List of Famous Cousins, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have cousins who are also famous. One famous set of cousins have appeared in five films together. Several famous musicians also have equally famous cousins. One famous pair of cousins includes an NBA superstar and a world famous comedian.
Who are the most famous cousins? George Clooney and Miguel Ferrer top our list. Clooney’s father is the brother of Ferrer’s mother Rosemary Clooney. George Clooney has starred in such films as Syriana and Oceans 11. Ferrer has appeared in such TV shows as “Twin Peaks” and “Crossing Jordan.” Tom Cruise and William Mapother have appeared in five films together. William Mapother may best be known for his role as Ethan Rom on “Lost.”
You might not guess it by looking at them, but NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal and comedian Bill Bellamy are cousins. A pair of cousins that is a bit easier to spot is Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy. Melissa McCarthy has starred in such films as Bridesmaids and Identity Thief. Jenny McCarthy is currently one of the co-host on “The View.”
Glenn Close & Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields and Glenn Close are second cousins, once removed. Close’s grandfather and Shields’s great-grandmother were siblings. Brooke Shields was the star of The Blue Lagoon and “Suddenly Susan.” Glenn Close has appeared in such films as Fatal Attraction and Albert Nobbs.
Whitney Houston & Dionne Warwick
“I Will Always Love You” singer Whitney Houston and “I Say a Little Prayer” singer Dionne Warwick are cousins. Their mothers, Emily “Cissy” Drinkard and Lee Drinkard, were sisters.
George Clooney & Miguel Ferrer
George Clooney and Miguel Ferrer are first cousins. Clooney’s father is the brother of Ferrer’s mother, Rosemary Clooney. George Clooney has starred in such films as Syriana and Oceans 11. Ferrer has appeared in such TV shows as “Twin Peaks” and “Crossing Jordan.”
Lauren Bacall & Shimon Peres
Actress Lauren Bacall and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres are first cousins. Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske. Peres was born Szymon Perski. Their fathers, William and Yizhak, were brothers.
Melissa McCarthy & Jenny McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy are cousins. Melissa McCarthy has starred in such films as Bridesmaids and Identity Thief. Jenny McCarthy is currently one of the co-host on “The View.”
Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman, and Sofia Coppola
Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman, and Sofia Coppola are all first cousins. They share the same grandparents, Italia and Carmine Coppola. Nicolas Cage has appeared in such films as Con Air and Adaptation. Schwartzman and Coppola collaborated on the filmMarie Antoinette.
Snoop Dogg & Brandy
Snoop Dogg is the first cousin of Brandy and her brother Ray J.
Rip Torn & Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek and Rip Torn are first cousins – Torn’s mother and Spacek’s father were siblings. Spacek even lived with Torn when she first moved to New York to become an actress. Spacek has appeared in such films as Carrie and In the Bedroom. Torn has appeared in films like Men in Black and Wonder Boys.
Kyra Sedgwick & Edie Sedgwick
Kyra Sedgwick is the first cousin, once removed, of 1960s It Girl Edie Sedgwick. Both actresses are decedents of a Sedgwick family that settled in Massachusetts in 1635. Kyra Sedgwick is the star of “The Closer.” Edie Sedgwick starred in several Andy Warhol films.
Tom Cruise & William Mapother
Tom Cruise and William Mapother are first cousins. Their fathers are brothers – Tom Cruises’s real name is Thomas Mapother. Both men have appeared in such films as Vanilla Sky and Magnolia, and Mapother appeared in “Lost.”
Gwyneth Paltrow & Katherine Moennig
Gwyneth Paltrow and Katherine Moennig are cousins. Paltrow’s mother is the half-sister of Moennig’s father. Gwyneth Paltrow has appeared in such films as Seven and Shakespeare in Love. Moennig is best known for her role on “The L Word.”
Philip Glass & Ira Glass
Composer Philip Glass and public radio host Ira Glass are first cousins, once removed. Phillip Glass has composed scored for such films as The Hours and Notes on a Scandal. Ira Glass is the host of “This American Life,” which frequently features the music of Philip Glass.
Ralph Macchio & Melissa Gorga
” Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Melissa Gorga and The Karate Kid actor Ralph Macchio are cousins.
Martin Lawrence & Christopher “Play” Martin
Martin Lawrence and Christopher Martin are cousins. Christopher Martin is best known for being one half of Kid n Play, and Martin is best known for his sitcom appropriately entitled “Martin.”
Jewel & Q’orianka Kilcher
Singer-songwriter Jewel and actress Q’orianka Kilcher are first cousins, once removed. They are both related to Senator Yule Kilcher, a delegate to to the Alaskan constitutional conference. Jewel is best known for songs like “You Were Meant for Me” and “Who Will Save Your Soul?” Kilcher portrayed Pocahontas in The New World.
Ludacris & Monica
Ludacris and Monica are cousins through marriage.
Shaquille O’Neal & Bill Bellamy
NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal and comedian Bill Bellamy are cousins.
Justin Theroux & Louis Theroux
Wanderlust actor Justin Theroux and BBC reporter Louis Theroux are cousins. Their fathers are brothers.
Damon Dash & Stacey Dash
Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash and Clueless actress Stacey Dash are cousins.