Cover story: The Lan­toses and other sto­ries of area kids in­spired by their dads

POP-AP­PROVED PURSUITS

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A FILMMAKING FAM­ILY ARI AND ROBERT LANTOS

“I had the good for­tune of be­ing able to ob­serve and ab­sorb [my fa­ther’s] unique abil­ity to cre­ate art and bring in­cred­i­ble sto­ries to life while also build­ing a busi­ness that be­came a global pow­er­house. Once I made the de­ci­sion to “take the plunge,” it was his di­rect guid­ance and men­tor­ship that taught me vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing that I know to this day about pro­duc­ing film and tele­vi­sion con­tent.”

NBA RUNS IN THE DNA MITCHELL AND AN­DREW WIGGINS

An­drew Wiggins is one of the hottest names in Cana­dian basketball th­ese days. This Thorn­hiller was the top pick in the 2014 NBA draft and cur­rently plays shoot­ing guard for the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves, but the ap­ple doesn’t fall far from the tree. His dad, Mitchell, was drafted in 1983 by the In­di­ana Pac­ers and, of course, played shoot­ing guard as well be­fore leav­ing the NBA in 1992.

FROM POL­I­TICS TO TV BRIAN AND BEN MULRONEY

“The older I get, the more es­sen­tial I feel my fa­ther is to me. He is a friend, he is an ad­vi­sor, he is a cham­pion and my most vi­tal critic. No one in my life takes an in­ter­est in me the way my dad does, and I wouldn’t know what to do without him. I want to be that kind of fa­ther. My fa­ther gave me the sim­plest and yet most es­sen­tial ad­vice. He said: Find some­thing you love to do and do it well.”

A PRO­DUC­ING PAIR IVAN AND CATHER­INE REITMAN

“When I was seven years old, my fa­ther was driv­ing me home from, yet an­other, medi­ocre school per­for­mance. I’ll never for­get his face as he turned the wheel and said, “Cather­ine, you can’t for­get about pac­ing. You gotta pick up the damn pace.” That day was cru­cial to my de­vel­op­ment. The lesson of brevity and keep­ing your lis­tener want­ing more is one I cher­ish and am al­ready shar­ing with my four-year-old.”

A MU­SI­CAL MATCH DEVIN AND JIM CUDDY

“My dad has al­ways been very sup­port­ive of my mu­sic ca­reer. One of the most re­cent lessons he taught me was about nerves. He said, “If you’re not ner­vous be­fore a show, to what­ever de­gree, it should be wor­ri­some be­cause a lot of en­ergy can be har­nessed from those nerves and can be used on­stage. It can be a pow­er­ful boost and helps you put on a good show.” It is some­thing I have been try­ing to master.”

ONSCREEN STARS GOR­DON AND LEAH PINSENT

From the Gem­i­nis to the Ge­nies, this fa­ther-daugh­ter duo has won them all. Gor­don started act­ing in his teens and is known for his iconic roles in films like

The Ship­ping News and Sarah Pol­ley’s pow­er­ful Away from Her. Leah truly fol­lowed in her fa­ther’s foot­steps act­ing in her first film, TheBayBoy, when she was just a teenager. Safe to say Gor­don passed down all the good genes.

HOME RENO MASTERS MIKE HOLMES SR. AND JR.

“I never wanted to work in the same in­dus­try as my dad, but he brought me on site when I was 14 years old where I started off work­ing as a labourer. I had a lot of fun clean­ing and do­ing what I could to help out, but watch­ing my dad go from home­owner to home­owner in­spired me to join him and help more peo­ple. If the world had more peo­ple like him, there would be a lot less peo­ple look­ing for help.”

A TALE OF TWO DOMIS TIE AND MAX DOMI

Al­though Max Domi’s play­ing style is far from his dad’s rough and tum­ble role as a Leafs en­forcer, Tie was there to mo­ti­vate his son as he tried his hand at a ca­reer in hockey. Back in Max’s AAA days, Tie served as as­sis­tant coach on Max’s team, the Don Mills Fly­ers. The hard work paid off as he is now play­ing for the Coy­otes. We’re sure Tie is proud watch­ing him from his Lawrence Park home.

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