ByKatrina Stagg, writer at
Katrina Stagg

At times it seems that the only way to make it in Hollywood is to have famous parents. Well, while that maybe the easiest way it's definitely not the only way. Many of the most talented actors, musicians, and celebrities were the product of "regular Joes" who were packing some serious star-power in the baby-making department. To be fair "regular Joe" is being used as a VERY broad stroke here, considering some of these parents were actors, doctors, lawyers and very successful in their own right.

It's fascinating and rather touching to see the faces behind the men and women who we hold in high esteem and would consider pop-culture royalty. These celebrity family photos are a bit of a reminder that even the most famous started out as someone's little boy or girl.

Nicole Kidman

Nichole was born June 20, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and clinical psychologist, and Janelle Ann Kidman, a nursing instructor.

Robert Pattinson

Robert born May 13, 1986 in London, England to Richard Pattinson a vintage car importer and Clare who worked at a modeling agency.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen was born April 9, 1990 in Los Angeles, CA to John Stewart a TV producer and stage manager and Jules Mann-Stewart a script supervisor.

John Stewart
John Stewart
Jules Mann-Stewart
Jules Mann-Stewart

Brad Pitt

Brad was born December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to William Alvin Pitt, manger of a trucking company, and Jane Etta (Hillhouse), a school guidance counselor.

Emma Watson

Emma born April 15, 1990 in Paris , France to lawyers Chris Watson and Jacqueline Luesby.

Kate Beckinsale

Kate was born July 26, 1973 in London, England, to Richard Beckinsale and Judy Loe, who were both actors.

Elton John

Born March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, to Stanley Dwight, who served in the Royal Air Force as a Flight Lieutenant, and Sheila Eileen.

Elton, His mother and stepfather Fred © Time Life Pictures (1971)
Elton, His mother and stepfather Fred © Time Life Pictures (1971)

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo was born November 11, 1974 in Hollywood, California to George DiCaprio, a Comics artist and producer, and Irmelin Indenbirken, a legal secretary.

Leo and his parents
Leo and his parents
Irmelin and George DiCaprio
Irmelin and George DiCaprio

The Kardashians

Kourtney, Kim and Khloé were born in Los Angeles, California to Robert Kardashian, an attorney, and Kristen Mary Houghton, who's now better known as Kris Jenner.

Michael Jackson

Michael was born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, to Joseph "Joe" Walter Jackson, a former boxer and steelworker, and Katherine Esther Scruse, who worked in retail.

Natalie Portman

Natalie was born June 9, 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel to Avner Hershlag, a fertility specialist and gynecologist, and Shelley Stevens, a homemaker.

The Jonas Brothers

Kevin, Joe and Nick were born in the United States and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Their parents are Paul Kevin Jonas, Sr., a musician, and Denise Marie Miller, a sign language teacher.

Halle Berry

Halle was born August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jerome Jesse Berry, a hospital attendent, and Judith Ann Hawkins, a psychiatric nurse.


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