Many stars aren't the first in their families to have enjoyed some time in the spotlight. See which celebs have grandparents who were famous first, starting with Riley Keough. The stunning actress has not one but two famous grandparents to thank for those good genes: The late king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley, and actress Priscilla Presley. To mark Grandparents Day on Sept. 8, 2019, Wonderwall.com is taking a look at more Hollywood stars who have famous grandparents…
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She might be known as the incredibly cool daughter of incredibly cool parents, but Zoe Kravitz's paternal grandmother was cool before any of them: She's famed actress Roxie Roker, who played Helen Willis on the iconic CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons."
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As members of Britain's royal family, Prince Harry and Prince William are certainly famous themselves. But their grandmother was a big deal first. Still, to them, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is simply "Granny." (And to William's son, Prince George, she's "Gan-Gan.")
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Not only was Drew Barrymore's late father, John Drew Barrymore, an actor, but so were her paternal grandparents, John Barrymore and Dolores Costello. (Going even farther back, Drew's great-grandparents were in the business too.) Now that's a true Hollywood dynasty! We'll have to wait and see if Drew's little girls, Olive and Frankie Kopelman, find their way to fame too…
Chris Pine's bread and butter in Hollywood has long been action flicks, but his grandmother, Anne Gwynne, was more of a horror movie gal. In fact, the actress is considered one of the first scream queens. She was also one of the most popular pin-up models during World War II.
Billie Lourd has built a career for herself by working in super-producer Ryan Murphy's projects and appearing in the newest "Star Wars" movies alongside her late mother, Carrie Fisher. But her maternal grandparents were among the most famous stars of their generation: Screen legend Debbie Reynolds is Billie's grandmother, and singer-actor Eddie Fisher is her grandfather.
"Scandal" actor Tony Goldwyn has enjoyed a long Hollywood career (remember him in "Ghost"?!) but he also has one of the oldest Hollywood legacies around! His grandfather was Old Hollywood film producer and studio founder Samuel Goldwyn (of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer fame!).
On "Arrested Development," Alia Shawkat played a member of the dysfunctional Bluth-Fünke family. In real life, her grandfather was actor Paul Burke, a two-time Emmy nominee for his work on the '60s TV series "Naked City."
Jason Schwartzman seems to have a blend of his family's fame: He's an actor like his Oscar-nominated mom, Talia Shire, and a musician like his composer grandfather, Carmine Coppola. (Jason's uncle, of course, is Talia's director-producer brother, Francis Ford Coppola.)
In her still-blossoming career, Zoe Kazan has both acted in and written movies. Maybe one day she'll add directing to her resume and take after her Oscar-winning grandfather, Elia Kazan, who helmed movies like "Gentleman's Agreement" and "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Performing runs in the family for "Arrow" actress Katie Cassidy. Not only is her dad the laye "The Partridge Family" star David Cassidy, but her grandparents are actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward.
Steven R. McQueen doesn't just share an occupation with his grandfather — he shares a name with him too! Yep, the "Chicago Fire" and "The Vampire Diaries" actor's grandpa is the late king of cool Steve McQueen, star of "Bullitt" and "The Thomas Crown Affair."
Bridget Fonda's late dad, Peter Fonda, is best known for co-writing and starring in "Easy Rider." Her aunt is "Barbarella" star Jane Fonda. But it was a different Fonda who kicked off the family's fame: Bridget's grandfather, Henry Fonda, won an Oscar for "On Golden Pond."
Ethan Peck had some big shoes to fill when he took over Heath Ledger's role in the television version of "10 Things I Hate About You." Even bigger are the shoes of his grandfather, Gregory Peck, who starred in classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Roman Holiday."
As the son of late "Three's Company" star John Ritter, Jason Ritter was born and bred in Hollywood. But he also has country (music) roots: His grandfather was country music performer Tex Ritter.
Like his "Zoey 101" co-star Jamie Lynn Spears, Sean Flynn isn't the first famous member of his family. His grandfather was Old Hollywood acting legend Errol Flynn, star of many swashbuckling romances including the original "The Adventures of Robin Hood."
Oona Chaplin is an established actress in Hollywood. Not only did she play Rob Stark's wife, Talisa Maegyr, on "Game of Thrones," but in late 2016, she starred on the buzzy FX/BBC One miniseries "Taboo" with Tom Hardy. No doubt her late grandfather, Charlie Chaplin, would be proud. Oona's mom, Geraldine Chaplin, also carried on the family legacy: She's a three-time Golden Globe-nominated actress.
Charlotte Casiraghi has made a name for herself as a model, journalist and equestrian. But as the granddaughter of Prince Rainier III and the late Princess Grace of Monaco, she's also 11th in line to the Monegasque throne!
Model Emma Hepburn Ferrer completed her first movie, "The Man in the Attic," in 2019. If she's anything like famous grandmother Audrey Hepburn or actor-director grandfather Mel Ferrer, it won't be long before she's drawing raves.
Conor Kennedy made headlines when he dated Taylor Swift in 2012 because of his famous pedigree: He's the grandson of former U.S. attorney general and presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968, and the politician's widow, Ethel Kennedy. Conor's gotten political just like his famous kin: He was arrested outside the White House in 2013 while participating in a peaceful protest meant to draw attention to climate change.
Not only is Anjelica Huston is a third-generation Hollywood star — her father and grandfather made history together: In 1948, her dad, director-screenwriter John Huston, and grandfather, actor-singer Walter Huston, both took home Oscars for their work in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" — making them the first father-son duo to win Academy Awards during the same year.
"Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston comes from a long line of Hollywood stars (his aunt is Anjelica Huston and his dad is Tony Huston). But his grandfather happens to be esteemed director and screenwriter John Huston!