melody Depp was another famous child that won the genetic lottery of life. While her mom is a French musician, her dad is the Hollywood legend Johnny Depp. It’s clear that Lilly-Rose has the perfect resemblance to both her famous parents.
While Lilly-Rose may have inherited her appearance and a sizeable trust fund from her parents, she didn’t rest on her bank account. She has already been causing a stir as an actress and model, being the face of many brands like Chanel. She recently starred in films and a Netflix documentary “Period: End of Sentence“, and has a bright future ahead of her.
Mick Jagger and Georgia May Jagger at age 23
Mick Jagger is widely considered one of Rock and Roll’s legends and has enjoyed an iconic musical career that’s spanned a few decades. While his daughter, Georgia May Jagger shares his love of music, she has also inherited his features.
Georgia May Jagger was spotted early for her features and modeling potential. Now she has made waves in the fashion industry and is one of the most recognizable faces out there. She is one of the top New York-based IMG models and has amassed a net worth of $1 million.
Robert Pine and Chris Pine in their 30s
Chris Pine was born with fame in his DNA. His father is an iconic actor, who has a long list of acting credits, including TV shows like CHIPs and movies like “Star Trek: Enterprise” and “Independence Day“. The resemblance between the two is uncanny and Chris has also been following his father’s footsteps.
Chris Pine has been carrying on his father’s legacy and is now a familiar face in Hollywood. You may have spotted him in “Star Trek” movies or in “Hell or High Water“. Chris also landed roles in movies like the DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman“.
Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz in their 20s
As the daughter of the legendary musician Lenny Kravitz and stunning actress Lisa Bonet, Zoe Kravitz was also born with star quality. While Zoe has become the face of many top brands like Vera Wang and graced the covers of Elle, she has also proved to be unstoppable in the world of acting.
Zoë Kravitz has become a Hollywood wonder. After breaking out onto the scene in “X Men: First Class“, her career has continued to go from strength to strength. She has starred in many box office hits like “The Divergent” Series, “The Lego Batman” Movie and series like “Little Big Lies“.
Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen at age 28
Martin Sheen carved a name for himself as an iconic actor since the 1960s and has worked with many of the leading names in Hollywood. He is best roles for movies like “Apocalypse Now” and his ongoing role in the TV series “The West Wing“. So he had big boots to fill.
Charlie Sheen continued the acting legacy and starred in many hits like “Young Guns” and “Major League”, he was later known for his leading role in “Two and a Half Men“. Although he also had some personal issues, Charlie also has five children, so only time will tell if he’s passed on his star genes to the next generation.