36 Famous Siblings From the Silver Screen and Beyond

Published June 10, 2021
John Cusack and Joan Cusack attend John Cusack being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Do you ever watch a movie and think to yourself that the star on the screen looks strangely familiar? You are positive you have seen this person somewhere before, but where? It could be that you are thinking of that actor's sibling. Hollywood is packed with high-powered siblings. Some of them are pretty obviously related, while a few others are ones that you would have never guessed were related.

Full-Blooded Famous Siblings

These sibling stars are well known around the Hollywood circuit. These days, they spend time together at red carpet events and elite Hollywood galas. Before they were sitting together at movie premieres or fashion events, rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, they were sitting beside one another on family vacations, at holiday dinners are for family portraits.

Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal are siblings both well-established in the entertainment industry. The sibs are talented actors, often taking on dark and controversial roles that not just anyone could manage to pull off. Perhaps they get a bit of their talent from their parents. Dad Stephen Gyllenhaal made a career for himself in the entertainment industry, and Maggie and Jake's mother, Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, worked as a director and screenwriter.

John and Joan Cusack

John and Joan Cusack are siblings who have worked in entertainment for over four decades. They have starred in film roles both independently (John in Runaway Jury and Joan in the hit television series Shameless) of each other and side-by-side. Together they shared the silver screen in films like 1983's Class, 1984's Sixteen Candles, and 2008's War, Inc.

While John and Joan are the most well-known siblings of the Cusack brood, their sisters Ann and Susie and brother Bill also work in the entertainment industry.

Angelina Jolie and James Haven

Nobody will ever forget when actress Angelina Jolie laid a big one on brother James Haven's lips. These two eccentric actors are the offspring of Jon Voight and the late Marcheline Bertrand, both notable for their contributions to the entertainment world. James is a far lesser recognized actor than his superstar sis but has had minor roles in many of Angelina's films, including Gia, Hell's Kitchen, and Original Sin. He also had a role in Monster's Ball, alongside his former brother-in-law, Billy Bob Thornton.

Angelina Jolie and Brother James Haven during 7th Annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Toby Sebastian and Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh is taking Hollywood by storm, having recently scored an Oscar nod for her work as Amy March in Little Women. Her older brother Toby Sebastian is also a talented actor and not too bad on the eyes either. He portrayed Andrea Bocelli in the biopic film The Music of Silence and starred in the mega-series Game of Thrones for a short period before his character met his untimely end.

Jason and Justine Bateman

Both Jason and Justine Bateman have worked in the entertainment industry for a very long time. She starred in Family Ties in her younger years and has had roles in popular hit shows such as Californication and Desperate Housewives. Like his sister, Jason has enjoyed a lengthy career in television and film, starring in the box office hits Juno and Horrible Bosses and recently in the uber-successful television show Ozarks. Together, the famous siblings worked on the hit show Arrested Development.

Kirk and Candace Cameron

Kirk and Candace were both child stars, she starring on Full House and later reprising her iconic role of DJ on Fuller House and him in Growing Pains. The siblings continued to work in the entertainment industry to a lesser degree as they grew older. Candace appeared in made-for-TV movies, and Kirk starred in 2008's Fireproof, the highest-grossing independent film of that year.

Haley Joel and Emily Osment

Haley Joel Osment is best known for seeing dead people, starring alongside Bruce Willis in the mega movie, The Sixth Sense. He has worked on countless other film and television projects over the years and his sister Emily Osment also makes a living in the entertainment business. Sister Emily made waves on the hit Disney television series Hannah Montana, then appeared in several other t.v. and film projects, and later in the music industry.

Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine

Having one Hollywood legend in a family is an incredible rarity. A family containing TWO legit movie legends is a practically unheard-of phenomenon. While plenty of families include siblings that have both caught the acting bug, few have gone as far as to both establish themselves as entertainment royalty.

Actor Warren Beatty has starred on the silver screen for decades. You would be hard-pressed to find many people out there who have not heard of the talented lothario's dominance in the acting realm. Beatty has a legendary sister, Shirley MacLaine. MacLaine is known for her roles in Tears of Endearment, Steel Magnolias, and Mrs. Winterborne.

Silver Screen Sisters

Stunning sister pairs in Hollywood are nothing new. Famous ladies who share DNA and an on-camera talent have always been a fascinating Hollywood combination.

Zooey and Emily Deschanel

It is pretty evident that these talented ladies share DNA. Zooey Deschanel stars as the leading actress on The New Girl, and Emily is best known for her role on the long-running Fox series Bones. These sisters look alike; both lead on popular television series and even had babies within a few months of one another!

Penélope Cruz and Mónica Cruz

Penélope Cruz has long been coined an A-list celebrity. Ms. Cruz is not the only talented family member to make her living working in front of the television screen. Sister Mónica Cruz is just as gifted as her sister, stretching her talents into acting, dancing, and design. Mónica Cruz has worked in Spanish television and American film, starring in movies such as Last Hour, Iron Cross, and Iron Cross.

The stunning sisters also have a brother, who works in the music industry, and a half-sister by their father.

Tia and Tamara Mowry

Identical twins Tia and Tamara Mowry became well known for their acting talents while starring on the wholesome hit sitcom Sister, Sister. They later tried their land in reality television, starring in the series Tia & Tamara. Tamara has even stretched herself into another facet of the entertainment industry, co-hosting the talk show, The Real.

The well-recognized sisters have two brothers we well. Tahj and Tavior also work in the entertainment industry, with Tahj scoring lesser-known television roles and Tavior establishing himself in the music industry.

Tia And Tamera Mowry Sign And Discuss Their New Book

Elle and Dakota Fanning

These stunning blonde sisters have been working in the entertainment business since they were tiny tots. Their celebrity status has only grown over the years, and both Elle and Dakota are working among the most elite and high-powered actors and actresses in the business. Elle is known for starring opposite Angelina Jolie in Maleficent, and Dakota has starred in some thirty films over her short life span.

Kate and Rooney Mara

Kate Rooney Mara and Patricia Rooney Mara grew up among the East coast elite (their father co-owns the New York Giants and their mother's family founded the Pittsburgh Steelers.) While they would have stayed more than well-to-do in New York, both ladies headed for the lights, camera, and action of Hollywood.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo catapulted Rooney Mara to stardom, even earning her an Oscar nod, and sister Kate starred in famed Brokeback Mountain and established herself as an "it girl" for her work on House of Cards.

Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen

These ladies have been Hollywood staples for decades. Many people are unaware that these women are more than two high-powered and talented actresses. They are also sisters! Phylicia and Debbie were raised to appreciate the arts, and their education certainly paid off. They both became successful entertainers in their own rights.

Linda and Leslie Hamilton

Linda Hamilton became a household name when she blew up the silver screen with her leading role in The Terminator. Her sister, who has since passed away, worked in the entertainment business also, playing Linda's body double in her famous action flick.

Brothers With the Acting Bug

These bro-duos both make their livings by putting their talents in front of the cameras. Imagine being the mother of not one but TWO handsome and successful acting sons.

Chris and Liam Hemsworth

Hot, talented, successful actors...check. Dedicated brothers...check. These two handsome devils both rule the silver screen and are related. Chris and Liam grew up in Australia to hardworking parents; a teacher and a counselor. Who knows what was in the water in Melbourne, Victoria, when these two guys were born? They are certainly something special.

Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez

The different last names tend to throw people off. Regardless of what monikers actors Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez go by, their DNA tells an unmistakable story: they are full-blooded brothers. The acting siblings have made appearances in tons of notable movies, and they even share a famous father, Martin Sheen. While Emilio and Charlie are by far and away the most famous children of Martin Sheen, his other two children Ramon and Renee, also work in the entertainment industry.

Actor Charlie Sheen and director Emilio Estevez attend AARP's Movies For Grown Ups Film Festival

Ben and Casey Affleck

Ben and Casey Affleck are well-known siblings in the entertainment world. Recently, Ben has made headlines for high profiled divorces and relationships. Professionally he has starred in countless films, taking on leading roles in dozens upon dozens of movies. Ben earned a bevy of awards, including Academy Awards, for Good Will Hunting and Argo.

Casey Affleck has starred in numerous film projects and took the Oscar home in 2017 for his weighty role in Manchester by the Sea.

Randy and Dennis Quaid

Randy and Dennis Quaid grew up brothers in Bellaire, Texas. Both southern bros went on to Hollywood to make names for themselves. Randy has appeared in over fifty films, and brother Dennis rose to become one of the most regarded people in his field and now has a sizeable net worth of around thirty million dollars.

Mackenzie and Sean Astin

Sean Astin is known for his work as a child actor and for his role in the Lord of the Rings films. He has a half-brother by his famous mother, Patty Duke, named Mackenzie. Mackenzie Astin has appeared in The Facts of Life, Scandal, and Rosewood.

Fred and Ben Savage

Fred and Ben Savage worked as child actors and then later transformed their careers into lucrative adult ones, something not every star sibling set has managed. Older brother Fred starred in The Wonder Years and The Princess Bride as a young boy and later in The Grinder and Friends From College as a grown man. Brother Ben has starred in Boy Meets World and later in Girl Meets World. The talented brothers also have a sister named Kala Savage, a working actress in the entertainment circuit.

Dylan and Cole Sprouse

Twin brothers Dylan and Cole Sprouse landed a television role on the Disney Channel show, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and then The Suite Life on Deck. The pair took a break from the biz and then branched into acting gigs separate from their kin. Dylan starred in the film After We Collided, and Cole took a role in The CW's Riverdale.

Chad and Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe was the center of so many female fantasies during the 1980s. As an original member of The Brat Pack, Lowe became a household name in the acting world. His brother Chad, who was once wed to actress Hilary Swank, has also starred in several well-known entertainment works, including Pretty Little Liars and Life Goes On.

Families Ruling the Entertainment Industry

When it comes to Hollywood, there are a few well-known families that rule the silver screen. Not only does a brother and a sister make their living in front of the cameras, but rather the vast majority of the gang have something to do with the entertainment industry. These siblings and their kin are Tinsel Town dynasties.

The Baldwin Family

So many Baldwin brothers! The Baldwins have established themselves as a dynasty family in Hollywood. Alec, Daniel, William, and Stephen all work in various areas of film and television.

The Wilson Brothers

The Wilson brothers are handsome and talented. Owen Wilson is a well-known comedic actor who starred in Wedding Crashers and the Cars series. His younger brother Luke starred alongside actress Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde and opposite Will Ferrell in Anchorman. The brothers even appeared on-screen together in The Royal Tenenbaums and Around the World in 80 Days.

Many people are unaware that Luke and Owen have a third brother, Andrew. Andrew Wilson also makes a living working in the entertainment industry. Eldest bro Andrew has appeared in over two dozen movies since the 1990s.

The Bridges

This Bridges Dynasty started with actor Lloyd Bridges. The legendary actor had two sons, Jeff and Beau. Jeff earned an Oscar in 2010 for his work in the film Crazy Heart and Beau has starred in numerous movies and television shows, including The Fabulous Baker Boys, where he appeared opposite his famous brother.

Kate and Oliver Hudson and Company

Kate Hudson is one of the world's most notable leading ladies. She has a fully biological brother, Oliver Hudson, as well as a half-brother. Oliver Hudson is best known for his work on television, starring in the hilarious series, Splitting Up Together. The famous siblings' mother is none other than Goldie Hawn. Hawn and her longtime partner, another Hollywood giant, Kurt Russell, have a biological son together, Wyatt, an actor. The blended family includes one more sibling, Boston. Boston is the son of Kurt and his former partner, Season Hubley. He is the sole member of the brood that works outside of the entertainment industry.

Oliver Hudson, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and Wyatt Russell arrives at the Goldie Hawn Hosts Annual Goldie's Love In For Kids

The Arquette Family

All five of the Arquette siblings grew up unconventionally and defied countless odds to become highly regarded actors and actresses. Combined, Patricia, David, Rosanna, Alexis, and Richmond Arquette have credits in over 500 entertainment works!

The Olsen Sisters

The Olsen sisters were the cutest duo ever to grace television screens. The stunning sister set ruled the set of Full House, starring as adorable and lovable Michelle Tanner. The twins built an entertainment empire first and then cross over into the fashion industry.

Michelle and Ashley Olsen have a younger sister, Elizabeth, who also works in entertainment. This third, incredibly talented Olsen has starred in works such as Martha Marcy May Marlene, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War, Silent House, among others.

Elizabeth Olsen and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attend the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards

The Wayans Brothers

The Wayans brothers have made a name for themselves in Hollywood, starring in tons of fun comedic roles over the years. All in all, there are five Wayans brothers in the famous family, Marlon, Shawn, Damon, Keenan Ivory, and Dwayne. Aside from the Wayans brothers, there are also five Wayans sisters, Deidre, Kim (who appeared on In Living Color), Elvira, Nadia, and Devonne.

Skarsgård Family

The Skarsgård family is packed full of talented actors. Father Stellan is a Swedish actor who appeared in the hit movies The Hunt for Red October and Good Will Hunting. Along with his former wife, a doctor, Stellan raised a family full of talented entertainers. Alexander Skarsgård is well known for his role in True Blood and Big Little Lies. Brother Bill played the infamous clown of everyone's nightmares, Pennywise, and Gustaf had a significant role in the television series Vikings. In fact, only one of the Skarsgård kids makes a living in something other than the entertainment business. Brother Sam is a doctor, like his mother.

The Fonda Family

Actor Henry Fonda's children Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda followed the family business, becoming well-regarded actors in Tinsel Town. They have a half-sister by their mother and an adopted sister by their father and his wife, Susan Blanchard.

The Talented Richardson Family

Talented stage actor, Sir Michael Redgrave, had two daughters, Vanessa and Lynn, both of whom worked in acting. Both Redgrave siblings scored Academy Award nominations within the same year. Talk about something to celebrate during the holidays together! Vanessa wed Oscar-winning director Tony Richardson and together, they birthed another generation of talent. Natasha Richardson was a stunning beauty and a talented actress before her untimely passing in 2009.

Macaulay, Kieran, and Rory Culkin

Who could forget Macaulay Culkin and his iconic role in the Home Alone movies? While Macaulay was one of the better-known child actors of the 1990s, he wasn't the only Culkin to appear on the silver screen. Brothers Rory and Kieran also took to acting. The family includes several other children, Shane, Dakota, Quinn, Christian, and Jennifer, who live or lived life outside of the spotlight.

The Roberts Clan

Julia Roberts is a household name for many, as she is one of the top A-list actresses of current times. She has a brother, Eric Roberts, who is also an actor. He received a Golden Globe nod for his role in King of the Gypsies. Eric's daughter is also a major player in the Hollywood scene. His daughter Emma Roberts is following in the family's footsteps, appearing in several current films works in recent years.

The Huston Family

The Huston family is a dynasty in Hollywood, if there ever was one. They are one of the few families to win an Oscar in three consecutive generations. Actress Angelica Huston, daughter of John Huston and granddaughter of Walter Huston, is well known for many roles, including playing Morticia in The Addams Family movie. She has several siblings who work in the film industry, including Tony Huston, Allegra Huston, and Danny Huston.

Some Talents Run in the Family

It is clear by these 36 famous siblings and families; acting talent must run in the DNA. One notable person in a family is an anomaly by most standards. TWO famous faces sitting around the Sunday dinner table, well that is certainly something incredible and rare.

36 Famous Siblings From the Silver Screen and Beyond