David Harbour and More Celebrities With Swoon-Worthy ‘Dad Bods’
The “dad bod” phenomenon isn’t new — but it’s gained a lot more attention recently. And Hollywood is full of men who perfectly showcase why this not-so-ripped physique is such a turn on.
There are former hunks who’ve filled out a bit, like Leonardo DiCaprio. And there are stars who’ve always carried a little extra around their midsection, like David Harbour. No matter how they got their fatherly figures, the actors on this list have proven that a little pudginess can go a long way when it comes to making us swoon. Here are our favorite celebrity dad bods of all time.
15. Paul Rudd
From Clueless to Ant-Man, Paul Rudd has kept us laughing for more than three decades (and managed to barely age in the process). And his dad bod is just part of what has made his appeal so long-lasting.
Rudd’s physique matches his dry sense of humor, in that it’s easy to imagine he’s someone you could actually know. And that helps make him one of the most approachably attractive men in Hollywood.
14. Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen has been a staple of the bro-dude comedy scene for years. He’s been everything from the stoner best friend in The 40-Year-Old Virgin to a conventional leading man in Knocked Up. And through it all, he’s had an awesome dad bod.
Rogen’s appeal wouldn’t even work without his everyday dude physique. And we wouldn’t have him any other way.
13. Zach Galifianakis
He went from being a supporting actor to a bonafide star, thanks to his performance in The Hangover movies. And though fans were initially charmed by his over-the-top comedic talents, Zach Galifianakis has also proven that he’s a sleeper heartthrob.
Galifianakis has slimmed down a bit since his days as Alan Garner. But he hasn’t lost his unique charm, or his dad bod, as his fame has risen to new heights.
12. John Krasinski
There was a time when The Office’s John Krasinski was the perfect example of a Hollywood dad bod. He proudly wore his flab for years, and his normal physique made him one of our favorite leading men.
He recently buffed up for his role in 13 Hours. And sure, he looks great with a six-pack. But we agree with his wife, Emily Blunt – he looked just as hot when he was “doughy.”
11. Jason Segel
There’s something really attractive about men who are comfortable in their own skin. And Jason Segel has never been shy about showing his — especially when he’s in peak dad bod form.
The How I Met Your Mother star bared all in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. And his comedic self-confidence only made us love him more. After all, it’s hard not to love a man who’s talented, funny, and cuddly.
10. Pierce Brosnan
Once upon a time, he was Bond (James Bond). And by default, that made Pierce Brosnan one of the most attractive men on Earth for many of us (it’s the tuxedo. It’s always the tuxedo).
These days, Brosnan has moved on from 007 — and his waistline shows it. But his newfound dad bod doesn’t detract from his sexiness. It just makes him attractive in a completely different way.
9. Vince Vaughn
Okay, so not every career move Vince Vaughn has made was awesome (we’re still actively trying to forget True Detective Season 2). His sardonic humor and unconventional good looks have more than made up for his career lows.
Vaughn was pretty svelte when he burst onto the scene in Swingers. Over the years, he’s packed on a few pounds — but he hasn’t lost that “it” thing that makes him so appealing.
8. Matt LeBlanc
Friends fans are hot and cold when it comes to Joey Tribbiani. But there’s no denying the hotness factor of Matt LeBlanc — especially these days.
It’s been more than a decade since the actor said goodbye to his five on-screen BFFs. But he’s kept his career going with a thrilling gig on Top Gear, as well as starring roles on Episodes and Man with a Plan. And he’s helped prove the theory that some men, like wine, only get better with age.
Nowadays, LeBlanc not only has that alluring salt-and-pepper hair, but a pretty solid dad bod, too. In other words, he’s given us more than one reason to say “How you doin’?” whenever he’s on our TV screens.
7. Jon Hamm
Don Draper would be mortified if you told him he had a dad bod — then he’d probably design a marketing campaign around it. But the man behind Mad Men’s antihero probably wouldn’t mind a bit.
Hamm will probably never have a superhero-esque body type. And that’s okay. His charm lies in the fact that he’s somehow both super sexy and seems like he could be your next-door neighbor. And a lot of that is thanks to the dad bod.
6. Chris Pratt
To get in shape for his role in the Jurassic World franchise, Chris Pratt slimmed down quite a bit. But before he was running with the raptors, he still kept hearts pitter-pattering with his pudgy physique. In fact, his physique was so impressively normal, he was one of the stars that ignited the dad bod appreciation movement.
The Guardians of the Galaxy star may be buff these days. But we can still dream of the day when he’ll return to his dad bod glory.
5. Denzel Washington
There’s pretty much nothing that Denzel Washington can’t do: he’s an Oscar-winning actor, a talented director, and he has aged so well, he seems to defy the laws of time that we mere mortals adhere to.
Washington began his career with a relatively slender build. But over the years, he’s packed on a few pounds — not that anyone is complaining. These days, his dad bod is in fine form.
4. Marlon Brando
It’s easy to look at Hollywood these days and find great examples of the dad bod. But a glimpse into the past shows that one of the most acclaimed actors of all time also laid the foundation for the dad bod movement.
Marlon Brando was never a particularly skinny guy — at least, not when he was a working actor. His burly stature worked in his favor, as he took on many super-masculine roles. Sure, he wasn’t exactly in fighting form in his later career. But his dad bod in films like On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire was to die for.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t just one of the hottest men in Hollywood – he was one of the hottest men in the world. The star of Romeo + Juliet and Titanic was known for his skinny physique and dreamy gaze. So at first, it was a bit surprising when he started to fill out.
Nowadays, devoted DiCaprio fans have learned to love his dad bod. Whether he’s going shirtless on the beaches of Ibiza or wrapping himself in a bear carcass so he could win an Oscar, he’s embraced his more manly physique. And we’d gladly do the same if given the opportunity.
2. David Harbour
Two years ago, most of us had never heard of David Harbour. These days, he’s one of the most popular actors in the world, thanks to his turn as Sheriff Jim Hopper on Stranger Things.
The actor and character became a surprise sex symbol, thanks to his unique combination of heart and sarcastic humor. Also, the dad body definitely helped — especially when he showed off his dance moves in Stranger Things 2.
The actor is currently filming Hellboy, and he had to reshape his physique to play the titular hero. So, you’ll have to enjoy Harbour’s dad bod while you can.
1. Robert Downey Jr.
It may seem unlikely that an actual, bonafide Avenger would be included in the dad bod craze. But Robert Downey Jr. has always defied expectations — even where his appearance is concerned.
The Iron Man star battled drug and alcohol addiction for years before getting clean. And his career has thrived during his sobriety — as has his sex appeal. Sure, he’s put on a few extra pounds since he reclaimed his elite Hollywood status. That only makes us love him more.
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