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The Seven Celebrity Offspring That Didn't Blow It

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


3. Brandon Lee

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Of all the actors on this list, there is no question that Brandon Lee had the biggest shoes to fill when it came to making his own mark as a Hollywood star as well as getting respect from fans. His father’s untimely death at the peak of his powers made Bruce Lee the biggest action star on the planet. This pressure to carry on his legacy couldn’t have been easy for Brandon, but the only son of Lee Jun-fan made his own way and proved how talented and unique he really was.

It took Brandon a few movies to really get his career going, but by the time he did Rapid Fire, it was apparent that the kid had some serious skills as a performer. His stardom obviously peaked when he took on his final role in the 1994 landmark The Crow. Who knows what Brandon could of accomplished if he had lived, but I guarantee he would have gone on to become one of the biggest and most versatile Hollywood stars in the world. His father would be proud.

 

2. Michael Douglas

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In terms of making your own way in the movie biz, being the son of one of the most beloved Hollywood stars of all time can’t be all that easy to escape. Somehow Michael Douglas did it. His production work on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest back in 1975 seemed to be the moment where he went from Kirk Douglas’ little boy to a legit Hollywood player. When the ‘80s finally hit, Douglas straight up exploded. From Romancing the Stone to Fatal Attraction to his Oscar-winning role in Wall Street, Michael Douglas became his own man and won the hearts and respect of film fans around the world. It's true that the popularity and status of his father in the world of Hollywood allowed him to have these amazing opportunities, but you can’t fake talent, people.

Get well soon, Michael.

 

1. Jeff Bridges

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First and foremost, there is no question that Jeff Bridges is the most talented actor on this list. His jaw-dropping resume speaks for itself.

With classics like High Noon and Airplane!, Lloyd Bridges was entertaining film audiences since the 1930s. His son Jeff has been no different. In only his third movie role in The Last Picture Show, Jeff was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category. It could have been a fluke, but from then on in, Jeff proved again and again why he was one of the most talented actors around. Seeing both of them get to act together as father and son in 1994’s Blown Away was a real treat.

Jeff Bridges' work ethic has always been second to none. That’s surprising for the offspring of a big time movie star. A lot of people would've just collected a few paychecks and hit an early retirement. Not this guy. He's helped create some of the most iconic characters film has ever seen and he’s also one of the nicest dudes around to boot.

Shoutout to Beau Bridges as well. Looks like Lloyd Bridges sure knew how to raise some awesome kids.

 

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