It’s hard to say what equates to more or less success in the world of entertainment. There’s no getting around legacy, and if it weren’t for one celebrity parent offering the shoo-in, the hand-me-up or the proverbial foot in the door, there would be no success for the offspring. Still, the people on this list took what their parents — or famous parent –g ave them, and ran with it. Considering the variables of time, generation and the epic changes in the industry over the past 25 years, here are celebrity offspring who’ve made it even bigger and better than their parents… relatively speaking.
12. Sean Astin
John Astin and Patty Duke once shared a home, and raised the guy we know as Mikey from The Goonies, Rudy from Rudy and Samwise Gamgee in The Lord Of The Rings triology: yes, the ageless Sean Astin. Sean’s pops was best known for his role in The Addams Family, but he had a long illustrious career playing interesting characters from the film version of West Side Story to the NBC favorite sitcom, Night Court. And Sean’s mom? Patty Duke? Well, she starred in The Patty Duke Show. The trivia relating to this fascinating family: Sean’s biological father was none other than Desi Arnaz Jr., the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. A short, torrid affair between the young Arnaz and Duke resulted in a child who would be more successful than all of his parents.REX/Broadimage