8 of Hollywood’s big, famous families

2018-12-20 04:05
Hollywood families

Cape Town - These large families don’t only prove more really is merrier, but that artistic vocation does run in your DNA.

From Hollywood veterans who turned their kids into stars, to producer/directors who endowed their families with every conceivable talent, some of these families have managed to improve their legacies generation after generation.

We take a look at some of the most key and famous families in Hollywood history.

1. The Warner Brothers

The Warner Bros – Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack – built one of the first major Hollywood studios.

According to Vanity Fair, as one of the Big Eight studios during Hollywood’s Golden Age, it made stars out of its contract actors, employing legendary names like Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and Errol Flynn.

Under the various brothers’ oversight through the years, they produced classics like Casablanca (1942), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), My Fair Lady (1964) and Bonnie And Clyde (1967).

Wealth Record reports that to date the net worth of Warner Bros is around $5 billion (about R72 billion).

2. The Kardashian clan

Kris Jenner and Robert Kardashian were best friends with OJ and Nicole Simpson back in the day and gained fame during Simpson's controversial murder trial.

However, it wasn't until their daughter Kim's sex tape was leaked in 2003 that the Kardashian family shot to fame.

With their reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians and with make-up and clothing lines and modelling, the family were cemented as one of the wealthiest in Hollywood.

Each member of the Kardashian and Jenner clans rank as among the most famous in the world, raking in billions every year.

The youngest, make-up mogul Kylie Jenner (21), recently tied with Jay-Z (49) as Forbes' fifth wealthiest American celebrity for 2018.

3. Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Even with a rather nasty divorce battle under way, Angelina and Brad have quite a family.

Together they have six children, three of them adopted – Maddox, Pax and Zahara – and three biological children – Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.

Brad Pitt has an estimated net worth of $240 million (R3,48 billion), according to Hello Magazine, while Angelina’s is $160 million (R2,3 billion).

4. The Smiths

Will Smith, star of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, made the leap, unheard of in the mid-1990s, from sitcom stardom to blockbuster status.

And according to Vanity Fair, in the process he set a record – in 2008 he became the only actor in history to boast eight consecutive films that grossed over $100 million (then R680 million) in the domestic box office.

In 1997 Will married Jada Pinkett, who is a star of over 30 films, including 2017’s Girls Trip.

The two also turned their children, Jaden and Willow, into successful celebrities. They began their careers starring in films alongside their parents.

The Smiths co-produced Jaden’s breakout hit, a 2010 remake of The Karate Kid, and after Willow’s debut single Whip My Hair went platinum in 2010, she became the youngest artist signed to Jay-Z’s record label.

Both teens continue to work as actors and musicians and usually make headlines through their social media presences and rather revealing interviews.

5. The Gibsons

Before he became famous Mel Gibson married Robyn Denise Moore and together they have seven children, named Hannah, Edward, Christian, William, Louis, Milo and Thomas.

After 31 years of marriage the couple divorced in 2006. Mel was forced to hand more than half of his estimated $850 million (then R5,9 billion) fortune to his ex-wife, reports Daily Mail

He later started seeing Russian pianist Oksana Grigorieva in 2007. They have a daughter named Lucia.

Now Mel is in a relationship with screenwriter Rosalind Ross and in January 2017 they welcomed a son, Lars Gerard Gibson.

Overall, that makes nine children for Mel.

6. The Wayans

The Wayans family is one of Hollywood’s largest and most successful comedic dynasties on both TV and film.

They often collaborate on projects!

The first generation of siblings – Keenan, Damon, Kim, Shawn, Marlon, Dwayne, Nadia, Elvira, Diedre and Vonnie – have produced, directed, written and starred in dozens of films and TV shows and boast a combined net worth more than $100 million (R1,45 billion), reports Vanity Fair

Damon and Keenan are best known for their groundbreaking 1990s sketch-comedy TV series In Living Color, which starred many of their siblings and launched the careers of Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, Rosie Perez and more.


7. The Baldwins

The Baldwin family is Hollywood royalty.

The four Baldwin brothers – Alec, Daniel, William and Stephen – are well-known film and television stars.

Eldest brother Alec Baldwin has enjoyed the most mainstream success, earning an Oscar nomination for The Cooler, plus two Emmys, three Golden Globes and seven SAG Awards for his role on NBC’s 30 Rock.

According to Suggest, Daniel, William and Stephen were all discovered by Oliver Stone, who cast them in his 1989 film Born On The Fourth Of July.

They have since gone on to appear in almost 300 films and TV shows.

The brothers have produced a crop of famous daughters: Alec’s daughter Ireland, Stephen’s daughters Hailey and Alaia and William’s daughter Jameson are poised to create a dynasty in another industry – all but the latter have signed major modelling contracts.

8. The Jacksons

Back in the day the Jackson 5 was the biggest act in music!

Performing as members of The Jackson 5 and as solo artists, the children of Joseph Walter and Katherine Esther Jackson were successful in the field of popular music from the late 1960s onwards.

The famous group consisted of eldest sons Jackie, Tito,, Marlon, Michael, and later including Randy. The group also became known as the First Family Of Soul.

Family members who became solo music icons are Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.

The continued success of Michael and Janet as solo artists in the ’90s led the Jacksons to become known as the royal family of pop.

Although the most famous Jackson, Michael, has passed on, he’s still regarded as the King of Pop. 

All nine of the Jackson siblings have gold records to their names, with La Toya holding the distinction of being the first Jackson sister to attain one.  Now Janet Jackson has become the first black woman to receive the Billboard Icon Award.

The Jacksons’ music is still loved today and although they’re no longer little kids, the family is still famous.

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