Family Business: Father and Son Acting Duos

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  • Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen
  • 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.

Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee

Talent and, unfortunately, tragedy both run in this family. Martial arts superstar Bruce Lee became the first true crossover star from Hong Kong before his untimely death in 1973 at the age of 32. His biracial son Brandon seemed set to take over his legacy when he, too, died young of a fatal gunshot wound on the set of his breakthrough film The Crow — he was only 28. Despite their short careers, the legacy of the Lees still looms large in Hollywood.

(Photos from left: Getty Images, WireImage)