Mindhole Blowers: 30 Celebrity Godfathers To Other Celebrities
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Mindhole Blowers: 30 Celebrities Who Are Godfathers To Other Celebrities (Or Their Children)

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | December 17, 2013 | Comments ()


Hollywood is a weirdly small town, and some of my favorite posts on this site is when we explore all the incestuous connections in the acting world. For instance, here’s 25 Celebrities You Didn’t Realize Were Related by Marriage. Here’s 16 Celebrity First Marriages You Didn’t Know About (I still can’t get over the fact that Tom Hanks was married to someone before Rita Wilson). Here’s a list of celebrity women who still use the last name of their ex-spouses. Here’s one of my favorites: 20 Celebrity friendships you didn’t know existed. We also love unknown familial connections, like 10 Pairs of Celebrities That You Probably Didn’t Know Were Cousins (Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker? What?). I also loved Joanna’s recent look at celebrities that you didn’t know had twins.

I don’t know if we have poked and prodded all of the iterations of these celebrity relationships yet, but here’s another one I really liked, not for the expected ones, but for the ones I never would’ve considered. Here are 30 Celebrities Who Are Godfathers to Other Celebrities (or the children of Celebrities), and I’ve taken the liberty of categorizing them into four categories.

Everybody Knows That!


Steven Spielberg is the godfather of both Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore.

Timothy Leary is Winona Ryder’s godfather.

Sting is the godfather of Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s first born son, Rocco Ritchie.

Rupert Everett is godfather of Madonna’s and Guy Ritchie’s other son, David

Telly Savalas is the godfather of Jennifer Aniston.

Victor Garber is the godfather of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s daughter, Violet.

Johnny Depp is the godfather of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter’s child, Billy Ray.

I Didn’t Know that, But It Makes Total Sense


Jake Gyllenhaal is the godfather of Matilda Ledger, daughter of the late actor Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams.

Jude Law was the godfather of Kate Moss’ daughter Lila, but was relieved of the duties after he divorced Sadie Frost (Moss was close friends with Sadie).

Elton John is the Godfather of John Lennon’s child, Sean Lennon, as well as Elizabeth Hurley’s son Damien, and David Beckham and Victoria Beckham’s sons, Brooklyn and Romeo.

Warren Beaty is the godfather of Steven Bauer and Melanie Griffith’s son, Alexander.

Michael Jackson was the godfather of Michael Gibb, son of The Bee Gees front man Barry Gibb.

Christopher Reeve was the godfather of Jane Seymour’s first son.

Quentin Tarantino is the godfather of Michael Madsen’s sons.

Daniel Craig is the godfather of one of Mark Strong’s sons.

Anthony Michael Hall is the godfather of Robert Downey, Jrs. son, Indio Falconer Downey.

X-Files creator, Chris Carter, is the godfather of Gillian Anderson’s daughter, Piper Maru

Jonny Lee Miller is the godfather of of Jude Law’s eldest son, Rafferty Law.

Henry Winkler is the godfather of Ron Howard’s daughter Bryce Dallas Howard

Stephen Fry is the godfather of Hugh Laurie’s children.

Jason Lee is the godfather of Kevin Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn Smith.

Really? I Had No Idea!


Simon Pegg is the godfather of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s kid, Apple Martin.

Frank Sinatra was the godfather of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth’s daughter, Rebecca Welles.

Yul Bryner is the godfather of Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Dean Stockwell is the godfather of Amber Tamblyn.

Sonny Bono is the godfather of Anthony Kiedis

Larry Hagman was the godfather of Peter Fonda’s daughter, Bridget Fonda.

Topher Grace is the godfather of Kyle Newman & Jaime King’s son James.

Josh Gad is the godfather of Theo Gabel, son of Seth Gabel and Bryce Dallas Howard.

WTF? Are You Kidding Me?

Hugh Jackman is the godfather of Rupert Murdoch’s daughters Grace and Chloe.


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  • Ana Gomez

    Both Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts are the godmothers of Simon Baker's children

  • Maddy

    No! I've managed to find the one thing unlikeable about Hugh Jackman!

  • dizzylucy

    I love the Garner/Garber relationship, but cannot understand the Jackman/Murdoch one at all.
    And I kind of want Henry Winkler to be my godfather.

  • Bananapanda

    Quite the atheists we've got here. What's a godparent?! Really people?

  • brutalkitten

    Dolly Parton is godmother to Miley Cyrus. Lada Gaga is godmother to Elton John and David Furnish's sons.

  • Zen

    And who is godparent to Jake Gyllenhaal (and Maggie)? Jamie Lee Curtis.

  • annie

    And wasn't Paul Newman Jake's godfather?

  • zeke_the_pig

    Huh... As if in response to my earlier Hugh Jackman post... What...is...going...on...here...

  • BWeaves

    Yeah, suddenly whether he likes Love Actually or not seems rather unimportant.

  • Archie Leach

    I'm pretty certain that Marlon Brando belongs on that list.

  • bastich

    As does James Brown, about whom I have it on good authority has soul, and is, in fact, super bad.

  • John G.

    what is a godfather? Is that something rich people do?

  • No. My best friend is my sons' godmother, and her husband their honorary godfather. Should my husband and I kick the bucket, they are responsible for the remainder of the boys' moral and occupational upbringing, i.e., help them figure out how to manage funds, get through college, find a good therapist to deal with their overwhelming sorrow at the loss of their darling parents... okay, that last one is a stretch.

  • Mrs. Julien

    [supine on fainting couch]

  • bastich


  • Mrs. Julien

    [throne room curtsey]

  • Who is this masked downvoter? throne room curtsey is more than well deserved :)

  • Mrs. Julien

    [stays loosen themselves]

  • Mrs. Julien

    It's going to be okay.

  • Mrs. Julien


  • Mrs. Julien


  • Mrs. Julien

    I can't...

  • Mrs. Julien


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  • Bodhi


  • Mrs. Julien

    [on the inside]

  • Mrs. Julien


  • Mrs. Julien

    Is he Wolverine?

  • Mrs. Julien


  • Mrs. Julien


  • Mrs. Julien

    [still staring]

  • BWeaves

    Just blink. No wait! Don't blink.

  • Mrs. Julien

    [you know which one]

  • Mrs. Julien

    [staring at picture]

  • amylu

    Some of the tenses used here got me excited and confused. Wait...Yul Brynner's still alive?! No. :/

    "Frank Sinatra was the godfather...
    Yul Bryner is the godfather...
    Sonny Bono is the godfather...
    Larry Hagman was the godfather..."

  • ljridley

    A dumb question: what exactly does this godparent/child entail?

  • Traditionally and in the strictest sense, it meant you assumed some responsibility for the child's religious education and spiritual development - seeing them through religion classes, first communion, confirmation, etc. For most people now, it's probably an honorific more on a par with the parental BFFs you call "auntie" and "uncle".

  • Modiano

    I honestly cannot recall who my godparents are. An aunt & uncle I think? I know I was told at one point, but they've never chimed in with any guidance or advice, religious or otherwise. This is okay though because any religious advice would have received "whut" response from me.

  • kirbyjay

    I always felt cheated because my Godparents were my Grandparents. WTF? No extra present on Bdays or Christmas.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Yeah, I thought it was a Catholic tradition but apparently not any longer.

  • BWeaves

    Nothing, anymore.

    It used to entail the willingness to raise the child in case of the parents untimely death. Then later it entailed being responsible for the child's religious upbringing. Now, I think it's just an "honor," like being a bridesmaid, but without having to shell out for an ugly dress.

  • Sean

    Or wear a suit in a church without air conditioning. 4 times, for 4 different kids.

  • kdm

    Kevin Smith named his daughter Harley Quinn?! I mean, that just seems to be setting her up to have really sh*tty boyfriends.

  • Sean

    I am sure that Kevin has already bought her a giant hammer.

  • becks2point0

    I love pictures of Jennifer Garner with Victor Garber. They just seem to adore each other so much.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I posted my comment in the wrong place is all.

  • becks2point0

    Thank god! I had this terrible feeling like there was an affair or something and the wholesomeness of all those photographs was called into question.

  • Bananapanda

    Victor Garber is gay and has a super hot artist partner.

  • becks2point0

    Oh, good. I'm glad he's happy. He always seems like such a sweet man.

  • gnibs

    I shared an elevator with Garber and his partner a few months ago. They literally couldn't have been more friendly, or handsome.

  • Guest


  • becks2point0

    What's the joke? Is there something salacious or a falling out I don't know about?

  • carrie

    "Hugh Jackman is the godfather of Rupert Murdoch’s daughters" now i know Hugh Jackman is not perfect

  • Mrs. Julien

    ...or he is some kind of saint.

  • I'm sorry. I stopped reading at that picture.

    I mean...THAT HAIR??!! The hell, men??

    The hell.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    And I thought Javier Bardem’s blonde hairdo in Skyfall was terrifying...

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