Nepotism: Hollywood's Dirty "Secret"by fedor8 | created - 21 Mar 2011 | updated - 17 hours ago | Public
"It’s a running joke in Hollywood that every bellhop, busboy and waitress in LA is working on being an actor, screenwriter, director - whatever. Every year, thousands flock to the city where dreams are made… only to be passed over so someone’s niece can snag a role without having to go through the audition process. Hooray for Hollywood!" - KC Morgan.
Hey, I'm a whistle-blower of sorts! Why won't Hollywood side with me as they do with Edward Snowden?
Oh right, I'm blowing the whistle on THEM. They don't appreciate it when THEY'RE being scrutinized. They prefer to do the moralizing and the finger-pointing themselves, especially in their brazenly deceptive political propaganda films, while always hoping that not too many people notice what a cesspool of hypocrisy, egomania and decadence the American film industry itself is. And not just American cinema, but most other successful film nations too. This list isn't just about American nepotism.
(And besides, Snowden is a bad example. There is a big difference between a whistle-blower and a spy.)
First off, let me explain why this list aggravates some people within show business: because it exposes the hypocrisy of their elitism which goes against all of their left-wing, "equal-opportunity" public-persona politics. The main reason the list annoys some movie fans: because it reveals to them how easily they're manipulated into devouring anything - or accepting anybody as a "talent" - that the powerful movie-industry hype-machine forces into their defenseless brains. Nobody wants to be informed that they are uncritical and lacking criteria. Nobody likes to find out that they aren't capable of differentiating between a great actor and a mediocre one. (But it's precisely this widespread - and growing - inability among most movie-goers that enables nepotism to flourish more than ever before.)
The list that proves that practically anyone can be turned into a star, or at least a moderately employed actor. If you can talk, walk and learn lines, you're in. But you do need connections, because the Pearly Gates of Hollywood are holding off hordes of incoming potential actors, writers and directors whose unexplored talents will remain forever hidden thanks to favouritism. Thanks to nepotism (and other forms of Hollywood corruption that I won't get into here but which you can easily guess) these gates are firmly shut most of the time. At least for the "plebs".
The movie industry (everywhere, not just in the States) is a very incestuous, sect-like world in which family connections, political affiliation - and even ethnicity - are the deciding factors when it comes to the forging of careers. Talent is far behind in 10th place: nobody seems to be interested in it anymore, certainly not studio bosses and producers. And that is a big part of the reason why at least 90% of all movies are pretty much useless.
Which brings me to why (American) movies have been going down the toilet in recent years. The amount of garbage being put out by major studios has been on a steady rise for some years now. There are several reasons for this, one certainly being political correctness i.e. an all-encompassing political agenda, but perhaps the most negative impact stems from the exponentially growing nepotism. It is difficult to find a recent (big-budget) movie in which more than a half of the cast members don't have influential parents/relatives/friends in the industry before they got their foot in the movie door. (Ditto the film crews, but the list concerns itself only with the "creative" branches of the film industry.)
The list focuses almost solely on actors and directors - hence largely it doesn't even take into consideration the vast number of bad scripts that have been a result of nepotistic infiltration! Nor does it include the plethora of nepotistic offspring that had appeared only in several smaller roles in fairly meaningless productions. You can click on the bio of just about any better-known actor older than 45 and you'll find that at least half of them have kids, siblings or cousins who are either actors, producers, or working in film crews as set designers or whatever. So movie "artistry" is now an arena limited to a predetermined genetic karma, to a select few with the "right breeding", huh? Nice. How monarchistic. How anti-socialist.
Tinseltown's elitist jet-set would have us believe that acting "talent" is passed on genetically, but if you believe there is such a thing as an acting gene (or a "charisma DNA") I would like to see some scientific proof of it first. Besides, many nepotists on this list come from non-movie, or at least non-acting, backgrounds. Furthermore, MANY of the kids who got a shot at fame in the past few decades - that aren't related to actors or producers - are children of upper-class, millionaire clans, wealthy industrialists for example, a fact that offers more proof how anti-equal-opportunity the film industry is.
They would also have us believe that nearly all of the world's acting talent has already been collected from all corners of America, that the world's "acting talent pool" has dried up, been totally depleted, so why even bother looking for potential new De Niros and Pacinos amongst the "masses"? Hence the debilitating current trend whereby the vast majority of the younger stars today have parents in powerful positions in the business - or commerce, or politics. I wouldn't mind, IF these kids were any good. But they usually aren't. Armies of Pauly Shores and Casey Afflecks and Amy Schumers dominate Hollywood, while much more talented kids are sitting around stupidly, naively waiting for their agents to cast them in good auditions. So anti-socialist.
The gulf between what cinema's left-wingers preach and what they practice can't be any bigger.
It would seem that auditions serve very little purpose in Hollywood (and elsewhere), except to weed out the worst from the bad. A typical high-profile Hollywood audition (I am guessing) must be like a who's-who of famous actors' children, all fighting for a shot at fame and additional cash. Very few outsiders. It makes one wonder just how many truly bad nepotists never make it! Even a severely talent-free case like David Arquette must have beaten out several dozen failed nepotists, i.e. they are even worse ones than him. Scary (but fascinating) thought.
The list also exposes the startling hypocrisy of the movie business which is predominantly left-wing (now more than ever before), i.e. supposedly orientated toward the rights of the poor and "oppressed" - and yet there's this little anti-equality thing called elitist nepotism that proves that this is just an act: in reality, no poor or unconnected person with talent can make it in Hollywood unless they have wild luck. Hollywood predominantly employs its own spoiled rich kids, plus a whole array of sons and daughters of powerful politicians, famous pop stars, high-profile athletes - even sons and daughters of barons, lords and countesses! Hollywood producers and casting directors rarely hire middle-class or especially blue-collar talent. Again, I wouldn't mind this at all, IF only this corrupt selection-process worked - but it clearly doesn't. We've never had so many bland, boring actors and mediocre directors. The scripts are pitiful too.
So what is the real message Hollywood is giving blue-collar kids with dreams of movie careers? "You go on working in your factories and washing dishes and flipping burgers like your parents, we don't really need you here." That is the real message here, and one that is in total contrast/opposition to Hollywood's left-wing equal-opportunity lies - the politically-correct and completely dishonest message Hollywood is selling to the brainwashed masses.
So, yes, as insane and as despicable as it may sound, Hollywood is about silver-spoon-fed, righteous, holier-than-thou millionaires creating/starring in movies that preach about the rights of the oppressed, the poor, promoting socialism, minorities and the working class. Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it. This fact alone should tell you what kind of people run the film industry.
(It's interesting how this list had close to 500 views per week in its first year - then suddenly the numbers went down to two digits. I wonder how that happened.)
The list will be continually upgraded, there are LITERALLY HUNDREDS MORE people that haven't yet been added.
(EDIT: I stuck to my promise and added 200 more names. Then another 200. And another.)
Listed in the approximate order from the worst to slightly less bad. Essentially the first 100 are the best and most relevant examples of why nepotism is awful and destructive, whereas the rest are pretty much ranked randomly.
And no, I am not a disgruntled actor or director. I have never had any aspirations whatsoever to be in show-biz, since I am neither an exhibitionist attention-seeker nor obsessed with money. All I want is to watch good movies, but that is only possible when a good script is complemented with a good cast, and directed by someone chosen on the merit of his talents, not as a favour for a friend.
Nepotism is a branch of corruption. It is amoral, and it leads to a lowering of artistic standards. Whoever can't grasp this simple concept should skip this list altogether.
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Actor | Friends
Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Schwimmer was encouraged by a high school instructor to attend a summer program in acting at Northwestern University. Inspired by that experience, he returned to Northwestern where he received a bachelor's degree in speech/theater. In 1988, along with ...
Son of a powerful Hollywood lawyer. Talk about a rock-solid connection that can't fail no matter the amount of non-talent.
Maybe I've never seen a comedian worse than him. Not sure yet, coz it's so tough to rank people who are totally unfunny.
Actress | The Grifters
Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 to director and actor John Huston and Russian prima ballerina Enrica 'Ricki' Soma. Huston spent most of her childhood overseas, in Ireland and England, and in 1968 first dipped her toe into the world of show business, taking on the lead role of her father's ...
Dunno what to say.
3. Laura Dern
Actress | Jurassic Park
Laura Dern was born on February 10, 1967 in Los Angeles, the daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. Dern was exposed to movie sets and the movie industry from infancy, and obtained several bit parts as a child. Her parents divorced when Dern was two and Dern lost contact with her father for ...
My opinion of David Lynch sunk when he started casting her. By casting so many nepotists, Lynch inadvertently revealed that his fall from artist to just another Hollywood hired-gun elitist was complete. (As if his 80s movies didn't already show that.)
Actress | Friends
Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. Her father is Greek, and her mother was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent. Jennifer spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family. Her family then relocated to New York City ...
The best example in all the history of Hollywood of how intense the hyping of nepotist kids is, as compared to the usual levels of hype for "outsiders". No amount of bombs stopped her career because as a nepotist you are forgiven a lot more than as somebody who came outside of the inner circle. The amount of media attention she received - and still does - is reversely proportional to her almost non-existent talents.
And her smile is awfully fake.
Actor | Gone Baby Gone
An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple projects.
Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and ...
Casey wouldn't have had an acting career even in Z-level soap-TV had he not had the very powerful - and evidently very persistent - backing of his influential (though ironically almost talent-free) brother. Ben Affleck himself can barely act with any amount of conviction, so how exactly does his brother get to have the unproven, fictional "acting gene"?
I struggle to see any talent or charisma in him, at all. He seems so bored - hence boring. I pretty much avoid every movie he's in, because I don't believe that you can "learn" charisma through years of practice.
Did they actually give this guy an Oscar? Kids, the Oscars have ZERO to do with ability, it's all politics.
6. Adrien Brody
Actor | The Pianist
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the ...
I have rarely come across a more overrated actor than Adrien. What makes his career even more bizarre, he gets badly cast most of the time.
Bad casting + very little talent = quite a mess and bad movies
Actor | Rushmore
Jason Schwartzman was born on June 26, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jason Francesco Schwartzman. He is an actor, known for Rushmore (1998), The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and Moonrise Kingdom (2012). He has been married to Brady Cunningham since July 11, 2009. They have two children.
Is there a Coppola clan member NOT in movies? I believe around 50 of them are in movies, one way or another, and that's a modest estimate.
Jason is one of the unfunniest "comedians" I have ever cringed to, as I explain on my Comedians list. You know that feeling when a stand-up comic bombs after every bad gag? That's how I feel watching him. Wes Anderson has no clue about comedy, which is why he casts some of the worst "comedians" in Hollywood.
Actress | The Godfather: Part III
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003), and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two daughters, Romy and ...
Here's another one.
A great example of how a newcomer nepotist director will nearly always receive much more attention than a non-nepotist newcomer director, and how quickly the Oscar voters will jump to "reward" such nepotists with awards that are totally undeserved, mildly put.
Why? To ensure that nepotism remains a powerful force, which in turns benefits all of Hollywood's numerous clans.
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham (née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, ...
You would think that at least when casting for a hugely expensive/ambitious project one would try to get the best possible candidate for the lead role? Think again. Most viewers (especially children) are totally uncritical, a fact not lost on producers and directors.
So Daniel is the BEST Harry Potter producers could find, out of literally THOUSANDS of kids who wanted that role? Really, Britain? Did these other kids get the same audition space that he got? I very much doubt it.
I think there should be a law prohibiting casting directors from pushing their own kids into movies. I see a conflict of interest in there somewhere... This kid can't act to save his life, plus the charisma of a chair. Daniel is a poster-boy (now a poster-man) for why nepotism is a huge problem in the film industry.
10. Kristen Stewart
Actress | Snow White and the Huntsman
Though most famous for her role as Isabella "Bella" Swan in The Twilight (2008) Saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California, where she was born. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Stewart, both work in film and television. The family includes ...
I wouldn't have a problem if nepotists only got cast for horrible movies - as is the case with this woman.
And she has a reputation for being difficult. Can't confirm or deny, coz I'm not a director. And if I was I certainly wouldn't hire her.
11. Kyra Sedgwick
Actress | The Closer
Kyra Minturn Sedgwick was born on August 19, 1965 in New York City, to Patricia (Rosenwald), a family and speech therapist, and Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, a venture capitalist. Her mother was from an upper-class German Jewish family, and her father was from a wealthy Massachusetts clan of English ...
Quiz question: There is far less nepotism in sports, because?
Answer: In sports you can't fake athleticism or lose to everyone then pretend you're victorious. In sports quality is objectively measured - it can't be artificially hyped by corrupt film studios selling a bad product. In sports you get the winning trophy because you're the best or at least one of the very best i.e. in sports you DON'T EVER GET AWARDED FOR BEING MEDIOCRE.
12. Greta Thunberg
Self | I Am Greta
Greta Thunberg was born on January 3, 2003 in Sweden as Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg.
3rd generation. Granddaughter of Olof Thunberg and daughter of Malena Ernman & Svante Thunberg, all actors.
You may claim she isn't an actress hence is ineligible for this list. I disagree. She is definitely an actress. She gets "angry" on cue. And she does it just as badly and unconvincingly as one would expect from someone who needed family connection in order to be covered/hyped by worldwide media.
Elitist hypocrisy and entitlement are a wonder. The left-wing Establishment is so arrogant, so dishonest, and so elitist that they couldn't even pick a "regular kid" from the middle class or lower class to promote their ridiculous agenda. It had to be a silver-spoon privileged show-biz kid.
13. Rumer Willis
Actress | Sorority Row
Rumer Glenn Willis was born August 16th, 1988, in Paducah, Kentucky, to actors Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. She was named after the British novelist Rumer Godden. She made her debut at the age of 5 in the movie Now and Then (1995) but was credited as Willa Glen. Her mother hired cameramen to video ...
I doubt many movie-goers would disagree with me on this one.
14. Martha Plimpton
Actress | The Goonies
She has show biz in her blood. Martha Plimpton was born November 16, 1970, in New York City to two actors: Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton. Martha began her career at age 8, when her mom had a friend of hers, composer Elizabeth Swados, enroll her in an actors' workshop. At age 10, she got a ...
Stems from a large acting clan. (These nepotist acting clans are growing in size, and ever more keep springing up.) She often gets cast in sit-coms and comedies, despite her inexpressive face, evident lack of charisma, and almost zero comedic abilities.
15. David Arquette
Actor | Scream 3
The youngest of five, David Arquette was born in Winchester, Virginia and is part of the illustrious Arquette family, whose work has spread over several generations. His parents, Lewis Arquette, an actor, and Brenda Denaut (née Nowak), an acting teacher and therapist, had 4 other children: Rosanna ...
The Arquettes must wield some serious power, if they were even able to turn David into a Hollywood star, if only briefly.
What that mysterious power might be, I will leave to you to decide.
Son of Lewis Arquette and Brenda Denaut. Younger brother of Richmond Arquette, Alexis Arquette, Patricia Arquette and Rosanna Arquette. Grandson of Cliff Arquette, better known as "Charley Weaver" from The Hollywood Squares and Julie Harrison. Uncle of Zoë Bleu Sidel (Rosanna's daughter), Enzo Rossi and Harlow Jane-Arquette (Patricia's children).
Formerly brother-in-law of actors Nicolas Cage and Thomas Jane who were married to his sister, Patricia Arquette. Former brother-in-law of Tony Greco, James Newton Howard and John Sidel who were married to his sister, Rosanna Arquette.
Hollywood is almost like one of those small hick towns that Hollywood's leftists make fun of for inbreeding all the time, isn't it? Everyone's related.
16. Drew Barrymore
Producer | Never Been Kissed
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation.
Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to ...
John Drew Barrymore (father), actor
Jaid Barrymore (mother), actress
John-Blythe Barrymore (half-brother), actor
Diana Barrymore (aunt), actress
John Barrymore (grandfather), actor
Dolores Costello (grandmother), actress
Maurice Costello (great-grandfather), actor
Mae Costello (great-grandmother), actress
Ethel Barrymore (great-aunt), actress
Lionel Barrymore (great-uncle), actor
Sophia Loren (godmother), actress
Anna Strasberg (godmother), actress
Steven Spielberg (godfather), bad director/producer
Actor | 24
Kiefer Sutherland was born in London, England, UK, to Canadian actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland, who moved to California shortly after his birth. His maternal grandfather, Tommy Douglas, was a Scottish-born Canadian politician who was a Premier of Saskatchewan for over 17 years and led ...
I avoid him like the plague. However, I bit the bullet once years ago and decided to watch a very good film despite his presence ("Dark City"), and was amazed at how badly he played his part: he delivered his lines like an asthmatic gasping for air. He must have thought that a nerdy, weird sci-fi scientist should talk like that.
Some nepotist actors overact, some underact. But they rarely get it right.
18. Olympia Dukakis
Actress | Moonstruck
Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage, this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning performance as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987). Movie (and TV) ...
Cousin of failed Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis (lost to Bush Sr. in 1988).
Guess what year she won an Oscar?
The Oscars are NOT about politics, ethnicity and marketing hype. I repeat, NOT about politics, ethnicity or marketing hype. And certainly only actors from working-class backgrounds win them.
19. Colin Hanks
Actor | King Kong
Colin Lewes Hanks is an American actor. He was born in Sacramento, California, to actors Samantha Lewes and Tom Hanks. Colin is best-known for his work as "Jack Bailey" in the series, The Good Guys (2010) and as "Alex Whitman" in Roswell (1999). Hanks' best-known film role may be in the teen movie, ...
Man, when Tom Hanks pulls strings, these strings are as tight as an Everest rope. Hands down the blandest "actor" on this list. Wallpaper. He'd be great at playing accountants though.
Peter Jackson, shame on you.
And makers of FARGO, too. How do I know FARGO sucks? Because they cast this extremely boring "actor" in a major role: that already tells me how "serious" the producers were about the show.
Actress | Benny & Joon
Mary Stuart Masterson started acting before the age of ten, when she appeared in The Stepford Wives (1975) in 1975 with her father. Afterwards, at the direction of her parents, Mary Stuart led a life outside of the limelight, attending school in New York. She appeared in a few productions at New ...
They hyped her in the 80s until studio heads finally realized that audiences didn't want her.
A very obvious example of nepotism. You don't have to read her bio to know it.
21. Kate Hudson
Actress | Almost Famous
Almost everyone who has spent time with Kate Hudson -including directors, family members, co-stars and interviewers - is quick to comment on her ability to light up a room. Through some combination of a winning smile, solid work ethic, and good old-fashioned talent, the young actress has gone from ...
That the "comedy gene" does not exist is well-supported by Kate's case. This is a typical average-looking American girl-next-door. Dime-a-dozen. You can find a million like her without even having to look...
She turned down a role (while she was still just a nepotist-in-waiting) in "Escape from L.A." because it starred Kurt Russell and she "didn't want to be professionally associated with my dad. I just wanted to see if I could do the audition."
So what she was saying is basically she wanted to debut in a film without any family relatives, so she could more easily fool the audiences into thinking she was a "free electron".
Shame has many names, and one of them is "Nepotism", and Kate must have felt that shame bone-deep.
22. Tori Spelling
Actress | Scary Movie 2
Tori Spelling was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of author Candy Spelling and Hollywood producer Aaron Spelling. With her father producing many popular television shows in the 1970s, Tori had an early flair for showbusiness. She appeared on many of her father's shows, which gained her more ...
23. Paris Hilton
Actress | The Hottie & the Nottie
One of today's most recognizable entrepreneurs and international influencers, Paris Hilton is a pioneer in reality television and an innovator in social media and celebrity branding.
Since starring in "The Simple Life," Hilton has built a global empire as an influencer, DJ, designer, recording ...
Still don't believe me that anyone can become an actor provided they have connections?
24. Courtney Love
Actress | The People vs. Larry Flynt
The daughter of Grateful Dead devotee and first manager Hank Harrison and psychotherapist Linda Caroll, Courtney Love was born Courtney Michelle Harrison in San Francisco, California in 1964. Love spent her early years living in hippie communes in Oregon and at schools in Europe and New Zealand, ...
Her maternal grandmother was the children's novelist Paula Fox, and her maternal great-grandmother was screenwriter Elsie Fox Elsie's husband, (Courtney's maternal grandfather) was screenwriter Paul Hervey Fox, who wrote 14 films. Paul was the first cousin of film star Douglas Fairbanks.
So you always wondered how she got her band signed, and why she can neither sing or act? Now you know.
Actress | Hable con ella
Geraldine Leigh Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, California, to Oona Chaplin (née O'Neill) and legendary entertainer Charles Chaplin (A.K.A. Charlie Chaplin). She is a granddaughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and a great-granddaughter of stage actor James O'Neill. She attended the Royal Ballet ...
26. Oona Chaplin
Actress | The Longest Ride
Oona Chaplin is a Spanish actress. Her mother is Geraldine Chaplin. She is also the granddaughter of English film actor Charlie Chaplin, and great-granddaughter of American playwright Eugene O'Neill. She is best known for playing Talisa Maegyr in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones and Zilpha Geary ...
27. Rooney Mara
Actress | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Actress and philanthropist Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She made her screen debut in the slasher film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005), went on to have a supporting role in the independent coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall (2009), and has since starred in the horror ...
Quote from her bio: "She is one of four children of Kathleen McNulty (née Rooney) and NFL football team New York Giants executive Timothy Christopher Mara. Her grandfathers were Wellington Mara, co-owner of the Giants, and Timothy Rooney, owner of Yonkers Raceway, and her grand-uncle is Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, the former Ambassador to Ireland. She is the great-granddaughter of Art Rooney, the founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers football franchise."
Nuff said. She could be a frog and be turned into a "star" with that kind of support.
Nepotism is corruption, no matter how you twist it and spin it, and elitist nepotism is the worst kind there is.
28. Kate Mara
Actress | Fantastic Four
Kate Mara is an American actress. She starred in the Netflix political drama House of Cards (2013) as Zoe Barnes and appeared in the Fox TV series 24 (2001) as computer analyst Shari Rothenberg. She appeared in Brokeback Mountain (2005), We Are Marshall (2006), Shooter (2007), Transsiberian (2008), ...
29. Sara Gilbert
Actress | Poison Ivy
Sara Gilbert was born on January 29, 1975, as Sara Rebecca Abeles at St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, California, to Barbara Cowan and Harold Abeles. Barbara was previously married to the late Paul Gilbert. At the age of six, when Sara saw her sister Melissa Gilbert get a star...
Some nepotists are so talent-free, they can only have careers in sit-com-land.
Yes, comedy is tougher than drama, but not bad comedy.
30. Christian Slater
Actor | True Romance
Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City, to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), a casting agent. Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night (1956) in 1976 at the age of 7. He ...
Has an annoying speech impediment which may or may not be intentional. It's ludicrous how often he played leads.
31. Jake Gyllenhaal
Actor | Nightcrawler
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko (2001). His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from...
A lot like Jennifer Aniston. No talent but hyped to the point of absurdity. Even if all of his movies bombed, they'd still give him a dozen more chances - because nepotism HAS to work in order to ensure employment for future generations of everyone who is currently part of the Hollywood elite. Actors who don't stem from Hollywood don't get as many chances.
32. Zoë Wanamaker
Actress | My Week with Marilyn
Zoë Wanamaker was born on May 13, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for My Week with Marilyn (2011), My Family (2000) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). She has been married to Gawn Grainger since November 1994.
33. Blake Lively
Actress | Gossip Girl
Blake Lively was born Blake Ellender Brown in Tarzana, California, to a show business family. Her mother, Elaine Lively (née McAlpin), is an acting coach and talent manager, and her father, Ernie Lively (born Ernest Wilson Brown, Jr.), is an actor and teacher. Her brother is actor Eric Lively, and ...
Some nepotists get a lot of facial surgery before kick-starting their careers. Check out her before and after pics.
Isn't Blake a guy's name?
Her brother (whose name isn't Blake) appears on this list too.
34. Noah Cyrus
Actress | Gake no ue no Ponyo
Noah Lindsey Cyrus (born January 8, 2000) is an American actress and singer. She voiced the title role in the English version of the 2009 animated feature film Ponyo. In 2016, she released her debut single "Make Me (Cry)", featuring vocals from Labrinth.
Noah is the fifth child of Billy Ray and Tish...
35. Miley Cyrus
Soundtrack | Hannah Montana
Miley Ray Cyrus was born Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23, 1992 in Franklin, Tennessee to Tish Cyrus & Billy Ray Cyrus. She has five siblings - two half-brothers, a half-sister, and a younger brother and sister. Her birth name is Destiny Hope Cyrus, because her parents hoped she would achieve ...
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Actor | Les quatre cents coups
Jean-Pierre Léaud is not everybody's cup of tea for sure, but will remain an important name in film history. As an actor he can be adored or hated for exactly the same reasons: he is one of those rare players that directors let improvise his dialogue, which gets on certain viewers' nerves while it ...
Proof that French "artists" such as Truffaut weren't above hiring their friends' kids as favours - instead of getting the best man for the job.
You scratch my back, I scratch yours. The film-making business is morally lacking, to say the least - and yet moralizing and preaching is all they do in their movies. They sure have some nerve, with all that hypocrisy.
On the one hand they want us to think what they're making is "art", and yet they dilute that "art" with inferior actors - making me suspect they themselves don't believe they're making art.
37. Eve Hewson
Actress | Robin Hood
Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson, known professionally as Eve Hewson, is an Irish actress. Her first major role was in the drama film This Must Be the Place (2011). She played Nurse Lucy Elkins in Steven Soderbergh's TV series The Knick (2014-2015).
Hewson was born in Dublin, the second daughter of ...
Bono is SUCH a great actor, won all those film and theater awards, so obviously his daughter would be a great actor...
No, wait. Bono is just a singer.
Didn't Bono fight for the poor all those years? For equal opportunities? No?
Of course he didn't, that's just a ruse.
38. Keira Knightley
Keira Christina Knightley was born March 26, 1985 in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born ...
Appallingly bad actress with average looks. Being skin and bones doesn't help either.
39. Jack Davenport
Jack Davenport was born in 1973 and is the son of actors Maria Aitken and Nigel Davenport. He studied Literature and Film Studies at the University of East Anglia. His first break happened after he wrote to John Cleese to ask to be a runner on Fierce Creatures (1997) where he ended up playing a zoo...
One of the unfunniest "comedians" on this list. He is the main reason I can't watch those cheesy pirate comedies.
40. Jason Reitman
Producer | Up in the Air
Jason Reitman was born on October 19, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Up in the Air (2009), Thank You for Smoking (2005) and Juno (2007). He was previously married to Michele Lee.
"Juno". Need I say more?
Much like Sofia Coppola, an offspring of a powerful director/producer whose early efforts received immense hype from the studio. Kick-starting a bad career requires hype and money. When it comes to hyping a powerful nepotist, everyone in Hollywood and the media gives it their all to make sure the project works, because for the media elites nepotism MUST work, it is one of their biggest agendas, aside from politics, of course.
Left-wing politics that promotes non-elitism. Quite ridiculous.
41. Jane Fonda
Actress | Klute
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and Ontario-born New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was ...
Being a Marxist AND a nepotist gives you a huge advantage. You can basically do as you like, and get away with anything - including mediocre acting or even treason.
42. Peter Fonda
Actor | Easy Rider
Peter Henry Fonda was born in New York City, to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw. He is the brother of actress Jane Fonda and the father of actress Bridget Fonda. Fonda made his professional stage debut on Broadway in 1961 in Blood, Sweat and Stanley ...
They tried hard to turn him into a star in the 70s, but failed, due to staggering levels of non-charisma. Henry Fonda he ain't.
43. Illeana Douglas
Actress | To Die For
Illeana Douglas is an actress, writer, and producer. Born with show business in her blood, she is the granddaughter of screen legend Melvyn Douglas. Illeana began studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. While working in New York as a stand-up comedian and sketch comedy artist, ...
Third-generation nepotist, I believe.
There is much in Hollywood that reminds of old European monarchies.
Ts, ts, ts. So elitist.
44. Jaden Smith
Actor | The Karate Kid
Jaden Smith is a movie actor, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010) and After Earth (2013). In addition to being an actor he is also a dancer, songwriter and rapper who won an MTV award for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. He co-starred with his father Will ...
Will Smith can't act, so what can we expect from his kids?
46. Briana Evigan
Actress | Step Up 2: The Streets
Briana was born on October 23rd, in Los Angeles, California. Her nationality is American and ethnicity is mixed (Polish and Italian). Born to actor Greg Evigan, and Dancer Pam Evigan, raised with her two siblings, music producer Jason Evigan, and actress Vanessa Evigan. This Husky-Voiced Evigan ...
47. Vanessa Evigan
Actress | In My Sleep
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Vanessa got her start on the small screen at only eight years old, when she was an extra on the TV show MyTwo Dads, which starred her father, Greg Evigan. Vanessa knew then she wanted to be an actress, but it wasn't until she was 11 that her parents ...
48. Fuschia Sumner
Actress | Saving Mr. Banks
Fuschia Sumner was born on April 17, 1982 in London, England as Fuschia Katherine Sumner. She is an actress and director, known for Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Billionaire Boys Club (2018) and Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men.
And he isn't even a good actor. He's a (brilliant) musician.
He hired his son's awful band to support The Police on their huge 2008 reunion tour. Sting, the great humanitarian. Why doesn't he hire a struggling Newcastle band?
49. Lucy DeVito
Actress | Deadbeat
Lucy DeVito was born on March 11, 1983 in New York City, New York, USA as Lucy Chet DeVito. She is an actress and producer, known for Deadbeat (2014), It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005) and Leaves of Grass (2009).
Quite a blatant attempt to cheat the viewers into thinking they're getting quality.
Danny de Vito is a staunch political activist, fighting for freedom, equality, non-elitism, the working class and... hang on. So why is he using his connections to promote his bad actress daughter?
50. Kelly Osbourne
Actress | Austin Powers in Goldmember
Kelly Osbourne was born on October 27, 1984 in Westminster, London, England as Kelly Lee Osbourne. She is an actress and producer, known for Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), The 7D (2014) and So Undercover (2012).
Would anyone disagree about her?
Apart from Sharon, I mean.
51. Juliet Landau
Actress | A Place Among the Dead
Juliet Landau is an actress, director, producer and writer. As an actress, highlights include her role as "Drusilla" on Joss Whedon 's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) & spin-off Angel (1999), and co-starring in Tim Burton's Ed Wood (1994) as "Loretta King". She played the recurring role of Rita ...
Such a bad actress, that no amount of nepotism helped her being launched into stardom. She played a tree in "Ed Wood", right?
Actor | Jigsaw
Mandela Van Peebles is graduating Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor's in Communications in May 2016. This spring will be momentous for the young Van Peebles when he appears USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) and in the TV miniseries Roots (2016), based on Alex Haley's epic story. ...
Mario was smart. Give his boy the name "Mandela" and how could any PC casting director refuse him a role?
54. Vincent Cassel
Actor | Black Swan
Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine (1995), the young actor, ...
A horrible French actor, one of the kings of overacting, and vastly overrated. Perhaps he and Nicholas Cage studied from the same acting coaches.
Plays tough guys often, for whatever insane reason. I certainly would never cast him in any gangster film. But directors these days are so out of the loop, they have no clue how the real world looks - so they cast Cassel as a tough guy, which he doesn't remotely resemble.
Actor | Heartbreak Ridge
Mario Van Peebles is a highly regarded director, actor, producer and writer. His directorial skills can be seen in the retelling of the epic mini-series "Roots" starring Forest Whitaker and Matthew Goode. Van Pebbles has directed award-winning shows such as the recent hit "Empire" and "The Last ...
Good-looking guy, but his acting consists of grinning, much like Gwyneth.
56. Tim Robbins
Actor | Mystic River
Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins (née Bledsoe). Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group, ...
Son of a popular country singer.
So let me get this straight... The country gene becomes the acting gene? Country DNA = acting DNA. Is that it?
A brilliant example of how nepotism and left-wing activism can help you advance in Hollywood. If Tim had declared himself a Republican at the outset of his acting career, how far do you think he would have gone? Or without the benefit of nepotism?
Tim is especially bad in comedies.
57. Miles Robbins
Actor | Blockers
3rd generation. Son of Susan Sarandon and very boring Tim Robbins.
All hail the monarchy!
Actress | Saved!
Eva Maria Olivia Amurri Martino (born March 15, 1985) is an American film and television actress Amurri Martino was born in New York City, to Italian director Franco Amurri and American actress Susan Sarandon. She attended Friends Seminary (Manhattan) for middle school, and graduated from Saint ...
Daughter of Susan Sarandon.
59. Ezra Miller
Actor | The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Ezra Matthew Miller was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey, to Marta (Koch), a modern dancer, and Robert S. Miller, who has worked at Workman Publishing and as former senior VP for Hyperion Books. They have two older sisters. Ezra is of Ashkenazi Jewish (father) and German-Dutch (mother) ancestry; they ...
A walking meme, this guy.
Sorry, not a guy. He is "gender fluid".
He symbolizes literally everything that's wrong with modern cinema and entertainment in general. Ticks all the elitist boxes and dubious modes of behaviour.
60. Evan Rachel Wood
Actress | Thirteen
Evan Rachel Wood was born September 7, 1987, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father, Ira David Wood III, is a theatre actor, writer and director, and her mother, Sara Wood, is an actress and acting coach. She has two older brothers--Dana Wood, a musician, and Ira David Wood IV, who has also acted. ...
I've seen her in several movies, and still can't remember what she looks like. She's that interesting. Bland and average.
61. Elizabeth Olsen
Actress | Martha Marcy May Marlene
Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Godzilla (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Captain America: Civil War (2016). For her role in the critically-acclaimed Martha ...
The Olsen twins are so wealthy hence powerful that even if there were a thousand Olsen sisters, they'd all get employed.
62. Emily Osment
Actress | Hannah Montana: The Movie
Emily Jordan Osment was born on March 10, 1992 in Los Angeles. She is the younger sister of The Sixth Sense star, Haley Joel Osment. Her father Eugene is also an actor of some renown. Following in their footsteps, Emily started her acting career performing in several commercials, including a radio ...
63. Agata Buzek
Actress | Hummingbird
Agata Buzek was born on September 20, 1976 in Pyskowice, Slaskie, Poland. She is an actress and producer, known for Redemption (2013), The Innocents (2016) and The Reverse (2009). She has been married to Adam Mazan since September 30, 2006.
Ever wonder why Jason Statham had to kiss her in "Redemption"? Her Daddy was none other than Poland's PRIME MINISTER between 1997 and 2001.
And of course she worked as a model, as well. Elitism at its worst. Did I mention that any woman can become a model if they come from a powerful background?
Since when does the "political gene" carry the "acting gene"? She is just another proof that to become an actor all you need is connections, period. Talent and looks are irrelevant.
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.
Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...
Stems from an almost aristocratic family, her great-grandpa was Prime Minister of Britain (no less).
Many people on this list stem from the upper classes, from the richest 1%. Where are all those poor that Hollywood liberals are so worried about never get a shot at becoming a success story?
And then Hollywood's liberals make movies about how the American Dream is a failure.
65. Helen Hunt
Actress | As Good as It Gets
Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television.
What an uninteresting, barely gifted actress. So plain-looking too. Housewife from next door.
66. Daryl Hannah
Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Daryl Christine Hannah was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Susan Jeanne (Metzger), a schoolteacher and later a producer, and Donald Christian Hannah, who owned a tugboat/barge company. Her stepfather was music journalist/promoter Jerrold Wexler. Her siblings are Page ...
I can't understand why anyone would hire her for a movie such as Blade Runner. Scott Ridley loves his nepotist actresses, he literally can't tell non-talent apart from talent. Or he simply doesn't give a hoot whom he casts, as long as he does friends favours.
Actor | The Producers
A slight comic actor chiefly known for his boyish charm, Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, to Patricia Broderick (née Biow), a playwright and painter, and James Broderick, an actor. His father had Irish and English ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family (from...
Incredibly boring actor, because he seems so bored in most of his roles, especially after his teen period. He is so entitled, he doesn't even try.
68. Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress | Shakespeare in Love
A tall, wafer thin, delicate beauty, Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of noted producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Her father was from a Jewish family, while her mother is of mostly German descent. When Gwyneth was eleven, the ...
Her acting method consists of grinning and smirking. All the time. Regardless of whether she's doing comedy or drama. Good thing Brad Pitt never opens that box in "Se7en" or we'd have seen a grinning head - and the thriller would have become an unintentional comedy.
She is fairly attractive for a nepotist actress, but her abilities are close to nothing.
69. Daniel Day-Lewis
Actor | There Will Be Blood
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (pseudonym Cecil Day-Lewis), Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and ...
An unbelievably hyped, overrated actor. Stems from a very wealthy upper-class British family, and has movie family roots as well. Plus related to Jewish author Arthur Miller.
He has never impressed me, in any movie. The main reason is that he lacks charisma. He has a kind of face the camera hates. The fact that most people don't notice it is kind of similar to how most people don't realize that Bon Jovi play horrible music.
Some people say Charles Bronson and Clint Eastwood can't act. Performance, however, is 80% charisma, 20% actual acting "technique", whatever that may be. Charisma doesn't get inherited; you either got it or you don't.
70. Glenn Close
Actress | Fatal Attraction
Eight time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Bettine (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families.
Glenn was a noted Broadway ...
One of the reasons why "Fatal Attraction" is such an absurd and awful thriller.
71. Skandar Keynes
Skandar Amin Casper Keynes (born 5 September 1991) is an English actor best known for starring as Edmund Pevensie in the 2005 film adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He returned in the role of Edmund in the film's sequels The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince ...
72. Ethan Hawke
Actor | Training Day
Ethan Green Hawke was born on November 6, 1970 in Austin, Texas, to Leslie Carole (Green), a charity worker, and James Steven Hawke, an insurance actuary. His parents were students at the University of Texas at the time but divorced when Ethan was 5 years old. His mother raised him alone for the ...
Not a bad actor but so bland and uninteresting. And always the same facial expression.
Actor | The Imitation Game
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England. His parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton (born Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch), are both actors. He is a grandson of submarine commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, and a great-grandson of diplomat Henry Arnold ...
One word: OVERRATED.
His acting technique consists of delivering his lines as quickly as possible while showing zero variation in facial expressions.
And he is a political activist, tirelessly fighting against evils such as elitism and nepotism.
74. Max Irons
Actor | Condor
Yet another bland offspring of a much better actor.
The "acting DNA" does not exist.
75. Jeanne Balibar
Actress | Barbara
When she was a child, Jeanne Balibar wanted to be a dancer. She was already attracted by the stage and the show and admired great opera singers like Maria Callas. As she was going to take the last exam for becoming a lecturer, she decided not to go to the exam but to take an exam to become a stage ...
76. Cynthia Nixon
Actress | Sex and the City 2
Cynthia Nixon was born in New York City on April 9, 1966, to Anne Elizabeth Knoll, an actress, and Walter E. Nixon, Jr., a radio journalist. She has German and English ancestry. Nixon made a memorable film debut in Little Darlings (1980). Her Broadway credits include "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," "...
77. Angelina Jolie
Actress | Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who rose to fame after her role in Girl, Interrupted (1999), playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become ...
She used to look semi-decent, but her acting is forced and unnatural.
And now she's even directing? Please tell me they didn't allow her to plan the first mission to Mars too.
78. Cuba Gooding Jr.
Actor | Jerry Maguire
Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York. His mother, Shirley (Sullivan), was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool". His ...
Unfunny over-actor. Father is a musician, not an actor.
Music DNA becomes acting DNA. If you'll believe it. Watching Cuba overact, I choose not to believe it.
79. Nora Ephron
Writer | Julie & Julia
Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...
The most horrible commercial-formula scripts Hollywood has ever given us, came from her.
81. Nicolas Cage
Actor | Face/Off
Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish and German (mother) descent. Cage changed his...
He has become somewhat of a symbol of bad acting, with a plethora of comedians mocking his acting style, which is either underacting or overacting, never getting it right.
Actress | Blue Velvet
Isabella Rossellini, the Italian actress and model who has made her home in America since 1979 and holds dual Italian and American citizenship, was born cinema royalty when she made her debut on June 18, 1952 in Rome. She is the daughter of two legends, three-time Oscar-winning Swedish-born actress ...
I never liked Ingrid, and her daughter is much worse.
84. Mariel Hemingway
Actress | Manhattan
Mariel Hemingway was born on November 22, 1961 in Mill Valley, California, USA as Mariel Hadley Hemingway. She is an actress and producer, known for Manhattan (1979), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) and The Sex Monster (1999). She was previously married to Stephen Crisman.
They gave her an Oscar just because her grandfather was a Marxist-leaning novelist. Her performance in that movie was nothing short of atrocious.
Woody Allen is an elitist. He constantly helps out his friends by casting their kids - or going by political affiliation.
85. Meghan Markle
Actress | Remember Me
Meghan, (born Rachel Meghan Markle) is an US-born member of the British royal family and a former film and television actress.
Meghan Markle was born on August 4, 1981 and raised in Los Angeles, California and is of mixed-race heritage. During her studies at Northwestern University, she began to ...
Born in L.A., part of a well-connected movie family.
Virtue-signalling feminist... yeah, that is such a stretch from nepotism.
86. Minka Kelly
Actress | The Roommate
Minka Kelly was born in Los Angeles, California and she is the only child of former Aerosmith guitarist, Rick Dufay, and Maureen Kelly, an exotic dancer and single mother, who often moved with her daughter to different communities before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the time Minka was in...
87. Summer Phoenix
Actress | The Believer
Born on 10 December 1978, Summer Joy Phoenix is the fifth and youngest child of Arlyn Phoenix and John Bottom, a carpenter. Summer was raised in Southern California, but spent her teen years in Central Florida, where she was born. She is an active supporter of numerous charities and activist groups...
Totally bland, and looking very bored in all her roles, just as on this photo.
89. Nicole Travolta
Actress | Anger Management
Nicole Travolta was born on November 27, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Nicole Rose Travolta. She is an actress, known for Anger Management (2012), Two and a Half Men (2003) and The Middle (2009).
John is a horrible overactor. So much for the acting DNA.
90. Keanu Reeves
Actor | The Matrix
Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patricia Taylor, a showgirl and costume designer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, ...
Actress | Mata Hari
Calista Carradine was born on April 27, 1962 in Hampton, Virginia, USA as Calista Miranda Carradine. She is an actress, known for Mata Hari, The Killing Machine (1994) and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993).
No Carradine ever has to worry about their future. It is guaranteed by the non-official Hollywood "Nepotist Declaration Act".
92. Rob Reiner
Actor | All in the Family
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.
As a child, he often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he created and also starred in....
Overrated director who uses left-wing politics to further attract attention and get awards. He is a sly one: knows exactly how the system works and he exploits it.
93. Tracy Reiner
Actress | Die Hard
Tracy Reiner was born on July 7, 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA as Tracy Henry. She is an actress and director, known for Die Hard (1988), A League of Their Own (1992) and Pretty Woman (1990). She is married to Matthew Theodore Conlan. They have five children.
94. Matthew Perry
Actor | Friends
Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to Suzanne Marie (Langford), a Canadian journalist, and John Bennett Perry, an American actor. His ancestry includes English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian.
Perry was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, where he became a top-ranked ...
Matthew has a cute story about how he was a tennis coach (even a semi-talented aspiring tennis pro) in Hollywood before "accidentally" being discovered.
The story doesn't mention his nepotistic connections, so you decide how accurate it is.
Hollywood studios have been infamous for fabricating their actors' biographies ever since the Golden Age. Anyone as familiar with the history of American cinema as I am will know what I am talking about.
95. Elle King
Actress | Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Elle was born in 1989. Her mother, London King, was then married to Rob Schneider. Elle grew up back and forth in Ohio and L.A.
Elle now resides in Brooklyn, NY and is working on her music career by playing shows and recording in Brooklyn and Harlem.
She also works for a tattoo shop called East Side ...
Here is how journalists help perpetuate the hype, making nepotism appear normal and natural, a quote from an extremely dumb internet text:
"Elle got the best of both worlds—striking good looks that favor her mother and wild-child performance antics that scream "comedian's kid"... Elle seems to have inherited the confidence and swagger necessary to make it in the entertainment industry. She probably caught the bug early."
1. The "confidence" comes from knowing that you can fail as a nepotist time and time again yet get more chances, whereas a non-nepotist doesn't have that luxury.
2. And she didn't "catch the acting bug". It's an attention-seeker's bug, a greed bug. Everyone wants to be famous these days, and nobody has it easier in that venture than celeb kids.
3. So she inherited her comedic streak from Rob Schneider?
96. Oliver Platt
Actor | The Three Musketeers
Oliver Platt was born in Windsor, Ontario, to American parents, Sheila Maynard, a social worker, and Nicholas Platt, a career diplomat. His parents were both from upper-class families, and his maternal great-grandmother, Cynthia Roche, was the sister of Princess Diana's maternal grandfather, ...
Son of an ambassador.
Embassy DNA = acting DNA.
97. Fiona Dourif
Actress | Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Fiona Dourif is an American actress and producer. She began her career as a segment producer for documentaries on The History Channel and TLC. Her first acting role was HBO's Deadwood. She went on to appear in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Gus Van ...
Rather than get the best person for a role - out of thousands of aspiring/available actors - producers simply hire the Chucky serial's main star's daughter; on his own insistence. Which is a kind of blatant abuse of power.
And therein lies the problem: when the casting is done through nepotism, it shows a lack of interest in the filmic end-product. The sole interest is employment for one's kids, spouse or mistress, i.e. money for one's own clan. It is an almost tribal approach.
Sure, the Chucky movie series is moronic, but this sort of thing happens for far more "serious" filmic ventures.
Actress | Jurassic World
Bryce Dallas Howard was born on March 2, 1981, in Los Angeles, California. She was conceived in Dallas, Texas (the reason for her middle name). Her father, Ron Howard, is a former actor turned Oscar-winning director. Her mother is actress and writer Cheryl Howard (née Alley). Her famous relatives ...
Robotic acting completely devoid of nuance or understanding whom she is impersonating.
99. Tilda Swinton
Actress | We Need to Talk About Kevin
The iconoclastic gifts of the highly striking and ferociously talented actress Tilda Swinton have been appreciated by art house crowds and international audiences alike. After her stunning Oscar-winning turn as a high-powered corporate attorney in the George Clooney starring and critically-lauded ...
Stems from an upper-upper class background, with various Sirs and Lords. Basically, any kid born into such a family can have a shot at fame. They just need to pick their poison: modeling, movies, art or music. Voila: wish fulfilled! It's that simple.
Sometimes journalism too, because anyone can be a "journalist" nowadays. The less extrovert, narcissist, attention-seeking upper-class kids could pick that instead of show-biz. But entertainment and the arts remains their favourite - because these people are generally speaking brought up in an environment that build their egos to extreme levels since childhood. Hence they feel entitled - and they in fact are.
I'll never forgive her for ruining "Possible World". Would have been a perfect movie with another actress in the role.
100. Riley Keough
Actress | Mad Max: Fury Road
Actress and model Danielle Riley Keough was born in Santa Monica, California, to musicians Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough. She is the eldest grandchild of legendary singer Elvis Presley and actress Priscilla Presley. Keough started modeling as a teenager. Her first appearance was on a runway ...
Granddaughter of Elvis Presley... who was SUCH a great actor.