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As the years go on, some celebrity families keep growing!
These blended bunches and tight-knit homes have a lot to learn from their highly experienced dads. Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood and Alec Baldwin are just a few A-list actors who have become dads by welcoming children later in life: read on to meet more members of Hollywood’s older dads club.
Anthony Michael Hall
Actor Anthony Michael Hall was 55 when he and his wife Lucia welcomed baby Michael Anthony Hall II in June 2023.
“I couldn’t be happier because I always knew, even when I was a young man, that I wanted to get started later.” he told PEOPLE when he announced the happy news. “Here I am at 55, and I’m fully committed. I’m excited. My wife and I are really into parenting and diving in.”
Robert De Niro
His role as protective papa in Meet the Parents was certainly no stretch: The Academy Award winner recently welcomed his seventh child at age 79.
De Niro and his first wife, Diahnne Abbott, welcomed their first child, Drena, in 1976, and had son Raphael together a few years later before splitting. He also has twin sons, Julian and Aaron, with ex-girlfriend Toukie Smith, and with ex-wife Grace Hightower, is a parent to son Elliot and daughter Helen Grace.
At age 89, Ecclestone became a father of four.
The former Formula 1 chief welcomed a son named Ace with his wife Fabiana Flosi, then 44, on July 1, 2020, a spokesperson for Ecclestone confirmed to CNN.
Ace is Ecclestone’s first son, and first child with Flosi. He is also dad to daughters Petra, Tamara, and Deborah (his eldest, born in 1955) from previous marriages.
Dad to seven children at the age of 63 (the eldest of which was born in 1954), Eastwood didn’t envision more kids in his future — until he married Dina. A few weeks following their Hawaiian wedding, the couple (who are now divorced) discovered they were expecting their first child together. Eastwood’s youngest child, daughter Morgan was born in 1996, when the actor-director was 65.
Murphy was 59 when he and his girlfriend, Australian model Paige Butcher, welcomed their second child (and his 10th), but they didn’t have to worry about a shortage of half-siblings to pitch in with babysitting.
The actor is dad to nine other children with five women, including five kids with his ex-wife Nicole Murphy.
The star was in his early 60s when he welcomed his kids, River Joe and Charlie Ocean, with wife Emilie Livingston, a Canadian dancer and gymnast — and though he’s having “such fun” as a dad, he has also said he does have awareness of his age when parenting them.
“I keep doing the math, and keep extrapolating where they’re going to be, and where I’m going to be,” Goldblum told British outlet iNews of his kids. “And when I buy a watch, I wonder who’s going to get it.”
Though already dad to adult daughter Alexa Ray with ex Christie Brinkley, Joel was ready for round two when he and wife Alexis welcomed daughter Della Rose in 2015. Life got even sweeter in October 2017, when daughter Remy Anne was born to the then-71-year-old musician and his wife.
“[Having children] makes all the difference because it’s about them, not you,” said the musician of life with Zachary and Elijah — both welcomed in the star’s mid-60s. “And it’s the greatest thing you’ll ever know.”
He continued, “People say, ‘Well, I disagree, I don’t want children’ and that’s fine – I would have said the same thing, until I had them. Then it was like, ‘Wow this is it? Are you kidding me?’ If I was 15 years younger, I’d have two or three more. Without question.”
Lucky No. 8! The Rolling Stones frontman became a dad once more when he and ballerina-girlfriend Melanie Hamrick welcomed son Devereaux in December 2016, when he was 73; his eldest, Karis, was born in 1970.
Jagger’s fellow Rolling Stone was 68 and a grandfather of 10 when he and his wife and wife Sally welcomed twin girls in May 2016 – her first child, and his fifth.
At age 52, Josh Brolin became a dad of four, with wife Kathryn spilling her pregnancy news on Instagram on July 7, 2020 via a photo of herself posing with their young daughter Westlyn Reign.
“The Brolin’s are a growin’ !!” the entrepreneur captioned her post. “Our little December babe is on the way …🌱”
Josh left a cheeky comment on the post, writing, “Wow. That’s amazing! Congratula … wait … WHAT?!?!”
Aside from Westlyn, Josh has two adult children — daughter Eden and son Trevor — from his first marriage to actress Alice Adair. Josh and Kathryn tied the knot in September 2016.
Already dad to daughter Ireland from his first marriage to Kim Basinger, the 30 Rock star was 62 when he and wife Hilaria announced they were expecting a baby. Daughter Carmen arrived in 2013, and the couple has had six more together since.
Ireland now has a daughter of her own, Holland, who was born in May 2023, making Alec a grandfather.
After spending years perfecting the role of doting dad on the big screen (Cheaper by the Dozen or Father of the Bride, anyone?), life finally imitated art for the actor-author. He and his wife Anne Stringfield quietly welcomed a daughter in 2012, when he was 67.
“I have a family life that’s really fun,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “To film a movie now, to go someplace else to live, I’m not willing to do that anymore. I can’t disappear for three months.”
The Die Hard star was 57 when he and wife Emma Heming welcomed daughter Mabel in 2012; two years later, they had daughter Evelyn in 2014.
Willis was already a dad to three adult daughters, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, through his decade-long marriage to Demi Moore.
The actor first dived into daddy duty when he and ex-wife Judy Helkenberg welcomed son William in 1971. He welcomed a daughter, Alectra, in 1995, and in 2010 when he was 65, welcomed son Luke with partner Steffanie Samson.
It was a match made in Hollywood heaven when the legendarily eligible bachelor met Annette Bening, and the couple welcomed four children between 1992 and 2000 — the same year the actor celebrated his 63rd birthday. “He’s a fantastic dad. He’s just enthralled, very thoughtful, very communicative,” Bening has said.
Already a dad to Cameron when he married Catherine Zeta-Jones in 1998. The couple would go on to welcome son Dylan in 2000 and daughter Carys in 2003, when Douglas was 59, and he said he was grateful for the gift: “I never anticipated starting a family and the joy of raising kids at my age.”
Rock star Paul McCartney and his late wife Linda had four children starting in the 1960s. Decades later, he married mother Heather Mills, and in 2003, he became a dad for a fifth time at the age of 61, when their baby girl, Beatrice, was born. (He and Mills split not long after.)
McCartney shared a photo with his eight grandchildren on The Late Show in 2019 (pictured).
After almost 17 years of dating, the late-night host and his partner Regina took their relationship to a whole new level in 2003 with the birth of their first child, son Harry. The funny guy —who was 56 at the time —and his longtime love eventually tied the knot in 2009, with their then-5-year-old son at their side.
The actor is father to six: He had daughter Jennifer in 1963; years later, he would welcome daughter Lorraine and son Raymond, who was born the same year his famous father turned 54; in 1994, a 57-year-old Nicholson would welcome daughter Tessa with Jennine Gourin. (Nicholson is also dad to Honey Hollman.)
Following a slew of relationships (which produced three children) the late late-night host tied the knot and settled down with his seventh wife Shawn. At the age of 65, he would return to double the diaper duty when the couple welcomed their first son Chance in 1999, followed only a year later by the birth of son Cannon.
John Travolta and his wife, the late Kelly Preston, welcomed son Jett in 1992 and daughter Ella Bleu in 2000, and were heartbroken when Jett died suddenly of a seizure at age 16.
Less than two years later, the couple surprised everyone with news that they were adding another baby to their brood. Just three months shy of his 57th birthday, Travolta and Preston welcomed son Benjamin in November 2010.
A little over one year after welcoming daughter Tabitha in 2011, the actor and then-girlfriend Tinglan Hong added another baby (a son!) to their brood. He and now-wife Anna Eberstein have three children of their own; he was 58 when the youngest was born.