Father's Day: Following in Dad's footsteps

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Father's Day: Following in Dad's footsteps

To mark Father's Day this year, we look at people who have taken the same career path as their famous dads. See gallery

Clockwise from top left, Jaden Smith and Will Smith, Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus, Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. and Michael Douglas and Kirk Douglas.

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Will & Jaden Smith (acting)

Will Smith (right, in 2013) has steadily become a force in show business after breaking in as a rapper in the late 1980s. He is ranked the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes and in 2007 Newsweek named him the most powerful actor in Hollywood. As of 2014, his movies have grossed $6.6 billion at the box office. His son, Jaden (left), began making a name for himself when he starred alongside Dad in the 2006 film "The Pursuit of Happyness." He also appeared with his father in the 2013 film "After Earth" and played the lead role in "The Karate Kid" remake in 2010.

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Archie & Peyton, Eli Manning (football)

Archie Manning (left, in 1975) may just be the most-famous football parent of all time. Two of his sons, Peyton (center, in 2014) and Eli (right, in 2013), followed Dad's lead and currently play in the NFL. Eli has won two Super Bowls and Peyton one. Peyton also boasts five MVP awards and set NFL records in 2013 with 5,477 yards passing and 55 touchdowns. Archie wasn't too shabby in his own right, throwing for nearly 24,000 yards in 10 seasons while playing for the dreadful New Orleans Saints. The trio has combined to throw for more than 70 miles (124,220 yards) and 845 touchdowns.

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Billy Ray & Miley Cyrus (music)

Country artist Billy Ray Cyrus (pictured, in 2009) achieved global fame right out of the gate. His debut album, "Some Gave All" has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and set a record for longest time spent by a debut artist at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 at 17 consecutive weeks. His best-known hit, "Achy Breaky Heart," has been translated into more than 100 languages. His 21-year-old daughter, Miley (also pictured), is already even more successful. She was the envy of teenagers everywhere in "Hannah Montana" and as a musician has charted five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200. She has accumulated a fortune in excess of $100 million.

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George H.W. & George W., Jeb Bush

George H.W. Bush (left, in 2006) has seen and done many things in his 90 years. He flew bomber planes in World War II, dabbled in the oil business and had a long career in politics, most notably, as the 41st president of the United States. His oldest son, George W. Bush (center), followed a similar path. As a young man, he flew Convair F-102s in the Texas Air National Guard, was a Texas oil man and wound up in politics. He was the 46th governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000 and the 43rd president from 2001 to 2009. Jeb Bush (right) was the 43rd governor of Florida and has his sights on a possible 2016 presidential run.

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Ken Griffey Sr. & Ken Griffey Jr. (baseball)

Ken Griffey Sr. enjoyed a 19-season career in major league baseball, hitting .296 with 152 home runs and 859 runs batted in. He earned two World Series rings while with the Cincinnati Reds and was named All-Star Game MVP in 1980. His son, Ken Griffey Jr., was a phenom from the time he stepped on the field in 1989, hitting 630 home runs — sixth all-time — despite an assortment of injuries in the latter half of his 22-year career. "Junior" was a 13-time All-Star and four-time American League home run champion, among other highlights. On Aug. 31, 1990, the Griffeys (pictured in 1991) became the first father-son duo to play in a major-league game for the Seattle Mariners.

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William H. Gates Sr. & Bill Gates

William H. Gates Sr. (left, in 2013) always had a penchant for philanthropic pursuits, from his involvement with Planned Parenthood, to co-chairing the World Justice Project and Pacific Health Summit. In 1994, Gates was asked by his son, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (right), to help use his resources to direct the William H. Gates Foundation, a venture created to improve reproductive and child health in the developing world. In 2000, the foundation was merged with the Gates Learning Foundation to create the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. William H. Gates Sr., Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are co-chairs, and businessman Warren Buffett is a trustee.  

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Tom & Colin Hanks (acting)

Tom Hanks (left, in 2009) has been gathering fans all over the world with his versatile acting style for nearly four decades. From one of his first roles in the TV sitcom "Bosom Buddies" to dramatic roles in "Philadelphia" and "Captain Phillips," Hanks has become one of the highest-grossing actors in film history. He won Oscars for Best Actor in 1994 ("Philadelphia") and 1995 ("Forrest Gump"). Colin Hanks (right), the oldest son of Tom and his first wife, Samantha Lewes, has pieced together an impressive acting resume, as well. Colin has accumulated 41 acting credits to date, including in the highly acclaimed FX series "Fargo."

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Joe "Jellybean" & Kobe Bryant (basketball)

Joe "Jellybean" Bryant (right, in 2009) played nine seasons in the NBA before finishing his career in Serie A overseas. Bryant began coaching in 2003 with the Las Vegas Rattlers of the ABA and is currently the head man for the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers of the ASEAN Basketball League. His, son, Kobe (left), is one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history. After entering the league fresh out of high school, Kobe has spent his entire 18-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is a 16-time All-Star, has won five championships and sits in fourth place on the all-time scoring list (31,700 points) behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan.

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Eddie & Wolfgang Van Halen (music)

Eddie Van Halen (left, in 2012) is a guitar virtuoso who has been voted No. 1 by Guitar World magazine on "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." He is best known as the lead ax man and co-founder of the legendary hard-rock band Van Halen. He has appeared on more Guitar World covers than other guitar player. His son, Wolfgang (right), has said he didn't know his father was a famous musician "until I started picking up CDs and saw his picture on them." Wolfgang joined Van Halen on its reunion tour in 2007 and 2008 and was the band's full-time bassist on its 2012 album "A Different Kind of Truth." He currently is in former Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti's solo project.

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Bobby & Barry Bonds (baseball)

Bobby Bonds was the second major-league player to hit 300 career home runs and steal 300 bases, joining Willie Mays. He was a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner during his 14-year career. His son, Barry, holds the major league record for career home runs (762), homers in a season (73), career walks (2,558) and career intentional walks (688). He also was a central figure in baseball's steroids scandal, which led to his indictment in 2007 on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. (The pair is pictured in 2002.)

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Kirk & Michael Douglas (acting)

Kirk Douglas (right, in 2009), born Issur Danielovitch in 1916 to Belarusian Jewish immigrants, is a three-time Academy Award nominee best known for his roles in "Out of the Past," "Champion" and "Spartacus." Despite never winning a Best Actor Oscar, Douglas received an Academy Honorary Award in 1996. His oldest son, Michael (left), has carried the acting torch for nearly five decades, earning two Oscars, four Golden Globes and a Primetime Emmy Award. In 2009, he received the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award.

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Donald & Eric Trump (business)

In his book, "Trump: The Art of the Deal," Donald Trump (left, in 2013) mentions that he flirted with the idea of attending film school but chose real estate instead. Smart move. Since being given the keys to his father's firm in 1971, Trump has built The Trump Organization and subsequent Trump Entertainment Resorts into a multi-billion-dollar empire. His son, Eric (right), at age 30, is executive vice president, Development and Acquisitions, at The Trump Organization. In 2006, he founded The Eric Trump Foundation, which has pledged and donated nearly $30 million to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Cecil & Prince Fielder (baseball)

Cecil Fielder (left, in 1993) was a massive power hitter during his 14-year baseball career in the 1980s and '90s. Nicknamed "Wild Bear" during his playing days in Japan, Fielder went on to win a World Series ring and two American League home run titles while with the Detroit Tigers. His son, Prince (right, in May 2014), is one of the top power hitters in the game today. In 2007, he broke the Milwaukee Brewers franchise record for home runs in a season and ended up with 50, becoming the youngest player to reach that milestone.

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Donald & Kiefer Sutherland (acting)

Donald Sutherland's (right, in 2008) acting career has spanned five decades and includes stops in his native Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. For his work, Sutherland has won two Golden Globes ("Path to War," "Citizen X") and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada's Walk of Fame. His oldest son, Kiefer (left), is best known for his character Jack Bauer in the supercharged Fox drama "24," for which he has won a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award. Like his father, Kiefer has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.

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Rupert & James Murdoch (business)

Rupert Murdoch (right, in 2013) rose to fame and fortune in the media business. He founded News Corp. in 1979 and turned it into the world's second-largest media conglomerate. His son, James (left), joined News Corp. at age 24 and ascended to executive vice president and his current position as deputy chief operating officer. Father and son were both implicated in the phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.

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Kellen Winslow & Kellen Winslow II (football)

Kellen Winslow (left, in 1982) is regarded as one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history. The five-time Pro Bowl participant finished his career with 541 receptions for 6,741 yards and 45 touchdowns, earning a Pro Football Hall of Fame nod in 1995. His son, Kellen Winslow II (right, in 2013), was a highly touted tight end out of college, and the Cleveland Browns drafted him with the sixth overall pick in 2004. However, injuries and a motorcycle accident derailed his career somewhat; although, he did make the Pro Bowl in 2007. He currently is a free agent.

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Frank & Dweezil Zappa (music)

In a career stretched out over three decades, Frank Zappa (right, in 1985) composed eclectic music that ranged from rock to jazz to avant-garde. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 71 on its "100 Greatest Artists of All Time," and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, two years after his death. His oldest son, Dweezil (left), is a guitar virtuoso who has worked on a variety of projects over the years. Since 2006, he has led the "Zappa Plays Zappa" tour, in which he assembles a band of young musicians to bring the music of his father to younger audiences.

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Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen & Emilio Estevez (acting)

Martin Sheen (center, in 1994), born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez, has appeared in numerous movies in the past 50 years, most notably as the lead character in the 1979 war movie "Apocalypse Now." He initially received an Academy Award nomination but requested it be withdrawn. Sheen has had a Hollywood Walk of Fame star since 1989. His youngest son, Charlie (left), has been the most successful actor to follow in his footsteps. At one point, Charlie was the highest-paid actor on TV while on "Two and a Half Men." Charlie's older brother, Emilio Estevez (right), was once the leader of the 1980s Brat Pack but has since shied away from the spotlight.

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Rick & Brent Barry (basketball)

Rick Barry (right, in 2005) is considered by some NBA pundits to be the greatest pure small forward of all time. Known for his unorthodox but highly effective underhand-shooting free-throw style (he shot 89.3 percent for his career), Barry averaged 24.8 points per game in 14 seasons split between the NBA and ABA. In 1996, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in league history. His son, Brent (left), had a mildly successful but long 14-year career in the NBA and won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1996. His brothers Jon, Drew and Scooter played pro basketball.

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Bruce & Laura Dern (acting)

Bruce Dern (pictured, in 2013) has appeared in more than 80 feature films in a career that began in 1960. He had a resurgence in 2013, when he won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and earned an Oscar nomination for his role in the comedy-drama "Nebraska." Dern's daughter, Laura (also pictured), also took up acting and has enjoyed a career highlighted by one Oscar nomination ("Rambling Rose") and four Golden Globe wins. On Nov. 1, 2010, Bruce, his ex-wife, Diane Ladd, and Laura all received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Bobby & Brett Hull (hockey)

Bobby Hull (left, in 1990), aka "the Golden Jet," entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 after a 23-year career in the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association. Hull won the Hart Memorial Trophy – hockey's version of the MVP – twice and helped the Chicago Black Hawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961. His son, Brett (right), won two Stanley Cups during his 19-year career, retiring in 2005 with the third-most goals scored (741) in NHL history. He currently is executive vice president of the St. Louis Blues.

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Howie & Chris Long (football)

Howie Long (left, in 2008) was a force on the defensive side of the ball during his 13-year NFL career with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders. He made the Pro Bowl eight times, landed on the 1980s All-Decade team, won Super Bowl XVIII and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. His son, Chris (right), is a defensive end for the St. Louis Rams. While he hasn't made the Pro Bowl in his six seasons, Long was named the NFL Alumni Lineman of the Year in 2011.

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Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Sr. & Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. (business)

Arthur Ochs "Punch" Sulzberger Sr. (left, in 1996) became publisher of The New York Times in 1963 at age 37, the youngest in the newspaper's history. His father, Arthur Hays Sulzberger, was publisher from 1935 to 1961, and his grandfather, Adolph Ochs — who coined the phrase, "All the News That's Fit to Print" — started the family legacy when he bought the Times in 1896. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. (right) joined The New York Times in 1978 as a correspondent in the Washington bureau, and has been publisher since 1992.

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