Real-Life Family Members Who Co-Star on Film
Real-life family members share the silver screen more often than you'd think, but it's still relatively rare. After all, how often would you expect a casting director to find two suitable talents from the same family?
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But still, it happens. Siblings, spouses or children sometimes rise to fame in the same era, and when the timing is right, they team up for an unforgettable picture (or maybe a forgettable one, depending on your taste in film).
Here's an incomplete list of the most notable examples of real-life family members whose film careers overlap onscreen:
Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
Brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez have co-starred with each other, or their father Martin Sheen, in dozens of productions. Sometimes they share the screen, and other times they merely appear in cameo capacities. Some of their most notable joint efforts include: "Young Guns" and "Men at Work," starring Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez; "Wall Street" or "Hot Shots! Part Deux," featuring Charlie and Martin Sheen; "The Way" and "Bobby," with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez; and "Badlands," in which Martin Sheen starred and Charlie and Emilio are credited in small roles as "boy[s] under lamppost."
Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller, Christine Taylor, Anne Meara
Ben Stiller often appears in the same films with his real-life family, including wife Christine Taylor ("Zoolander," Tropic Thunder," "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story") father Jerry Stiller ("Zoolander," "The Heartbreak Kid") and mother Anne Meara ("Zoolander," "Night at the Museum," "Reality Bites"). Ben Stiller's sister, Amy Stiller, also had small roles in "Reality Bites," "Tropic Thunder" and "Zoolander."
Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhall
When they were a bit younger, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal starred together in "Homegrown" and "A Dangerous Woman," both directed by their father, Stephen Gyllenhaal. A few years later, they played brother and sister in Richard Kelly's "Donnie Darko." Actor Peter Sarsgaard — Maggie's husband and Jake's brother-in-law — appeared in "The Dying Gaul" with his wife, and both "Jarheads" and "Rendition" with Jake.
Blythe Danner, Gwyneth Paltrow
Blythe Danner and daughter Gwyneth Paltrow are credited together in a few made-for-TV projects from the mid-90s, but they starred as mother and daughter in 2003's "Sylvia," with Danner and Paltrow playing Aurelia and Sylvia Plath, respectively.
Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight
Real-life daughter/father duo Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight played Lara Croft and Lord Richard Croft (respectively) in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," but at six years old, Jolie once had a small role in the Jon Voight film "Lookin' To Get Out," which also featured a brief appearance by her real-life mother, Marcheline Bertrand.
Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal
Ryan and Tatum O'Neal co-starred as con artists — who may or may not have been father and daughter — in the 1973 film "Paper Moon." The role landed Tatum an Oscar, making her the youngest-ever recipient of the award (outside of special honorary Academy Awards). They later appeared together in the films "Nickelodeon" and "Circle of Friends."
Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith
Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith produce more projects than they co-star in (they both appeared in the Muhammad Ali biopic, "Ali"), but Will is more often onscreen with his children. He starred with Willow in "I Am Legend," playing father and daughter; and Jaden in "The Pursuit of Happyness" and the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan film "After Earth," both times playing father and son.
John Cusack, Joan Cusack
Siblings John and Joan Cusack, seen here with Jack Black, have both appeared in films such as "Say Anything … ," "High Fidelity" and "Grosse Pointe Blank." Their father, actor Dick Cusack (not pictured), also had a small role in "High Fidelity" as a minister.
Andrew Wilson, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson
Andrew Wilson is the lesser-known brother of the Wilson clan, but he turns up in almost any movie starring Owen or Luke. His credits include "Hall Pass," "The Big Bounce," "Zoolander," "The Big Year" and "How Do You Know," all starring Owen; and "Bad Seed," "Rushmore," "Idiocracy" and both "Charlie's Angels" film adaptations, starring Luke. Owen and Luke have shared the screen without Andrew in "Around the World in 80 Days" and "The Wendell Baker Story" (Andrew co-directed the latter with Owen), and all three brothers have appeared in "Bottle Rocket" and "The Royal Tenenbaums."
Casey Affleck, Ben Affleck
Actor brothers Casey and Ben Affleck have both had roles in "200 Cigarettes," "Chasing Amy" and "Good Will Hunting," and Ben directed Casey in "Gone Baby Gone." Ben also met future wife Jennifer Garner when they co-starred in "Daredevil," and Casey once starred with his future brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix (Casey is married to Summer Phoenix) in "To Die For," and later directed him in "I'm Still Here."
Leslie Mann, Iris Apatow and Maude Apatow
Leslie Mann (right) has played supporting or starring roles in films such as "Knocked Up, "This Is 40" and "Funny People," all of which have been written, produced and directed by her husband, Judd Apatow. Her real-life daughters Iris and Maude Apatow (front left, front right) have also appeared in those three films, each time playing the on-screen children of Mann's character.
Alexander Skarsgard, Stellan Skarsgard
Alexander Skarsgard and father Stellan Skarsgard have worked together in films such as "Kill Your Darlings," "Metopia," and "Melancholia," and played father and son in the Swedish animated film "Moomins and the Comet Chase."