Just In Time For Fathers Day: 15 Celebrity Dads From Michigan
Dad, daddy, father, pa, pop. Whatever you may call him, we can all agree there's nothing quite like dad, and this Sunday is all about him.
Father's Day here in America was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd and was celebrated on the third Sunday of June for the first time in 1910. That year a Father's Day celebration was held at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington. Dodd based her idea of honoring fathers from her own father. Her father, the civil war veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children. She first proposed the idea to Old Centenary Presbyterian Church where she was a member. Originally she suggests her fathers birthday which was June 5th, but the pastors didn't have enough time to prepare their sermons so they waited a few weeks until June 19th.
It wasn't until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
Throughout the years there's been a slew of "famous" fathers on screen. From Ward Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver with his sound calming advice, to Mike Brady of the Brady Bunch and his "always a lesson to be learned" ways, fictional dads have been a fixture in our lives as much as our own. Even Al Bundy from Married with Children had a fatherly way we just couldn't resist.
Here in Michigan we have our fair share of celebrities taking on the role of dad on screen and in real life. Take a look at some of Michigan's most famous dads.