Who doesn’t love dear ol’ dad? To celebrate Father’s Day — which falls on Sunday, June 16, this year in the U.S. — we’re celebrating the men who raised some of our favorite celebrities. From George Clooney and Bindi Irwin, these nuggets helped shape today’s biggest stars into better people.
Scroll down for these words of wisdom and be sure to honor your own dad this Father’s Day!
“Dad just enjoyed every single second of life,” Bindi Irwin said of dad Steve Irwin. “He was the one who always told me to stand up for what I believe in, and he really taught me to be courageous. My dad always said there’s so much hope in the world, and we can achieve so much if we just believe in ourselves.”
“I don’t know how many roles I an ask my dad to play in my life, but so far, father, best friend, role model, mentor and grandfather to my children are working out quite well,” Bryce Dallas Howard said of dad Ron Howard.
“On Christmas morning, before we could open our Christmas presents, we would go to this stranger’s home and bring them presents,” George Clooney said of dad Nick Clooney. “I remember helping clean the house up and putting up a tree. My father believed that you have a responsibility to look after everyone else.”
“You are an inspiration,” Michael Douglas said of dad Kirk Douglas. “You have proven that retirement does not mean you have to wither; it means you choose other areas of interest, you continue to grow and that is a lesson I will take and continue to remember.”
“Whenever someone was suffering, my dad was there,” Richard Gere said of dad Homer Gere. “If he didn’t have money, it was a smile or an embrace or whatever he had to help. That was around me the whole time I was growing up.”
“He was a great dad and a talented artist and writer, but I also think of him as a great American — he served his country in Korea, he served his city as a fireman and he took his kids regularly to art museums and historical sites,” Tina Fey said of dad Donald Fey. “He was an informed patriot.”