Some of the most famous people have worked tooth and nail to cultivate their talent for years before it can measure up to anything, while others are born with special sets of talents and skills. Most celebrities in Hollywood have to practice long hours so that they can perfect their skills. Some of them even take special classes in order to perform in ways that seem simple to us watching from our seats. However, others are born with a lucky bone and thriving in Hollywood comes easy for them.
A new breed of celebrities has come up in Hollywood with people gaining fame due to their genealogy. When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had their first baby and kept her away from the press, there was a price of over $1 million for the first photo of the child. The same case applied to Kim and Kanye, as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z. This turns these children into instant celebrities from the moment they are born, given that the paparazzi are already after them.
Being born to superstars makes for celebrity children regardless of whether they have any recognizable talent or not. It seems unfair that these newborns are getting the red carpet on a silver platter, while their colleagues have to work from the bottom up. However, some of them have been in the scene for a while and they have proven their worth. Some celebrity babies have even managed to gain more fame than their parents have. Here is a list of celebrities who have surpassed the fame of their famous parents.
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10 Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke is the son of celebrity TV host, songwriter, and actor Alan Thicke. He has created quite the buzz for himself in the last few years. Not only is he good looking and popular with the ladies, but Thicke has managed to make a successful career for himself by topping the charts with his R&B music. Since year 2003, Robin has been a superstar on R&B shelves when his album A Beautiful World hit the waves. His scandalous lifestyle however led him to his divorce from nine years of marriage to actress Paula Patton. He also got an angry outcry from fans when he performed his hit single "Blurred Lines" with Miley Cyrus. Alan has had his fair share of fame but Robin obviously already has more prospects than his dad who has been active in the scene since 1969.
9 Kiefer Sutherland
World icon Kiefer Sutherland has been featured in many films and TV series. However, Kiefer is known for his iconic work in Fox TV series 24 where he played the role of Jack Bauer. He has picked up two Emmy Awards, two Satellite Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Golden Globe, as well as recognition as one of the world's best drama and action actors. It is evident that Kiefer inherited his acting talent form his father Donald Sutherland who has been acting for over 50 years. Donald is well known for his multi-talented acting which has him featured in many films and TV series as well. However, Kiefer has a massive worldwide following, largely because of 24, and his fame trumps his father's by far.
8 Miley Cyrus
When we think of good girls gone bad, Miley Cyrus is on top of the list. Her father is actor and musician Billy Ray Cyrus who co-starred with her on the once teen-studded Disney show Hannah Montana. However, Miley has made a lot of noise for herself since then. Her recent personal drama and conscious effort to switch from America's sweetheart to the queen of twerking has earned her a lot of fame. She attracts both bad PR and good PR, both of which easily trump her dad on the fame front. Of late, she is one of the most talked about drama queens out there and it looks like she will create an even bigger buzz this year.
7 Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen is one of the most famous comedians of all time, and his fame results from both the good and the bad things he has done. Charlie Sheen's real name is Carlos Esteves, and he is the son of a famous American actor and activist, Martin Sheen (Ramon Antonio Esteves). Martin Sheen is a present day big-shot celebrity, with some of his recent major roles as President Josiah Bartlet in the series The West Wing, and Ben Parker in The Amazing Spider Man. However, his son Charlie has managed to eclipse his fame, owing to his once starring role in Two and a Half Men, and the aftermath of him getting kicked off the show. Sheen was fired after insulting his producer Chuck Lorre, and the escapades surrounding his firing made him even more famous. His personal life still makes headlines, especially on marital, drug, and alcohol-related problems.
6 George Clooney
It's no surprise that the King of Hollywood George Clooney has famous parents as well. For those who have been wondering where he got his dashing looks, well his mother was actually a popular beauty pageant queen back in the fifties. What is even more shocking, Clooney's grandmother was half-sister to the mother of Abraham Lincoln. It gets even better than that. In addition, his father Nick Clooney was a TV anchor and game show host for AMC for more than five years back in the nineties. Being practically Hollywood royalty, Clooney has not disappointed his fans, making him one of the actors with the largest followings in the world. He has numerous awards as well as an ever loyal and constantly growing fan base.
5 Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks made a huge name for herself by being the world's favourite American Idol contestant for season six of the show. She managed to win over so many people across America and capture the top spot on the show that season. What most people do not know is that her dad was star NFL cornerback Phillippi Sparks. He played for the New York Giants from 1992-1999, followed by one season as a Dallas Cowboy before officially retiring in 2001. However, Jordin did not necessarily use her dad's connections to make it in the music scene. She worked hard for her fame and she deserves it. She is one of the most famous R&B musicians today.
4 Enrique Iglesias
Enrique is a common name in Latin pop and he has made quite a name for himself in the world charts. The actor, singer, record producer, and songwriter started by winning the hearts of Hispanic fans before he broke world charts and made over $68 million in album sales with Universal music. He obviously takes after his father Julio Iglesias, who is not small in the business either. Julio concentrated on writing and performing Spanish music, which he was very good at. He even won a Grammy Award for the best Latin pop album back in 1988. Enrique has his own huge following which grows bigger by the day, and from the looks of things, he has become more influential, or at least more mainstream, than his father.
3 Chris Pine
American actor Chris Pine is practically Hollywood royalty. His grandmother Anne Gwynne was a Hollywood actress and his grandfather Max Gilford was the president of Hollywood Bar association where he was an attorney. The genealogy continues with his mother Gwynne Gilford who was a famous actress, but retired and proceeded to practice psychotherapy to date. His father Robert Pine is a common name in Hollywood as well being another high profile actor. With such a family tree, Chris is under constant pressure to perform and make a name for himself. So far, he is not disappointing the fans. He has already won numerous awards, starred in the two most recent Star Trek films and he seems to be doing his family proud as one of the hottest young stars in Hollywood. So far so good.
2 Kate Hudson
The ever jovial and full of life Kate Hudson is a Hollywood heir as well. Her career is currently at its prime having won a Golden Globe Award and several nominations for the Academy Awards. Kate is a big screen darling with a huge following of romantic comedy fans as well as "gleeks" who love her for her role in the musical comedy drama Glee. Her mother is also the Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn and her father is actor Bill Hudson. Even though her parents have been divorced throughout most of her life, she definitely inherited some of their talents and made it on her own.
1 Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller may not strike you as a serious actor given that he is known for his roles in films like Zoolander, Meet The Parents and Night At The Museum. However, it is shocking that the films he has directed, produced and starred in ended up grossing more than $2.6 billion in the US and Canada. He has also bagged a Teen Choice Award, an Emmy Award, as well as an MTV Movie Award. It is also not shocking that he is the son of Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller who are iconic comedians as well. Ben has managed to build a large following of fans making him more famous than both his parents combined.
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