IMDb Polls

Poll: Actors With the Most Interesting Parents

Since it's about halfway between Mother's Day and Father's Day let's turn the page to the parents of actors. Which of these actors has or had parents with the most interesting professions?

Discuss the list here

* parents who are/were actors, screenwriters or directors are excluded

Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    Devon Aoki

    Father, Rocky Aoki, former champion wrestler and founder of Benihana Restaurants

    Mother, Pamela Hilburger, jewelry designer

  2. Vote!

    Jack Black

    Mother, Judith Love, satellite engineer and author who worked on the Hubble Telescope
  3. Vote!

    Jordana Brewster

    Grandfather, Kingman Brewster, Jr., president of Yale University and US ambassador to the United Kingdom

    Mother, Maria João, Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model

  4. Vote!

    Jackie Chan

    Father, Charles Chan, Chinese spy turned port inspector

    Mother, Lee-Lee Chan, gambler and opium smuggler, nicknamed Big Sister, arrested by Jackie's father, Charles Chan

  5. Vote!

    Lily Collins

    Father, Phil Collins, singer and songwriter
  6. Vote!

    Harry Connick Jr.

    Father, Harry Connick Sr, district attorney of Orleans Parish

    Mother, Anita Livingston, Louisiana Supreme Court justice

  7. Vote!

    Ansel Elgort

    Father, Arthur Elgort, fashion photographer

    Grandmother, Aase-Grethe Holby, member of the Norwegian resistance during WWII, eventually imprisoned at a concentration camp

    Mother, Grethe Barrett Holby, founder and Artistic Director of American Opera Projects, founder and Executive Artistic Director of Family Opera Initiative and founder of Ardea Arts, Inc.

  8. Vote!

    Balthazar Getty

    Great-grandfather, J Paul Getty, founder of Getty Oil

    Mother, Gisela Schmidt, German photographer and documentarian

  9. Vote!

    Paul Giamatti

    Father, A. Bartlett Giamatti, president of Yale University and commissioner of Major League Baseball
  10. Vote!

    Woody Harrelson

    Father, Charles V. Harrelson, hitman who was found guilty of two murders, including a US District Judge; also claimed he killed JFK
  11. Vote!

    Rashida Jones

    Father, Quincy Jones, record producer and writer
  12. Vote!

    Minka Kelly

    Father, Rick Dufay, one-time guitarist for Aerosmith

    Mother, Maureen Kelly, exotic dancer

  13. Vote!

    Jemima Kirke

    and her sister Lola Kirke

    Father, Simon Kirke, drummer and founder of bands Free and Bad Company

  14. Vote!

    Hugh Laurie

    Father, William "Ran" Laurie, general practitioner and gold-medal-winning Olympic rower
  15. Vote!

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Father, Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, billionaire energy industrialist
  16. Vote!

    Kate Mara

    and her sister Rooney Mara

    Great-grandfather, Timothy James "Tim" Mara, founder of the New York Giants

    Father, Timothy Christopher Mara, NFL scout and vice president of the New York Giants

    Great-grandfather, Art Rooney, Sr, founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers

  17. Vote!

    Julian McMahon

    Father, Billy McMahon, Prime Minister of Australia
  18. Vote!

    Leighton Meester

    Mother, Constance Meester, drug smuggler who was serving federal time when Leighton was born
  19. Vote!

    Dina Merrill

    Father, Edward Francis Hutton, founder of American stock brokerage EF Hutton & Company

    Mother, Marjorie Merriweather Post, socialite and owner of General Foods, which later merged with Kraft

  20. Vote!

    Michael Nesmith

    Mother, Bette Nesmith Graham, invented Liquid Paper, typewriter correction fluid
  21. Vote!

    Olivia Newton-John

    Father, Brinley Newton-John, a Nazi interrogator whose work directly led to the capture of Rudolf Hess and was also part Bletchley Park, MI5's code-breaking headquarters

    Grandfather, Max Born, Nobel Prize-winning atomic physicist and one of the founders of quantum mechanics

  22. Vote!

    Bill Nye

    Mother, Jacqueline Nye, WWII codebreaker who worked on the Enigma Code
  23. Vote!

    Tahmoh Penikett

    Father, Tony Penikett, Premier of Yukon, Canada
  24. Vote!

    Jackson Rathbone

    Great-grandfather, Monroe Jackson Rathbone II, chairman of Standard Oil, the precursor of Exxon
  25. Vote!

    Maya Rudolph

    Father, Richard Rudolph, composer, songwriter and producer

    Mother, Minnie Riperton, singer and songwriter

  26. Vote!

    Kiefer Sutherland

    Grandfather, Tommy Douglas, Premier of Saskatchewan credited with bringing universal healthcare to Canada
  27. Vote!

    Uma Thurman

    Father, Robert Thurman, professor of Tibetan Buddhist Studies who lived as an ordained Buddhist monk for three years

    Mother, Birgitte "Nena" von Schlebrügge, German nobility and high-fashion model

  28. Vote!

    Liv Tyler

    Father, Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith

    Step-father, Todd Rundgren, singer, songwriter and producer

    Mother, Bebe Buell, model, singer and Playboy Playmate

  29. Vote!

    Sigourney Weaver

    Father, Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, president of NBC, who established operating practices that became the industry standard

Recently Viewed