The acting industry, probably more than any other business, is famous for having children following in the footsteps of their acting parents. There are several examples of this in the United States, England, France, and just about any other country. We couldn’t even begin to imagine the sort of pressure that a child would be under if they chose to be an actor like one of their parents. To have a little fun, we’ve put together a list of celebrity dads and their lookalike sons! Sit back, relax, and get ready to learn of some father-and-son duos you may not be familiar with.
Alain Delon and Alain-Fabien Delon
If you are around your parents enough, there is a good chance that you will pick up some of their interests. This is the case for Alain Delon, and his son, Alain-Fabien Delon. The elder Delon was known for his work in French films in the 1960s where he was known as a sex symbol. His son not only took up acting but put his good looks to use and also did some modeling.
It would be cool to follow your family into the acting business. We’re sure that Alain Delon wishes that he could have the opportunity to act alongside his son in a film.
John Lennon and Sean Lennon
Being the child of one of the world’s most famous musicians can’t be easy. But Sean Lennon, son of the late John Lennon, seems to be alright with it. Not only was his father famous, but his mother, Yoko Ono, was a great musician in her own right. That’s a lot of pressure! But Sean has made his own music and has also featured in his mother’s music. That’s one musical family!
Honestly, it would be strange if the kids of stars didn’t do anything related to their parents’ work. You almost expect to hear that they have picked up where their parents left off.
Don Johnson and Jesse Johnson
Miami Vice was a huge show in the 80s, and no one was more popular than Don Johnson. Not only is he an actor, but he’s also a director, producer, and singer. His son, Jesse Johnson, followed in his father’s footsteps and has started an acting career of his own. His father must be very proud! It has to be nice to get tips from someone who has had such a long career.
We can’t even begin to imagine the sort of pride a parent must feel when they hear that their child wants to do something close to what they did. We’re sure there were tears.
Eugene Levy and Dan Levy
Eugene Levy has had an amazing acting career The Canadian comedian started in the 70s and is still acting today. That’s an incredible achievement. He’s even had the opportunity to act in a show with his son, Dan. The show, Schitt’s Creek¸ is loved by so many, and part of the reason is because of the relationship between the characters. We’re sure that this was a dream come true for both of them.
We’re not sure Eugene and Dan imagined Schitt’s Creek would turn out to be the hit that it was, but we have to assume that they’re pretty happy that it did.
Jude Law and Rafferty Law
The English actor Jude Law is one of the best actors alive right now. He’s been in movies, shows, and plays, and he shows no signs of slowing down. We would love to see him have the chance to act in a show or movie with his son, Rafferty. He’s taken up a career in acting just like his father. He’s only getting started, but we’re sure the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
There is an immense amount of bravery that comes with following in your parent’s footsteps. People are always going to compare the two of you, and if you can stand that, you can do anything.
Jean-Claude Van Damme and Kristopher Van Varenberg
Jean-Claude Van Damme’s acting career was monumental. He is one of the most well-known action stars to ever exist. But he also directs and produces. He’s the real deal when it comes to the movie business. So, it’s only right that his son, Kristopher Van Varenberg, has followed in his footsteps and started an acting career of his own. Those are some big shoes to fill, but we think he can do it.
Kristopher got his first chance to act in the film Derailed. We’re sure that that won’t be the last for him. It seems like the acting runs deep in this family.
Bill Pullman and Lewis Pullman
Bill Pullman is a well-known actor who has many credits to his name. He has one of those faces that you instantly recognize. And now, his son is trying his own hand at acting. Lewis Pullman may be young, but he is probably going to be a household name just like his father. We can’t wait to see what he does with his career. We think he’ll be a star.
We applaud anyone who wants to act. It doesn’t matter if they are the child of an actor or not. That takes a lot of guts to get up there and do that.
James Brolin and Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin is a big-name actor these days, and in his own day, so was his father! The two of them have made some amazing movies in their respective careers. We can only imagine the types of conversations they have with one another when they get together. We’re sure that they are both proud of one another for all that they have accomplished. We would love to sit in on one of their conversations.
Hopefully, the two of them have time to watch one another’s movies together. These two probably have so many stories about their time spent on movie sets and Hollywood in general.
Henry Fonda and Peter Fonda
There was a point in history when Henry Fonda’s name was synonymous with Hollywood. He worked in the industry for 50 years. That’s an incredible achievement for anyone. Not only was he good, but he also had a son, Peter Fonda, who was pretty good in his own right. There must have been so much that Henry was able to teach Peter about acting. After 50 years, he must have learned so much.
We’re not sure that we would be cut out for acting. It seems like a lot of work. It shows you that these people who follow their parents are built differently.
Val Kilmer and Jack Kilmer
The 90s belonged to Val Kilmer. He had so many big movies that came out during the decade that it’s hard to not think about him when 90s movies are mentioned. Heat and Top Gun are just two of his more noticeable movie credits. But he also has a son named Jack who is trying to make his name in the acting industry. If he's anything like his father, he’ll be a star in no time.
Val Kilmer is an amazing actor. If he has been able to pass off that talent to his son, then we really will be in for some amazing acting performances in the near future.
Rob Lowe and John Owen Lowe
Rob Lowe was a heartthrob when he hit the scene in the 80s. He’s still known for a lot of the movies that he made as a young man. But he has a son, John, who spent his younger years staying away from acting and the media altogether, but it seems like he is coming around to it. We’ll see if he can become a heartthrob like his father was.
Rob Lowe has been making movies since the 80s. There are legions of people who are obsessed with what he’s done. We’re curious to know if his son wants the same thing.
Tommy Lee and Brandon Thomas Lee
One of the most publicized couples of the last 30 years is Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson. They were everywhere in the 90s. They were in magazines and on television; it was impossible to get away from them. And they had a child together. His name is Brandon lee. And he is following in the footsteps of his mother and becoming an actor. We’re sure his dad wanted him to play music like him.
His parent’s relationship was so publicized and well-known, that we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this young man wants to stay away from the limelight for a little while.
Damon Wayans and Damon Wayans Jr.
Having a father that is in the acting industry seems tough enough, but it seems especially tough if that father is a comedian. That’s the case for Damon Wayans Jr. His father, Damon Wayans, is one of the most well-known comedic actors. The whole family is talented, and Damon Wayans Jr. has shown that on multiple occasions. He’s made people realize that his father and uncles aren’t the only funny ones.
This must be tough, but it shows you how good Damon Wayans Jr. is because he has been able to make a name for himself in the last few years.
Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell
Obviously, these are father and son duos on this list, but it’s still nuts just how much they look alike. Kurt Russell, and his son Wyatt Russell, could be twins. And the younger Russell doesn’t only take after his father in the looks, it’s in his acting ability as well. He’s been in a few shows and even a couple of movies. It’s just a matter of time before everyone knows his name.
If people weren’t sure if these two were related, seeing them side by side would help fix that problem. We can’t wait to see what Wyatt does in his career.
Jeremy Irons and Max Irons
Jeremy Irons is a massive talent. He is not only well-known in Britain, but he’s a big name everywhere. He was the voice of Scar in Disney’s The Lion King. We can only hope that he’s passed his talent onto his son, Max. There is no doubt that they look alike, but can he act like his father? If he can, then this young man has a long career ahead of him.
We aren’t actors of course, but after seeing all these sons who are taking after their fathers, we kind of want to give it a go. We wouldn’t be any good, but it would be fun!
Nicolas Cage and Weston Coppola Cage
Nicolas Cage is a truly brave and talented actor. He takes on roles that many people would not even dare to think about. That is why so many love him and his acting. His son Weston briefly followed in his footsteps and tried acting for a little bit. That didn’t exactly work out, so he switched over to making death metal. It’s not acting, but it is still pretty badass.
There seems to be a trend of actors having children that come out extremely talented and creative. Maybe if our parents had been actors, we’d be able to do something cool!
Jerry Stiller and Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller is one of the funniest actors alive. He has been in so many funny movies that have brought smiles to the faces of millions. Zoolander, Meet the Fockers, and Night at the Museum are just some of his films. But his father, Jerry Stiller, was also an actor in his own right. Some people don’t know that they are related, but when you see them, you can see the resemblance.
Imagine the family dinners if you came from a family that had this many funny people in it. That would be so much fun. Family reunions were probably insane for the Stiller family.
Lloyd Bridges and Jeff Bridges
Lloyd Bridges acted in over 150 films in his life. People could only dream of a career like that in today’s industry. He was truly a man that loved acting. And luckily for us, he was the father of a very talented and funny man by the name of Jeff Bridges. Jeff Bridges hasn’t been in 150 films, but he was in The Big Lebowski, which many people loved and still do.
Jeff Bridges has the personality of a man who spends all of his days by the beach. That’s why so many people have fallen in love with him and his acting.
Mel Gibson and Milo Gibson
Lethal Weapons and Braveheart are movies that people will never forget. And Mel Gibson, who starred in both, is an actor who is also unforgettable. He’s been in the industry for years, and he always seems to be able to surprise people with his talent. His son, Milo, is also an actor. And while he is still getting his feet wet in the industry, we hope that he’ll have a career like his father’s.
There have been a lot of talented fathers on this list, but Mel Gibson is one of the best. We sure hope his son Milo doesn’t get discouraged following in his dad’s footsteps.
Pierce Brosnan and Dylan Brosnan
We wouldn’t want the pressure that young Dylan Brosnan must feel. His father, Pierce Brosnan, was James Bond for a few of the Bond films. That must be an incredible amount of pressure on somebody who is trying to become an actor himself. Luckily for Dylan, he is also a model. So, while he likes to act, he has something that his father never did. Having a backup plan is always good.
This one is one of the tougher ones on the list. Imagine growing up and learning that your dad portrayed one of the suavest men on the planet. That’s a tough act to follow.
Tom Hanks and Colin Hanks
There are a lot of people who call Tom Hanks America’s dad. He’s a genuine man, he’s kind, and he just makes you feel good inside when you see him. But he’s the actual dad of Colin Hanks, who is also an actor. The young man hasn’t had any films nearly as impressive as his father, but he still has a long career ahead of him. We’ll see where he goes in the future.
Having Tom Hanks as a dad must be pretty cool. There are so many people around the nation, and the world, who probably dream of having Tom Hanks as their dad.
David Beckham and Brooklyn Beckham
Up next is the famous David Beckham and his son, Brooklyn. David rose to fame for his soccer skills and, of course, good looks. His good mix of hard work and genetics landed him plenty of other career opportunities and sponsorships. And it looks like his son might have some of those same opportunities ahead of him, considering they look almost identical!
It would be wrong not to mention that Brooklyn’s mom is Victoria Beckham. If that name isn’t familiar, then maybe Posh Spice is. The famous model and actor must be very proud of her son.
Alan Thicke and Robin Thicke
Many people will know Alan Thicke from television. He was the dad on the sitcom Growing Pains. Many people loved him in it. They just couldn’t get enough of how genuine he was. His son, Robin, is a singer. And not just any singer, a really good singer. He has made some hit albums and has featured in songs with some of the biggest names. What a talented family this is!
We can’t act or sing, so we’re really impressed by these two. We’ll have to wait to see if Robin’s own children decide to live a creative life like their father and grandfather.
Jack Nicholson and Ray Nicholson
Jack Nicholson is a legend in Hollywood. He has been in movies for nearly 80 years. And so many of his movies have gone on to win him awards. He’s incredible at acting. And luckily for his son, some of those skills have been passed down. Ray Nicholson is still finding his footing in the acting world, but we can’t imagine it will be too long before he starts making movies like his father.
Something tells us that Jack Nicholson probably has plenty of pointers and tips for his son’s career. Hopefully, Ray does the right thing and listens to all his dad has to say.
David Bowie and Duncan Jones
There may not be a person alive who doesn’t know about David Bowie. He was one of the biggest stars, and one of the most talented. While he made music, his son Duncan is a filmmaker and writer. He has even made a film, Moon, which was nominated for a BAFTA. It looks like his father’s talent was passed down to him. He’s very lucky to have such a talented dad.
It's amazing how creativity passes down to the next generation. If Duncan has children, we are sure that one of them will also be extremely talented at whatever they do.
David Cassidy and Beau Cassidy
David Cassidy was a double threat. He could act and sing! He was a big name on the show The Partridge Family for years. People were absolutely in love with him throughout the 70s. His son, Beau, is also a musician. He hasn’t made it to the level of his father yet, but we’re sure he’ll get there. And with a father as talented as David Cassidy, it’s pretty much inevitable that he will.
Beau Cassidy also acts. We can only wish him the best. He has a lot to live up to, but we think that he’ll be fine. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s next for him.
Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Ice Cube is one of the most well-known rappers. After his rap career, he made his move into acting. He truly is one of the most talented people working today! He also has a very talented son by the name of O’Shea Jackson Jr. He has also acted in a few movies and is working his way into Hollywood. We’re excited to see what else he will take on in the future.
The amount of pressure O’Shea must feel being the son of one of the most famous rappers of the 90s must be crazy. Hopefully, he isn’t letting it get to him.
Stevie Wonder and Kwame Morris
Stevie Wonder is one of, if not, the most talented musicians living today. He’s had so many songs that people have fallen in love with. Not only that but he’s also made all his songs while being blind. His son, Kwame, has also followed in his father’s footsteps. We’re not sure if he’ll ever be as good as his father, but it’s nice to see that he enjoys making music as well.
The sounds in this house when Kwame was growing up were probably incredible. There would just be so much good music playing all the time. We are so jealous of him.
Sean Penn and Hopper Penn
Sean Penn has been acting since the 80s. The multi-talented actor has captivated audiences with his performances on screen. His son, Hopper, is also an actor. He’s not close to the talent of his father, but he has some time to get there. His mother is Robin Wright, who is also very talented in her own right. We’re sure it’s just a matter of time before we see Hopper’s name everywhere.
Having two extremely talented parents has to be really difficult. This seems like it would be so much pressure! Let’s hope Hopper can overcome it to do his own thing.
Daniel Day-Lewis and Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis
You aren’t going to find many more talented actors than Daniel Day-Lewis. He is one of those actors that gives his all in any role that he takes on. There Will Be Blood is one of his most intense films ever. His son, Gabriel- Kane Day-Lewis, is handsome like his father, but he’s focused more on music. But if he’s picked up any of his father’s talent, he’ll be a rockstar in no time.
We’re jealous of Gabriel for the simple fact that his dad is Daniel Day-Lewis. We would go and tell the whole world whenever we could if he was our dad.
Clint Eastwood and Scott Eastwood
Clint Eastwood is a legend. There is no other way to put it. He’s made so many movies, and even in his old age, he continues to make them. He is a man that truly loves what he does. His son, Scott, acts as well. The two of them look so much alike that it is scary. He has a long way to go to reach the level of his father.
If Scott doesn’t want to be an actor, he could definitely make it as a model. He was lucky enough to have inherited his father’s look, and he should really put them to use.
Stellan Skarsgård and Alexander Skarsgård
The Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard is a known name in the film industry. He’s one of those actors whose name you may not know, but you recognize his face from all the movies that he’s been in. His son, Alexander, is an amazing actor in his own right. He’s been in movies and shows and we don’t see him slowing down any time soon. He’s got the talent to be a big star.
It must make a father so proud to have their son carry the torch for what they were doing. Seeing Alexander succeed has probably been a dream come true for Stellan.
James Caan and Scott Caan
James Caan was an incredible actor. His most famous role and there are plenty, is that of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather. He was so good and so believable! Luckily, that skill was passed down to his son Scott. He has been in several shows and movies himself. That’s a lot of pressure that comes with having a dad in a movie as big as The Godfather, but Scott doesn’t seem bothered by it.
The two of these actors could probably share a whole afternoon sharing stories about their times in Hollywood. We’re sure that would be a conversation that we would love to hear.
Michael Keaton and Sean Douglas
Where do you even start when it comes to Michael Keaton? He’s been in so many movies that it’s truly hard to count all of them. His career is something that so many actors and actresses could only dream of. As for his son Sean Douglas, he probably hopes that he has a similar career. He’s a singer, but the talent is clearly there. We should look out for him in the future.
Sean has already proven his ability to write songs by receiving a Grammy for being a co-writer. That’s quite the accomplishment. We’re excited to see what else he makes in the future.
Denzel Washington and John David Washington
Denzel Washington is an insane actor. We could have spent this entire list talking about films that he’s acted in. Everything that he touches turns to gold. The man is a living legend. We’re sure that his son John David Washington is aware of that. He’s an actor as well, and we can’t think of a better mentor to have on your side. We’re sure that he is getting all sorts of tips.
This is one of the people that we would be the most nervous to have as a parent. Luckily, it doesn’t seem like John David is. He’s got a long future ahead of him.