Celebrities The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models  

Lisa Waugh
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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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4,531 1,975
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

2
174 220
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Tom Islava added Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

3
520 758
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Film Producer, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer

4
73 95
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Matt1345 added Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

5
560 825
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Firefighter, Film Producer

6
400 511
Mark Hamill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

7
684 1,100
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

8
299 446
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor

9
434 623
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter

10
384 620
James Woods is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

11
341 491
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Businessperson, Film Producer, Screenwriter

12
357 522
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor, Voice acting

13
139 73
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician

14
339 497
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor, Voice acting, Engineer

15
554 782
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer

16
403 546
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor

17
2,257 1,858
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
IanHarvey added Novelist, Film Producer, Author

18
2,102 2,029
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting

19
399 524
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

20
311 474
Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

21
1,761 1,667
Mads Mikkelsen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Gymnast, Actor, Dancer

22
4,577 5,212
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Model, Actor

23
169 289
Hugh Bonneville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor

24
265 317
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

25
146 205
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Military Officer, Film Producer, Author

26
253 440
Jeffrey Wright is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models

27
211 420
Adam Driver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor

28
244 337
John C. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

29
146 178
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Spokesperson, Musician, Film Producer

30
202 287
Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

31
138 164
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
ScottPolichette added Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

32
141 198
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor

33
284 387
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Businessperson, Comedian, Television producer

34
159 216
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

35
116 165
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Actor

36
184 169
Nick Offerman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Television producer, Carpenter, Film Producer

37
85 97
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor, Voice acting

38
212 261
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Pilot, Television director, Military Officer

39
90 154
Ernst Jünger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Writer, Philosopher

40
192 306
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

41
163 209
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Tom Islava added Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer

42
155 164
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting

43
52 39
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Cindy Hagen Lukas added Actor, Producer, Humanitarian

44
223 259
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
ScottPolichette added Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

45
712 1,187
Anthony Cumia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Radio personality, Actor

46
108 176
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
ScottPolichette added Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

47
212 303
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Journalist, Film Producer

48
107 140
Jared Taylor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Editor, Journalist, Editing

49
227 353
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Painter, Poet, Musician

50
51 49
Misha Collins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Poet, Television producer, Screenwriter