There is no denying the great Morgan Freeman and his long and very successful career. With a career that has numerous memorable performances, Freeman carries a unique charisma that is hard to replicate, and even harder to forget. Freeman was also one of the few African American actors who consistently received roles that were not specifically written for Black actors, which was an honor in itself and a true symbolism of his versatile and talented character.
In an earlier role, Freeman portrayed Red, a convict in Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption, 1994. Starring alongside Tim Robbins, Freeman’s portrayal of Red in this award-winning drama film won him an Academy Award nomination and plenty of publicity. Not that he needed it, but was definitely deserving of it.
Alfonso Freeman is the only child from Morgan Freeman’s relationship with then-girlfriend Loetha Adkins. Alfonso Freeman was estranged from his father for years and didn’t meet his father Morgan in person until he was in his 20s. Alfonso had only spoken on the phone to his father once in 1979 until he met him personally in 1984. Alfonso briefly attended Cal State University-Long Beach as an Art Major. Alfonso did not meet his famous father in person until 1984 when he came to L.A. to film the TV mini-series The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)
Alfonso Freeman is perhaps best known for his roles in films starring his father. In 1994, he had a minor role in the Academy Award-winning prison drama “The Shawshank Redemption” as a convict, where for his father’s character Red, he appeared on the mugshot in one of the scenes. He also made appearances in the 1995 thriller “Seven,” the 2000 comedy “Nurse Betty” and the 2007 drama “The Bucket List,” all of which starred Morgan Freeman.
American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright, Tina Fey is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live 1997–2006 and for creating the comedy series 30 Rock between 2006–2013, 2020. Her work in film is also prominent, including Mean Girls (2004), Date Night (2010), Muppets Most Wanted (2014), and Soul (2020), to name a few. Fey has received numerous accolades, including nine Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and seven Writers Guild of America Awards.
Fey’s performance on 30 rock was inspired by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and later used Louis-Dreyfus to play the stand-in for the character of Liz Lemon in flashback scenes during the live episode “Live Show” of the fifth season. After receiving 13 Emmy Award nominations and two wins for the final season, 30 Rock ended its run with 112 Emmy award nominations. It has been cited as one of the greatest TV series of all time and it is considered to have one of the greatest finales in television history.
American child artist and star kid. Besides her acting gigs, Alice is also famously known as the older daughter of actors Jeff Richmond, and Tina Fey. Alice has worked on a couple of projects so far and has made her own name rising above the star kid tag.
Richmond was just around seven years old when she did her first acting work. In 2012, she appeared as a seven-year-old girl, Liz in the TV series 30 Rock playing her mother’s character, Liz Lemon, in a childhood flashback. Nearly eight years later, Alice appeared as herself in a TV special, A One-Time Special.
Meryl Streep is often described as “the best actress of her generation.” Her versatility in acting amongst her many more admirable and successful qualities has won her numerous accolades, including a record of 21 Academy Award nominations, 32 Golden Globe Award nominations, winning 8.
One of many but not most successful roles Streep has portrayed include a short role alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close, and her eldest daughter Mamie Gummer in Lajos Koltai’s drama film Evening 2007, based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Susan Minot. Switching between the present and the past, it tells the story of a bedridden woman, who remembers her tumultuous life in the mid-1950s.
Despite her famous mother, Mamie Gummer has built quite a successful career for herself. Gummer has starred in the title role of The CW series Emily Owens, M.D. 2012–2013, and played the recurring role of Nancy Crozier on The Good Wife 2010–2015. She has also appeared in the films Evening (2007), in which she co-starred along with her mother Meryl Streep.
In Evening 2007, Mamie Gummer played the 1950s version of Lila Wittenborn Ross, while her mother Meryl Streep played the present-day version. Despite a well-established cast, Evening earned mostly negative reviews from critics and currently holds a 27% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film grossed a total worldwide box office of over $12 million.
American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host, Joan Rivers was noted for her often controversial comedic personality. Heavily self-deprecating and sharply acerbic, especially towards celebrities and politicians, Rivers is considered a pioneer of women in comedy by many critics, and will not soon be forgotten.
She was nominated in 1984 for a Grammy Award for her album What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?; and was nominated in 1994 for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance of the title role in Sally Marr and Her Escorts. In 2009, Rivers competed alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers on the second season of The Celebrity Apprentice, where she won the season.
Actress and television host Melissa Rivers is the only child of comedian Joan Rivers and producer Edgar Rosenberg. She has had roles in television shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Silk Stalkings, and The Comeback. In 1998, she also appeared in the sci-fi/comedy made-for-television movie Men in White and in the 1999 film The Big Tease. She and her mother, Joan Rivers, portrayed themselves in the 1994 celebrity docudrama Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story.
Melissa Rivers plays her mother, the late Joan Rivers, opposite Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Joy, a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film, written and directed by David O. Russell. Joy grossed a worldwide total of $101.1 million against a budget of $60 million.
Recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a SAG Award, Sarandon began her acting career in the drama film Joe 1970. She is also known for her social and political activism, Sarandon was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.
Sarandon and her daughter Martino were both cast in British writer-director Paul Duddridge’s film Mother’s Day. The film follows twelve pairs of mothers and daughters over the course of Mother’s Day. Martino previously played Sarandon’s daughter in the 2002 film The Banger Sisters and played a younger version of her character, Helen Prejean, in Dead Man Walking. The mother-daughter duo has starred alongside each other numerous times, and we are excited to see what might come of them next.
American blogger/influencer and a former film and television actress Eva Amurri Martino has made many appearances alongside her mother, including playing the same role as Mary McGarricle in That’s My Boy. She has guest-starred, along with her mother, on an episode of Friends in Season 7 Episode 15 “The One with Joey’s New Brain”. But Martino has also paved her own way in the entertainment industry. In 2004, she appeared in Saved!. She guest-hosted Attack of the Show with Kevin Pereira, and played a stripper in the third season of the Showtime series Californication.
Amurri played the leading role in the 2008 film Middle of Nowhere and in 2009, she appeared as Shelly in the episode “The Playbook” of How I Met Your Mother. Martino landed a role in the Fox series House as Nicole in the episode “The Choice”. This actress has definitely come out of the shadow of her mother and has paved her own successful career.
O’Shea Jackson Sr or better known as “Ice Cube” is a rapper, actor, and filmmaker. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of N.W.A in 2016 Ice Cube has paved quite a career for himself. He entered cinema by playing Doughboy in director John Singleton’s feature debut Boyz n the Hood, named after his 1987 rap song. His directorial debut was the 1998 film The Player’s Club.
By 2020, his acting roles included about 40 films, among them family comedies like the Barbershop series, and buddy cop comedies 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, and Ride Along where he starred alongside Kevin Hart. Married with four children, Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jr., portrayed him in the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton.
O’Shea Jackson Jr. also known by his stage name OMG has followed his father’s footsteps to be an actor and rapper. After starring in a role portraying his father Jackson was noted for his physical resemblance to his father, which Ice Cube described as “spot on.” “He was born to play the part,” he told Jimmy Kimmel in October 2014. “He knew that this movie had to be authentic and nobody is going to handle this role as passionately as I would because it’s my family’s legacy,” Jackson Jr. expressed to News.com.
Like father, like son! O’Shea Jackson Jr is not only career-driven and almost a look-alike of his father, he is also a father himself. When welcoming his first child in 2017 he sought advice from his father on fatherhood. “Don’t try to hide nothing. Don’t try to sugarcoat too much because if they don’t find the truth from you, they’ll never trust you,” Jackson Jr shared his father’s wise words with Us Weekly.
For the better part of the 2000s, Gandolfini was one of the most beloved TV and film actors in the country. Best known for his role as beleaguered mob boss Tony Soprano in the drama The Sopranos, Gandolfini’s success will live on for decades to come.
In 2007, Gandolfini produced Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, a documentary in which he interviewed injured Iraq War veterans and in 2010, Wartorn: 1861–2010 examining the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on soldiers and families throughout several wars in U.S. history from 1861 to 2010. Gandolfini later died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 51 in Rome on June 19, 2013.
Gandolfini made his debut in Ocean’s 8, 2018 and is set to appear as Tony Soprano, the role originated by his late father James Gandolfini, in The Many Saints of Newark (2021), a prequel film to The Sopranos.
Following his father’s death, Gandolfini decided to pursue acting. He enrolled at New York University after graduating high school. In his early audition efforts, he was cast in the HBO drama series The Deuce as Joey Dwyer. Michael Gandolfini was later cast in the Russo brother’s crime drama Cherry.
Actor and filmmaker Bill Paxton, appeared in films such as Apollo 13 1995, Twister 1996, and Titanic (1997). He also starred in the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–2011), which earned him three Golden Globe Award nominations during the show’s run.
Paxton won numerous accolades, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for portraying Randall McCoy in the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys 2012. His final film appearance was in The Circle 2017, which was released two months after his death in 2017.
Best known for co-starring in the USA Network drama series Eyewitness as Lukas Waldenbeck. Paxton also starred in the music video for Matt Maeson’s “Beggar’s Song”. James Paxton’s news that he will be playing a younger version of his father’s character John Garrett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, came as exciting news for fans.
After the warm welcome fans of the show shared on twitter during Paxton’s appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, he later shared his thanks for all the kind messages. “Thank you so very much!! It was truly a blast bringing it to life. Also an emotional roller coaster. But a blast nonetheless,” Paxton expressed.
Best known for playing the lead role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS, Mark Harmon’s acting talent has earned him multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for “The West Wing” and for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Special for the movie “Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.”
Harmon also developed, executive produced and starred in “Certain Prey,” an original movie for USA Network. Based on the series of Prey books, Harmon portrayed Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport.
Sean Harmon is an American actor best known for his role-playing a younger version of his father’s character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, in 6 episodes, on NCIS. Also appearing in NCIS: Los Angeles, guest-starring in the NCIS: Los Angeles Season 6 episode Rage episode as Charlie Connor.
In addition to playing a younger version of his father, Sean has had minor roles in other shows as well. He played Sgt. Terry Scott in “Ten Thousand Miles.” Sean was also in “Alina” in 2019.
Actor, comedian, director, producer, and children’s book author, Henry Winkler rose to fame for his role as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli. Winkler later became the breakout character of the sitcom Happy Days between 1974–1984, for which he won two Golden Globe Awards and earned three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Winkler has been married since 1978 to Stacey Winkler with whom he has three children. One of his children, Max Winkler is also in the entertainment industry and worked closely alongside his father. Together, they are actively involved with various children’s charities. In 1990, they co-founded the Children’s Action Network (CAN), which provides free immunization to over 200,000 children.
American screenwriter and film and television director, Max Winkler is best known for directing the film Ceremony 2010, starring Michael Angarano and Uma Thurman. The film was Winkler’s feature film directorial debut.
Prior to directing Ceremony, Winkler was a producer for a number of short films and was an executive producer of the John Stockwell-directed film Cat Run (2011). Max portrayed a younger version of his father’s character Barry Zuckerkorn, during flashback sequences in the fourth season of Arrested Development.
Recipient of accolades such as Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Tony Award, in addition to nominations for an Academy Award, and a BAFTA Award, Rosemary Harris’s success speaks volumes for her career. In 1986, Harris was also inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. Harris began her stage career in 1948, before making her Broadway debut in 1952.
In film, Harris is best known for her portrayal of Aunt May in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3. She also starred in the 1999 film, Sunshine, which she co-starred alongside her daughter Jennifer Ehle.
English-American actress Jennifer Ehle has won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in the 1995 BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice. For her work on Broadway, she won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for The Real Thing and the 2007 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Coast of Utopia.
Jennifer Ehle also starred alongside her mother playing the same character across a six-decade storyline, in Sunshine a 1999 historical drama film directed by István Szabó and written by Israel Horovitz and Szabó. The film was an international co-production among companies from Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Canada. The film received 14 nominations at the 20th Genie Awards, grossing a worldwide total of $7.6 million.
English actress and model Kate Beckinsale had some minor television roles, her film debut was Much Ado About Nothing 1993 while she was still a student at the University of Oxford. She started her career in film in the United States in the late 1990s. Beckinsale appeared in small-scale dramas The Last Days of Disco 1998 and Brokedown Palace 1999. Later starring in larger roles including drama film, Pearl Harbor 2001, the romantic comedy Serendipity, and Tiptoes 2003. She followed those with appearances in The Aviator 2004 and Click 2006.
After her role as Selene in the Underworld film series 2003–2016, where she co-starred alongside her daughter Lily Mo Sheen. Beckinsale is now better known for her work in action films, including Van Helsing 2004, Whiteout 2009, and Contraband 2012.
While some parents love to see their kids follow in their footsteps, the same can’t be said for Lily’s mom and dad. “Michael and I have accepted our failure in not producing a nice doctor, but acting is what she wants to do,” Beckinsale told The Daily Mail in April 2019. Despite her parents feeling the way they do, Lily Mo Sheen is determined to follow her dream of being an actress.
Lily Sheen appears briefly in Underworld: Evolution, playing a child version of Selene seen in flashbacks to Selene’s past. Lily’s mother, Kate Beckinsale, plays the adult Selene, while her father, Michael Sheen, appears as Lycan leader Lucian in the series. This family-actor duo is unstoppable and we are excited to see what will come of this young rising star.
South African actor, author, director and playwright, John Kani is best known for portraying T’Chaka in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: Civil War 2016, Black Panther 2018, and portraying Rafiki in the 2019 remake of The Lion King.
Kani is also the executive trustee of the John Kani Theatre Foundation, founder and director of the John Kani Theatre Laboratory and chairman of the National Arts Council of SA. On 20 February 2010, Kani received a SAFTA Life Time award. He has also received the Avanti Hall of Fame Award from the South African film, television, and advertising industries, an M-Net Plum award and a Clio award in New York.
Kani was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was exposed to the entertainment industry at a young age by observing and learning from his father John Kani, who studied scripts for his own acting roles.
Kani made his international stage debut in The Tempest, a collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he played Ariel alongside his father Caliban and Sir Antony Sher Prospero. In 2018, Kani portrayed the younger King T’Chaka, a dual part shared with his father, John Kani, in the film Black Panther.
Actress, the model, and singer Milla Jovovich is best known for her roles in numerous science-fiction and action films. In 2004, Forbes determined that she was the highest-paid model in the world.
Jovovich gained attention for her role in the 1991 romance film Return to the Blue Lagoon, as she was then only 15. Between 2002 and 2016, Jovovich portrayed Alice in the action-horror film franchise Resident Evil, which became the highest-grossing film series to be based on video games.
American actress and model. She is known for portraying a young Natasha Romanoff in the 2021 film Black Widow and will star as Wendy Darling in the 2022 film Peter Pan & Wendy. Child to actress Milla Jovovich and father, director Paul W. S. Anderson, Ever Anderson is following in her parents footsteps, despite their discouragement.
At the age of nine, she was on the cover of Vogue Bambini, photographed by Ellen von Unwerth. Her first feature film appearance was in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in 2016, which was directed by her father. Where she played a younger Alicia Marcus, who is played by her mother as an adult. In March 2020, it was revealed that she would play a younger version of Natasha Romanoff in the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Black Widow, as well as Wendy Darling in the 2022 film Peter Pan & Wendy.
Rocky Johnson was a Canadian professional wrestler. He was the first black Georgia Heavyweight Champion as well as the NWA Television Champion (2 times). He won the World Tag Team Championship in 1983, along with his partner Tony Atlas, to become the first black champions in WWE history.
After leaving WWF in June 1985, Johnson went to Central States, Tennessee, Hawaii, Portland, Puerto Rico, and the independent circuit. In Hawaii, he teamed with his brother Ricky Johnson.
Regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation for eight years prior to pursuing an acting career. His films have grossed over $10.5 billion worldwide, making him one of the world’s highest-grossing and highest-paid actors.
In 1999, Johnson appeared on That ’70s Show as his father Rocky Johnson. That same year Johnson was listed No. 5 on Entertainment Weekly’s Top 12 Entertainers of the Year. In 2000, Access Hollywood ranked him number six in their list of the Top 10 Celebrities of 2000. That year, Rock was also listed in the Forbes Celebrity 100 and People Magazine’s 25 Most Intriguing People.
Sheen first became known for his roles in the films The Subject Was Roses 1968 and Badlands 1973, and later achieved wide recognition for his leading role in Apocalypse Now 1979, and later as Robert Hanson in the Netflix television series Grace and Frankie.
Sheen later went on to win the Best Actor award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival for his performance as Kit Carruthers in Badlands. His portrayal of Capt. Willard in Apocalypse Now earned a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer, Emilio Estevez brother of Charlie Sheen and son of actor Martin Sheen, started his career as an actor and is known for being a member of the acting Brat Pack of the 1980s, appearing in The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, and The Outsiders.
His first role was in a drama produced by the Catholic Paulist order. Soon after, he made his stage debut with his father in Mister Roberts at Burt Reynolds’ dinner theater in Jupiter, Florida. Emilio Estevez played a younger Martin Sheen’s character, Jed Bartlet, in a home movie on The West Wing, an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 1999 to May 2006. The film received a multitude of accolades, including two Peabody Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and 26 Primetime Emmy Awards, including the award for Outstanding Drama Series, which it won four consecutive times from 2000–2003.
Christopher Wallace, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or simply Biggie, was an American rapper and songwriter. widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. Wallace became known for his distinctive laidback lyrical delivery, offsetting the lyrics often grim content.
Wallace has certified sales of over 28 million copies in the United States, including 21 million albums. Rolling Stone has called him the “greatest rapper that ever lived,” and Billboard named him the greatest rapper of all time. His legacy and work continues to thrive, Wallace’s lyrics have been sampled and quoted by a variety of artists, including Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Fat Joe, Nelly, Ja Rule, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Game, Clinton Sparks, Michael Jackson, and Usher.
Known by his stage names Lil Biggie Smalls and Lil Biggie, is an American actor and entrepreneur, Wallace’s breakthrough role was in the 2009 biopic Notorious, where he played his father, rapper The Notorious B.I.G., as a child in Notorious.
In 2010, he starred in the comedy film Everything Must Go, but did not have another acting role until starring in the 2016 adventure film Kicks. In 2019, he played Amir in the third season of the VH1 slasher series Scream. Wallace, alongside his previous stepfather Todd Russaw and fellow entrepreneur Willie Mac, launched a cannabis company called Think BIG in March 2019.
Mark Consuelos best known for his portrayal of Mateo Santos on the ABC soap opera All My Children, and supporting actor Hiram Lodge on The CW drama Riverdale winning the Teen’s Choice Award for Choice TV Villain in 2018.
Consuelos and his wife, actress Kelly Ripa met on the set of all my children where they co-starred together. The couple has three children together Michael Joseph, Lola Grace, and Joaquin Antonio.
Son of famous actors Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa, Michael found his passion for the film industry at a young age which is unsurprising considering he has always been exposed to Hollywood life. Michael attended the New York University to study Film and Television Production, and appeared in several TV series, including Duck Dodgers and Go, Diego! Go!
He is currently playing the role of Hiram Lodge in the 3rd Season of Riverdale, portraying the younger version of his father, Mark Consuelos.
With a career spanning over four decades, Glenn Close has received numerous accolades, including three Primetime Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. She has also been nominated eight times for an Academy Award, holding the record for the most nominations in an acting category without a win.
With her eighth nomination in 2021, she became one of the five most-nominated actresses in Academy history. Close won two more Tony Awards for Death and the Maiden in 1992 and Sunset Boulevard in 1995. She won her first Primetime Emmy Award for the 1995 television drama film Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, and she continued a successful film career with starring roles in Reversal of Fortune (1990) and Air Force One (1997), among others. Close has been married three times, and she has one child from her relationship with producer John Starke, daughter Annie Starke, 33.
The daughter of actress Glenn Close and businessman John Starke, Annie Starke was raised in Bedford, New York. She attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, studying the history of art.
Starke appeared in the films Albert Nobbs, We Don’t Belong Here, and in The Wife as a younger version of Joan Castleman, the character played by her mother Glenn Close. Starke also played a younger version of her mother in the Owen Wilson and Ed Helms comedy Father Figures. We are in awe of this mother-daughter duo, and we are excited to see what comes next.