It seems like every year we toast the same movie heroes again and again: Oscar telecast montages are filled with images of Scarlett O'Hara and Atticus Finch; AFI countdowns recognize Cool Hand Luke
and Sam Spade
. Today in belated honor of Father's Day, I'm counting up some underrated mensches of cinema -- great movie dads -- and explaining why they'd be great fathers for gay kids. In fact, I'll even imagine how they'd react to a kid's coming out. Should be pretty revealing. And Oscar-worthy.
(P.S. Whenever I tell people how my dad has never had a problem with gayness, I'm always so annoyed to get a response like, "How Lucky you
are!" I shouldn't be considered "lucky" because my parents aren't evil idiots. Anyone else relate to this? Moving on.)
1. Gomez Addams from The Addams Family
Now, I'm a Raul Julia
zealot anyway (I prefer to call him