In honor of Father’s Day here are 5 of my favorite fathers from pop culture in no particular order.
1.) Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler)- Friday Night Lights
I have said it before and I will say it again, there is no television family I would rather be a part of than the Taylors. The main reason for that is Coach Eric Taylor. Honestly, he reminds me a lot of my dad because of his desire to show young people what they can do with a little hard work and confidence. Like my father who coached me in soccer for 11 years, Coach Taylor provided both the Panthers and the Lions with encouragement, wisdom, and support on and off the field. Kyle Chandler (while not such a great father in Super 8) does a phenomenal job throughout the series showing just how much these boys mean to him as players and as people. The scenes with him and daughter Julie (Aimee Teegarden) are also very touching and sweet.
2.) George Banks (Steve Martin)-Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride is hands down one of my favorite representations of a father daughter relationship in cinema. George Banks is a man you can clearly see cares for his daughter, so much that it drives him to do insane and hilarious things. While a bit over the top, Steve Martin does a great job of representing the fear of a father losing “daddy’s little girl.” He and Annie (Kimberly Williams) have a relationship built on affection and respect. Even when they are fighting you can see it comes from a good place. I love their scenes playing basketball and how they are able to really talk to each other. Because of this movie I have promised my dad a number of times that I will not leave for my Honeymoon without saying goodbye.
3.) Marlin (Albert Brooks)-Finding Nemo
Marlin starts out Finding Nemo as pretty much the most annoying/over-protective dad ever. And who can blame him? He did see almost all of his children and wife get eaten right in front of his eyes. What follows however is one of the most touching, although animated journeys that shows the lengths a parent will go to get back their missing child. (For the less PG version, see Taken.) Marlin is such a good father figure because he is willing to change in order to make his son happy. Plus he battles sharks, takes on jellyfish, swims with sea turtles, and rides in a whale all to rescue Nemo. How many fathers can say they’ve done that?
4.) Uncle Ben Parker (Cliff Robertson & Martin Sheen)- Spider-Man series
Marvel comes up pretty short in the good father category, but one man stands above the rest: Ben Parker. While not technically Peter’s dad that hardly matters as he cares for and raises the boy as if he is his own. He delivers some of the comics’/ movies’ most important advice to Peter as he struggles with finding out who he is and developing his powers, while still keeping it all a secret. I love the portrayal by Cliff Robertson in the 2002 version of Spider-Man. You could tell he was a man of substance, but also one who cares for his family a great deal. The scene with him and Peter (Tobey Maguire) in the car always get me really angry. Oh Peter, why couldn’t you just tell him your secret?
5.) Arthur Weasley (Mark Williams)- Harry Potter series
There are many great father figures throughout the Harry Potter series including James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and even Albus Dumbledore, but one of my favorites has to be Arthur Weasley. If I could be part of any family besides my own, the Weasley family would undoubtedly be my first choice (sorry Taylors). Arthur is a good father because he is a good person; he is interested in the people he knows nothing about rather than being afraid of them. He has taught his children to be kind and understanding through example. He even cares for Harry, a child who is not even his own, when he has SEVEN other kids to worry about. I’m still mad at her for killing Sirius, but I’m glad J.K. Rowling decided to save Arthur.