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July 17, 2018 9:38 am

Famous Movie Grandparents

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Grandparents are resourceful, wise and foul mouthed loons. When you see the character of a grandparent in a movie, you would be able easily observe these unique features. Because we can’t get enough of these witty grandparents and their memorable one liners, we have compiled a list of some of the most famous movie grandparents that can be seen in some of the most classic films. Let’s just say their personality had a lot to do with their popularity and fame.

Famous Movie Grandparents


1. Don Vito Corleone, The Godfather (1972) 


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If you have ever watched the movie The Godfather, you know that Don Vito Corleone is perceived as the biggest crime syndicate of New York. In fact, in the film he is one of the most violent and darkest characters see throughout the movie.

He is also a grandfather, who loved playing hide and seek with his grandson. The extremely complex character he played eventually let to him receiving an Oscar for the role.

2. Queen of Genovia, The Princess Diaries (2001) 

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The beautiful Julie Andrews starred in a wonderful role as the ruler of a fictional country named as Genovia in The Princess Diaries. After the passing of her own son, Andrews and her co star Anne Hathaway receive the grandmother/granddaughter bonding opportunity of a lifetime. Not to mention the hefty responsibility that Andrews takes on in the film: grooming her misunderstood and easily overlooked granddaughter (Hathaway) into a woman that is fit to be a Princess of Genovia! 

3. Mabel “Madea” Simmons, The Madea Franchise


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“A six foot tall man dressed in granny clothes?” That is the first impression one may have about Mabel “Medea” Simmons, played by Tyler Perry, when viewing The Madea Franchise. Well, that’s okay because that is exactly what is happening.

The iconic character in the film rocked her very own Grandmother attitude in the film through her unique characteristics. Yep, these characteristics include that foul mouth, cheerful aggression and hard earned wisdom. You go Madea!

4. Reed Haskett, Dolphin Tale (2011)


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The character of Reed Haskett is also included in our list of movie famous grandparents. We have included him due to his inspirational role in Dolphin Tale. In this role the character of Haskett portrays a single father who is working at an understaffed aquarium.

He is also the grandfather of a young girl named Hazel. The character of Hackett, played by Kris Kristofferson, encourages his granddaughter and her friend to save a dolphin who lost its’ tale. The film is based on a true story and the character of Reed Haskett is every bit as inspirational as it sounds.

5. Aurora Greenway, Terms of Endearment (1983)


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Aurora Greenway is a moving character who is revered by critics for her characters performance in Terms of Endearment. When it comes to highlighting the relationship between mother and daughter, Terms of Endearment is on of the top performers.

The role of Grandmother Aurora, played by Shirley MacLaine, delivers a definitive redemption to Aurora herself as well.  In the film, Aurora is a widowed woman whose her main objective is to take care of her one and only daughter, Emma. Unfortunately, Emma has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and Aurora struggles a lot to make Emma’s life the best it can be. 

6. Edwin Hoover, Little Miss Sunshine (2006)


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To be honest, the character of Edwin Hoover, played by Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine, can be defined as a potty mouthed heroin addict. He is a man who has had a dark past, but tries hard to be an ideal mentor for his grandchildren.

He continuously coaches his grandchildren throughout the day in hopes of brightening their futures. He is an excellent example for memorable and famous movie grandparents for certain. 

Arlene Vega

A vegan movie blogger and author. I'm always into wellness, movie buffs, popcorn, movie nights.