Jeff Goldbum turns 70: A look at Hollywood’s “Zaddys”

Jeff Goldbum celebrates his 70th birthday on Saturday.

The ‘Jurassic Park’ actor was a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show in January 2020 when he first learned he was considered a ‘Zaddy’.

A “zaddy” that rhymes with the word “daddy” can be defined as an attractive, older male who exudes confidence and charm in addition to good looks.

In the episode, a Clarkson employee explains to Jeff what a zaddy is.

Chris Meloni, Jeff Goldblum and Idris Elba all deserved the title "Zaddy" in Hollywood.

Chris Meloni, Jeff Goldblum and Idris Elba have earned the title “Zaddy” in Hollywood.
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“I think I understand,” he replied. “I think it’s free. Thank you.”

“But I like being a dad,” he clarified.

Jeff and his wife Emilie Livingston married in 2014 and have two children together: Charlie, 7, and River, 5.

Jeff Goldblum turned 70 on Saturday.

Jeff Goldblum turned 70 on Saturday.
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Here’s a look at other zaddys in Hollywood.

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni has taken the Zaddy title in recent years. Earlier this summer he left completely naked for a Peloton commercial to celebrate #NationalNudeDay.

“It’s a gas. It’s fun,” Meloni told People magazine of his new title.

“I don’t know, has anyone else been crowned zaddy? Once it has been bestowed on you, you simply have to ride that horse as long as you can.”

Christopher Meloni revels in his status as "Zaddy" and stars on "Law & Order: Organized Crime"

Reveling in his zaddy status, Christopher Meloni stars in Law & Order: Organized Crime.
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Meloni shared that his wife Sherman Williams, 27, and their children – Sophia, 21, and Dante, 19 – are enjoying his new title.

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“My wife, she’s lovely, she understands. That means she’s like, ‘Eh, whatever.’ My kids, on the other hand, invariably say, once a month, ‘Really? Really?’” he shared. “Their friends will send them a meme that came out or whatever.

“But I think, secretly in their hearts, they understand. It’s cool because we’re all good at fooling around with it. My kids’ friends blast my chops, but it’s all fun. It is a honor.”

Matthew McConaughey

According to social media, Matthew McConaughey fits the description of a zaddy perfectly.

The 52-year-old “Interstellar” star married his wife Camila Alves in 2012.

The couple have three children together: Levi (14), Vida (12) and Livingston (9).

Matthew McConaughey in 1996 at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Matthew McConaughey in 1996 at Universal Studios Hollywood.
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McConaughey attended the University of Texas at Austin with plans to become a lawyer but eventually switched to acting.

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Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves married in 2012.

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves married in 2012.
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Since the Greenlights writer landed his first major film in 1993’s Dazed and Confused, McConaughey has become one of Hollywood’s biggest names.

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe has been a Hollywood heartthrob since he made his acting debut at age 15 on the sitcom A New Kind of Family.

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Forty-three years later, the ‘9-1-1 Lone Star’ actor is still gaining fans, many of whom refer to him as Zaddy.

Lowe, 58, has been married to longtime love Sheryl Berkoff since 1991. The couple have two children together: Matthew, 29, and John, 27.

Rob Lowe has been a heartthrob since his acting debut at age 15.

Rob Lowe has been a heartthrob since his acting debut at age 15.
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Sheryl and Rob celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in July.

“Your love made my world. You are as beautiful, knowledgeable, fascinating, kind and hilarious as you were so many glory years ago,” Lowe captioned his Instagram post.

“Partners in love for life!!”

Lowe and Berkoff met in the ’80s after going on a blind date.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba, who was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2018, has been dubbed Zaddy by social media users.

The British actor, 50, recently married his third wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba. He has two children from previous relationships.

Idris Elba was People Magazine's 2018 Sexiest Man Alive.

Idris Elba was People Magazine’s 2018 Sexiest Man Alive.
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He shares Isan Elba, 20, with Hanne Norgaard, whom he married in 1999, and son Winston, 8, with his ex Naiyana Garth.

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Idris starred in the TV show Luther from 2010 to 2019. With his next film The Jungle Book 2, which will be released in 2023, he has become one of the top actors in Hollywood.

Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher has been winning hearts since the 80s.

Gallagher, 57, made his acting debut in 1980’s The Idolmaker but rose to fame in 1989 for his role in Sex, Lies and Videotape.

Peter Gallagher made his acting debut in 1980.

Peter Gallagher made his acting debut in 1980.
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The American Beauty star has also been dubbed Zaddy on social media.

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In 1983 he married his wife Paula Hardwood. The couple have two children together: James, 32, and Kathryn, 29.



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