Surprising Celeb Relatives

Surprising Celeb Relatives, A knack for being a great performer sometimes runs in the family -- and in turn, so does fame. Find out who stars like Tom Cruise, Blake Lively and Gwyneth Paltrow claim as famous relatives.

In Sweden, the surname Skarsgard is about as common as the last name Johnson in America, so it may come as a surprise that the "True Blood" hunk is the son of another famous Skarsgard -- especially considering the lack of family resemblance. Stellan Skarsgard is Alexander's father,

Long before the funnyman appeared on "Saturday Night Live," his uncle was a recurring member of the cast. But despite his stint on "SNL," you probably know him best for the decade he spent starring on "Cheers." George Wendt is Jason Sudeikis' uncle, Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde engaged,

The "Parks and Recreation" funny-woman clearly made it big in the business based on her talent and comedic timing. But if she'd aimed for a career in the music industry, she probably could have gotten a boost from her famous father -- who just happens to be one of the biggest names in music. Peggy Lipton is Rashida Jones' mother, Quincy Jones is Rashida Jones' father,

Mariska has made a career of solving crimes on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" -- but can you solve the mystery of her Hollywood parentage? Here's a clue: Her mother was an early Playboy Playmate and sex symbol during the 1950s and '60s. Jayne Mansfield and Mariska Hargitay, Mickey Hargitay is Mariska's dad, Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield "Promises... Promises!",

"Gossip Girl" alum Blake Lively gets a lot of attention nowadays, but she's not the only actor n the family. In fact, everyone in her family is an actor -- but her older sister made a name for herself playing an '80s-tastic witch and a "Twin Peaks" seductress. robyn lively blake lively's sister,

Of course, anyone who's ever picked up a copy of Entertainment Weekly knows that Gwyneth Paltrow is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and director Bruce Paltrow. But two of Gwyneth's cousins are famous too. gabrielle giffords gwyneth paltrow, katherine moennig gwyneth paltrow,

Tom Cruise has one of the most famous faces in Hollywood. But you might not realize that he has an actor cousin who bears a striking resemblance. You've probably seen this guy -- especially if you were a "Lost" fan -- but once you notice the resemblance, you can't un-see it. william mapother tom cruise's cousin,

Melissa McCarthy wasn't always the funny one in her family. About a decade before her rise to fame, her funny cousin had all the glory. In fact, the cousin helped Melissa get started in Hollywood to begin with. melissa mccarthy jenny mccarthy cousin,

They're not first cousins, but Brooke Shields and another well-known actress are closely enough related that you'd expect their relationship to be better known. Both of them rose to fame around the same time and still act today... brooke shields glenn close second cousins, glenn close never won an Oscar,

Nicolas Cage might have changed his last name, but he's still related to one of the most powerful families in showbiz. And as result of this fact, two of his cousins are also A-list celebrities. nicolas cage cousin sofia coppola, nicolas cage cousin jason schwartzman, nicolas cage francis ford coppola,

If you watched her in "Saturday Night Live," then you'd know that Maya Rudolph has a great singing voice. But what late '70s chanteuse was Rudolph's mother?maya rudolph minnie riperton,

It's a boast that not every guy can make: My mom wrote one of the best known -- and most anatomically explicit -- feminist works of the century. But you have to wonder what this feminist would have to say about Dylan McDermott's slimy "American Horror Story" character..., dylan mcdermott eve ensler, eve ensler the vagina monologues,

Macaulay Culkin has been famous for most of his life, but he -- and, by extension, all the other assorted Culkins -- have a famous aunt who helped him get into showbiz., macaulay culkin bonnie bedelia aunt,

Sitcoms aren't the only form of TV that the Schwimmer family has taken over. While David Schwimmer made his name on "Friends," his cousin made hers on a certain competitive reality show about 10 years later. david schwimmer lacey schwimmer cousin, lacey schwimmer plastic surgery,

The story of Christian Bale's stepmother is a bit of a tearjerker. A famous feminist, she didn't marry until she found the right guy -- at age 66. Unfortunately, this gentleman, environmental activist Bale, died just three years later. christian bale gloria steinem stepmother,

Kyra Sedgwick also comes from a talented family with knack for getting its name in the news. But of all her relatives, one stands out most. In fact, this '60s icon was played by Sienna Miller in a movie about her life. kyra sedgwick loses money,

Norah Jones has become a household name and a radio regular as a result of her work as a singer-songwriter. She also happens to have a father who is a veritable music legend -- and was one of the major influences on The Beatles -- but whom she saw seldom while she was growing up. ravi shankar norah jones's father,

A lanky, red-headed Irish comedian? Conan O'Brien has to be the only one, right? Nope -- there's another famous Irish funnyman out there who's also well-known. And he happens to O'Brien's cousin through marriage. conan o'brien denis leary cousin,

No longer "that girl from 'The Goonies,'" Martha Plimpton has found a second career cracking jokes on the sitcom "Raising Hope." But Plimpton has a tie to a powerful Hollywood family. And perhaps most famous among her relations is a certain late uncle with a talent for martial arts. martha plimpton david carradine uncle,

From "Wings" to "Private Practice," Tim Daly has maintained a presence on TV for years. But he's not the first in his family to do so. His older sister became famous years earlier playing a TV detective. tim daly tyne daly older sister,

Sissy Spacek has been a Hollywood star for years, but even if you followed her work from the get-go, you might not know that she has a cousin with an equally long-lived career. He counts everything from "Men in Black" to "30 Rock" among his credits. rip torn sissy spacek cousins,

Moby has parlayed his DJ work into status as one of Hollywood's smarter, artsier celebs. But it very well might be that he inherited his creativity from his famous ancestor. Hint: Moby's name is a clue. moby herman melville, Richard Melville Hall aka Moby,

Long after "Happy Days" ended its run, Henry Winkler is still strongly identified as The Fonz. But Winkler has a cousin who's perhaps just as strongly identified with a single TV character. In fact, he's played the character on nine different TV shows. henry winkler cousin richard belzer, detective munch richard belzer, henry winkler jump the shark,

George W. Bush was the 43rd president of the United States. But what's his tie to Hollywood -- you know, aside from presiding over the country where Hollywood is located? It's a good one, and you have to wonder what liberal-leaning celebs would have made of it. billy bush george bush's cousin, lauren bush lauren,
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