12 Hollywood Family Dynasties


The word dynasty isn’t only applicable in sports and politics. These aren’t the only ones to have dynasties. Hollywood the world’s favorite place, has seen a ton of dynasties come through the entertainment industry over the decades.

Some family members have branched out into other fields, including music and clothing but they are still in the limelight. We admire families who have taken on the entertainment and industry and each generation has made a name for themselves. Sounds familiar?

Let’s take a look at 12 Hollywood Family Dynasties that have turned Hollywood upside down with their amazing talent and closets full of award trophies.

12. Hanks Family


Tom Hanks is arguably one of the best actors in Hollywood. He portrays every character so well he’s like a chameleon. Because of that, a lot of his movies have become classics and he’s one of the highest grossing actors in North America. Aside from acting, he is also a filmmaker.

His son Colin Hanks followed in his footsteps and ventured into acting and documentary making. He had roles in Roswell, The Good Guys, and Fargo, with lattermost earning him an Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his role as Officer Gus Grimly. He also directed the documentaries All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records and Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends). Colin appeared with his father in the films That Thing You Do and The Great Buck Howard, which also starred his step mom Rita Wilson.

11. The Smiths


Let’s admit it, the Smiths are Hollywood royalty. Will and Jada have come a long way since they met while filming an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and the two started dating immediately. They are now happily married and have one of the longest in Hollywood. The actors have two kids together while Will also has a son named Trey from a previous marriage who are making their own mark in Tinseltown.

Jaden Smith appeared with his father in the film The Pursuit of Happyness before landing roles in the films The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Karate Kid. Willow Smith also got her film debut with her father in I Am Legend. But both are grown up now and have tackled a different path. Will’s son Trey appeared in the music video “Just the Two of Us and several TV shows with his father.

10. Hawn-Hudson Family


Back in the 70s and 80s, Goldie Hawn ruled and brought laughter to audiences with Golden Globe nominated roles in Butterflies Are Free, Shampoo, and Private Benjamin to name a few. And with the help of actor and longtime boyfriend Kurt Russell, she raised her children Kate and Oliver, who made a name for themselves and became major actors as well.

Kate earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in the film Almost Famous, and Oliver is best known for his roles of Adam Rhodes in Rules In Engagement, Jeff Fordham in Nashville, and Wes Gardner in Scream Queens. Both Kate and Oliver are co-owners of the men’s activewear line FL2.

9. The Barrymores

The Barrymore family legacy goes as far back in the 1800s with Maurice Barrymore, who acted in many Broadway plays. Drew, who is the daughter of acclaimed actor John Barrymore, is continuing her family’s long history and even earning a Golden Globe Award in 2009.

That same year, she made her directorial debut with the film Whip It. The Barrymore clan is so vast that George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber wrote a Broadway play about them titled The Royal Family, which debuted on December 28, 1927, and still continues to this day.

8. The Fondas

Henry Fonda passed away in 1982 and he left behind a legacy traversing 60 years. And his children have honored him by continuing in his footsteps. His daughter Jane won two Oscars for her work in Klute and Coming Home and earned the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2014.

Her son Troy Garity is best known for playing Isaac Rosenberg in the Barbershop films. He also founded the Peace Process Network, which prevents gang violence around the world. Henry’s son Peter won Golden Globes for Ulee’s Gold and The Passion of Ayn Rand. His daughter Bridget, who is married to composer Danny Elfman, retired from acting in 2002, but she managed to get nominations for her work in Scandal, In the Gloaming, and No Ordinary Baby before walking away from the profession. 

7. Garland-Minnelli

While filming Meet Me in St. Louis, actress, and singer Judy Garland, who was the first woman to win a Grammy for Album of the Year, and director Vincente Minnelli dated and two years later, their superstar daughter Liza was born.


Liza became one of the few talented actors to win a Grammy, Tony, Oscar and Emmy throughout their career. Unfortunately, she didn’t have any children to extend the legacy. She was pregnant with a child, but she lost the baby. Liza had more than four marriages throughout her life, including a much-publicized divorce from producer David Gest.

6. Voight-Jolie


Jon Voight earned a surplus of awards for his performances in Midnight Cowboy and Coming Home. His daughter Angelina Jolie starred with her father in the 1982 film Lookin’ to Get Out when she was only 5-years-old.

Since then she had won Golden Globe Awards for her performance in George Wallace, Gia, and Girl, Interrupted. Her older brother James Haven had small roles in Monster’s Ball and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and served as the executive board director of the Artivist Film Festival & Awards. Both Angelina and James were separated from Jon for years until the death of their mother Marcheline Bertrand in 2007. But Angelina has become a powerhouse herself.

5. Paltrow-Danners

Blythe Danner and her daughter Gwyneth Paltrow received Emmy Awards for their performances in Huff and Glee. They appeared together in the films Cruel Doubt and Sylvia playing mother and daughter on screen.

Aside from acting, Gwyneth also has several songs on the Billboard charts, including her cover of Cruisin’ with Huey Lewis. Gwyneth’s younger brother Jake, on the other hand, directed several episodes of NYPD Blue before writing and directing the films The Good Night and Young Ones. He also directed two episodes of the hit HBO series Boardwalk Empire: White Horse Pike and Cuanto.

4. The Sheens

Martin and Janet Sheen have raised an entire family of actors and directors, the family was born and raised in the entertainment industry. Their son Emilio Estevez, who is best known for being a member of The Brat Pack, won the Venice Film Festival Biografilm Award for the 2006 film Bobby, which he wrote and directed.

Renée Estevez has appeared on Growing Pains, The Division, and The West Wing. After a string of successful films in the ’80s, Charlie Sheen made an impact on TV with leading roles on Two and a Half Men and Anger Management, which was co-produced with his brother Ramon through their company Estevez Sheen Productions.

3. The Coppolas

It’s really hard to explain the massive entity that is the Coppola family. The center of their family tree have earned 24 Oscar nominations and eight wins in their time, but its extended section has also earned a ton of awards on their part.

Rooney frontman Robert Coppola Schwartzman, Oscar winner Nicolas Cage, and former Phantom Planet drummer and actor Jason Schwartzman are just a few names that are a part of this iconic family. There’s no slowing down anytime soon with the recent births of Jason’s daughters Marlowe Rivers and Una with wife Brady Cunningham.

2. The Curtises

Tony Curtis, who is best known for his performance in Some Like It Hot and The Defiant Ones, and Janet Leigh, who starred in the films Angels in the Outfield and The Manchurian Candidate, raised daughters Kelly and Jamie Lee.

Jamie Lee became the most successful of the two with Golden Globe winning performances in the sitcom Anything but Love and the film True Lies. Kelly, on the other hand, made appearances in Silk Stalkings, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and The Sentinel before being an assistant to her sister in the films Freaky Friday, Christmas with the Kranks, and You Again.

1. Reynolds/Fishers

With such a celebrated movie career, it was destined that Debbie Reynolds’ daughter Carrie Fisher would somehow follow in her footsteps. She actually did with the iconic role of Princess Leia in the Star Wars film franchise, which has grossed over $7 billion.

But tragedy struck on December 27, 2016 when Carrie died from a heart attack. A day later, Debbie Reynolds passed away from a stroke. Carrie left behind her daughter Billie Lourd, who is best known for her work on Scream Queens. Her half-sisters Tricia Leigh and Joely both starred in the Fox sitcom ‘Til Death, and they both appeared on the Christmas album Tradition: A Family At Christmas.

Like the saying goes, there’s no business like show business and these family has proven that. Generations after generations of actors and filmmakers have made a name for themselves and continued their family legacy.

Who wouldn’t want their children to follow suit and succeed on their own right? These Hollywood family dynasties have proven that acting is a lucrative career and we can’t wait to see more from them.