Note to all stage fathers: while it's kosher to praise the beauty of your budding singer/actress/model daughter, please don't go into gory physical detail. In 2004, as Jessica Simpson was gaining street cred in the pop music scene, her father Joe, a former Baptist minister, bragged about the, ahem, assets that brought his daughter fame. "Jessica never tries to be sexy. She just is sexy," he told PageSix.com. "If you put her in a T-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she's sexy in both. She's got double D's! You can't cover those suckers up!" Now if Joe would consider covering his mouth up...
As the cute kid who skyrocketed to stardom via the "Home Alone" series of movies, Macaulay Culkin seemed like he had it made. He reigned as the decade's biggest child star, commanding $8 million a movie by 1994's "Richie Rich."
But his career came to a screeching halt when dad Kit (who also served as his manager) and mom Patricia, began fighting over control of his personal fortune, which by the mid-'90s was estimated between $17 million and $50 million. It didn't take long for almost all of that to plummet down the drain. The family was reportedly close to homelessness because of lawyer fees resulting from the feud. Macaulay ceded control of his assets to his accountant, temporarily, and by 1997, Kit gave up the fight after Manhattan Supreme Court Justice David Saxe said the "Home Alone" star and his actor siblings insisted they would "not work with Mr. Culkin," whom the judge deemed a "demanding, difficult and pugnacious man."
Oh, Joe. The Jackson family patriarch has been digging himself deeper and deeper into the depths of the bad dads since his son, singing icon Michael Jackson, died in June. The latest turn in this saga? Filing court papers earlier this month asking for Michael Jackson's estate to help him cover living expenses of $26,000 a month. It's surely a request that MJ would've shot down: the singer, who accused Joe of beating him, left his father out of his will, requesting that all his money go to his mother, children and charities.
Maybe Ryan was an angel to Farrah Fawcett in her final days. In terms of rearing his son, who no doubt picked up his drug habit from dear old dad, O'Neal might be better termed a fallen angel. The 67-year-old Oscar-nominated actor was arrested in September 2008 along with his son Redmond, and was later charged with felony methamphetamine possession. Sheriff's deputies had searched the actor's home while doing a check on Redmond O'Neal, who was on probation for a previous drug conviction. In January, O'Neal plead guilty to a felony drug charge and was ordered into an 18-month drug diversion program.
The bad dad hasn't only wrecked havoc on Redmond's life. O'Neal hit on his own daughter, Tatum O'Neal, at Fawcett's funeral. "I had just put the casket in the hearse and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blond woman comes up and embraces me," O'Neal told Vanity Fair in an interview featured in the magazine's August issue. "I said to her, 'You have a drink on you? You have a car?' She said, 'Daddy, it's me -- Tatum!' I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it's my daughter. It's so sick."