“Stranger Things” Actors Whom Are Children of Other Actors

I recently watched part one of the fourth season of the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” And there have been some moments that have sent me to the Internets to learn more (mental note, also see if the 53rd minute in Fast Times at Ridgemont High is when the “pool scene” occurs).

Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

There are several nods to the 1982 film in the series “Stranger Things.” There is even a scene that parodies this scene in the series, which kind of uses a gender swap where the women are the ones ogling a male in a red swimsuit (something which I can totally get behind doing, especially if the guy in the red swimsuit has longish hair). Hey – we all have a “type,” don’t we?

Lifeguard “Billy” and “Karen” on “Stranger Things.” Karen is Nancy’s mom, and [SPOILER ALERT], their “relationship” doesn’t go anywhere.

So what’s been making me run to the Internet to learn more while watching “Stranger Things?” Lots of things, actually! But let’s focus on celebrity kids, shall we? When I saw the name “Grace Van Dien” in the credits, I immediately thought of this guy in the movie Starship Troopers and had to find out if they were related:

Actor Casper Van Dien as “Rico” about to receive “administrative punishment” in Starship Troopers. This is actually not all that different from what happens to his daughter’s character in “Stranger Things!”

And here is Casper Van Dien’s daughter Grace in “Stranger Things:”

Her character Chrissy meets an ugly end in the series and only appears alive in a couple of episodes.

While watching and paying attention to the credits, I also saw the name Maya Hawke, which was a name I had recognized from the cast of Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. She is the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, and you can definitely see the resemblance to both her mother – and father! But her voice and mannerisms are definitely ALL Uma, IMHO. Here is her mother from the Kill Bill movie series:

Uma Thurman is at the bottom (but you knew that, right):

Here is her daughter Maya Hawke:

Maya Hawke as “Robin” in “Stranger Things.”

I was really, really hoping that there would be a third actor from “Stranger Things” with a celebrity parent (maybe there is still one I’ve overlooked). But it turns out Gaten Matarazzo – who plays Dustin – is NOT any relation to actress Heather Matarazzo, whom was in the 1995 dramatic coming of age film Welcome to the Dollhouse. But what’s even stranger is that he IS the son of a woman named Heather Matarazzo – just not THAT Heather Matarazzo! Is that stranger than the events of this popular Netflix series? I almost think so! This means that there are at least two Heather Matarazzos out there (possibly more)! I’ll let Bill and Ted do some talking on that point:

Here is the Heather that he is NOT related to:

Heather Matarazzo in Welcome to the Dollhouse, whom is NOT related to Gaten Matarazzo (seriously doesn’t she look like she would be)?

Here is “Dustin,” played by Gaten Matarazzo from “Stranger Things:”

Just when you thought the series couldn’t get any stranger! 🙂

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