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Greg's Grandpa


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Name Grandpa Heffley
Age 70s[1]
Gender Male.png
Actor Terence Kelly
Film Appearance? Yes
Online Appearance? Yes (as Pappy Heffley)
Book Appearance? Yes

“How's about we all go down to the games room? You boys like games, don't you?”

Greg's Grandpa Heffley is lovable but clueless paternal grandfather of Greg, Rodrick, and Manny, the father of Frank Heffley, Joe Heffley, and Gary Heffley, the father-in-law of Susan Heffley and the widower of Nana Heffley.


Grandpa Heffley was born in 1937 to his father Chester "Remus" Heffley and his mother Gammie, in Plainview, and possibly attended Westmore Middle School during his teen years, and later married Nana Heffley and had three sons, Joe Heffley, Frank Heffley, and Gary Heffley.

Grandpa Heffley's first appearance was in Rodrick Rules, where he offered to let Greg and Rodrick stay at his boring retirement community, Leisure Towers; the experience was terrible for Greg because he had gone into the ladies room by accident.

He was seen again in Dog Days, where he finally confessed to Frank at brunch that he ran over his dog, Nutty, enraging Frank and causing him to get kicked out. He also appears in a flashback where Grandpa dropped Greg at the Slipslide Water Park to go on the slides. Greg however thought the Under 48'' sign meant he had to be 48 years old to go on the slides. Greg then wasted the day waiting for his Grandpa to pick him up much to his Grandpa's confusion.

In The Ugly Truth, he appears at his son Gary's wedding, and the family reunion and even babysits/takes care of Rodrick and Greg as their Gramma was on a cruise.

In Cabin Fever, he appears only in a photo, but he makes a younger appearance when his son, Frank told him about his bully, Billy Staples he came to Billy's house along with his wife, telling Mr. Staples about Billy's actions.

In Hard Luck, Greg mentioned that Grandpa had a girlfriend because, at Leisure Towers, a lot of women lined up at Grandpa's door trying to win him over with casseroles and baked goods. The reason for this was that women at Leisure Towers vastly outnumbered men. He later dated a widow named Darlene, who stayed together with him until he eventually left Leisure Towers, when they broke up.

Later, in Old School, he left the nursing home after they raised the rent and moved in with Greg's family. He stole Greg's room when Susan told him he could sleep wherever he wanted and began driving Frank insane. Greg tries to help him get over his breakup with Darlene by teaching him about online dating, but Grandpa's lack of technological knowledge accidentally gets him in several relationships with several old ladies. When the Heffleys left to visit Rodrick at his job, he invited a bunch of single women over to party. Grandpa tries to make an excuse, but Frank doesn't buy it and puts Grandpa in a time out (apparently, it was awkward to punish your own father). Frank then has his sons watch over Grandpa so he doesn't do anything stupid again. It is revealed Grandpa lost his licence by failing his test and is not a good driver.

He is seen briefly at the dinner table in Double Down


Grandpa is strange, critical, unpredictable, somewhat senile, and quite ignorant at times. He means well and seems pretty jovial and kind, however, pretty much the opposite of his oldest son Frank. He sets his TV only on the CCTV channel, which he enjoys watching, infuriating Greg as he cannot watch any "real" television shows at his grandpa's retirement home. He makes a dish called watercress salad, which is an uncooked salad with vinegar and green beans. Greg and Rodrick think it is disgusting; their grandpa seems to not care. He loves to play a game called Gutbusters as well, and forces Greg and Rodrick to play; Greg always wins because his Grandpa thinks the nonsensical jokes are funny and he also beats Rodrick because he laughs on purpose because he keeps his mouth filled with milk when Greg's turn comes. In The Ugly Truth, it is revealed that he smoked when no one is looking. He might have been told on by Greg, as he has never been seen smoking since. In Old School, he said he accidentally invited all women from his dating site when he tried to invite only one to watch a movie. He tried making an excuse, but Frank didn't buy it. Despite his oddity, he expects maturity from his grandsons and is miffed when his grandsons or Frank mess up, as he thinks they are a bad example.

Physical Appearance

Grandpa is always seen with his spectacles, but he takes them off when sleeping. He also wears dentures, has a large nose, is short and overweight, wears old fashioned clothes and suspenders. He is half bald with only some hair. He is also some sort of jolly at some point.



See: Grandpa/Gallery


  • Greg is his favorite grandson.
  • According to Greg's family tree in the extended version of The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, Grandpa's parents are Remus and Lulu Heffley, and Gammie is the mother of Greg's other grandfather, on Susan's side. However, when she later appeared in the Ugly Truth, Gammie was instead said to be on Frank's side of the family, meaning she is either Grandpa or Nana's mother. 
  • It's unknown if he's still living with Greg's family because he's not seen or mentioned in any of the books after Double Down. It's possible that he was able to move into a different retirement home that had cheaper rent, as it was briefly mentioned in Old School that the family was looking for a cheaper nursing home.
    • In the Double Down he was just mentioned in a sentence that told us he is still dating with someone. He had several girlfriends in Old School and had many old ladies fall in love with him at Leisure Towers before he settled with Darlene at Hard Luck. Martha, one of the women who Grandpa dated online and attended his party, has since died.
  • He does not wear glasses in the movie.
  • While he is presumably in his 70s, he is played by an older actor.


  1. Since his presumed mother Gammie is 95 years old, he is probably no older than 77.
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