At the end of this month is the 51st running of the 24 Hour race at Daytona (a.k.a. the Rolex 24 at Daytona) and one of the drivers will be Patrick Dempsey. The actor best known for his role on Grey’s Anatomy has become a good racing driver. While he has not yet become a top tier driver he is a very good driver and looks to be improving with each race.
Steve McQueen was nicknamed “The King of Cool”, thanks to his movie roles and his love for racing and driving fast cars. Patrick Dempsey has a lot of similar characteristics, such as being a popular movie actor and racing fast cars. While I would say that McQueen’s roles partly led him to be thought more of as a iconic car guy (after all Bullitt and Le Mans really positioned him as that) it was his off the screen racing and driving fast cars that cemented this.
Patrick Dempsey has the behind the scenes part down (he is know to enjoy driving great sports cars, such as Porsche and his racing is well publicized), but some of his movie rolls make him appear to more of a heartthrob. If Dempsey was to break out and play some cooler roles (especially roles that involve a good driving chase scene) then he would cement himself as the next iconic car guy.
So, is Patrick Dempsey the New King of Cool? I think so, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Picture Sources: Patrick Dempsey Flickr and Steve McQueen GTHO