Some of the most famous male celebrities are also some of the most devoted family men. Instead of embracing the life as a wealthy bachelor, these stars have chosen to settle down with the women they love and the children they adore. And these celebrities take their role as a father seriously. They are as devoted to their children and wives as they are to their work and put even more effort into raising and educating their children than they do finding and pursuing their next acting gig or political endeavor. These family men know that the time they spend with their children is valuable and they are eager to be a part of every moment that they can be. Here are 10 Celebrities Who are Family Men.
10. Will Smith
From breaking into the Hollywood scene as a rapper and then landing a starring role on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Will Smith is no stranger to success. He has grown as an actor and played in million dollar movies such as The Pursuit of Happyness and Men in Black. But now, as a husband to actress Jada Pinkett Smith and a father to son Jaden and daughter Willow, Smith is spending most of his time assisting his children in their own careers. His son Jaden starred alongside him in The Pursuit of Happyness. Jaden also starred in The Karate Kid. Smith’s daughter Willow is best known for her breakout song “Whip My Hair.” As both of his children grow, Smith has put much of his time and effort into promoting and assisting his children in finding their passion in both acting and performing.
9. Brad Paisley
Country singer and famed guitar player, Brad Paisley isn’t just a musical genius, he is a devoted husband, father, and all around wonderful family man. After his marriage to actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, the country singer wowed fans and women everywhere with his many songs dedicated to the joy of life as a husband. Aside from being an adorable husband, he is also an amazing father to his two young sons, William Huckleberry and Jasper Warren. According to Paisley’s wife, the country dad is a pro at bath time as well as entertaining his boys with tall tales.
8. Tobey Maguire
While Tobey Maguire is best known for his role as Spiderman, lately he has been spending most of his time playing his most important role; dad. He and wife Jennifer Meyer are parents to Ruby, 7 and Otis, 4. He has been photographed out and about with his children and wife on a near constant basis. Most times he is playing with his children in the park, catching lunch, or jogging with his daughter.
7. Matthew McConaughey
When most think of Matthew McConaughey, they either recall his brilliant acting in films such as The Lincoln Lawyer, We Are Marshall, and A Time to Kill or, his amazingly good looks which earned him the title of Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine in 2005. But these days, McConaughey is being remembered as a whole lot more than a great actor. Now, he’s spotted around town with three adorable children and a beautiful wife. McConaughey and Camila Alves are parents to Levi, Vida, and Livingston. When asked about the difficulties of caring for an infant, McConaughey said, “They eat, they crap, they sleep and if they’re crying they need to do one of the three and they’re having trouble doing it. Real simple.” Though Matthew McConaughey jokes about the ease of parenting, he has also made clear just how important having children is to him.
6. Jon Stewart
The hilarious and brilliant Jon Stewart spends his days relaying the news in comedic fashion on his television show, The Daily Show. When he isn’t entertaining the nation with his comedic satire, Stewart is at home with his wife, Tracey McShane, whom he married in 2000, and his children, Nathan and Maggie. Stewart’s success as an entertainer as well as an author doesn’t keep him from making as much quality time for his wife and children as possible. He is often seen out on walks with his family and partaking in holiday festivities such as trick-or-treating.
5. Hugh Jackman
Though unable to have their own biological children, Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness wanted to pursue other options to have children. After struggling with IVF, the couple chose to go ahead with adoption. According to Jackman they are completely happy with their decision to adopt. He has said that they feel adoption was “the way they were meant to have children.” Now, the proud father of two children, Oscar and Ava, has said in many interviews that he does not think of his children as being adopted, they are simply his children. And it only takes one look at him with his children to see his happiness. He is often seen playing at the park and taking his children for walks.
4. Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck first stormed into the Hollywood spotlight when he and Matt Damon co-wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting. It didn’t take long for Affleck to reach A-Lister status in Hollywood. It also didn’t take him long to begin a few long-term relationships with some very famous women. But after a string of failed relationships he finally met and married Jennifer Garner. The celebrity couple was married in 2005 and on their way to family life just one year later with the birth of their first child, Violet. A few years later the couple added Seraphina and then Samuel to their growing family. While Affleck admits that he finds it difficult to disconnect from work, he certainly makes an effort to always be physically present in his children’s lives. According to an interview that Affleck did with US Weekly, “Raising kids is the greatest thing I think a person, or at least I, could ever do in my life. I know what the best part of my life is and it’s my kids…”
3. Matt Damon
Much like his best friend Ben Affleck, Matt Damon emerged on the acting scene in rapid fashion. Starring with Affleck in the drama Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon grew in fame as an actor almost overnight. Upon marrying his wife Luciana Barroso, he became a father to Alexia, Barroso’s child from her first marriage. The couple also had three other children, Isabella, Gia, and Stella. Damon has been quoted as saying, “My wife’s nickname for me is ‘Red Alert’. I sometimes check to see if the kids are breathing.” Aside from being overly protective, Matt Damon is also a very private father. He and his wife have made sure to raise their children outside of the public eye and away from the frills of Hollywood.
2. Brad Pitt
If the number of children one cares for is an indication of their abilities as a father, than Brad Pitt is by far the most successful Hollywood father. The super-star actor has not just two or three children, but six children with fiancé and partner of 10 years, Angelina Jolie. The couple has adopted three children, Maddox who was adopted from Cambodia, Pax who was adopted from Vietnam, and Zahara who was adopted from Ethiopia. They also have three biological children named Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne. Together, the family of eight has made being a blended family very cool. Pitt is obviously completely thrilled with the family man that he has become. He has been quotes as saying, “It’s fun watching our kids getting older and learning more. That’s one of the great privileges of being a father – you get to teach them things.”
1. President Barack Obama
While he may be busy running a country, President Barack Obama is always sure to carve out time in his schedule for his two daughters, Sasha and Malia. He has also made it a point of his political career to stress the importance of fathers. In a speech he said, “[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.” With that kind of mindset about the importance of being a father, it’s no wonder that Obama is so heavily involved in his children’s lives. At one time he was the coach of Sasha’s basketball team. Of that experience he said, “In the end, that’s what being a parent is all about – those precious moments with our children that fill us with pride and excitement for their future; the chances we have to set an example or offer a piece of advice; the opportunities to just be there and show them that we love them.”