Since the days of the Barrymores and the advent of the silver screen, it has been common practice for members of the same family to enter into show business. Shining examples include husband and wife Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward; brother and sister Shirley Maclaine and Warren Beatty; father and son Kirk Douglas and Mike Douglas; mother and daughter Ingrid Bergman and Isabella Rossellini; and Henry Fonda and daughter Jane, son Peter and granddaughter Bridget.
Similarly, many a family member has found a home on the small screen. It’s interesting to take a look and see who’s related to who on our current TV roster.
For me, one of the most dramatic family connections is Mariska
Hargitay, star of Law & Order Special Victims
(Channel 1 and YES Stars Action). She is the daughter of
legendary blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield and Mr. Universe (1955) and
actor Mickey Hargitay. On June 29, 1967, Mansfield was killed in a car
accident at age 34. Miraculously, Mariska, age three and a half, and
her two brothers were in the back seat of the car and emerged unharmed.
Mariska is married to actor Peter Hermann, who plays defense attorney
Trevor Langan in the series. The two met on the set of the show.
Another husband and wife team are Patricia Wettig and Ken Olin. Wetting
plays Holly in the drama series Brothers and Sisters
(HOT 3), while Olin has a recurring role as David Caplan, her former
lover and (at long last revealed) father of her TV daughter, Rebecca.
Olin is the producer of the show, many of which he directed as well.
A Patricia with even more showbiz family connections is Patricia
Arquette, star of the drama series Medium
She is the daughter of character actor Lewis Arquette and granddaughter
of Cliff Arquette, who created the persona of the venerable old Charley
Weaver. She is the sister of actress Rosanna Arquette, transgender
actress Alexis Arquette and actor David Arquette. David is married to
Courteney Cox, who plays Monica in the sitcom
(Channel 2) and debuts this week in the
comedy series Cougar Town
(HOT 3). Cox says she is
well suited for the role of a cougar, as she is seven years older than
her husband. Back to Patricia. For six years she was married to actor
Nicolas Cage (who is the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola) and
is now married to actor Thomas Jane. She is in good company in the
ex-wives’ club, as Cage was also married to Elvis Presley’s daughter,
And speaking of ex-spouses and Friends
and, in fact,
Monica, the role of her father, Jack Geller, is played by Elliott
Gould, who was married to Barbra Streisand. Streisand’s present
husband, James Brolin, appears on our screens in the military drama
(HOT Zone). Brolin is the father of actor
Josh Brolin, who is married to actress Diane Lane.
When it comes to TV ex-spouses, the actress who plays Julia, the former
wife of Matt McNamara on Nip/Tuck
(Channel 2), comes
from what could be deemed showbiz royalty. Joely Richardson is the
daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and film director Tony Richardson;
granddaughter of actor Sir Michael Redgrave; and niece of actress Lynn
Redgrave. She was the sister of actress Natasha Richardson, who died in
a skiing accident in 2009. Natasha was married to Liam Neeson, who
played Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List
. Still an
ex-wife, Joely was married to film producer Tim Bevan.
With two ex-wives and a few fiancees in his wake, bad boy Charlie Sheen
can be seen as Charlie Harper in the sitcom Two and a Half
(YES Star Comedy). He is the son of actor Martin Sheen
and brother of actors Emilio and Ramon and actress Renee Estevez.
Beau Bridges is another brother from a well-known showbiz family.
Appearing as network mogul Dan Falco in the comedy series
Beggars and Choosers
(Hot Family), he is the brother
of this year’s Best Actor Oscar winner Jeff Bridges and son of the late
and great TV and film actor Lloyd Bridges.
And, of course, part of the iconic clan of actors is Alec Baldwin, one
of the famous Baldwin brothers. Nailing the role of programming
executive Jack Donaghy in the sitcom 30 Rock
Stars Comedy), he is the brother of actors Steven, William and Daniel
Baldwin and ex-husband of actress Kim Basinger.
One more pair of brothers to add to the mix are Anthony and Jonathan
LaPaglia. Anthony stars as supervisor Jack Malone in the crime drama
Without a Trace
(HOT Zone), while younger brother
Jonathan plays assistant DA Curtis Bell in the crime drama
(HOT Zone). Jonathan also starred as Lt.
Frank Parker in the sci-fi series Seven Days
I really enjoyed. But like many of the shows that I have grown to love,
it has disappeared from my screen – without a trace.