PLAYED BY: Sean Connery
HIS SITUATION: Practically ignoring his only child after the untimely death of his wife, Professor Jones re-enters Indiana’s life when père et fil join forces to hunt for the legendary Holy Grail.
PARENTING TRAIT WE ADMIRE: Detachment. Sure, that’s probably an exceedingly generous way to describe an absent parent, but it’s clear that Indy — charming, scholarly, obsessive — is his father’s son.
EXPLAINING, TO INDIANA, THE BENEFITS OF HIS HANDS-OFF APPROACH TO PARENTING: “Did I ever tell you to eat up? Go to bed? Wash your ears? Do your homework? No. I respected your privacy and I taught you self-reliance.”