Every June we pay tribute to the most special men in our lives, our Fathers. Whether they taught us how to drive or how to tie a tie, the word Dad means something different for everyone. With June being dedicated to the Man of the House, we’ve gone back through time to highlight some of our favorite father figures of the 20th century and what made them so dang special.
- Three Men And A Baby (1987) starring Ted Danson, Steve Gutteberg, and Tom Selleck as Jack Holden, Peter Mitchell, and Michael Kellam, respectively. Yes, there are three dads here, but come on, they’re a package deal! Starting off as carefree bachelors (yes, there was a time when even Dad was ‘carefree’) and transitioning into responsible father figures upon arrival of their special little bundle of joy, these three men proved just how much Dad can change his whole life for something even more important than himself.
- Indiana Jones III: The Last Crusade (1989) starring Sean Connery as Henry Jones Sr. Sure this dad starts off as an estranged figure in Indy’s life, but how mad can you stay at someone who is willing to travel all over the world, shoot bullets from a flying plane (in which you’re driving the plane, believe it or not), and risk his entire well-being just for you to find your favorite sippie cup.
- To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. What’s not to admire in a man who will stand up for what he believes for – even in open court. Never persuaded by public opinion, Finch proves to his kids Jem and Scout just how important it is to face justice in the face, no matter the consequences.
Whether or not your dad has some of these qualities, each Father has his own way of expressing and relating to his children; maybe it’s quoting “love means never having to say your sorry” after you’ve gotten your heartbroken or finding him swoon over his dingy Beatles T-shirt in your laundry basket that you’ve inherited. Nevertheless, next time Dad turns it up on that familiar tune of “Earth, Wind, and Fire” give him a moment, he just might be humming about how much better he has it now, sharing it all with you.