5 Famous dads we love! Which one is yours?

Friday, 17 June 2016
5 Famous dads we love! Which one is yours?

Fathers’ Day as we know it, began in Washington, USA during the early 20th Century. It has since spread internationally with most countries celebrating it in the 3rd weekend of June.

In celebration, here’s a short list of Feel Good Contact Lenses’ favourite dads, why we love them and a Father’s Day message suitable for the big guy himself. 

1. Phillip Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Phillip Banks enjoyed a complicated relationship with his on-screen nephew Will Smith. Effectively his adopted father, the strict Judge Banks made sure to treat all his kids equally, despite the slew of cruel fat jokes that came his way over 148 episodes. Sample:

Uncle Phil: Well Jazz, I’m going to go to the kitchen for a snack, when I get back I want you gone.
Jazz: Guess I got plenty of time then…

As a judge, he spent a lot of time presiding over right and wrong and this came across in his endless moralising. Sadly, the actor James Avery passed away from complications during heart surgery in 2013. Will Smith said about his acting mentor: “Some of my greatest lessons in acting, living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery. Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace.”

Dad, you can be a real pain sometimes but you teach us to do the right thing and that’s invaluable.

Famous DadBy Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3913820

2. Darth Vader
Perhaps not the most obvious choice in the list, what with being such an emotionally unavailable, absentee father and then cutting off his son’s hand and everything… But by the end of Return of the Jedi, the force is balanced once more as Darth Vader makes amends by sacrificing himself to save Luke and Princess Leia. 
By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3913820

Dad, you’re far from perfect and not always there but you try and put things right with us. Eventually. 

3. Mufasa
Disney’s The Lion King has been dropping life lessons on its audience since 1994. In fact, it is the biggest selling video of all time. As well as teaching us to live life bravely and without fear (Hakuna Matata), through the circle of life, we learnt a new way to think about death. James Earl Jones’ second appearance on this list tells us a lot about wisdom and its impact even in death. His ghostly speech from beyond the grave is surely one of cinema’s most moving ever. Disney had originally wanted Mufasa to be voiced by Sean Connery but we’re glad things worked out differently.

Dad, though you’re no longer with us, your wisdom in life is still with us.

Favourite DadBy Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7781941

4. Homer Simpson
May 12th 1955 marked the birth of one of the World’s most famous dads, Homer J. Simpson. He spoke directly to god, proposed with an onion ring and ate crisps in deep space to the sound of Strauss’ The Blue Danube. We feel Homer has many of the qualities needed in fatherhood: sterling sense of humour, a patient ear, dedication to loved ones and an endless stream of sagely advice. He just tends to display these winning qualities when at Moe’s tavern rather than at home. Here’s some excellent fatherly advice in action: “Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They're about to announce the lottery numbers.”

Dad, people (including us), think you are absolutely bonkers. But you’re loveable too and your wealth of life experience enriches our lives. Thanks for being there.

5. Hal Wilkerson from Malcolm in the Middle/Walter White from Breaking Bad
Both of these TV dads are played by the actor Bryan Cranston and are more than slightly ‘different’ in their approach to fatherhood… Hal is the more neurotic one, scared and devoted to his beloved Lois while Walter, in the face of lung cancer, is the proactive rebel at the end of his tether with life and determined to provide for his family at any cost. Here’s what his son, Walter White Jr. has to say about his dad: “He's a great father, a great teacher. He knows like everything there is to know about chemistry. He's patient with you, he's always there for you. He's just decent. And he always does the right thing and that's how he teaches me to be.” 

Dad, your lifestyle choices are sometimes questionable but we know, there’s nothing you wouldn’t do for us!

Happy Father’s Day 2016 from everyone here at Feel Good Contact Lenses! Which dad, or combination of dads, most resembles yours? Leave us a comment below with any funny father anecdotes you would care to share.
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