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10 Movie Father Figures Better Than The Real Dads
Celebrate Father's Day with the substitute-dads who definitely deserve a card

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10 Movie Father Figures Better Than The Real Dads | Uncle Ben Parker (Cliff Robertson)
Uncle Ben Parker (Cliff Robertson)

Raising an orphaned nephew would be enough in itself for a man to be considered a hero in the father figure stakes, but Ben Parker goes above and beyond, trying his best to raise a good man. And for the most part, he succeeds, even if it takes young Peter Parker a while to truly learn the most important lesson – you know, the one about great power and great responsibility. In fact, it takes Ben’s tragic murder to fully shake the lad up. But before a criminal cuts him down, Ben is a source of comfort and support for Peter who, with wife May, eschews spending their golden years in a retirement community and instead raises the lad as a fairly well adjusted (if ultra nerdy) teenager. And they even try to understand when his early days as a superhero make him out to either be a sexual pervert or end up putting May’s life in danger.

Father’s Day Gift Recommendation: Body armour. Then he might have been around to offer more homilies.

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1 RE: 10 Movie Father Figures Better Than The Real Dads
L: steveg66 Glenn Ford's Jonathan Kent. A wise, gentle man. There wasn't enough of him in Superman. I still sniff when he dies. onathan Kent to all intents and purposes Clark's real dad. He doesn't meet Jor-El until he's an adult. More

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