The most endearing characters in movies and television are frequently the grandparents. These are the people who have stood out the most in the annals of time.
Some of the most endearing characters in a film or television show are the ones played by the grandparents. They’re witty, kind, and a hoot to observe. They’re not usually the protagonists, but they often steal the show thanks to their wit and unique plots.
In addition to Frank and Marie Barone, Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Edwin Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine, there have been a slew of other endearing grandparents on the silver screen and small screen. They have a special place in the hearts of their admirers, therefore they can be a little grouchy from time to time. Without them, the families would be a completely different place.
1. Edwin Hoover (Little Miss Sunshine)
Little Miss Sunshine, a comedy-drama from 2006, revolves around a dysfunctional family. Olive (Abigail Breslin) is competing in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in California, so the Hoover family decides to take a road trip to show their support. Edwin Hoover, the heroin-addicted grandfather of the Hoover clan, completes the colorful and chaotic family (Alan Arkin).
Olive trusts Grandpa Edwin despite his troubled past. He assists her in her preparations for the beauty competition. Viewers will never tire of seeing Grandpa Edwin (a tough guy) get excited about Olive’s pageant by smiling and acting like he’s a part of it. he can’t help but be seduced by her. He earned an Academy Award for his role in the film, for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
2. Grandparents (Cocoon)
For the sake of plot, Ron Howard’s 1985 science fiction picture Cocoon has a retirement community in Florida stumble upon the Fountain of Youth. Initially, the retirees are taken aback by the finding, but they soon learn that the aliens will only grant them eternal life if they leave Earth and move to another planet.
The most difficult decision of their lives lies ahead for the grandparents. They will have to leave behind their loved ones if they chose eternal life. Ben Luckett (Wilford Brimley) is devastated by this decision, since he does not want to leave behind his grandson, David (Barret Oliver). A box of tissues may be necessary when Ben comes to his choice.
3. Grandpa Zeb And Grandma Esther (The Waltons)
Will Geer and Ellen Corby’s grandparents in The Waltons epitomize what it means to have grandparents who love and support their grandchildren and uphold traditional family values. The show is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia during the Great Depression and depicts the Walton family, which includes their grandparents.
Esther and Zeb are capable, trustworthy, and aware of the value of a strong, loving family. Olivia (Michael Learnedgrandmother, )’s Esther, is always there to lend a hand in the kitchen, working tirelessly for the family she cherishes. She’s also keen to point out the importance of upholding the traditions in her family. To his son John (Ralph Waite), his grandkids, and his great-grandchildren, Grandpa Zeb is a jokester. Without Grandma and Grandpa Walton, you wouldn’t have Walton’s Mountain.
4. Al “Pops” Solomon (The Goldbergs)
Al “Pops” Solomon (George Segal) is a constant presence on The Goldbergs. He has a laid-back demeanor with a good sense of humor. His daughter, Beverly, finds it difficult to deal with his tendency to act younger than he is (Wendi McLendon-Covey).
Adam’s grandfather, Pops, is actively interested in his grandson’s life (Sean Giambrone). Pops is always willing to provide a hand to Adam while he’s making a home video. Adam regards him as a close friend, and it’s easy to see why. Pops is a blessed man to have a dad like him.
5. Norman And Ethel Thayer (On Golden Pond)
Norm Thayer (Henry Fonda) and his wife Ethel (Katharine Hepburn), his adult daughter Chelsea (Jane Fonda), and his teenage grandson Billy are the subject of the 1981 film On Golden Pond (Doug McKeon). Chelsea and Billy and Norman used to be distant, but one summer on Golden Pond changed everything.
This is the perfect pair of grandparents for the big screen: engaging characters who show remarkable growth throughout the course of the film. They’re not ideal, but they’re close enough. They are, in fact, human beings. As kids get older, it’s clear that they still have a lot to learn and grow from. Oscars were given to Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn for their dramatic performances.
6. Frank (Parenthood)
Parenthood, a tragic comedy directed by Ron Howard in 1989, follows the lives of the whole Buckman clan. In addition to the perfectionist Gil (Steve Martin), he has to deal with Helen (Dianne Wiest), a divorced single mother, and her teenage daughter Julie (Martha Plimpton), who finds out she’s pregnant; Susan (Harley Jane Kozak), a frustrated wife, and her husband Nathan (Rick Moranis), who disagree about having more children; and Gil’s immature brother Larry (Tom Hulce), who shows up one day with a son he
Gil, on the other hand, learns that he will soon become a parent for the second time, and he fears that he will become like his father, Frank (Jason Robards). Gil relies on his father for support throughout the pregnancy, and the two men mend their connection. Good grandfather: Frank always gives the finest advise he can.
7. Emily And Richard Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
Gilmore Girls, a comedy-drama from 2000, is mostly around Lorelai (Lauren Graham), a single mother, and her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) (Alexis Bledel). Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (Edward Herrman) Gilmore are Lorelai’s parents, and the show wouldn’t be the same without them. In fact, Friday night supper with the Gilmores is where some of the show’s best moments occur.
While Lorelai and Rory are struggling to make ends meet, Emily and Richard are living the high life. Lorelai frequently engages in verbal sparring with them, particularly with Emily. Emily and Richard, on the other hand, are devoted parents to their son, Rory. They’re happy to pay for her education and encourage her aspirations.
8. Frank And Marie Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Everybody Loves Raymond is a popular sitcom from the late 1990s and early 2000s that focuses on Ray Barone (Ray Romano) and his marriage to Debra (Deborah Ann Woll) (Patricia Heaton). You couldn’t have the show without Frank (Peter Boyle) and Marie (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) (Doris Roberts).
Ray and Debra’s personal space is constantly violated by Frank and Marie. Marie is a devoted grandmother, and Frank’s humorous remarks keep everyone laughing. As long as Frank and Marie stay at Ray and Debra’s house, their children are never bored.
9. Grandfather (The Princess Bride)
In most cases, a bedtime story including a princess, giants, and heroics would not be welcomed by the grandfather in question. It’s hard to compare the grandfather (played by Peter Falk) in The Princess Bride (1987) to your ordinary grandparent. He enjoys reading his grandchild a bedtime tale (Fred Savage).
He wants to read the story to his sick grandson to make him feel better. As the narrative progresses, both the grandfather and his grandson become engrossed in it. There are few things more enjoyable than seeing Peter Falk deliver the film’s narration.
10. Grandpa Joe (Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory)
It’s important for children to have someone who believes in their dreams while they’re young. In 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Grandpa Joe (Peter Ostrum) is Charlie Bucket’s best friend (Jack Albertson).
He’s a sane grandfather who shields Charlie from Willy Wonka’s (Gene Wilder) chocolate factory’s crazy adventures. In his heart, he’s a grandfather who simply wants what’s best for his grandson, Charlie. Such conduct is expected of all grandparents.