It’s Father’s Day today and for many of those in the film business today as well as people in all walks of life, their father is a guy who helped steer them towards being the person they are today. I know for one my father was instrumental in getting me involved with film and growing a passion and love for cinema, and the same can be said for many people out there today.
One of the most compelling characters in a film is the father — as either the dad of a main character like in American Pie or as the main character himself like in Jaws. So in honor of all the fathers out there this Father’s Day, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable movie dads we’ve seen grace the sliver screen over the years.
First, let’s take a quick look at memorable dads that didn’t make the cut but still deserve to be mentioned among the best to be put on film.
- Bryan Mills, played by Liam Neeson in Taken (2002)
- George Bailey, played by James Stewart in It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
- Noah Levenstein, played by Eugene Levy in American Pie (1999)
- Mustafa, voiced by James Earl Jones in The Lion Kings (1994)
- Capt. George Von Trapp, played by Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music (1965)