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Famous Siblings

April 10, 2018

We’ve got Mother’s Day in May, Father’s Day in June, Grandparents Day in September, and we’ve got this holiday to celebrate brothers and sisters…Siblings DAY! Here are some famous people you might not have known share the same parents.

Famous Siblings
Imagine the pride if one of your children won an Oscar. Then imagine if two of your kids grew up to win an Academy Award. That actually happened to Ira and Kathlyn Beaty. Their daughter, Shirley MacLean Beaty, who changed her name ever so slightly to Shirley MacLaine, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Terms of Endearment. The Beatys’ son, and MacLaine’s younger brother, Henry Warren Beaty, also changed his name just a bit and tasted Oscar glory. Warren Beatty, primarily an actor, won Best Director for his work on Reds.

Peter Graves (he died in 2014) was an iconic American actor. For six years he played the unflappable Jim Phelps on the classic spy show Mission: Impossible, and sent up his image as Captain Clarence Oveur in the two ridiculous Airplane! movies in the 1980s. As many actors did back in the day, Graves adopted a stage name—he was born Peter Aurness. His brother was also an actor, and who also adopted a stage name, but all he did was drop a letter. James Aurness, a.k.a. James Arness, starred as Marshal Matt Dillon for 20 seasons on CBS’s Western series Gunsmoke.

Hallie Eisenberg was inescapable in the late 1990s. She was colloquially known as “the Pepsi Girl,” an adorable child actress who starred in a string of ads for the brown sugar water, most memorably one where her voice was dubbed to sound like a mobster. She also starred in the family film Paulie, but doesn’t act as much these days. There’s another actor in the family, however: Jesse Eisenberg, best known for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network and for playing Lex Luthor in the latest slew of Superman movies. 

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