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The Seven Celebrity Offspring That Didn't Blow It

by dsussman   October 26, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 3,444

The spoiled spawn of Hollywood icons have been taking a stab at their parents' professions for years now, but only a few of these legacy thespians have legitimately risen to the occasion to get the real respect they deserve. It's time to give respect to some hard-workin' rich kids.

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7. Kiefer Sutherland

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Son to Canadian actors Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland had some pretty big shoes to fill when it came to pursuing a career in acting. Needless to say, the guy has straight killed it since his first screen appearance back in 1983.

Even though his dad Donald is easily one of the greatest screen stars of all time, Kiefer has been able to stand on his own two feet with his serious star power and undeniable skills. A lot of fans can be cruel to a Hollywood legacy like Kiefer, but with epic roles in classics like Stand by Me, Young Guns, and 24, everyone’s favorite drunk celebrity has done his family proud on many artistic levels. The man is a rock star, y’all.

 

6. Charlie Sheen & Emilio Estevez

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I can’t say that I think that Charlie or Emilio have ever surpassed their dad Martin in terms of skill and/or charisma as an actor, but they damn sure are both screen legends that can’t be denied.

In the ‘80s, both Charlie and Emilio became two of the most popular young actors in Hollywood. Throughout their careers, the two brothers have taken part in some of the most influential and iconic films of all time. Sheen’s work in Platoon, Wall Street, and Major League is as respectable as it gets in film. Emilio also put down great performances in classic films like Repo Man, The Outsiders, and The Breakfast Club. Their careers did dip in the ‘90s, but no one can take away from the amazing body of work they have put together throughout their careers. 

On a side note: Sheen totally blew his kid outta the water in Wall Street.

 

5. Drew Barrymore

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Being a member of a multi-generational theatrical dynasty can’t be easy. Having John Barrymore as your grandfather pretty much guarantees a career in moving pictures. With this said, Drew Barrymore has had one of the greatest careers in the history of show business. Seriously.

Things started off really well for Ms. Barrymore. Drew’s breakout role in 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial put her on the map in Hollywood, but her rebellious, cocaine-sniffing behavior in her early teens was what made fans believe her career might have truly been finished before it even really began. Just when we all thought she had gone off the deep end after flashing her boobs on Letterman, Drew was able to regroup and surprise us all with a string of box-offices successes like Scream and The Wedding Singer. She also formed Flower Films and went on to produce such cult classics as Donnie Darko and box office smashes like Charlie's Angels. She’s also done all of this by the age of 35. Not too shabby.

Dating Tom Green might not have been the greatest idea though.



4. Jane and Peter Fonda

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Jane and Peter Fonda are both Hollywood legends. Period. Peter’s work on the 1969 landmark Easy Rider helped make him a household name overnight. The fact that Peter took the risk of doing a film like Easy Rider during such a turbulent time in America is proof that he was a real artist who wasn’t afraid of jeopardizing his spot on the Hollywood scene. His sister was no different. Not only did Jane Fonda put down solid dramatic work in Academy Award-winning films like Klute and Coming Home, she was also in extreme opposition to the war in Vietnam. Regardless about how you feel about her "Hanoi Jane" stint and statements about the war, you gotta respect her as an artist. Both of Henry’s kids each carved out their own unique path and became legends in the process.

In my opinion, neither Peter nor Jane surpassed their father’s work/career as an actor. It’s not really all that fair to compare them to the likes of Henry Fonda, but he is their father and that’s just the way it is, people.

 

 

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