The fat man and a little boy

This afternoon I was having a pleasant conversation about the movies, when I became helplessly mute over the name of a famous actor. I was fishing futilely for anything resembling a name, tossing out hints with reckless abandon.

“You know, Superman’s father… the fat guy…”

Apparently the actor in question is known for more than being fat, and such characterizations can cause offense.

Give the gift of words.