Father's Day Special: Which celebrity fathers we love and why!

06/17/2007 at 10:00 AM ET

We focus on celebrity parents and their children here at the Celebrity Baby Blog. Today is Father’s Day in the US and we celebrate famous fathers and why we love them. Here we honor David Arquette, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, Tim Hasselbeck, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Larry Birkhead, Boris Kodjoe, Matt Damon, Patrick Dempsey, Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise.

CocoDavid Arquette — father of one, David Arquette has been a dedicated father since the beginning. Daughter Coco Riley, 3, with Courteney Cox-Arquette, is the light of his life:

Thereare so many things I wish I could put into words on how much I love mydaughter. Just to be able to say ‘my daughter’ is enough to make mebreak down. I look at her, and she just has no idea how much of amiracle she is. I live for the nights when she wakes up, and Courteneywill bring her into our bedroom, and she’ll lay her down between us…Imean, there’s nothing…there isn’t anywhere I would rather be then withmy wife who I love more than the stars, with the child we’ve madetogether sleeping between us.

Who is your favorite celebrity dad and why? Also, what did you do with your father or for your husband for Father’s Day?

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Maddox_3Brad Pitt became a dedicated father from when he first started dating Angelina Jolie. Already a single mother of one, Brad was the one who supported Angelina in her desire to adopt more children. In July 2005, they flew to Africa to collect Zahara, now 2 1/2. They then adopted, Pax, 3 1/2, earlier this year. Angelina was convinced, after seeing Brad with Mad and Z, that his desire to have a biological child would not conflict with his love for Mad and Z. Welcome Shiloh!

Before I met Brad, I always said I was happy never to have a child biologically. He told me he hadn’t given up on that thought. Then, a few months after Z came home, I saw Brad with her and Mad, and I realized how much he loved them, and a biological child would not in any way be a threat. So I said, ‘I want to try.’

BenBen Affleck was once a bad boy of Hollywood. He is now a dedicated husband and father, to wife, Jennifer Garner and daughter, Violet Anne, 18 months. Jennifer spoke of her admiration of Ben as a father last month;

You know how as a kid, you picture yourself with a tall, handsome husband, and you imagine him cuddling your baby? Ben is that, like, on crack. He’s a teddy bear of a guy. Nothing makes me happier than to see the two of them together and her little hands on his face.

LarryHe only was able to officially become both her biological and legal father in April, but Larry Birkhead is loving it. Daughter, Dannielynn Hope, with the late Anna Nicole Smith is thriving.

She is gorgeous and meeting all her developmental milestones. Larry says; It’s the greatest feeling ever. It’s like magic. I wake up every morning, and can’t wait until she wakes up, so I can see her. Sometimes I cheat and take a peek at her. It’s great. It’s trial and error, and it’s a lot of hours, but it’s a lot of fun.

DempseyGrey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey is a second time father with the arrival of his twin sons in February, Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick, joined big sister Talula Fyfe, 5. Last month, Patrick spoke of how his sons are progressing:

They change. I leave in the morning and come back in the evening and they’ve grown. They’re starting to talk and now there’s some reaction there. They use their faces and hold their heads up a bit.

IsabellaMatt Damon became a first-time father this time last year, when he and wife, Luciana, welcomed daughter Isabella. Matt has lived in Florida for most of the year where his family isn’t a paparazzi target, so this is why we haven’t seen much of little Isabella. Matt spoke last month about her milestones:

I feel I got made a member of a club that I didn’t know existed. I didn’t think this would happen to me…I was excited for her to start talking and walking and toddling around hanging out, but I didn’t realize how much personality little people have right off the bat. So it’s just been fun. She stands up and then realizes she’s standing and down she goes. It’s fun.

SuriTom Cruise and Katie Holmes became parents together when they welcomed daughter, Suri Cruise, in April last year. Tom was already a father to Isabella, 14, and Connor, 12, so it came as no surprise to Katie that he was fabulous with Suri:

It came as no shock that when we had Suri he was amazing with the baby.

KodjoeActor Boris Kodjoe is dad to Sophie Tee-Naaki, 2, and Nicolas Neruda, 7 months, and says that life has changed so much since becoming a father with wife, Nicole, two years ago;

Having kids gives you wings and makes you feel like a superhero. Fatherhood has taught me unconditional love, again and again, and a depth of emotion that I’ve never experienced. Sometimes I wonder, ‘What was I doing before?’

GraceThe View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck highly regards her husband when it comes to fatherhood. Tim Hasselbeck seems to have have exceeded Elisabeth’s expectations when it comes to parenting, Grace, 2:

I have a high expectation of what a father should be, and Tim has more than delivered…he really takes part in everything.

JohnnyandvanessaJohnny Depp, is father to Lily-Rose Melody, 7 1/2, and Jack, 5, with girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis. He has previously expressed how the birth of Lily-Rose is what reinvented him:

[Having Lily-Rose] was not only the greatest thing that’s ever happened — It’s the only thing that’s ever happened to me. I helped give our daughter life and I feel she gave me life. Suddenly, you meet your reason to live, meet the future. It was like my birth in a way. I was born that day.

AvaHugh Jackman and wife, Deborra-Lee Furness chose to adopt their children, Oscar, 7, and Ava, 23 months. He spoke of their racial differences and people’s prejudices in relation to adoption:

Oscar is a bit of everything – African-American, Caucasian, Hawaiian and Cherokee. We specifically requested a bi-racial child because there was more of a need. People will wait 18 months to adopt a little blonde girl; meanwhile, bi-racial children are turned away. The same was true for Ava, she’s half Mexican, half German.

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Lisette on

I made breakfast in bed for him and gave him the very first picture of all his children together in a beautiful frame. He loved it and was very happy.

Rii on

Where are Tobey Maguire and Will Smith? And Ryan Phillippe? Ben Affleck?

Unfortunately we can’t include everyone, we looked for those with certain kinds of quotes. Ben Affleck is in there though, you must have missed him.

tink1217 on

well, unfortunately my husband had to work today…:(, but when he gets home, he will get cards form me and the kids…his favorite dinner…and a brand new Yankees dress watch. He is a rabid Yankees fan so I am sure he will love it!

My own father, well, we don’t talk much, but I did email him wishing him a great day.

tink1217 on

and my favorite celeb dads??? Brad Pitt and Ryan Phillippe. Brad because, like my own husband..came into a ready made family and embraced it completely. I love the way he is with all the kids. Ryan Phillippe because even though he and Reese are no longer together he is still immensely involved with his children. And it doesn’t hurt that both of them are smokin hot! 🙂 They just both seem so dedicated to their children in every way.

K on

Brad Pitt & Hugh Jackman win hands down for me, there is something very special about adoptive fathers!!!

Rii on

Okay, thank you!

I still say Tobey Maguire.:)

Spider-Man star took a shine to his precious Ruby, 7 months, right away. “I love being a dad!” Maguire has said. “I love my daughter … yeah, it’s definitely amazing! It’s like everybody says, all the clichés are true – it’s indescribable and you just have to be there to understand it.”


Queenie on

Brad Pitt is my favorite celebrity dad. I’ve been a fan of his for years and he always talked about his love and desire for children. Now that he has 4 he just seems like a natural. I swear the man was born to be a father.

Marthe on

Brad Pitt is my favourite celebrity dad. But I must confess I don’t know much about the other celebrities mentioned. I was never into celebrities until Brad hooked up with Angelina. And they are my only celebrity crush really. 🙂

Caroline on

I would love to Say Goran Visnjic, but he’s not much of a dad so far!
He is without a question my favorite celebrity but he hasn’t shown much parenting yet, so… … … Patrick from Greys Anatomy seems to be completely devoted to his kids, specially his twins I would cast my vote as dad of the year for him and Brad Pitt who always has one of his kids with him.

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David Beckham

Niki on

Ryan Phillipe is my favorite celebrity dad…he has always been very hands on w/ his kids, just as Reese has been an amazing hands on mother. Its refreshing to see that even though their marriage hasn’t worked out they have made sure they are still good parents and are both a part of their kids lives. I have an amazing dad who has always been very involved in mine and my sister’s life and would do anything for us; I was very happy to find a man to marry who is also very involved in our son’s life. He loves being a father and that is the most romantic thing to see in my eyes 🙂

Ashley on

I would say Seal and Paul Bettany, because they have really embraced being fathers to their wives’ (Heidi Klum and Jennifer Connelly) children from previous relationships.

js on

my fave celeb dad will definitely be David Beckham he seems like a really dedicated dad to his three boys brooklyb romeo and cruz.

Jennifer on

Personly, I think the best father is Ne-yo, even though he’s not on the list.

N. on

My favorite dad?

Joe Nichols.

Christine on

the quotes are really beautiful !! I hope one day being able to say what Jennifer Garner said…

My favorite dads are Brad Pitt, he loves all his children, he seems to be a loving and fantastic dad and down to earth. I had never imagined that he could be that kind of man; my other favorite dad is Brian Littrell from the BSB, he is really down to earth and he is a great daddy with Baylee, I love to see them both especially on stage singing together 🙂

Millie on

I <3 Patrick Dempsey :) He's such a sweetie.

Eva on

The best = JOHNNY DEPP!!!!

perfectsadie on

Michael J. Fox and David Arquette are my favorite celebrity dads. They both seem to be in awe of their kids and so playful with them and appreciative of their respective “Mom”s. Great guys!

Émilie on

I think Seal should be there. He is wonderful.

Brynnan on

My favorite celeb dad: Seal!

My dad passed away 20 years ago but he lives in my heart. I think of him every day.

AMW on

Noah Wyle should be on that list, he really seems like a wonderful father, you rarely see him without his kids.

I do agree with Michael J. Fox being a great dad too.

Jane on

My vote is for Matt Damon, but he’s hardly spent any time in Florida over the last year. He’s been filming in LA, NY, London and Europe since last July.

Julie on

My favorite celeb dad is without a doubt, Ronan Keating! Whenever he talks about his three kids his eyes light up, he loves them to death!! His favorite moments are sundays, when he can hang out with his kids all days. And whenever he is working on a new album, he will do it from home so that he can be around his kids!
He would give up his career any day for them!

Shelly on

For me it’s a toss up Larry Birkhead or Johnny Depp,they have both walked through some HUGE fires this past year and are still STONG for their Children!
That is a true sign of a GREAT parent!!!

meme on

i will go 2 ben affleck and patric dempesy
i see them sooo cool dads and i like the way they deal with them

sil on

favorite celebrity dads: Matt Damon and Jhonny Depp, I don’t know why, but i love them both, they are great actors and seam to be great parents.

Nita on

I will go with Ben Affleck and Jon Bon Jovi. They both seem so down to earth for celebrities, their kids always seem so happy….and, let’s face it, both dads are good eye candy.

Destiny on

Rev Run is my fav celebrity dad. What I see when I look at him with his children is a flawed father unconditionally loving his flawed kids. It is funny watching the different ways that he tries to teach his kids life lessons. Sometimes he does it brilliantly and other times he tanks and his wife has to clean up the mess. But it’s evident that he loves his wife and kids. IMO, although unperfect like every other dad on the face of the planet, he is a perfect example of a dad.

BTW…I use the words “flawed” and “unperfect” because Rev Run isn’t afraid to show others that even though he has been a father for over 20 years and has 5 kids, he is everlearning how to be a good father. I love his transperancy.

Kaley on

I love the quotes about Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, and David Arquette. They seem like awesome dads.

sarah on

goran visinjec is great dady i saw him with his baby in a pic. he was so kind