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.

Ranker Video Actor Christopher Lee Was A Real Life Badass

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
612 860
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
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774 1,212
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer
4
240 319
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Tom Islava added Record producer, Pianist, Television producer
5
592 906
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Firefighter, Film Producer
6
440 602
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
483 713
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter
8
469 577
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor
9
336 545
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor
10
621 858
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer
11
400 715
James Woods is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Television producer, Film Producer, Actor
12
367 546
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor, Voice acting, Engineer
13
355 561
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Businessperson, Film Producer, Screenwriter
14
376 589
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor, Voice acting
15
2,148 2,092
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting
16
95 213
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Matt1345 added Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper
17
429 579
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
18
2,284 1,918
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
IanHarvey added Novelist, Film Producer, Author
19
214 222
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Military Officer, Film Producer, Author
20
1,833 1,699
Mads Mikkelsen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Gymnast, Actor, Dancer
21
4,585 5,274
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Model, Actor
22
191 169
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician
23
323 553
Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter
24
171 353
Hugh Bonneville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Actor
25
278 379
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter