News executives in America were left surprised when news anchor Brian Williams took time out of his NBC Nightly News bulletin last Wednesday to happily announce the appointment of his daughter, Allison Williams, as Peter Pan. Allison, who has previously proved her acting work on huge HBO hit Girls, has been cast by NBC to play the mischievous boy who never grows up in the network's live broadcast of the Broadway musical in December.

Brian Williams
News anchor Brian Williams proudly announced his daughter Allison's latest job opportunity

Clearly thrilled at his daughter's achievement, the proud father elaborated: "Family members confirm she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of three and they look forward to seeing her fly".

Of course, Brian and Allison Williams are not the only famous family combination to grace international screens with many children of successful superstar parents choosing to follow in their famous footsteps.

Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson

Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have careers that daughter Kate Hudson can look up to 

They may all sport different surnames but this family of three acting supremes can surely never been criticised for not being close in every other way.

Hawn has been a firm favourite in acting circles for decades, perfecting the blonde, comedic leading-lady style with film successes including Private Benjamin and The First Wives Club and receiving a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Cactus Flower.

Her partner since 1983, Kurt Russell, is no stranger to success either with memorable performances in films like Escape from New York, The Thing and Tombstone.

Although Kate Hudson can't count Kurt as her biological father, his and her mother's ability to please a cinema has clearly had an impact on her with the younger beautiful blonde garnering wide praise for her turn as Penny Lane in Almost Famous and getting a good few laughs in comedies such as hits How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days and You, Me and Dupree.

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Tom and Colin Hanks

Colin Hanks
Colin Hanks takes after his dad, Tom, in his career and his looks

Tom Hanks is a film force with a career spanning over 30 years including some of the best films the 80s had to offer, such as Big and Turner and Hooch. Of course he didn't stop there and went on to star in Stephen King's dramatic emotional roller coaster, The Green Mile, Dan Brown's mystery-thriller, The Da Vinci Code and the legendary animation series, Toy Story.

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Although obviously younger, Tom's son Colin Hanks is hot on the heels of his father in terms of acting and as a handsome young man. Making a name for himself in successes such as the recent T.V. dramas, Fargo and Mad Men, Colin Hanks definitely isn't living in his father's shadow and, if anything, is helping the older man out. "I have to educate him [Tom Hanks] on a great number of things!" he told Metro. "He only likes music if it sounds like it was recorded between 1961 and 1965."

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