Hollywood's Famous Dads: Actors with Kids Who Are Following in Their Footsteps

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Actor Lenny Kravitz with daughter Zoe in 2010
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Actor Lenny Kravitz with daughter Zoe in 2010

Though some fans might not realize it, many of Hollywood's rising stars are actually second-generation actors who have inherited their acting genes from their talented dads. In honor of Father's Day, here's a shortlist of celebrity kids who are following in their fathers' footsteps and pursuing a career in acting.

Actress Lily Collins, who has starred in such films as "The Blind Side" and "Priest," is following in the footsteps of her father, singer Phil Collins. The three-time Academy Award nominee won the best original song Oscar for "Tarzan" in 2000. As for Lily, one young hottie deserves another, and she'll be appearing next in the movie "Abduction" with "Twilight" actor Taylor Lautner.

Actor and singer Will Smith has not one, but two kids following in his footsteps. His son Jaden costarred with him in the 2006 film, "The Pursuit of Happyness," before appearing in "The Karate Kid" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Smith's daughter Willow appeared with Dad in "I Am Legend" before launching her music career with her hit single "Whip My Hair."

Nineteen-year-old actress Eve Hewson worked the Cannes red carpet like a pro last month. Maybe she gets it from her famous dad -- U2 lead singer Bono. Still a relative newcomer, Eve appeared in the 2008 film "The 27 Club" before starring in "This Must Be the Place" alongside Sean Penn and Frances McDormand.

"Californication" actress Zoe Kravitz is making quite a name for herself in Hollywood, despite being only 22 years old. We're wondering what her dad, singer and actor Lenny Kravitz, thinks of her sexy scenes in her most recent blockbuster project, "X-Men: First Class," or her much-older costar beau, Michael Fassbender.

The beautiful Emma Roberts, who appeared in "Scream 4," "Blow," and the TV series "Unfabulous," inherited her versatility from her dad, actor Eric Roberts. The star of "Dark Knight" and "The Expendables" earned an Oscar nod in 1986 for his work in "Runaway Train," and we predict a great acting future for his daughter as well!

Teen queen Miley Cyrus has become a household name both for her music and role as "Hanna Montana." The very same year she was born, her daddy Billy Ray Cyrus was the talk of every country music fan with his mega hit "Achy Breaky Heart," which launched his successful singing career.

"Criminal Minds" and "Joan of Arcadia" actor Joe Mantegna has passed on his acting talent to his daughter, Gia. The 22-year-old has already appeared in the TV series, "Gigantic," as well as films "In the Land of Women," "13 Going on 30," and "And Soon the Darkness."

"The Social Network" sure worked for actress Dakota Johnson, who now has another four films in the works. The former Miss Golden Globe is the daughter of "Nash Bridges" and "Miami Vice" actor Don Johnson and former wife Melanie Griffith.

Actor Jack Nicholson's daughter Lorraine had a small role in his 2003 film "Something's Gotta Give," and has been involved with film ever since. The 21-year-old appeared in "Click" with Adam Sandler, as well this year's "Soul Surfer" and the upcoming "Prettyface."

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