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The movie “Brothers” comes out this weekend, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, and Tobey Maguire, and it got everyone at Starpulse.com thinking about brothers … and sisters. About celebrity siblings to be exact. There are some incredibly talented families out there, and while that occasionally means high family drama, sometimes the siblings who come out of it become celebrity gold. Here’s a look at some of the best celeb siblings out there right now.
There are still people in the world that have no idea that these two Oscar winners are even related, and this is not really surprising. Both have a tendency to focus on the work rather than the celebrity circus, and both have been generously rewarded for their ethics by several awards and critical acclaim. Shirley won a Golden Globe for her very first acting role in “The Trouble with Harry,” but she is best known for “Terms of Endearment” and “Steel Magnolias.” Warren on the other hand is a star in his own right, a Hollywood hunk who also was nominated for a Golden Globe on his first movie “Splendor in the Grass.” He’s best known for “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Bugsy,” and for being nominated in four major awards for the Academy Awards all for the same film (acting, writing, directing, and Best Picture). He accomplished this twice! These two are definitely heavy hitters in the acting world even after fifty years … and then some.
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While the fans still mourn for Michael Jackson’s passing, it is his family that truly suffer without him. While the Jackson family has several siblings that had fame with “The Jackson 5,” it was specifically youngest child Janet and brother Michael that shot into the spotlight. While both had their stints in acting, it was really their singing and dancing talents that caught the world’s attention. Even decades after the height of their popularity and after numerous scandals and personal troubles, they are both pop icons that will never be forgotten in the music world.
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Maggie & Jake Gyllenhaal
The Gyllenhaal’s started slowly creeping into the spotlight during the 2000’s, and now there’s not a celeb fan in sight who don’t know about Maggie and Jake. Both siblings got their big breaks from indie films, and they are better known as cult classics than big blockbuster sells. Maggie starred in films like “Secretary” and “SherryBaby,” and Jake stole hearts in “Donnie Darko” and “Brokeback Mountain.” Honestly it looks like these two are just getting started, with Maggie branching out somewhat into the theater and Jake headlining a huge film “Prince of Persia” for next year. These two heartthrobs took the indie world by storm and are now seeming to move into the mainstream, so keep an eye out.
John and Joan Cusack are a set of siblings that most people know are related, and this is because they like to be in the same films together. A lot. Examples are “Sixteen Candles,” “High Fidelity,” “Grosse Pointe Blank,” “Say Anything,” etc etc on and on. They have an excellent on-screen chemistry which apparently comes from their genuine affection for one another off-screen. Joan is more famous for playing supporting roles, nominated for two Oscars in that category for “Working Girl” and “In & Out,” where John tends to go the dark comedy way with movies like “Being John Malkovich.” He’s also somewhat of a romantic comedy star, with films like “Must Love Dogs” and “Serendipity” under his belt. This sibling set are a bit on the odd side, a little quirky you could say, and that’s why we love them.
Although Casey Affleck is slightly less known than his brother Ben, who famously won an Academy Award for writing “Good Will Hunting” with best friend Matt Damon, he actually gained great notice before that film even came out. In 1995 Casey starred in “To Die For” as a sociopathic teenager, and that’s a memorable role to look back at if you’re just jumping on the Casey Affleck bandwagon. He’s gotten more attention now due to his Oscar nomination for “The Assassination of Jesse James,” and for the critically acclaimed movie “Gone Baby Gone.” Old fans of Ben Affleck know him more from his Kevin Smith days, but after the success of “Good Will Hunting” he went on to do blockbusters like “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,” and “Daredevil.” He’s started to flex his directing muscles recently, having directed “Gone Baby Gone” with his brother starring and an upcoming movie titled “The Town.” These two may be a new sibling duo to fear, with one behind the camera and one in front of it.
It’s hard not to put Donny Osmond on this list since he just won the “Dancing With The Stars” championship and has shot back into the public eye. This former teen idol has done a great deal of things other than dance, such as run a talk show, write books, and race cars. Most of his life has been spent at the side of his sister Marie. They were a brother-sister team who sang their way into country hearts everywhere, and they cut several solo albums as well as gaining fame as a couple. They even had their own variety show “Donny & Marie.” Both siblings have appeared on Broadway to great acclaim, and continue to have singing careers today. They have a squeaky clean image and are considered ‘wholesome’ performers.
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Honorable mentions: The Wilson brothers, the Coen brothers, the Arquette family, the Baldwins, the Olsen twins.