15 Apples That Fell Pretty Far from the Tree

Michael Douglas’ son served 7 years for selling meth.
15 Apples That Fell Pretty Far from the Tree

Zazu from The Lion King said it best… “There’s one in every family, Sire. Two in mine, actually. And they always manage to ruin special occasions.” Unlike Scar, none of these bad apples actually killed a family member (although one definitely threatened to), but some of their antics got pretty shady, and downright criminal. Their highly successful family members are off livin’ it up, and they could be too, but they just can’t seem to get out of their own way. 

As these prominent celebrities and politicians learned, all the money in the world can’t fix troubled relationships with family members. Some of that greenery went to rehab, bail, lawsuits, and indirectly funded a certain music video about a certain white boy’s summer, but ultimately, there was no “Goddamnit, Just Get Your Shit Together” button. From ruined holidays, to ruined relationships, to ruined lives, here are 15 apples that fell pretty far from the tree.  

Tom’s a national treasure, Chet. You’re the issue!

CRACKED CHET HANKS Of Tom Hanks' 4 children, only one has released a song called White Boy Summer (with terrible Jamaican Patois), was admitted to rehab for cocaine and crack use, sold drugs, then blasted Tom for not being a strong male role model.


Nick could be on this list too, so maybe the sisters are the tree they fell far from.

CRACKED AARON CARTER After assault and death threats in 2019, Nick and his sister, Angel, got a restraining order against him. After years of drug abuse, he passed away at 34 from an apparent overdose. Не was left out of the In Memoriam segment at the 2023 Grammys. Prince


Crashing Capitol Hill way before January 6, 2021.

CRACKED PATRICK KENNEDY Ted Kennedy's son crashed into a Capitol Hill barricade on a mix of alcohol and drugs. His memoir revealed Ted's alcoholism, and Ted Jr. said, I am heartbroken that Patrick has chosen to write what is an inaccurate and unfair portrayal of our family.


Michael Douglas’ son did hard time for hard drugs.

CRACKED CAMERON DOUGLAS Actor Michael Douglas's son served 7 years of his 10 year sentence for dealing methamphetamine. Не did time in solitary confinement for smuggling in drugs, but was released into a halfway house in 2016.

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Morpheus can get you way better roles than this!

CRACKED MONTANA FISHBURNE At 19, Laurence Fishburne's daughter starred in an X-rated film, Montana Fishburne: An A-List Daughter Makes Her XXX Debut. Не is said to have been extremely hurt and embarrassed by it and has since cut ties with her.

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An apple that fell far from the Presidential tree.

CRACKED CHARLES ADAMS President John Adams' son's alcohol-fueled hijinks were a continual source of embarrassment to his parents and siblings. Не drank himself to death in 1790.


Bobby did have some pretty big shoes to fill.

CRACKED DAVID KENNEDY Bobby Kennedy's son was a heroin addict who died of an overdose in 1984.


Edison didn’t want his son to use his last name.

CRACKED THOMAS EDISON JR. Edison Jr. tried to follow in his father's footsteps but was terrible at it. His several failed businesses (with the Edison name) found him in debt and investigated for fraud. His father took him to court to prevent him from ever using the Edison name.


A black sheep in the best possible sense.

CRACKED RAINER HOESS Rudolf Hoess was a Nazi commander of the Auschwitz concentration camp. His son Hans loved this and forced his kids to admire their grandfather. At 16, Hans' son Rainer rebelled, ran away from home, and now speaks at schools against extremism.


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