You might not have known that celebrities were related

Celebrities who are related can sometimes be irrevocably bound to one another. Think of the Wayans brothers. Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and their children Jaden & Willow. Jayna and Zan, the Wonder Twins of the old Super Friends cartoons. On the other hand, sometimes you just have to live your life and get hit with mind-blowing news. Lily Collins is the daughter Phil Collins. It"s difficult to tell if celebrities are related if they don"t appear in the same thing or have very different last names. Here are 8 pairs (and a trio) of celebrities you probably didn’t know were related.

1. Tom Cruise and William Mapother

Tom Cruise is everyone"s favorite actor/Scientology cult member. William Mapother, his first cousin, is a character actor in movies and on TV. Other than a few small parts in several Cruise movies, including Born on the Fourth Of July , Magnolia , Mission Impossible 2 Mapother is most well-known for his role in Ethan Rom, the antagonist in the first season. Lost . Cruise"s father Tom III was a brother to William Sr., William"s father. Cruise was actually born Thomas Mapother IV.

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