The Top 20 Famous Brother and Sister Celebrity Pairings

While for some stars their talent is unique to them, for others it is something that runs in the family. It is not unheard of for celebrity couples to have a child that goes on to follow in their parents’ footsteps and enter the television, film, or music industry. Being in the media spotlight is something they have grown up with and it is a natural progression for them. Similarly, it is not unheard of for acting or musical talents to be something that is shared by siblings. There are many actors or musicians who also have a sibling who works in the film or music industry. There are many examples of when both a brother and a sister of the same family have both become a success in their own right.

Here are 20 of the top brother and sister celebrity pairings.

1. Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty

Although both Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty are well-known celebrities, not everyone realizes that they are actually brother and sister. Warren Beatty is both an actor and a filmmaker. He has been nominated for fourteen Academy Awards throughout his career. He is the only person to have been nominated for an award for a film he acted in, wrote, directed, and produced. He achieved this for both ‘Reds’ and ‘Heaven Can Wait’. Other movies in which he has starred include ‘Rules Don’t Apply’, Bonnie and Clyde’, ‘Shampoo’, ‘Dick Tracy’, and ‘Bulworth’. Shirley MacLaine is an Academy Award-winning actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. She was awarded the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award in 2012. Some of the movies for which she has won awards include ‘Terms of Endearment’, ‘The Apartment’, ‘Some Came running’, ‘Irma la Douce’, Ask Any Girl’, and ‘Steel Magnolias’.

2. Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal

Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal are one of the most high-profile celebrity siblings of the moment. Their parents are Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal. Maggie Gyllenhaal first began acting professionally as a teenager when she appeared in her father’s films. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her appearances in the 2002 movie ‘Secretary’ and for the 2006 independent drama ‘Sherrybaby’. Other movies in which she has appeared include ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’, ‘Frank’, ‘Won’t Back Down’, and ‘The Dark Knight’. Her younger brother is Jake Gyllenhaal. He started his career as a child actor in the 1991 movie ‘City Slickers’. As a young actor, he also had roles in ‘Homegrown’ and ‘A Dangerous Woman’. He also had roles in movies such as ‘Donnie Darko’, ‘The Good Girl’, ‘October Sky’, ‘Jarhead’, ‘Brokeback Mountain’, and ‘the Day After Tomorrow’.

3. Julia and Eric Roberts

Julia Roberts has won three Golden Globes and an Academy Award, making her one of the most high-profile actresses in Hollywood. Her movie debut was in the 1988 movie ‘Satisfcation’, which also starred Justine Bateman and Liam Neeson. Some of her best-known movies include ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘Erin Brockovich’, ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, ‘Mirror Mirror’, ‘Runaway Bride’, ‘Steel Magnolias’, ‘Flatliners’, and ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’. Throughout most of the 1990s and into the 2000s, Julia Roberts was the highest paid actress in the world. Julia’s brother is Eric Roberts, a famous American actor. He earned his first Golden Globe when he made his movie debut in the 1978 movie ‘King of the Gypsies’. In a career that has spanned over 40 years, he has appeared in over 400 movies. Some of these have included ‘The Expendables’, ‘National Security’, ‘Inherent Vice’, ‘The Specialist’, and ‘The Dark Knight’. He also has a career in television. Eric and Julia’s sister, Lisa Roberts Gillian, also has an acting career as does Eric’s daughter, Emma Roberts.

4. Joan and John Cusack

John Cusack began acting in movies during the 1980s. His first movie was ‘Class’ in 1983 and then ‘Sixteen Candles’ and ’Grandview, U.S.A’ in the following year. This award-winning actor went on to have a highly successful career in the movie industry and starred in films including ‘High Fidelity’, ‘The Raven’, ‘Grosse Pointe Blank’, ‘Con Air’, ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘2012’, ‘1408’, and ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’. John Cusack is also a producer and a screenwriter. His sister is Joan Cusack who is both a Golden Globe and Academy Award winner. Her movies include ‘Working Girl’, ‘In & Out’, and ‘Runaway Bride’. She is also the voice of Jessie in the ‘Toy Story’ series of films. John and Joan’s sister is Ann Cusack is also an actress.

5. Virginia and Michael Madsen

Virginia Madsen is an actor and producer who made her movie debut in the 1983 movie ‘Class’. She then played Princess Irulan in the 1984 science fiction movie ‘Dune’ which was directed by David Lynch. Other movies in which she has starred include ‘Fire with Fire’, ‘Modern Girls’, and ‘Electric Dreams’. Her brother is the prolific movie actor Michael Marsden who has starred in over 200 movies. Some of these include ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Free Willy’, ‘Thelma & Louise’, ‘Sin City’, and ‘The Hateful Eight’. When he has made films, he has often collaborated with Quentin Tarantino. In addition to his work in television, Michael Masden has also had roles in many television series. Some of these include ‘Vengeance Unlimited’, ‘Powers’, and ‘Our Family Honor’.

6. Justine and Jason Bateman

Justine Bateman is an actress, director, producer, and writer. Some of the work for which she is best-known includes ‘Family Ties’, ‘Men Behaving Badly’, Desperate Housewives’, ‘Satisfaction’ and ‘The TV Set’. She is the older sister of Jason Bateman who is an actor, director and producer. He began his acting career during the 1980s in television series including ‘Little House on the Prairie’, ‘The Hogan Family’, and ‘Silver Spoons’. He also has also worked in movies including ‘Hancock’, ‘Horrible Bosses 2’, ‘The Gift’, and ‘Identity Thief’.

7. Patricia and David Arquette

Patricia Arquette made her film debut in the 1987 movie ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’. Some of her biggest film roles were in ‘Lost Highway’, ‘Flirting with Disaster’, ‘True Romance’, ‘Bringing Out the Dead’, and ‘Holes’. She also won widespread critical acclaim for her performance in the 2014 movie ‘Boyhood’, which was directed by ‘Boyhood’. Her brother, David Arquette, is a well-known actor, director, screenwriter, producer, former wrestler, and fashion designer. He has starred in the ‘Scream’ series of movies, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, ‘Eight Legged Freaks’, and ‘Wild Bill’. Patricia and David are part of the Arquette acting family which also includes their father, Lewis Arquette, their grandfather, Cliff Arquette, and their siblings Rosanna, Richmond, and Alexis.

8. Penny and Garry Marshall

Penny Marshall is best-known for playing Laverne DeFazio on the sitcom ‘Happy Days’ and the same character in the spin-off series ‘Laverne & Shirley’. When her acting career ended, she progressed to directing movies. She directed the 1988 movie ‘Big’ and this gave her the accolade of being the first woman to direct a movie that grossed over $100 million at the US box office. She also directed ‘Awakenings’ and ‘A League of Their Own’. Her brother is Garry Marshall who was the creator of ‘Happy Days’, an actor, a director, a writer, a voice artist, and a producer. Movies he directed included ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘The Princess Diaries’, and ‘Valentine’s Day’. Garry Marshall died on July 19, 2016.

9. Jane and Peter Fonda

Jane Fonda established herself as a film actress during the 1960s after beginning her acting career on the stage. During this decade, she starred in films such as ‘Period of Adjustment’, ‘Barbarella’, and ‘Cat Ballou’. In addition to her career in acting, she also became known as a fitness expert after releasing her first exercise video ‘Jane Fonda’s Workout’ in 1982. This became the highest-selling video at the time. Jane’s brother is actor Peter Fonda who has worked in both television and film. He is particularly well-known for playing Frank O’Connor in the 1999 television series ‘The Passion of Ayn Rand’. Some of the films in which he has starred include ‘The Victors’, ‘Easy Rider’, and ‘Ulee’s Gold’. Jane and Peter’s parent are Henry Fonda and Frances Ford Seymour.

10. Talia Shire and Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most successful film directors of all time. He is also a producer, screenwriter, and film composer. He has had a prolific career in the film industry with some of his best works including ‘The Godfather’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘Distant Vision’, ‘Jack’, and ‘’Bram Stoker’s Dracula’. He has won many honors throughout his career. What many people do not realize is that actress Talia Shire is his sister. One of the roles for which she is best-known is Connie Corleone in ‘The Godfather’ films directed by her brother. She also played Adrian Balboa in the ‘Rocky’ series of films. Talia Shire and Francis Ford Coppola also have a brother, August Coppola. He is an academic, an author, and a film executive.

11. Kate and Oliver Hudson

It is no surprise that Kate and Oliver Hudson have established careers in the film and television industries as their parents are Bill Hudson and Goldie Hawn. Oliver is best-known for playing Wes Gardner in ‘Scream Queens’, Jeff Fordham in ‘Nashville’, and Adam Rhodes in ‘Rules of Engagement’. Kate Hudson first rose to prominence when she played Penny Lane in ‘Almost Famous’ and she won a Golden Globe for her performance. Some of her other movies include ‘Deepwater Horizon’, ‘Bride Wars’, ‘Nine’, ‘You, Me, and Dupree’, and ‘The Killer Inside Me’. IN addition to her work as an actress, she co-founded the fitness brand Fabletics.

12. Jaden and Willow Smith

Actors Jada Pinkett and Will Smith had two children together during their marriage and they have both followed in their parents’ footsteps. Jaden Smith is a rapper and an actor. His first acting role was in the 2006 film ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ in which he appeared alongside his father. He has also acted in the remakes of ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’. He is also playing the role of Kitai Raige in an untitled Crystal Moselle project which is set for release in 2018. Jaden’s sister Willow Smith is also establishing a career as an actor, a singer, and a dancer. Willow made her acting debut in the 2007 movie ‘I Am Legend’. She has also appeared in ‘Kit Kittredge: An American Girl’. She launched her career in music in 2010. Two of her singles are ‘Whip My Hair’ and ‘21st Century Girl’.

13. Kelly and Jack Osbourne

The Osbourne family are famous for many reasons. Their dad Ozzy Osbourne is a famous rock star while their mother, Sharon, is a music manager and television personality. Kelly and Jack shot to fame in the reality series ‘The Osbournes’ which followed their family life. Kelly went on to have a singing career and has also worked as an actress, television presenter, and fashion designer. Jack became famous for presenting shows such as ‘Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie. Jack and Kelly have an older sister, Aimee, who chose not to appear in the reality show about their family and has successfully stayed out of the limelight.

14. Alexandra and Matthew Daddario

Alexandra Daddario is an actress and a model who is best-known for playing Annabeth Chase in the ‘Percy Jackson’ series of films. She has also played Summer Quinn in ‘Baywatch’ and Blake Gaines in ‘San Andreas’. Most recently, she played Kate Jeffries in the movie ‘The Layover’. She also has roles in upcoming movies ‘We Have Always Lived in a Castle’, ‘When We First Met’, and ‘Nomis’. Her brother Matthew Daddario is also an actor. He is most famous for playing Alec Lightwood in ‘Shadowhunters’, a fantasy series on Freeform.

15. Dakota and Jesse Johnson

Dakota Johnson comes from a long line of talent. She is the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson and her maternal grandparents are Peter Griffith and Tippi Hedren. She made her movie debut in the 1999 movie ‘Crazy in Alabama’ alongside her mother. Some of her most famous acting roles include ‘Need for Speed’, Beastly’, ‘The Social Network’, and ’21 Jump Street’. Her half-brother is Jesse Johnson, with whom she shares a father. Talent also runs in his family as his mother is the actress Patti D’Arbanville. The movies in which he has appeared include ‘Circle of Eight’, ‘Prey’, ‘Redline’, and ‘My life: Untitled’. Most recently, he has appeared in episodes of television series including ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Twin Peaks’.

16. James Haven and Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is one of the hottest stars in Hollywood with many big movie credits to her name. This award-winning actress has starred in movies including ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’, Maleficent’, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’, ‘Girl, Interrupted’, and ‘Unbroken’. Her brother is James Haven, an American actor and producer. His acting credits include roles in ‘Breaking Dawn’ and ‘Deep in the Heart’. He also directed the movie ‘The Game’. It is little wonder that this pair are so talented as their parents are actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand.

17. Neve and Christian Campbell

Neve Campbell is a Canadian actress who is best-known for playing Sidney Prescott in the ‘Scream’ series of horror films. Other films she has starred in include ‘The Craft’, ‘The Company’, ‘Panic’, and ‘Wild Things’. In terms of her television career, she is best-known for her role in ‘House of Cards’. Her brother is the actor, writer, and photographer Christian Campbell. He is best-known for playing Grey Ivey in ‘Big Love’ and Gabriel in ‘Trick’. He is married to the actress America Olivo.

18. Derek and Julianne Hough

Derek and Julianne Hough are talented siblings who are both professional dancers and television personalities. They both appear on the popular ABC dance-competition series ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Derek has won a record six seasons of the show and has also worked as a choreographer for the series. In fact, he has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography for the routines he has choreographed for ‘Dancing with the Stars. His sister Julianne has won the show in two seasons and has also won the 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for her contributions to the series. Julianne is also an actress who starred in the 2011 remake of ‘Footloose’. Since 2014, she has been one of the permanent judges on ‘Dancing with the Stars’.

19. Emma and Alex Watson

Emma Watson is a famous actress who is best-known for playing Hermione in the Harry Potter series of films. Watson played the lead female role in all eight movies in the series of Harry Potter movies alongside Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley. When the Harry Potter films were complete, she decided to continue with her acting career and went on to star in movies of all genres. Some of her films include ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’, ‘The Bling Ring’, and ‘Noah’. Most recently, she has starred in the 2017 movies ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘The Circle’. She has won many awards for her performances. Now, her younger brother Alex is getting in on the action as he is also establishing careers in both acting and modelling. On two occasions, he was an extra alongside his sister in the Harry Potter movies.

20. Jessica and Joshua Alba

Jessica Alba is both an actress and a businesswoman. She first appeared on television and film in 1994 at the age of just 13. She starred in ‘Camp Nowhere’ and ‘The Secret World of Alex Mack’. However, it was her role in ‘Dark Angel’ that helped her to rise in prominence. This award-winning actress has gone on to star in many movies, including ‘Sin City’, ‘Into the Blue’, ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘Good Luck Chuck’. Most recently, she starred in the 2016 movies ‘The Veil’ and ‘Mechanic Resurrection’. Jessica is not the only talented performer in her family as her brother Joshua is also enjoying a fairly successful acting career. The pair have even worked together as Joshua appeared alongside Jessica in several episodes of ‘Dark Angel’.


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