Hollywood has consistently supplied plenty of examples of bad fathers—from Robert Duvall in "The Great Santini" to Vitto Corleone from "The God Father." But the real life lessons of fatherhood and what it means to be a dad extends way beyond the box office.
Writer Stephen Marche lost his devoted father the same year he became a parent, and is now a father to a boy and girl. Like many parents, he's still making it up as he goes along.
Ahead of Father's Day, Marche reflects on the different ways the loss of his own father pushed him into maturity as a man—and as a parent. He writes about the experience in a essay called "Why Fatherhood Matters," which appears in the latest issue of Esquire.