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The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models 

Lisa Waugh
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Updated March 18, 2020 107.2k votes 14.3k voters 28.1k views 265 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
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Mads Mikkelsen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Age 53 from Copenhagen
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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Age 42 from Hammersmith
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Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Cindy Hagen Lukas added Dec. at 87 (1916-2003) from La Jolla
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Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
IanHarvey added Age 89 from San Bernardino
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Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Age 96 from Belgravia
7
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986) from Horfield
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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 79 from Burnley
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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 49 from Morristown
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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Age 73 from Ripley
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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Age 43 from Stoke-on-Trent
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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Allyson Cuper added Dec. at 58 (1899-1957) from New York City
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Tom Islava added Age 71 from England
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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Age 73 from Hammersmith
15
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Age 60 from Manhattan
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Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
anniedriver added Age 45 from Stoke-upon-Trent
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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 88 from USA
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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 50 from Sydney
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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 81 from Margam
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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 61 from Greenwich
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Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 51 from Shirebrook
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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 63 from Idar-Oberstein
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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 51 from Kenosha
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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 55 from Owensboro
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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Age 68 from USA