The Parents Of These Celebrities Are Even More Accomplished Than Their Kids

Okay, the following celebrities are a talented bunch. From Glenn Close to Jack Black, they’re truly at the top of their game. But as it turns out, their parents are equally revered — and not just in Hollywood. Did you have any idea that the following moms and dads are just as impressive as their celebrity children? We’re talking an Apollo aerospace engineer, an Olympic gold medal winner, and talented musicians.

1. Glenn Close’s dad

With eight Oscar nominations to her name, Glenn Close is one of Hollywood’s most consistent actresses: she’s an awesome performer. And when it came to the field of medicine, the same could be said for her dad, too. Dr. William Taliaferro Close was responsible for running the operation which halted the spread of Ebola in Central Africa in the mid-1970s. Thanks to him, countless lives were saved.

2. Emily and Zooey Deschanel’s dad

Sisters Emily and Zooey Deschanel have both been in the entertainment industry for years now. And maybe that’s because it’s in their blood. You see, their father is an accomplished cinematographer with over 40 credits to his name. Caleb Deschanel has worked on movies such as National Treasure, The Patriot, Jack Reacher, and The Lion King. He also has six Oscar nominations on his resumé!

3. Zoë Kravitz’s parents

While Zoë Kravitz is certainly carving a solid career for herself in Hollywood, you can’t help but be awed by her folks. Her mom is Lisa Bonet — an actress who’s appeared in films such as Angel Heart, High Fidelity, and Enemy of the State. As for her dad, Lenny Kravitz is a famous musician, boasting four Grammy Awards. Oh, and Jason Momoa was Zoë’s stepfather until his split from Bonet in 2022.

4. Hugh Laurie’s dad

When Hugh Laurie took on the title role in House M.D., his dad might have been at the forefront of his mind, since he was a doctor in real life. Yet Ran Laurie’s most notable achievements came outside the world of medicine. He was also a highly accomplished rower, picking up various trophies in 1930. Then, he won a gold medal at the 1948 Olympics in London, England.