Whether they were trapped in bachelorette life or too focused on their careers to settle down, these celebrities put their dad’s duty off until they were 40. From movie stars to politicians, we’re breaking down famous fathers who took in their first child in their fourth decade and beyond.
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George Clooney, 56
After years as Hollywood’s top bachelor, George Clooney stepped into a new role as a family man. After marrying attorney Amal Alamuddin in 2014, the couple welcomed twins Ella and Alexander in 2017 when the actor was 56 years old.
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Jay-Z was in his mid-40s when he greeted his first child, daughter Blue Ivy, with Beyoncé in 2012. Five years later, the rapper became twice dad with the birth of twins Rumi and Sir in 2017.
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John Stamos, 54
Always an uncle (Jesse) and never a father. It wasn’t until John Stamos turned 54 that his fatherhood journey began. He welcomed his son Billy Stamos with his wife Caitlin McHugh in 2018.
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Richard Gere, 50
Richard Gere was 50 years old when he and ex-wife Carey Lowell welcomed their first child in 2000. Gere became a father again at the age of 70 when his second wife, Alejandra Silva, gave birth to their son Alexander in 2019.
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Enrique Iglesias, 42
Enrique Iglesias focused on his successful singing career before turning his attention to starting a family. In 2017, he welcomed twins Lucy and Nicholas with Anna Kournikova at the age of 42.
6th from 39
Al Pacino, 49
The 80-year-old movie star has three children and the first was born at 49 years of age. Pacino’s daughter Julie Marie Pacino was born in 1989 in his relationship with model Jan Tarrant.
7th from 39
Cary Grant, 62
It wasn’t until the Hollywood star’s fourth marriage to Dyan Cannon that Cary Grant became a father. In 1966, the couple greeted Jennifer Grant when the actor was 62 years old.
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Andy Cohen, 50
Andy Cohen was 50 when he became a surrogate father. The host of See what happens live and Bravo Executive welcomed son Benjamin in 2019.
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Javier Bardem, 41
Actor Javier Bardem was 41 years old when he and his wife Penélope Cruz welcomed their first child, Leo, in 2011.
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Seal’s first experience as a father was when he started dating Heidi Klum at the age of 41 and raised her daughter Leni, whom he later adopted. His first biological child, Henry, was born in 2005 at the age of 42.
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Jeff Goldblum, 62
Jeff Goldblum was 62 years old when he welcomed his first child, son Charlie Ocean Goldblum, with his wife Emilie Livingston in 2015. The couple then added son River Joe to the family in 2017.
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Anderson Cooper, 53
Anderson Cooper announced the birth of his son Wyatt Morgan Cooper in April 2020 at the age of 53. He named his son after his late father.
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Edward Norton, 43
Although Norton quickly enjoyed success in Hollywood (he was nominated for an Academy Award for his debut role), he took time to raise a family. At the age of 43, he and his wife Shauna Robertson welcomed their son Atlas in 2013.
14th from 39
Brad Pitt, 43
Brad Pitt was 43 years old when he adopted Angelina Jolie’s children Maddox and Zahara in 2006. That same year, Pitt and Jolie’s first biological child, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, was born on May 27th.
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Elton John, 63
At 63, Sir Elton added John to his brood when he and husband David Furnish used a substitute to welcome their eldest son Zachary and later Elijah.
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Steve Martin, 67
After Steve Martin married his second wife Anne Stringfield in 2007, he took on a new role as father. The 67-year-old comedian first became a father in 2012.
17th from 39
Mark McGrath, 42
Singer Mark McGrath was 42 years old when he welcomed twins Lydon and Hartley in 2010. Two years after she was born, he tied the knot with her mother Carin Kingsland.
18th from 39
Chris Noth, 53
Chris Noth lived the bachelor life until he was 53 when he decided to settle down and start a family with his girlfriend Tara Wilson. The couple welcomed a son, Orion, in 2008. At the age of 65 he became the father of son Keats for the second time.
19th from 39
Owen Wilson, 42
Owen Wilson was 42 years old when he welcomed his first child, Robert Ford Wilson, in 2011. He has since taken in two more children, Lyla and Finn.
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Simon Cowell, 54
In his early 50s it seemed like that american idol The judge would vote no on family life. At 54, Simon Cowell welcomed his first child, son Eric Cowell.
21st from 39
Hill Harper, 51
Actor Hill Harper got tired of waiting to find the right partner to become a father. Therefore, the 51-year-old adopted his son Pierce alone in 2016. “I always thought I’d get married, have my own children, and adopt,” said Harper Good morning America Ultimately, his decision was influenced by a close friend who told him, “‘Even though you’re not married, why can’t you just be a father now?‘”
22nd from 39
Vince Vaughn, 40
Comedian Vince Vaughn lived the bachelorette life until he married Kyla Weber in 2010 and welcomed a daughter, Lochlyn, that same year. With the birth of their son Vernon, the family expanded again.
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Scott Wolf, 41
Scott Wolf became famous on the sitcom in the 90s Party of Five and didn’t start a family until a decade later. After marrying Kelley Limp in 2004, the couple welcomed their first child, son Jackson Kayse Wolf, in 2009.
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Ian Ziering, 47
Although the 90210 star was married from 1997 to 2002, he had no children with his first wife. It was only in the actor’s second marriage to Erin Kristine Ludwig and at the age of 47 he welcomed his first child, Mia Loren, in 2011.
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Hugh Grant, 51
Hugh Grant welcomed his first child with girlfriend Tinglan Hong at age 51 and a second shortly afterwards. Since then, Hugh has three more children with partner Anna Eberstein.
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Warren Beatty, 54
Warren Beatty was 54 years old when he and his wife Annette Bening welcomed their first child in 1992. They have since taken in three more children.
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David Letterman, 56
At 56, David Letterman decided it was time to start a family with then-girlfriend Regina Lasko. The couple welcomed their only child, Harry Letterman, in 2003 and tied the knot six years later in 2009.
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Pablo Picasso, 40
Pablo Picasso may have been preoccupied with becoming a world-famous artist early in his adult life. It was only when Picasso was 40 years old that he welcomed his first child, Paulo, in 1921.
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Nick Nolte, 45
Nick Nolte welcomed his first child, son Brawley Nolte, in 1986 when he was 45 years old. He then signed up for diaper service again and welcomed his daughter Sophie Lane Nolte in 2007 at the age of 66.
30th from 39
Bryan Adams, 51
Singer Bryan Adams lived in the “Summer of ’69” and only became a father at the age of 51. He and his wife, Alicia Grimaldi, welcomed their first daughter, Mirabella Bunny, in 2011, and another daughter two years later.
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