When my sister and I were younger, we thought visiting our grandparents’ house was the most exciting thing we could ever possibly do. We would watch too many cartoons, and always have bacon for dinner. (We were SO out of control, weren’t we?) Even now, I love visiting my grandparents to eat grilled cheese, and (try to) teach them how Pinterest works. Just like the stereotype, I have a perfectly loving and spoiling set of grandparents, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
In Hollywood, however, things are a little different. Whether these grams and gramps are selling out rock concerts, scoring touchdowns, or starring in the latest blockbusters, stars are constantly proving that being a grandparent is cooler — and crazier — than ever.
To celebrate Grandparents Day on September 7, take a look at this roundup of surprising celebrity grandparents — at the very least, it might make you appreciate your normal family that much more!
Congratulations to Nicholas Cage! This past July he officially became a part of the Grandparent’s Club! At only 50 years old, Cage will be called “grandpa” by his grandson Lucian Augustus Coppola Cage. What a name!
Tony Danza became a grandparent in 2005 when he was in his mid-50s. He told Grandparents.com
, “I want to be the guy who takes my grandson fishing and the guy he wants to go fishing with." How cute is that? We’ll go fishing with you anytime, Tony.
Osmond became a grandpa in 2005, but now has six grandchildren! We’re hoping he offers up his babysitting services because, honestly, who wouldn’t want the sweet sounds of Donny Osmond’s voice crooning you to sleep?
Ozzie and Sharon Osbourne
The Prince of Darkness and his vivacious wife will need to cut back on their swear words! Ozzie is already grandpa to four children from a previous marriage, but Jack Osbourne’s daughter, Pearl, is the first grandchild for Sharon. We can’t even imagine all of the wild times these grandparents will have with Pearl!
Brett Favre: quarterback meets philanthropist meets...grandfather? Favre's daughter had a son in 2010, back when he was still playing for the Vikings. At the time, the NFL stated
that there were no other current players who could also boast grandparent status. Typical Brett, breaking records as always.
All-star entertainer Whoopi Goldberg is not only a grandparent — she has been a grandparent for OVER TWENTY YEARS. Goldberg had her daughter, Alexandrea, when she was 18, and Alexandrea went on to have her own daughter at the age of 16. In case your math is failing you, that means Whoopi has been a grandmother since she was 34. Whew!
Ron Howard became a grandparent when his daughter, actress Bryce Dallas Howard, had her first child in 2007. Ron undoubtedly excels at the role, but it's still strange to think of little Opie Taylor as a grandfather, isn't it?
Wow, talk about a hunky grandfather! Pierce became a grandpa after his daughter, Charlotte, gave birth in 1998 — just six years after he was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive." I bet you can't say that about any of your grandparents!
Cee Lo Green
This one blew my mind. When Cee Lo was 35, his stepdaughter gave birth to a son, cementing the singer's place in the celebrity grandparents Hall of Fame. I wonder how little Tru Fighter (yes, that is the child's name) feels when he hears Gramps sing "F*** You" on the radio…
Jim Carrey's daughter had a baby in 2010, and the comedian instantly embraced his new grandfatherly role. "I love being granddaddy, granddaddy Jim," he told Access Hollywood
. "I just get a lot of joy, a lot of joy from that little boy." We bet there's never a dull moment at the Carrey family reunions!
Martha Stewart's daughter, Alexis Stewart, had her two children after struggling with fertility issues for years — and you just know grandma spoils those tots like it's nobody's business. She bought them embroidered baby clothes from Bergdorf's and helped decorate their incredible nursery
. Plus she has prison experience, so she can teach them how to defend themselves against the toughest gangs at daycare.
When he wasn't fighting terrorists as Jack Bauer on 24, Kiefer Sutherland was learning to embrace an entirely different role: grandpa. The actor's stepdaughter, Michelle, welcomed a son in 2005 — Hamish Kiefer Sinclair. So sweet!
Mick Jagger may have four grandkids, and as of May 2014 one great-grandkid, but it's hard to imagine the rock legend as the type of grandpa who goes fishing or serves up chocolate chip cookies. But that doesn't mean he can't still embrace his grandfatherly role. "Things have worked out pretty well," said Marsha Hunt
, '60s icon and mother of Mick's first child. "Mick is a grandfather, and he's a good one."
In 2013, Charlie Sheen announced that his daughter Cassandra Estevez had given birth to his first grandchild on Twitter
, saying "Hey Luna, welcome to my planet!" While the thought of Charlie influencing a young mind is purely terrifying, we're sure that he'll put aside some of his crazy and be a wonderful grandpa to baby Luna.
It must be tough having a grandparent whose legs are vastly better than yours — just ask Tina Turner's grandkids. The queen of rock has a rocky relationship with her family and doesn't talk much about them these days, but we know she has at least two grandchildren from her son Ronnie. Regardless, this grandma looks just as good now as she did 40 years ago!
Harrison became a grandparent in 1993, after his son welcomed his first child, and now has a total of three grandkids. I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little jealous of that kid for having such a legendary grandpa. Although it's probably for the best, as shared DNA would make my extreme Indiana Jones crush a wee bit awkward.
Tom Hanks first became a grandfather in 2011, after his daughter-in-law and son, actor Colin Hanks, welcomed a baby girl to their family. Tom told David Letterman
that his new granddaughter was "magnificent," and he regretted not being able to see her more often. We have no doubt that little Olivia will be a huge Tom Hanks fan in no time — or at least a Sheriff Woody fan!
NeNe Leakes, the undisputed star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, became a grandma when her son had a baby girl in 2012. Can you imagine how amazingly fun it would be to have NeNe in your family? I don't know about you, but my grandmother certainly doesn't pole dance or cuss out her friends at parties. To each her own!
Billy Crystal was so excited after his daughter told him she was pregnant, he went and wrote an entire book about it: I Already Know I Love You
. So when granddaughter Ella was actually born in 2003, it's no surprise that Crystal was beyond thrilled. "I can just look at her now and make a sound and she lights up," he told Parents
magazine. "It's better than any spotlight I've ever been in."
When Michael Bolton became a grandparent in 2010, he was excited about the addition to his family, but a little iffy about its implications. "It's so weird," he told People
of adopting the title of grandpa. "I'm going to figure out how to own that." Michael, just bust out your power rock ballad version of " Go the Distance
" from Hercules
at your next family gathering, and I'm sure you'll be just fine.
If you don’t watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (you should be) then you may not know that 34-year-old June Shannon became a grandmother to her daughter Anna’s baby, Kaitlyn, at age 32. She constantly refers to Kaitlyn as “Gigi’s baby” and was heartbroken when she and Anna moved away to Alabama last season.
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