Kate Hudson and 14 More Celebrities With Powerful Hollywood Families

Actors Oliver Hudson, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Wyatt Russell, and five small children on a blue carpet laughing and posing

Actors Oliver Hudson, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, and Wyatt Russell | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Hollywood is full of nepotism. Many actors, directors, and writers make their way into show biz with the help of celebrity parentage (and family money). But it’s hard to knock this process, as some of our greatest stars have come about due to the clout of family members that preceded them.

Of course, there’s no guarantee of success, even if your mom or dad is an Oscar winner. However, there are a few celebrities on this list who have passed their legacies in fame, and siblings who have — ouch — left their brother or sister in their shadow. Regardless of how they got there, these are the families that continue to dominate Hollywood.

1. Hawn/Hudson

Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, and Oliver Hudson smiling with their arms around each other on the red carpet

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Actress Goldie Hawn actually began her stage career as a dancer, but quickly transitioned to TV and film, soon winning an Oscar. Hawn became a comedy sensation, and married her second husband, musician Bill Hudson of the Hudson Brothers, in 1975. Though they were only married a few years, she and Hudson had two children together, actors Oliver and Kate.

Oliver has starred on TV shows like Rules of Engagement and Nashville. Meanwhile, Kate is a popular rom-com actress, and has been involved with two lead singers of popular bands, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes and Matt Bellamy of Muse. She has a son with each of them.

Hawn raised her children with partner Kurt Russell, another actor and the son of actor Bing Russell. Together, the pair have a son, Wyatt Russell. Though he played hockey professionally for many years, Wyatt has now taken up the family business, and starred in the Season 3 Black Mirror episode, “Playtest.”