We Are Family: Shocking Celebrity Relatives!

January 15, 2012  |  
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We know that talent runs in the family of many of our favorite celebrities – many we see on a daily basis.  But I bet there are a few you didn’t know…shoot, there are a couple I didn’t know myself!  Check out the next few pages and see how many of them rang a bell for you!

Bill Bellamy & Shaq

I guess funny runs in the family because comedian Bill and former NBA player/always funny man Shaq are cousins.

Madonna & Ellen

 Ancestry.com did some digging a couple of years ago and found out that these two are related by a 10th great-grandfather.  Madonna clearly comes from a family of talent because she’s also distantly related to Celine Dion and Gwen Stefani.

Monica & Ludacris

R&B and Hip-hop served with southern style, these two are cousins.

Ben & Jerry Stiller

For some odd reason, it never once occurred to me that these two were father and son but they are! I’ve never seen Seinfeld but Jerry Stiller has been in Hollywood so long that few people don’t know his face. His son Ben is also an actor and comedian with my favorite movie of his being “Meet the Parents.”

Vince Carter & Tracy McGrady

“Playful” games around the family reunion may have become a case of who had the most “hops” with Vince and Tracy being cousins.

K-ci & JoJo & Fantasia/Dave Hollister

If I EVER had the opportunity to be in the house with any of these sets of cousins, you wouldn’t be able to tell me that I can’t sing – harmony be damned. LOL! Now, we know K-Ci & JoJo and Fantasia by way of their fathers being brothers but we’re still working on how K-ci & JoJo and Dave Hollister share their “cousinship.”  Seeing as though we’ve never heard about Tasia Mae and Dave being related, I assume it is on their mother’s side.

Jenny & Melissa McCarthy

No way down the line kinship here, funny ladies and actresses Jenny and Melissa are first cousins. Side Note: If you’ve never seen Bridesmaids, do yourself a favor and check it out. Melissa steals the entire show!

Chad & Syleena Johnson

This is one that has always made me raise an eyebrow but according to both of them, they have the same father (famous soul singer, Syl Johnson) and different mothers. They haven’t even been photographed together but he was featured in her latest video for the song, “A Boss.”

Wood & Steve Harris

I was oddly excited to find out these two were brothers because they’re two of my favorite actors.  When necessary, they become very intense.

Cash & Michael Warren

Usually when I find out about a famous father and son team, I almost always know more about the son’s career than the father’s career. But this time, it is safe to say that father Michael has appeared in more shows that I like (Living Single, Soul Food, etc…) than I’ve ever seen his son Cash in (I know he’s married to Jessica Alba and was in Fantastic Four with her).  Dad is pretty good looking, huh?

Al Roker & Lenny Kravitz

I can’t even believe this one but Al Roker stated that he and Roxie Roker’s (Lenny’s mom) grandfathers were cousins so they are too!

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  • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

    Al and Lenny could be twins! ……………… LMAO let me stop!

  • Rehan Khan

    So now we know a few of the celebrity relatives! -_- Gee… Thanks!

  • Cheryl

    I can understand reporting on sibling/cousin/parent relationships. But to say that Madonna and Ellen’s connection is through a “10th great-grandfather”, you are really reaching.

  • factcheck

    They forgot rapper Wale and actor Gbenga Akinnagbe of the Wire

  • mikeraven

    Pam Grier and Rosey Grier are cousins too!

  • LuLu

    Monica and Ludacris aren’t cousins! They are ex-stepbrother/sister.

  • Cindyb62

    This was told before right?

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  • Shlyfields

    Didnt know Wood & Steve were brothers until i looked at those ashy smoking lips they have!!!!

  • How y’all not gonna know Ben and Jerry Stiller were father and son? Seriously??

  • Jh0017

    Pretty good list, but some are not surprising.Actresses Regina Hall and Kim Fields are also supposed to be cousins, they along with sisters Nia Long and Sommore should have been added.

  • YaYa

    If you’re going to go back 10 grandfathers or whatever it was you used for Madonna and Ellen, then we’re ALL related. Adam and Eve!

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  • Darknights212001

    some of those kinships are stretched.. no blood or family ties just from the same area and my grandmother used to babysit you.

  • ValdaDeDieu

    Did you also know that Phylicia Rashad (Cosby Show)  and Debbie Allen (Fame) were sisters?

    • were?…explain, i’m listening..

      • Ms. V

        Rashad is her married name she was born Phylicia Ayers Allen and Deborrah “Debbie” Allen is her younger sister.

      • ValdaDeDieu

        Hahahaha!  Good one, TraceyAnn. “Were” in the context of whether she (the writer) knew– or not,  when writing the article–not past tense, as in they no longer are. They ARE sisters–and very close, from how they speak of each other…

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  • New Kid

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  • Mike

    Snoop and I are related. I’m his nephew…..but so is everyone else.

  • FromUR2UB

    I did not know K-Ci and JoJo were first cousins with Fantasia.  I didn’t know they were related at all!  I thought Al Roker and Roxie Roker were first cousins, but I don’t remember the reference for that.  I would like to have known how closely related some of the other cousins are.  That’s a really old picture of Michael Warren, from his Hill Street Blues days, isn’t it? 

    • Nickatnite16

      one that needs to be added is camilie hanks cosby (bill’s wife) and tom hanks . the are both descendants of abraham lincoln as well

      • Goddess8281

        Really? Where can I find this information?

  • Heyyy

    I find it odd when people that make it big have relatives that make it big as well..idk it has always amazed me for some reason lol

  • Missroni45

    Brandy/Ray J and Snoop are first cousins

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  • Wow… a lot of these were a surprise to me.

  • BS

    Bradley Cooper and Anderson are very similar in looks and everything else! They should trace back or something… (:
    Great article!

    • Shiron

      I was shocked to find out a few years ago that Anderson Cooper’s mother is the fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt–I never would have fathomed that in a million years!  

  • Lisibaby

    wish this was longer

  • Trisha

    The only ones i knew were the Stiller father & Son, & fantasia, K-ci & JoJo

    You know who i think is related somehow, Nicki Minaj & Chaka Khan! Nicki looks so much like Chaka, especially when Chaka was younger. It really shows in photo’s that Nicki take. They look so much alike, they have to be like distant cousins or something lol. They should trace it

    • Rae

      Nicki’s had surgery.. Don’t think that counts.

  • goody good good

    Nia Long and comediane Sommore are sisters!

    • cleva

      This one surprised me when I found out.

  • Diane19146

    You’re probably only one who didn’t know Jerry & Ben Stiller are father & son!

    • DrennaB

      You know what? I think you’re right! When I saw it, I said to myself, “Ummmm you need to explain to yourself how you DIDN’T know that!” LOL!

      • rain

        and on the show king of queens, spence’s mom is jerry stiller’s wife and ben stiller’s mom. it’s funny because on the show he doesn’t like her, but it’s his real  life wife…cute

      • Nancy BlackWidow Parker

        I didn’t know either…

    • Tyra

      Add me to that list Diane! I had now clue about Jerry and Ben Stiller! smh! lol!

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      • Even if you don’t see the resemblance, the fan-ears should have given it away LOL :p If you are a fan of King of Queens, Doug Heffernan (Kevin James’ character) and Danny Heffernan (Gary Valentine) are brothers in real life. Arthur is Doug’s father-in-law or should I say, nightmare-in-law on the show. 

  • Tawnymarie

    I never put two and two together on Wood and Steve Harris and they favor too. What I was impressed by is that Fantasia,KC&JoJo as well as Dave Hollister are all related that is some nice Talent.

  • Misswill

    Cash Warren is a producer, not an actor like his Dad.

    • Amy

      Yeah, I don’t remember seeing him in Fantastic 4

      • Nnm606

        he wasn’t as an actor, he was a director assistant, and now seems to be some sort of producer of something along those lines.

  • dreamer40

    Tisha Campbell and Paula Jai Parker should have been on here;

    • Dont_Wake_Up_In_Roadside_Ditch

      I actually had to check this one to find out, but I couldn’t find anything that states they are sisters. They can definitely pass for it though.

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    I enjoyed this article, some of the kinships I was aware of, but interesting nonetheless 🙂 keep em coming

  • Whitney

    Micheal Warren is better looking than his son. Cash looks like some kind of hispanic. No bueno.

    • ay

      Yeah because hispanics are horrible looking.

      • dddooonnnttt

        I’m sure some of them are saying the same thing about you.

        • Bellabritt16

          I’m quite sure that “Ay” was being facetious. It was a smart alec response to the Hispanics are “no bueno” comment abover hers.

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  • yeah and me and beyonce are cousins.

  • Thea7717

    Please be a bit more diligent in your proofreading! The statement “they’re too of my favorite actors…, The proper form of the word that should be used is two not too!

    • DrennaB

      Thanks for the assist! 🙂 I always proofread but that one clearly got past me!

  • tisa

    Y’all recycling stories again I see slow morning?