Who Is America's Grandfather in 2019?  

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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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1 25 VOTES

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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2 29 VOTES

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: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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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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3 23 VOTES

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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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is America's Grandfather in 2019?
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4 24 VOTES

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.


Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards. He has also received two Academy Award nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy Award nominations. McKellen's work spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. His notable film roles include Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and Magneto in the X-Men films. McKellen was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1979, was knighted in 1991 ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 79

Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom

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