"Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art," as the great poet Stanislaw Jerzy once said.
From anti-aging serums to hair dyes, advertising has been promoting youth, with images of young men and bronzed muscles, as the only age worth living. However, just because one has aged, doesn't mean they've lost their appeal. For men, in particular, the silver fox vibe is becoming more and more attractive. Funny enough, some young actors and social influencers are dying their hair gray to look older... and hotter. In fact, a 35-year-old guy has created a whole brand by making himself look older on Instagram.
And it's official - a study showed that many women, especially those over 40, prefer men with gray locks. To be more precise, 54% of women said they’d love to date a silver fox. No doubt Catherine Zeta-Jones is in love with foxy Michael Douglas.
There’s no doubt that gray is the new black. Although gray is defined as an achromatic color, meaning a color without color, we all know there are 50 shades of gray - and they are hot!
Here are 20 of the hottest Hollywood silver foxes whose gray shades are irresistible. Nothing is ever only black and white, so just keep reading, foxy mama - we won’t tell anyone!
20 George Clooney - 50 Shades Of Gray
George Clooney, with his 50 shades of gray, is one of the sharpest men on our list. Just look at his smile, mama! It’s no surprise beautiful Amal is in love with our beloved Hollywood silver fox.
Clooney is not only a hot actor but a great dad. He told hellomagazine.com, "I cry more than they do. I cry four times a day right now, because I'm so tired. Hey, remember back when you were single, before you didn't have to worry about keeping people alive?... And then... all of a sudden we have these two knuckleheads around who make me laugh every day."
19 John Slattery - White Hot
Do you remember Mad Men? Well, John Slattery played rich Rodger Sterling, and his performance was brilliant. Although many still associate Slattery with his fictional character and his sinful nature, John Slattery is a loving father. In fact, John Slattery told theatlantic.com, "People can't get a certain something out of their heads when they see that person. I guess I feel like I'm below the radar enough to move around and do other things… Roger isn't who I am. This is my job."
In 1998, Slattery married Talia Balsam. Slattery and Balsam have a wonderful son, Harry. Interestingly enough, Balsam was formerly married to George Clooney. Check them out below, before George went gray!
18 Jon Stewart - Back In Gray
Comedian Jon Stewart is another silver fox on our list who proves that smiles can be the most powerful aphrodisiac ever. In fact, scientists have revealed that laughing is therapeutic because it stimulates people’s reward systems - just like chocolate. No doubt Stewart’s wife, Tracey McShane, and kids, Maggie Rose and Nathan Thomas, love not only his gray locks but his talent and sense of humor.
And Jon Stewart knows how to make us smile. It’s not only about The Daily Show; he simply knows what parenthood is all about,
"Parenthood is an amazing opportunity to be able to ruin someone from scratch."
He gets it.
17 Anderson Cooper - Nothing Is Ever Only White And Black
CNN star Anderson Cooper proves that nothing is only white and black - he simply proves that gray is hot. Although he and his ex-partner never spoke about adoption or surrogacy, Anderson admits that he is still waiting for the right moment.
Anderson admitted that his mother, famous fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt, wants to have grandchildren, "She constantly has asked me about having kids, yes, and that’s something she’d like to see. You know maybe, some day. I would certainly love… to have kids. I love kids. Who knows? I work a lot, so I would have to kind of change my work schedule."
16 Anthony Bourdain - Gray Shadows
Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Thomas Keller, and so on and on - the culinary world is simply full of yummy celebs. Nevertheless, Anthony Bourdain will always be remembered for his high standards, exotic adventures, interesting books, and wonderful recipes. The celeb chef was one of the most iconic silver foxes of Hollywood.
Bourdain shared a daughter, Ariane, with his second wife Ottavia Busia. Although the couple split in 2016, Ottavia was shocked by Bourdain's passing and posted on Instagram, "Our little girl had her concert today. She was amazing. So strong and brave. She wore the boots you bought her. I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are."
15 Hugh Grant - Feral Silver Fox
Hugh Grant, known as the eternal bachelor, is one busy silver fox. The inticing actor has always been surrounded by young and attractive women. But times have changed, and Hugh Grant has finally become a father. He said,
"Everyone was right all these years, saying, 'Hugh, why don’t you have some children? It changes your life.'… I recommend it. Get some."
The truth, though, is that nobody can tame Hugh. Did you know that he had three kids in 15 months? His ex-partner Hong gave birth to daughter Tabitha in 2011, and son Felix Chang in 2013. But just three months before the birth of his son Felix Chang, Hugh Grant welcomed son John Mungo. Two mothers and overlapping pregnancies!
14 Andy Cohen - Turning Gray
TV producer Andy Cohen is another celeb that shows that love knows no age and proves that gray is hot. But Cohen is still waiting for his true love; as he said, "I have nieces and nephews and I have godchildren and I would love to one day have kids of my own."
Funnily enough, years ago, Cohen was supposed to go out with Anderson Cooper!
"You know when straight people know two gay guys and they’re like, Oh, you guys should meet! We had a phone call to set up the date. I was a young reporter at NBC and he was at CBS."
13 Sean Connery - The Foxiest Man Alive?
At the age of 88, Sean Connery is still a foxy man. Known as the steamiest man alive, Sean Connery is loved by women all over the globe. It was his second wife, Micheline Roquebrune, who managed to tame her fierce silver fox. Micheline has three kids, Olivier, Micha, and Stephane, of her own from previous marriages.
Although Sean Connery and Roquebrune don’t have children together, Sean Connery is a proud father. He had a son, Jason, with his first wife, Diane Cliento.
As we know Jason Connery is also a famous and talented actor. Like father, like son!
12 Harrison Ford - We've Always Loved His Gray Locks, He Knows
Aww, Harrison Ford! His name is enough to make my heart skip a beat. (Shhh, don’t tell my hubby!) Harrison Ford is one of the hottest silver foxes ever. Han Solo, Indian Jones (the Ford-Connery duo is more than any lady can take), and Rick Deckard (Blade Runner) – all his roles are iconic. With so many pretty fans, as well, it’s no surprise that Ford has had many ladies in his life.
Ford shares three sons with his first wife, Mary Marquardt, two kids with his second wife Melissa Mathison, and a boy with Calista Flockhart.
Note that Calista adopted her son Liam a few months before she started dating the dashing Harrison Ford.
11 Alec Baldwin - Gray Is The New Black
Gray is the new black! With his silver charm, Alec Baldwin, the eldest of the Baldwin brothers, is one of the most famous foxes on our list.
You might be surprised that Alec Baldwin is a father, though. He’s dad to beautiful Ireland, from his marriage to hot Kim Basinger. He also has three young kids, Carmen Gabriela, Rafael Thomas, and Leonardo Angel Charles, with Hilaria Baldwin. For Alec, marriage is sacred. Concerned about his niece Hailey Baldwin and her relationship with Justin Bieber, the talented actor shared,
"If you want to have a successful marriage, you have to be together. You gotta stay together."
10 Don Cheadle - Silver Superdad
Don Cheadle doesn’t have to play a superhero to be on our hot list. Just look at him – smart, funny, and successful. He is also a father of two lovely girls, Ayana Tai and Imani.
Although many women would die to touch his War Machine costume, the actor admits that playing a superhero hasn’t convinced his daughters he is a cool dad. As Cheadle told Jay Leno, "I’ve never been the cool dad. You’re never the cool dad to your kids.” He even gave action figures to his kids and they, "immediately took it out and started putting it in postures and hitting it with stuff."
9 Owen Wilson - Silver & Gold
You might wonder why the great blond Owen Wilson is on our list! Believe it or not, at the age of 49, Owen Wilson’s curls are slowly turning gray. On top of that, Wilson is not only a hot silver fox but a funny dad. An awesome combination! Wilson has two sons, Robert Ford, with Jade Duell, and Finn Wilson, with Caroline Lindqvist. Nevertheless, one of the funniest actors in Hollywood said, "I can make a joke, and it’s, like, crickets. It’s like nothing from those guys."
Earlier this month, Owen welcomed a baby girl with Varunie Vongsvirates... after undergoing a paternity test.
8 Richard Gere - Pretty Striking Man
Even under a cap, Richard Gere's distinct shock of grey is unmistakeable. The Pretty Woman silver fox Richard Gere proves that youth has nothing to do with charm. Just look at him! Even the gorgeous fashion icon Cindy Crawford couldn’t resist Richard Gere – the two got married in 1991. Unfortunately, only four years after the wedding, Gere and Crawford got divorced.
Although Richard Gere has had a crazy love life, the handsome actor is a loving dad. He has a son Homer from his second wife Carey Lowell. What’s more, Richard Gere is expecting a baby with 35-year-old Alejandra Silva. Silva has a son from her marriage to businessman Govind Friedland. Interestingly, the charming activist met Gere before she divorced Friedland.
7 James Matthews - Silver Gemstones
We all love Kate, Will, and their charming family. A real-life fairy tale! However, we all remember that foxy sister Pippa stole the show at the Wedding. And no doubt Pippa’s husband, James Matthews, is one of the most successful foxy men on our list.
Funny enough, in the process of writing, we’ve found out that Matthew is not just expecting any more. Just a few hours ago, James and Pippa welcomed their little bundle of joy. A spokesperson told HELLO!:
"James and Pippa have had a baby boy. He was born Monday 15th October at 1.58pm, weighing 8lb and 9oz. Everyone is delighted and mother and baby are doing well."
6 Ryan Serhant - Sell It Like Serhant, Pay In Silver
Although Ryan Serhant is very young, he couldn’t stop Mother Nature – and with his gray locks, he has a special spot on our list. The great news is that after trying for a baby for a long time, the "Million Dollar Listing New York" star and his wife, Emilia Bechrakis, are expecting their first child. In fact, Serhant said, "I’m 33, she’s 32, we’ve been to doctors, we’ve been checked out, and we’re both fine. So we’re now at the point where if and when we start a family, the next steps are to do IVF."
Note that stats show that only in the US, 9% of men and 11% of women have experienced fertility problems.
5 Jon Hamm - Silver Foxes Can't Be Tamed
Is Jon Hamm really his character Don Draper from Mad Men? Not exactly. Jon Hamm doesn’t want kids!
The reasons? Hamm said, "We've seen enough of our friends, who shall obviously remain nameless, become parents, and sometimes it's hard not to think they shouldn't have had kids... I don't have a driving force to have a baby. That said, I'm in a committed relationship, and if it ever came up, I'm not ruling anything out. There's a reason it hasn't been prioritized, because I don't think either of us has that pull. I don't know; it could happen tomorrow. I have no clue."
4 Jay Leno - Gray Is Funny
The silver foxy men on our list prove that gray is not boring at all. No doubt television host Jay Leno with his gray hairs is known worldwide. Well, sorry, ladies, but he’s been married for over 38 years. We should mention, though, that Jay Leno is not a dad - and that was a voluntary choice!
According to nonparents.com, Leno and his wife Mavis chose not to have kids. As a matter of fact, the couple agreed that kids would potentially ruin their relationship. What’s more, Mavis, as a feminist, couldn't go against her beliefs and embrace motherhood.
3 Ricky Gervais - Silver Foxes And Pups
English comedian Ricky Gervais is another talented foxy man who doesn’t want kids. Gervais said, "I'd worry sick about a baby. I have a cat and I worry about that. I check the door three times before I go out. I put food and water in every room in case the door closes and he's peckish for 20 minutes."
And just like many people today, Gervais prefers dogs over kids, "It was time to let the world know what an awful species we are. We're the worst… I love all animals. Human beings? I could take them or leave them!...I prefer dogs."
2 Mickey Rourke - A Mixture Of White And Black
Mickey Rourke is one of the most iconic silver foxes on our list. He’s always been surrounded by hot women. Interestingly, he was close to starting a family with beautiful Carrie Otis. However, Mickey Rourke is not a dad. It’s nothing to do with infertility, orientation, or modern beliefs – it’s the scars of his own childhood that he fears.
As he said, "I’d love to have kids but I don’t want to repeat the cycle of abuse my parents started. I never knew my father and I’d hate to repeat that kind of cycle with my own children because I’d also want to be better for them no matter what."
1 Matt Dillon - Hiding In Gray
Foxy man Matt Dillon, straight or gay, is more than attractive. He’s dated many beautiful women, with Cameron Diaz being one of them.
Although Dillon’s reason to be childless remain a secret, the actor said, "I sometimes think love is God’s way of hoodwinking people into having kids. You fall in love, and all that passion goes into procreating and wanting children. I’ve felt that need to want to raise a child… I’m open to life now, even to marriage. I’m open to the idea that things will work out." In the end, when people love, the only thing they want is to share their love with the rest of the world.
Sources: EOnline.com, AOL.com, Hello Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Vulture.com