Famous people who wore the bowler hat

August 17, 2010 | Author: | Category: Interesting discoveries | 13 Comments »

While searching for a reference photo of a bowler hat, we came across this page which lists all the important facts a bowler hat aficionado should know, including famous people (fictional and non-fictional) who wore the bowler hat.

Here’s the filtered list containing people/characters you actually know:

Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost, a fixture in comic books, also wore a “doiby.”


* Aviation pioneers, Americans Orville & Wilbur Wright, and pioneering French aviators Alberto Santos-Dumont and Louis Blériot


Charlie Chaplin, a comedian from the early part of the 20th century


Moon Mullins


Lou Costello wore one occasionally in films, but was always seen in a too-small derby on television’s “The Abbott and Costello Show”.


* Comedian John Valby has always worn a black bowler hat on stage
Malcolm McDowell‘s character Alex wears a bowler hat in “A Clockwork Orange


* “Superman” villain Mr. Mxyzptlk


* Agatha Christie’s famous detective character Hercule Poirot regularly wears a bowler hat.
John Cleese in the infamous Ministry of Silly Walks
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the slapstick comedy duo Laurel and Hardy of the 1920s and 30s
Dominic Monaghan, actor of “Lord of the Rings” and “Lost
Yuber from the “Suikoden” series wears one in “Suikoden 3″
Sir Winston Churchill, British politician


* The paintings of Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte


* Leopold Bloom in James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses


* High significance is placed on Sabine’s bowler hat from the novel “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera and it is depicted in both the novel’s cover artwork and the one sheet for the film version
* “Batman” villain The Riddler


* In the 1999 remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair” starring Pierce Brosnan, Crown uses numerous doubles wearing bowler hats to trick his pursuers; inspired by Magritte‘s Surrealist painting “The Son of Man”
* The Harry Potter character Cornelius Fudge is rarely seen without a lime-green bowler. Mad-Eye Moody also wears one when he needs to conceal his magical eye.


* The detectives Thomson and Thompson (originally Dupont and Dupond) in “The Adventures of Tintin” are easily recognizable by their trademark black bowlers


* The character Oddjob in the James Bond novel “Goldfinger” used a metal razor-edged bowler hat as a concealed weapon. It appears more of a flat-topped top hat in the movie, but still has the metal edge and functions as a weapon.
* The rapper Nate Dogg usually wears a bowler hat in his music videos
Mr. Potato Head from the 1995 film “Toy Story” and its 1999 sequel “Toy Story 2″ has a black bowler


* The fictional character Homsar in the Homestar Runner online cartoon series wears an orange bowler hat, which often pops up into the air and moves around, yet almost always returns to his head; several other bowler hats are seen in the Homestar Runner universe


* Bowler hats were among the trademark props of choreographer Bob Fosse. Liza Minnelli is portrayed wearing a bowler hat on the cover for the motion picture “Cabaret“, which Fosse directed, and is also seen wearing it several times during the movie.
* John Hartford, American Bluegrass musician and singer-songwriter, wore a bowler during many of his performances
* Cartoon character Mr Benn, usually seen wearing a pinstriped suit and bowler hat
* Jack White , of the White Stripes, wore a bowler hat in the music video for “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground.” He also wore a bowler hat during the “White Blood Cells” era.
* Keith ‘Monkey’ Warren of The Adicts: the bowler is part of his costume
* The Three Stooges
Doiby Dickles, a cab driver who assists the Golden Age superhero Green Lantern. A native of Brooklyn, Dickles has nicknamed himself for his derby hat, which he pronounces “doiby”.
* “Brooklyn” (Dan Turpin), a member of the Golden Age comic book crime-fighting team the Boy Commandos (in the WW2 era), wears a bowler at all times and is nicknamed for his native borough in New York City
Brian Viglione, drummer of the self-proclaimed “punk cabaret” duo The Dresden Dolls, wears a bowler as part of the group’s miming tradition.
* Mr. John Smith, a fictional character from the Nickelodeon series Hey Arnold!, lives in room 13 of the boarding house with Arnold and his family. His only distinguishing characteristic is, in fact, his bowler.
* The television series Firefly featured a recurring character named Badger, a rogue masquerading as a respectable businessperson, who wore a bowler hat


* John Bonham drummer of the English rock band Led Zeppelin
Bowler Hat Guy (aka Michael ‘Goob’ Yagoobian) is known very well for his evil robotic bowler hat named DOR-15 (aka Doris) in the 2007 film, Meet the Robinsons
Willie “The Lion” Smith always wore a Derby because his mother said it made him look “dignified.”
* Otto Šimánek as Pan Tau in a children’s television series of the same name
* Ding-a-Ling, the diminutive sidekick of Hokey Wolf
* Actress Keira Knightley wears a dark brown bowler hat in her advertisements for Chanel’s Coco Mademoisellecampaign, in which she plays Coco Chanel.


Tito Jackson
* Addams Family member Cousin Itt
Paul Newman wore a bowler in the classic western, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”
Peter Clemenza from The Godfather film and novel is depicted to always wear a bowler hat.

So, Leopold Bloom from Ulysses wore a bowler hat. Hmmmm

Bowler hat of Leopold Bloom from Ulysses

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  • Anonymous

    Tom Waits also wears one and so do I. Nice post.

  • Anonymous

    And lets not forget Doc Holiday: http://www.joeley.com/catalog/category.asp?catcode=146&productid=6293 (not my site, just a pic I googled)

  • Norb

    Bat Masterson also wore a bowler

  • Norb

    The bowler was also the hat that actually won the west…not the Stetson.

  • PT

    The Monitors always wore bowlers, from a 1969 movie of the same name. They are the secret police that outlaws political incorrectness, cavities, sugar, caffeine, sex, and fun. They have cameras everywhere and are always monitoring you.