Oscar Actors: Occupational Inheritance and Mobility Patterns in Acting Profession (Nominees)

Research in Progress (November 18, 2020)

Occupational Inheritance in the Acting Profession: Best Actor Nominees

Occupational inheritance refers to the phenomenon where sons and daughters follow in the career paths of their parents.

This trend has been documented in the professions of engineering, medicine, military, and education.

Our essay examines the extent of occupational inheritance in the acting profession by focusing on Oscar winning actors.

Over the past 92 years of the Academy Awards (first given in 1929), 83 men have won the Best Actor Oscar (some more than once).


BEST ACTOR Nominees:  (Last Name, A to Z)

Garfield, John: working class; father clothes presser and part-time cantor