Offspring of famous stars -- separating the good from the bad (are you listening, Charlie Sheen?)
Big stars and their problematic offspring have long been headline-makers.
Some of the sons and daughters born to famous parents have tragically taken their lives. Others are in and out of rehab. Estrangements also abound, with Angelina Jolie and her father, Jon Voight, having their very public ups and downs while Billy Ray Cyrus recently vented, in the pages of GQ magazine, on how fame has taken his daughter, Miley, away from him.
Then there's Charlie Sheen, who's in a league of his own. But this is not about him or them. Instead we're spotlighting 10 children of famous parents who have compiled their own accomplishments without any constant off-camera drama. More than half of them have an Oscar, an Emmy, a Golden Globe -- or all three -- in their own trophy cases. So here they are -- alphabetically and with best wishes for continued success and good behavior.
1. ALAN ALDA (son of actor Robert Alda) -- Best known as Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce in TV's long-running and all-time classic M*A*SH* series, he won three Emmys for that role and also took home a statue in 2006 for his portrayal of presidential candidate Arnold Vinick in The West Wing. He has Emmys for writing and directing as well, and in 2005 received his lone Oscar nomination for The Aviator. Alda also is enshrined in the Television Hall of Fame.
2. DREW BARRYMORE (granddaughter of actor John Barrymore) -- She had her wild child days, with two stints in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse before writing the 1990 autobiography Little Girl Lost. Still only 36, she seems to have overcome her demons and in 2010 won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for her performance in HBO's Grey Gardens. She also received an Emmy nomination for the role of "Little Edie" opposite Jessica Lange's "Big Edie." It's all part of being "taken seriously" as an actress, and Barrymore appears to have reached that point.
3. JEFF BRIDGES (son of actor Lloyd Bridges) -- One of the big screen's most bankable stars, he won his first lead actor Oscar in 2010 for Crazy Heart and also was nominated for the still-in-release True Grit, playing the role that John Wayne made famous. Bridges otherwise is forever enshrined as "The Dude" in The Big Lebowski and was saluted in a recent American Masters film subtitled "The Dude Abides." Widely considered to be one of Hollywood's primo nice guys.
4. GEORGE CLOONEY (son of famed Cincinnati news anchor Nick Clooney and nephew of singer/actress Rosemary Clooney) -- He kicked around for years as a serviceable but unheralded TV actor before at last hitting his stride as Dr. Doug Ross on ER. Since leaving the series in 1999, he's put together a stellar feature film career as both an actor and director. His first Oscar win, in a supporting role, came for 2005's Syriana. He also has best actor nominations for Up in the Air and Michael Clayton and two behind-the-camera nods for Good Night, and Good Luck. Clooney's still waiting for that first Emmy, though. No big deal.
5. MICHAEL DOUGLAS (son of actor Kirk Douglas) -- He broke into the biz as the co-star of TV's The Streets of San Francisco before graduating to the big screen in a big way. Three Emmy nominations for Streets didn't pan out, but Douglas has Oscars both as an actor in Wall Street and as the co-producer of 1975's Best Picture, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He also knows the pain of Hollywood offspring tragedies. His half-brother, Eric, died of a drug overdose in 2004. And his son, Cameron, was sentenced to five years in prison last year after being convicted of dealing drugs.
6. COLIN HANKS (son of actor Tom Hanks and stepson of actress Rita Wilson) -- He hasn't made any big splashes yet, but seems to making steady progress. Hanks recently co-starred in the serio-comic cop series The Good Guys, which earlier this year was officially dropped by Fox. He's also had a recurring role as Father John Gill on Mad Men and was a regular in the sci-fi series Roswell. Feature film credits include W, King Kong and The Great Buck Howard. Give him time. He's going to make his mark.
7. ROB REINER (son of actor/comedian/producer Carl Reiner) -- He's long been primarily a film director/producer, but in the 1970s won two acting Emmys as Michael "Meathead" Stivic on All In the Family. Reiner's notable behind-the-camera big screen credits include When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men, The American President, Misery, This Is Spinal Tap and Stand By Me.
8. JOELY RICHARDSON (daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson) -- Her best known TV role is Nip/Tuck's Julia McNamara which she played for the duration of the series. In several episodes, she acted opposite her famed real-life mother, who played her mother. Richardson's other acting credits include The Tudors, The Patriot and the title role in 1993's Lady Chatterley TV series.
9. BEN STILLER (son of actor Jerry Stiller and actress Ann Meara) -- He has a writing Emmy for the quickly canceled and grossly under-appreciated Ben Stiller Show, which had an all too short TV life in 1992 before he segued to a career-making big-screen role in There's Something About Mary. Stiller subsequently has scored with the Meet the Parents series and Night at the Museum and its sequel. Dodgeball, Zoolander and Tropic Thunder also have paid off for him.
10. KIEFER SUTHERLAND (son of actor Donald Sutherland) -- He's had his moments, of course, with a short tenure in jail after a 2007 DUI conviction. For the most part, though, Sutherland has played it straight while achieving international stardom with his signature role of Jack Bauer in 24. He earned three Emmy nominations as Bauer, winning once in 2006. As a 24 producer Sutherland shared the series' best drama Emmy win, also in 2006. TV writers found him to be very willing to take questions about the series at various Fox network events over the years. That's uncommon behavior on the part of a star actor, most of whom either don't show up at such functions or quickly duck in and out.