In honor of Father’s Day, we’re taking a look at some of the great soap dads who have touched our hearts throughout the years. There have been great fathers on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, AS THE WORLD TURNS, and GUIDING LIGHT who’ve protected their children from crazed exes, kidnapping attempts, business rivals, and internet predators. They’re fathers who are also super dads; they’ve huge hearts, super smarts, and a keen sense of parenting and have swooped down and rescued their their little (and not so little) children from all sorts of danger, including going to jail for them!
Check out our Father’s Day salute to all the amazing and loving dads in Genoa City, Los Angeles, Springfield, and Oakdale in the gallery below.
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Victor Newman, Y&R
Victor Newman reinvented himself from a poor kid born on the wrong side of the tracks into a worldly, sophisticated, and very ruthless businessman. While he may adore his brood, — Nicholas, Adam, Victoria, and Abby — he will never let them be reliant on him. If you look up "tough love" in the encyclopedia, you'd probably find a picture of Victor!
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Eric Forrester, B&B
The scion of the Forrester fashion dynasty has 7 children: Thorne, Rick, Angela, Felicia, Kristen, and Bridget. He adopted Marcus, and always loved Ridge as his own even after he found out he wasn't. Eric brought his children into the family business and expected them to work hard for their successes, although he has been known to play favorites on occasion!
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Bob Hughes, ATWT
Dr. Bob Hughes was the ideal parent; loving, kind, patient and always there for his little ones, even when they weren't so little. He rescued Tommy from military school, adored Frannie and Chris. Bob embraced long-lost daughter Sabrina as one of the family without any hesitation, and continued to offer them advice and unconditional love throughout their lives.
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Alan Spaulding, GL
Although ruthless in the boardroom, Alan could be... well, he could actually be pretty ruthless at home, too! He clashed constantly with sons Phillip and Alan-Michael, but deep down loved them both deeply. In his later years, Alan discovered Gus, the adult son he never knew he had, and invited him into the family. He also had a daughter, Petyon, but sadly passed away before he could watch her grow into adulthood like her brothers.
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Bill Spencer, B&B
Bill spent most of his life not even realizing he was a father, but as soon as Liam and Wyatt entered his life, he welcomed them with open arms. Of course, he doesn't always show his fatherly love in the usual way, but deep down there's nothing more important to him than family. Even after a bitter custody dispute with Katie over their young son, Will, Bill turned over a new leaf so that he could set a better example for the boy!
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Neil Winters, Y&R
Neil was the classic over-achiever at work, and at home, equally devoted to his family. Even after learning that Lily wasn't his biological daughter, he loved her as his own, and also took in foster son Devon to raise in his image. And we've no doubt that if Sofia hadn't left town with their baby boy, Moses, that kid would've also been on the receiving end of just as much love. It's why they all miss Neil so much now that he's gone.
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Holden Snyder, ATWT
For Holden, family comes first. He'd do anything for Aaron, Luke, Ethan, Abigail, Faith, and Natalie. When Luke bravely came out as gay, Holden stood shoulder-to-shoulder with him, and when Faith struggled with an eating disorder, he was more than willing to help her get better.
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Nick Newman, Y&R
Nick Newman is a different type of parent than his father Victor. Each of his kids know he'll be there for them, no matter what happens. When Noah ran off to Paris with his girlfriend, Nick hopped on a plane and searched for him, he's supported Summer throughout all of the trouble that she's gotten herself into, and is willing to fight Adam tooth and nail to retain custody of Christian.
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Jack Snyder, ATWT
As Oakdale's top cop, Jack kept order in town... and also his own home. Even though Jack had a son, Parker, and daughter, Sage, when little J.J.'s family met a tragic end, he stepped in and adopted the boy to give him all the love a family could give.
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Ridge Forrester, B&B
Ridge has four children who he adores; Thomas, Steffy, Phoebe and RJ. He's rescued Steffy from kidnappers, has involved himself in Thomas's shenanigans, deeply mourns Phoebe's untimely passing, and always stands by them, even when they might be making a terrible mistake. (Thomas, we're looking at you!)
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Josh Lewis, GL
Having had his own troubles with his own father, Josh made sure that he would be the best dad he could to his own children. When his daughter, Marah, shot a blackmailing Carrie, Josh took the blame for it, and was later exonerated. And when his son, Shayne, came back from Bosnia partially paralyzed, Josh devoted himself to Shane's recovery.