Tom Cruise, Shaquille O'Neal & Other Celebrities Whose Cousins Are Also Famous

It comes as no surprise when celebrities are related to someone famous, especially if it is their parents. However, it is still pretty cool to find out when two stars are cousins.

Having a famous cousin may sometimes help in joining an industry that’s hard to enter. Here’s a look at celebrity cousins in Hollywood.

JENNY MCCARTHY AND MELISSA MCCARTHY

Jenny McCarthy as Rapper LL Cool J visits "The Jenny McCarthy Show." | Source: Getty Images

Jenny McCarthy as Rapper LL Cool J visits "The Jenny McCarthy Show." | Source: Getty Images

was a great help in establishing Melissa McCarthy’s career, after helping her get her first stint at a television sitcom.

The two girls now have made a name in Hollywood and are still there for each other, like when Jenny speaks against criticism her older cousin receives.

TOM CRUISE AND WILLIAM MAPOTHER

William Mapother has appeared in a few films alongside Tom Cruise, such as “Minority Report,” “Vanilla Sky,” “Mission Impossible: II,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” and “Mission: Impossible II.”

Tom Cruise attends the UK Premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" at the BFI IMAX. | Source: Getty Images

Tom Cruise attends the UK Premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" at the BFI IMAX. | Source: Getty Images

However, many don’t know that the two actors are actually cousins, which would have been more obvious of Cruise used his real name -- Thomas Mapother.

BRANDY AND SNOOP DOG

Both Brandy and Snoop Dog became famous artists in the ‘90s, which makes it less of a surprise that they’re actually related. Perhaps the musical talent runs in the blood!

Snoop Dogg attends the AFI FEST 2019 Presented By Audi premiere of "Queen & Slim." | Source: Getty Images

Snoop Dogg attends the AFI FEST 2019 Presented By Audi premiere of "Queen & Slim." | Source: Getty Images

KYRA SEDWICK AND EDIE SEDWICK

Kyra Sedwick’s grandfather was the older brother of Edie Sedwick’s father, making them first cousins once removed -- a term mostly heard when talking about royals.

Kyra Sedgwick attends the SAGindie Sundance Filmmakers Reception. | Source: Getty Images

Kyra Sedgwick attends the SAGindie Sundance Filmmakers Reception. | Source: Getty Images

GLEN CLOSE AND BROOKE SHIELDS

If there’s such a thing as first cousins once removed, there’s also a concept called second cousins once removed, just like Glen Close and Brooke Shields.

Close’s grandfather was the brother of Shields’ great-grandmother, making them related although at quite a far distance.

Brooke Shields visits "FOX & Friends" at Fox News Channel Studios | Source: Getty Images

Brooke Shields visits "FOX & Friends" at Fox News Channel Studios | Source: Getty Images

DAMON DASH AND STACEY DASH

Although Damon Dash sounds like a pseudo name for a singer, the artist didn’t change his name at all, which makes it more believable that his cousin is “Clueless” star, Stacey Dash.

Stacey Dash arrives at the "American Sniper" New York Premiere. | Source: Getty Images

Stacey Dash arrives at the "American Sniper" New York Premiere. | Source: Getty Images

SOFIA COPPOLA, NICOLAS CAGE, AND JASON SCHWARTZMAN

The Coppola’s have grown a dynasty in Hollywood as legends in directing and acting. Francis Coppola, director of “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now,” had a grandson, Jason.

Nicolas Cage attends the German Sustainability Award 2016. | Source: Getty Images

Nicolas Cage attends the German Sustainability Award 2016. | Source: Getty Images

August Copolla, who is not as known, had a son, Nicolas, while Sofia, brother of writer Roman, is an actress who is also their cousin.

MELISSA GORGA AND RALPH MACCHIO

Ralph Macchio became famous for the film “Karate Kid,” while she was just a little girl. She later joined the acting industry and appeared on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

Melissa Gorga flashes a smile during a red carpet event. | Source: Getty Images

Melissa Gorga flashes a smile during a red carpet event. | Source: Getty Images

GARY LEVOX AND JAY DEMARCUS

Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus are really close cousins who compose two out of three of the country singers, Rascal Flatts.

GWYNETH PALTROW AND KATHERINE MOENNING

Katherine Moenning shot to fame for “The L Word,” while her cousin, who she shares a resemblance with, became known for the “Avengers” franchise.

Gwyneth Paltrow speaks onstage at the In goop Health Summit at 3Labs. | Source: Getty Images

Gwyneth Paltrow speaks onstage at the In goop Health Summit at 3Labs. | Source: Getty Images

RIP THORN AND SISSY SPACEK

Sissy Spacek became most known for “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which won her an Oscar for Best Actress, while Rip Torn had notable roles in “The Cincinnati Kid” and “You’re a Big Boy Now.”

 Sissy Spacek at the Toronto International Film Festival. | Source: Getty Images

Sissy Spacek at the Toronto International Film Festival. | Source: Getty Images

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL AND BILL BELLAMY

Although from different industries, Shaquille O’Neal and Bill Bellamy have succeeded in their respective fields.

Shaquille O'Neal receives the Basketball Legacy Award. | Source: Getty Images

Shaquille O'Neal receives the Basketball Legacy Award. | Source: Getty Images

O’Neal, as known throughout the globe, is an NBA basketball superstar, while his cousin Bellamy is an actor and stand-up comedian.

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