The media and fans are sometimes obsessed with the lives of their favorite celebs. Celebrities often steal the headlines with the latest drama from their personal lives. Tabloids love juicy Hollywood scandals featuring love, seduction, broken hearts, and steamy affairs. The only thing that can cause more of a media frenzy than an epic wedding or spectacular divorce is the birth of a child.
It’s not easy being the child of a beloved celebrity. There is great pressure to live up to the reputation their parents have forged. Some rise to the occasion while others have fallen into obscurity. There is always great anticipation when world-famous celebs have a child. The expectation is that the child will someday follow in the footsteps of their superstar parent. Sometimes, those famous genes are passed down to the next generation of superstars. In fact, several of those children have grown up into major Hollywood celebs. Some have even surpassed their famous father or mother and have become an even bigger star. However, not all kids had the same Hollywood endings as the others. Some didn’t live up to their parents’ expectations and found themselves at the center of controversy. Some celebrity children have become famous stars, others are disappointments, and some met a tragic end. Here is a look at 8 Celebs That Are More Successful Than Their Famous Parents and 7 Disappointments.
15. Cameron Douglas – Michael Douglas (Disappointment)
Michael Douglas followed in the footsteps of his famous father, legendary actor Kirk Douglas. Michael created his own legacy and fame in Hollywood. He started his career in the 1970’s, and it has spanned several decades. He won an Academy Award for his role in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. He has starred in several other memorable films, such as Basic Instinct, Traffic, and Ant-Man. However, his son, Cameron Douglas, has struggled to follow his famous father. Cameron has had several run-ins with the law for drug-related offences. In 2009, he was arrested for possession of meth and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. His sentence was extended after he convinced his girlfriend to smuggle heroin to him while under house arrest. In 2016, he was released after serving 7 years with two of those in solitary confinement. At the time of his arrest, Michael took full responsibility for his son’s actions and for “being a bad father.”
14. Lenny Kravitz – Roxie Roker (More Successful)
Lenny Kravitz is a hugely successful singer-songwriter. He tours the world selling out stadiums and tops the music charts. He’s released several critically and commercially acclaimed albums, such as Let Love Rule, Are You Gonna Go My Way, 5, and Lenny. He also branched out into an acting career and appeared in several films, including Precious, The Hunger Games, and The Butler. He inherited his incredible talent from his mother, Roxie Roker. She never achieved his level of fame and stardom but she did very well for herself. Roxie was best known for her portrayal of Helen Willis on the CBS series The Jeffersons. She was apart of the first interracial couple to be shown on a regular prime time television series. Lenny’s daughter, Zoe Kravitz, is quickly making a name for herself in film and music as well. It won’t be a surprise to anyone if she surpasses her famous father and mother, Lisa Bonet, someday.
13. Robin Thicke – Alan Thicke (More Successful)
In the ‘80s, Alan Thicke became a major television star and was known all over the world. He was best known for his portrayal of Jason Seaver in the sitcom Growing Pains, which aired from September of 1985 to April of 1992. He also hosted several game shows, including First Impressions, Pictionary, and All New 3’s a Crowd. He also hosted his very own talk show, The Alan Thicke Show. His son, Robin Thicke, is a world-famous recording artist. Robin had his big breakthrough with the single “Blurred Lines.” He’s worked with several top artists, including Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, and Christina Aguilera. He’s released several popular albums, such as A Beautiful World, Something Else, and Blurred Lines. His marriage and divorce from Paula Patton gained a great deal of media coverage. Sadly, his father, Alan, passed away on December 13, 2016.
12. Chet Hanks – Tom Hanks (Disappointment)
Tom Hanks is one of the most cherished actors in Hollywood. Hanks won two consecutive Academy Awards for performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump in 1994 and 1995, respectively. He has also starred in numerous beloved films, such as Big, Sleepless in Seattle, and Saving Private Ryan. Hanks casts a very large shadow, and his children might find it difficult to live up to his reputation. His son, Chet Hanks, was once an aspiring rapper that went by the name Chet Haze. He created controversy when he trashed a London hotel. He also got into a Twitter feud with Howard Stern. Additionally, he struggled with addiction and substance abuse. He said, “A couple months ago, I was selling coke, doing coke until I couldn’t even snort it up my nose anymore because it was so clogged.” Chet entered rehab and cleaned himself up, which made his father very proud.
11. Gigi & Bella Hadid – Yolanda Hadid (More Successful)
Gigi and Bella Hadid are quickly becoming two of the most popular and in-demand models. They’ve walked the runways for all the top designers and have appeared on the cover of every major magazine. They’re considered two of the most beautiful models and both have a huge following on social media. However, years before Gigi and Bella were tearing up the runway, their mother was doing it first. Yolanda Hadid was discovered by Eileen Ford and signed with Ford Models. She modeled all over the world. Currently, she is a cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Gigi and Bella have both surpassed their mother’s fame. They have individual careers but have also worked together. Gigi won Daily Front Row’s Model of the Year in 2015, and Bella won the same award the following year. They’ve walked the runway for Versace, Chanel, and appeared in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
10. Jaycee Chan – Jackie Chan (Disappointment)
Jackie Chan is an international phenomenon and household name. There isn’t a person who doesn’t know the innovative martial artist that has made a major impact in Hollywood. He had his big break with the 1978 film Drunken Master. He’s also starred in several popular films, including Rumble in the Bronx, Rush Hour, and The Forbidden Kingdom. In 2009, the Chinese government named him an anti-drug ambassador. He participated in several anti-drug campaigns and believed that users should be punished severely. His son, Jaycee Chan, initially embarked on a singing career but that got sidetracked. In 2014, Jaycee was arrested for allowing guests to smoke marijuana in his apartment. He served six months in prison and apologized for his mistake. Jackie was “heartbroken” and “ashamed” of his son at that time. He refused to help his son get a lighter sentence and hoped that other kids would learn from Jaycee.
9. Ben Stiller – Jerry Stiller (More Successful)
Ben Stiller is one of the best-known comedians, actors, and directors in Hollywood. He’s been making audiences laugh for years. However, he inherited his comedic talent from his famous parents. He is the son of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s, his parents were a hugely-popular comedy duo known as Stiller and Meara. Jerry Stiller is best known for his iconic performance as Frank Costanza in the critically-acclaimed sitcom Seinfeld and for his role as Arthur Spooner in The King of Queens. Ben surpassed his father and became a major film and TV star. Ben first gained recognition with his Emmy award-winning sketch comedy series, The Ben Stiller Show. He has starred in a plethora of beloved films, including Reality Bites, There’s Something About Mary, Meet The Parents trilogy, Zoolander, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, and many more. Both father and son are still very active in their respective careers. In fact, Jerry has appeared in several of Ben’s films.
8. Marston Hefner – Hugh Hefner (Disappointment)
The late Hugh Hefner is one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood. He left a lasting impact that will be felt for years to come. He was the founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief for Playboy magazine. Hugh was the ultimate playboy that was known for dating gorgeous playmates half his age and throwing lavish parties at the Playboy mansion. His son, Marston Hefner, made headlines a few years ago. In 2010, Marston began dating pin-up model Claire Sinclair. The following year, she was named the 2011 Playmate of the Year. In 2012, Marston and Claire had an argument that turned physical. Reportedly, Marston kicked and punched Claire in the stomach. A few days after the attack, Claire was photographed moving out some of her belongings from the apartment and a large bruise was visible on her arm. Marston was charged with corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and was sentenced to a 52-week domestic violence program.
7. Miley Cyrus – Billy Ray Cyrus (More Successful)
Technically, Miley Cyrus falls into both categories as she surpassed her famous father but has also been a bit of a disappointment. To be fair, her parents have been bit of a disappointment too. In the early ‘90s, Billy Ray Cyrus became an international sensation with his chart-topping album Some Gave All. It featured the incredibly-successful single “Achy Breaky Heart.” Later, he starred in the series Doc from 2001 to 2004. Miley Cyrus had her first break with her starring role in the beloved series Hannah Montana, which also starred Billy Ray. Later, she developed a risqué and provocative image and released the album Bangerz. She created a great deal of controversy with her wild partying lifestyle and rebellious attitude. On the other hand, her parents have been accused of cheating on each other for years. Despite Billy’s incredible fame, his talented daughter has already passed him by.
6. Christian Brando – Marlon Brando (Disappointment)
The late Marlon Brando is widely regarded as the greatest actor of all time. He won Academy Awards for his universally-praised performances in On the Waterfront and The Godfather. He also starred in the critically-acclaimed films A Streetcar Named Desire, Last Tango in Paris, and Apocalypse Now. His son, Christian Brando, had a difficult childhood and had a brief acting career but truly made a name for himself later. On May 16, 1990, Christian shot and killed Dag Drollet who was the boyfriend of his half-sister, Cheyenne. Cheyenne told Christian that Dag had been abusive but that may have been untrue. The shooting took place at Marlon Brando’s residence in California. After the trial, Christian was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Cheyenne committed suicide in 1995, and Christian died in 2008. During the trial, Marlon testified and said, “I think that perhaps I failed as a father.”
5. Emma Roberts – Eric Roberts (More Successful)
Emma Roberts is quickly becoming a major star in Hollywood and one of the biggest celebrities. Emma is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and niece of legendary actress Julia Roberts. Eric’s career has spanned nearly 40 years and was praised early on for his roles in King of the Gypsies, Star 80, and Runaway Train. Later, he appeared in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight as well as guest roles in the series Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Grey’s Anatomy. His daughter, Emma, has already surpassed him in terms of mainstream popularity. Emma’s first break came in the teen series Unfabulous. Later, she starred in the horror series Scream Queens and the anthology series American Horror Story. Additionally, she starred in several films, including Nancy Drew, Scream 4, and We’re The Millers. She is one of the young stars on the rise, and she’ll certainly be a force in Hollywood for years to come.
4. Charlie Sheen – Martin Sheen (Disappointment)
Charlie Sheen has had a very successful career and some might say surpassed his famous father. However, he’s often at the center of controversy and had many run-ins with the law. Martin Sheen starred in several critically-acclaimed films, such as Apocalypse Now, The Departed, and Selma. He also starred in the universally-praised series The West Wing. Charlie had his first major role in Oliver Stone’s Platoon. He also starred in the series Two and a Half Men and Anger Management. Charlie has struggled with substance abuse for many years. He had a public meltdown and falling out with his former boss, Chuck Lorre. In 2009, Charlie’s then-wife, Brooke Mueller, filed a restraining order against him, and he was arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse. Later, Martin supported Charlie after he was diagnosed with HIV. However, he seems to have given up on Charlie after the LAPD began investigating him for stalking and threatening ex-fiancée Scottine Ross.
3. Angelina Jolie – Jon Voight (More Successful)
Jon Voight started his career in the 1960’s, and it would span for several decades. He won an Academy Award for his critically-acclaimed performance in Coming Home. He has appeared in several memorable films, such as Midnight Cowboy, Heat, and Pearl Harbor. He currently portrays Mickey Donovan in the popular series Ray Donovan. For most children, it might be a bit intimidating to follow in the famous footsteps of a father like Jon Voight. However, Angelina Jolie forged her own path and is a far bigger star than her father, which is saying something. Angelina won an Academy Award for her universally-praised performance in Girl, Interrupted. She starred in several popular films, including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. She is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful celebs and has been praised for her tireless humanitarian work. For years, Jon and Angelina had a strained relationship but eventually reconciled.
2. Montana Fishburne – Laurence Fishburne (Disappointment)
Laurence Fishburne is best known for his iconic role as Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy. He’s starred in several films throughout his long career, including Apocalypse Now, The Color Purple, and Boyz n the Hood. Montana Fishburne was eager to enter the film industry like her father but went about it in a different way. In 2010, Montana was featured in an adult film. She was hoping to make the same impact that Kim Kardashian did after a private video of hers was leaked online. Laurence was hurt and embarrassed by the whole ordeal and eventually cut ties with Montana. Later, she said she regretted making the adult film. However, she later moved to Florida where she began working at various gentlemen’s clubs. In 2017, she was arrested and charged with a DUI. A 22-minute video of the arrest was released, which features Montana relieving herself on the side of the road.
1. Jennifer Aniston – John Aniston & Nancy Dow (More Successful)
Emmy award-winning Jennifer Aniston is one of the most famous faces in the world. She is best known as Rachel Green in the massively-popular sitcom Friends. She also appeared in several films, such as Marley & Me, Horrible Bosses, and We’re The Millers. She was universally praised for her performance in the drama Cake. She is one of the wealthiest women in Hollywood and often appears on Forbes’ Top Earning Actresses list. In 2005, she won GQ’s first ever Woman of the Year. Her parents were famous in their own right, although nowhere near the level of their daughter. John Aniston is a successful soap actor and is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives. Her mother, Nancy Dow, was an actress in the ‘60s and had appeared in The Beverly Hillbillies. She had a very strained relationship with her parents, particularly her mother, although they reconciled prior to Nancy’s death.
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