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9 Forgotten TV Dads?


By Serge Stevens

Today Do You Remember celebrates the Big Guy, the Main Man, Papa Smurf -- the fella who played at least a passing role in bringing you into the world. There have been more TV dads than we could ever list. Some are too obvious: Cliff Huxtable, Ward Cleaver, Mike Brady, Howard Cunningham and Homer Simpson immediately come to mind. But let's not forget these other guys (at least for one day in a year).

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Judith June 22 2014 at 12:29 PM

Glad they put a question mark on the headline because I remember every one of them.

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lthrnck68 Judith June 22 2014 at 1:44 PM

Me too!

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Dan June 22 2014 at 12:49 PM

What about Ozzie Nelson (He & Harriett had a kingsize bed)? Rob Petrie (tho Richie was mysteriously missing on most episodes)? Ben Cartwright or Lucas McCain? Gomez Addams? Herbert T. Gillis? Ricky Ricardo? ♣

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Spinnaker Dan June 22 2014 at 8:30 PM

No the Nelson's did not have a KS Bed.............In fact, even in movies, no one had anything but twin beds until late 50's to mid 60's. Tradition broken by Alfred Hitchcock or James Bond.

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abourge458 Spinnaker June 23 2014 at 1:38 AM

YUP.... There actually was a rule that if both actors were in/on the bed at the same time, at least one of them had to have a foot PLANTED on the floor.

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ssmutly June 22 2014 at 1:08 PM

Fred Gwynne's Herman Munster will live on forever.. Many have tried, but nobody can pull off that role like Fred..

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steveagolf June 22 2014 at 7:41 PM

It's Carl Betz, not Alex. Who edits this stuff?

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dvdscrscsn667 June 22 2014 at 8:54 PM

I remember them all too, In reruns mostly. But
What about Dick Van Patton?

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dsptigg99 June 22 2014 at 11:45 PM

I agree with 1-3 but the rest come on get real!!! You have to live under a rock to not know them.

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abourge458 June 23 2014 at 12:58 AM

Back in those days, writers must have been 80 years old. The kids would say goofy things from the THIRTIES like: "Golly" "That's keen" and other icky-sweet stuff. Not in my neighborhood in the fifties!
AND.... If told to go to bed or go do your homework, it was "Yes mom, yes pop" etc. and they ran off almost gleefully.
Were they "Stepford children" or something?
Now that Stone kid..... Jeff. He had a smart mouth I could relate to. With the possible exception of Rusty on Danny Thomas's show, a fine exampe of 99% of the kids I grew up with.
The FATHERS? Almost to a one the most common scene was them getting rescued by the "wise mother" with a look on her face (Toward the kids) saying: "Bear with him kids. He's an idiot, but he's OUR idiot."

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abourge458 June 23 2014 at 1:34 AM

Fred (Herman Munster) Gwynn was a fun dad, but... Wasn't exactly acting-challenged in that role.
BUT... Him and Joe Pesci in "My Cousin Vinny" were a deserving of Oscar team for their "Tete' a tete' " awesomeness.

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