It’s not uncommon for actors to come from families with other stars, but often these connections aren’t widely known. Many of today’s rising stars have fascinating family histories deeply rooted in entertainment—it’s practically in their DNA. For them, showbiz is simply the family trade, as natural to them as any other profession might be to someone else.

However, these actors often prefer not to broadcast their famous lineage, preferring to be judged solely on their own merits rather than on their family connections. While it’s tempting to assume that having a grandfather like Clark Gable or a grandmother like Debbie Reynolds guarantees success, these actors strive to prove themselves on their own terms. Without further ado, let’s explore some of Hollywood’s brightest talents with acting running in their veins.

1. Paul Burke and Granddaughter Alia Shawkat

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Paul Burke, while not a household name in Hollywood, achieved notable success with leading roles in popular 1960s television series such as “Naked City” and “Twelve O’Clock High.” He passed on his acting legacy to his granddaughter, actress Alia Shawkat, through his daughter Dina.

Alia has made a name for herself with prominent roles in television shows like “Arrested Development,” “Search Party,” and “Drunk History.” Beyond television, she has also found success in films such as “The Runaways,” “Duck Butter,” and “First Cow.”

2. Elia Kazan and Granddaughter Zoe Kazan

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Elia Kazan left an indelible mark on Hollywood with his remarkable filmmaking and directorial talents, evident in iconic works like “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “On the Waterfront.” His collaboration with James Dean in “East of Eden” further solidified his legacy.

Continuing the family tradition, Zoe Kazan ventured into acting in 2003. Since then, she has showcased her talent in films such as “What If” and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” alongside Broadway productions. Like her grandfather, Zoe also demonstrates a penchant for working behind the camera.

3. Errol Flynn and Grandson Sean Flynn

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Errol Flynn was a prominent figure in Hollywood during his prime, renowned for his collaborations with Olivia de Havilland and his iconic role in “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” Widely regarded as a pioneer of the silver screen, Flynn left a lasting legacy despite his untimely passing at the age of 50.

Carrying on the family tradition, his daughter Rory also ventured into acting before passing on her love for the industry to her son, Sean, born in 1989. Sean has been active in acting since childhood, making his mark with roles in popular series like Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101.”

4. Audrey Hepburn and Granddaughter Emma Ferrer

Audrey Hepburn’s illustrious career and enduring style have solidified her status as a cultural icon, transcending generations. Her granddaughter, model Emma Ferrer, has inherited Hepburn’s striking beauty and has carved out her own path in the industry.

While Ferrer has been active in modeling for some time, she recently made her foray into acting in 2019. At 25 years old, she continues to grace the camera with her presence and has garnered attention for her role in the upcoming art-house film “The Man in the Attic,” adding another dimension to her multifaceted career.

5. Debbie Reynolds and Granddaughter Billie Lourd

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Debbie Reynolds, a legendary figure from Hollywood’s Golden Age, left an indelible mark on the industry with iconic roles such as in “Singin’ in the Rain.” Her daughter, the late Carrie Fisher, achieved iconic status herself as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, has emerged as a rising star in her own right. Since 2017, Lourd has captivated audiences with her performances in the popular series “American Horror Story.” Following in her mother’s footsteps, she also appeared in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy from 2015 to 2019. With her talent and lineage, Lourd has garnered a devoted fan base, solidifying her position as one to watch in Hollywood.

6. Mick Jagger and Granddaughter Amba Jackson

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Mick Jagger, renowned as the frontman of The Rolling Stones, has left an indelible mark on the music industry over the past five decades. Despite being in his 70s, he continues to be a driving force in music, showcasing his enduring passion and talent. Alongside his musical legacy, Jagger’s colorful love life has garnered significant attention, contributing to his reputation as a charismatic figure. With eight children from various relationships, Jagger’s family tree is extensive.

Among his offspring is Jade Jagger, who is the mother of Amba Jackson. Unlike her famous grandfather, Amba prefers to maintain a low profile and stay away from the public eye. Details about her personal life are scarce, but glimpses into her world can be found on her Instagram page. According to recent updates, she welcomed a son into the world last year, adding another branch to the Jagger family tree.

7. Elizabeth Taylor and Grandson Quinn Tivey

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Elizabeth Taylor celebrated for her remarkable talent as an actress and her penchant for marriage, was a true icon of Hollywood. Her illustrious career and extravagant lifestyle garnered as much attention as her personal life. Upon her passing in 2011, Taylor left behind a staggering fortune estimated to be over $480 million.

Continuing her legacy, Taylor’s grandson, Quinn Tivey, has remained dedicated to upholding her memory and values. Tivey has actively supported causes related to AIDS, reflecting his grandmother’s passionate advocacy on the issue. Describing Taylor as “larger than life,” Tivey fondly remembers her as an extraordinary matriarch whose presence exuded something truly special. Through his endeavors, Tivey ensures that Taylor’s legacy of compassion and philanthropy endures for generations to come.

8. Gregory Peck and Grandson Ethan Peck

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Gregory Peck, renowned for his exceptional talent and striking appearance, cemented his place as a Hollywood icon. His portrayal of Atticus Finch in the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird” earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor, solidifying his status as one of the industry’s leading figures. Peck’s grandson, Ethan, bears a striking resemblance to him, inheriting his grandfather’s jet-black hair and charismatic presence.

Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Ethan has pursued a career in acting, gracing both television and film productions with his talent. He notably appeared as Spock in the second season of “Star Trek: Discovery” and starred in projects such as “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.” Additionally, Ethan is featured in the upcoming film “The Midnight Sky,” adding to his impressive repertoire.

9. Elvis Presley and Granddaughter Riley Keough

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Elvis Presley’s impact on the music industry is unparalleled, as he introduced rock and roll to the masses, forever altering the musical landscape. His unique talent and charisma set him apart, earning him the title of “The King,” a legacy that endures long after his untimely passing in 1977. Despite never meeting his granddaughter Riley, he would undoubtedly have been proud of her accomplishments.

Riley Keough, the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, has made a name for herself as an actress, forging her own path in the entertainment industry. Known for her collaborations with director Steven Soderbergh, Keough has garnered praise for her performances in various projects. She notably portrayed Christine in the controversial series “The Girlfriend Experience,” showcasing her versatility and talent to critics and audiences alike.