Whenever a celebrity marries another celebrity and starts a family, all of their fans tune in for pictures and updates. We want to know about their life, what restaurants they’re going to and how adorable their babies are. Still, one of the more important factors that we don’t talk about as much is how good the parents are towards the children. Though it’s sometimes hard to tell what goes on behind closed doors, some celebrity parents make it a point of talking about their kids and their parenting practices in the public eye. In other cases, you can just tell—and it’s particularly heart-warming when it comes to celebrity dads. With no further ado, here are 30 celebrity dads who stole our hearts.
1. David Beckham
Though many of us know David Beckham as an incredible soccer player married to Victoria Beckham (once of Spice Girls fame), but what we don’t talk about as much is how great of a dad he is! He’s constantly talking about his four adorable children and how he sets guidelines for them—particularly when it comes to limiting their daily screen time!
2. Jamie Oliver
Everybody already knew that Jamie Oliver was an amazing cook, but not everybody knew that he was a great dad as well! All told, Oliver has five children of his own and is very involved in their lives. The only thing we’re not so sure about is that he apparently uses chili peppers to discipline his kids… not sure about that one!
3. Brad Pitt
Back in the ’90s, Brad Pitt was one of the world’s biggest heartthrobs—though he’s remained relevant and active over the years, he’s also gotten older and more mature. In his most recent relationship with Angelina Jolie, he’s shown again and again just how important all his kids are to him—all six of them!
4. Simon Cowell
Although a lot of us know Simon Cowell as the hard-nosed judge on American Idol, he’s also quite a family man. Perhaps because he only became a dad when he was 54, Cowell has thrown himself into being a dad now—and he even says that fatherhood has completely changed his life!
5. Will Smith
Though Will Smith has plenty of accolades and awards under his belt for movies and music, plenty of people know him these days as the consummate family man! For their part, Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith have commented pretty publicly on the beginnings of their relationship. Beyond that, we can all see his relationships with his kids on his new YouTube channel… and he seems like the coolest dad ever.
As one of the biggest R&B singers in the world, you might think someone like Usher would be too busy to be a great dad. As it turns out, you’d be wrong—plenty of people in the media and around him have said that his parenting skills are second to none. Although his personal relationships have been somewhat complicated, there are plenty of photos out there of Usher doting on his children.
7. Jude Law
Beyond being an immediately recognizable actor, Jude Law can also be spotted out and about with his children all the time! All told, Law has five children of all different ages, ranging from four to 22. All anyone has to do is look up pictures of Law carrying his little children around in the streets and be prepared for your heart to melt.
8. Jack Black
Is it really that surprising to think about Jack Black being a great dad? After all, is there a goofier, more child-like actor out there? Regardless, it’s true that Black has two adorable sons that he’s been seen out and about with… and it always looks like his whole family has the best time together.
9. Pharrell Williams
Did you know that Pharrell Williams was a dad? It’s true! Williams has one son with his wife Helen Lasichanh, who is also a model and designer in her own right. Although the pair keeps their life as private as possible, everyone around the family says that the two are more than committed to giving their son the best life he could possibly have.
10. Hugh Jackman
When it comes to action stars, they don’t get much bigger than Hugh Jackman. Despite all his jet-setting and acting responsibilities, Jackman is also a father of two. As it turns out, he and his wife have been married for 22 years and are more than committed to spending time with their beautiful family.
11. James Marsden
Though he’s only hit his acting stride relatively recently, James Marsden has been acting since the early ’90s! What people might not know, however, is that Marsden is a father with three kids of his own! Although he and his wife split up in 2011, Marsden remains very involved in his kids’ lives.
12. Jason Bateman
When he’s not making us crack up in movies like Horrible Bosses or thrilling us in shows like Ozark, you can probably find Jason Bateman spending plenty of time with his family! That’s right, Bateman is a father of two adorable daughters. Because he has such a great sense of humor, we’re sure that he’s one of the best celebrity dads out there.
13. Joel Madden
Joel Madden might be most well-known for playing in the popular rock band Good Charlotte. Still, people my also know Madden for being married to one-time socialite and actress Nicole Ritchie—and for having two beautiful kids with her! Although Madden is a relatively young dad, that just gives him more energy to spend time playing with his children.
14. John Legend
Of all the people on this list, one of the more recognizable names with the most public and social persona just might be John Legend. He’s married to Chrissy Teigen, he’s a judge on The Voice and he’s active on Twitter. Above all though, he also a father to two beautiful kids whom he absolutely adores.
15. Matt Damon
Stars don’t get a whole lot bigger than Matt Damon, who has been a household name for a long, long time. Though everybody knows him from the Bourne Identity series and from countless other things, fewer people know that he has four children with his wife Luciana Barroso. The couple have been married since 2005 and their family has only been growing ever since.
16. Russell Crowe
Though Russell Crowe never really got much bigger than he was in the early 2000s when Gladiator came out, he has still been active and relevant in the years since. In that time, he’s also fathered two children and—and there are cute photos all over the internet to prove it!
Seal’s marriage to Heidi Klum was one of the most highly-publicized and discussed in all of recent Hollywood history. Though they went their separate ways in 2014, the pair also had four children together and remain on good terms. Regardless, Seal is definitely still very involved in his children’s lives and can be seen doting on them all the time.
18. Ben Affleck
Another high-profile celebrity couple were Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, though the pair split up in 2018. Despite that, they were together for 13 years and have three cute kids together! To this day, there are still plenty of adorable pictures out there of Affleck carrying them and generally being a great dad.
19. Johnny Depp
Although Johnny Depp plays all kinds of bizarre characters on the big screen, he turns out to be a pretty normal, loving dad behind the scenes. All told, he has two kids now who are both basically adults—though he spent plenty of time encouraging them and supporting them when they were growing up!
20. Jon Stewart
Though he started his career as a stand-up comedian, Jon Stewart made a name for himself as America’s smartest funny man on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Though he has retired from that, he’s remained active in film and now spends most of his time as a father to two adorable kids!
21. Ryan Phillippe
When it comes to the list of famous celebrity marriages, Ryan Phillippe’s marriage to Reese Witherspoon has got to earn itself a spot. Though they split up after eight years together in 2007, the couple did have three cute kids together—and Phillippe remains very active in their lives to this day.
22. Tim McGraw
On the one hand, Tim McGraw is one of the biggest country music stars of all time—and his marriage to Faith Hill is one of the most recognizable celebrity couples in the world. On the other, McGraw is also a father of three kids who he adores. He and Hill are still married and can be seen spending time with their family all over the internet.
23. Will Ferrell
When it comes to the absolute funniest people on the planet, Will Ferrell has to be at the very top of the list. What many people probably don’t know, however, is that Ferrell is also the father to three kids with his wife Viveca Paulin! If we were kids, we would definitely want to have a dad who was as silly as Ferrell is.
24. Matthew McConaughey
Alright, alright, alright… it’s about time we talk about Matthew McConaughey, iconic film actor who has been on the scene since 1992. What some people might not know, however, is that McConaughey is a father with three children with his wife Camila Alves. The pair are still together and definitely have their hands full with their family!
25. Tobey Maguire
Most of us probably know Tobey Maguire best as Spiderman, even if he’s been in a bunch of other movies as well. Beyond that, though, he’s also a father of two kids who he spends tons of time with! Having a dad who plays one of the world’s most popular superheroes must definitely be a perk.
26. Chris Martin
For anyone who doesn’t know, Chris Martin is the lead singer of the British rock band Coldplay, and was famously married to Gwyneth Paltrow until their “conscious uncoupling.” Though they have since split up, the couple was also in the news for their childrens’ unusual names, namely Apple and Moses. Still, since all that controversy has died down, Martin has proved himself as a very loving and involved dad.
27. Conan O’Brien
Conan O’Brien has been on television for many, many years, and is now one of the heavyweights of the late night talk show circuit. Still, he’s also a married man and a family man with two adorable kids—though he does his best to make their life as normal as possible by keeping them out of the spotlight.
28. Tom Cruise
Of all the celebrity dads on this list, Tom Cruise has to be one of the biggest stars of them all. And over the years, Cruise has been married several times—namely to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. In all that time, he’s been a father to three kids, two of whom are adults at this point!
29. Chris Pratt
As any big fans of Parks and Recreation know, Chris Pratt is one of the funniest guys on the planet. Though he’s taken a few turns towards the dramatic later in his career, he also became a father! His son’s name is Jack who is now six years old—and Pratt can’t stop talking about him in interviews.
30. Orlando Bloom
Of all his many roles over the years, Orlando Bloom is probably most remembered for his role as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. What some people might not know about Bloom is that he’s also a proud father to his son, Flynn! While he’s still young, Bloom is still spending tons of time with him and showing him all the love in the world.
Although we all love our favorite celebrities when they’re on the big screen, it can definitely warm our hearts to know that they’re living full lives behind the scenes. Beyond that, we all want our favorite actors to be good parents… and fortunately, these ones definitely are! If you feel so inclined, feel free to Google away for adorable pictures of these celeb dads with their kids!
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