The 17 Celebrities Who Have the Most Kids
These stars opted for big, big families.
It seems more and more common that celebrities are having children later in life, and for many of them, that means having smaller families. But there are also those Hollywood broods that really blow our minds. Some stars subscribe to the "more the merrier" philosophy when it comes to children, even expanding their families into the double digits. Read on for the celebrities who have the most kids and to find out more about their (probably pretty chaotic) family lives.
Now 93, the legendary Clint Eastwood has made a lot of movies—and a lot of babies. He has eight children, with the youngest in her 20s and the oldest in her 60s. His oldest child, Laurie Murray, had been placed for adoption by her mother as a child and, after finding out that Eastwood was her biological father, forged a relationship with him. His other kids are named Kimber, Kyle, Alison, Scott, Kathryn, Francesca, and Morgan.
Eddie Murphy is a proud dad to 10 kids: Eric, Bria, Myles, Shayne, Zola, Bella, Angel, Izzy, and Max. And though his career was once his priority, things are different these days.
"Along the way I realized that if you put your children first you never make a bad decision," Murphy told The Mirror in March. "When you hit a crossroads moment or you have got some [expletive], you think, 'Well, what is best for my children?' If you go that route then you never make a bad decision."
Shaquille O'Neal is retired from his NBA career, but he's still dad to six children. His oldest, Taahirah, was born in 1996 when Shaq was dating Arnetta Yardborough. Then, he and his ex-wife, Shaunie O'Neal, would go on to have four children: Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me'arah. He also has a stepson named Myles.
Mia Farrow is mom to 14 children. She has four biological kids—twins Matthew and Sascha and son Fletcher with ex-husband André Previn, plus Ronan with ex Woody Allen—as well as those she has adopted: Lark, Summer and Soon-Yi Previn, along with Moses, Dylan, Tam, Thaddeus, Quincy, Frankie-Minh, and Isaiah Farrow.
Sadly, Tam, Lark, and Thaddeus all passed away within the last 21 years. Amid rumors that started to swirl after the airing of the docuseries Allen v. Farrow, chronicling accusations of sexual assault leveled by Dylan at Allen, Farrow issued a statement on Twitter addressing the deaths of her three children and pushing back against speculation about how they died.
Actor and host Nick Cannon has made plenty of headlines for his large family, but it seems like he couldn't be happier to be a father of 12. He welcomed his first two children, twins Monroe and Moroccan, with ex-wife Mariah Carey in 2011 and went on to have another two children with ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell, Golden Sagon and Powerful Queen. Tongues started wagging the summer of 2021 when Cannon added three more children to his crew in the space of a month: twins Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir with Abby De La Rosa and Zen with Alyssa Scott. Legendary Love was born to Cannon and Bre Tiesi in July 2022, followed quickly by Onyx Ice Cole, who he shares with LaNisha Cole, in September. The same month, he and Bell welcomed. Rise Messiah. In November, De La Rosa gave birth to Beautiful Zeppelin, and in December, Scott gave birth to Halo Marie.
"I'm like a seahorse out here with how I'm procreating," Cannon said on his radio show in July 2021. "I'm having these kids on purpose. It ain't no accident!"
During his first marriage to Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin became a dad for the first time to daughter Ireland, who is now all grown up. Since marrying Hilaria Baldwin, he's welcomed seven more children: Carmen Gabriela, Rafael Thomas, Leonardo Ángel Charles, Romeo Alejandro David, Eduardo 'Edu' Pao Lucas, María Lucía Victoria, and Ilaria Catalina Irena.
Hilaria gave birth to son Edu just months before their daughter Lucía arrived via surrogate, meaning that their second youngest and third youngest children are less than a year apart in age.
"This is probably, most definitely, almost completely my last baby," Hilaria told Romper of Ilaria in June of 2023. "I'm always afraid to say it. I was putting away my maternity clothes recently and was like, 'I'm afraid to give them away, because then I'll find out I'm pregnant.'
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Though they have since split, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt still share six children, some of whom are biological and some of whom are adopted. Their family includes Shiloh, Pax, Knox, Vivienne, Maddox, and Zahara, who frequently accompany Jolie on the red carpet.
"I'm very fortunate, I have six very capable children," Jolie told E! News in May 2021. "Of course you wake up and you just feel like, 'I've got to make sure they're okay. I've got to make sure they're mentally okay,' but honestly I think a few years ago it switched and they're thinking, 'I've got to make sure mom's okay!' They take really good care of me, and we're such a team, so I am very, very lucky. I worry—I'm always the one that worries—but I adore them. They're cool people."
Gordon Ramsay is busy running several restaurants, hosting multiple reality shows, and yelling perfectly crafted insults at aspiring chefs, yet somehow, he still finds the time to be a dad to the five children he shares with his wife, Tana. While kids Megan, Holly, Jack, and Tilly are all over the age of 18, in 2019, they added Oscar to the family (and he looks just like his dad).
When Steven Spielberg isn't directing some of the most unforgettable films in Hollywood history, he's being a dad to all six of his kids: Max, his son from his first marriage to Amy Irving, and with his children with current wife Kate Capshaw: Theo, Sasha, Sawyer, Mikaela, and Destry. Spielberg is also stepdad to Capshaw's oldest daughter and Grey's Anatomy star Jessica Capshaw.
Kris Jenner's brood have made themselves pretty well known, so how could we ever forget that this momager has six kids of her own? In her first marriage to the late Robert Kardashian, Jenner became mom to Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Rob before adding Kendall and Kylie to the mix during her marriage to Caitlyn Jenner.
James Van Der Beek
Dawson's Creek star James Van Deer Beek and wife Kimberly are parents to one big family. They have four daughters—Olivia, Gwendolyn, Annabel, and Emilia—and two sons, Joshua and Jeremiah. The actor frequently shares his family adventures on Instagram, including their decision to leave Los Angeles behind and move to Texas.
When she's not busy being a music legend, Madonna is a mom of six—though it's rare to actually see her with all of them in the same place at the same time! Her children include Lourdes, Rocco, David, and Mercy, along with twins Estere and Stelle, and she said in an interview with Today that being a single mom to so many kids has only made her better.
"The more kids that you have the better you get at being a parent," she said. "It's like everything, the more songs I write the better I get as a songwriter."
Rod Stewart's journey to becoming a father of eight began in 1963, when his first child with ex Susannah Boffey was born. Ultimately, Stewart and Boffey decided to place their daughter, Sarah, for adoption, though she and the musician did reunite after she turned 18. Stewart went on to have children Kimberly and Sean with first wife Alana, and added to his family when he and girlfriend Kelly Emberg welcomed a daughter, Ruby. In Stewart's next marriage to Rachel Hunter, he had two more children, Liam and Renee, before their split, and after marrying Penny Lancaster, the rest of his brood arrived: sons Alastair and Aiden.
Mick Jagger has eight children who impressively range from single digits to their 50s. He and girlfriend Marsha Hunt welcomed his oldest daughter, Karis, and a year later, his second daughter, Jade, was born while he was still married to Bianca Jagger. After they split, Jagger dated Jerry Hall, and together they had four kids: Elizabeth, James, Georgia May, and Gabriel. In 1999, Jagger and model Luciana Gimenez added another child, Lucas, to the fam, and his youngest son Devereaux, with girlfriend Melanie Hamrick, was born in 2016.
Now in his late 60s, Field of Dreams star Kevin Costner is a father of seven. He welcomed Annie, Lily, and Joe, all of whom are in their 30s, with ex-wife Cindy Silva. He shares another adult son, Liam, with former partner Bridget Rooney. His three youngest children, all teenagers, he shares with Christine Baumgartner, from whom he is currently getting a divorce.
"You've got to get down on the ground and play with them," Costner told People of having kids. "And you teach them to be independent—and the sad part about that is they become that. I'm like any other parent: I'm trying to figure it out."
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Marie Osmond is famously the only sister to eight brothers, so it makes sense that she'd create a large family of her own. The singer and actor has eight children. She welcomed her oldest, son Stephen Jr., during her first marriage to Stephen Lyle Craig. (The couple married and divorced in the '80s, then wed again in 2011). All of her other children came into her life during her marriage to Brian Blosil—some are biological while others the couple adopted. Sadly, one of their sons, Michael, passed away in 2010.
Hanson may be a band of three, but member Taylor Hanson has amassed his own band of seven kids, all of whom he welcomed with wife Natalie Hanson. And they have a pretty wide age range, too: The couple's oldest is in his early 20s, while their youngest is still a toddler.
And as if Taylor's children don't have enough siblings to play with, they also have plenty of cousins. His brothers and bandmates also have big families; Isaac is a dad of three, and Zac is a dad of five.
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