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You would think that a huge Hollywood star would be the most impressive person at their own family reunion or holiday dinner. But it actually turns out that sometimes a celebrity's parents are way, way cooler than their famous offspring.

Kanye West's father was the first black photojournalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. AACKPANTHER PARTY Ray West was a Black Panther Party mem

Glenn Close's father helped contain the Ebola outbreak in Zaire. During the '70s, Dr. William T. Close was the personal physician of former DRC Presid

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt. Famous since childhood. thanks to the multi- million-dollar trust fund battle between her

Chris Hardwick's father was a champion bowler. At 22 years old, Billy Hardwick became the youngest Professional Bowling Association (PBA) Player of th

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The late Anton Yelchin's parents were beloved Soviet ice skaters. LA DOG ULOHA D Viktor Yelchin and Irina Korina were the stars of the Leningrad Ice B

Monkee Michael Nesmith's mother invented Liquid Paper. LiQl Mid Pa Bette Nesmith Graham created the office staple after the advent of electric typewri

Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd's father was once the Marlboro Man. avori is. Chuck Boyd was one of many actors to portray the iconic tobacco figure of

Uma Thurman's dad is the first ordained Western Buddhist monk. Robert Thurman met the Dalai Lama in 1962. Years after being ordained, he offered up h

Paul Reubens' dad was a founder of the Israeli Air Force. Milton Rubenfeld was a U.S. Army Air Force stunt pilot during WWll. When the Arab-Israeli Wa

Celebrities Whose Parents Should Be The Famous Ones

Paul Giamatti's dad was the commissioner of Major League Baseball. Angelo Bartlett Giamatti gave up his academic profession as the president of Yale U

Jack Black's mother worked on the Hubble Telescope. aulb Judith Love Cohen graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from USC in 1957 a
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