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Who Is America's Grandfather in 2019?  

Jules Burke
519 votes 55 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?
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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 (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. His career has spanned more than seven decades, and he has been described 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 for his role in The Great White Hope, which also earned him a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film version of the play. Jones has won three Emmy Awards, including two in the same year in 1990. He is also known for his voice roles as Darth Vader in the Star Wars film series and Mufasa in Disney's The ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 88

Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

Is he our pop-pop?
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is America's Grandfather in 2019?
Photo: Everett Collection/Shutterstock

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 (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and Invictus (2009). He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Freeman has appeared in many other box office hits, including Glory (1989), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Seven (1995), Deep Impact (1998), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Bruce Almighty (2003), The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), Wanted (2008), RED (2010), Now You See Me ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 78

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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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, (; born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr., 14 March 1933) is an English actor, producer and author. He has appeared in more than 130 films in a career spanning 70 years and is considered a British film icon. Known for his cockney accent, Caine was born in South London.He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in British films, including Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, The Italian Job (1969), and Battle of Britain (1969). His roles in the 1970s included Get Carter (1971), The Last Valley (1971), Sleuth (1972), for which he earned his second Academy Award nomination, The Man Who Would Be King ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 85

Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

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

  • Not just everyone can say that Professor Xavier is their straight-up grandpa, ya know. 
  • He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1966 to 1982 and could probably teach you all the prose you'd ever need to become a total lady killer. 
  • Part of you can't help but believe he really is one of the most popular Captains of the Enterprise. 

Maybe Not Grandpa Material:

  • The guarantee of awkward Trekkie encounters. So many Trekkie encounters. 



Sir Patrick Stewart (born 13 July 1940) is an English actor whose work has included roles on stage, television, and film in a career spanning almost six decades. He has been nominated for Olivier, Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, and Saturn Awards throughout his career. Beginning his career with a long run with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart received the 1979 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Antony and Cleopatra in the West End. Stewart's first major screen roles were in BBC-broadcast television productions during the mid-late 1970s, including Hedda, and the I, Claudius miniseries. From the 1980s onward, Stewart began working ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 78

Birthplace: Mirfield, United Kingdom

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