3 Top TV Dads

As a hunter and fisherman, chances are good you first learned to cast and blast from your dad. In tribute to great fathers across North America, we bring you our list of the top three TV dads of all time.

Gold: Actor Chuck Connors played the role of rancher Lucas McCain in the popular TV series "The Rifleman" from 1958 to 1963. Lucas was a widowed father who raised his son, Mark, played by childhood actor Johnny Crawford. Lucas was a tough but fair father. Of course, Lucas could shoot his modified Winchester 1892 lever action (shown below) better than anyone on the planet, and for that reason he wins the gold.

Silver: Actor Andy Griffith portrayed Sheriff Andy Taylor in "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1960 to 1968. Like Lucas McCain, Andy Taylor was a widowed dad who raised his son with a firm hand. Andy's son, Opie, played by childhood star Ron Howard, was a polite young man in the fictional small town of Mayberry. Although picking a favorite episode from "The Andy Griffith Show" is nearly impossible, we editors have to place at No. 1 the show where Andy takes a first date on a crow shoot. Yes, Sheriff Taylor had a way with the ladies.

Bronze: Everybody sing: "Daniel Boone was a man, yes, a big man! With an eye like an eagle and as tall as a mountain was he!" Fess Parker starred as TV's Daniel Boone, and the show aired from 1964 to 1970. Daniel's soft-spoken son, Israel, was played by Darby Hinton. Unlike Lucas McCain and Andy Taylor, Daniel Boone had to travel a bit more for work, but when he was home, he was a great dad. Sidebar: For those of you who slept through American History class, Daniel Boone (1734-1820) was a real person. He was a pioneer/explorer in the Appalachian Mountains and a militia officer during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783).


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