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The Academy Award nominated director of Precious and the upcoming Lee Daniels' The Butler has the depth, compassion, and intellect we expect from a real daddy. And 53-year old Daniels definitely knows how to rock a graying beard, too!
Admittedly, at 41, Ricky Martin is more of a 'Daddy in Training,' but he gets points for being an ACTUAL daddy — the pop star is the father of two twin boys.
The New York nightlife promoter (and unofficial king of Fire Island) may be best known for getting hot guys to take off their clothes (the former Playgirl VP seemingly controls the NY go-go boy supply), but at 46, he's settling into daddydom by tempering bacchanal nights with respectability. This March, Nardicio (pictured with Levi Johnston) produced a sold-out show with Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming at Town Hall.
All daddies should look this good! We don't even need to mention his porn career, which he didn't begin until he was nearly 40, because he's even more accomplished outside the small screen. Judson is a noted film composer (Whit Stillman's Metropolitan), Broadway star (42nd Street), author (Laid Bare), and a cabaret star, too. Plus, he lives in a cabin in upstate New York where he chops wood. Could he get any better?
Marc Jacobs has slimmed down and toned up in recent years, but he'd be a worthy daddy no matter what he looked like. He's bright, daring, creative, and he sure knows how to design clothes. Fifty years old and still as alluring, he is.
This daddy has friends and connections in high places. While, yes, Jeremy Bernard's job as White House Social Secretary dominates his life, but you can be sure this 51-year old knows how to show guests a good time.
What good is a daddy without a little sleaze? Harvey Levin, the man behind TMZ, doesn't mind bottom-feeding — and neither do we. And have you seen his guns? (Of course you have.)
He's not just the father of Gawker Media empire, Nick Denton is also a sterling daddy. With his roguish eterna-stubble and the occasional hint of received pronunciation, the gossip-monger wouldn't be out of place in an '80s comedy as Harvey Levin's country estate cousin. But, alas, 46-year old Denton currently shares his table at Balthazar with actor/fiance Derrence Washington.
A journalist with a heart of gold and who's not afraid of taking on conservative haters, Dan Savage knows a thing or two about this world of ours. And, like a good daddy, he's not afraid to share what he's learned. Unfortunately for those of us pining after Savage, he's got a man, Terry Miller, the extremely hunky husband with whom he's raising a son.
Summers in the Hamptons, winters in Mexico. At 70, Calvin Klein is one silver daddy who isn't slowing down. The designer's relationship with pretty boy Nick Gruber — 47 years his junior — might have been tumultuous, but it was never boring. The two are no longer be paragliding in Aspen, but protective Calvin's kept Gruber close — the mark of a truly mature daddy.
There's something so sexy about a man who speaks his mind. While the fiery former Representative from Massachusetts may have left his long-time seat in Congress — where he excoriated everyone from Bill O'Reilly to Paul Ryan — that doesn't mean he's being any less … frank. Last week, he came out as a pot-smoking atheist. Glad to hear this daddy has a softer side, too.
He's connected! He's handsome! He's a poet! As the founder of Towleroad.com, 46-year old Towle has been ground zero for gay news for over a decade, able to bring massive attention to gay issues — from Russian hate legislation to small independent films — with a few keyboard strokes. And like any good Daddy, he's been on the other side — Towle was once a pool boy at the Boat Slip in Provincetown. Now that's a story we'd love to see a link to …
Sure, Anderson Cooper is the gay universe's go-to silver fox, but sometimes we want a daddy who's a little less polished. Not to mention that Andy Cohen's clubby Watch What Happens Live set is the quintessential daddy den — one where we wouldn't mind pouring a drink after the show ends and the lights go down.
Andrew Sullivan may be the quintessential gay daddy — and not just because he turns 50 this weekend. (No word if he'll be celebrating the big day in Provincetown.) The gay politico is both sexy and stern and, like any good daddy, intent on making a difference. Whether you agree with his tactics and ends, of course, remains a matter of taste.