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Five groups of real-life family members, who have appeared in films or TV shows together.

Updated on July 14, 2012


Throughout the history of film and television, there have been various real-life family members who have appeared together on screen. This article will point out a few of these actors, and the shows or movies they co-starred in together. Some of these actors will probably be more well known to some than others. Since it's hard to cram all of these instances into one article, there's a possibility that a part two will come in the future. For readers, if you have any other instances of real-life family members appearing together, feel free to leave it in the comment section. Please enjoy!


Carroll O'Connor and Hugh O'Connor.

Carroll O'Connor were real-life father and son, and co-starred together in the crime drama "In the Heat of the Night". Carroll O'Connor played the role of Chief of Police, Bill Gillespie in the fictionalized city of Sparta, Mississippi. Hugh O'Connor played the role of Detective/Lieutenant, Lonnie Jamison. Hugh O'Connor was born in Rome, Italy, and was adopted by Carroll O'Connor and his wife Nancy while O'Connor was filming the movie "Cleopatra". Hugh was just six months old when he was adopted. Hugh was named after his father's brother, who died in 1961. After being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 16, Hugh underwent several surgeries along with chemotherapy to beat the cancer. However, this led to him became addicted to drugs. Although he had numerous stays at various rehabilitation centers, Hugh never conquered his addiction. Hugh O'Connor committed suicide on March 28, 1995. He called his father before taking his own life to tell him that he was going to end his life. Father Carroll called the police, but they arrived to find Hugh with a gunshot wound to the head. Carroll O'Connor would later die in 2001 from a heart attack. The heart attack was linked to complciations from diabetes.


Sylvester Stallone and Sage Stallone.

Sylvester Stallone is well known for playing the character of Rocky Balboa in the Rocky films. In the fifth installment of the series(Rocky V), Stallone's real life son Sage Stallone played Rocky's son, Robert in the film. Sage Stallone also appeared along with his father in the movie "Daylight". While Sylvester Stallone currently continues to act in big budget movies, his son Sage has acted in lower profile films. Sage Stallone has gone into directing as well. He directed his first short film titled "Vic" in 2006. Sylvester Stallone returned to play the character of Rocky in the 2006 film "Rocky Balboa". Stallone considered recasting his son Sage to play Robert once again, but chose not to. According to Stallone of the DVD commentary for "Rocky Balboa", he decided against casting his son again because he felt people would read too much into conflict between Robert and Rocky in the film, and relate it to their actual life as father and son. The Stallone family received tragic news yesterday. Sage Stallone was found dead in his apartment at the age of 36 on July 13, 2012. This news came of great shot since this article was basically done and required editing. May Sage's soul rest in peace.


Linda Hamilton and Leslie Hamilton.

Linda Hamilton is probably most remembered for her role as Sarah Connor in "The Terminator", and it's sequel "Terminator 2: Judgement Day". Hamilton's identical twin sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren appeared in Terminator 2 as a double for Linda. Leslie Hamilton Gearren is a professional nurse, and not a professional actor. However she appeared in three scenes in "Terminator 2: Judgement Day". Linda Hamilton continues to act professionally. Her most recent role was as a recurring character on the NBC's "Chuck".


Will Smith and Jaden Smith.

Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith co-star together in the 2006 movie "The Pursuit of Happyness". The elder Smith played the character of Chris Gardener, an on-and-off homeless salesman who becomes a stockbroker. The movie was based on the real life story of Chris Gardener, a man who struggled with homelessness for a year. Jaden Smith plays Chris's son Christopher in the movie. This movie marked Jaden Smith's debut as an actor. Jaden Smith has gone on to star in "The Day the Earth Stood Still", and "The Karate Kid". Both of these films are remakes of previous made movies with the same names. Father Will Smith recently appeared in the third installment of the "Men in Black" series titled "Men in Black III".


Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie.

Jon Voight and daughter Angelina Jolie appeared together in the 2001 movie "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider". Jolie also appeared in "Looking to Get Out" in 1982 as a child alongside her father. Voight's actor career began in the late 1950s. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, with one of the nominations being a win. Voight has appeared in various films over his long career including: "Midnight Cowboy", "Deliverance", "The Rainmaker", and 2001's "Ali". Like her father, Angelina Jolie has found success in the film industry as well. Besides starring in the "Tomb Raider" series, Jolie has starred in movies such as: "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", "Beowulf", "Wanted", and "Salt". Although Voight and Jolie are father and daughter, they had an estranged relationship for several years. They did however reconcile in 2007 after the death of Jolie's mother and Voights ex-wife Marcheline Bertrand.



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    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @LisaMarie724, Yea it's cool to see how real life family members interact with one another on screen. Hope to have a part 2 sometime soon. Thanks for stopping by and checking it out.

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      Lisa Stover 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      I love when real life family members play together on TV or in movies. I can't wait for a part 2.


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