I had dinner with a friend the other night, and the conversation came up of how we each remembered the dentist from when we were kids. Over the course of the conversation, we recalled some of our experiences at the dentist when we were younger, but the more hilarious thing was how many memories we had of dentists in the movies. That conversation inspired me to compile a short list of hollywood dentists. So here it goes.
The three funniest portrayals of dentists in films, in no particular order, goes to, Ricky Gervais, the guy who invented the Office, who played a dentist who could see dead people; Ed Helms, who plays the only dentist that ends up with teeth missing in The Hangover; and Eugene Levy in Waiting for Guffman, playing a dentist who desperately wants to sing but really can’t.
The best dentist from films of past generations goes to Charlie Chaplin in a film called Laughing Gas, and Alan Arkin in The In-Laws. The naughtiest dentist goes to the sexually deviant dentist played by Jennifer Aniston in Horrible Bosses. The spookiest dentist was played by Christopher Lee, as Doctor Wilbur Wonka, Willie Wonka’s father in the newest version of that great classic. The most miscast dentist goes to Keanu Reeves, who played an orthodontist in Thumbsucker. I just couldn’t stop thinking of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and I didn’t want that guy straightening my teeth! And the most versatile dentist actor award goes to Steve Martin. He is best known for his role as the insane motorcycle riding dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, but he performs equally well many years later in the captivating murder mystery, Novocaine.
Maybe when I retire I’ll move to hollywood and advise the movie stars on how to play a real dentist. Then again, friendly patients and a calm and healthy environment might make for a great practice, but a pretty boring movie!
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A