Tom Cruise and Will Smith have more than talent and great smiles in common. They’re both devoted dads – and best friends even when the cameras aren’t turned on them.
They attend each other’s premieres, and the families often hang out together – Will with wife Jada Pinkett Smith and their children Jaden and Willow, Tom with wife Katie Holmes and their daughter Suri. And when Tom was taking a drubbing for his controversial belief in Scientology, Will stuck up for him. “When I sit and talk to Tom Cruise, he is one of the greatest spirits that I’ve ever met – someone who is committed to making the world better.”
Tom has said, “We share that same level of reality and commitment that we have to our craft and our family. It’s fun. Wherever Will Smith is, that’s where the party is!”
There’s nothing like a good friend. And when your friend is a fellow parent, the bond becomes even closer because you can share all the triumphs, laughs and frustrations that go with having kids.
We rounded up some of the best celeb-dad friend-pairings for your enjoyment. Some of them might surprise you!
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon 1 of 10If there were a Celeb Dad BFF Hall of Fame, these guys would be the first ones inducted. They grew up together and have been virtually inseparable since.
Kevin James and Adam Sandler 2 of 10It's no joke that the comedians are good pals in real life. They're also busy dads; Adam has two daughters, while Kevin has two daughters and a son.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly 3 of 10They may not be "Stepbrothers," but the actors and frequent collaborators are as close as real bros. They're also the dads of two sons each.
David Beckham and Gary Neville 4 of 10The Becks has said that he has very few close friends in his life, but the ones he has are impressive. In addition to Neville, a new dad and former Manchester United teammate, he's close to Princes William and Harry!
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson 5 of 10Their years-long friendship no doubt helped Owen through his difficult battle with depression. Ben, the dad of two, has probably given Owen lots of parenting advice as well since he had his son last year.
Matthew McConaughey and Lance Armstrong 6 of 10Fit guys attract, it seems - the two men, both dads, met when both were getting over breakups. Now they're so close that they've had to laugh off rumors that they're gay.
Paul Rudd and Adam Scott 7 of 10The actors, who costarred for the first time in "Our Idiot Brother," have been indulging their bromance since 1992. "Our wives are friends, our kids play with each other," Adam said in a recent interview.
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp 8 of 10Tim's given Johnny such choice roles as Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka and Sweeney Todd. Now that's a good pal.
Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts 9 of 10There's nothing that says a dad can't have a mom as a friend. The two have been close since starring in "The Pelican Brief."
George Clooney and Brad Pitt 10 of 10Yeah, we know - George isn't a dad. But you can't have a roundup of celeb BFFs without including these longtime friends/stars/philanthrophists/practical jokers. Besides, Brad has enough kids for both of them!
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