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Who is the coolest guy ever?(34 posts)

Who is the coolest guy ever?mr_spin
Sep 18, 2002 1:04 PM
Many years ago, under the influence of a lot of beer, some friends got in a discussion about who was the coolest guy ever. A lot of names were mentioned. There were arguments. There were discussions. There was more beer.

Finally, we settled on a name: Ben Cartwright

Yep, that's right. The patriarch of the Cartwright family. Owner of the Ponderosa Ranch. Outlived three wives!

Okay, so he's not a real guy. But he may be the coolest guy ever. It's almost 20 years later and I'm ready to reconsider my vote. I'm looking for suggestions, and they don't have to be guys.

Who is the coolest guy/gal ever?

Dirty Harry CallahanDougSloan
Sep 18, 2002 1:13 PM
Go ahead, make my day. Ultimate cool.
No contest...MXL02
Sep 18, 2002 1:17 PM
Sean Connery as James Bond.
No contest...DINOSAUR
Sep 21, 2002 7:51 PM
I thought of Sean Connery also. Also cool when he stopped wearing his toupee, grew a beard that came in white, packed on about 40 lbs and started playing roles in his age group. That's cool..
Duane HallSLB
Sep 18, 2002 1:23 PM
from Annie Hall, played by Christopher Walken.

"Can I confess something? I tell you this as an artist,I think you'll understand. Sometimes when I'm driving... on the road at night... I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car. I can anticipate the explosion. The sound of shattering glass. The... flames rising out of the flowing gasoline."
Oh missed the best part.MXL02
Sep 18, 2002 3:41 PM
When Woody says, " Thanks, but you'll have to excuse me now, I'm due back on the planet earth."
non-fat Marlon Brando, maybe Steve McQueen? (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 18, 2002 1:25 PM
re: Who is the coolest guy ever?Fredrico
Sep 18, 2002 1:37 PM
Cool guys must have a sense of humor. Paul Newman gets my vote. Remember "The Sting?"
re: Who is the coolest guy ever?tao
Sep 18, 2002 1:44 PM
guy: Lou Reed, circa Velvet Underground
gal: Kim Deal, circa Pixies
Cool Hand Luke? nmDougSloan
Sep 18, 2002 1:47 PM
Clint Eastwood, In Good Bad & Ugly... remember whenrwbadley
Sep 18, 2002 4:00 PM
..his buddy (Tucko? the 'ugly') is getting 'interogated' and Lee Van Cleef (the 'bad' I guess)sits Clint down to a meal. Clint asks why he isn't getting the same treatment as his buddy, Van Cleef asks Clint "would you talk" Clint says "no, probably not" Van Cleef says he didn't think so.

This is just one of many great lines in those Eastwood westerns. I think because so few words are spoken in those films, the words that are uttered really build it up...

Just my thought,

Himuro GemmaLeisure
Sep 19, 2002 2:29 AM
A super-vague reference unless you're an anime lover. He was the villian of Ninja Scroll. Okay, fine...most of you wouldn't care for cartoons, but in my mind he's one of the most complete antisocial personalities created.

Bad guys are always more fun to watch.

Other honorable mentions:

Russell Crowe as the Gladiator
Wesley Snipes as Blade
006 from "007: Golden Eye"

Can we include comic book characters?

Raoul, from the original Fist of the North Star comics
Venom, from Spiderman (wish they made Venom bike jerseys!)
Zorro! nmSpinchick
Sep 19, 2002 5:07 AM
Who else...Paul NewmanPaulCL
Sep 19, 2002 5:29 AM
The roles:
Cool Hand Luke
The Sting
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The two "Hustler" movies

Personal Life
Races cars
Stays away from Hollywood - the "aloofness" factor
He's been married to one woman for 30 years - no sleeze factor here
PaulCL, you're a little off. Paul Newman has been married to Joanne Woodward for nearly 45 years! There is no question Paul Newman is a cool guy. But the coolest guy ever? Sure. Consider this. When he discovered his awful 1954 film "The Silver Chalice" was going to be broadcast on TV, he took out ads in the papers apologizing for his performance! Only a truly cool guy would do that. Even cooler, he founded <a href="">The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp</a>, a summer camp for children (and their siblings) with cancer and other blood-related diseases. He also founded the <a href="">Scott Newman Center</a>, in memory of his son who died from a drug overdose. This includes the Rowdy Ridge Gang Camp, for families recovering from drug addiction or who are survivors of spousal abuse. And then there is all his <a href="">Newman's Own</a> food products. 100% of the after-tax profits go to charities. Also, you listed only a few of his great, great films. Here's more: Road to Perdition (2002) Verdict, The (1982) Absence of Malice (1981) (The 'H' series, including "Harper (1966)" which I didn't like) Hombre (1967) Hud (1963) Hustler, The (1961) From the Terrace (1960) <i>(with Joanne Woodward)</i> Young Philadelphians, The (1959) Left Handed Gun, The (1958) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) Long, Hot Summer, The (1958) <i>(with Joanne Woodward)</i>mr_spin
Sep 19, 2002 6:38 AM
Sep 19, 2002 6:58 AM
Message board software error (nm)gregg
Sep 23, 2002 8:21 AM
So, I'm rightPaulCL
Sep 19, 2002 7:19 AM
I was merely wrong on one minor fact and I failed to include enough detail.

Cool is cool. Paul is cool.

Besides, I saw him in person once.
Wait a minute, certain criterion must be satisfied first.Sintesi
Sep 19, 2002 7:00 AM

BTW, How in the hell do you do that Mr. Spin?
A cool guy would NEVER use the form "Kewl!"mr_spin
Sep 19, 2002 7:14 AM
That sounds more like her cool guy than mine! At the end, she even admits it's an impossible standard.

To me, a cool guy is a guy who is so cool, he doesn't have to be cool. He just is. It can't really be quantified.

There's a very good film called "Dazed and Confused" in which Matthew McConaughey plays a guy who is truly cool. He hangs out with the cool people, he hangs out with the uncool people. He's so cool, he doesn't care about being cool, and everyone knows he is cool.
Wait a minute, sure he would, grzy does!scottfree
Sep 19, 2002 9:01 AM
Wait a minute, certain criterion must be satisfied first.rbb
Sep 20, 2002 5:47 AM
Hey Sintesi,
what's up with- "4. Like the way I look in sweatpants"
of that list you posted the link to?? You think a guy is cool if he thinks you look good in sweat pants!!??? -I guess we all have our own opinions???
Just kidding! I thought it was funny reading while thinking a guy posted it! - anyways, it's Fridaya and my brain is fried from work! Take care
My Dad was, for all the right reasons. (nm)RhodyRider
Sep 19, 2002 9:28 AM
I must be getting real old... How about Bogart?.....Dave Hickey
Sep 19, 2002 10:20 AM
That's a first. Let's try again.....Dave Hickey
Sep 19, 2002 10:22 AM
I must be getting real old... How about Bogart?.....netso
Sep 20, 2002 6:45 AM
I second Bogart, Clark Gable and Errol Flynn have to be included as candidates.
Sep 20, 2002 8:11 AM
Bogart had too much of a mean streak to be the coolest guy ever.

I'd consider Gable for sure. After all, he was married to Carole Lombard, who I think is the coolest GAL ever. You have to be a pretty cool guy to snag the coolest gal.

Flynn? You must be joking. Oh man, you must be joking.
Steve McQueen, Ghandi and Sammy Baugh.Sintesi
Sep 19, 2002 12:21 PM
They holy triumvirate of coolness.
Sep 19, 2002 4:19 PM
Did anybody see.....4bykn
Sep 20, 2002 9:35 AM
The Big Lebowski? The dude (little Lebowski) has got to be about the coolest guy around.

"The Dude abides."
Robert Mitchum...DINOSAUR
Sep 21, 2002 7:45 PM
Maybe not the coolest ever, but a cool guy.

Cool females? Lena Horn....
and he has deoderant named after him! nmDougSloan
Sep 22, 2002 4:47 PM
Ain't that the pitts...... NMDINOSAUR
Sep 22, 2002 8:46 PM
lmao nmDougSloan
Sep 23, 2002 5:39 AM