As we celebrate the Fourth of July, PopWatch asked Brian Unger, host of History’s How The States Got Their Shapes (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET), to list his 10 favorite TV and film patriots. Here they are, in no particular order. Check out his list, then tell us who tops yours:
• Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward & Bernstein, All the President’s Men: To the 18-to-24 year-old, unfamiliar demo – no, they were not a law firm. Armed only with a pen they saved the country from itself.
• Hal Holbrook in All the President’s Men: The Real Deep Throat and a national treasure.
• Martin Sheen as The West Wing’s President Bartlet: You would never call this president a d–k.
• Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird: Is there a better American, ever, than Atticus Finch?
• Jason Robards as Lincoln, Roosevelt, Grant, Twain… what great American didn’t he play?
• David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson as FBI Special Agents Mulder & Scully, The X-Files: Because… the truth was (and STILL is) out there.
• William Shatner in Star Trek, Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise: In the future, the Bin Ladens of the universe will appear as Klingons.
• Denzel Washington in Glory, Courage Under Fire, Philadelphia, The Great Debaters: The list goes on. The consummate American hero, and, c’mon, it’s Denzel.
• G.I. Joe. As his animated self: When I was a kid, he saved the U.S.A., like, a bazillion times. And he did it all from my parent’s basement.
• Edward R. Murrow: For saving us from someone who pretended to be a great American patriot, Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
Okay, so that was 12. Your turn.