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23 Parent-Child Acting Team-Ups That Prove Good Acting Runs In The Family

Great acting runs in the family. In fact, some actors in Hollywood actually have actors as parents or even grandparents. Some actors might use their familial connections to gain audition perks, they don’t take away their talents.

And some other items, these generational actors are invited for some guest roles in their parents’ movies. Some even play the younger versions of their parents. Other times, these child actors play the children of their parents in the movie even! These actors were very convincing in their parts, at least in terms of look.

Regardless of the reason, parent and children actors teaming up in different projects always add a certain endearment to them. The film feels more personal to both the actors and the viewers as well.

Here are 22 pairs of parent-child acting team-ups that prove good acting runs in the family. If you don’t believe us, try checking out these movies and not feel the tug at your heartstrings.

#1 Arrested Development: Henry Winkler and his son, Max Winkler, played Barry Zuckerkorn.

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They recently collaborated on the limited series King Rex, in which Henry stars and Max directs.

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#2 Thunder Force: Melissa McCarthy and her daughter Vivian Falcone played the same character Lydia.

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Ben Falcone, the film’s writer, and Vivian’s father stated in the press notes, “We’ve kept Vivian away from acting, although she’s quite excellent at it. We wanted someone to play a 12-year-old Lydia, and Vivian looks just like Melissa at that age.”

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#3 Riverdale: Michael and Mark Consuelos played Hiram Lodge.

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Michael’s first audition was a success. On his mother’s show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, he claimed, “There were several people who looked like brothers or cousins… There appeared to be a swarm of Michaels in the audition room.”

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#4 That ’70s Show: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson played his wrestler father, Rocky.

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Joseph Lee Anderson, on the other hand, currently plays Rocky on Young Rock.

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#5 Joy: Melissa Rivers played her mom, Joan Rivers

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Melissa said to the Hollywood Reporter, “I wanted to make certain that everything looked properly. I wanted to make sure it was appropriate. And, to be honest, after I put on the wig, I stopped looking in the mirror because it was too strange.”

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#6 Baadasssss!: Mario Van Peebles wrote, produced, directed, and starred as his filmmaker father Melvin

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Melvin’s experience making his 1971 independent film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, in which he also played the lead, inspired the picture. Mario also played the younger version of Sweetback in a brief part.

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#7 Resident Evil: The Final Chapter: Ever Anderson and her mother Milla Jovovich played Alicia Marcus.

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It was directed by Ever’s dad, Paul W.S. Anderson.

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#8 Notorious: C.J. Wallace played his father, rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

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“Others may look like him and dress in the same exact way, but I did well because I know how to react since my grandmother…told me about him and his actions and other things,” C.J. told the Columbus Telegram.

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#9 Underworld: Revolution: Kate Beckinsale and her daughter Lily Sheen, played Selene.

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But this was not their only team-up. They then split Amy’s role in Everybody’s Fine.

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#10 Orange Is the New Black: Dasany Kristal Gonzalez and her daughter Dascha Polanco, plays Daya.

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Dascha told Latina, about the team-up: “[Dasany’s] a blessing, a miracle baby.”

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#11 Straight Outta Compton: O’Shea Jackson Jr. played his dad, Ice Cube.

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“[Director F. Gary Gray] realized that this movie had to be authentic, and nobody is going to tackle this character as passionately as I would because it’s my family’s heritage,” O’Shea told News Corp Australia Network.

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#12 30 Rock: Tina Fey and her daughter Alice Richmond played Liz Lemon.

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Alice also contributed to the performance in certain ways. Tina took a lot of amusing things her kid said when she was younger and turned them into Tracy Morgan quotes.

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#13 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Bill Paxton and his son James Paxton both played John Garrett

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After the actor died, the program reintroduced a younger version of the character, played by his real-life son, James Paxton. James stated on Twitter, “It was a true pleasure to bring [this persona] to life. An emotional roller coaster as well. But it was still a blast.”

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#14 The Many Saints of Newark: Michael Gandolfini and his dad James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano.

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While preparing for the part, Michael saw The Sopranos for the first time, which made him feel connected to his late father. He stated to Esquire, “Tony rants at A.J., then buys a pizza to apologize and sits by his son’s bedside, saying, ‘I couldn’t ask for a finer kid.’ In that scene, I had a feeling he was speaking to me.”

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#15 NCIS: Mark Harmon and his son, Sean, played Gibbs

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Sean played his father in the flashback of 6 episodes. Sean’s mother, Pam Dawber, is also featured in the episode.

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#16 Evening: Mamie Gummer and her mother Meryl Streep played Lila Wittenborn Ross.

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Eight years later, Meryl and Mamie reunited as mother and daughter in Ricki and the Flash.

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#17 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Robert Downey Jr. played Harry Lockhart and his son Indio Falconer Downey played Harry Lockhart.

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Susan Downey, Indio’s stepmother, produced the film.

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#18 Sophia Loren: Her Own Story: Sophia Loren played both her mother, Romilda Villani, and herself.

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Sophia reprised her role as Romilda in My House Is Full of Mirrors (2010).

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#19 Walk the Line: Shooter Jennings portrayed his late father, country music pioneer Waylon Jennings.

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“They worked closely with Cash on the film when he was still alive. I think it’s extremely accurate, and I think it’s a very amazing thing, and I’m pleased to have been a part of it “According to the Chicago Tribune, the shooter.

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#20 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: Jada Pinkett Smith voiced Gloria, Willow Smith voiced the younger version of the sassy hippo.

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Willow, then 7, was encouraged by the event to pursue acting like her mother.

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#21 The Goldbergs: Former Phillies GM Rubén Amaro Jr. played his dad, former MLB player Rubén Amaro Sr.

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An adolescent version of Rubén Amaro Jr. appears on the program as well because he went to high school with Adam F. Goldberg, the semi-autobiographical show’s writer.

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#22 The Big Bang Theory/Young Sheldon: Zoe Perry plays Sheldon’s mom Mary Cooper. Her mom, Laurie Metcalf played Sheldon’s mom Mary Cooper.

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Zoe previously appeared on Roseanne as a younger version of her mother’s character Jackie.

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#23 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: Ben Stiller and his son, Quinn Dempsey Stiller voiced the dancing King of New York, Alex the lion

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They later collaborated on the underrated gem Megamind.

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