What's More Adorable Than a Celebrity? A Celebrity With His Or Her Parents

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What's More Adorable Than a Celebrity? A Celebrity With His Or Her Parents

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | December 12, 2012 | Comments ()


Until I began to collect these images, I never realized how weird it might be to see a celebrity with his or her parent(s). In some cases, you look at the celebrity’s mom or dad, and you think: Well, that’s obvious. But in most cases, I was just left scratching my head and wondering how these larger-than-life, big-time blockbuster Hollywood celebrities came from those sweet, plain midwestern men and women. It’s humanizing, in a way, but also strangely bizarre. I mean: Tom Cruise came from those people? They look so … normal.

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  • James

    That makes me thing of all the crap they have to go through when reading all the stuff about their children...it should be awful (and even heart-breaking most of the times). It's tough when you can put a face on them...

  • zeke_the_pig

    Again - a straight ahead, lovely, heartwarming post from Dustin. What the hell's going on here...

  • Rooks

    Liam Hemsworth... the N*sync years.

    And... just how did Benedict Cumberbatch happen, exactly? All those other people on the picture - allegedly sharing genes with - him look normal. Normal, of all things.
    Until more evidence is brought forward, I say that's a photobomb. Which would also account for that... uh... smile.

  • Holy shit, I did not know Robert Pine was Chris Pine's dad!

  • Anna von Beav

    HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. I love Steve Buscemi's mom and her garage doors.

  • lowercase_ryan

    pallor [ˈpælə] a pale condition, esp when unnatural
    - see also Buscemi, Family

  • Idle Primate

    I love Steve buscemi, but that picture gave me the willies. Like I was a kid and spotted rotting vampires in the supermarket

  • sevenpm

    Oh shit, looking at the Hemsworth dad, you can just tell they all looked EXACTLY like him when he was younger.

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    The Cumberbatch looks truly terrifying in that pic.

  • sara

    When does he NOT look terrifying? I feel his lizard eyes staring at me in every picture

  • Idle Primate


  • Mrs. Julien

    I love you.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I'm not gonna lie, the Williams family is a total FILF.

  • PDamian

    The photos of Hiddleston and Ferguson with their moms are just adorable.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm going to refer to RDJ's mom, should she ever be relevant in conversation, as Mommy Downey Sr.

    I think Pattinson's mom isn't his mom. Or his mom is trying to bang him.

  • Jerce

    I am all squee'd out now from these photos. Oh Gawd the Hiddlestons in particular are irritating my tear ducts. And Channing Tatum. Channing Tatum should be photographed with his parents more often; it makes him endearing.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Wow, Jeremy Renner's got some good genes - his mom looks the same age!

  • annie

    This post is made of precious, but you still can't convince me that Matt Bomer with those looks came from any mere mortal. And for a good time, google Cumberbatch's mother Wanda Ventham. She was quite the stunner in her day.

    HBC, look at your future: Someone who looks like she won't take shit from anyone.

  • Maguita NYC

    Matt Bomer's genes: Zeus has been known to fool around with mortal women. Often! Not that his mother is lacking, but the boy is unearthly beautiful, sweet and a tender-heart to boot!

  • annie

    Exactly. She's pretty, but he's just not natural in his abounding perfection. And I'm not even that big of a fan of his.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Man, you weren't kidding about Wanda Ventham:


  • BWeaves

    So Renner is taller than his Mom?

    Ferguson and his Mom look like they do nothing but laugh during family reunions.

  • annie

    Have you seen her on his show before she died? She hung out with RZA for a day. Adorbs.

  • Jen

    This post is seriously missing some Skarsgååååååårds http://www1.pictures.zimbio.co...

  • overandout

    I dunno, if you saw the parents at the flower of their youth and they had a team of people helping them stay that way, it might be more apparent.

  • Anne At Large

    That was my thought, I am dying to see photos of these people in their youth, not as clues to how all their youngins are going to age.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I feel it's unfair to comment on people who are not styled, or in the public eye for a living. It's like they're at the office holiday party and suddenly they have to pose for professionals. That said, it's amazing the difference a few millimeters makes, eh?

    I have been given to understand by many male friends that the Dowager Julien was smokin' hot when young, all ice blue eyes and black hair. I look nothing like her mind you, except for the rosy Scottish cheeks, I just wanted to give her a shout out.

  • Idle Primate

    My father looked like James Dean when he was young. I didn't get those genes at all

  • LibraryChick

    Don't feel bad. The genetic lottery gets even stranger for the more obviously multi-ethnic. Grandpa on my Anglo dad's side looked like actor Tyrone Power in his youth and Dad looked Elvis-adjacent in his youth (blue eyes, though). My Filipina mom was beautiful as well. Those ingredients should not result in yellowface Janeane Garofalo plus freckles. (I am not knocking Janeane Garofalo. I just don't think my yellow-pale skin plus freckles is a winning combination. Genetics should have picked a side--porcelain pale or beautiful chocolate.) I also look nothing like my brother and sister from dad's first marriage. Sis looks like a combo of her mom and our shared grandma. My brother looks like a younger version of my dad but with his mom's nose.

    It would have been fun to see a few of the more obviously multi-ethnic celebs with their parents. Halle Berry is the only multi-ethnic actress I've seen photographed with her mom.

  • alwaysanswerb

    One day, the Julien family tree will fall into place for me...

  • alwaysanswerb

    By which I mean, I have this idea of all of the Juliens living in a house called Pajiba, and I just don't know where to draw the connection lines.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    I am so with you. Can you all make a family tree?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Brother Julien has been pestering me to befriend him on Facebook, but it's never going to happen. That's my Pajiba Zone. And doesn't that sound fun? I'm not friends with Mr. Julien on Facebook.

    I do still need to scan the photo that shows the uncanny Dowager Julien/Cumberbatch likeness...

  • remingtonsteal

    Are Tom Cruise's parents British? Because they look British.

  • Hahahahaha the Lesser Hemsworth looks like a dooooork! That photo is all "Look at us with our Winner son! Oh, that's the other one. Poodle Hair. He lives in our basement."

  • Maguita NYC

    Crap. I was about to admit that the Hemsworth and Bomer men are all gorgeous. No matter the poodle hair.

    Also, I did not know Lisa Kudrow was Hemsworth's mother!

  • Natallica

    Damn right, Hemsworth senior is one delightful piece of DILF. That family bought all the numbers in the genetic lottery

  • He's got such a "Deerrrrp" look to me. I don't know.

  • FrayedMachine

    Is that ScarJo's mom (and I feel kind of bad asking) or grand mom? I'm confused as to who the other people are in that picture. Either way, that lady looks pissed to be there.

  • Puddin

    Must be a Tennessee Williams fan Who just caught up on Broadway news. BOOM.

  • Rob

    Wait a minute. Wait just one minute. What the hell is going on in that ScarJo photo? Is that supposed to be GrandmaMa Johanson? Either way, it's my new favorite thing.

  • lowercase_ryan

    whoever she is, she is NOT impressed.

  • Puddin

    I want to party with Steve buscemi's mom. Steve can hang as long as he doesn't get in the way.

  • Lee

    The corpse look is strong in that family

  • janetfaust

    Emma Stone's mom looks like she gives great hugs. And how adorable is Tom Hiddelston's smile?

    I wish I were Neil Patrick Harris's mom. *sigh*

  • Scully

    How do you Benedict that Cumberbatch from those parents?!!

  • Bedewcrock

    i'm just wondering who the younger lady is. All the Cumberbatchs' have teeny blue eyes with light eyebrows so the contrast with hers is pretty.. constrast-ey.

  • Abby

    I think that's Tracie Bennett who just played Judy Garland on Broadway in The End of the Rainbow. I saw Cumberbatch in the audience the night I saw the play with an older man I now realize was his dad.

  • annie

    Look them up when they were younger, actors Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton. (He was a later in life child, I think.) BC's got his dad's cheekbones. They were stunning.

  • BWeaves

    He looks exactly like his Dad.

    Now compare that to Tom Cruise's photo where he looks NOTHING like his Dad. Just saying.

  • Bert_McGurt

    That's not Cruise's dad, apparently. Wikipedia tells me Thomas Cruise (Mapother) the Elder passed away in 1984, and was apparently an abusive dick. That guy up there's an actor (which is what made me look it up in the first place), but I can't recall what he's in.

    Speaking of "that guy's", his cousin is "this guy".

  • Idle Primate

    Mind blown. I love that guy.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Totally. He was great in Another Earth.

  • Idle Primate

    It was nice to see him get a major role in a movie

  • Alice

    He looks just like his dad. And his mom has eyes for daze.

  • Kballs

    Now why would you go and photoshop Benedict's family like that? I'm sure his sister does not appreciate the Black Hole Sun treatment and I don't remember his eyes being 3 feet apart. Shameful.

  • Jezzer

    You don't remember his eyes being three feet apart? Which Cumberbatch have you been watching?

  • Zzz

    WOW that was an unnecessarily shitty thing to say. You must be a lovely person and who looks like a supermodel no doubt. Don't bother replying I already know the answer.

  • Kballs

    Poor Zzz.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I am not calling anyone's parents ugly... but I have always had this theory that two negatives make a positive.

  • loisf

    Unfortunately the opposite also holds true. I know this because both of my parents were sadly ridiculously attractive in their youth. Stupid genes.

  • FrayedMachine

    I feel bad because some of these pictures made me cringe...

  • Helo

    Stole the words right out of my brain.

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