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Dad can be a star, even if he's not a celebrity

In honor of the holiday aimed at reminding Pop that he's a star, it's important to remember that pop stars are dads, too, and that they do a lot of the same stuff we do. They just do it all very differently. But don't let that get you down, Daddy-o.

If your Father's Day plans involve attending a sporting event, getting on an airplane, or just going to the movies, you -- or your dad -- are thisclose to being a celebrity. Let us help remind you why you're not so bad off.

Get in the game
After tickets, parking, food and souvenirs are factored in, it might cost you a month's salary to manage to take the wife and kids out to a ballgame. Add in a good pair of binoculars and you could get a glance at David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, and their four kids ... sitting a lot closer to the action than you. But those seats aren't so perfect -- who wants a face full of cheerleader all night? Nothing wrong with being an upper-deck dad!

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David Beckham and son Brooklyn take in an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in L.A.

Fly, fly away
Any hardworking dad would love a vacation for Father's Day. Thinking about loading the minivan for a quick drive to the beach? That does sound nice -- right up until the part where you get in the car. Maybe try flying somewhere instead, since the kids are buying. If you're lucky, while you're standing in the security line with your shoes off, you'll see Brad Pitt and one or all of his six children stroll by. Yeah, they have their shoes on and they have giant bottles of shampoo in their carry-on bags, but you might star in your own hilarious TSA harassment video on YouTube!

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Is that gonna fit in the overhead bin? Brad Pitt and son Pax Jolie-Pitt at Gimpo International Airport in South Korea.

Take in a movie
Forget the game. Forget the trip. You're a busy dad who just wants to escape to the movies for a couple hours. Find something worth spending $12 a ticket on -- "Sorry, Jimmy, Daddy doesn't do G-rated" -- get yourself $45 worth of snacks, and relax. If the movie is lousy you can take solace in knowing you didn't star in it, fly around the world promoting it, or stand on the red carpet outside the theater pretending you're proud of it. Thumbs up!

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Actor Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith take kids Jaden, Willow and Trey to the "After Earth" premiere in New York.

What else do celebrity dads do? They ride little scooters (Hugh Jackman), pick their kids up from school (Paul Rudd) and swim in pools (Tom Cruise). Check these guys out and many more in our annual Hollywood Dads slideshow, below.

And, happy Father's Day! You're a great dad, even if you don't play one on TV.

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    Ben Affleck takes his daughters Violet and Seraphina to the farmer's market in Santa Monica

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    The leading men of movies, TV, music and more are also stars at home.

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    Actor and director Ben Affleck takes his daughters Violet, right, and Seraphina to the farmer's market in Santa Monica, Calif., in April 2013. Affleck is married to actress Jennifer Garner and he also has a son, Samuel, who was born in 2012.

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    British soccer star David Beckham sits courtside with his sons Cruz, Romeo and Brooklyn during an NBA basketball game. At right, he kisses his daughter Harper during an NHL playoff game.

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    Actor Brad Pitt and son Pax enjoy some father-son time in Sydney, Australia, in June 2013. Pitt has 5 more children with actress Angelina Jolie -- he adopted her two children, Zahara Marley and Maddox Chivan and is the biological father to Shiloh Nouvel and twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline.

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  • British actor Daniel Day-Lewis and his son Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis shop in SoHo in New York City

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    Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and his son Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, from his relationship with French actress Isabelle Adjani, shop in SoHo in New York in April 2013. He also has two sons with Arthur Miller's daughter Rebecca Miller.

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    Actor Matthew McConaughey walks through JFK Airport in New York with his wife, model Camila Alves McConaughey, and children Levi, center, and Vida.

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    NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Wililams poses with his daughter, "Girls" star Allison Williams, left, and his wife, radio host Jane Stoddard Williams, backstage following Rita Wilson's performance at 54 Below in New York in April 2013.

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    TODAY's Al Roker poses with his wife, TV personality Deborah Lee-Roberts, far left, and children Nicholas Roker and Leila Roker, at Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in March 2013. He also has a daughter from a previous marriage.

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    Actor Dean McDermott takes three of his children to a Phineas and Ferb Live event in September 2012. McDermott and actress Tori Spelling have four children, sons Liam Aaron, front left, Finn Davey (not pictured) and daughters Stella Doreen, front right, and Hattie Margaret.

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    Donald Trump poses with his wife Melania Trump and son Barron Trump at the Trump Invitational Grand Prix in January 2013. He also has three children, Ivanka, Donald and Eric from his marriage to Ivana Zelnickova and a daughter, Tiffany, with Marla Maples.

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    KISS guitarist Gene Simmons, left, poses with his children Sophie Simmons and Nick Simmons at the premiere of "The Last Stand" in January 2013.

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    Actor Jack Nicholson and his son Raymond attend a basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles in February 2013.

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    Actor Hugh Jackman rides a scooter with his daughter Ava, left, and takes a walk with his son Oscar in New York. Jackman is married to Australian actress Deborra-Lee Furness.

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    Actor Jamie Foxx takes his daughter Corinne Bishop to the MTV Movie Awards in April 2013. He has another daughter, Annalise.

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    Actor Jason Bateman attends a creative arts fair with his daughter Francesca and wife Amanda Anka in November 2012. He has one other daughter, Maple Sylvie.

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    Actor Joel McHale attends a creative arts fair with his wife Sarah Williams and their sons Eddie and Isaac in November 2012.

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    Actor Johnny Knoxville, his wife Naomi Nelson, son Rocko Akira Clapp and daughter Arlo Lemoyne Yoko Clapp attend the Huggies Snug & Dry and Baby2Baby Mother's Day Garden Party in April 2013. He also has a daughter, Madison, from a previous marriage.

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    Actor Kevin Nealon attends a Yo Gabba Gabba Live! concert with wife Susan Yeagley and their son Gable Nealon in November 2012.

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    Celebrity photographer Larry Birkhead poses with his daughter Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead at the Kentucky Derby in May 2013. Dannielynn is the daughter of the late model Anna Nicole Smith.

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    Actor Michael J. Fox poses at left with his wife Tracy Pollan and their twin daughters Schuyler Frances and Aquinnah Kathleen at the Emmy Awards in September 2012. Fox and Pollan are pictured at right with son Sam Michael in January 2013.

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    Actor Neil Patrick Harris, right, and partner David Burtka hold their kids Gideon Scott Burtka-Harris and Harper Grace Burtka-Harris in New York in April 2013.

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    Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon hold twins Monroe Cannon, left, and Moroccan Cannon during Family Day at the Santa Monica Pier in October 2012.

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    Paul Stanley of KISS and his son Colin Stanley attend a basketball game in February 2013.

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    Actor Pierce Brosnan poses with sons Paris Brosnan, left, and Dylan Brosnan at the premiere of "Love Is All You Need" in April 2013. Brosnan has two other sons, Sean and Christopher and a daughter Charlotte.

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    Actor Ricky Martin holds his sons Matteo and Valentino at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, in March 2013.

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    Actor Paul Rudd picks up his son Jack Sullivan from school in New York in January 2013. Rudd also has a daughter, Darby.

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    Rocker Slash, his wife Renee and sons Cash Anthony and London Emilio attend John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit in March 2013.

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    Actor Ted Danson and daughter Kate attend the the 2012 Gentlemen's Ball in New York in October 2012. Danson has another daughter, Alexis.

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    Actor Tom Crusie and son Connor, left, attend an NHL playoff game in June 2013. At right, he plays with daughter Suri at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park in August 2012. Cruise also has another daughter, Isabella Jane.

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    Actor Will Ferrell and his son Mattias attend a basketball game in December 2012. Ferrell also has two other sons, Magnus and Axel.

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    Will Smith attends the "After Earth" premiere in May 2013 with his family, Jaden Smith, left, Willow Smith, wife Jada Pinkett Smith and Trey Smith.

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