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Chris Pratt is many things... funny, handsome, talented, and an amazing and loving father.
"I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor — I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,” Pratt said during a speech at Friday's March of Dimes Celebration of Babies.
The Guardians of the Galaxy actor shared an emotional story about his son Jack's premature birth, born nine weeks early at just 3 pounds, 12 ounces.
"That's a decent-sized bass," Pratt joked to the star-studded crowd at the Beverly Wilshire. "Very small for a human."
Pratt spoke of how when Jack was in the NICU, he would cherish the moments he'd get to cradle his son skin-to-skin.
"I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them."
Pratt and wife Anna Farris were told that their son may have special needs and would need cosmetic surgery to correct his eyes, and then a month later were happy to be able to take their son home.
"Our Jack went from a small, helpless little squirt to a strong, smart, happy, funny, beautiful boy who loves monster trucks and 'Daniel Tiger,' and, believe it or not, loves vegetables. Broccoli and cherry tomatoes are his favorite foods."
The photo below shows the happy family over Thanksgiving.
Pratt noted that none of what he and his wife went through would have been as easy a decade ago. He said that in the NICU, a child's life or death is on the line, a "balance that's tipping towards life by cutting-edge medicines, much of which is a direct result of this wonderful organization, the March of Dimes."
The luncheon raised more than $1 million and among the famous honorees were Elizabeth Banks and Fox 2000’s Elizabeth Gabler.
"We honor people for their most important job, and that’s being a mom," said luncheon co-chair and Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz.
Also honored were doctors James Byrne and Herman L. Hedriana. In the crowd: Eddie Redmayne, Selena Gomez, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ron Howard, Chris Weitz and emcee Jason Bateman.
Also in attendance were chairs Joi Horowitz, Wyck Godfrey and Mary Kerr; Jim Gianopulos, Stacey Snider, Steve Gilula, Nancy Utley, Donna Langley, Jeff Shell, Rob Friedman, Erik Feig, Nina Jacobson, Eric Fellner, Jason Blum, Alex Kurtzman, Tom Rothman, Frank Marshall, Joe Drake and Scott Stuber.