Paul Dooley as Dad Jim Baker
A prolific actor, Paul Dooley, who played the patriarch of the Baker family, delivered one of the most crushing lines in the film, telling a heartbroken Sam, "That's why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they'd call 'em something else." (He had experience playing a father: Dooley, who now has four children of his own, also played a dad in the film, "Breaking Away.") After "Sixteen Candles," he went on to act in films (Dooley voiced Sarge in the "Cars" franchise) and TV shows, including "Dream On," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and most recently, "Parenthood." He also co-wrote a play with his wife, Winnie Holtzman, which premiered last year.
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