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Stars Who Became New Dads at 50+

Daddy or Grandpa? If that's the question, the answer may be 'Papadaddy.' Here, 16 celebrities who are redefining fatherhood


When Alec Baldwin, 55, and wife Hilaria, 29, have their first child this summer, the actor will be a "papadaddy," a man old enough to be a dad and a granddad, says older dad Clyde Edgerton, author of Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers. Baldwin's daughter with Kim Basinger, model Ireland, is 17.

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Bad-Ass Papadaddy

That's Bruce Willis, 58, out shopping with his year-old daughter Mabel Ray Willis. The actor has three grown girls (ages 24, 21 and 19) with ex-wife Demi Moore. Author Edgerton says the time older dads spend with their kids "will produce a more stable youngster."

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Prolific Papadaddy

Hollywood's toughest guy, Clint Eastwood, 83, must "feel lucky" to have hit the papadaddy sweepstakes: According to his third-youngest, Alison, 41, "My dad has eight children by six women." Here he attends a premiere with his two youngest: Morgan and Francesca, now 16 and 19.

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Deadpan Papadaddy

With son, Harry, and wife, Regina Lasko, David Letterman, 66, takes in the view from Boston's John F. Kennedy Library. "There's no reason not to enjoy what you're getting into when you become a father over 50," says Edgerton.

May 2013: Michael Dwyer/AP

Prideful Papadaddy

Sir Elton John, 66, rocks a classic daddy pose — the football hold — with younger son Elijah Furnish-John (born this past January) in his arms. Holding son Zachary, 2, is John's papadaddying partner, David Furnish, 50. Edgerton says, "New fathers should keep a journal."

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Public Papadaddy

Lakers fan Jack Nicholson, 76, gives courtside pointers to his youngest child (and only son), Raymond, 21, then cracks up when the advice flows the other way from daughter Lorraine, 23. The three-time Oscar winner's older daughters are 50 and 32 years old.

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Soulful Papadaddy

John Travolta, 59, and wife Kelly Preston, 50, welcomed baby Benjamin in 2010, a year after their oldest child, Jett, suffered a fatal seizure at age 16. The actor might find solace in author Edgerton's view that "Being a father is … one important way we live beyond our lifetime."

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Golfing Papadaddy

Preschoolers Cayden and Hayes look understandably distracted from the golf lesson their father-of-seven, Kevin Costner, 58, seems intent on delivering at Pebble Beach. "My dad never changed a diaper," recalls Edgerton, "but he did box bare-fisted with me — I cut his lip!"

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Well-Preserved Papadaddy

Broadcast legend Larry King, 79, and seventh wife Shawn Southwick, 53, have two boys: Chance and Cannon, born 14 months apart in 1999 and 2000. Edgerton says the best thing about older fatherhood is "what you learn about yourself."

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Lucky Papadaddy

Michael Douglas, 68, is 25 years older than his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones. The actor's first child, Cameron, is 25 years older than his youngest, Carys (now 10), who with brother Dylan (now 12) visited Buckingham Palace to see mom become a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Craggy Papadaddy

"Fatherhood-later-in-life produces a secret, good chemical," writes Edgerton. Looks like Mick Jagger, 69, could have used a jolt of that juice when he attended the London Olympics with son Lucas, the youngest of his seven children (with four women).

August 2012: Sascha Schuermann/AP

Moptop Papadaddy

"You remembered the ring — right, love?" Paul McCartney, now 70, gives last-minute guidance to Beatrice Milly, now 9, before his wedding to third wife Nancy Shevell. Bea, whose mum is Heather Mills, 45, is the youngest of Sir Paul's five children.

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Sexy Papadaddy

At 6 feet 1, model Penny Lancaster, now 42, dwarfs both her youngest son, 3-month-old Aiden, and her stroller-pushing spouse, Rod Stewart, 68, on a 2011 stroll through Nice. The rock star has eight children with five women over a 47-year stretch. Mother, what a lover!

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Hunky Papadaddy

Warren Beatty, 76, enjoys a Lakers game with Benjamin, now 18, the second of his four children with wife Annette Bening, 55. Beatty may like hearing that Edgerton thinks "having three kids underfoot will make me live longer than a control group of fathers without kids."

February 2011: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

Country Papadaddy

Wrapping arms at a pre-Oscar party this year were Willie Nelson and the two youngest of the seven kids he's had since 1953, Lukas and Micah. Willie might agree with fellow Southerner Edgerton that "being a father is perhaps more important than anything else you and I will ever do."

February 2013: David Livingston

Original Papadaddy

Clyde Edgerton, 69, author of Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers, submits to hair styling by daughter Truma, 6; son Nathaniel, 10; and son Ridley, 8. His advice to dads of any age: "If we don't significantly interrupt the flow of childhood through them, our kids will come out just fine."

May 2013: Courtesy Clyde Edgerton

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