PhD In Style: Famous Cinematic Professors

Robin Williams in “Dead Poets Society”



We return to our Professor Week coverage with a gallery of film dons (and a few schoolteachers). The list must be endless, so let us know who else belongs here.

Above, Robin Williams in “Dead Poets Society.” Below, John Houseman as a Harvard Law professor in 1973’s “Paper Chase”:


Paul Newman in “Torn Curtain”:


Dr. Jones, Jr.:

Indiana Jones

“Back To School”:


Kevin Kline in “Emperor’s Club”:


Gregory Peck in “Arabesque”:


Ben Stein in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”:


“Making The Grade”:


The Professor on “Gilligan’s Island”:


Donald Sutherland in “Animal House”:


14 Comments on "PhD In Style: Famous Cinematic Professors"

  1. Cranky Yankee | October 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm |

    ‘Goodbye Mr. Chips’ (1939) with Robert Donat, but not Peter O’Toole (1969).

  2. How about Gary Cooper in “Ball of Fire” (1941) a.k.a. “The Professor and the Showgirl”:

  3. Or perhaps Edward G. Robinson in “The Woman in the Window” (1944):

  4. Mitchell S. | October 2, 2015 at 5:06 pm |

    What about Prof. Pitkannan in “With Honors,” (1994) played by Gore Vidal?

  5. the Browning version?

  6. Jimmy Stewart in Rope

  7. Wright Hall | October 3, 2015 at 9:48 am |

    Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor.

  8. Bags' Groove | October 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm |

    I think the boys are struggling with this one, Christian. Time for a little break from the college scene? What about those cool MCM interiors, complete with cool dressers and their cool chicks? Let’s get away from the fuddy, if only for a short while. Let’s go crazy!

  9. I know you’re only as good as your last post, but seriously there’s not enough variety among the 25 stories on the front page right now? We had the Japanese jazz-Ivy guy just 10 days ago.

  10. Bags' Groove | October 3, 2015 at 1:11 pm |

    I know, and I loved reading about our elegant Japanese friend. I only wish I’d had time to pop in and see him in Tokyo last year.
    Okay, I take your point. But I think you know what I was getting at. From my perspective the college thing sometimes seems to predominate a little.
    Back to my knitting.

  11. Mention Gore Vidal one more time, “you little queer, and I’ll sock you in your goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered.”

  12. “Well, why don’t you come and see me some time when you have no class.”

  13. Dr. Philip Barbey! I cringed when the initial spadeful of broken ground landed in his immaculate TC…

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