With Father’s coming up this weekend, DoYouRemember has decided to take a look back at some of the silver screens most memorable father/son duos on film, because even Hollywood some of us are doomed to end up exactly like their parents.
Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen
Actor Martin Sheen and his notorious son Charlie haven’t always seen eye to eye. But unlike his other son, Emilio Estevez (Martin’s actual last name), they share the Sheen brand and have an undeniable on-screen chemistry, as was evidenced in Wall Street (1987) and Cadence (1990, which Martin directed, as well). Supposedly the two got along famously on set.
Lloyd Bridges and Jeff Bridges
Lloyd and Jeff starred in Blown Away (1994), a film about a bomb expert who tries to thwart a deranged citizen’s plan to destroy the city of Boston. Though the two had very few scenes together, their obvious rapport was possibly the best part of this poorly received movie.
Jerry Stiller and Ben Stiller
One of show business’ funniest father-and-son duos, Jerry and Ben Stiller have hit box-office gold in such films as Hot Pursuit (1987), Heavy Weights (1995), Zoolander (2001) and The Heartbreak Kid (2007). Way to keep your dad in business, Ben.
Brendan Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson
These Irish-born actors appeared together in the box office megahit Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010). Despite their close relationship offscreen, Domhnall insists that all work-related queries regarding his father be sent directly to him.
Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas and Cameron Douglas
Despite being one of Hollywood’s most celebrated acting dynasties, the Douglas men have only appeared on film together once, in It Runs in the Family (2003), a dramedy based on three generations of a family. Both Kirk and Michael are regarded as Hollywood royalty, but Michael’s son Cameron’s personal problems have clearly been an obstacle to his success.
Donald Sutherland and Kiefer Sutherland
Known for shining in dramatic roles, Donald and Kiefer’s appearance in Neil Simon’s Max Dugan Returns (1983) gave them both a chance to show their humorous sides. The duo reunited onscreen 13 years later in the critically acclaimed A Time to Kill (1996), which put them back in their respective comfort zones.
Tom Hanks and Colin Hanks
Having movie icon Tom Hanks for a dad can be intimidating, but that didn’t deter son Colin from sharing the screen with him in The Great Buck Howard (2008). The film gave up-and-comer Colin the opportunity to shine in his own spotlight.
James Caan and Scott Caan
The 2009 film Mercy, which was written by Scott, is one of the first movies in which the two have shared significant screen time. James, who signed on initially to play a small role in the film, was later made Scott’s onscreen father by director Patrick Hoelck.