50 of the Coolest Celebrity DadsCatherine Connors
Just in time for Father’s Day, here’s the companion list to last week’s 50 Coolest Celebrity Moms. And of course, you can check in with all the celebrity parents you love (and love to hate) every day at FameCrawler. – Catherine Connors
Because even though I’ve never been a super-big fan of his movies – Starsky and Hutch really should never have been made – he’s indisputably funny, and I just can’t help imagining him pulling a Derek Zoolander with his kids and teaching them the fine art of the Blue Steel pose.
Because he’s confusing in the most interesting ways. Is he a bad-ass rapper? Is he a family man? Is he an urban cowboy with a talent for slipper design and ambitions to write childrens’ books? He is an enigma, wrapped in a contradiction, and you gotta love that.
Because he shares parenting duties with Madonna, and that can’t be easy. How many men out there have to defend the size of their balls against those of the mother of their children? He gets points just for trying.
Because he’s Batman, and the new Terminator, and is there really anything cooler than a dad who’s both a superhero and a cyborg?
Because even though he’s a pretty big star, he is still every inch the Geeky Dadin day-to-day life.
Because he’s a world-class soccer player who tattoos his kids’ names on his back. So what if he married a Spice Girl? He’s David Beckham; he can do whatever he wants.
Because, as a couple, he and Angelina really do seem committed to saving the world through globally inclusive parenting, and also because you almost never see an off-red-carpet picture of him without a kid on his shoulders. Who’d have thought that Tyler Durden would ever become a serious contender for Father of the Year?
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Because big strong tough-guy men with perpetual scowls on their faces look adorable with teeny weeny babies in their arms.
Because he made the transition from 500-year-old vampire-with-a-soul to onscreen cop and doting father without losing an ounce of broodiness.
See entry for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (no. 42)
Because if “cool” in a parent is defined according to a lack of concern with what other people think – and, perhaps, access to Johnny Depp – Tim Burton has got to be one of the coolest parents ever.
An odd choice, maybe, given all those songs in which he curses out the mother of his daughter. But for every one of those songs, there’re two that parse the challenges of fatherhood and the intensity of his love for his kids, and that’s pretty great.
Because I’d bet a half dozen pints of Guinness that fatherhood hasn’t made him any less likely to be able to drink men twice his size under the table.
Because he’s one of the best characters on one of the best TV shows in the history of the universe, ever, and his kids are gonna be mad proud of that someday.
Because he’s Mr. Big. Do I need a better reason than that?
Because having Spiderman as a dad is just as cool, if not more cool, than having Batman for a dad.
Because you gotta give a guy props for being able to crack a whip, defeat bad guys, find hidden treasure and sling small children around as a step-parent in his AARP years.
Because becoming a father didn’t soften his edges any more than heart surgery did.
Because when he tosses his kids in the air, you just know that he’s gonna catch them.
Because Heidi Klum told the world that she wanted to bear his children after seeing him in a pair of bicycle shorts, and it occurred to nobody to mock him for, you know, wearing bicycle shorts in front of Heidi Klum.
A rock-star drummer with more tattoos than David Beckham, his own reality show and his own fish taco joint. It doesn’t get much more bad-ass than that.
Because I’m willing to bet that he’s more fun on a playdate than Courtney Cox.
Because I’m guessing that even though he tends to play characters with destructive hero complexes, he’s probably one of those super-grounded dads who spends a lot of time playing softball with his kids.
Because he’s probably the biggest star in Hollywood and yet has still managed to avoid a) divorce, and b) Scientology, neither of which is an easy feat.
Because he redeemed himself for the Gigli years by directing the not-suitable-for-viewing-by-parents Gone Baby Gone, and because he spawned one of the cutest little girls that celebrityland has ever seen. And because if Jennifer Garner likes him, so do I.
Because you don’t mess with the Zohan.
Because given the chance to talk with Playboy about his sex appeal, he chose to gush about his wife and daughters, which, in my opinion, sends his sex appeal through the roof.
Because the Sex and the City actor was more tenacious in pursuit of his adoption dreams than Carrie ever was in pursuit of the perfect Manolo.
A rock star spawning offspring with another rock star – it’s tempting to joke that the Stefani-Rossdale clan could start their own band, but they are, of course, too cool for that.
Because he’s cool enough to have named his first kid Pilot Inspektor without coming off as silly or pretentious. Okay, well, maybe a little silly.
Because he admitted that witnessing the birth of his son made him cry.
Because he made fun of himself and family life with Gwyneth on Extras, Season Two (“Gwyneth’s making BBQ wings tonight!”) and made me totally rethink my opinion of him as the Dullest Rockstar Ever.
Because in producing offspring with Amy Poehler, he may well be set to become one-half of the funniest parenting duo since, well, ever.
Because he made the greatest sacrifice in order to demonstrate parental solidarity with his pregnant girlfriend: he gave up beer.
Daniel Day Lewis
Because he dedicated his SAG Best Actor Award to Heath Ledger, which tells us nothing, specifically, about his qualities as a father, but everything about his generosity as an artist, which you gotta think has some bearing on the former.
Because he’s the Naked Chef, and he’s almost as passionate about the health and diet of your kids as he is about the health and diet of his own. Also, because he’s adorable.
Because you almost never hear or see anything about his wife and kids in the media. Proof that if a celebrity dad really wants to shield his family from the spotlight, he can.
Because, seriously. Any man who relates to children the way that Ferrell did in The Landlord gets mad cool dad points, regardless of his parenting skills.
Because when I was a teenager I wanted to grow up and marry Ferris Bueller, and as a young adult I wanted to be BFF with Carrie Bradshaw, so holy hell wouldn’t the Broderick/Parker household be, like, the coolest place to hang out?
Because even though he’s the frontman for one of the best post-grunge rock bands in the history of post-grunge bands and carries on his shoulders the weight of the legacy of Nirvana, he seems like a really nice guy and a really sweet dad, you know?
Because if putting his name on lists like this increases the odds of an Arrested Development movie getting made, I’ll put his name down and then lobby for a 50 Reasons Why An Arrested Development Movie Will Cure PPD And Make You A Better Parent list, stat.
Because he’s battled both Darth Vader and cancer and still seems almost too boyish to be someone’s dad.
Because although there are countless reasons to label Carell cool, the one that I’m going to go with here is that he kissed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (no. 42) and compared his lips to strawberry shortcake.
Because cutting out the smoking and cursing for the sake of his kids hasn’t dulled him one bit. He still packs all those knives when traveling the world eating crocodile testicles and talking smack about Rachael Ray.
Because he’s a Kung Fu Panda and the Dean of the School of Rock. If a dad can’t be a superhero, these are probably the next best things.
Robert Downey Jr.
He was cool long before there was IronMan. Sure, the drugs and bouts of incarceration took the gloss off that cool, but really, he never lost it. And now that he’s a responsible family-type guy with COMEBACK stamped all over his forehead, the shine is back.
Because he’s carved out an important corner in the culture wherein it’s possible to be smart and informed and funny and cool all at once, and that’s a tremendous gift to his children, and to ours.