9 celebrities whose kids embraced the spotlight, and 8 celebrities whose kids shunned it

Just because you’re a star doesn’t mean your kids will be too.

Being the child of a celebrity gives you the advantage of getting big breakthroughs with your family ties.

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While some celebrities have watched their children continue the family legacy of becoming big Hollywood figures, others have witnessed their children take to greener pastures away from all the glitz and glamour. Let’s take a look at nine celebs whose kids embraced the spotlight, and eight celebs whose kids shy away from it.


Tom Selleck (Hannah Selleck)

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Tom Selleck is equally synonymous with his iconic role in Magnum, PI as he is with his beautiful mustache. On the other hand, his daughter Hannah has made a name for herself as a professional equestrian.


Ozzy Osbourne (Aimee Osbourne)

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You may remember that Ozzy had two kids while watching his MTV series, The Osbournes, but he did have another daughter who understandably refused to be in front of the camera. Aimee Osbourne feared appearing on the show would result in her being typecast and impacting her music career, and she has since gone on to become a singer while still flying relatively low under the radar.


Sidney Poitier (Beverly Poitier-Henderson)

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Although the late great Sidney Poitier made history as one of the most influential African American actors in Hollywood, his daughter Beverly chose a more humble path for herself by becoming a jewelry seller on Etsy.


Paul McCartney (Heather McCartney)

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Technically, Paul became Heather’s stepfather after he married Linda Eastman, but this one still counts. While Paul is legendary for his run with The Beatles, Heather chose a very different career as she now lives in Arizona making pottery. But like her stepfather, she has made a living creating her own kind of art.


Elizabeth Taylor (Michael Wilding Jr.)

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As one of the greatest movie stars in movie history, Elizabeth Taylor’s family should have at least become famous for being famous. But while Taylor’s son Michael Wilding Jr. had a short run as an actor in the lead role Dallas and guiding lighthe now lives a life out of the limelight as a husband, father and sculptor.


Will Smith (Trey Smith)

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You know how I know Trey stays out of the spotlight? I didn’t even know Will had another son until I wrote this piece. Smith had Trey with his first wife, Sheree Zampino, when they were still married, and although he made some TV appearances in his youth, Trey continued to avoid the mass publicity the rest of his family gets.


Charlton Heston (Holly Ann Heston)

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Known for his starring roles in The ten Commandments, Planet of the Apesand Ben-HowCharlton Heston remains a solid icon of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But despite growing up with such a famous family, Heston’s daughter Holly became an American Museum of Natural History contributor and later an Alzheimer’s advocate after her father’s death.


Willem Dafoe (Jack Dafoe)

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As Dafoe continues to rock Hollywood with recent movies like The Florida Project, The lighthouseand Spider-Man: No Way Homehis son Jack now works outside the cinema as a modest public policy researcher.


Ethan Hawke (Maya Hawke)

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Known for his roles in Training day, boyhood, Moon Knightand the Before trilogy, Ethan Hawke continues to have a prolific Hollywood career even after four decades. His daughter, Maya, has followed in her father’s footsteps and is now known for playing Robin in the streaming phenomenon, Weird stuff.


Quincy Jones (Rashida Jones)

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Quincy Jones has won 28 Grammys in his 70-year career and is now regarded as one of the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century. His daughter, Rashida, is widely known for playing Karen Filippelli in The office and Ann Perkins in Parks and Recreation, and she continues to act while working as a model, producer and philanthropist.


Jon Voight (Angelina Jolie)

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Jon Voight made a lasting impression on Hollywood with his roles in films such as Midnight Cowboy, Salvation, Coming home, Heatand Ali. However, his daughter arguably had an even greater cultural presence than him. Jolie was thrust into the spotlight at a young age and started acting when she was about 8 years old, and she has continued to dominate the media with her many Hollywood roles, her personal life and her humanitarian efforts.


Don Johnson (Dakota Johnson)

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The Miami Vice star has gotten a huge revival in recent years by starring Blades off, guardsand Django unleashed. Meanwhile, Dakota’s infamous role in Fifty Shades of grey by appearing in movies like to sigh, Bad times in El Royaleand Cha Cha Really Smoothand she’s now set to lead Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man spin-off, Madame Web.


Dennis Quaid (Jack Quaid)

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With in movies like The parental trap, The big easy one, far from heavenand dragon heartDennis Quaid is arguably one of the most underrated actors working today. But a few years ago, his son Jack got his breakthrough role as Hughie Campbell in the boys and has found great success starring Star Trek: Lower Decks, scream (2022), and Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie, Oppenheimer.


Lenny Kravitz (Zoe Kravitz)

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Although he is best known for his music career, Lenny Kravitz has also had memorable acting roles in precious, The hunger Gamesand Lee Daniels’ the butler. However, his daughter Zoë continues to break through in the cinemas by starring in many blockbuster films such as X-Men: First Class, Mad Max: Fury Road, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verseand more recently, the batter.


Stellan Skarsgard (Alexander and Bill Skarsgard)

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Stellan Skarsgård has had a long and prolific acting career, appearing in such films as Good Will Hunting and The hunt for the red Octoberas well as the big blockbusters like the Thor and pirates of the caribbean franchises. While he currently rules Arrakis as the Baron in Dunehis two sons have amassed many major Hollywood roles over the years, including playing two of Stephen King’s greatest antagonists: Pennywise and Randall Flagg.


Ron Howard (Bryce Dallas Howard)

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If you’re the daughter of one of the most prominent directors of the 20th century, a career in Hollywood is in your shoes. Like her father Ron, Bryce Dallas Howard has pursued a career as a director, and she has had great success with episodes of The Mandalorian and Boba Fett’s book.


Denzel Washington (John David Washington)

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Denzel Washington is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of the 21st century as he starred for about 40 years in critically acclaimed roles in such films as Training day, Malcolm Xand Philadelphia. But after playing running back for the Sacramento Mountain Lions, his son John began his acting career starring in such films as Malcolm & Marie, BlackKkKlansmanand Basic principle.

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