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

2
181 233
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
526 777
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
405 518
Mark Hamill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

5
562 835
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Firefighter, Film Producer

6
75 105
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Matt1345 added Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

7
692 1,104
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

8
304 451
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor

9
440 628
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter

10
386 625
James Woods is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

11
148 74
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician

12
341 495
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Businessperson, Film Producer, Screenwriter

13
359 525
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor, Voice acting

14
342 500
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
561 785
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer

16
407 549
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor

17
2,261 1,860
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
IanHarvey added Novelist, Film Producer, Author

18
2,107 2,032
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting

19
403 526
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

20
312 481
Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

21
1,764 1,670
Mads Mikkelsen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Gymnast, Actor, Dancer

22
4,578 5,214
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Model, Actor

23
169 291
Hugh Bonneville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor

24
268 319
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

25
150 206
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
255 441
Jeffrey Wright is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models

27
214 422
Adam Driver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor

28
149 179
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Spokesperson, Musician, Film Producer

29
245 339
John C. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

30
141 165
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
ScottPolichette added Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

31
202 290
Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

32
144 199
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor

33
289 389
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Businessperson, Comedian, Television producer

34
163 217
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
120 166
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Actor

36
186 170
Nick Offerman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Television producer, Carpenter, Film Producer

37
87 98
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor, Voice acting

38
216 262
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Pilot, Television director, Military Officer

39
54 40
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Cindy Hagen Lukas added Actor, Producer, Humanitarian

40
90 155
Ernst Jünger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Writer, Philosopher

41
157 165
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting

42
166 212
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Tom Islava added Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer

43
193 307
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

44
224 260
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 1,188
Anthony Cumia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Radio personality, Actor

46
110 177
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
ScottPolichette added Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

47
54 49
Misha Collins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Poet, Television producer, Screenwriter

48
214 303
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Journalist, Film Producer

49
228 354
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Painter, Poet, Musician

50
107 141
Jared Taylor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Editor, Journalist, Editing