In the realm of celebrity, there are so many children who follow in their parents’ footsteps. Many of them go on to be more popular and more successful than their parents (Ben Stiller), while others struggle to make a name for themselves, and ultimately chase the spotlight from an imposing shadow. Such is the case for the following eight individuals — some have carved out a nice niche of success — yet all have had to endure being “so-and-so’s kid,” even to haunting detriment when following in a parent’s footsteps.
8. Scott Caan
Scotty Caan has done well for himself. Currently starring on the hit CBS crime drama, Hawaii Five-O, the guy gets to work in Hawaii for several months a year, and pick up other projects outside of that shooting schedule. Unfortunately, when describing Scott Caan to those who are unaware of who he is, it comes with the obligatory, “It’s Jimmy Caan’s kid. You know… James Caan. From The Godfather.” What inevitably follows is, “Oh yeah… he looks just like him.” Scott doesn’t really mind the comparisons to his father, or being in the shadow of a screen legend. The two have a great relationship, regardless of Scott’s parents divorcing when he was only a year old. In addition to his starring role on Hawaii Five-O, Scott has enjoyed supporting roles in some huge films: Ocean’s 11; Varsity Blues; Enemy of The State.
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