The Seniors Behind the Juniors
Every so often, a son will have the opportunity to take an inherited family name further than his father could ever have imagined.
Like, for example, using it to become president. Or Iron Man.
But while it might have been Jr. who brought the name distinction, we mustn’t forget that Dad had given it a reputation in his own time. It was his name first, after all. And besides, without his fatherly wisdom, moral guidance and, well, probably his ability to change a diaper, the kid probably wouldn’t have even had the chance to become a star at all.
So today, we’d like to take a moment to honor these nominal trailblazers. Without any further ado, we present: The Seniors Behind the Juniors…
Freddy Prinze Sr.—Actor; Stand-Up Comedian
Sammy Davis Sr.—Dancer (left)
Martin Luther King Sr.—Baptist Pastor; Early Civil Rights Leader
Ken Griffey Sr.—Outfielder, Cincinnati Reds (left)
Robert Downey Sr.—Actor; Writer; Director
Cuba Gooding Sr.—Lead Singer, The Main Ingredient
Harry Connick Sr.—New Orleans District Attorney (standing, right)
Cal Ripken Sr.—Coach; Manager; Player, Baltimore Orioles (center)
Alan Hale Sr.—Actor
Ed Begley Sr.—Actor (right)
Lon Chaney Sr.—Silent-Film Actor
Larry Mullen Sr.—Occupation Unknown (right)
Floyd Mayweather Sr.—Boxing Trainer; Former Contender
Al Gore Sr.—Senator, Tennessee
William F. Buckley Sr.—Oil Tycoon
Theodore Roosevelt Sr.—Philanthropist
Antonio Sabàto Sr.—Actor
- — Stephen Praetorius