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The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film

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The relationship between a father and his child is a powerful bond – even if the father and child in question happen to be fictional. Perhaps that's why the figure of the single father continues to inspire screenwriters as they write movies. They pen characters who may work as archaeologists, advertising executives, and even assassins, but who are all connected by their unique role as single dads.

Who are some of the best single father characters in popular films? The clownfish Marlin, voiced by Albert Brooks, would do anything to protect his son Nemo in Disney and Pixar's animated favorite Finding Nemo. As ex-operative Bryan Mills, Liam Neeson stops at nothing to find his daughter in the action thrillerTaken. And not all of these father-son relationships involve small children – Indiana Jones finally got a chance to bond with his dad in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Other roles featured on this list of the top single father characters in film include Christopher Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness) and Sonny Koufax (Big Daddy).

Do you have a favorite single father character? Vote up the best movie dads so they land on the top spot on this list, and vote down the ones that don't quite measure up. Be sure to add any characters that are missing from the list as well.
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