Patrick Dempsey is about as close as you can get to a modern day “King of Cool”. Much like Steve McQueen, the original “King of Cool”, Dempsey is a Hollywood Star and is also very much into sports car racing. He has spent a while driving Mazdas and now he is going to be driving the more competitive Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
This video welcomes Patrick to the Porsche racing family. It talks about the passion that the German performance car maker has for motorsport and how they welcome the celebrity to their racing team.
The highlights in the video are from the American Le Mans Series race at Long Beach. Beyond this the footage was released to get people ready for Mr. Dempsey’s Porsche 24 Hours of Le Mans debut. With all the excitement over 2014, this helps remind us that a lot of excitement will still be had in 2013.
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