Family Business: Father and Son Acting Duos

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  • Melvin Van Peebles, Mario Van Peebles
  • Bruce Lee, Brandon Lee
  • Gordon Parks, Gordon Parks, Jr.
  • Tom Cruise, Connor Cruise
  • Romeo, Master P
  • Tom Hanks, Colin Hanks
  • Michael Jackson, Prince Jackson
  • Will Smith, Jaden Smith
  • Damon Wayans, Damon Wayans, Jr.
  • Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen

Gordon Parks and Gordon Parks Jr.

Parks broke ground in many artistic disciplines, including godfathering the Blaxploitation movement with his film Shaft. His son, Gordon Parks Jr., carried forward the legacy when he directed Super Fly and became a well-regarded filmmaker in his own right. The younger Parks sadly died in a plane crash in Kenya at age 44.

(Photos from left: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images, Getty Images)

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