10 Famous Austinites Who Also Make Great Dads


Celebrities may not get to relax and spend time with their kids in the same way that the rest of us do, but most of them are really doing their best to make parenting and their chosen profession really work. Some play great dads on the screen, while others play the role of dad on their team. So in honor of Father’s Day, here are 10 famous Austinites who also make great dads…

Drew Brees

The father of four tweeted this adorable selfie after the birth of his daughter in 2014.

Even though the Super Bowl winning quarterback can be pretty darn busy during football season, he still manages to make his kids a priority. He told Huffington Post, “For the most part, I structure my day around, “OK, when are they going to be awake? When am I going to be with them?” I try to be there for them at night to read them a book before they go to bed on the busy days, so we have our moments.”

The Westlake High School grad definitely isn’t shy about bragging on his kids online. Just check out his Instagram page.

Matthew McConaughey

Probably our most famous Austinite, it’s not surprising that McConaughey doesn’t have a personal Instagram account, but, luckily, his wife Camilla Alves does. From time to time, she gives us a peek inside their life here in Austin.

The Oscar winner told Good Morning America that he moved his family to Austin about eight years ago so that his children can see his mother, Mary Kay, almost every weekend.

And as if that isn’t enough reason to love him, he’s a part of two non-profits that give to kids in our communities.

Through Mack, Jack, & McConaughey, an organization he formed with singer Jack Ingram and former University of Texas football coach Mack Brown, the trio has given over $5 million dollars to charitable organizations in Austin. Those organizations include Dell Children’s Medical Center, Rise School of Austin, and MM’s other foundation just keep livin, which is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with tools to make healthy choices for a better future.

Oh, yeah, he also had his kids join him on the red carpet for the premiere of his animated flick, “Sing.”

Gary Clark Jr

GCJ is one heck of a musician, part owner of Antone’s, and now devoted father.

After his wife Nicole announced her pregnancy, the Austin native shared a picture of the expecting mother with the caption, “The most beautiful thing I have ever seen. So excited about what is to come with you my love @nictrunfio.” He hashtagged the photo with #babyclark.

More recently, he posted this adorable video of Zion showing off how much she loves to dance.


Andy Roddick

The former professional tennis player may be retired, but he stays active thanks to his son Hank.

“I follow him around every day. It’s been great,” he told Fox News.

He also said that he and wife Brooklyn Decker are ready for more kids.

More kids that we can see glimpses of via Decker’s Instagram page, no doubt.

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My granny, my babe and me. ❤️

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Keeping up with Hank isn’t the only thing taking up Roddick’s time. His Andy Roddick Foundation focuses on closing the educational achievement gap by providing children with abundant opportunities outside the school day. The organization works with the Austin Independent School District among others.

Kyle Chandler

The former “Friday Night Lights” coach and current “Bloodlines” star has a 33-acre spread about a half-hour outside of Austin, living a simpler life with his wife and two daughters. He told the Hollywood Reporter in 2015 that he’s a regular fixture at the girls’ volleyball matches and soccer games, though he’s left the coaching to his wife, a former model to whom he’s been married nearly 20 years.

While speaking about fatherhood with Men’s Health back in 2010 he said, “There’s nothing that means more. I give myself over to the family completely.”

He went on to say, “Spending time with my girls clarifies my perspective on just about any problem.”

Not surprisingly, the relatively private star does not share family photos on social platforms, which means no embarrassing dad posts for his girls!

Dennis Quaid

A medical mistake almost cost actor Dennis Quaid’s two youngest children their lives when the fraternal twins were accidentally given an overdose of a blood thinner. Thankfully they recovered and now live a healthy life, but the terror of that experience was enough to propel the actor to crusade for improvements in patient safety.

He made it a mission to raise awareness and even explored the stories of families who have lost loved ones to medical errors in a Discovery Channel special called “Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm.”

Quaid, who resides near the Pennybacker Bridge, also quit smoking following his twins’ health ordeal. On a talk show in 2011 he reflected on the ordeal, “I figured, I want to be around when they’re 40, if I can. They stuck around for me, so I’m going to try to stick around for them.”

And, on top of all that, he loves his mama, as we told you about in January.

His eldest son, Jack, posted this picture with his grandmother on her 90th birthday.

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My Grandma turned 90 yesterday. Happy Birthday, Nita!

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Willie Nelson

Father to seven children and many grandchildren, the octogenarian has three rules for his family, according to this Rolling Stone interview:

Youngest son, Lukas, told Esquire Magazine that sharing the stage with his father is the “best feeling in the world.”

By the age of 13, Lukas was already touring with Willie. “Basically, I started playing in order to get closer to [my father],” he said. “I wanted something that I could relate to him with because he was gone all the time.”

Now, he often plays with the country legend. “There’s nothing better in life to me than being onstage with my dad,” he continued.

Nelson hosts a festival each March at his ranch outside of Austin where many of his family members are known to pop up on stage. His Luck Reunion is definitely one you shouldn’t miss.

Jared Padalecki

Never shy about sharing his family life in Austin, Padalecki and wife Genevieve are parents to two boys and a baby girl.

In 2015, the “Supernatural” star told People Magazine that when they moved into their 10,600-sq.-ft. Texas lodge in 2012, they knew they needed to make it a kid-friendly home.

But you don’t need to read the tabloids to learn about the couple’s love for their family. Follow Jared and Gen Instagram for an up close and personal look at the party of five.

Jensen Ackles

It seems that Padalecki raved so much about life in Austin, his co-star followed suit and brought his family here, as well, settling into this beautiful lakeside home.

Already a father to a daughter with wife Danneel, the family recently added a new set of twins. Ackles frequently shares actual pictures of the bundles of joy, including this one.

When asked at Comic-Con if their kids would go on to star in a television series together,  Ackles joked that his daughter and Padalecki’s sons have already formed a gang:

“The other day, my daughter was talking about his two boys. I was like, ‘Are they your friends?’ And she goes, ‘Nah, they’re my boys.’ She’s just turned 3. So, we might not have a choice in the matter. They might just be doing whatever they’re going to do. And I assume that, you know, they’re going to want to stay in the family business.”

Stone Slade

A&E’s “Modern Dads” may no longer be on the air, but Stone Slade is still rocking fatherhood like a boss.

When the show premiered in 2013, Slade spoke to Austin Monthly about his parenting style:

“You have to let your kids do things and get in trouble and learn their lessons. I know my children know what’s right and wrong and are polite in public. Whatever my style is, it seems to be working,” he said.

He continues to give fans a look into his personal life via his Instagram account, where he posted this epic Halloween picture.

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound … It’s Superdad!

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