Hollywood is a weirdly small town, and some of my favorite posts on this site is when we explore all the incestuous connections in the acting world. For instance, here’s 25 Celebrities You Didn’t Realize Were Related by Marriage. Here’s 16 Celebrity First Marriages You Didn’t Know About (I still can’t get over the fact that Tom Hanks was married to someone before Rita Wilson). Here’s a list of celebrity women who still use the last name of their ex-spouses. Here’s one of my favorites: 20 Celebrity friendships you didn’t know existed. We also love unknown familial connections, like 10 Pairs of Celebrities That You Probably Didn’t Know Were Cousins (Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker? What?). I also loved Joanna’s recent look at celebrities that you didn’t know had twins.
I don’t know if we have poked and prodded all of the iterations of these celebrity relationships yet, but here’s another one I really liked, not for the expected ones, but for the ones I never would’ve considered. Here are 30 Celebrities Who Are Godfathers to Other Celebrities (or the children of Celebrities), and I’ve taken the liberty of categorizing them into four categories.
Everybody Knows That!
Steven Spielberg is the godfather of both Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore.
Timothy Leary is Winona Ryder’s godfather.
Sting is the godfather of Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s first born son, Rocco Ritchie.
Rupert Everett is godfather of Madonna’s and Guy Ritchie’s other son, David
Telly Savalas is the godfather of Jennifer Aniston.
Victor Garber is the godfather of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s daughter, Violet.
Johnny Depp is the godfather of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter’s child, Billy Ray.
I Didn’t Know that, But It Makes Total Sense
Jake Gyllenhaal is the godfather of Matilda Ledger, daughter of the late actor Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams.
Jude Law was the godfather of Kate Moss’ daughter Lila, but was relieved of the duties after he divorced Sadie Frost (Moss was close friends with Sadie).
Elton John is the Godfather of John Lennon’s child, Sean Lennon, as well as Elizabeth Hurley’s son Damien, and David Beckham and Victoria Beckham’s sons, Brooklyn and Romeo.
Warren Beaty is the godfather of Steven Bauer and Melanie Griffith’s son, Alexander.
Michael Jackson was the godfather of Michael Gibb, son of The Bee Gees front man Barry Gibb.
Christopher Reeve was the godfather of Jane Seymour’s first son.
Quentin Tarantino is the godfather of Michael Madsen’s sons.
Daniel Craig is the godfather of one of Mark Strong’s sons.
Anthony Michael Hall is the godfather of Robert Downey, Jrs. son, Indio Falconer Downey.
X-Files creator, Chris Carter, is the godfather of Gillian Anderson’s daughter, Piper Maru
Jonny Lee Miller is the godfather of of Jude Law’s eldest son, Rafferty Law.
Henry Winkler is the godfather of Ron Howard’s daughter Bryce Dallas Howard
Stephen Fry is the godfather of Hugh Laurie’s children.
Jason Lee is the godfather of Kevin Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn Smith.
Really? I Had No Idea!
Simon Pegg is the godfather of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s kid, Apple Martin.
Frank Sinatra was the godfather of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth’s daughter, Rebecca Welles.
Yul Bryner is the godfather of Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Dean Stockwell is the godfather of Amber Tamblyn.
Sonny Bono is the godfather of Anthony Kiedis
Larry Hagman was the godfather of Peter Fonda’s daughter, Bridget Fonda.
Topher Grace is the godfather of Kyle Newman & Jaime King’s son James.
Josh Gad is the godfather of Theo Gabel, son of Seth Gabel and Bryce Dallas Howard.
WTF? Are You Kidding Me?
Hugh Jackman is the godfather of Rupert Murdoch’s daughters Grace and Chloe.