Think you know all the related Hollywood types in various roles in film, music, and television and perhaps their politically notable relations? Think again, as we uncover some unlikely hidden family tree connections in Tinseltown where famous people have some unusual historically important connections and Hollywood-style nepotism is more common than not. Many celebrities don't exactly come from humble origins.
Remember poor Theon Greyjoy from HBO's "Game of Thrones"? Theon is Alfie Allen, and Brit singer Lily Allen's kid brother. Alfie's maimed Theon survived the torture and humiliations of the late Ramsay Bolton, while his real-life sister has done real-life battle with paparazzi and press over her alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, and 2010 miscarriage all detailed in a soon to be released memoir.
Alicia Keys is a smoking-hot recording artist and currently on NBC's The Voice. Her little brother Cole Cook is the co-founder of Timeless Eye, an advertising and marketing company that creates celebrity-laden digital storytelling shorts and works with the top players in the hip-hop and sports world.
Born to a wealthy and prominent British family, both the Delevingne sisters became successful fashion models and then took their careers into the world of acting. Older sister Poppy will be seen in National Geographic's "Genius: Picasso" due April 24, 2018, while Cara has three films scheduled for 2018.
Often times, people do not realize these two actors are related, despite the same last name. Pablo Schreiber has had notable runs on Broadway, including Clifford Odets' classic "Awake and Sing!" Also he has starred on "Orange is the New Black" for Netflix, while brother Liev Schreiber is the star of the Showtime hit series "Ray Donovan."
Musician and actor Lenny Kravitz's late mother, actress Roxie Roker (Helen Willis on "The Jeffersons"), was first cousin to NBC's Today Show weatherman and anchor Al Roker, making America's favorite weatherman also a cousin to rocker Kravitz.
Another set of famous cousins are comedian and actor Bill Bellamy and NBA basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, aka Shaq, who are second cousins.
Classic 1980s film "Clueless" star and now political contender Stacey Dash is a first cousin to music producer Damon Dash, founder of Roc-A-Fella Records who has a famous son, too: Damon "Boogie" Dash of "Growing Up Hip-Hop." Republican Stacey has her eye on California's 44th District in the 2018 congressional election.
Most everyone knows that musician, actor, and Kim-Kardashian-sex-tape co-star Ray J and singer-songwriter Brandy Norwood are brother and sister, but they are also cousins to rapper, actor, and entrepreneur Snoop Dogg.
Art imitating life? British actor Robert Pattinson played a vampire, Edward Cullen in author Stephenie Meyer's gothic "Twilight" series. Turns out their ancestry revealed that the two are directly connected by a common distant cousin: Dracula, known officially as Vlad the Impaler.
Denis Lawson is a famous Scottish actor who appeared in the original "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" film as Wedge and in the 1983 film "Local Hero" as Urquhart the Scottish innkeeper. His nephew Ewan McGregor also starred in a few "Star Wars" films as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi and has many television and film credits to his name.
Famous for many roles including the murderous Alex in "A Clockwork Orange," Malcolm McDowell's career has many notable moments. His sister's son is Alexander Siddig, who went on to star in the television hit series, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" from 1993 to 1999. Uncle Malcolm then nabbed the role Dr. Tolian Soran in the 1994 film "Star Trek: Generations." His character was responsible for killing Capt. James T. Kirk.
Harry Melling is an English actor well known for playing Dudley Dursley in the "Harry Potter" films. His grandfather is a former "Doctor Who." Patrick Troughton played the second good doctor from 1966 to 1969; then he reprised the role in 1973, 1983, and 1985.
Founder of Lifestyle blog GOOP, entrepreneur, and Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has many accomplishments under her belt. Her first cousin is Katherine Moennig who is making a splash in Showtime's "Ray Donovan" as Lena. Actress Blythe Danner, Gwyneth's mother, is her aunt.
Born and bred Texans, Sissy Spacek and Rip Torn are first cousins. In interviews, Spacek often credits her older cousin Rip Torn as someone who helped her become established as an actress.
Most people know music producer Quincy Jones has two famous daughters, "Angie Tribeca" star Rashida Jones and actress and Walt Disney Co. designer Kidada Jones. Fewer people realize that "Mod Squad" and "Twin Peaks" star Peggy Lipton is their mother. Wed in 1974, Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones divorced in 1990.
Bravo network reality star Melissa Gorga is famous for her contentious relations with her sister-in-law Teresa Giudice on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." But her real-life cousin is "The Karate Kid" Ralph Macchio.
George Wendt, famous for playing the bar-hugging and beer-guzzling "Norm" on the hit sitcom "Cheers" is "Saturday Night Live" alum Jason Sudeikis' uncle.
Actor Giovanni Ribisi and musician Beck (Hansen) are brothers-in-law. The classic 1993 film "Dazed and Confused" actress and twin sister to Giovanni Ribisi is Marissa Ribisi. She married Beck in 2004.
Actress Jennie Eisenhower's mother is Julie Eisenhower, making Richard Nixon her granddad. Her father, David Eisenhower, was Dwight D. Eisenhower's only grandson. An award-winning Broadway and off-Broadway actress, Eisenhower also starred in the 2011 remake of the film "Arthur."
Toby Stephens was the dashing pirate Captain Flint on Starz "Black Sails," but his acting chops may be directly inherited thanks to his mother, Dame Maggie Smith, the Dowager Countess from "Downton Abbey" and numerous film and television roles.
Before he was Dumbledore in "Harry Potter," Richard Harris starred in classic films such as "A Man Called Horse" and "Camelot." His son Jared Harris took up acting too and starred in AMC's "Mad Men" as Layne Pryce, Netflix's "The Crown" as King George VI, and now stars as Francis Crozier in AMC's "The Terror."
"Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger was the father of actor Matt Salinger. Matt Salinger starred in the films "Revenge of the Nerds" and "Captain America."
Even rabid "Doctor Who" fans may not be aware that the fifth "Doctor Who," actor Peter Davison, is father-in-law to the 10th Doctor Who, actor David Tennant.
Academy award-winning actor Tom Hanks narrated National Geographic's "Killing Lincoln." Hanks revealed his familial ties to President Lincoln by Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks. Nancy Hanks is third cousin four times removed to Tom Hanks.
President Carter's great-grandfather James Thomas Gordy had a son with Esther Johnson, a black woman. Their son, Berry Gordy, was the grandfather of Motown music mogul and producer Berry Gordy. This makes President Carter a half second-cousin of producer Berry Gordy. He is also a half second-cousin, once removed, of Redfoo.
Retired actor and three-time Academy Award-winner Daniel Day-Lewis married American Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Arthur Miller's filmmaker and novelist daughter, Rebecca Miller. Arthur Miller died in 2005.
Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer is currently the Senate minority leader and often speaks out about excessive gun violence. His first-cousin once-removed is actress and comedian Amy Schumer who also speaks out about gun violence and often appears with her cousin to promote gun regulation.
Feminist icon, author, and publisher Gloria Steinem married South African-born English activist and entrepreneur David Bale in 2000. Through this marriage, Bale's son actor Christian Bale, one of four children from previous marriages, became Steinem's stepson. David Bale died in 2003.
"Walk The Line" film director James Keach is brother to actor Stacy Keach, famous for his "Mike Hammer" roles on television, numerous notable roles on and off Broadway, and films like "American History X" and "The Bourne Legacy." James Keach was married to Jane Seymour from 1993 to 2015, making her Stacy Keach's sister-in-law during those years.
Blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield was the "it" girl in the 1950s and early 1960s. She had five children from three marriages, but tragically was killed in a gruesome auto accident in 1967. Her daughter Mariska Hargitay was in the car with her during the accident but survived. Hargitay went on to become one of television's biggest stars playing Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."