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The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models 

Lisa Waugh
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Updated June 19, 2020 117.1k votes 16.1k voters 30.3k views 259 items

List Rules Inspiring men who are positive role models and primarily work in Hollywood or the music industry.

Male celebrities as role models... what are we looking for? Maybe someone who knows how to lead, be a good team member, or handle themselves in high stress situations. Celebrity role models for boys are not as hard to come by as you might think. Sure, there are your tiger blood guzzling crazy types, or butt-pinching Broadway theatre goers. There’s plenty of bad behavior once one achieves fame and fortune. Still, there’s always time for a second chance.

Lest we forget, Robert Downey Jr. used to be a hot mess and even went to prison. Now? He’s one of the more solid celebrity role models for boys because his story shows redemption and hope. There’s the nice guy (Chris Pratt), the stand-up guy (Nick Offerman), and celebrities as role models so cool you want to hang out with them all the time guy, like Dave Grohl and Keanu Reeves. There are the obvious old timers like John Goodman and Jeff Bridges. There’s the nice playboy (George Clooney). And then there’s the king of the actor role models, everyman Bill Murray.

Sure, everyone has feet of clay and no one on this list of celebrity role models is perfect. They are, however, artist and actor role models who have managed to not completely set their lives on fire, or if they have, have weathered the storm and have insight to share.

Which musician or actor role model is your money riding on? Which actor role model would you recommend to your child? Have a beer with? Watch the game? Have bail you out of jail? Vote up the best celebrities as role models below, or add the men you find positive and inspiring, and set an example for all.
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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 62 from Concord, California, United States of America
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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 49 from Morristown, USA, New Jersey
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Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
IanHarvey added Age 89 from USA, San Bernardino, California
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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 79 from Burnley, United Kingdom
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Mads Mikkelsen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Age 53 from Copenhagen, Denmark
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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986) from United Kingdom
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Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Age 96 from England, London
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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Age 73 from Ripley, England
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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Age 60 from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Age 43 from Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke-upon-Trent, England
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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Age 73 from Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Tom Islava added Age 71 from Pinner, London, United Kingdom
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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Age 42 from Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
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Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Cindy Hagen Lukas added Dec. at 87 (1916-2003) from La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States of America
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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Allyson Cuper added Dec. at 58 (1899-1957) from New York City, USA, New York
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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 81 from Margam, United Kingdom
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Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
anniedriver added Age 45 from Stoke-upon-Trent, Stoke-on-Trent, England
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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 51 from Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America
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Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 51 from Shirebrook
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Benicio del Toro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 52 from San Germán, Puerto Rico
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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 63 from Idar-Oberstein, West Germany
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Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 63 from USA, Grand Chute, Wisconsin, Appleton
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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 50 from Sydney, Australia
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Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 86 from Sweden, Lund
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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 68 from Englewood, New Jersey, USA