Children of Celebrities Who Followed in Their Famous Parents’ Footsteps

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In “The Many Saints of Newark,” Michael Gandolfini plays a young Tony Soprano, a role famously originated by his father, James Gandolfini.
Children of Celebrities Who Followed in Their Famous Parents' Footsteps
James Gandolfini, who played the crime boss in “The Sopranos” between 1999 and 2007, was just 51 when he died of a heart attack in 2013.

Michael, who was 13 at the time, decided to pursue acting and had roles in “The Deuce” and “Cherry,” which came out earlier this year.

In 2019, he was cast as a young Tony Soprano in “The Many Saints of Newark.” It was originally slated for a 2020 release but was pushed back due to COVID-19. It will premiere at the end of this month.

“I know it took a lot of courage for him to take this role,” James Gandolfini’s widow, Deborah Lin, told The New York Post in July. “It was very emotional. But the whole family is just so proud of him. His father would be very proud.”

Mia Threapleton has followed her mom, Kate Winslet, into the acting business.
Children of Celebrities Who Followed in Their Famous Parents' Footsteps


While on the British TV show “Lorraine” in April 2021, Winslet revealed that her 20-year-old daughter, Mia, has become an actress.

“She’s away just now in the Czech Republic about to start work on a little TV series over there,” Winslet said.

“That’s been a wonderful thing that I think I knew was coming,” Winslet added. “Actually, I think I always suspected. And then sure enough, a couple years ago, she turned around and said, ‘I think I’d like to give it a go.'”

Last year, Threapleton appeared in the thriller “Shadows.”

Her father is theater director Jim Threapleton, and it’s because she took his last name that she’s managed to stay “under the radar” in her acting career, according to Winslet.

Jennifer Lopez’s daughter, Emme Maribel Muñiz, wowed audiences with her voice at the 2020 Super Bowl.
Children of Celebrities Who Followed in Their Famous Parents' Footsteps
Muñiz, whose father is Puerto Rican-American singer Marc Anthony, was introduced to viewers across the globe when her mother brought her out during the halftime show.

Time will tell if she follows in the footsteps of her Grammy- and Golden Globe-nominated mom.

Kanye West’s then-6-year-old daughter, North, made her rap debut at one of his fashion shows in 2020.
Children of Celebrities Who Followed in Their Famous Parents' Footsteps
At a surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris in May, Kanye brought his daughter North out to perform for the gathered crowd. She performed a remix of a ZaZa the Creator song. The proud dad joined her on stage at the end of the performance.

Pink’s 10-year-old daughter, Willow, already has a stunning voice.
Children of Celebrities Who Followed in Their Famous Parents' Footsteps
Last November, Pink teased on social media that she would be joined by a special guest during her performance for ABC’s “The Disney Holiday Singalong,” but nobody expected it to be her daughter Willow.

The then-9-year-old wowed viewers with her impressive vocal range and warm tone during the duo’s performance of “The Christmas Song.”

Fans quickly took to social media to voice their amazement, with one writing, “watching the Disney Christmas singalong and PINK’S DAUGHTER WILLOW HAS THE PRETTIEST VOICE?????? like this lil girl started singing and i got CHILLS oh my god. what a talented lil lady”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s oldest daughter, Simone, has entered the world of entertainment wrestling like her father.
Children of Celebrities Who Followed in Their Famous Parents' FootstepsIn February 2020, it was reported that Simone had signed with the WWE. Simone will be a fourth-generation WWE wrestler. Her grandfather Rocky Johnson and great-grandfather “High Chief” Peter Maivia are both in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Actor Ben Stiller learned from the best: his parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.
Children of Celebrities Who Followed in Their Famous Parents' Footsteps
In addition to being married, Meara and Jerry were the comedic duo Stiller and Meara, who frequently appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” In recent years, Jerry was known for his roles as George Costanza’s father on “Seinfeld” and Arthur Spooner on “The King of Queens.” They would also appear in their son Ben’s films like “Heavyweights,” “Zoolander,” and “The Heartbreak Kid.”

Meara passed away in 2015 at 85 years old. Ben announced on Twitter on May 11, 2020, that his father Jerry had passed away, aged 92.

Billie Lourd is the daughter of Carrie Fisher and granddaughter of Debbie Reynolds.

Children of Celebrities Who Followed in Their Famous Parents' Footsteps
Reynolds is perhaps best known for her role in the classic “Singin’ in the Rain,” and Fisher captured the hearts of millions as rebel fighter Princess Leia in “Star Wars.” Both Reynolds and Fisher passed away in December 2016.

Lourd appeared alongside her mother in the newest “Star Wars” trilogy and also starred in the horror comedy television series “Scream Queens.”

Actor Colin Hanks followed his parents, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, into show business.
Children of Celebrities Who Followed in Their Famous Parents' Footsteps
Acting runs in Colin Hanks’ blood. The eldest son of Tom Hanks, Colin made a name for himself appearing in the coming-of-age drama “Orange County,” as well as “King Kong” and more recently the “Jumanji” series.

Actor Stellan Skarsgard is father to three actors: Alexander, Bill, and Gustaf.
Children of Celebrities Who Followed in Their Famous Parents' Footsteps
Stellan won a 2020 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his work on “Chernobyl.”

Alexander is known for his work on the big screen and television, starring in “The Legend of Tarzan,” “True Blood,” and “Big Little Lies.” Not pictured, Bill has scared audiences everywhere with his portrayal of the killer clown Pennywise in the “It” movies. Meanwhile, Gustaf has played the trickster boat builder Floki on six seasons of the History Channel’s “Vikings.”

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