Seems like all the films where Steve Martin’s played a father (A Simple Twist Of Fate, Father Of The Bride, Parenthood, Cheaper By The Dozen) for the last 20 or so years have been some kind of training for real life as he became a real-life father at 67 when he and his wife of six years welcomed a child to their pedigreed brood.
Martin is known around the world as an actor, comedian, writer and musician but he should also add “stealth press ninja” to the list as his 41-year-old wife Anne Stringfield (above) gave birth back in December 2012 and managed to keep it a secret up until yesterday when the news broke in the Page Six section of the NY Post but no one knows the sex, name or even a picture of the child.
A source close to the couple says that “They’ve had a baby, and how they kept it a secret nobody knows. Steve’s very private. They are thrilled. They worked hard to have the baby.”
That got me thinking about other men who’ve become first (or second)-time fathers in what I like to call the “salt and pepper years” (aka 50 and beyond) and here’s what I came up with!
The 51-year-old Nine Months and About A Boy star became a daddy in 2011 when previous girlfriend, Chinese actress Tinglan Hong gave birth to their daughter Tabitha and according to his 2012 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, also has the Chinese name of Xiao Xi…which, appropriately enough, means “happy surprise”.
You would think the man who spent a great deal of his life trying to bring peace to Palestine would have a TON of kids, right? Nope. Surprisingly, Arafat was 66 when sired his one and only heir, a daughter named Zahwa in 1995 before his death in 2004.
The ridiculously (and STILL ridiculously) good looking man who spent much of his adult life as a perennial bachelor, part inspiration for Carly Simon’s monster hit “You’re So Vain” and one-time lover to Dick Tracy co-star Madonna, Beatty shocked the world when at 55 he married (and is STILL married to) his Bugsy co-star Annette Bening and fathered their first of four children that same year. Their first child, a daughter named Kathlyn, is now a transgendered man living as Stephen Ira Beatty.
This multiple award-winning star of stage and screen (both big and small) didn’t have children with Florence, his first wife of 50 years (who died of cancer in 1992) but when he remarried second wife Heather in 1995 at age 75, he decided no time like the present. Two years later at 77, The Randalls welcomed daughter Julia in 1997 with son Jefferson born the following year in 1998 and was a happy pappy right up until his death in 2004 at age 84.
While having a child past the age of 50 would’ve raised MASSIVE eyebrows 20 years ago, now it seems almost the norm. And while Martin waited until 67 to have his son or daughter (I’m telling you, stealth press ninja), I still like to imagine that the child’s second or third birthday will feature Cowboy Gil from the 1989 classic, Parenthood.
“After I blow a hole in somebody and slip around on their guts…afterwards, I like to make balloon animals! like this! (Holding up twisted balloons) Your lower intestines!”
Congrats to Steve and Anne on their bouncing baby, uh, baby! Maybe he’ll give up the goods someday on Twitter while teaching him or her how to play the banjo.
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