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15 Celebrities You Didn't Realize Were Related

Hollywood is full of families. There's the Jacksons, the Cyruses, the Hadids, the Kardashians—the list goes on and on. Whether it's comedy, modeling, music, or some combination of the three, it seems that talent and success seems to run in the genes. But, there are some family relationships that aren't as publicized or well-known.

Some people don't realize that Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight are father and daughter. Others had no idea that Julia Roberts is Emma Roberts' aunt. Or, maybe you read People magazine enough to know those familial connections existed. No matter what side of that family tree fence you're on, here are 15 other celebrities you probably didn't realize were related.

15 William Mapother and Tom Cruise

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Chances are, you've seen a Tom Cruise movie at some point in your life, whether it's a true classic like Top Gun or Rain Man, or a box office topper like Mission: Impossible or War of the Worlds. Even so, there are still two things you don't know about the famous Scientologist: the first is that Tom Cruise isn't his entire name (it's actually Thomas Cruise Mapother IV), and second is that that he is first cousins with actor, William Mapother. Cruise has always used the shortened version of his name professionally, which often keeps fans from realizing he's related to the actor best known for his role on Lost. But, in fact, Cruise helped Mapother get his start, helping him land roles in Mission: Impossible II and Born on the Fourth of July.

14 Jenny McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy

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These two funny gals share a last name, which would seem to be a clear indicator that they are related, but given the popularity of the Irish surname, it's easy enough to assume it's just a coincidence (after all, neither woman is related to infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy). But the actresses are, in fact, first cousins. Jenny made it big in the entertainment industry first—after her debut in Playboy, she parlayed her newfound fame into The Jenny McCarthy Show on MTV, which she offered her cousin a small role on. The short-lived show was Melissa's first on-screen appearance. But, Melissa's comedic timing and ingenuity eventually brought her more prime time and box office success than her younger cousin, with shows like Gilmore Girls and cult movies like Bridesmaids.

13 Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine

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Academy Award winners, actor Warren Beatty and actress Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister. MacClaine, who won the "Best Actress" award in 1983 for her role in Terms of Endearment, is two years older than her brother. She was also the first to appear on screen, taking a role in an Alfred Hitchcock film, and setting the stage for Beatty to follow her footsteps to Hollywood in the '50s. But, Beatty quickly found his own success as an actor and director, eventually winning the Academy Award for "Best Director" for his work on Reds. Between the two of them, the siblings have starred in over 100 movies! They are definitely two of the most prolific and experienced actors alive in Hollywood today.

12 Kyra and Edie Sedgwick

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Andy Warhol's favorite muse met a tragic, and early death at age 28 due to a drug overdose. "It Girl" Edie was a popular model and was working to establish a career as an actress, starring in several of Warhol's films and her own feature, Ciao! Manhattan. The acting gene must run in the family because Edie's cousin Kyra is a prime time TV staple. Kyra has been appearing in movies since the '80s and is best known for her lead role on The Closer (the finale brought in 9.1 million viewers). She is also known for being married to actor, Kevin Bacon.

11 Gavin Rossdale and Daisy Lowe

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Gavin Rossdale has been the longtime frontman for Bush, finding multi-platinum success with several of his records.The Englishman was also married to singer Gwen Stefani for 14 years, which brought him a new level of A-list celebrity status and three adorable sons. But, Kingston, Zuma and Apollo aren't Rossdale's only children. In 2004, it came out that he had fathered a child with rocker Pearl Lowe. Their daughter is actress and model Daisy Lowe. Gavin and Pearl had been longtime friends, and Gavin was even named Daisy's godfather. But, a misunderstanding over blood type inheritance initiated a paternity test for Daisy, resulting in a title change from godfather to father for Rossdale. He initially cut off all contact with his newfound daughter and her mother, but today both say that their relationship is doing well.

10 Snoop Dogg and Brandy

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Rapper and cannabis king, Snoop Dogg, has had one of the most prolific and long lasting careers of any rap artist. Since his arrival in 1993 with Doggystyle (a Dr. Dre masterpiece) to 2016's Coolaid, Snoop has had several number ones and has sold millions of album copies in America alone. He also has several talented family members. Singer Brandy is Snoop Dogg's first cousin, making her brother Ray J (infamous today for his sex tape with Kim K) also cousins with the weed connoisseur. The two singers collaborated on a track ("Special") for one of Snoop's albums in 2009, making them not just family, but business partners as well.

9 Jesse Eisenberg and Hallie Kate Eisenberg

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Hallie Kate Eisenberg may not be a name you recognize immediately, but one look at the fresh face will refresh your memory: she's the '90s Pepsi girl. The child actress also appeared in a handful of films (such as Bicentennial Man, The Miracle Worker), but it's her commercial work that cemented her as a pop culture icon. On the other hand, her older brother, Jesse, has really been the one to dominate the box office today. From his Oscar-nominated role in The Social Network, to his darkly funny character in Adventureland, the 33-year-old has quite the impressive résumé. It seems that the Eisenberg last name brings talent, dimples, and curls in spades.

8 Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson

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Melanie Griffith has been a part of Hollywood for her entire life. Her parents (and step-parents) were all combinations of actors, models, and agents who infamously raised the actress with lions and tigers. Griffith played several controversial roles early in her career (like a young runaway in Night Moves, and a porn star in Body Double), so it's no surprise that her daughter's most notable role is in the equally racy Fifty Shades of Grey. Breakout star, Dakota Johnson, is the result of Griffith's brief reunion with her first husband, Don Johnson. And it was Griffith, following in her own mother's footsteps, who introduced Johnson to acting, helping her daughter land a role alongside her in 1999's Crazy in Alabama.

7 Liev Schreiber and Pablo Schreiber

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Anyone with a Netflix login and an Orange is the New Black obsession will instantly recognize Pablo Schreiber as Pornstache, the creepy, power-drunk guard turned inmate that terrorizes the girls throughout season one. On the other hand, anyone with an X-men and Ray Donovan obsession will recognize his older half-brother, Liev Schreiber (who plays Victor Creed in X-Men). The two actors share a father, but only Pablo grew up with his dad, choosing to live with the acting teacher in Seattle. Liev lived with his mother in NYC's Lower East Side neighborhood, squatting in abandoned buildings and riding with her as she drove a cab. Both, men have had successful careers, though, which can only be attributed to their shared paternal genes.

6 Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman, and Sofia Coppola

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The Coppola family is to Hollywood what the Kennedy clan is to politics. Headed up by theatrical composers Italia and Carmine, the massive family boasts 23 Academy Award nominations between them. Actors Nicolas Cage (born Nicolas Kim Coppola) and Jason Schwartzman, and director Sofia Coppola are all a part of the third generation of this legendary family. The cousins grew up on opposite sides of the country, but the creative gene is clearly hereditary—they've given us gems like National Treasure, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Lost in Translation. The three have yet to work on a single project together, but are known to throw each other's names in the ring for consideration on different projects (it was Sofia who helped Jason land his first role in Rushmore). They often appear on red carpets together, too.

5 David Spade and Kate Spade

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Comedian David Spade has a huge arsenal of films and shows: from the '90s classic, Tommy Boy, to Disney staple The Emperor's New Groove, to the hilarious sitcom, 8 Simple Rules. David has been making audiences laugh 'till they cry for almost three decades. But, he's not the only successful one in the family. David is the brother-in-law to designer Kate Spade. In 1994, the designer wed the actor's brother, Andy, who is also her business partner, uniting the handbag empire and the comedy empire under the same last name. And that line in Arrested Development about the knock-off Kate Spade being a David Spade? It's a lot funnier once you realize the actual connection between the two celebs.

4 Jason Sudeikis and George Wendt

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Cheers legend, George Wendt, appeared in all 275 episodes of the show, making him one of only three cast members to do so. Over the show's eleven year run, Wendt's character (Norm Peterson) changed occupation, downed hundreds of "one more quick" beers, and provided plenty to laugh at. So, it's no surprise that his nephew, actor Jason Sudeikis, has the same comedic timing. The SNL alumnus has had a successful career in side-splittingly funny movies for the last 10 years, but has never worked on a project with his uncle. In fact, the two don't seem to talk business all that much, but Sudeikis has said the best advice his uncle ever gave him was to "get on one of the best sitcoms of all time and then ride it out."

3 Elle King and Rob Schneider

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Another SNL alumnus with famous family members? Rob Schneider. The actor was a full cast member on the show from 1990-1994, having climbed the rungs from a sketch writer and featured player. For the rest of the '90s and early '00s, Schneider appeared in dozens of feature films and TV shows, but today he tends to have more bit parts and often lends his voice to animated characters. In the early '90s, Schneider also became a father for the first time—to musician daughter, Elle King. King split time between her parents growing up, and fell in love with music after her mother got re-married to a musician. King's first album debuted in 2015, and her lead single "Ex's & Oh's" was nominated for two Grammys.

2 Abby Elliott and Chris Elliott

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If you invested a small part of your life and soul in How I Met Your Mother, then you'll recognize Chris Elliott as Lily's self-centered, unreliable father. But HIMYM isn't the only thing on Elliott's resume—the comic started out creating sketches for Late Night with David Letterman, appearing in the cult classics, Get a Life and There's Something About Mary. He was also a featured cast member on the 1994-1995 season of SNL. Chris is also father to Abby Elliott, a more recent SNL cast member. Their involvement with SNL makes Abby the first second-generation cast member, ever! SNL isn't their only shared project, Abby also appeared on a handful of HIMYM episodes (as one of Ted's love interests, Jeanette Peterson).

1 Ira and Philip Glass

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The Glass cousins, composer Philip and radio legend Ira, are just one more duo that people don't often realize are related. Ira is the voice and producer of This American Life. His older cousin has created soundtracks for everything from The Truman Show to The Hours and is often credited with being the trailblazer behind the minimalist movement. The fact that they work in two entirely different fields often keeps fans from recognizing their connection. But their curly hair, dark eyes, and creative genius leave no doubt that the two are related. Both grew up on the east coast, and while they weren't very close in their younger years, they often work together today, with Philip composing for Ira's show.

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