When you see names like Tarantino, Baldwin, Jackson and Murray, your brain immediately thinks of the famous mega-stars of Hollywood. Yet, sometimes it’s best to take a second glance. What you may think is the latest project from your favorite actor or director may just be one from their less-beloved relative.
Here are 15 relatives to the rich and famous who used their surname to cash-in on their kin’s success.
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Django Unchained writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s childhood has been well documented. His father, Tony Tarantino, walked out on the family when Quentin was just a baby in favor of pursuing a career as an actor and musician. After his son rose to fame with Reservoir Dogs, Tony conveniently re-emerged to piggy-back on his son’s success. In a scum bag move, Tony has used his famous last name to further pursue his own acting career in independent, straight-to-video fare. In a 2010 interview, Quentin said “He’s an actor only because he has my last name. But he was never part of my life. I didn’t know him. I’ve never met him.”