Dads come in all shapes, sizes and types. With Father’s Day not far off, here are five very different classic movie dads.
This devoted dad is better known by his female alias: Euphegenia Doubtfire. After losing custody of his three children in a divorce, this unemployed actor transforms himself into the eponymous Scottish housekeeper in order to spend more time with them and becomes a better father as an old lady.
Paternal instincts can lead a man to desperate measures. Just ask this retired CIA operative with ‘a very particular set of skills’ how he plans to deal with his daughter’s abductors: “I will find you… and I will kill you.” His methods may be brutal but there’s no denying that Bryan’s a devoted dad.
This polymath paterfamilias has some peculiar ideas about parenting, dragging his brood of six off the grid and drilling them in athletic, intellectual and survival skills. In some ways he’s a very cool dad, until a forced return to civilisation ultimately reveals his failings as a father – his kids can skin a rabbit but they have no idea what Star Trek is!
Professor Henry Jones
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The senior Jones believes he was a wonderful father, but ‘Junior’ begs to differ: “I was less important to you than people that have been dead for several hundred years in other countries.” The pair do patch things up, though, when they are thrown together to find the Holy Grail. Casting Sean Connery as Indy’s dad was a stroke of pure genius.
Don Vito Corleone
This mafia patriarch is perhaps the ultimate father in film, who would do anything for his family – even if it involves a horse’s head under the covers. Such is his loyalty, we almost feel some sympathy for this murderous mobster. And the bitter truth is that his son, Michael, winds up becoming his dad, despite a fierce determination not to.