Who Is America's Grandfather in 2019?  

Jules Burke
407 votes 44 voters 20 items

You know those well-like male celebrities who are far more than just popular old men and more like the cool grandpa you wish you had? Here they've assembled to compete for the title of America's Grandpa 2019.

In case you're unfamiliar, the question of who is America's grandpa should be determined by considering a couple of factors. The winner of this illustrious title should be one of the most loved older male celebrities that has perpetually won hearts over the decades. Along with each of our contenders, you'll find some examples of exactly makes each of the men competing so lovable. You'll also find a con thrown in for each, just to keep things interesting (not everybody is grandpa material). So come on in and cast your vote in order to help determine who will be voted America's grandfather in 2019. 

James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is America's Grandfather in 2019?
Photo: Glasgow Film Festival/flickr/CC-BY 2.0

Why We Love Him:

  • You know you'd be asking him to read you bedtime stories well into your 30's.
  • Listening to him explain the mysteries of life to you in the Mufasa voice.
  • The chance of soaking up some of his insanely talented aura.

Maybe Not Grandpa Material:

  • The hoards of fans always waiting around every turn to ask him to say "Luuuuuke, I am your father."
  • The permanent trauma that would come with watching the whole wildebeest incident in The Lion King.



James Earl Jones is an American actor who in a career of more than 60 years has become known as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors and "one of the greatest actors in American history." Since his Broadway debut in 1957, Jones has won many awards, including a Tony Award and Golden Globe Award for his role in The Great White Hope. Jones has won three Emmy Awards, including two in the same year in 1991, and he also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the film version of The Great White Hope. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 88

Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is America's Grandfather in 2019?
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Why We Love Him:

  • Doesn't he just have the kindest eyes tho?
  • That voice. Sooo soothing.
  • Not only did he create his own cookbook, but its proceeds went to help hurricane victims in Grenada.

Maybe Not Grandpa Material:

  • He's played Nelson Mandela. Good luck living up to that, sport.


Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus, and won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Freeman has appeared in many other box office hits, including Unforgiven, Glory, Seven, Deep Impact, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, Along Came a Spider, The Dark Knight Trilogy, March of the Penguins, The Lego Movie and Lucy. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 81

Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Memphis

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is America's Grandfather in 2019?
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Why We Love Him:

  • He oozes intelligence and gives off the vibe that he could solve any problem.
  • He played Alfred and would kinda make you feel like Batman every time he offered you a snack.
  • He's totally a knight. Who can say their grandpa is a knight?

Maybe Not Grandpa Material:

  • He's not afraid to speak his mind and stirred the pot awhile back with his comments about British politics. Which might be a downside for those who have conflicting opinions.


Sir Michael Caine, CBE, is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive Cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is one of the UK's most recognisable actors. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu, The Ipcress File, Alfie, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, The Italian Job, and Battle of Britain. His most notable roles in the 1970s included Get Carter, The Last Valley, Sleuth, for which he earned his second Academy Award nomination, The Man Who Would Be King, and A Bridge Too Far. He achieved some of his greatest critical success in the 1980s, with Educating Rita earning him ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 85

Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is America's Grandfather in 2019?
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Why We Love Him:

  • He's nailed it at acting, directing, and producing. Surely he would nail it at grandpa-ing right?
  • Rugged sophistication. He has it. 
  • The guy founded Sundance. Think of all the cool people he'd introduce you to and all the films you'd get to see.

Maybe Not Grandpa Material:

  • He believably portrayed one of the guys who broke the Watergate scandal. Good luck sneaking anything past this man. 


Charles Robert Redford Jr., better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and a founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He has received two Academy Awards: one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People, and one for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. In 2010, he was awarded French Knighthood in the Legion d'Honneur. Redford's career began in New York. He started his acting career in 1959 as a guest star on numerous TV programs, including The Untouchables, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Twilight Zone, among others. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 81

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

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