Celebrities you might not know are related
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Celebrities you might not know are related

Celebrity is a family thing sometimes. In entertainment and sports, there are people who are famously related. You’ve got siblings like Peyton and Eli Manning, or parent and child situations like Will and Jaden Smith. However, not every family connection is that obvious, or that well known. Here are some famous people you might not have known who were related. In this instance, married couples don’t count.

 
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Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein

Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein
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One of Hill’s breakout films was the teen comedy “Superbad.” Meanwhile, Feldstein’s breakout movie was the teen comedy “Booksmart.” Those came several years apart, but it still binds the siblings in one way.

 
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Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
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Vanderbilt is a member of the Vanderbilt family, and she also got into fashion world once she was striking out on her own. While she was married a few times, her last marriage yielded her son Anderson, who went on to become a famed newscaster, and one time “Jeopardy” guest host.

 
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Barbra Streisand and Josh Brolin

Barbra Streisand and Josh Brolin
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After a handful of notable relationships, actress and singer Streisand married actor James Brolin in 1998. Both already had kids, but one of those kids is particularly notable. That’s Josh Brolin, who has starred in films like “Men in Black III” and “No Country for Old Men.” You may have surmised that the Brolins were related, but you may not have known Josh’s stepmother.

 
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Snoop Dogg and Sasha Banks

Snoop Dogg and Sasha Banks
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From gangster rap to hanging with Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg has had quite the life and career. One of his cousins is Mercedes Varnado, who is probably best known as WWE superstar Sasha Banks. In fact, Snoop once performed while his cousin was walking to the ring.

 
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Snoop Dogg and Brandy

Snoop Dogg and Brandy
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Hey, we did say one of Snoop’s cousins is Sasha Banks. He’s got a few cousins and another one that is famous. Brandy and Snoop both succeeded at music and acting, with Brandy having starred in the TV show “Moesha.”

 
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Jayne Mansfield and Mariska Hargitay

Jayne Mansfield and Mariska Hargitay
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Mickey Hargitay had a solid acting career – he once played Hercules – but he could not reach the levels of fame of his one-time wife Mansfield. She was one of the most famous faces of her era, even though she tragically died at the age of 34. During her marriage to Hargitay, she had a daughter Mariska, who would go on to star in like 500 episodes of “Law and Order: SVU.”

 
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Chuck Schumer and Amy Schumer

Chuck Schumer and Amy Schumer
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Yes, it’s true. The raunchy comedian and the current Senate Majority Leader are indeed related. Amy and Chuck are cousins and have even worked together on political matters. Not so much on comedic matters.

 
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Jason Schwartzman and Talia Shire

Jason Schwartzman and Talia Shire
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You may know Shire best as Adrian from the “Rocky” movies, or perhaps from her turn as Connie in the “Godfather” films. She picked up her professional last name from her first marriage, but it’s her second marriage that gave her a son in Jason Schwartzman, who has acted in films like “Rushmore.”

 
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Jason Sudeikis and George Wendt

Jason Sudeikis and George Wendt
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Norm! That’s how most of us know Wendt, thanks to his turn on “Cheers.” However, Sudeikis probably called him “Uncle George.” Yes, the “Ted Lasso” star is the nephew of Norm.

 
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Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine

Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine
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These two Hollywood legends spent decades on screen, and yet you might not know they were related. The different last names may have played a role there. These siblings were quite successful, as both Beatty and MacLaine have won Oscars.

 
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Wyatt Russell and Kate Hudson

Wyatt Russell and Kate Hudson
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It’s possible you know the actress Goldie Hawn is Hudson’s mother. You might also know that Hawn and Kurt Russell have been together for decades. In fact, you could also know that Wyatt, who was a professional hockey player before turning to acting, is Kurt’s son. And yet, we bet there are a lot of people who have not put together than Russell and Hudson are half-siblings.

 
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Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy
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Both Melissa and Jenny have a propensity to get a little raunchy. We could definitely imagine Jenny saying some of the stuff Melissa spouts in “Bridesmaids.” However, did you know that it might run in the family? The movie star and the former MTV star are cousins.

 
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Don Johnson and Dakota Johnson

Don Johnson and Dakota Johnson
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We feel like a lot of people know that Melanie Griffith is Dakota Johnson’s mother, even though they don’t share a last name. That might be because Griffith’s mother Tippi Hedren was also an actress. It’s a lineage! As such, it can be overlooked that “Miami Vice” star Don Johnson is Dakota’s dad.

 
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Nicolas Cage and Francis Ford Coppola

Nicolas Cage and Francis Ford Coppola
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Talia Shire’s name before her first marriage? That would be Coppola, and she is Francis Ford Coppola’s sister. This would also make her Sofia Coppola’s aunt. However, the Coppola family extends even further than you realized. Before he changed his name to strike out on his own, Cage was known as Nicolas Coppola. Yes, he’s a Coppola as well. Specifically, a nephew of Francis (and Talia).

 
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Diane Ladd and Laura Dern

Diane Ladd and Laura Dern
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Laura Dern shares a name with her father, the acclaimed actor Bruce Dern. Her mother is no slouch when it comes to acting chops, though. Oscar nominee Ladd is Laura’s mother. The mother and daughter have worked together a couple of times, including on Dern’s TV show “Enlightened.”

 
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Sissy Spacek and Rip Torn

Sissy Spacek and Rip Torn
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Rip Torn was such a wild man it can feel weird to imagine him having a family. Didn’t he just emerge from a volcano spewing obscenities and intensity? In truth, he was flesh and blood like any of us, and actually was cousins with Spacek, who knows a thing or two about blood thanks to starring in “Carrie.”

 
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Kiefer Sutherland and Sarah Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland and Sarah Sutherland
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We knew Kiefer’s father was the actor Donald Sutherland, but honestly, this one completely took us by surprise. Sarah, who is probably best known for playing Catherine on “Veep,” is the daughter of Kiefer. The family acting tree continues to branch.

 
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Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha Richardson

Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha Richardson
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Redgrave is a Grammy short of an EGOT, and her sister Lynn had a fine acting career as well. In addition to her acclaimed sibling, Redgrave had a couple of children that got into acting. Richardson was having a fine career, even winning a Tony for “Cabaret,” when tragedy struck. She died at the age of 45 due to a skiing accident.

 
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Rob Schneider and Elle King

Rob Schneider and Elle King
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Hey, we’re not Schneider’s good friend Adam Sandler. Give us a break for not knowing his family situation. The star of “The Animal” has a daughter in King, who is a musician. You may know King from her hit song “Ex’s and Oh’s.”

 
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Alfie Allen and Lily Allen

Alfie Allen and Lily Allen
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Even with the same last name, this one is a surprise. British musician Lily Allen is quite successful, but she’s not the only one in the family. Her brother Alfie followed his father Keith into the acting realm. He played Theon Greyjoy in “Game of Thrones,” and also that creep who kills John Wick’s dog.

 
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Andie MacDowell and Margarey Qualley

Andie MacDowell and Margarey Qualley
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Qualley is an actress on the ride. She was good in “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” and now has her own starring vehicle in the Netflix show “Maid.” Qualley is the daughter of MacDowell, who is likely best remembered for her turn in “Groundhog Day.”

 
Elvis Presley and Riley Keough
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We probably don’t need to tell you Lisa Marie Presley is Elvis’ daughter. With all due respect, it’s the most famous thing about her, because Elvis was, you know, probably the most famous person in the world for a while. Going down another generation, though, you might lose the plot. Lisa Marie’s daughter is actress Keough, arguably best known for “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

 
Julia Roberts and Emma Roberts
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You may think to yourself, “Julia Roberts has had some famous relationships, but as far as I know she doesn’t have a famous kid. I would have heard about that. She and Emma must not be related.” Ah, you need to move one spot over in the family tree. Emma is the daughter of Julia’s brother, actor Erin Roberts, making Julia her aunt.

 
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Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz

Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz
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We’re back to talking about actresses with ties to “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Kravitz is in that, and she is of course the daughter of Lenny Kravitz. However, did you know Lenny had his daughter with Bonet? Also, Bonet is now married to Jason Momoa, so Aquaman is her stepfather as well.

 
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Quincy Jones and Rashida Jones

Quincy Jones and Rashida Jones
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If you just know Jones from “The Office” or “Parks and Recreation,” you may not know much about her. As such, you could be completely out of the loop on her famous lineage. Rashida is the daughter of the iconic music producer Quincy Jones, as well as the “Mod Squad” actress Peggy Lipton.

 
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Cory Booker and RuPaul

Cory Booker and RuPaul
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Booker is a politician. RuPaul is the world’s most famous drag queen and the winner of a whole bunch of Emmys. When Booker was doing the TV show “Finding Your Roots,” he found out that he and RuPaul are cousins. Turns out it’s easier to win Emmys than Presidential nominations in this family.

 
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Vic Morrow and Jennifer Jason Leigh

Vic Morrow and Jennifer Jason Leigh
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Morrow is, unfortunately, best remembered for his horrifying and tragic death in a helicopter accident on the set of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” However, we shouldn’t forget his acting career, particularly his starring role in the TV series “Combat!.” His legacy lives on in his daughter Leigh, who has been in movies like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “The Hateful Eight.”

 
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Zsa Zsa Gabor and Paris Hilton

Zsa Zsa Gabor and Paris Hilton
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Gabor was early on the “famous for being famous” train, and then Hilton picked up that ball and ran with it. Plus, both had sisters who were also famous. Zsa Zsa was married a staggering nine times, with one of those marriages being to Conrad Hilton Sr. It was, by all accounts, a horrifying marriage for her. However, one of Conrad’s other kids was Barron, who begat Richard, who begat Paris.

 
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Ingrid Bergman and Isabella Rossellini

Ingrid Bergman and Isabella Rossellini
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Rossellini was born in Rome, and her father was Italian director Roberto Rossellini. However, as successful as both of their careers may have been, they pale in comparison to Bergman. Isabella’s mother Ingrid, who was Swedish, won three Oscars. She was also in “Casablanca.”

 
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Richard Burton and Kate Burton

Richard Burton and Kate Burton
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When Burton wasn’t busy marrying Elizabeth Taylor – he did it twice to no avail – he was a great actor. While he never won an Oscar, he was nominated seven times. His daughter eventually would rise to prominence as an actor herself. She’s had her most success in Shondaland, as he’s been in both “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.”

 
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Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad

Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad
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As far as choreographers go, Allen is arguably only rivaled by Bob Fosse for fame. That being said, she’s also acted, and in fact, both acted in and choreographed the TV version of “Fame.” Allen has a few Emmy nominations, and so does her sister Rashad, for a show starring a guy we don’t talk about anymore. You know the one.

 
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Kevin Dunn and Nora Dunn

Kevin Dunn and Nora Dunn
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Nora first rose to fame on “Saturday Night Live” in the ‘80s, but she’s continued to be a successful working actor since then. Working actor is also a good descriptor of her brother Kevin. He’s been in a lot of stuff, but he’s arguably at his best as Ben in “Veep.”

 
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Blake Lively and Robyn Lively

Blake Lively and Robyn Lively
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Robyn’s peak came when she was a teen actor in the ‘80s. In fact, she starred in “Teen Witch.” Blake, meanwhile, didn’t rise to fame until the 2000s. There is a 15-year age gap between the half-siblings, which could easily make it hard to connect the dots.

 
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Robert Pine and Chris Pine

Robert Pine and Chris Pine
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Chris Pine needs no introduction, at least among “Star Trek” or “Wonder Woman” fans. If you grew up watching TV in the ‘70s and ‘80s, though, you might be just as familiar with his father. Robert was a successful television actor for decades, with his biggest role coming in “CHiPs,” where he played the gruff sergeant. Additionally, Chris’ grandmother (Robert’s mother-in-law) was actress Anne Gwynne, considered one of Hollywood’s first “scream queens.”

 
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Phil Collins and Lily Collins

Phil Collins and Lily Collins
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What’s that in the air tonight? Could it be the fact that the actress Lily Collins is Phil’s daughter? It’s true. Though they work in entirely different mediums, both have been quite successful. Phil as a musician, and Lily in “Emily in Paris.”

 
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Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher
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Reynolds starred in one of the iconic Hollywood musicals in “Singin’ in the Rain,” while her daughter made her name in a different medium. Fisher, of course, played Leia in the “Star Wars” movies up until her death. Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd is also an actor.

 
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Jeff Bezos and George Strait

Jeff Bezos and George Strait
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Country musicians often sing about the simple things, pickup trucks, being a cowboy, stuff like that. They rarely sing about being a billionaire mogul with controversial business practices. As such, it’s unlikely that musician Strait will ever write a song about his cousin, Amazon honcho Bezos.

 
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Sting and Mickey Sumner

Sting and Mickey Sumner
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Since Sting goes by a monosyllabic nickname professionally, it can be trickier to track his family. His real name is Gordon Sumner, though, and knowing that you can connect the dots. Mickey is his daughter, and you may have seen her in “Frances Ha” or the TV version of “Snowpiercer.”

 
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Barry Larkin and Shane Larkin

Barry Larkin and Shane Larkin
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We enter the world of sports now. Barry is a 12-time MLB All-Star and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. His son took another sporting route, though. Shane is a professional basketball player who was taken in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft. While he didn’t stick in the NBA, he’s found success playing in Europe.

 
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Jimmy Walker and Jalen Rose

Jimmy Walker and Jalen Rose
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Walker was the first-overall pick of the 1967 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, and he ended up a two-time All-Star in his career. He also fathered future NBA player – and ESPN personality – Rose. That being said, Walker was not involved in Rose’s childhood at all. They began talking eventually, but Walker died in 2007 before they ever met.

 
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Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair

Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair
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Marbury had a solid NBA career, although he’s a living legend in China as one of the first basketball players to head over there to play professionally. His cousin Telfair was a New York high school legend, but his NBA career didn’t go as well as Marbury’s. Telfair even followed Marbury to China but also had less success there as well.

 
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Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady

Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady
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Carter and McGrady both had great careers and even got to play together briefly. That must have been fun for them. The two are cousins, but who had the better career in the NBA? Well, only one of them basically recalibrated our idea of what the NBA Dunk Contest can be. Score one for Vinsanity.

 
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Mark McGwire and Dan McGwire

Mark McGwire and Dan McGwire
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Mark was a home run slugging machine who once hit 70 homers in a season. Of course, he was then tainted to many by steroids. His brother Dan went a different route, playing quarterback. He was drafted in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Seahawks, but he didn’t have a good NFL career. However, at 6’8’’, he is one of the tallest NFL players ever.

 
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Jon Jones and Chandler Jones

Jon Jones and Chandler Jones
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Jon “Bones” Jones had a fine MMA career, even being considered the best fighter in the world for a bit. In recent years, though, he’s been known as much for controversies and decisions that have tainted his legacy. His brother Chandler hasn’t had that experience. All he’s done is rack up sacks in the NFL for a decade. They have another brother, Arthur, who had an NFL career as well.

 
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Mike Love and Kevin Love

Mike Love and Kevin Love
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Mike Love is one of the Beach Boys (though he’s not Brian Wilson and never will be from a talent perspective) and is thus a famous musician. His nephew is in a very different realm. Kevin is an NBA star known for his rebounding skills and winning a ring with the Cavaliers. Oh, and he played his college ball in California. Mike knows a thing or two about that state.

 
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Jerry “The King” Lawler and the Honky Tonk Man

Jerry “The King” Lawler and the Honky Tonk Man
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There are a lot of known family connections in wrestling. We don’t need to tell you that Dusty and Dustin Rhodes are related, or Ric and Charlotte Flair. While “The King” is affiliated with Memphis wrestling, and the Honky Tonk Man’s whole gimmick was a riff on Elvis, you might have no idea that these two were cousins.

 
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Tom Gordon and Dee Strange-Gordon

Tom Gordon and Dee Strange-Gordon
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Usually, if father and son athletes play the same sport, they play a similar position. Vlad Guerrero Jr. is a slugger just like his dad, after all. Tom “Flash” Gordon was a pitcher, a three-time All-Star who remade himself as a successful closer later in his career. His son Dee, though, is primarily a second baseman. Dee made a couple of All-Star Games himself and was a speedster, but his MLB career may be over.

 
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Jon Barry and Brent Barry

Jon Barry and Brent Barry
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Rick Barry was a Hall of Fame player who shot his free throws underhand, which will always make him a legend. He also had five sons who became professional basketball players. The two most successful of those sons were Jon and Brent. Interestingly, both went on to be broadcasters as well, though Jon went to work for ESPN while Brent went off to TNT.

 
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Popeye Jones and Seth Jones

Popeye Jones and Seth Jones
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Popeye was a bit of an NBA journeyman, but he stuck it out for a decade in the league, which is nothing to sneeze at. When Popeye was with the Nuggets, he talked to Joe Sakic about his son playing hockey. This apparently was a fruitful conversation. His son Seth is now an NHL player, having recently joined the Chicago Blackhawks. A lot of people peg him as a future Norris Trophy winner.

 
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Ted Irvine and Chris Jericho

Ted Irvine and Chris Jericho
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Irvine played in the NHL for the Kings and Rangers, so he got to play in the spotlight of two gigantic cities. It was a solid career, but his son ended up getting even more spotlight than him. Christopher Irvine became known professionally as Chris Jericho, as a lot of pro wrestlers do end up with stage names. Jericho became one of the most successful wrestlers ever and even managed to finagle that into a gig fronting a metal band, some acting, and even being a game show host.

Chris Morgan is a sports and pop culture writer and the author of the books The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and The Ash Heap of History. You can follow him on Twitter @ChrisXMorgan.

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