- Photo: Invision/AP3 of 8
Role: Mr. Parker aka The Old Man
Played in the original by: Darren McGavin
Our pick: Bryan Cranston
Ralphie's dad has the precisely wrinkled face of a hard-working dad -- one who might seem tough on the outside but who has a real soft spot for his boys. Bryan Cranston definitely has the right face, and his role as the dim-witted dad on "Malcolm in the Middle" proves that he has the knack for comedy needed to play Ralphie's leg-lamp-loving pops.