Tom Hanks Is America’s Dad, But Who’s the Cool Uncle?

When it comes to describing Tom Hanks, the phrase “America’s Dad” seems to fit him perfectly. With his warm smile, genuine charm, and remarkable talent, Hanks has captured the hearts of people across the nation. However, just as every family has a fun, cool uncle, the acting world boasts several actors who embody that role perfectly!

One Redditor asked, “If Tom Hanks is America’s Dad, who would be America’s cool Uncle?” Thousands of fans gave their opinions, and we have compiled the top 20 responses for you!

1. Jack Black

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Every family has that one relative who brings laughter and excitement to any gathering. In the world of entertainment, Jack Black fits that role perfectly.

A discerning Reddit user commented, “That’s the crazy fun uncle that makes you question your life choices around him. Lol”

Another replied, “Opened the comments to post this, and it’s the #1 comment. Couldn’t agree more.”

2. Jeff Bridges

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When it comes to the world of acting, few celebrities exude the same level of laid-back charisma and enduring coolness as Jeff Bridges!

One said, “Exactly. He’s the 2nd eldest of your grandad’s 5 brothers who lives on a ranch in Texas and likes to tell all the children tall tales about hoop snakes and snipes and that one time his dog nearly got et by a chupacabra.”

Someone else added, “He’s more like America’s dads cool friend certainly in the family though.”

3. Jeff Goldblum

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In the realm of Hollywood, there is one actor who stands out as the embodiment of charm, and undeniable coolness: Jeff Goldblum.

A Reddit user wrote, “Jeff Goldblum is VERY COOL… but I don’t want to be related to someone I’m thirsty for. 😬😁ETA: I can’t mention Jeff Goldblum without linking to my favourite JG ANECDOTE.”

Another added, “I think Goldblum is better and surprised I didn’t see him in the top 10 top-level answers.”

Jeff Goldblum is the epitome of the cool uncle we all wish we had in our lives.

4. John C. Reilly

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John C. Reilly’s comedic prowess knows no bounds. When it comes to actors who bring a delightful blend of humor and charm, John C. Reilly takes center stage!

A Reddit user wrote, “John C. Reilly. You may not see him as much, he doesn’t play as active a role in your life, but he’s always fun when he’s around.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “He travels a lot for work and randomly sends you weird stuff from around the globe. Like, silkworm tea or books with human skin covers.”

5. Robin Williams

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Robin Williams was a comedic powerhouse known for his lightning-fast wit. His ability to make people laugh was legendary, and his unique brand of humor brought joy to millions.

One Redditor stated, “He is the fun Uncle that you have sweet memories of as a child and teenager but then passed away. But every time someone brings them up, it’s never sad, it’s just “remember when Uncle Robin used to….” and everyone laughs and smiles.”

Someone else replied, “I think Robin Williams is the fun uncle for sure! The kind that takes you to the toy store and makes you and your friends laugh and sneaks candy and coins into your pocket via “magic tricks” when your mom isn’t looking.”

Williams was definitely the uncle who could effortlessly lighten the mood and turn any situation into a comedy sketch. His humor was a constant reminder to find laughter in life’s ups and downs!

6. Danny Devito

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Someone on Reddit said, “He’s that weird uncle that’s ironically cool AF.”

Someone commented, “No, he’s the crazy uncle. But the kind of crazy that you love and are entertained by.”

Another responded, “Nah, he’s like your grandpa’s weird drinking buddy who shows up to family functions because he got divorced, and none of his kids want to visit him in Tampa.”

DeVito’s genuine interest in others makes him the kind of uncle who can effortlessly connect with people. He is the uncle who makes you feel comfortable and valued!

7. John Candy

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One said, “John Candy, obviously. Edit: Thank you for the award, kind person.

And to those that keep saying he doesn’t apply, cause Canadian. I view anyone “North American” as the option. If not, there’s no issue with him being Canadian. He’s still the coolest Uncle we could have asked for, American or otherwise.”

Another joked, “As an American, I can 100% assure you that we would willingly go to war for John Candy.”

Candy’s presence alone could lighten the mood and put a smile on anyone’s face. He was the uncle who could make you burst into laughter, brightening up even the dullest of family gatherings.

8. Snoop Dogg

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When it comes to iconic figures in the world of music, Snoop Dogg stands out as a true legend!

Someone shared, “Underrated comment. Everyone is Snoop’s nephew.”

Another person added, “Snoop Dogg. You come home from school with a B on the test, and Tom says, “You really are trying hard, and I’m proud of you. We’re going to work together to do even better.”

Then you talk to Uncle Snoop: “F*** all that. Let me tell you somethin. All these grades, they don’t mean anything. What matters is how you think, you feel me? Now hit this.””

A user responded, “The uncle that you go on walks with during family get-togethers, same come back all bleary-eyed.”

Snoop Dogg’s swag is unmatched. He is the uncle who reminds you to take life less seriously and appreciate the beauty in the everyday.

9. Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves is renowned for his humility. Despite his superstar status, he remains humble and grateful for the opportunities he has been given.

Reeves’s acts of kindness, like his charitable contributions, have only strengthened his reputation as a humble person. What a compassionate uncle to have!

One user shared, “Keanu Reeves would be the cool uncle.”

Another added, “Rides motorcycles, plays with weapons, knows martial arts, is humble and genuinely kind. Definitely the cool uncle.”

10. Bill Murray

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Bill Murray has a unique ability to navigate between deadpan humor and heartfelt moments, leaving audiences captivated by his sincerity!

Someone said, “Bill Murray is the family member you think is grumpy and mean when you are young, but always sit down and have a beer with them when you are older.”

Another added, “Bill Murray popped in my head immediately after reading the question. Cool/eccentric uncle.”

11. Shaquille O’Neal

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When it comes to larger-than-life personalities, few people match the charisma and infectious energy of Shaquille O’Neal, or what fans call him: Shaq.

One Reddit user wrote, “Shaq. Compliments people. Gives out gifts. Friendly. makes jokes.”

Someone said, “He’s got that mischievous grin down perfectly, too… great uncle material right there.”

12. John Stamos

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John Stamos possesses an undeniable charm that transcends generations. From his iconic role as Uncle Jesse in “Full House” to his captivating performances in various TV shows, Stamos has a magnetic presence that draws people in!

One wrote, “Uncle Jesse is the only acceptable answer here.”

Another commented, “Was searching the comments for this answer! Definitely Uncle Jesse.”

13. Paul Rudd

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Paul Rudd’s infectious humor is a hallmark of his persona. Rudd is the uncle who charms everyone he meets; all the kids love him!

A Redditor wrote, “I still feel like Paul Rudd is the corny friend you’ve known since childhood and comes up with weird nicknames like Jobin or City Slicka.”

Someone else agreed and said, “I was surprised to see this so low! Rudd was my first thought.”

14. Dave Grohl

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When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll legends who have the spirit of fun and unyielding passion for music, Dave Grohl is your guy, or in this case, your uncle!

Someone said, “I was watching Dave Grohl interviews one day, my son was 10 at the time, and I didn’t realise he was paying attention to the TV. He asked me later that day, “Can we please watch ‘the nice man’ again?” Dave is forever known as The Nice Man in my house.”

Another person shared similar thoughts and mentioned, “He is. I love his interactions with that young girl drummer from the UK! He showed exactly who he is with that. And now he has his daughter on the latest song I hear on the radio!!”

15. Bruce Campbell

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One user said, “He could help with your science homework. “your primitive intellect wouldn’t understand alloys and compositions and things with… molecular structures.””

Someone else added, “I went to a book signing of “make love the Bruce Campbell Way” and someone asked if he could say a line from evil dead, and he goes “Yeah, I could say that if I was your little monkey boy.” Thought it was pretty funny.”

From his role as Ash Williams in the “Evil Dead” franchise to his memorable appearances in “Bubba Ho-Tep” and “Burn Notice,” Campbell has left a mark on pop culture. His unique humor makes him the fun, cool uncle who can always share interesting stories from his adventures on set.

16. Woody Harrelson

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Someone commented, “Woody Harrelson is America’s weird redneck cousin. When you need someone who can get you some weed and also moonshine, you call Woody.”

Another replied, “Woody is the uncle that gives you booze and lets you look at his n*die mags. Bc he still has n*die mags.”

Woody Harrelson will always hold a special place in our hearts as the fun, cool uncle who continues to inspire and uplift us with his unwavering dedication to living life to the fullest!

17. Matthew McConaughey

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Someone said, “I had to scroll way too far. You folks obviously never had the uncle that only showed up for 5 minutes of Thanksgiving, chilled on the porch, and vanished. He was always good for a mid-drag tidbit of wisdom.”

Another responded, “Impossibly cool cousin, then when you grow up, they stick the landing and become a cool adult.”

Whether Matthew is sharing stories or cracking jokes, his optimism can bring joy to any gathering!

18. Robert Downey Jr.

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If there’s one actor who can pull off the cool eccentricity of a beloved uncle, it’s Robert Downey Jr.

Known for his iconic role as Iron Man, Downey brings a unique blend of wit and quirkiness to the table. His offbeat humor and magnetic presence make him the kind of uncle who brings an element of surprise to family get-togethers.

A discerning Reddit user commented, “But he only shows up for like an hour and leaves without saying anything. He’s way too cool for the family.”

Another replied, “And pray that someday you’ll be cool enough to be invited to go with him.”

19. Adam Sandler

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Adam Sandler’s comedic style is both iconic and unforgettable. From his early days on “Saturday Night Live” to his countless roles in films like “Billy Madison,” “Happy Gilmore,” and “The Waterboy,” Sandler has become synonymous with laughter. His witty one-liners have made him a comedy legend!

A Redditor wrote, “Wholesome enough to be TH’s brother, he’d be the one to show up with fireworks, instigate a water balloon fight, and when the serious convo breaks out, he’d be the one to see how many hot dogs he could fit in his mouth to distract the kids.

And of course, he’d be able to match every f**t and p**p joke for the 8-12 year-olds, make questionable innuendo (nothing harmful, but mom would be mad, but dad would have to stifle a smirk), and somehow he’d be able to help the pre-teen girls fix their hair and give half-way decent advice about boys.”

Another replied, “Adam Sandler is like that one mate your dad has who buys you, sweets, all the time.”

20. Nick Offerman

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Someone on Reddit said, “Nick Offerman is a solid bet.”

Someone commented, “Yes! He could teach his nieces and nephews how to become master craftspeople. Plus, he’s funny and married to Aunt Megan Mullaly. (They’re my aunt’s neighbors) trust me; they’re who you want.”

Another person pitched in to say, “He has Great Uncle vibes. Lifetime of wisdom and kindness, delivered a bit sharply, but sincere nonetheless.”

Offerman is the fun, cool uncle who can build you a table or fix anything with duct tape, all while sharing quirky anecdotes and imparting his unique wisdom.


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