Top 15 Fathers on Film
Stanley Banks, 'Father of the Bride'
Spencer Tracy plays Stanley Banks in the original "Father of the Bride." It can be difficult to raise a child, but it is more difficult to let her go. Banks is stunned when his beloved daughter Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) decides to get married and soon gets overwhelmed with the details and expense of the wedding. Watch Tracy's face when Kay explains why she has (thankfully temporarily) called off her engagement in this story of a loving father who gets caught up in pre-Bridezilla wedding drama (and trauma). It is a masterful performance as without a word his expression goes from deep concern and reassurance to making every possible effort not to laugh. See also the sequel, "Father's Little Dividend" and the remake with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton.