June 15, 2007 / 11:31 AM / 12 years ago

Celebrities share: "The best advice my father gave me"

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With Father’s Day being celebrated in a host of countries this Sunday, Reuters asked a few celebrities from the entertainment and sporting worlds to tell us the best advice their dads ever gave them:

Singer Enrique Iglesias hugs a fan prior to performing on NBC's "Today" show in New York, June 15, 2007. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS - Award-winning singer and son of famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias

“His favorite word was always discipline. He would always say that if you don’t have discipline you won’t get anywhere and I think he is 100 percent right. To be successful there are sacrifices that you have to pay. It does not come easy.”

JUSTIN HAYWARD - Lead guitarist/singer of The Moody Blues

“My father taught me that “the most powerful thing you can be is an example to other people.” He was to me.”

JIM LINDBERG - Lead singer of California punk group Pennywise who has written a book “Punk Rock Dad” on parenting

“The best advice he gave me was about going to college. He said: “Just make sure you go to school, Jim. You can do whatever you want after that but just get your diploma first.” That was good advice for me because even though I went on to join a punk band, it gave me a foundation to fall back on.”

PETER CRISS - Co-founder and former drummer and vocalist for the rock band Kiss

“You can’t buy class — it’s something your born with — you either have it, or you don’t.”

ERIN DAVIS - Son of legendary jazz musician Miles Davis

“The best advice my father ever gave me was never get tattoos. He said you don’t want anything on your body that you can’t change (like jewelry), because you never know when you might change your mind. He also thought that if you had tattoos the police would always be able to find you, if you were up to no good...A pity I didn’t listen.

JACK COLEMAN - Actor who plays Mr. Bennet on NBC’s sci-fi drama series “Heroes”

“My father took me aside when I was no more than a lad and told me something that has changed my life. He said: “Son... always split aces no matter what the dealer’s showing.” Even today I can’t think of it without getting a little misty-eyed.”

DR. JOYCE BROTHERS - Syndicated advice columnist

“My Dad, Morris, would ask my sister and me over dinner every night about the events of the day and we would discuss current affairs, like FDR’s changes in the Supreme Court. So, we learned that it is important to know what people are thinking and to care about what happens in the world.”

CHRIS PRONGER - Professional ice hockey player for the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks

“Always work hard. Don’t eat yellow snow.”

ELLIOT SADLER - Race car driver in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

“Take pride in yourself and always treat people the way you would expect to be treated.”


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