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
554 799
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Film Producer, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer

3
420 545
Mark Hamill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

4
571 854
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Firefighter, Film Producer

5
2,271 1,872
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
IanHarvey added Novelist, Film Producer, Author

6
191 263
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Tom Islava added Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

7
711 1,152
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

8
2,124 2,046
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting

9
170 116
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician

10
453 667
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter

11
317 490
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor

12
349 509
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
585 812
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer

14
366 540
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor, Voice acting

15
393 656
James Woods is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

16
1,787 1,683
Mads Mikkelsen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Gymnast, Actor, Dancer

17
419 562
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor

18
351 511
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor, Voice acting, Engineer

19
87 149
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Matt1345 added Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

20
411 535
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

21
4,581 5,226
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Model, Actor

22
316 499
Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

23
271 330
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

24
164 212
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Military Officer, Film Producer, Author

25
171 301
Hugh Bonneville is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor