Hollywood and stay at home dads

Internet surfing a couple of days ago, I came across a post that said Brad Pitt lead the household while his wife was away filming and that got me thinking. Are there any other famous SAHDs that I do not know of? This is pretty big news to us dads by the way.

So I started doing some research and was surprised to find out that Pitt is not the only one. There are so many other celebrities who take charge of the home when their wives are away. So after careful consideration and lots of thinking and negotiating with myself, I give you five famous daddies who become their children’s primary care taker like me.

Cary Grant

After much consideration, I decided the list needed to start with the infamous star of North By Northwest on top. This was back in the last century when the idea on stay at home dads was not commonly known or accepted. Grant did do some work but he pulled back from movies in ’66 with the arrival of his daughter, Jennifer.

His days of youth were gone by then but the grace stuck around. Grant was 62 and decided on children over career. He desired to keep record of his daughter’s life. Love was one thing but his family records and artifacts were lost when his home town was bombed back in 1942.

beckhamDavid Beckham

Save the frowning because I am not ashamed of accepting this. I don’t follow football and I don’t care. Since this is said (and frowned upon) and out of the way, you will not believe who the next famous stay at home dad is.

I was rather too surprised and a little cynical to learn the retired football star, David Beckham, plays the role of primary care giver at home when not modeling underwear.

Recently, I met someone at an event and we got talking. The person knew the Beckham family and confirmed that David Beckham does school runs and school lunches.

This is a heartfelt apology to Mr. Beckham for doubting the fact that he could run things around the house. Maybe it is slight jealousy from the fact that I do not even come close to looking as good as you in one of your legs-apart underwear shots.

Rick Moranis

Don’t stop reading I have a reason for putting him on the list. The Ghostbusters actor had to take up the role of a stay at home dad out of necessity rather than free will. Moranis lost him wife to cancer and the kids needed the only living parent. He did continue to work for a while till he decided on kids over career.

Here’s a quote Moranis gave to USA Today in 2005:

“I’m a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the travelling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.”

Pretty sad, huh? Well, since his kids are grown up now, Rick Moranis has come out retirement in the past years.

John Lennon

Let me just say this. I am not a fan and I think his song writing was overrated. Please don’t kill me, my children need me. He had a son, Julian, from his marriage to Cynthia which did not work out so well. He had a second son named Sean from Yoko Ono. They say that he was a man changed when he found out he was going to be a father again. Lennon played little role in Julian’s life. With the Beatles at the peak of their career, family was ignored.

But times and men change. Lennon called himself a “househusband” and gave up music to be at home from 1975 to 1980.

Here’s a quote from Yoko Ono’s book, Real Love: Drawings for Sean. Commenting on her pregnancy with Sean, Ono said;

“John was ecstatic. ‘I’m going to raise this baby, Yoko. You do the business,’ he said. It was that simple.”

But the tragedy of life is that all good things come to an end.

Ben Affleck

The famous star from Argo takes control of the household when his wife, Jennifer Garner, is away filming. Recently, there has been confirmed news the couple is splitting but they for their children, the pair of them will be sharing a number of homes. The arrangement is when Garner is away filming; Affleck will be the children carer and momentary stay at home dad. Much like the case of Brangelina.

So there you have it folks, celebrities who are also stay at home dads. So what is your take on this? Do you think this sets some examples? The stable finances make it easier for them compared to us? Or would you like to add some famous stay at home dad we do not know about to the list? Please share your thoughts.

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