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Tinseltown's best and worst father figures

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

Mack daddies and slack daddies

With Father's Day looming, there's no time like the present to reflect upon the doting Hollywood dads who are our heroes... and the less-than-stellar pop culture papas who are -- how shall we say it? -- zeroes in the paternal department.

Hugh Jackman with Daughter Ava


Hugh Jackman. This Aussie import is rarely caught on camera without his tots (adopted kids Ava and Oscar) in tow: They stroll through the park; they cheer outside at basketball games; they eat popsicles on a park bench. Clearly, his heart is made of gold — not adamantium.

David Beckham. Ever the athlete, Becks seems to favor frequenting sporting events with his sons Romeo, Brooklyn and Cruz. We can't wait to see what he has in store for baby girl Harper. Daddy and daughter tea party, anyone?

Will Smith. This man-in-black makes killing super-sized aliens onscreen look easy, so it's no wonder he makes parenting look like a breeze too. Adorably, he is unapologetically affectionate with kids Trey, Jaden and Willow. Um, adopt us please!

Ben Affleck. Could Affleck be any cuter as a daddy? We think not. Whether he is pushing daughters Violet and Seraphina on a swing or snuggling with baby boy Samuel, he and the kids always have huge smiles plastered on their faces.

Alec Baldwin with Daughter Ireland


Alec Baldwin. Call us crazy, but dubbing your 11-year-old daughter "rude" and a "pig" in a voicemail message (and later faking an overdose in front of her) might just land you on the list of worst dads ever. Unfortunately for Alec, pig is not a term of mis-endearment people will soon forget.

Michael Lohan. Do as I say, not as I do. Or, in Michael Lohan's case, avoid everything I say or do altogether. The jailbird makes headlines for his alcoholism, drug abuse and loopy behavior. Guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, eh LiLo?

Mel Gibson. Last year, Gibson became embroiled in a bitter battle with ex Oksana when she claimed he beat her and threatened her — while she was holding their then three-month old daughter Lucia. Somebody deserves a spanking!

Woody Allen. Brilliant mind he may be, but Woody Allen sure knows how to up the ick factor as well. His big scandal? When he began courting longtime-lover Mia Farrow's daughter who, at 21, was 34 years his junior. Creepier still? They are now married.

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