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Simon Cowell and 5 of the Oldest First-Time Celebrity Dads

Updated on August 15, 2013
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The salacious details of Simon Cowell’s affair with a married woman sent shockwaves across Tinseltown, but beyond the illicit relationship, the silent surprise may be the fact that he's becoming a dad for the first time at 53 years young.

And, as astounding as it may sound, Cowell isn’t the only A-lister to have made surprising baby headlines at a mature age. In fact, the X-Factor judge will be in elite company, with a handful of famous fathers who made their inaugural birth announcements much later in life.

Below are five of Hollywood’s oldest, first-time, celebrity dads.

Actor, Al Pacino
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Al Pacino

Al Pacino was almost 50 when he became a father in 1989 to his daughter, Julie Marie Pacino, with acting teacher, Jan Tarrant.

And, while that tidbit of information may sound amazing, the Academy Award winning actor was an incredible 61 when he had his second and third child with actress, Beverly D’Angelo in 2001.

Warren Beatty and Wife Annette Bening
Warren Beatty and Wife Annette Bening | Source

Warren Beatty

Although the former ladies man had plenty of female companions throughout his life (rumors say over 12,000), it was when he settled down and married actress, Annette Bening that he finally became a dad for the first time at age 55.

Together, the dynamic acting duo have 4 children.

Cary Grant

Cary Grant was married a total of five times, but it wasn’t until the marriage to his fourth wife, actress Dyan Cannon, that he joined our first-time father list, at the mind-blowing age of 62.

Grant and Cannon’s matrimony lasted only two years, but the relationship kept Grant’s legacy alive by producing his one and only heir, daughter Jennifer Grant, who wrote a memoir in honor of her dad.

The Multi-Talented Steve Martin
The Multi-Talented Steve Martin | Source

Steve Martin

This multifaceted actor, author, musician, and producer is one of the reigning kings of comedy and impressively; he is also a 67-year-old first-time father with wife, Anne Stringfield. The details surrounding baby Martin’s arrival have been kept intensely private, but the world still celebrated with the unanticipated birth announcement.

Tony Randall

Probably best known for playing Felix Unger in the television hit, “The Odd Couple,” shockingly, the late, Mr. Randall became a first-time parent at the jaw-dropping age of 77. He never had children with his first wife of 50 years, Florence Gibbs, who died of cancer, but made the leap into parenthood with his second wife, Heather Harlan, who is 50 years younger.

Frank Lloyd Wright once opined, “The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” And, I’ve come to the conclusion that as life evolves, there is nothing more beautiful than the birth of a child.

While most people plan for their retirement when entering into their golden years, some, prepare for parenthood.

But, no matter when that new bundle of joy enters this world; it is a blessing, at any age.


If this article interested you then check out a list of moms who gave birth over the age of 50! http://careermommy.hubpages.com/hub/Celebs-Pushing-50-and-Older-Who-Have-Given-Birth

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had no idea.....I'm still trying to figure out my reaction to those ages. LOL

      Thanks for a very entertaining article. I have a huge smile on my face and I'm not sure why. :)

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Billy, ha ha, I know! I had no idea either. I'm glad I was able to entertain you. And, hopefully, some of the older gents out there trying to have a baby might be encouraged that it may not be too late! Thanks for being my first commenter, my friend.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Interesting...my Daddy who was famous to me, in my little corner of the world :) was 58 when I was born. When I was a young girl people used to ask me if I was a mistake. The innocent that I was I had no idea what that meant. How could I have been a mistake??

      I had wonderful years with my parents but they left the planet too soon...both of them. they were not young, Momma 87 and Daddy 93 but I was too young to lose them...they never got to know their grandchildren or some of the things I accomplished that I wanted them to know...(I know they know...they cheer me on daily); I would so like to have conversations with them in person.

      So the cautionary note to those who have children later in life, celebs or not, is that your little ones will usually be left behind and will miss you greatly. thanks for sharing this with us...shared and voted up Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      pstraubie48, thank you for sharing your wonderful and heartfelt personal story. I agree that the later in life you have kids the less time you have to spend on the earth with them, but thank God your parents lived long lives. What a blessing you got the time you did with them!

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article! We live in a world now where it is common for people to have children later in life. However, I think having children in your 60s or 70s is terribly unfair to the children. That being said, it doesn't matter whether Simon Cowell was 25 or 95, the idea of him being a father is scary, lol!!!! Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      rose-the-planner, thank you for your comments. People should have the opportunity to have kids, even older folks, but I definitely see your point. The older the parent, the less years they have left with their kids. I'm always trying to figure out how old I'll be when my kids reach certain milestones, so I can't imagine being 65 and having my child enter kindergarten. Man, I can't imagine waking up every two hours with a new baby at 60!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Some people start later than others! I knew of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening; it seems he decided to catch up with 4 kids! Good for them.

      As Rose The Planner said I also find sad the idea that when people start to have children really late in life is that there is a big risk that the children might grow up without one of the parents!

      But it's not to us to judge the choice of others.

      Thanks for sharing Careermommy!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      kidscrafts, it seems more people are starting later and later in life, but 50's and 60's is a really late start! I agree that the younger and more mature should have the opportunity to experience the joys of childbirth, although they are increasing various risks associated with being older parents. Thank you for your comments.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      My friend and I were just talking about this subject today. As a card-carrying member of the 50+ club, I cannot even imagine raising a child at this age. My 4-leggers are more than enough "child" care for me. :)

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      For men it may be easier to have children at an older age but for women it is hard because they have to be pregnant and give birth to the children and I couldn't imagine doing this at the age of 50 or 60. Apart from various risks it's also not fair for the children. They might lose their parents in their childhood. Thank you for sharing this interesting and thought-provoking article!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Heidi, it would seem to be quite an undertaking to be running around with a toddler in the 50-plus club. I can only imagine. And, bravo for you because I know that 4-leggers are a lot of work too!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi janet. I agree with you. And, studies now show that there are also genetic risks that can be passed along to babies from having older birth fathers. So, it seems there are more risks with older mothers, but older father's pose risks for their kids as well. Thank you for your comments.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Enjoyed your hub about the older men. Voted up.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you moonlake. It's always nice to have you stop by.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi CM. It is a great article when you talk about celebrities. You have done a great job with the organization and information. Warren Beatty surprised everyone by marrying at all much less being a proud father. I like Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford but don't know if they had a baby. Thanks for sharing this information on the site. I will try to pin this to my board on Relationships. Blessings. Audrey

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi brakel2, thank you for stopping by! I don't think Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart had kids together, but you've given be an idea for another article! Thanks again for your comments!

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      It will be interesting to see how SC approaches his role as a father. I suspect he'll have a lot of explaining to do when his child becomes old enough to ask questions. :)

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      LongTimeMother, I agree. SC will haves some 's'plain' to do! LOL. Thanks for stopping by. I pray all is well with you.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Simon Cowell and 5 of the Oldest First-Time Celebrity Dads interesting, informative and a well approached hub.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      DDE, thank you again. Your kind words are always appreciated!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Interesting article! I didn't know Simon Cowell's age or about his affair with a married woman. I must be living under a rock. LOL Apparently, I'm missing some good celebrity gossip. Men can have children at any age and you give some great examples of men who waited late in life to have them. Hopefully, they are grown up now and will make great fathers.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you Suzette! It's interesting, the celebrity news that's out there, LOL! I hope these men make great fathers too, and have grown into their new roles, because being a parent is rewarding, but hard work.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Interesting article, great hub. Enjoyed reading.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you Vellur. I'm glad it was enjoyable (-:

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      When I saw the title of this Hub I immediately thought of Cary Grant and Steve Martin. I didn't know about the others you mention. I know Charlie Chaplin had his last child at a ripe old age. I like your ending paragraph...it's a gift at any age!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks vespawoolf. It's amazing that these men became dads for the first time at their ages. Yep, it's a gift at any age!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I think that Steve Martin has settled down as he aged and has become more of a rather figure in movie roles. Makes sense since he is also expecting a child. I didn't even know Randall was ever married. Good to hear he is enjoying his second chance at fatherhood. Very interesting post!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi teaches12345, I always enjoy finding tidbits of celebrity news. Yeah, some of these first time fathers really surprised me. Thanks for your comments.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Wait, Simon is now a daddy! Oh my, this article just made me realized that I've been out of the tube for quite some time now, eh? I admit I only put it on to see the local news and the weather and doesn't really pay attention to some celeb news. Maybe I should have a life not just work, work, work. Whatever happened to me balancing life?

      Oh well, blessings indeed and good for these folks!

      Thanks for this article. Enjoyed it!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi CriSp. Ha ha, it's so easy to work, work, and become unaware of the pop culture around us. But, I think a little lounging, relaxing and entertainment is something that you deserve, as hard as you work. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      I remember when Tony Randall first became a dad. I was really surprised.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Yeah, having a child at almost 80 is very surprising. Thanks for stopping by WriterJanis.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      It doesn't surprise me that these men are finally waking up and smelling the coffee in terms of deciding what is important in life....the miracle is that they got it when they did! I still meet people today who haven't woken up and probably never will. There's some wonderful things to be had in the world - love, children, self-realisation and self-awareness, friendship, family and individuality. A very amusing hub and voted INTERESTING!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Suzanne, thanks for your insightful comments! I couldn't have summed up your sentiments better.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, careermommy,

      Loved this story. Most of the guys in here are my favorites. I voted up and all of the choices because you deserved it.

      I love how you write. You could teach me so much.

      I cordially-invite you to read two of my hubs and then become one of my followers--I would love that.

      Keep up the great work.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Awww, thanks so much Kenneth!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Careermommy,

      You are most-welcome because what I said was the truth.

      So glad to have you as a follower.

      That means the world to me.

      Kenneth

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      Nicole Kristine 2 years ago from MN

      Good hub! I can't imagine having a kid that old!

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      Tirralan Watkins 2 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you Nicole. I know, either!

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