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"Steve Carell -- I just love him," Ryan Gosling once told The Hollywood Reporter. "I want to be like him. I wish he was my dad."
Come to think of it, who wouldn't want Steve Carell as a father? Not only does he appear to be a doting dad in real life, but the iVillage guest editor has played some great ones onscreen. His signature character -- Michael Scott on The Office -- wanted kids so desperately, he treated his employees like his own children.
"I feel like all my kids grew up and married each other," he said in the show's series finale (watch the clip below), as he gazed at Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela (Angela Kinsey). "It's every parent's dream." Happily, the final episode also revealed that Michael's other dream (children of his own) had come true. He had so many pictures to show Pam, he had to switch to a second cell phone.
Thanks to lots of practice, the 50-year-old actor and comedian has perfected the big screen role of overprotective dad to a teen girl. In this scene from Crazy, Stupid, Love, he shows surprising restraint by not pummeling the womanizing cad (Gosling) who's dating his daughter (Emma Stone). Okay, so he hits him a few times, but you know he wants to do a lot more damage!
When Carell's down-and-out character in Dan in Real Life catches his adolescent daughter kissing a boy in a coffee shop, he bangs on the window, then grounds her. For life. Watch here.
And his daughter dating dilemmas continue in his next film: "Hold the horses," he tells his daughter in Despicable Me 2. "Who are you texting? ... Avery? Is that a girl's name or a boy's name? ... It doesn't matter unless it's a boy." Watch the trailer below.
But if you really want to know what Steve Carell is like as a dad, you need look no further than his adorable Sesame Street appearance. Watch here:
We bet Elmo wishes Steve Carell were his dad, too!