Movies for the Rest of Us with Bill Newcott: The Greatest Movie Dads Ever

Atticus Finch, Royal Tenenbaum, Jor-El, Clark Griswold: Bill Newcott looks at the most unforgettable film fathers.

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Bill Newcott chats with Dwier Brown, the actor who played Kevin Costner’s ball playing pop in Field of Dreams, on the 30th anniversary of this iconic movie.  He also looks at the most memorable dads of the big screen.

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  1. Regrettably, prior to passing away when I was a child of 10, my father was terribly ill for what seemed like a long time, and so I never really got to know him. But my being a father is spent with my children as often as possible, if for no other reason than to be a fond memory to them.

  2. Gee Bill, you’ve left me with a bit of a dilemma in picking out my most unforgettable film fathers here. I’m the son of a lawyer, so I should pick Gregory Peck. Another part of me picks Dwier Brown. He would have known what to say to the 6 year old me that got into trouble with my Nun teacher in the first grade at the Catholic school. My teacher’s pet techniques and smiling didn’t work on her, unlike my public school lady teachers from the 2nd grade on.

    Which to choose? God, (brain?) help me! “I am helping you, and you know the answer. He’s the kid of dad (in more ways than one) YOU’D be, if you weren’t a doggy dad! Now cut to the chase Bob and tell Mr. Newcott right now; I insist!” Okay! Jeez!

    It’s Clark Griswold, and his antics lusting after Christie Brinkley in the (’83) ‘Vacation’ film while driving, and as her passenger in the red Ferrari before almost having an accident!!


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