celebrities 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
Tom Hanks Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

2
2,249 1,836
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
IanHarvey added Gene Hackman Novelist, Film Producer, Author

3
2,078 2,014
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Peter Dinklage Actor, Voice acting

4
1,742 1,656
Mads Mikkelsen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Mads Mikkelsen Gymnast, Actor, Dancer

5
496 729
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

6
541 811
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Steve Buscemi Television director, Firefighter, Film Producer

7
4,574 5,203
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Hugh Dancy Model, Actor

8
418 605
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Gary Oldman Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter

9
336 481
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

10
290 432
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Daniel Radcliffe Actor

11
390 519
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Michael Keaton Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

12
350 513
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Sean Bean Actor, Voice acting

13
662 1,082
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Robert Downey Jr. Comedian, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

14
337 490
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Michael Gambon Actor, Voice acting, Engineer

The Best Dressed Male Celebrities

15
388 542
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Ian McKellen Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor

16
378 606
James Woods is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added James Woods Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

17
532 769
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Morgan Freeman Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer

18
387 503
Mark Hamill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Mark Hamill Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

19
254 314
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Bill Hader Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

20
300 464
Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Seth Rogen Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

21
122 63
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Clint Eastwood Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician

The Hottest Celebrities of All Time

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137 160
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
ScottPolichette added Jimmy Page Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

23
169 284
Hugh Bonneville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Hugh Bonneville Actor

24
143 189
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Tom Islava added Elton John Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

25
238 335
John C. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
John C. Reilly Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

26
200 282
Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Judd Apatow Television director, Comedian, Television producer

27
136 177
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Jeff Bridges Spokesperson, Musician, Film Producer

28
273 381
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Bill Murray Businessperson, Comedian, Television producer

The Hottest Male Redheads

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138 197
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Alec Guinness Actor

30
140 202
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Christopher Lee Military Officer, Film Producer, Author

31
251 437
Jeffrey Wright is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models

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152 212
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Dick Van Dyke Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

33
168 169
Nick Offerman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Nick Offerman Television producer, Carpenter, Film Producer

34
113 160
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Cary Grant Actor

35
208 417
Adam Driver is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
david-p-griffith added Adam Driver Actor

Celebrities Who Were Once Roommates

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207 258
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
James Stewart Pilot, Television director, Military Officer

37
146 163
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Kurt Russell Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting

38
218 256
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

39
48 37
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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76 94
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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46 32
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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157 205
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

18 Photos of Makeup-Wearing Male Celebs Without Their Makeup On

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90 151
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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39 20
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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712 1,183
Anthony Cumia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Anthony Cumia Radio personality, Actor

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201 301
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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40 46
Misha Collins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Misha Collins Poet, Television producer, Screenwriter

48
107 138
Jared Taylor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Jared Taylor Editor, Journalist, Editing

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33 26
Piers Anthony is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
dark wish added Piers Anthony Novelist, Author, Writer

50
134 174
Adam Carolla is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models
ScottPolichette added Adam Carolla Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer