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Parents And Their Kids Who Appeared In The Same Movie (As Unrelated Characters)

Updated February 2, 2021 67.2k views14 items

Since the earliest days of filmmaking, actors and actresses have appeared alongside their children in various projects, and there are tons of examples of famous families in movies. In the vast majority of these instances, the child appears as either a younger version of the parent or as the kid to their parent in the story - which makes a lot of sense, since they often actually look like each other. 

Famous family castings aren't limited to parent/child roles, though. There are a few times when those combos play characters who are completely unrelated on screen. It's rare, but it does happen every once in a while, especially when the famous "child" is an adult. Check out these examples of parents and their kids playing unrelated characters on screen, and see if there are any you didn't catch the first time you watched them.

  • In Kevin Smith's second film from his True North trilogy, Lily-Rose Depp stars alongside Harley Quinn Smith, who is, of course, the director's daughter. While there's a clear connection between the two, Kevin Smith directed the feature and didn't star opposite his daughter - but Lily-Rose Depp did star opposite hers.

    In the movie, Lily-Rose Depp plays a store clerk, while her father Johnny Depp plays Guy LaPoint, a ridiculous detective.

  • 2001's Zoolander stars Ben Stiller in the titular role opposite his father, Jerry Stiller, as Derek Zoolander's agent, Maury Ballstein, a role he would return to in the sequel. There are several reasons Jerry Stiller got the part, and while you might think it had something to do with Ben Stiller being a co-writer, the main star, and the film's director, you would only be partially correct.

    For anyone who recognized him from the movie, but wasn't sure where you saw him last, Jerry Stiller had already put behind him decades in the comedy business. Most notably, he played Frank Costanza on Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner on King of Queens. While it's true that the job might have gone to someone besides the elder Stiller had Ben Stiller not been the head of the movie, it's clear his father could have gotten the job from any casting director all on his own.