1. Parenting
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Find Out About Celebrity Grandfathers

Stars of the Large and Small Screen Explore a New Role


Although they seem forever youthful, especially when we watch them in their old roles, these stars of movies and TV are now exploring the role of grandparenting. They may be celebrity grandfathers, but most are also very involved grandfathers.

1. Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, Academy Award-winning actor, has a new role, that of grandfather.
Photo © Chris Jackson/ Getty

Known for achieving back-to-back Best Actor Oscars, in 1993 and 1994, Tom Hanks was awarded the title of grandfather in 2011. Olivia Jane Hanks was born to Colin Hanks and his wife Samantha Bryant in 2011, followed by a sister, Charlotte Bryant Hanks, in 2013. On Entertainment Tonight, Hanks compared grandparenthood to "parenthood fantasy camp." There's no doubt that being a grandfather is one of Hanks' favorite goodies in his box of chocolates.

2. Dr. Phil McGraw

Grand Magazine chose Dr. Phil as 2010's sexiest celebrity grandparent.
Photo © Alex Wong / Getty

Talk show host Dr. Phil was named 2010's Sexiest Celebrity Grandparent by Grand Magazine after becoming a grandfather on March 17. Avery Elizabeth McGraw was born to Jay McGraw and his wife Erica, making the talk show host and his wife Robin grandparents. Dr. Phil tweeted and blogged about the new arrival and introduced her on his show two months later. His grandson, London Phillip McGraw, was born in 2011 on Dr. Phil's birthday, Sept. 1.He also got the tweet treatment.

3. Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey is a grandfather to Jackson, born in 2010.
Photo © Kevin Winter / Getty

Jim Carrey became a grandfather on Feb. 26, 2010, when his daughter Jane and husband Alex Santana welcomed Jackson Riley Santana. Carrey was 47 at the time, a little young for a Hollywood grandparent but actually just average for the United States. Carrey tweeted about his grandson: "This is what 7lbs.11oz. of Calfornia dynomite looks like!" Reportedly, Carrey is better at grandparenting than he is at spelling.

4. Donald Trump

Grandfather Donald Trump has a child and a grandchild who are almost the same age.
Photo © Scott Wintrow

Donald Trump's granddaughter was blessed with a ready-made playmate. Trump and his third wife, Melania, had a son in 2006. In 2007 Kai Madison was born to Donald Trump Jr., and wife Vanessa, making Trump the elder a grandfather. Trump now has six grandchildren, four from Donald, Jr., and two from his daughter Ivanka. Trump became a grandfather just a little shy of his 62nd birthday, and that's probably the only time the word "shy" has been used in reference to the billionaire magnate and television personality.

5. Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond is the father of five boys and the grandfather of one boy and one girl.
Photo © Frederick M. Brown / Getty
Donny Osmond had to become a grandfather to get a girl. Osmond and his wife Debra have five sons and kept the streak going with their first grandson, Dylan James, born on August 21, 2005. His next grandchild, Emery Anne, born February 25, 2008, was the long-awaited girl. She's since been followed by three more grandsons. There's no chance that he'll be singing "Go Away, Little Girl" to Emery.

6. Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and now of American Idol is a grandfather.
Photo © David Becker / Getty

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith entered grandparenthood at the age of 54 when daughter Liv Tyler and her husband Royston Langdon presented him with a grandson, Milo William, born December 14, 2004.  The couple have since separated. Steven Tyler entered rehab in 2009 for addiction to painkillers. In 2011 he celebrated a year of sobriety by joining the judge's table on American Idol, where he immediately stole the show. Some would say that Grandpa is still a scream. Tyler left the show after two seasons.

7. Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland, the star of 24, was a very young grandfather.
Photo © Hannes Magerstaedt / Getty
Hamish Adam Kiefer Sinclair is the name that made Kiefer Sutherland a grandfather. Hamish was born in 2006 to his stepdaughter Michelle, the child of his first wife Camelia Kath. Sutherland was only 19 when he married Kath; Michelle was then eight years old. Michelle is married to Scottish actor Adam Sinclair. The name Hamish is a salute to his father's Scottish heritage. Sutherland, who also has Scottish roots, wore a kilt when he gave the bride away in 2004. Hamish has a brother, Robert Quinn Sinclair, born in 2011.

8. Tony Danza

Tony Danza was on the air in 2005 when he learned he was going to be a grandfather.
Photo © Frederick M. Brown / Getty
There are lots of ways to learn that you're going to be a grandfather, but few people get the news on the air. Tony Danza was doing a cooking segment on his show when son Marc Danza, appearing with him, broke the news. Nicholas was born to Marc and his wife Julie in 2005. Tony and Marc collaborated on a cookbook that was published in 2010. Word is that Nicky was the taste tester.

9. Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford is another star who is grandparenting one generation and parenting another.
Photo © Junko Kimura | Getty Images
One of the most private stars in Hollywood, Harrison Ford is also one of those who is simultaneously parenting and grandparenting. With his wife Calista Flockhart, he parents Liam, who was adopted by Flockhart in 2001. Ford has three grandchildren: Eliel, born in 1993; Giuliana, born in 1997; and Ethan, born in 2000. You might say he's an old "Han" at grandparenting.

10. Paul McCartney

Former Beatle Paul McCartney is a grandfather
Photo © Jason Merritt / Getty

Paul McCartney has eight grandchildren. His oldest daughter, Mary, is mother to Arthur, born in 1999; Elliot, born in 2002; Sam, born in 2008; and Sid, born in 2011. His fashion designer daughter Stella is mother to Miller, born in 2005; Bailey, born in 2006; Beckett born in 2008; and Reiley, born in 2010. For his 64th birthday in 2006, his grandchildren, then three in number, made a special recording of "When I'm Sixty-Four" for McCartney.

11. Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan Is a Stepgrandfather
Photo © Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

Pierce Brosnan became a grandfather at 44, but it's complicated. His first wife, Cassandra Harris was 12 years older than Brosnan and had two children from a previous marriage. Brosnan adopted the two, and one of them, daughter Charlotte, gave birth to Isabelle Sophie in 1998 and to a son, Lucas, in 2005. Cassandra Harris died in 1991 from ovarian cancer. Brosnan remarried and became a father again in 2001, making his granddaughter Isabelle three years older than her own uncle.

12. James Brolin

James Brolin is Father of Josh Brolin and a Grandfather
Photo © Bobby Bank

James Brolin, born in 1940, has been a grandfather since the age of 47 and could be joining the ranks of great-grandfathers soon. His two grandsons, Trevor, born in 1988, and Eden, born in 1993, are the sons of Josh Brolin, the star of No Country for Old Men. James Brolin has been married to Barbra Streisand since 1998. Some think this is a great country for old men, when they look like James Brolin.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.