Oh, THAT’S Your Sister? Celebrity Siblings People Don’t Talk (Or Know) About

July 18, 2013  |  
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We know about Brandy and Ray J. The Joan and John Cusacks. The Gyllenhaals. Bey and Solange. But not everybody has become famous because of what their sibling is doing, and not every brother and sister in Hollywood do everything together and are everywhere together. Don’t believe me? Check out a few brother and sister pairings that many people don’t even know about.

Vanessa and Chris Williams

Vanessa and Chris Williams

While we know Vanessa for her many endeavors, including being Miss America, being a popular actress and singer, and now strutting her stuff on Broadway, don’t forget about her brother Chris! At second glance, they look pretty similar (he has those stark blue eyes and cheekbones too). He’s also tried his hand at Hollywood success, making appearances in Californication, the movie Friday After Next (he tried to rob Kat Williams’ store), and the movie Lottery Ticket.

Zooey and Emily Deschanel

Zooey and Emily Deschanel

Over the last few years, big-eyed sis Zooey Deschanel (to the left) has been getting all of the attention because of her hilarious Fox show New Girl and because of her beauty contracts with Pantene and Rimmel (and her work in the group She & Him). But before all that, big sister Emily was the It-girl, getting a lot of attention for her work as Dr. Temperance Brennan on the Fox show (coincidence!) Bones.

Sommore and Nia Long

Sommore and Nia Long

What do these two have in common? Well, they love and look great with short haircuts, and oh yeah, they’re sisters. Half-sisters, but who really introduces their siblings as such? Anywho, Sommore the raunchy comedian, and Long, the gorgeous actress, share the same father. Sommore has stated in past interviews that the two are pretty close and try to hook up for holidays.

Elizabeth and Mary Kate/Ashley Olsen

Elizabeth and Mary Kate/Ashley Olsen

Of course, the Olsen twins are best known for their early years starring on Full House, their many adorable movies as teenagers, and as adults, stacking that bread together as fashion designers. But they’re not the only family members out here doing big things. Their younger sister Elizabeth has made quite a name for herself as an indie actress. Looking eerily similar to her sisters (but much taller), Elizabeth garnered many a nomination for her first film, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and is known for her work in the movies Silent House and Liberal Arts. She’s working on the upcoming Godzilla remake now.

LisaRaye and Da Brat

LisaRaye and Da Brat

The famous rapper and the famous lover of all-white everything/actress are half-sisters who share the same father. LisaRaye is the eldest sister of the two and they share a pretty tight bond. When DaBrat was in jail, LisaRaye kept people up-to-date on how she was holding up and Da Brat has been pretty vocal about how close the two really are.

Julia and Eric Roberts

Julia and Eric Roberts

You’ve seen his face, but you rarely see these two together. While Julia has become an Oscar winner and is known as “America’s Sweetheart,” her brother Eric has had some success in Hollywood too, mostly because he’s been in more films than I feel like counting (he’s literally been in a movie almost every year since 1978). So he actually was in the business before his famous sister. Eric struggled with drug abuse for many years, and was recently on the show Celebrity Rehab in 2010 for dependence on medical marijuana. He’s the dad of young Hollywood starlet Emma Roberts.

Chris and Liam Hemsworth

Chris and Liam Hemsworth

If you weren’t aware, the fine actor who plays Thor (Chris, to the left) is the older brother of actor Liam Hemsworth, also known as the fiance of Miley Cyrus who we barely see like that anymore. The Aussie brothers look exactly alike (though Chris is obviously more deliciously buff), and they actually have an older brother named Luke who acts as well.

Eddie and Charlie Murphy

Eddie and Charlie Murphy

Brooklyn-bred brothers! While Eddie Murphy was blowing up as a stand-up comedian and actor, his brother was serving in the Navy as a boiler technician. When he got out, he tried to get into showbiz as well with the help of his brother, working in music as a producer, taking small film roles, and finally getting a big break in the Chris Rock classic, CB4. Many of his encounters in Hollywood alongside his famous brother were recounted in hilarious fashion when he was a writer and star on Chappelle’s Show.

Kirk and Candace Cameron

Kirk and Candace Cameron

He played the role of Mike Seaver on the classic show Growing Pains. She was of course known as the eldest of the Tanner sisters on Full House. They were both bitten by the acting bug young, and were part of very successful television shows as young people. And while Candace went on to get married (Candace Cameron Bure to you) and acts here and there, her brother became a born-again Christian who caught some heat for going on CNN and saying homosexuality is “detrimental, and ultimately destructive.”

Jesse and Hallie Kate Eisenberg

Jesse and Hallie Kate Eisenberg

Despite Jesse being a big star now, it was his little sister Hallie who obtained stardom first. In the late ’90s she was known as the “Pepsi Girl,” was in the movie PaulieThe Insider with Russell Crowe and Al Pacino, and the TV movie The Miracle Worker as Helen Keller. Her brother gained his first critical acclaim in the indie film The Squid And The Whale, and of course became an A-lister after doing The Social Network, playing Mark Zuckerberg. The two were raised in a secular Jewish family.

Mark and Donnie Wahlberg

Mark and Donnie Wahlberg

First off, did you know that Donnie Wahlberg is dating Jennie McCarthy right now?

Now that we got that out of the way, were you also aware that the New Kids on the Block star and actor is the elder brother of actor and cutie-patootie Mark Wahlberg? The Boston-born brothers (Dorchester to be exact) clearly had a thing for the spotlight, as Mark of course made it big as a rapper with Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch and later as an actor. But did you know that Mark was one of the original members of New Kids on The Block? He was a member along with brother Donnie, Danny, Jordan and Jonathan Knight, but he eventually quit and Joey McIntyre took his spot.

Matt and Kevin Dillon

Matt and Kevin Dillon

You know Matt from a whole host of movies (did you know he was in Native Son?), including Crash, There’s Something About Mary, and Wild Things. But you know his brother Kevin from his years as Johnny “Drama” on Entourage, though he’s been on-screen in movies and on television since the mid-80s. Kevin is the younger brother of the two, but he told the Huffington Post that he did feel like he was in his brother’s shadow for a long time: “I was called Matt Dillon’s brother my whole career basically until “Entourage” broke me free of that and now people call me Johnny Drama instead. They still don’t know that I’m Kevin but I don’t care.”

Amy and David Sedaris

Amy and David Sedaris

One is an acclaimed author, the other can be seen sharing the benefits of using Downy scent boosters in your laundry. But seriously, David Sedaris is the humorist behind such awesome books as Barrel Fever, N*ked, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. Younger sister Amy, who Sedaris often mentions as the quirky sibling in his essays, is known for playing the hilarious main character of Jerri on the now-defunct Comedy Central show Strangers With Candy. When she’s not selling Downy products, she’s appearing on shows like The Good Wife and The Closer, as well as other popular movies like Dance Flick and Old Dogs. The two siblings often collaborate.

River and Joaquin Phoenix

River and Joaquin Phoenix

The late actor was a pretty big teen star after playing in classic movies like Stand by Me, Running on Empty and My Own Private Idaho, but at the peak of his fame (and around the time when he was said to be the lead for Basketball Diaries, a role that eventually went to Leonardo DiCaprio), Phoenix died of a drug overdose on heroin and coke. His brother, actor Joaquin, sadly, was there at the time that River collapsed from the drugs while they were at a club in Hollywood. He would later go on to have a pretty prominent acting career, including getting an Academy Award nomination for Gladiator, Walk The Line and last year’s indie hit The Master.

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  • layah2010

    I’m pretty sure EVERYONE knew Chris and Liam Hemsworth were brothers lol

  • me

    chris rock and The Rock, Mr. and Mrs Smith, Mike Tyspn and Cicely Tyson, Carl Weathers and Stormy Weathers, John Holmes and Sherlock Holmes, Bruce Campbell and Wayne Campbell, Michael Jordan and Michael B. Jordan, Eminem and Jerry Mathers, just to name a few.*

    *the preceding list may or may not have been completely fabricated.

  • Candicane34

    They are actually real sisters if they have the same father. They are step-sisters if they share the same mother!

    • me

      they are step sisters if they share no parents, but one of their parents gets married to one of the other’s parents.

  • Keith Kysel

    I lived two blocks from Lisaraye or Lisa McCoy better known as Ray McCoy’s spoiled daughter Didn’t know about her sis but her papa was a rolling stone literally(He was in a wheel chair after being shot but he did kill his shooter that time, but not the next time)and in reality but a which RS.

  • dancemomtoo131

    Lisa Raye Said That The Brat And Her Are Not Really Sisters. She Said That Her Family Kept The Brat Out Of Trouble And That Is Why She Considers Her, Her Little Sister. They Don’t Have The Same Father Or The Same Mother.

  • Jean Deaux

    matt and kevin dillion…..i thought they were the same guy.

  • Zaniffa JAn

    Chris williams…wow

  • mFe

    When some one shares the same father – they are blood related. Half comes into play when the mother is shared.

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  • MsSgt3

    You have SO MUCH crappy advertising going here that the difficulty it creates to get around pages is not worthwhile. You exhaust me with tons of advertisings. BYE!

  • Barry organ

    work with Matt Dillon in Drug Store Cowboy . Nice guy

  • star30

    I always wish I could have met Vannassa Williams bother, he is so cute and fine to me but, they say men with good looks are very boring men and that is so true. I dated a guy name Billy here in SanAntonio,Tx. but, now is an actor so he goes by a different name and he had good looks but, he was awful in bed and he was boring. That really pissed me off! I never in my life want to meet a man like that again in my life, I don’t care how rich he is.

  • Raimi Nicte

    Just a note for folks, human DNA Is split evenly. When you have a different parent, mother or father, you’re half siblings. Each parent contributes 50% of their DNA. The term half sibling refers to the amount of shared DNA between siblings. So if you have one parent in common, you have approximately 50% of common DNA. Full siblings are around 75%.

  • Lex Russ

    well same father’s are not half, you are sister’s or brother’s same mother’s different dad’s make you half, I use to always think the other way around also…… I knew about Sommore and Nia, they use to speak about it all the time. Sommore would give shout out to her baby sister during her tour

  • mainstreamisoverrated

    Where’s Janet and Reebok?


    If you got the same father you are not 1/2 brothers/ sisters your’e whole. Father is the dominant one.

  • Burt Bokerstroms

    I think Billy Carter and Bill Clinton are related. Siblings maybe??

  • Kit23

    Actually, I didn’t know Kevin and Matt Dillon were related. It’s a pretty common last name, and I never really looked at either one, so….

  • Brianna

    Chris Williams is Vanessa Williams’ brother? Never knew! I loved him in Dodgeball though; I’m actually surprised his role in that wasn’t mentioned on here.

  • Longislandprincess

    Donnie W. is dating Jenny. Not Mark.

  • Mac

    I don’t appreciate SOMMORE being classified as a raunchy comedian and the word is commedianne for females!

  • Guest

    Vanessa and Chris have done several projects together. He was her opening act when she had her Las Vegas show a few years back. And she gave him a surprise kitchen makeover on HGTV’s “Kitchen Cousins” last year.

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    • E.R.G _ 1

      The Maternal gENE is the determinant.

    • Jenny Carlson

      When you share only one biological parent, you ARE HALF SIBLINGS! When you have no biological genes in common with a parent, that parent is a STEP PARENT!! When you have no biological genes in common with a step parent’s child, that child is your STEP-SIBLING. They are half siblings if they only share one parent in common (father or mother) When you have the same biological mother and biological father you are considered ‘natural siblings’

    • AkuAndoryū Tru-Dru Harrison

      You don’t know what you are Talking about A Half-Brother/Sister is one whom is Sibling to your Siblings from same Father as well as different Fathers…They have different Mothers don’t they?

      • AbolishingIgnorance

        A half sibling is someone who shares HALF of your genetic makeup – be it from mom or dad. You have half of similar DNA…. Same dad OR same mom. As common as this is, how is it being debated?

    • Nise

      They are sisters. The father is the one that make the baby.

  • Whatchu Talkin’Bout?

    The Hemsworth brothers don’t look exactly alike. Their eyes are the same and that’s it. Okay, and the hairline. Somewhat. But that’s it.

  • WoopWoop

    Vanessa and Chris Williams did an episode of ‘Ugly Betty’ together. In fact he played a drag version of her character Willhelmina Slater, Wilheldiva Hater.

  • Pearl

    Nia and Sommore were the only two that i had no clue even knew each other let alone were related.

  • Steve Stone

    Vanessa Williams’s (Chris) brother as Krazee Eyes Killa on curb is just sick how funny that dude is. Fool had me laughing so hard I literally started crying.

    Check out that one on Youtube. He got skills

    • me

      HA HA HA HA HA i knew i recognized him from somewhere! that was a great episode! larry was straight shook!

  • Charisse A Hill

    Lisa Ray and Da Brat are not sisters…. That Is not true.

    • kiki j

      Yes they are. That’s actually a well known fact that they both admit

      • lynda

        jst because they admit it doesn’t mean that they are sister, i personally know the brats mother and she didn’t have but one child, and that’s a well know fact!

    • KT92

      They have the same father and both have his nose.. Not to mention lisa’s daughter resembles da brat and lisa and da brat are very closw

    • lynda

      i know this subject was three years ago, but u are absolute right, lisa ray and the brat are not sisters!

  • Hello86

    This was a good list.

  • Detroit bred

    Damn didn’t know about nia long n sommore

  • Detroit bred

    Damn didn’t know about nia long n sommore

  • guest

    Just love how Vanessa Williams did a DNA tests and is finding out she has a lot of white in her. Duh the blue eye’s give it away.

    • Guest


  • Attentiveness

    Dam Jason Kidd sister is fine!

  • enlightenment

    I loved this list. Didnt know a lot of these were siblings o_o

  • lisaj

    Good try, but most of these people are well known because of the fact that they are siblings. I bet there are a lot more out there that you didn’t include–Traci Ellis Ross and Evan Ross, Phyllicia Rashad and Debbie Allen (though that one is obvious too), Justine and Jason Bateman, Kate and Oliver Hudson, to name a few.

    • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

      theres always room 4 another list.

    • Andrea

      Chris and Tony Rock

  • original*ijs

    …i think i just figured out joaquin phoenix! everyone was saying that he’s weird and he’s gone bat-ish cray-cray well ppl he witnessed his brothers overdose and prolly still hangs on to anything he may feel guilt or whatever have you. that stuff builds up overtime especially when you dont confront it dang smh i didnt know they were brothers rip

  • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

    Vanessa’s brother was also in Dodgeball. And Zoe was well known WAY before New Girl.

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  • Get the Facts Straight

    Please check IMDB to give appropriate credit for the work these sibling actors have done. Every sibling posted here- has had their own successful career and they do talk about each other.

    Please do FACT FINDING!!!

  • nikasosmo0th

    I like the eisenberg’s..had no clue they were related!

    • Jamie

      Me either but those dimples definitely gives their family resemblance away.

  • Mia

    Nia & Sommore shocker!! I know it should be a no brainer with the Deschannel sisters but I never put that one together lol

  • StrongIslsista

    Eddie and Charlie Murphy were raised on Long island NY

    • B.e. Nelson

      You’re right! Roosevelt Long Island to be exact.

  • Maile00

    Most of these were no brainers. Sommore and Nia though..wow!

    • DaisyDuke

      Right! I had no idea!

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    • Larashearn Hill

      I was really surprise to find out that Mia and Sommore were Sisters

      • Larashearn Hill

        I’m sorry Nia