Father’s Day is around the corner in a couple of weeks, so what better time for the release of a father-son action movie? Jaden Smith has been hot on his dad’s heels for a while now in both music and film, so it’s no surprise to see Will Smith and his offspring sharing the screen once more in M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth. (Jaden’s big screen debut was at Will’s side in The Pursuit of Happyness.)
Of course, Will and Jaden aren’t the only father-son pair who are both famous in their own right. Where do they rank in terms of the rest? Check out our Famous Father-Son Power Rankings!
1. The Smiths
No surprise here, is there? Will Smith is one of the most consistently bankable movie stars out there, and so far we have every reason to believe Jaden could prove just as talented in both music and film in a few years. (Though he has yet to release anything half as amazing as his sister’s “Whip My Hair.”) Their upcoming M. Night Shyamalan movie isn’t exactly a sure thing at the box office, but both of these guys will have to take a few hard-knocks before they really get knocked down a peg, power-wise.
2. The Hankses
Colin Hanks isn’t exactly a household name, but he’s been around long enough (since 1999’s Roswell premiere) to have a pretty solid acting resume, with roles in movies like The House Bunny and shows like Burning Love. Tom Hanks, on the other hand, is a multi-Oscar winner who has starred in some of the most popular movies of the last few decades, with a smart mix of blockbusters and prestige pics (and an upcoming role in the modern-day pirate thriller Captain Phillips that has piqued our interest). Basically, Colin skates by on his father’s power here, but he has a similar nice-guy likability that means we can see him sticking around a while.
3. The Sutherlands
Donald Sutherland shows up in a ton of movies, often as someone with some sort of dirty secret to hide, but he recently landed a meaty role that bumps him up on our list ― President Snow in The Hunger Games movies. Kiefer Sutherland, on the other hand, has had a spottier movie career, and his most recent TV show Touch was just cancelled. However, now that Fox has announced a 12-hour version of 24 coming soon to the small screen, fans are excited about Kiefer reprising his iconic Jack Bauer character ― meaning both Sutherlands are still doing solid work.
4. The Douglases
Michael Douglas just gave a magnificent performance in Behind The Candelabra unlike any we’ve ever seen from him ― one that could very well earn him an Emmy. (Especially since his recent bout with cancer gives him an extra boost of sympathy.) He ranks pretty high on our power list ― but unfortunately, his father Kirk Douglas is a bit out of the game in his old age. The man is a screen legend thanks to roles in films like Spartacus, but most recently he just creeped us out hitting on Melissa Leo during her Academy Award acceptance speech, so we can’t rank this clan too highly.
5. The Skarsgards
They’re not exactly the family that comes to mind when you think of father-son power pairings, but why not? Alexander Skarsgard is still one of the most fascinating players on True Blood, and his new indie thriller The East has also been getting positive reviews, meaning that a bigger film career could be on the horizon too. (Also: just look at him!) Meanwhile, father Stellan Skarsgard stars as Dr. Selvig in one of the biggest movies of all time, The Avengers, and also had prominent roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The Swedish actor may not be a huge name star, but he’s clearly doing just fine for himself in movies that make a ton of money. (And he fathers hot children.)
6. The Brolins
James Brolin is an actor best known for work he did in the ‘70s, with a couple more recent TV appearances on shows like Community and Castle. Basically, these days we mostly recognize him as Mr. Barbra Streisand. But his son Josh Brolin is one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, nabbing roles in tons of respected films like Milk, No Country For Old Men, and True Grit ― and he still seems to be on the rise. Way to carry on the family name, Josh!
7. The Stillers
Like many of the dads on this list, Jerry Stiller isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire with a hectic schedule these days, but he’s still a recognizable face in the comedy world and pops up every now and then (most hilariously, as George’s dad on Seinfeld). Ben Stiller, on the other hand, is still one of the biggest names in comedy, with rumors of Zoolander 2 ever-pending and a more dramatic offering as he directs and stars in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, due out this winter. (He's also popped up again as Tony Wonder on the new season of Arrested Development, giving him some current buzz.)
8. The Sheens
Look up “black sheep” in the dictionary, and you will likely find a photo of Charlie Sheen. Known in the ‘80s for roles in iconic films like Platoon and Wall Street, bad behavior in his private life was pretty much always a factor and nearly all of his ‘90s roles were forgettable. Maybe that’s why he went off the rails entirely in the last few years, claiming to be a tiger’s blood-fueled warlock and getting into all kinds of mischief with drugs, prostitutes, and domestic abuse charges. Still, he made more than a pretty penny off of Two And A Half Men (before he was fired) and bounced back with FX’s Anger Management. Meanwhile, Martin Sheen is a beloved actor best known for playing President Bartlett on The West Wing with more recent roles in The Departed and The Amazing Spider-Man, so he’s still (somewhat) upholding the Sheen family’s good name. He may be crazy, but it's hard to hold a zillionaire like Charlie too far down on a power ranking, since he at least knows how to keep his name in the news. (Meanwhile, all-but-forgotten son Emilio Estevez gets no love from anyone.)
9. The Dylans
As legends go, it’s hard to touch Bob Dylan ― and the man is still making music, with his most recent album Tempest released last year. We’re not sure son Jakob Dylan is exactly carrying the torch, though ― with a big moment as the frontman of The Wallflowers in the ‘90s, they’re known as a one-hit wonder these days. Jakob has released a couple solo albums since, but neither has quite lived up to his father’s esteemed reputation. Seems like both Dylans have seen better days in their music careers…
10. The Cyruses
…But at least neither of them is a punchline on Saturday Night Live like Billy Ray Cyrus. Funnyman Jason Sudeikis sends up Billy Ray on the “Miley Cyrus Show” sketch from a couple years back, and it’s true ― he’s by far better known as Miley’s dad than he is for anything else, besides the awkward ‘90s line dance tune “Achy Breaky Heart.” (Also a punchline.) Meanwhile, son Trace Cyrus was briefly a music star as part of the band Metro Station, but the group disbanded and now he owns a clothing company. Basically, both father and son are taking a backseat to superstar Miley... as they probably should.
11. The Cages
Weston Cage would hardly be a factor at all were it not for his very famous daddy, but since he’s been in the news for outrageous antics that almost rivals his father’s, this duo deserves a place at the bottom of this power ranking. Nicolas Cage may still have a prolific (if not exactly critically adored) film career, but his many, many eccentricities totally trump it in the public’s mind now ― so let’s not dust off a place on the mantle for another Oscar any time soon. Meanwhile, Weston (who Nic created the fittingly-named comic Voodoo Child with) has been slapped with domestic abuse charges and divorced his wife, in addition to minor movie roles and UFC training. Francis Ford Coppola must be so proud.
Which father-son team do you think has the most power?
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