PHOTO: Fathers and Sons Who Appeared in the same Movies
Will Smith and Jaden Smith
Real-life father-son team Will Smith and Jaden Smith light up the screen in the post-apocalyptic blockbuster, ‘After Earth,’ but they aren’t the first dad-and-son duo to appear together on film. As a matter of fact, ‘After Earth’ isn’t even the first time Will and Jaden have reprised their real-life roles for a movie. Years before he starred in ‘The Karate Kid,’ Jaden played the loving son of Will’s quietly heroic father character in ‘The Pursuit of Happyness.’
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Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen
Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen are responsible for arguably the greatest pairing of real-life father and son on film in Oliver Stone’s classic ‘Wall Street.’ They have since re-teamed as father and son on Charlie’s hit FX series ‘Anger Management.’
Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas
Venerable Hollywood legends Kirk and Michael Douglas finally united on-screen in the 2003 film ‘It Runs in the Family.’ Revolving around three generations of a dysfunctional family trying to reconcile, Kirk played Michael’s father, while Michael’s son, Cameron, played his on-screen child.
Jerry Stiller and Ben Stiller
The hilarious father-son duo of Ben Stiller and Jerry Stiller have made a habit of appearing together in movies. They starred alongside one another in ‘Zoolander,’ ‘The Heartbreak Kid,’ ‘Heavy Weights’ and ‘The Independent,’ and they both had cameos in ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.’
James Brolin and Josh Brolin
Long before Josh Brolin became a bona fide leading man with his red-hot success beginning with ‘No Country for Old Men,’ he had a long, modest career of supporting roles. James had long been a household name, while Josh was mostly known for being James’s son and being a kid from ‘The Goonies.’ In 1997 (a decade prior to ‘No Country’ and ‘Grindhouse’), James and Josh appeared together in ‘My Brother’s War,’ with father playing the lead and son appearing in a support.
Donald Sutherland and Kiefer Sutherland
As a youngster in Hollywood, Kiefer Sutherland appeared alongside his Hollywood legend father, Donald, in the 1983 movie ‘Max Dugan Returns.’ The Sutherlands teamed up again in 1996 for the John Grisham courtroom thriller ‘A Time to Kill.’
Stellan Skarsgard and Alexander Skarsgard
Veteran Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard has been a Hollywood staple for decades with memorable performances in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Amistad,’ ‘Ronin,’ ‘Mamma Mia!,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Girl with theDragonTattoo.’ His heartthrob son, Alexander, has become a Hollywood favorite ever since heating up the screen as Eric Northman in ‘True Blood.’ The Skarsgards teamed up for Lars von Trier’s ‘Melancholia’ in 2011, as well as ‘Metopia,’ ‘Kill Your Darlings’ and the animated film ‘Moomins and the Comet Chase.’
Melvin Van Peebles and Mario Van Peebles
In 1971, Melvin Van Peebles wrote, directed and starred in ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song,’ a labor of love which became a defining moment in blaxploitation cinema. Melvin threw his teenage boy, Mario, into the production as Young Sweetback, a decision which led to the boy having an on-screen sex scene at the age of 14. In 2003, Mario directed, wrote and starred in ‘Baadasssss!,’ a film in which Mario portrays Melvin and chronicles his father’s arduous struggles to get the film made.
Lloyd Bridges, Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges teamed up with his celebrated father, Lloyd, for the 1988 film ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream’ and the 1994 thriller ‘Blown Away.’ Jeff’s older brother, Beau, appeared alongside his father in Beau’s 1987 film ‘The Wild Pair.’ Unsurprisingly, both Bridges boys also made appearances on their father’s ‘The Lloyd Bridges Show’ in the early 60s.
Robert Downey Sr. and Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.’s father, Robert Downey Sr., is a writer and director known for making a string of low-budget, absurdist films in the 60s and 70s. Although the elder Downey didn’t appear in it, Downey Sr.’s 1970 film ‘Pound,’ in which humans played 18 dogs waiting to be adopted, gave a 5-year-old Robert Downey Jr. his first film credit.
Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell
Kurt Russell’s son, Wyatt, had an uncredited appearance as “Orphan Boy” in ‘Escape From L.A.,’ and he played the 11-year-old character of Kurt’s lead in the 1998 sci-fi action flick ‘Soldier.’ As an adult, Wyatt has gone on to have a budding film career of his own with supporting roles in ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ and ‘This Is 40.’
Dustin Hoffman and Jake Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman’s son, Jake, played the role of his character’s grandson in the 2010 film ‘Barney’s Version.’
James Caan and Scott Caan
James Caan and Scott Caan have teamed up twice on film; they appeared together in ‘A Boy Called Hate’ in 1995 and in ‘Mercy’ in 2009.
Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez Slide
Charlie isn’t the only son with whom Martin Sheen has shared screen time. Charlie’s older brother, Emilio Estevez, wrote, directed and starred in the 2010 independent film ‘The Way,’ which depicts a grieving father’s journey while mourning the death of his son. Emilio portrayed the deceased son, while Martin played the father.
Paul Newman and Scott Newman
Before Paul Newman’s only son, Scott, tragically died at the age of 27 from a drug overdose, he appeared alongside his father in the blockbuster ‘The Towering Inferno.’