Bruce Jenner Named Father of the Year by Esquire: Plus Other Deserving Celebrity Dads

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Bruce Jenner's contributions to the Kardashian family may not be fully valued by mama Kris, but Esquire magazine is showing the reality dad some major love! The patriarch of television's most famous celebrity family has been named "Father of the Year" by the mag.

Just a day after the premiere of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" in which the celebrity dad pulled a two day disappearing act without being missed by his wife, he earned the title as top dad through his maintenance of some general normalcy in the land of the crazy Kardashians.

Long before he became famous as the father of the famous family, Bruce earned the title as one of the greatest athletes of his generation. He won the hearts of the entire nation when he won the gold medal for the decathlon in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. That's a fact that seems long forgotten by his wife Kris and their cluster of children -- Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Rob, Kendall, and Kylie. Thankfully, Esquire remembered his contribution and even paid tribute to his ongoing attempts to remain kinda normal in the midst of reality cameras.

It is the little things that earned Jenner the title of father of the year not the reality stuff. He's the guy that drove car pool until his little girl got his driver's license. The guy that gets his girls a science tutor when they can't keep up with school due to their professional obligations. He's the one who sweats the small stuff rather than worry about the big antics. He even reportedly didn't realize that his family had signed on for another three years of reality bliss for a hefty $40 million payday.

Here are some other celebrities who can keep Bruce company as the best dads in Hollywood:

Clint Eastwood: If you caught the season premiere of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians", you probably caught a glimpse of the newest reality fare on E! "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" featuring Dina Ruiz Eastwood, her daughter, and her step-daughter. Missing from the debut was the behind the scenes patriarch Clint Eastwood who is apparently leaving the reality moments to his wife and kids. By staying off camera, the star gets to keep his tough guy image and skip the emasculation that Bruce Jenner has endured. That decision alone puts him on our list of top celebrity dads in Hollywood!

Brad Pitt: He's been established as one of the hottest guys in Hollywood for years, now he has firmly entrenched himself as one of the hottest celebrity dads. With his globe trotting band of tots - Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne - Brad has his hands full with his daddy duties. Thankfully, he still dabbles in the acting field with a steady flow of films every year or so.

David Beckham: On the soccer field, he's a major superstar. Off-field he's just daddy to sons -- Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz -- and daughter Harper. All you have to do is check out his Facebook page to see that this is one proud papa!

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