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Who Is America's Grandfather in 2019?

Updated December 12, 2018 767 votes 67 voters 1.4k views20 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. 

  • Morgan Freeman
    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.


    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    Is he our pop-pop?
  • James Earl Jones
    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.



    • Age: 89
    • Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America
    Is he our pop-pop?
  • 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.


    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
    Is he our pop-pop?
  • Ian McKellen
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    Why We Love Him:

    • If he can inspire a bunch of Hobbits to cross a netherworld and throw a ring into a pit of fire, imagine what he could inspire you to do.
    • His accent is awesome. Everything he says sounds like Shakespeare.
    • He's one of the greatest screen and stage actors alive.

    Maybe Not Grandpa Material:

    • Those steely blue eyes would cut through the slightest hint of your b.s.


    • Age: 81
    • Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom
    Is he our pop-pop?