Not everyone is meant to be a parent. Be it male or female, some just don’t have the mom or dad gene that allows them to nurture another life. Conversely, there are parents who are straight up superheroes. They're amazing. Not only do they work full-time jobs, but they get everything they need to get done while making sure they spend as much time with their child as possible. Their children are number one in their life before anything else.
When it comes to the men of Hollywood, it is not uncommon to hear that they have at least one child, be it before they became famous or after. As previously stated, parenthood is not for everyone and that includes celebrities; there are some dads in Hollywood who are amazing parents and can find the time to be with their child even with such demanding career, while others simply miss the mark when it comes to being a father.
Keep scrolling to read about 15 dads who are “Super Dads,” and 10 dads who should probably just take notes.
25 Ben Affleck
When it comes to Ben Affleck, there is nothing more important in his life than his three children.
According to fame10.com, during an interview with the National Board of Review Awards Gala, Affleck even gushes about his children: “They’re most important in my life. Family is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do other stuff in your life. In fact, having a family makes whatever other things you have that much richer. If it was just me, I’d be home alone and think, ‘Well, something good happened at work,’ but it’s much nicer to share it with people you love.”
He went to admit that having children has enriched his life and gave him more substance as a person. “I think anytime you become a richer person you have more substance. I hope that happened to me with having a family, but you never know!” he said.
Fan can defiantly agree that Affleck has changed a lot since he met Jennifer Garner and had his three children, minus the recent rehab stint.
When Usher divorced his former stylist, Tameka Foster, his number one priority was getting primary custody of his two boys that the two had together.
According to fame10.com, Usher told People magazine in an interview: “I’m a dad, first and foremost. “Of course, I have to travel and make a living, but my sons are my priority…I never knew I could be so happy just hanging out with them.”
Children might have filled that empty void that he was missing in his life, but sadly marriage did not. No matter bad things ended between the two parents though, Usher makes sure to remain amicable for the sake of his children. “Fighting after divorce is bad for the kids, so anything in the past should remain in the past,” he said. “We had a friendship before we got together romantically, and that helps us get along now.” It sounds like Usher has it all figured out!
23 David Beckham
David Beckham is nothing but a doting father to his four children with former Spice Girl, Victoria. Even with this very successful soccer career, the one thing David considers his greatest achievement in life is his family.
According to fame10.com, David had nothing but great things to say about his family in a past interview: “What matters is being a good father and a good husband – just being connected to family as much as possible. Being a dad is more important than soccer, more important than anything,” he said.
He went on to continue how his children take after his wife and him in more ways than one: “It would be easy for our kids to sit back and not work for anything, but they’re not like that. They’re as competitive as Victoria and me. We’re very lucky with our boys: They want to win. They want to work at something. They know their values. That’s the way we’ve brought them up so far, and that’s the way we’ll continue to bring them up,” he said.
They really do sound like the perfect superstar family.
22 Matt Damon
Matt Damon is one of those celebrities who will put his family before anything else, even work. The star is happily married to former bartender Luciana Barroso and they have four beautiful daughters together. As the girls start to get older though, he has realized that he doesn’t want to spend his time jetting around the world like he did when they were younger and it was easy to pack them up and take them with him, but instead he wants to be at home where he can watch them grow up, play with friends, and just be normal kids.
According to fame10.com, during an interview with Telegraph, Damon had this to say about his family: “With four kids, it’s hard. When the kids were younger, it was all an adventure; you’d go on the road and they were portable, and it was fun. But now they’re a little older and they’re in school and they have their lives – and their lives count as much as yours does. So, ultimately, if it’s Sophie’s Choice between your kids and a movie, that’s no choice at all.”
Damon and his wife have one rule when it comes to his career, he is not allowed to spend more than two weeks away from the family, which he has no problem doing. He would totally prefer being at home with his wife and kids any who.
21 Hugh Jackman
For the longest time, Hugh Jackman and his wife had a hard time having children of their own. That did not stop them though and they went on to adopt two beautiful children together, a little boy named Oscar and a little girl named Ava.
According to fame10.com, during an interview with Katie Couric, the Wolverine star opened up about his fertility struggles he and his wife faced, “Until you go through it, you realize it’s not talked about a lot,” he said. “By the way, to be clear, Deb and I always wanted to adopt. So that was always in our plan. We didn’t know where in the process that would happen but biologically, obviously we tried, and it was not happening for us, and it is a difficult time. We did IVF and Deb had a couple of miscarriages.”
Though the miscarriages were hard on the couple, especially for his wife, adopting helped to take the pain away and even helped Jackman to forgive his own mother who gave up him when he was just eight-years-old.
“I think having kids of your own just adds another level of empathy and understanding. And there comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life,” he said.
20 Matthew McConaughey
One thing is for sure when it comes to Matthew McConaughey, he was made for fatherhood. The hunky celebrity and his model wife Camila Alves have three young children together and according to McConaughey, besides being a dad, nothing else has been able to give him a feeling of fulfillment.
According to fame10.com, during an interview with GQ, McConaughey had this to say: “It’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to be. Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn…You know what’s important. I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate.”
Unfortunately for Camila though, when the pair first got together, she did not have an easy time getting him to commit. “I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do,” he said. “I wanted to really want to. You know, I didn’t want it to be a destination; the fun is that we’re on the adventure together.”
Obviously, he finally felt it was the right time because the pair is now happily married and just all around #goals!
19 Brad Pitt
According to fame10.com, during an interview with The Mirror, Angelina Jolie gushed about how Brad Pitt is the ultimate family man and how he was made to be a dad.
“He loves being a father and that’s one thing I’m most proud of about him. With a large family, you need that support. Brad is a wonderful teacher and guide, for the boys in particular. He likes to plan things and proceed in a very deliberate and methodical way. He is much cooler and calmer…I can be more impulsive and outspoken. It’s very reassuring to know there is this very solid and generous man in your life.”
Becoming a father has made Pitt open his eyes more and become more selfless in life that’s for sure.
“I care about them more than I care about myself,” he said. “You see past yourself and become more generous and giving and just want only the best for your family. You learn to value the basic beauty of family, of watching your children grow and evolve. It’s the most beautiful thing you can experience.”
18 Chris Hemsworth
Ok, so it is common knowledge that Chris Hemsworth is one of the most beautiful men alive, no denying it. Well, his looks, humor, and amazing acting skills aren’t the only thing he has going for him, he is also one of Hollywood’s best dads.
According to fame10.com, during an interview with TV Week, Hemsworth had this to say: “It’s hard to even remember what it was like before them. Anyone with kids can understand that once they’re there, it feels like they’ve always been there.”
Hemsworth loves nothing more in the world than being a father and since his children have been born, he has become a lot less selfish.
“I think it makes you less selfish because it’s no longer about you,” he told E! News. “It can’t be. It’s about someone else, which is refreshing. It’s nice to not spend all your time thinking about your own problems and garbage up there and I just have so much fun doing it. It’s the best. And now I’m a bit choosier, I think, with when I work and how I work because it better be worthwhile to take me away from them.”
17 Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp may play Jack Sparrow, a slurring, womanizing, pirate on the big screen, but off screen, he is an amazing dad to his daughter Lily-Rose Depp and his son John “Jack” Christopher Depp lll.
According to therichest.com, during an interview with iVillage in 2010, Depp had this to say about being a father: “I think I’m very good at being a dad…and I’m proud to say it, because as parents do, I worship my kids and I learn from my kids. It’s the only thing I want to be good at in my life.
Need we say more? It is obvious that he was made to be a dad.
16 Gavin Rossdale
Gavin Rosedale is known as the “cool dad” to his three sons with Gwen Stefani, Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo.
According to spoiledcelebrity.com, though he may have a demanding career, Gavin has made is quite clear that family comes first in his book. He takes fatherhood very seriously and wants nothing more than the best for his children.
He also values the small things in life now such as driving them to school, going to the park, birthday parties, or just playing with them at home. Every day is a new adventure and experience for him and he loves it.
15 Will Smith
Though a lot will agree that back in the day Will Smith was nowhere near close to getting the best dad award, as he got older things changed and now, he defiantly deserves one.
According to therichest.com, during an interview with Robin Roberts, Smith went on to explain how parenting is experimental: “So for me, it’s a deep uncertainty that I carry around, with my kids. I just try to teach them everything that I know and love them as hard as I can love them. And hope for the best.”
In 1992, Will welcomed his first son with his wife at the time, Sheree Fletcher. Being a first-time parent and so young, Smith was nothing but confused as to what happens next and when his son was handed to him he had a total look of complete confusion on his face. A look that was captured on camera.
“Every time I look at the picture, I was looking like, ‘what am I going to do with this thing?’ You know. And it’s like—parenting is hit or miss.”
14 Tobey Maguire
Most fans know Tobey McGuire thanks to his role as Spider-Man in the first three original Spider-Man movies, but what they should really call him is Super-Dad due to how much he loves and cares about his family.
According to spoiledcelebrity.com, Tobey can be seen non-stop throughout Hollywood with his family. Be it going out to eat, shopping or just taking a stroll down the streets, he is always with his wife Jennifer Meyer and their two children Ruby and Otis.
His family isn’t the only one he has been spotted with though. There has been also a few sightings of family outings with his Great Gatsby co-star Leonardo DiCaprio.
What fans might not know is that Tobey is actually very close to Leonardo DiCaprio, so much so that his children even call him Uncle Leo.
Tobey may be an amazing dad to his children, but he also cares about other children. Back in 2010 he even participated in the launching of the program Teaching Garden, a tool for children in elementary school that teaches them about ecologically sound food.
He is also part of several charities, two being Healthy Child Healthy World and Feeding America.
13 Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler defiantly deserves the father of the century award if there was one. This man lives for his children and his wife. There is nothing more important in life than his family.
According to therichest.com, during a past interview, Sandler had this to say about his children: “My kids give me the most joy, but there are life adjustments. I don’t go out to meet anyone after 9:30 at night. I eat dinner at 6 or 7. If someone makes me stay out until 10:30 at night, I’m angry the entire next day because I’m exhausted.”
That’s right folks. Adam Sandler is in the house every night to eat dinner with his family and to be there to tuck his two little girls in every night.
“I’m a worrier. I’ve learned in life now that when your kid is upset, you’re rocked until they’re not upset anymore. Even when they’re not upset, you’re rocked. You’re always nervous because you want your kid to be happy. Now, I understand why my folks were always saying, ‘Be nice and be safe. Make sure everyone in the family is OK. That’s the most important thing.’ Making sure everyone in the family is OK is the most important thing. If the family hurts, then you hurt.”
12 Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum is another man who could be classified as a Hollywood hunk. Between his stunning smile, rock-hard abs, and hilarious humor, he really is amazing. The amazing doesn’t stop there though. He has added another thing to his list that makes his awesome, he is now an amazing dad.
According to therichest.com during an interview with The Mercury, Tatum had this to say about his new dad role: “I’m solid at diaper changing. If a guy isn’t good at changing a diaper, I don’t know what he’s there for really, because for the first seven months or so, the mom is the end-all, be-all of everything.”
The father of now 5-year-old Everly Tatum, went on to brag about how skilled his diaper changing skills were: “Everly does not like sitting still but I can change the diaper even when she’s crawling, standing up, doing the whole thing.”
That is pretty impressive for someone who is a new daddy.
One thing in life that is most important to rapper Jay-Z is his family. Between him and his wife Beyoncé, the two share very demanding careers, but that does not stop him from trying to be the best dad he can be for his three kids.
While he makes sure his children have everything they could ever want or need, and allows them to do whatever they want, he also makes sure they are raised to be humble, cultured, and makes sure they are polite and well mannered. He makes sure that they know that their mom and dad work very hard to provide them with this type of lifestyle and that others are not as fortunate.
Unlike most celebrity parents who like to use nannies, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are very hands-on with their children and typically only like to use a team of nannies when they have to travel a lot for their work, which they bring the kids with them of course.
These two really are amazing.
10 Jude Law (Needs To Step It Up)
Jude Law his three children with his now ex-wife Sadie Frost, but during a one night stand in 2008 with model Samantha Burke, Jude fathered a fourth child.
According to fame10.com though, Jude will not acknowledge his daughter Sophia, and will only be there for his three children with Sadie. He even went so far as to say, “I only have three children,” during an interview with David Letterman on the Late Show.
Ouch! Father of the year right here.
9 Michael Lohan
When it comes to Lindsay Lohan and all her issues, her mother Dina Lohan is quick to put all the blame on Lindsay’s father, Michael Lohan.
According to fame10.com, Lindsay grew up watching her father constantly abuse her mother, which would lead to any child to develop some serious issues early on in life or even later in life.
To this day, not much as changed either. Michael has had a few recent accusations of domestic abuse with his on-again/off-again relationship with his recent baby mama, Kate Major.
8 Mathew Knowles
When Mathew Knowles was still married to his first wife, Tina Knowles, also known as Beyoncé’s mom, he had an affair with another woman and wound up fathering another child with her.
According to fame10.com though, when it comes to that woman and his other child, he refuses to man up and take responsibility for either of them.
The other woman even opened up and told the world how he refuses to pay any type of child support for his child and wants little to do with his son what-so-ever.
7 Ryan O'Neal
Ryan O’Neal went so long without seeing his daughter that he forgot what she looked like completely.
According to fame10.com, the Oscar-nominated actor even admitted during an interview with Vanity Fair that he accidentally hit on his daughter Tatum. It was while the pair were at the funeral for Ryan’s long-time lover, Farrah Fawcett. The two hadn’t seen each other in such a long time that Ryan didn’t know that she was his daughter and thought she was just a random friend of Farrah’s.
Oh, how he was wrong.
6 Alec Baldwin
Ever since a distasteful voicemail that Alec Baldwin left for his daughter came into the spotlight, his parenting skills have been brought into question.
According to fame10.com, on the voicemail that Alec left for his daughter, Alec could be heard called her, “a rude, thoughtless little pig,” and even went so far as to say that she didn’t, “have the brains or the decency as a human being to pick up the phone when he calls.”
Well, many fans will agree they wouldn’t pick up the phone either if he talked to them like that.
5 Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy was once in a relationship with former Spice Girl Mel B and the pair gave birth to a daughter named Angel. Eddie didn’t waste any time though trying to get out of any and all parental responsibilities.
According to fame10.com, Murphy first denied that he was the father of Mel B’s daughter and demanded that she take a paternity test before he paid or even acknowledged the child. Once DNA came back confirming he was the father, it took him years to even try and build any type of relationship with her.
4 Charlie Sheen
Everyone who knows Charlie Sheen knows that he has a lot of issues, a lot which caused him to lose custody of his children.
According to fame10.com, after Charlie’s divorce back in 2010 from Brook Mueller, Charlie received custody of his two twin boys. Sadly, Charlie could not give up partying ways and it led to the boys being removed from his home on March 1, 2011 after Brooke learned what was going on. One thing that had her worried is the fact Charlie was leaving her with some questionable people instead of actual nannies.
3 Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown, who was married to the Queen of Soul herself, Whitney Houston for 15 years, is notorious for not paying child support when it comes to his five children who he shares with four different women.
According to ranker.com, it has led the R&B singer/songwriter to even serve jail time several times due to all his missed payments, one occasion being in 2007 where he spent three days in county jail due to the fact that he owed $20,000 in child support payments and court fees to his ex, Kim Ward.
Thanks to the Washington, D.C. area radio station Hot 99.5 FM, Bobby was bailed out in exchange for a weeks’ worth of interviews and appearances.
Rapper DMX, real name Earl Simmons, was another dad who didn’t like to pay his child support payments and landed in jail because of it.
According to ranker.com, DMX was once arrested back in October 2015 while in NYC where he was going to perform as Master of Ceremony at the Radio City Music Hall due to not paying and owing more than $400,000 in missed payments.
That was not the only issue though. He also had outstanding warrants for bail jumping and driving an unlicensed motor vehicle.
He was soon sentenced to six months in jail.
1 Steven Tyler
Back in the late 70s, Steven Tyler, aka lead front-man for the band Aerosmith, had a brief 8-month romance with a fashion model by the name of Bebe Buell. Though the romance was brief, it resulted in a pregnancy and Bebe gave birth to a baby girl by the name of Liv.
According to ranker.com, due to Steven being more focused on touring, music and other partying habits, Bebe denied that he was the father to protect Liv and instead told her new boyfriend, Todd Rundgren, that he was the father.
It wasn’t until Liv was 11-years-old and at an Aerosmith concert that Liv realized she looked a lot like Steven’s other daughter, Mia.
After a long and stressful confrontation with both parties, things were cleared up and now the two have a distant father-daughter relationship.
References: fame10.com, therichest.com, spoiledcelebrity.com, ranker.com