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Four more great 80s movie dads

The people have spoken: "We want more 80s movie dads honored." So be it, jedi.

Today's bracket of contenders:

Thornton Mellon, Back to School (Rodney Dangerfield)
Upside: Millionaire; returns to college to help son Jason (Keith Gordon) graduate; books Oingo Boingo for dorm party.
Downside: Ethically impaired
Signature line: "Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes."
Better known as: Al Czervik in Caddyshack (1980); Monty Capuletti in Easy Money (1983).

Jack Butler, Mr. Mom (Michael Keaton)
Upside: Takes care of kids while unemployed; throws the Employee Olympics so wife can save face.
Downside: No experience with teenagers yet
Signature line: "Kenny, don't paint your sister!"
Better known as: Billy Blaze in Night Shift (1982); Hunt Stevenson in Gung Ho (1986); Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989).

Jack Chester, Summer Rental (John Candy)
Upside: Takes entire family to Florida for the summer
Downside: Ditches family to go boozing and sailing with Rip Torn (I'd have done the same)
Signature line: "I'm Joe Public, welcome to my beach."
Better known as: Freddie Bauer in Splash (1984); Del in Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Clark Griswold, Vacation (Chevy Chase)
Upside: Takes family on cross-country trip to Wally World; skinny dips with Christie Brinkley.
Downside: Kills old lady, a dog and shots John Candy in the butt with a BB gun.
Signature line: "This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun."
Better known as: Fletch (1985); Emmett Fitz-Hume in Spies Like Us (1985); Ty Webb in Caddyshack (1980)

And by popular demand...

Darth Vader, Star Wars (David Prowse/James Earl Jones)
Upside: Pretty much rules the galaxy; wants to share power with siblings.
Downside: Strict disciplinarian; breathing apparatus makes more noise at night than snoring
Signature line: "I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further."
Better known as: Anakin Skywalker

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