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23 Best Celebrity Fathers

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23 Best Celebrity Fathers

Dads that are famous in Hollywood, and even more important to the kids in their lives. Plus, check out the celeb baby names we love!

 

Brad Pitt

Dad to Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax, Knox and Vivienne, Brad Pitt has his hands full. If the acting thing doesn’t work out, he could always paint a bus and start a traveling family choir, Von Trapp style.

 

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Peter Facinelli

Dreamy Dr. Cullen is actually father to three gorgeous kids with his wife, actress and old-school 90210 star Jennie Garth. Luca (born June 1997), Lola (born December 2002) and Fiona (born September 2006) are all Twi-hards, according to People.com. Hope the kids don’t mind being Team Edward.

 

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David Beckham

This superstar soccer player/model, husband to fashionista Victoria Beckham, got his kids’ names — Brooklyn (born March ’99), Romeo (born Sept ’02) and Cruz (born February ’05) — tattooed on his back.

 

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Hugh Jackman

Yes, the perfect body’s nice, but what’s sexiest about actor Hugh Jackman is how obviously smitten he is with his two adopted children — Oscar (born in May ’00) and Ava (born July ’05). Jackman seems to be a playful dad; he’s been photographed having snowball fights and zooming down playground slides.

 

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Seal

Browsing pictures of Seal and Heidi Klum, we almost get a secondhand high from their happiness — both as a couple and as a family. Heidi’s lucky to have such a hands-on hubby. The handsome singer shares responsibilities for the duo’s kids Henry (born September ’05), Johan (born November ’06) and Lou (born October ’09), as well as Heidi’s daughter from a previous marriage, Leni (born May, ’04), whom Seal adopted.

 

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Usher

Babies bring out the softies in everyone — even cool guys like Usher. The R&B singer told RWDmag.com he witnessed the birth of his son Usher Raymond V (born November ’07). “It wasn’t gory at all — I cut the cord and everything. It was the realest tear I ever cried. It was uncontrollable; when I heard his voice, I just cried (snaps fingers) like that.” Usher is also dad to Naviyd (born December ’08.)

 

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Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck might just be up for the Boring Celebrity Dad award — which in Hollywood is a great thing. We see him with wife Jennifer Garner and daughters Violet (born December ’05) and Seraphina (born January ’09) at baseball games and in the park — normal stuff. We wonder if the girls even know what a hot shot their father is.

 

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Matt Damon

Matt Damon became a dad right off the bat when he married Miami Beach bartender Luciana Barosso (who had a daughter, Alexia, from a previous marriage) and went on to father three daughters of his own — Isabella (born June ’06), Gia (born August ’08) and Stella (born October ’10).

 

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Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver doesn’t just want the best for his kids, he wants the best for yours, too. In his ABC series Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, he starts a food fight, promoting healthy eating and combating obesity across America. Plus, this hot dad gets creativity points for naming his girls Poppy Honey Rosie (born March ’02), Daisy Boo Pamela (born April ’03) and Petal Blossom Rainbow (born April ’09) and his new son Buddy Bear Maurice (born September ’10). Mom is ex-model Juliette ‘Jools’ Norton. That’s one bloomin’ beautiful family.

 

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Johnny Depp

You may have doubts about the paternal instinct of a man who pillages ships, wields scissor-hands, and turns people into minced meat pies on the big screen, but this dreamy dad is actually a family man. Depp and his partner Vanessa Paradis have two children, Lily-Rose (born May ’99) and John “Jack” Christopher Depp III (born April ’02). It can’t be an accident that we know very little about them — the enigmatic Depp has kept his family life private. Does he dress up in pirate swag or give them pocketfuls of chocolate bars?

 

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Will Smith

It was hard to imagine the goofy, rapping, joke-cracking Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air maturing into a dad, but with wife Jada Pinkett by his side, he’s all family man. The two became parents to Jaden in ’98 and Willow in ’00. His video Just the Two of Us — which features him clowning around with his son from a previous relationship, Trey, born in ’92 — is evidence that even though Smith gets to rock Hollywood blockbusters and rap worldwide, being a dad is the best job he has.

 

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Jon Stewart

A dad that’s hilarious, smart, and hot? Not too good to be true. The only problem will be when Nathan (born July ’04) and Maggie (born February ’06) try to pull a fast one on this sharp dad — we’re not sure they’ll be able to get anything by Papa Stewart. Good luck, kids!

 

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Barack Obama

Despite his busy schedule, Barack Obama goes from meetings with world leaders to spending quality time with daughters Malia (born July ’98) and Sasha (born June ’01), Michelle, and of course, dog Bo. He knows the kind of father he wants to be, and what he expects from fathers, saying in a speech on Father’s Day last year, “[Dads] are teachers and coaches. They are mentors and role models. They are examples of success and the men who constantly push us toward it.”

 

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Ryan Phillippe

Though Ryan Phillippe is no longer married to Reese Witherspoon, he’s still hands-on, going to school events for his kids Ava (born September ’99) and Deacon (born October ’03). Talk about an eligible bachelor!

 

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Tim McGraw

As husband to country star Faith Hill, and father to Gracie (born ’97), Maggie (born ’98) and Audrey (born ’01), Tim McGraw is surrounded by the ladies. We hope he’s grown into a talented toenail polish artist.

 

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Will Ferrell

We bet Ferrell’s sons Magnus (born March ’04), Mattias (born December ’06) and Axel (born January ’10) never stop laughing. (Which would make cleaning your room or swallowing down veggies much less tedious.)

 

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Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey heads a foundation for healthy teen living, rescued several pets that were stranded after Hurricane Katrina, and saved a cat in California after two youths tried to set it on fire. We hope he keeps up the do-gooder streak for the sake of his son, Levi, born July ’08, and daughter, Vida, born January ’10.

 

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Tobey Maguire

We thought Tobey Maguire was cute as the wide-eyed teen in Pleasantville, but he’s even more handsome in his role as doting father. Unlike his Spider-Man character Peter Parker, Maguire didn’t let his work get in the way of his love life. In 2007, he married Jennifer Meyer, the mother of his two children Ruby (born November ’06) and Otis (born May ’09).

 

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Jack Black

Jack Black and cellist/singer Tanya Haden must have passed along some musical genes to sons Sammy (born June ’06) and Thomas (born May ’08). If Black is anything like his School of Rock character, his boys will be giggling all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

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Chris Martin

Coldplay frontman doesn’t talk about his personal life with wife Gwyneth Paltrow much but he did have something to say about the criticism regarding daughter Apple (born in May ’04) and son Moses’ (born April ’06) unusual names. He told Blender, “People make a big fuss over names. Names of babies, names of albums, names of bands. There’s nothing weird about calling your baby Chewbacca if that’s what you want to call your baby. It’s no stranger than Sarah.”

 

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Conan O’Brien

Although he takes care to keep them out of the spotlight, the former Tonight Show host is dad to daughter Neve (born in ’03) and son Beckett (born in ’05) with wife Liza Powell.

 

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Chris Noth

While Sex and the City‘s Mr. Big doesn’t want kids, the actor who plays him, Chris Noth, is dad to son Orion, born in January ’08, with fiancee Tara Wilson. Who knew Big was into babywearing? Noth has frequently been photographed wearing his son in a carrier.

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Tom Cruise

With two teenagers (Isabella, born in December ’92, and Connor, born in January ’95 — both adopted with ex-wife Nicole Kidman) and a preschooler (Suri, born in April ’06 to wife Katie Holmes) Cruise is experiencing the full spectrum of parenting. Cruise is hoping to be a better father than his own dad was, telling Esquire: “He was lost. He was overwhelmed by life… My mother basically did all the work, and then they got separated and I didn’t see him for a long time. He didn’t try to help the family financially or spiritually, and I lived with the effects of the chaos.”

 

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Brad Paisley

Dad to sons Huck (February ’07) and Jasper (April 2009) with actress wife Kimberly Williams, Paisley wins the award for most mischievous dad. With his nervous wife out of town, the country music star told People how he purchased a doll, dressed it up like then-infant son Huck, and filmed him riding a horse and shooting a gun. Thankfully, he showed his wife the footage after she got home.

 

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