And a happy Father's Day to you too! Soccer may be the most popular sport around the world, but it has taken its time to catch on here in the US. With the 2010 World Cup well under way, the sport is gaining a whole new crop of fans in women who can't take their eyes off of the sexy footballers. What the many of the ladies don't know is that some of the best players in the world spend their off-field time changing diapers and kicking the ball around with their tots. In honor of Father's Day, we're taking a look at some of the dads who know that dribbling means more than some saliva on the chin.
Mothers who aren't fond of sports may not care about the players, but they might appreciate their looks. The NFL, NBA, and MLB all provide muscular eye candy and they aren't the only places where good lookin' pops can be found. Think tennis, golf and surfing for some more quality finds! Check out which dads made our top 10 hot athletic dads' list.
Some moms recognize Ben Stiller's voice in an instant as their children are fans of the Madagascar series and have the DVDs playing in constant rotation. The actor's more grown-up flicks tend to air after the youngsters have been tucked into bed so their parents can enjoy some comic relief.
The Hollywood funny man has spent most of his life entertaining audiences. His first television appearance was with his famous parents – comedic legends Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara – at the age of six. After several years on stage and then behind the camera – he directed and had roles in Reality Bites and The Cable Guy – Stiller became a box office star with There's Something About Mary and Meet the Parents. He now spends most of his time starring in feature films and cartoons like Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, which opens this weekend.
Stiller, and his wife of nine years, actress Christine Taylor, have two children — Ella, 7, and Quinlin, 3, — and are big supporters of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. Even in life's most serious situations, this sugardaddy keeps people laughing.
Eric Bana has been on most mama's radars since they saw him in Black Hawk Down. But, many did a double as the actor strutted around ancient Greece in Troy. Any daddy that can steal a scene from a shirtless Brad Pitt makes a definite impression.
A man of a thousand accents – he's done American, Israeli, and German to name a few – Bana is set to be a fixture on the silver screen this Summer, having hit box office gold as Nero in Star Trek last weekend and costarring with Rachel McAdams in The Time Traveler's Wife in a few months. The Aussie actor and comedian also recently finished filming Judd Apatow's latest comedy, Funny People with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.
Married to his wife of 12 years Rebecca Gleeson, Bana has limited his Hollywood film work in order to spend time at home in Australia with his children – Klaus, 10, and Sophia, 8. While in the land down under, the father of two has been an outspoken advocate for several children's charities including the Australian Childhood Foundation and the Motorcycle Riders Association Toy Run. A devoted fan of football and motor racing, Bana enjoys living life to its fullest, which led his Munich director Steven Speilberg to call him "a very gentle soul with a tremendous sense of humor. He's a gentle giant."
Coldplay's soulful music makes us understand why stunner Gwyneth Paltrow went weak at the knees for front man, Chris Martin. Using his music to comment on historical events and current social conditions, Martin has jettisoned his band to the global stage. When he's not touring the world or collecting Grammys, the very private musician can sometimes be seen spotted with his tots – Apple, 4, and Moses, 3, – at the playground or an amusement park. Rarely photographed together, Martin and his wonder woman wife say they cherish the bit of privacy they have been able to create for their family in both London and New York.
After taking some heat for naming their first-born after a piece of fruit, Martin spoke out on the rash of odd celebrity baby names, saying:
"People make a big fuss over names. Names of babies, names of albums, names of bands. There's nothing weird about calling your baby Chewbacca if that's what you want to call your baby. It's no stranger than Sarah. A name is just a noise, and if you like it, then f*** what everyone else says.''
While I may not be considering Star Wars characters to name my next child, it's nice to know that Martin is so open-minded.
He may be half of one of our favorite Hollywood couples, but Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, better known as simply Seal, has also stolen our hearts as the photograph snapping pop of Henry, 3, Johan, 2, and Leni, 5. And, rumor has it there might be another bundle of joy on the way. The British-born crooner is often seen carrying his lil ones on his shoulders as they make their way around Europe, LA and New York's parks and playgrounds.
And while Seal, and his wife of almost four years, Heidi Klum, appear to take their tots and his mother-in-law everywhere — including their annual anniversary trip to the Mexican town where they married, the singer made it known that his wife comes first. He said:
The most common hiccup [is when the first child comes along]. And it turns into all about the kids, which is understandable because they're miraculous. But then you've got to put each other first. You know, she will always be number one for me.
After spending years flashing his six-pack abs and antics in what seemed to be an endless parade of shirtless photos, Matthew McConaughey is creating a different type of stir as father to nine-month old, Levi. The ultimate bachelor, who will always hold a place in our hearts as stoner David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused, continues to play the romantic lead in hilarious movies like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and next month's Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. But, since he became a parent to his son with girlfriend Camila Alves, McConaughey is a laid back daddy who manages to incorporate his lil guy into all his daily activities from surfing to movie premieres to beach strolls.
Following Levi's birth, McConaughey said:
"Everyone talked about how, oh, you have a kid, life changes, it's like 180 degrees on a dime full stop, wow. And a lot of them had an insinuation under that like, you have to stop living your life as you live it. That hasn't been the case."
While he may no longer embrace his most famous line from Dazed and Confused, "I keep getting older; they stay the same age," his take on incorporating a lil one into your lifestyle and loving it can be heeded by all new parents.
As host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has us laughing on a nightly basis with his cynical look at the day's headlines. He's recently made news himself with his ongoing feud with a network newscaster who went on an on-air tirade about the economic situation.
Off camera, the doting dad of two — seen here with son Nathan Thomas, 4, at a New York Knicks game this week — is faced with the same dilemmas as most fathers. Stewart's three-year-old daughter, Maggie Rose, has discovered her mother's makeup bag and her daddy laughs that she is upholding 1950's gender stereotypes with her love for all things pink and girly.
During a recent appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman Stewart joked about Maggie's makeup artist skills:
"She does not have the motor skills…So bless her heart, we leave in the morning to go to school and I feel like I’m on a date with a miniature, aging French hooker.”
We're sure Maggie looks adorable even with her less than masterful makeup application and are just happy it gives her dad a few more funny lines to deliver for us.
Any father that spends his days telling journalists how much he looks forward to staying home with his family deserves to be awarded our Sugardaddy title. Clive Owen, whose first action-thriller — The International — opens this weekend, recently said:
"I've been traveling so much that I want to hang at home. We used to take the family on holidays and adventures, but more and more, I want to go home and stay at home. I love getting up in the morning and taking them to school and picking them up and hanging with them. In the last year or two, if I go away for a certain amount of time to make a film, I make sure I have down time at home to keep the balance right."
The British father of two — Hannah, 12, and Eve, 9 — has been in the public eye since he began starring in BBC television hits in the late 80s. Now the leading man in worldwide blockbusters and protective father says he does not allow his daughters to view his R-rated films and won't until they are 18. Given that the flick is opening this weekend, and another — Duplicity, in which he reunites with Julia Roberts — is set to debut next month, his girls will have quite a viewing party in a few years.
Who didn't dream about being the one pulled out of the crowd to dance with Bruce Springsteen in his Dancing in the Dark video? While Courteney Cox will always have that honor, seeing one of rock and roll's living legends all over my television screen this past month has brought those memories back.
The 59-year-old father of three shows no signs of slowing down after rocking the halftime show at the Super Bowl, winning a Golden Globe for his song from The Wrestler, performing at the inaugural concert and releasing a new album. And, that was just his January! His songs about the day-to-day struggles of working class Americans have made him a hero to many, while his political activism has helped him share the stage with several liberal politicians over the past few years.
Father to Evan James, 18, Jessica Rae, 17, and Sam Ryan, 15, Springsteen has kept his family out the limelight, only recently bringing them to events. The proud New Jersey native is about to embark on his latest concert tour, giving all us an opportunity to see this sugardaddy in person.
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