44 real-life pop-culture siblings you (probably) didn’t know were related

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44 real-life pop-culture siblings you (probably) didn’t know were related

Pablo and Liev Schreiber (Getty Images)
Pablo and Liev Schreiber (Getty Images)

1-2. Pablo and Liev Schreiber

According to a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Liev Schreiber apparently refers to his prominent, singular cheeks as his “Slavic fat pads.” Perhaps the lack of that Eastern European chub is why Pablo, who burst onto the scene as Nick Sobotka on the second season The Wire and officially made his mark as Pornstache on Orange Is The New Black, looks little like his glowering sib, who will return to the title role for the third season of Showtime’s Ray Donovan July 12. It’s their long, prominent noses that give away their shared DNA: The half-brothers, who are 10 years apart, share a dad, actor and acting teacher Tell Schreiber. Liev was raised largely by his mother on the Lower East Side, while Pablo was born in Canada, later moving to Seattle with his dad. [Molly Eichel]

3-4. Dik Evans and The Edge

Irish post-punk band The Virgin Prunes has many close ties with U2, including a long friendship between frontmen Gavin Friday and Bono. But the tightest bond linking the two bands is between their guitarists: Dik Evans and his younger brother, David “The Edge” Evans. The Virgin Prunes’ arty, goth-steeped style never had a chance of breaking as big as U2’s stadium-aimed anthems, but Dik’s guitar style is every bit as atmospheric as The Edge’s. The Virgin Prunes broke up in 1984, and Dik has kept a relatively low public profile ever since. But the band can still be viewed as the dark, eerie counterpart to U2 in the ’80s, just as the latter band was embracing Christianity and fist-pumping populism. [Jason Heller]

5-6. Thom and Andy Yorke

Back in the mid-to-late-’90s, when Radiohead was on its way to world domination, Thom Yorke’s younger brother, Andy, was forging a slightly more modest path as the lead singer of The Unbelievable Truth. The group had little in common with Radiohead: Its stellar 1998 debut, Almost Here, was moody and brooding, with a focus on acoustic guitar-driven, folky dirges. Unfortunately, save for a high-profile slot opening for Tori Amos on her fall 1998 tour, The Unbelievable Truth never made much of a dent, and split in 2000. Post-break, Andy Yorke returned to school to study Russian politics and business, and received a Ph.D. from the London School Of Economics in 2014. [Annie Zaleski]

7-8. Michael and Lynda Stipe

Michael Stipe has collaborated with his younger sister Lynda on occasion—she’s part of the backing chorus on R.E.M.’s “Bang And Blame”—but she’s also an influential musician in her own right, thanks to her tenure in the early-’80s indie-pop act Oh-OK. The guitar-free group (which also featured Magnapop’s Linda Hopper and, later, added the guitar with Matthew Sweet) specialized in danceable, rhythmically hypnotic music that was primitive and exuberant. Later, she formed the group Hetch Hetchy, which was more inspired by ethereal British ’80s dreampop; Michael even produced the band’s debut EP, Make Djibouti. [Annie Zaleski]

9-11. Malcolm, Angus, and George Young

To say Malcolm and Angus Young revolutionized hard rock and metal is a vast understatement: After all, the pair founded AC/DC in 1973, and continued to tour and record together up until last year, when Malcolm left the band after being diagnosed with dementia and other health issues. Brother George, meanwhile, has had a more varied musical career: He was a member of The Easybeats, a British Invasion-sounding band responsible for the hit “Friday On My Mind,” and was also part of the mysterious group Flash And The Pan, whose “Walking In The Rain” was a minimalist new wave gem. George Young also worked closely with AC/DC, co-producing seminal albums such as 1976’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and 1977’s Let There Be Rock. [Annie Zaleski]

12-13. Robert and Jason Schwartzman

Both Robert and Jason Schwartzman were major players in the cuddly Cali-pop scene anchored by The O.C. The former, who sometimes goes by Robert Carmine, fronted effervescent power-pop band Rooney, while the latter drummed for the more earnest indie-pop act Phantom Planet and then launched a solo career with the quirkier Coconut Records. As befitting their relationship to the Coppola family—Francis Ford is their uncle, while Sofia is a cousin—both men have also carved out solid acting careers, with Robert most known for playing hunky Michael Moscovitz in The Princess Diaries, while Jason has amassed credits in films such as Rushmore. In recent times, Robert has scored several movies and formed the slick, synth-riffic new band Starsystem, while Jason appeared in Saving Mr. Banks. [Annie Zaleski]

14-16. Ronnie, Donnie, and Johnny Van Zant

In Southern rock lore, the Van Zant family looms large. This is largely due to the mythology around original Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, who perished in the same 1977 plane crash that killed four other members of the band and crew. However, brother Donnie Van Zant is no slouch, either: He spent nearly four decades in .38 Special, the AOR staple known for the hits “Hold On Loosely” and “Caught Up In You.” Not to be outdone, brother Johnny Van Zant currently fronts Lynyrd Skynyrd and has also collaborated with Donnie in a band dubbed—wait for it—Van Zant. [Annie Zaleski]

17-18. Ellen and Vance DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres’ career as an actress, stand-up comic, and beloved TV show host is well documented. The pop-culture contributions of her older brother, Vance, are a bit more obscure: In the old Saturday Night Live skits about Mr. Bill, he was Mr. Hands, those intrusive digits wreaking havoc on the poor claymate. As a musician, he played in New Orleans new wave band The Cold; formed House Of Schock with Go-Go’s drummer Gina Schock; and, in the mid-’00s, briefly played with the veteran rock band Cowboy Mouth. At the turn of the century, he was a correspondent on The Daily Show; thanks to that stint, pal Steve Carell ended up asking him to co-run his production company, Carousel Productions, which was responsible for 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love and 2013’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Oh, and Ellen and Vance have of course collaborated occasionally: For example, the pair appeared together on Hollywood Squares in 1987. [Annie Zaleski]

19-20. Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick

Despite a string of superlative singles through the ’60s and ’70s, Dee Dee Warwick never saw the stratospheric success of her older sister, Dionne. But that doesn’t diminish the excellence of overlooked Dee Dee gems like 1969’s heartbreakingly sublime “Foolish Fool,” which mine a grittier soul sound than Dionne’s more delicate, Burt Bacharach-penned classics. Dee Dee died in 2008, but her work has become immortalized by others; her debut single, the blistering “You’re No Good,” was later taken to massive popularity by Betty Everett in 1963 and Linda Ronstadt in 1975. [Jason Heller]

21-22. Skip and Rick Bayless

One is a Top Chef Masters winner, a soft-spoken, good-natured restaurateur who hosts the PBS program Mexico: One Plate At A Time and was, in 2008, strongly considered for the position of White House Executive Chef. Rick once said, “My earliest memory is making peach cobbler with my grandmother. A wonderful memory.” The other spends his days co-hosting ESPN’s First Take with Stephen A. Smith, where he’s garnered a well-earned reputation as a race-baiting loudmouth and possibly “the most hated man in sports,” which is really saying something. “Tim Tebow is the next Brett Favre,” said this man who gets paid a lot of money to shout his opinions about sports on national TV. [Drew Toal]

23-24. David and Jon Langford

Depending on where your interests mostly lie, either David or Jon Langford is the most notable sibling in their family. To music fans, Jon is known as the longtime leader of The Mekons, the veteran post-punk-turned-roots-rock band that began in England in the late ’70s before relocating to its current home of Chicago (as chronicled recently in the documentary Revenge Of The Mekons). But older brother David’s career has been just as storied, only in the realm of science fiction—where the author, critic, and editor has taken home dozens of Hugo Awards, the top award in the field. [Jason Heller]

25-26. Jeff and Ben Nichols

Jeff Nichols has written and directed three pretty stellar movies: Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud, and he looks like he’s got a long career ahead of him, with other projects in the works. His older brother Ben is no slouch: He’s the primary songwriting force behind the Memphis band Lucero, whose discography is matched only by its insane touring schedule. Who has the best stories at Thanksgiving? Jeff has worked with Matthew McConaughey, so the edge probably goes to him. [Josh Modell]

27-28. Clint and Ron Howard

Ron Howard’s career path is well known: His big break was as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, before moving to star in another classic sitcom (Happy Days), later making the leap to be one of the more respected directors in the game. His younger brother Clint started out on a similar career path—as a child star—but didn’t have the same luck as fresh-faced ginger Ron, never achieving the same amount of fame. But like Ron, Clint has worked consistently since he was a kid, boasting more than 225 screen credits as an actor, including a role in 17 of his brother’s movies. [Molly Eichel]

29-31. Michael, Sean, and Christopher Penn

Most film fans know of Sean Penn’s brother Chris, who died in 2006 after noteworthy roles in movies like Footloose and Reservoir Dogs. But there’s another Penn brother who followed an entirely different route: into music. His biggest solo hit, “No Myth,” was most famous for the quintessentially 1989 line, “What if I were Romeo in black jeans?” In real life, Penn married fellow song-maker Aimee Mann. And in recent years, he’s veered closer to his brothers’ territory as he does impressive soundtrack work, most recently composing for cable series like Masters Of Sex and Girls. He also memorably appeared on-screen as the put-upon record producer in Boogie Nights. [Gwen Ihnat]

32-33. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine

Both of these Oscar-winning siblings are so famous in their own right, it’s hard to believe they’re related: famous lothario and triple threat actor-writer-director Warren Beatty, and the Rat Pack’s only female member/movie legend/New Age enthusiast Shirley MacLaine. Both were born to a drama teacher in the 1930s. MacLaine became a dancer, while Beatty’s good looks launched him into acting—where he started out by studying with Stella Adler—but they’ve never appeared together on-screen. For all their family privacy, sometimes their careers did tangle: MacLaine was set to play the lead in the 1967 film version of Bonnie And Clyde. When her brother assumed the role of Clyde Barrow, she was dropped, for obvious reasons. [Gwen Ihnat]

34-36. Renée and Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen

Everyone knows Martin Sheen’s male offspring: the good brother/bad brother duo of Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, who grace the screen together in such films as Young Guns and Men At Work. Emilio has gone on to work behind the camera as a director; Charlie favors tiger blood and #winning and sitcoms set to “banal.” But these brothers also have a sister, Renée Estevez, who played a key role in a venerable cult movie: She was Veronica Sawyer’s (Winona Ryder) former best friend Betty Finn in Heathers, leading to Veronica’s famous rant: “Betty Finn was a true friend and I sold her out for a pack of Swatch dogs and Diet Coke heads!” After a variety of other movies, Renée Estevez landed the role of Nancy for several years on The West Wing, proving that she has more in common with the brother who shares her surname. [Gwen Ihnat]

37-38. Kate and Oliver Hudson

Most people became aware of Goldie Hawn’s lookalike daughter Kate Hudson after her breakthrough role in the 2000 film Almost Famous. But Kate’s brother Oliver now has a swaggering regular role on TV’s Nashville as the dastardly record-label-exec-who-has-a-heart-but-he’s-hiding-it-for-some-reason Jeff Fordham. His latest TV outing follows previous stints on Dawson’s Creek and Rules Of Engagement. Those who didn’t know about Hudson’s family ties may know of them now, as he recently tweeted to his sister on Father’s Day: “Happy abandonment day.” The tweet included a picture of the two siblings and their supposedly absentee father, Bill Hudson, who charmingly retorted by saying that both kids were dead to him now. Maybe that’s why Jeff Fordham’s so mean. [Gwen Ihnat]

39-40. Rostam and Zal Batmanglij

Rostam and Zal Batmanglij’s mother was a cookbook author, so perhaps her tiny bit of the spotlight made her sons crave some, too. Zal is a film director whose credits include the spooky-good Sound Of My Voice (which he co-wrote with star Brit Marling) and The East (also starring Marling). Next year, he’ll helm the Netflix series The OA with, you guessed it, Brit Marling. There’s no online evidence that Brit Marling is in any way involved with Vampire Weekend, the New York band that’s been riding a pastel-shirted wave since 2006, thanks in part to the talents of multi-instrumental Rostam. [Josh Modell]

41-42. Joe Henry and Madonna

Okay, this is stretching the definition of “sibling,” since singer-songwriter Joe Henry and multi-hyphenate Madonna are related only by marriage. But it’s a relationship worth noting, especially considering that their musical paths have actually crossed: One of Henry’s songs became “Don’t Tell Me,” and the two have collaborated a couple of other times as well. In recent years, Henry has picked up a pen instead of a guitar, writing a book about Richard Pryor with his blood brother, David Henry. Madonna continues to be Madonna. [Josh Modell]

43-44. Sara and Melissa Gilbert

Laura Ingalls and Darlene Conner—one outspoken and devoted, the other outspoken and sarcastic—became TV icons for adolescent girls thanks to Little House On The Prairie and Roseanne, respectively. But who knew these disparate types came from the same family in real life? Barbara Cowan and her husband Paul Gilbert adopted Melissa and her brother Jonathan (who also starred on Little House as Willie Oleson). Cowan gave birth to Sara while she was married to her second husband. When young Sara saw her older sister get a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, she decided she wanted to be an actor too, and took her mother’s first husband’s last name as a stage name. The Gilbert family must have known something about navigating Hollywood, as both Gilbert girls pulled off the unusual move of surviving early stardom to maintain careers into adulthood. Melissa became president of the Screen Actors Guild and is now married to actor-director Timothy Busfield; Sara is a cast member and producer on The Talk, and married her girlfriend, songwriter and 4 Non Blonds vocalist and guitarist Linda Perry, last year. [Gwen Ihnat]