David Earl Shackleford is a material father of Ted.

His first brief cameo appearance was in Curious George (2006 film), where his son wears his father's uniform on the billboard (design by Mr. Bloomsberry) saying "I Found it! Come See it!"

He also resembles the mature version of his son; Ted, where he has grown to look identical to look like him, but only with very dark hair with grayish-white streaks and greenish-teal eyes.