Molly Ringwald’s father “Sixteen Candles” reveals the pervert line that changed him

“Sixteen Candles” originally included a perverted and incestuous line altered by Molly Ringwald’s on-screen father, Paul Dooley.

In his memoir, “Movie Dad: Finding Myself and My Family, On Screen and Off,” Dooley recalls waiting to film his big heart-to-heart scene with 15-year-old Ringwald.

The character actor, 94, wrote, “Near the end of their conversation, the script had the father giving a friendly look at his daughter while saying, ‘Where are your panties? “

The streak upset not only Dooley but also Ringwald’s real-life mother.

“Pat on the butt? If you can spot the missing underwear, it’s like getting rid of the feeling,” he writes.

Paul Dooley and Molly Ringwald
The actor’s character played Molly Ringwald’s father in the 1984 movie.

The actress’ mother asked what could be done, so Dooley improvised another version.

“I would say to my father, ‘When you finally meet your master, make sure he knows you wear the pants in the family,'” he wrote, adding that while the remark was innocent, it was also charged given the audience knows Ringwald’s character, Sam Baker, gave The boy is her underwear.

“Molly’s mom loved it,” Dooley recalls. “We took him to [director] John Hughes, who also loved her. That became the end of the scene.”

cover of Paul Dooley's memoirs,
Duley’s memoir “Movie Dad” looks back on his long career in show business.

Ringwald, now 54, has also been vocal about her discomfort with some scenes in the 1984 teen classic.

The “Breakfast Club” star told NPR in 2018 that she looked at “Sixteen Candles” differently as an adult, explaining: “There were parts of that movie that bothered me at the time. Although everyone likes to say I have, you know, John Hughes ear and he listened to me in so many ways, I wasn’t the maker of the movie.”

“The times were different and what was acceptable then is certainly not acceptable now and shouldn’t have been then, but that’s kind of the way it was,” Ringwald added.

Dooley played Julia Roberts’ father in Runaway Bride.

Paul Dooley, Dennis Christopher, and Barbara Barry

Dooley first gained wide recognition for his role in Breaking Away.


Dooley voiced the character Sarge in Cars.


Duoley shared, which hits stores Dec. 15, that he originally turned down the “Sixteen Candles” job offer, as his agent deemed the part too small following his career-making role in “Breaking Away.”

But Jim Baker’s portrayal paid off in the end.

Dooley writes that despite playing dad to a range of actors over the years — from Julia Roberts (“Runaway Bride”) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (“My Boyfriend’s Back”) to Helen Hunt (“Mad About You”) and Toni Collette (” Watchers”) – Most people recognize him by his “Sixteen Candles”.

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