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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
Tom Hanks Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

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

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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Peter Dinklage Actor, Voice acting

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Mads Mikkelsen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Mads Mikkelsen Gymnast, Actor, Dancer

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Alan Rickman Film Producer, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Steve Buscemi Television director, Firefighter, Film Producer

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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Hugh Dancy Model, Actor

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Gary Oldman Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Warwick Davis Businessperson, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Daniel Radcliffe Actor

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Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Sean Bean Actor, Voice acting

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Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Michael Keaton Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Morgan Freeman Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Ian McKellen Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Robert Downey Jr. Comedian, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

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Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Michael Gambon Actor, Voice acting, Engineer

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Clint Eastwood Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician

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James Woods is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added James Woods Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

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Mark Hamill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Mark Hamill Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

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Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Bill Hader Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

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Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Seth Rogen Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Tom Islava added Elton John Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
ScottPolichette added Jimmy Page Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

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Hugh Bonneville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Hugh Bonneville Actor

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

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John C. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
John C. Reilly Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Jeff Bridges Spokesperson, Musician, Film Producer

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Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Judd Apatow Television director, Comedian, Television producer

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Bill Murray Businessperson, Comedian, Television producer

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Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Alec Guinness Actor

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Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Dick Van Dyke Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

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Jeffrey Wright is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models

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Nick Offerman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Nick Offerman Television producer, Carpenter, Film Producer

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Cary Grant Actor

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Adam Driver is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Adam Driver Actor

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Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Kurt Russell Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
James Stewart Pilot, Television director, Military Officer

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
ScottPolichette added Sean Connery Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

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

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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Benedict Cumberbatch Actor, Voice acting

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Isaac Asimov is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
dark wish added Isaac Asimov Biochemist, Historian, Novelist

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

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Ernst Jünger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Ernst Jünger Writer, Philosopher

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James Caan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
James Caan Actor, Voice acting, Singer

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Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Kenny Rogers Record producer, Entrepreneur, Musician

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Patrick Stewart Television director, Journalist, Film Producer

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Anthony Cumia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Anthony Cumia Radio personality, Actor

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Misha Collins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Misha Collins Poet, Television producer, Screenwriter

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Matt1345 added Eminem Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mary S Spiegel added John F. Kennedy Politician, Soldier, Screenwriter