When I was a kid I wanted to be James Coburn . As I've written before, there are models, mirrors and mentors. Coburn was a model for me (I strongly advise you to watch his The President's Analyst, a near-perfect film). Then there was Sean Connery.
I would have also liked to have met them and have them to be mentors to me. James Coburn as a mentor - a father figure. Just imagine that.
And what do we have today? I can't think of one in the movies. And TV? The Big Bang Theory? Jesus Christ.
Captain Kink and Spock - where did you guys go?