|Fred Gwynne - July 10, 1926 - July 2, 1993|
An icon from my childhood was "Herman Munster" - played by Fred Gwynne.
In spite of his less than glamorous looks (well, that's debatable, I thought he was rather charming!) he was the absolute embodiment of what an adult should be: he was kind, patient, good-natured, hardworking, and unendingly loving to his wife and family.
And - a trait that I would consider most important: he was never, ever out of touch with his inner child!