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celeb dads

Father’s Day is only a few days away. It might be a crime to be good-looking, famous and rich all at once… but these celeb dads make it look legit, and of course, enviable. In honour of the dads celebrating Father’s Day all over the world, here are entertainment’s 20 finest specimens of fatherhood. Happy Father’s Day, everyone.


1. Adrian Pang

One of the most respected thespians in Singapore, Adrian Pang’s rise to fame was on television with shows such as Portrait of Home (2005), Nanny Daddy (2008) and Code of Law (2011). He set up theatre company Pangdemonium with his wife, Tracie Pang née Howitt, in 2010, and the award-winning company has since been known for its fearless and provocative exploration of sometimes controversial topics.

Known for his rugged looks, charismatic and affable charm and his fit physique, Adrian is a father of two, Zack and Xander, with the latter starring in the play Late Company with him early this year. Adrian recently wrapped up This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls, a play that talks about sexual assault and the #MeToo movement. Can we love him any more?


2. George Young


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George Young is blessed with dashing good looks and enviable bushy brows due to his mixed heritage (Chinese and Greek). Happily married to Taiwanese author-host Janet Hsieh, the two have an adorable son named Egan, who gets regular features on the couples’ Instagram accounts. But did you know, the actor gave up practising law in London to pursue his love for acting? In 2018, George released a short film, titled Home, that he wrote, direct and co-starred in with wife Janet.

Multi-talented and good-looking? Sign us up.


3. Ryan Reynolds


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Whether you know him as Green Lantern (2011), Deadpool (2016) or Detective Pikachu in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), Ryan Reynolds is undoubtedly one of the hottest — have you seen that well-honed physique? — and most popular dads today. Besides being married to the gorgeous Blake Lively, whom he often gushes lovingly about (and teases unabashedly) during interviews and on red carpets, the pair are also expecting their third child (they already have two daughters) together.

Most of all, we love Ryan for his comedic timing and his penchant for hilarious tweets about the “joys” of fatherhood. One particular gem: “Being a father is the single greatest feeling on earth. Not including those wonderful years I spent without a child, of course.”


4. Wang Leehom

With a career that spans almost 30 years, Chinese-American star Wang Leehom is one of the biggest names in Mandopop, with multiple Golden Melody awards and chart-topping hits. Singing is not all there is to Leehom though, he’s an avid environmentalist and has also starred in over 20 films to date.

Leehom and his wife Lee Jinglei, who’s not in the entertainment industry, have three kids — two daughters and a son — but he still manages to keep a trim figure, as seen in this Instagram photo here where he hilariously jokes about how his wife ignores him despite his workout efforts. We also hear rumours that his directorial debut, romcom Love in Disguise (2010), actually portrays the love story between him and Jinglei. How sweet is that?

5. Nicholas Tse

Many of us grew up watching Hong Kong actor Nicholas Tse in films such as Young and Dangerous: The Prequel (1998), Bodyguards and Assassins (2009) and The Stool Pigeon (2010). Known for his bad boy good looks and a high profile marriage (followed by an equally high profile divorce) to fellow Hong Konger Cecilia Cheung, Nicholas has since branched out beyond singing and acting.

In fact, the handsome father of two is a celebrated chef now and was recognised by Michelin Guide in 2016 as its first ever “Friend of Michelin” for his positive contribution to the food industry. He even has his own food travelogue show called Chef Nic, two cookie brands and his own kitchen equipment brand. Impressive.


6. Mark Chao

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Since debuting in television series Black & White (2009), Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao has grown to be one of the biggest names in the industry and has gone on to star in films such as Monga (2010), So Young (2014) and Detective Dee (2013 and 2018). But perhaps it was the movie Caught in the Web (2012) that left the biggest impact on him, because it was where the boyish Mark met and fell in love with his wife, Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan.

Their baby came in time for him to celebrate his first Father’s Day — their daughter was just born on May 21. Congrats to the new dad!


7. Huang Xiaoming

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Name an A-list Asian power couple and Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming and actress Angelababy would definitely come to mind. The dashing pair are known for their lavish $31 million wedding in 2015 where Angelababy wore a custom Dior wedding gown and each guest was rumoured to be gifted with a mobile phone each. They now have a two-year old son named Little Sponge.

While the couple try to keep their personal life private and away from the prying eyes of paparazzi, Xiaoming has showed occasional glimpses of his son, including them playing basketball together with Xiaoming’s father. Too cute.


8. John Legend


Final pep talk from Luna!

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John Legend is the cutest of dads, especially with the constant online roasting from wife Chrissy Teigen. He is the epitome of an Instagram dad – their daughter Luna has been constantly stealing the spotlight on John’s Instagram and was even featured in his MV for “Love Me Now”. Their youngest son, Miles Theodore, recently turned one with a family celebration that involved a bear-shaped cake.

9. Lee Dong Gook

South Korean footballer Lee Dong Gook is no stranger if you watch KBS’ The Return Of Superman, where viewers get a glimpse into how he takes care of his five adorable children (two sets of twin daughters and a son). He is definitely both the man on the field and at home.


10. Liam Payne



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Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole welcomed their baby boy Bear in March 2017. Cheryl revealed that Liam became the cook of the house after she gave birth so that she could get proper rest. The couple has since split in July 2018 and Liam released his solo extended play, First Time, in the following month.


11. Rain


고맙습니다… 예쁜 공주님이에요 ~ 세상에 도움이 되는 아이로 잘 키우겠습니다. #축복

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Known for his chiselled physique and roles in popular dramas such as Full House as well as his Hollywood debut in the film Speed Racer, Rain became a dad for the first time in October 2017 with actress Kim Tae Hee and though we haven’t gotten a full picture of his princess daughter as he keeps his life very private, we’re sure that she will grow up well under the love of her parents! Rain’s newest work is Race to Freedom: Uhm Bok-dong (2019), which is Based on the true story of famed cyclist Uhm Bok-dong.


12. Adam Levine


You and me baby…

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The Maroon 5 frontman and his Namibian model wife Behati Prinsloo are now parents to two beautiful daughters, having welcomed their second one Gio Grace in February last year. Here, we have Adam and eldest daughter Dusty Rose out on a play date. Goals!

13. David Beckham


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David Beckham needs no introduction. No list of hot celeb dads would be completed without the joy that is David Beckham. A devoted Instagram dad, the English former footballer’s feed is filled with streams of birthday dedications, family outings and pictures with his kids he has with Spice Girl turned fashion maven Victoria Beckham. The rugged 44-year-old is also a coveted model in his own right.


14. Ricky Kim

Korean-American actor-model Ricky Kim is undoubtedly an eye-candy with his chiseled abs and good looks, despite being a father to three kids. He married musical theatre actress Ryu Seung-joo in 2009. Check out his Instagram! He’s a true Instagram dad.


15. Dwayne Johnson


Skin to skin. Our mana. Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world. Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar. I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there. Word to the wise gentlemen, it’s critical to be by your lady’s head when she’s delivering, being as supportive as you can.. holding hands, holding legs, whatever you can do. But, if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer – watch your child being born. Its a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless. And to my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia – like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I’ll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life. Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears many hats in this big ol’ world, but being your dad will always be the one I’m most proud to wear. Oh and one more thing.. you’re gonna love rollin’ in daddy’s pick up truck. #TianaGiaJohnson #3rdDaughter #BlessesAndGratefulMan #ImInTROUBLE

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Dwayne Johnson, AKA “The Rock,” might be known as a hunky, beefy action star and a WWE legend, but at home, he goes by another title: Dad. Here’s a picture of him and his then newborn daughter, Tiana Gia, when she was born in April 2018. Tiana is his second child with partner Lauren Hashian.


16. Jay Chou


前面的路不管如何 都會陪著你走 哇 真肉麻

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Aw, matching father daughter clothes! It’s known that Jay Chou has a habit of splurging on his family, wanting only the best for them – including enrolling his daughter, Hathaway, in a S$32K-a-year pre-school. Fans of the Taiwanese singer-songwriter can look forward to his 2020 concert as he returns to Singapore as part of his world tour on January 10 and 11.

17. Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth may be best known for his role as Thor, but off-screen his most important role is being a father to his three children, India Rose, Sasha and Tristan. His wife Elsa Pataky loves posting photos of Chris with their kids. Here, we see that Chris is quite the father bear and a human pillow with his little ones.


18. Song Il Kook 


해운대에서~ 대한민국만세!

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The Superman of the supermen. For those who used to watch the world’s most-loved triplets on KBS’ The Return of Superman, we all know that Song Il Kook is amazing at being a dad (to three cheeky sons) and also incredible at working out and keeping his physique toned. Let’s be real, he completed a triathlon with his sons — he’s definitely something.


19. Allan Wu

You would probably find it hard to guess Allan Wu‘s age by looking at his ripped built, but he’s actually 46 years old. The US-born actor, host and VJ is a fitness junkie and devoted father to his two children, whom he shares with ex-wife Wong Li Lin.


20. Qi Yuwu (@qiyuwu)

Currently based in Beijing, Qi Yu Wu spends a fair amount of time away from his wife and children but still does his best to be a good father and husband. You can tell how much he loves them by looking at the candid pictures he takes of his wife and children.