When you see celebrities with the same last name, the first question that usually comes to mind is: are they related?
Today we are going to discuss the case of Jenna and Danny Elfman, two celebrities from different industries who happen to have the same last name.
Who is Jenna Elfman?
Jennifer Mary Elfman is an American actress and producer born in LA, California.
She attended St. Genevieve High School in the San Fernando Valley for a year before graduating from Los Angeles County High School. She later attended California State University, where she studied art and drama.
Interestingly, Jenna’s career started as a professional dancer. She appeared in some high-end music videos such as Depeche Mode “Halo”, Anthrax “Black Lodge”, and she toured with the famous rock band ZZ Top during their famous tour in 1994.
After starring in several commercials, directors caught their eye on this beautiful and talented actress. Her TV series debut was in the 1996 American sitcom “Townies” on ABC.
Although her acting career was not as successful as she imagined, Jenna had quite a few roles in movies and TV series.
Some of her most memorable performances are in “Dharma & Greg,” for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress, “1600 Penn,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Imaginary Mary,” and “Barry.”
Jenna is also a committed member of the Church of Scientology, which is extremely popular among American celebrities. She had the opportunity to co-host a well-known Scientology Affiliate Workers Detox Charity Event with Charlie Sheen at Geisha House.
Who is Danny Elfman?
Daniel Robert Elfman is an American composer, singer and songwriter who made quite a few hits and records at the time.
Danny’s popularity peaked in the 1980s when he became the singer-songwriter of the new wave band ‘Oingo Boingo’.
He spent some time in Africa and when he returned in the 1970s he was asked to work as the musical director of the street theater art group called “The Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo”.
Over the years, the troupe became popular with fans by performing in the streets and nightclubs all over LA. This was until one of the main members decided to go into filmmaking instead and left the band.
During that period Danny had a different vision of the esteemed company. He shortened the name to “Oingo Boingo” and reduced the group to just eight players.
The new wave band’s biggest success was the 1985 album ‘Dead Man’s Party’, which featured the hit song ‘Weird Science’.
As time went on, Elfman shifted the band towards a more guitar-oriented rock sound in the late 1980s. Their latest album, “Boingo”, filmed in 1994, exemplifies this new sound.
Danny had permanent hearing damage as a side effect of their live performances and had to leave the band in 1995. However, he first decided to arrange five farewell concerts at the Universal Amphitheater, all of which were sold out.
Are Jenna and Danny related?
So, are the famous musician and actress related? The answer is yes, but not in the way you think.
To give a brief backstory, Danny’s brother was Richard Elfman, a well-known actor, musician and journalist.
In 1991, Jenna met her future husband, actor Bodhi Elfman, who was actually Richard Elfman’s son.
These two were in a relationship for about four years until they decided to tie the knot in 1995.
So to be precise, Jenna and Danny are related, but not in a sibling-like way.
Danny Elfman is Jenna’s uncle.
Jenna and Danny are often seen together and attend numerous ceremonies together. The actress often refers to Danny as a “loving human being who is very positive to be around”.