Who does Mario Draghi remind me of?
March 7, 2014 6:30 AM   Subscribe

Every time I see a picture of ECB president Mario Draghi in the newspaper, I feel a small flicker of recognition. It's starting to drive me bananas. Who does he look like? Google image link here.
posted by rollick to Society & Culture (38 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Bob Saget?
posted by ludwig_van at 6:32 AM on March 7 [9 favorites]

Rowan Atkinson?
posted by Ideefixe at 6:34 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

In a lot of those pictures, he has a half-smirk that immediately makes me think of Dick Cheney.
posted by BurntHombre at 6:35 AM on March 7 [3 favorites]

He's a blend of Bob Saget, David Strathairn and Kevin Pollack.
posted by julthumbscrew at 6:38 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

His mouth reminds me of Kevin Spacey.
posted by aka burlap at 6:39 AM on March 7 [4 favorites]

Maybe Mario Cuomo?
posted by lyssabee at 6:40 AM on March 7 [2 favorites]

Richard Jeni?
posted by Dasein at 6:43 AM on March 7

I also thought Kevin Spacey.
posted by corvine at 6:44 AM on March 7

For me it's Bob Saget. A little of Kevin Spacey, but that's really just because I'm watching House of Cards right now so he's on my mind.
posted by Houstonian at 7:01 AM on March 7

Something about him reminds me of Leon Panetta.
posted by jquinby at 7:01 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

My first thought was David Strathairn too.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:13 AM on March 7

My first thought was Tony Randall.
posted by bondcliff at 7:15 AM on March 7

He gives me the vibe of a Simpsons character in real life.
posted by jbickers at 7:20 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

He looks a bit like Mulder's higher-up deep throat friend in the X-Files.
posted by werkzeuger at 7:20 AM on March 7

I thought of Steve Carell
posted by BoscosMom at 7:20 AM on March 7

I got a Leon Panetta vibe.
posted by Sophie1 at 7:26 AM on March 7

I immediately thought of a mustacheless William Daniels.
posted by gubo at 7:30 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

I immediately thought of Richard Crenna.
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:38 AM on March 7

Nobody has ever seen Mario Draghi in the same room as Walter Matthau.
posted by flabdablet at 7:38 AM on March 7

Jean Claude van Damme. A little.
posted by klanawa at 7:39 AM on March 7

Seconding Leon Panetta.
posted by bibliowench at 8:09 AM on March 7

His general facial shape, the line of his mouth, the no lips, all remind me just a little bit of Roger Ebert. I do see a lot of the others mentioned here, too.
posted by peep at 8:15 AM on March 7

Mike Wallace?
posted by ATX Peanut at 8:29 AM on March 7

Jean Claude van Damme. A little.

Yeah, after having google image searched him for shots of his face from other perspectives, I agree with this. He's like JCVD with 15 more pounds and years.
posted by fuse theorem at 8:50 AM on March 7

Kevin Pollack?
posted by Majorita at 8:50 AM on March 7

Looks like a mixture of Rowan Atkinson and Peter Sellers.
posted by Namlit at 9:02 AM on March 7

Gary Sinise could at least play him in the movie version (a thriller).
posted by pekala at 9:08 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

Kevin Spacey mixed with Steve Carell
posted by littlesq at 9:50 AM on March 7

The dad from Say Anything, John Mahoney. serious smiling
posted by rio at 10:10 AM on March 7

Gary Senise
posted by Sassyfras at 10:35 AM on March 7

Peter Sellers.
posted by Wet Spot at 11:12 AM on March 7

I never in a million years would have thought of Dick Cheney, but that's by far the closest suggestion to what's pinging me in Draghi. Cheney doesn't really look like him that much, but he has a very similar sort of sly, lizardlike expression. Draghi is more genial or avuncular though.

The hairline and baggy eyes (with glasses?) feel like the other biggest point of familiarity to me, which is what I think the answers so far are missing. (I thought Gary Sinise would be a closer match until I actually looked him up). I almost feel like there might be a more historical figure involved?

Sorry if this is too vague -- it might just be features from different people that have jammed together in my brain.
posted by rollick at 11:40 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

A wee bit of John Boehner
posted by Sassyfras at 11:42 AM on March 7

I clicked on your Google Image Link and immediately thought Mario Draghi looked like someone who could pass for Stephen Colbert's (imagined in my mind) father. This is the first time I have heard of or seen Mr. Draghi, and that was my initial reaction. However, when I looked at the Wiikipedia link the resemblance was not there as strongly.
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose at 3:28 PM on March 7

Dan Rather?
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 4:54 PM on March 7

On further examination, Dan Rather and Dick Cheney's love child.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 4:54 PM on March 7

The picture you linked said Michel Platini to me, but that's no so apparent in many of the pictures in Draghi's google image results.

The baggy eyes are suggesting someone I can't figure out either. (I think it's someone European. Thinking it was some kind of sports official was what got me to Platini. It's not Blatter.)

With someone having said it, I do see the resemblance to John Boehner.
posted by hoyland at 7:10 PM on March 7

David Paymer
posted by Sassyfras at 7:29 PM on March 7

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