Jeff Goldbum turns 70: A look at Hollywood ‘Zaddys’


Jeff Goldbaum He celebrates his 70th birthday on Saturday.

The “Jurassic Park” actor was a guest on the “Kelly Clarkson Show” in January 2020 when he first learned that he was considered “Zaddy”.

Zadi, which rhymes with the word ‘dad’, can be defined as an attractive, old man who exudes confidence and charm as well as good looks.

In the episode, a member of Clarkson’s crew explains to Jeff what Zadie is.

Chris Meloni, Jeff Goldblum and Idris Elba have earned the nickname “Zadi” in Hollywood.
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“I think I understand,” he said in response. “I think it’s free. Thank you very much.”

“But I love being a father,” he explained.

Jeff and his wife, Emily Livingston, married in 2014 and share two children: Charlie, 7, and River, 5.

Jeff Goldblum turned 70 on Saturday.

Jeff Goldblum turned 70 on Saturday.
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Here’s a look at other Hollywood Zaddys.

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni has taken on the nickname as Zaddy for the past several years. Earlier this summer, he went Totally Naked For Peloton Ad To celebrate #NationalNudeDay.

“It’s a gas. It’s fun,” Meloni told People magazine of his new title.

“I don’t know, has anyone else been crowned Zadi? Once it’s given to you, you just have to ride that horse for as long as you can.”

Christopher Meloni rejoices in his stature as a "zady" and stars on "Law &  Wanted: Organized Crime"

Christopher Meloni celebrates his status as “Zadi” and stars in “Law & Order: Organized Crime”
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Meloni shared that his wife, Sherman Williams, 27, and their children — Sophia, 21, and Dante, 19 — are enjoying his new nickname.

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“My wife, she’s beautiful, I get that. Meaning she’s like, ‘Uh, whatever.’ On the other hand, my kids, once a month always, it’s ‘Really? Really?” “Their friends are going to send them a meme out or whatever.

“But I think, secretly in their hearts, they get it. It’s great, because we all have good idiots. My kids’ friends spoil my piece, but it’s all fun. It’s an honor.”

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey It fits perfectly with Zaddy’s description, according to social media.

The 52-year-old “Interstellar” star married his wife Camila Alves in 2012.

The couple share three children: Levi, 14, Vida, 12, and Livingston, 9.

Matthew McConaughey in 1996 at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Matthew McConaughey in 1996 at Universal Studios Hollywood.
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Attend McConaughey The University of Texas at Austin With plans to become a lawyer but ended up changing gears to acting.

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Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves married in 2012.

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves married in 2012.
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Since the “Greenlights” author hit his first major movie “Dazed and Confused” in 1993, McConaughey has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe He has been considered a darling in Hollywood since he made his acting debut when he was 15 years old in the sitcom A New Kind of Family.

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After 43 years, the “9-1-1 Lone Star” actor continues to win fans, with many calling him Zaddy.

Lowe, 58, has been married to his longtime sweetheart, Sheryl Berkoff, since 1991. The couple share two children: Matthew, 29, and John, 27.

Rob Lowe has been very much loved since his acting debut at the age of 15.

Rob Lowe has been very much loved since his acting debut at the age of 15.
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Cheryl and Rob celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in July.

“Your love has made my world,” said Lowe. “You are as beautiful, knowledgeable, wonderful, kind, and playful as you have been for many glorious years.” Instagram share.

“Partners in the love of life!!”

Lowe and Berkoff met in the ’80s after they were set on a blind date.

Idris Elba

Idris ElbaNamed People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2018, social media users have dubbed him Zaddy.

The British actor, 50, recently married his third wife, Sabrina as Elba. He has two children from previous relationships.

Idris Elba was People Magazine's sexiest man alive in 2018.

Idris Elba was People Magazine’s sexiest man alive in 2018.
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Isan Elba, 20, is engaged to Hanne Norgaard whom he married in 1999, and shares 8-year-old son Winston with ex-wife Naiyana Garth.

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Idris starred in the TV show “Luther” from 2010 to 2019. He has grown into one of the best actors in Hollywood with his next movie “The Jungle Book 2” which will be released in 2023.

Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher has captured hearts since the ’80s.

Gallagher, 57, made his acting debut in “The Idolmaker” in 1980, but is best known for his role in “Sex, Lies and Videotape” in 1989.

Peter Gallagher made his acting debut in 1980.

Peter Gallagher made his acting debut in 1980.
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The “American Beauty” The star has also been rated as Zaddy on social media.


He married his wife Paula Hardwood in 1983. The couple share two children together: James, 32, and Catherine, 29.

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