The 40 Best TV and Movie Dads of All Time

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Father figures in film and television aren't always exactly what you'd call realistic. Sometimes, they dress up like an elderly British lady and get hired by their ex wife to hire them as a nanny. And sometimes, they have a very particular set of skills—skills acquired over a very long career, skills that make them a nightmare for people trying to do harm to their daughter. But mostly, TV and movie dads are the best, most inspiring, oftentimes annoying, but always lovable parts of all our real-life dads combined. They're silly and goofy, heroic and brave, wise and supportive, protective and loving—and for those reasons, we've come to admire and adore these characters as we've watched them over the years. Click through to see 40 of our all-time favorite on-screen fathers.

Atticus Finch

To Kill a Mockingbird

1 of 40
Sandy Cohen

The O.C.

2 of 40
Eric Taylor

Friday Night Lights

3 of 40
Daniel Hillard

Mrs. Doubtfire

4 of 40
Red Forman

That '70s Show

5 of 40
Sam Baldwin

Sleepless in Seattle

6 of 40
Andy Taylor

The Andy Griffith Show

7 of 40
Captain von Trapp

The Sound of Music

8 of 40
Hal Wilkerson

Malcolm in the Middle

9 of 40

The Lion King

10 of 40
Phillip Banks

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

11 of 40
Harry Morgan


12 of 40
George Bailey

It's a Wonderful Life

13 of 40
Phil Dunphy

Modern Family

14 of 40
Mitch Pritchett and Cam Tucker

Modern Family

15 of 40
George Banks

Father of the Bride

16 of 40
Bryan Mills


17 of 40
Disney Pixar

Finding Nemo

18 of 40
Ward Cleaver

Leave It to Beaver

19 of 40
Warner Bros.
Luke Danes

Gilmore Girls

20 of 40
Mike Brady

The Brady Bunch

21 of 40
Ned Stark

Game of Thrones

22 of 40
Christopher Gardner

The Pursuit of Happyness

23 of 40
Danny Tanner and Jesse Katsopolis

Full House

(Honorable mention: Joey Gladstone)

24 of 40
Ted Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

25 of 40
Peter Banning


26 of 40
Guido Orefice

Life Is Beautiful

27 of 40


28 of 40
Carl Winslow

Family Matters

29 of 40
Tim Taylor

Home Improvement

30 of 40
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