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19 Sets of Famous Cousins

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List of Famous Cousins, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Some of Hollywood's biggest stars have cousins who are also famous. One famous set of cousins have appeared in five films together. Several famous musicians also have equally famous cousins. One famous pair of cousins includes an NBA superstar and a world famous comedian.

Who are the most famous cousins? George Clooney and Miguel Ferrer top our list. Clooney's father is the brother of Ferrer's mother Rosemary Clooney. George Clooney has starred in such films as Syriana and Oceans 11. Ferrer has appeared in such TV shows as "Twin Peaks" and "Crossing Jordan." Tom Cruise and William Mapother have appeared in five films together. William Mapother may best be known for his role as Ethan Rom on “Lost.”

You might not guess it by looking at them, but NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal and comedian Bill Bellamy are cousins. A pair of cousins that is a bit easier to spot is Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy. Melissa McCarthy has starred in such films as Bridesmaids and Identity Thief. Jenny McCarthy was one of the co-hosts on "The View."

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  • Actress Lauren Bacall and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres are first cousins. Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske. Peres was born Szymon Perski. Their fathers, William and Yizhak, were brothers.

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