|Known Relatives:||Unknown Wife (deceased), Kat Stratford (daughter), Bianca Stratford (daughter)|
|Portrayed by:||Larry Miller|
Dr. Walter Stratford.
Dr. Walter Stratford is a successful gynecologist living in Seattle. Besides midlife crisis and his career, he also has to deal with the pressures of being a single parent to two teenaged girls, outspoken feminist Kat, and coy Bianca who knows how to play the "good girl". Although he loves his daughters, he is overly protective of them, worried that if he lets them from under his thumb for even a little while they will get into sex, booze and drugs. This is partly because that in his line of work he frequently deals with pregnant teenage girls. Determined not to let his daughters end up in that predicament, he refuses to let them date, and occasionally makes them wear an apron made to resemble a pregnant girl's swollen belly before they go out anywhere. Also, he wants them to go to the same college he went to, which is conveniently close to his neighborhood, and gets upset when Kat tells him that she has applied to Sarah Douglas College in New York, which has accepted her, and refuses to give any financial support. After much pressure from Bianca, who is his favorite (much to Kat's annoyance), he makes one small concession: he will let Bianca date if Kat gets a date, which he figures will never happen as she hates men and dating. When Kat unexpectedly does get a date with Patrick, he is forced to honor his deal with Bianca and let her date as well. He realizes at this point that he needs to learn to let go, and starts by offering his consent and support to Kat to attend the college of her choice.
- Walter Stratford is based on the character of Baptista Minola in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, and his surname was drawn from the playwright's English hometown Stratford-upon-Avon.
- Larry Miller, who plays Dr. Stratford in the film, is the only member of the cast to reprise his role in the later tv series.