Sunday, June 21, 2015

Like Father, Like Son - Celebrity Father/Son Look-Alikes

Happy Father's Day to all the proud papas of the world! This Father's Day we thought we'd pay tribute to some of the famous actor dads of yor through the legacy they left behind them in their sons....their facial legacies! 

Here is a selection of some of our favorite lookalike fathers and sons: 

Leslie Howard and Ronald Howard 

Ronald Howard was a true-blue Brit like his father and especially resembled him during the 1950s when he starred in the television series "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" taking the role of the famous detective that his father never had a chance to play. 

Robert Walker and Robert Walker Jr. 

If there ever was an actor who gave birth to a mini-me it's Robert Walker. And he didn't do it once, but twice! Brother Michael Walker also resembled his father with his mop of curly brown hair. 

Lloyd Bridges with sons Beau and Jeff

Lloyd Bridges made a ton of films, it's a wonder he had time to raise a family! Beau and Jeff made a name for themselves as actors starting the now famous Bridges family acting legacy. 

Desi Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. 

From his marriage to Lucille Ball, the father of Babaloo had only one daughter and son ( and his name wasn't Little Ricky ). Both children took after papa with those big Cuban eyes really popping out in Junior as he got older. 

Kirk Douglas and sons Joel and Michael

Michael Douglas is always touted as being the twin boy of Big Daddy Kirk but we hold that Joel bore more of his facial features. Just look at that chin!

John Wayne and Patrick Wayne

When it came to looks, little Pat topped his father to whom he owes that prominent square-jaw, just ripe for punching. All Pat was missing was his dad's hip-swinging walk. Makes you wonder if brother Ethan and him ever imitated their dad growing up. 

Charles MacArthur and James MacArthur

Screenwriter Charles MacArthur once encouraged his son "To pursue anything you like, just don't become a's a fate worse than death!" Well, he followed his old man in the acting industry and made an even bigger name for himself than Charles did. 

Robert Mitchum and James Mitchum

One bad boy breeds another. Little James got his start in acting at the age of 8 but it wasn't until Thunder Road ( 1958 ) that girls started swooning over him just like they did with his famous dad. 

Errol Flynn and Sean Flynn

The spirit of adventure carried over from Errol to his son Sean. After a brief stint as an actor he tried his hand at big-game hunting in Africa before becoming a photojournalist, eventually being killed in Cambodia.

Jose Ferrer and Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer was the son of Jose and Rosemary Clooney but he doesn't look anything like Mom. Not only did Jose pass down that famous schnozz but he gave his son his giant ears too! Too bad he didn't give him hair.


  1. What a great post! So cool to see all the sons and fathers side by side! I've always been fond of Chris Mitchum, but he looks less like his dad than James does. More baby-faced.

    And I love seeing Jose and Miguel Ferrer on here!

    1. Chris does resemble his dad now that he has gotten older but I was surprised to find absolutely no post-1980 photos of James Mitchum. Whatever happened to him? Glad you enjoyed the post.

    2. Miguel Ferrer was a hoot on Twin Peaks.

  2. This is awesome!!! Oh my goodness, James Mitchum is totally a mini-me of Robert -- I'd never seen them side by side like that before! Wow.

    1. Yeah, I guess those Mitchum genes are hard to hide. I wonder if Robert Mitchum bore any children with other women.....he wouldn't have to take those lie-detector tests on Jerry Springer if that were the case. It would be hard to hide who his children were!

  3. Great post!! Too cute and funny!!!!

  4. Oh forgot to mention that there are also Frank Sinatra Sr. and Jr. that look SO much alike!!! Even their voices are incredibly similar. Oh I just thought about Liza and Vincente Minnelli. Liza has her father's face too. Oh well, you showed so many that I didn't know before!!!!! Amazing how children take so much from their parents!!

  5. It's weird, but two actors who are not related but look so much alike, I always thought, are Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. They totally could have played father and son in a movie and be believable.