Some actors work their way from the bottom to achieve success in Hollywood. They may have found their lucky break and had to take a chance on working their way up from there. But other actors have used connections from parents and other relatives to make their names in Hollywood. These multi-generational families grow to have years of experience and clout in showbiz, with a few totally dominating on and off the silver screen.
Families consisting of multiple individuals in the limelight can come together to be some of the highest earners in the entertainment business, cosmetic industry and the general business of being famous. Combined this network of high net worth along with the influence of social media, and these families seem to impact everything we see in films, buy-in cosmetics, and consider trending across so many industries.
To truly understand just how much pull these megastar families have, check out 5 of the most powerful families in Hollywood.
This family’s unstoppable influence in literally everything goes without saying, but a list of most powerful families in Hollywood would be incomplete without this highlighting this clan. The lineup of megastars seems endless in this family, including the siblings Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie and Kendall.
Their parents have their own claims to fame, as Kris and Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) being familiar with the limelight and Hollywood fame as far back as the 1980s. Not to mention the sister’s spouses pull their own weight, most notably Kim and Kanye, who have created their own dynasty with the West name and Kylie being the youngest billionaire in the world at 21 years.
The Coppola family is known for their acting talent and musical expertise. Known most notably for The Godfather films, Francis Ford Coppola came from a musical background, with parents and relatives being musicians and composers.
Francis’ children, wife and family members are well-known documentarians, filmmakers, actors and more. Francis’ brother August had three sons, one of whom is Nicholas Cage. Between his two wives and children, Cage’s branch of the family has had successful careers as actors, singers, musicians, and producers.
One of 10 children with immigrant parents from Ireland and Spain, Martin Sheen rose to superstardom despite adversity. This fame has trickled down through his four children. Originally born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez, Sheen adopted his stage name to gain higher appeal in Hollywood. While some of his children decided to take the same route, while others kept the original surname Estevez, all of his children have developed careers in acting.
Starting out with the careers of Jada and Will before they were even a couple, the Smiths seemed destined to be one of the most successful families in Hollywood. Will Smith started his success as the star of 90’s hit TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and has gone on to become one of the most notable names in Hollywood and major blockbuster films.
Jada Pinkett Smith, before her marriage to Will, started out in Hollywood herself as a co-star in now-iconic movies of the ’90s. She has continued her role as an actress, and both she and Will have become motivational speakers and advocates of self-help, mental health awareness, and more. Their kids Jaden, Willow and eldest son Trey have all had budding careers in film, music and DJ’ing, respectively.
While Angelina Jolie and her father Jon Voight might not always have had the best relationship, there’s no doubting that he’s a talented actor. However, his daughter wasn’t content to let dad be the only A-Lister in the family – she quickly rose to superstardom with a wide variety of film roles, and along the way, met her ex-husband, fellow A-lister Brad Pitt.
Pitt is also an absolute superstar and has recently been transitioning from acting into producing (he was one of the producers behind the mega-hit 12 Years a Slave). You could try to list some of the biggest films the duo have been in, but we’d be here for days – they’ve truly had sensational careers. However, all eyes are on their brood of children. We’re betting the Jolie-Pitt kids all end up doing something incredible and continuing the family legacy, if not outshining their parents.
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