List of bow tie wearers
This is a list of notable bow tie wearers, real and fictional; notable people for whom the wearing of a bow tie (when not in formal dress) is also a notable characteristic.
A list of bow tie devotees reads like a Who's Who of rugged individualists.— The New York Times 
Bow tie wearing can be a notable characteristic for an individual. Men's clothier Jack Freedman told The New York Times that wearing a bow tie "is a statement maker" that identifies a person as an individual because "it's not generally in fashion". Numerous writers and bow tie sellers have observed that the popularity of this type of neckwear can rise and fall with the fortunes of the well-known people who wear them.
In 1996, The Wall Street Journal quoted statistics from the Neckwear Association of America showing that bow ties represent 3 percent of the 100 million ties sold each year in the United States, most of them part of formal wear, such as a tuxedo.
- 1 Attention to famous bow tie wearers in commerce and fashion commentary
- 2 Bow tie wearers of the nineteenth century
- 3 Bow tie wearers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
- 3.1 Architects
- 3.2 Educators
- 3.3 Entertainers and media personalities
- 3.4 Fashion designers
- 3.5 Lawyers
- 3.6 Politicians and political activists
- 3.7 Psychiatrists and psychologists
- 3.8 Athletes
- 3.9 Other 20th-/21st-century people associated with wearing bow ties
- 4 Fictional characters
- 5 Notes
Attention to famous bow tie wearers in commerce and fashion commentary
Those who write about bow ties often mention famous people who wear or have worn them. These writers often make the point that the image conveyed to others by a bow tie can be affected by associations with celebrities and famous people in the past.
A common fashion accessory in the nineteenth century, the bow tie had positive associations by mid-twentieth century, bolstered by real-world personalities like President Franklin Roosevelt and the "political genius" Right Honourable Sir Winston Churchill as well as "devil-may-care" characters portrayed in movies by actors like Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra. By the 1970s, however, the bow tie became associated with nerds and geeks, such as the slapstick characters played by Jerry Lewis, and Mayberry's fictional deputy sheriff, Barney Fife. This perception was reinforced by the bow tie's association with Pee-wee Herman and U.S. Senator Paul Simon.
The perceptions associated with bow ties started to take another turn in the 1980s, when Success Magazine's founder, W. Clement Stone, spoke out in support of the neck wear after the publication by fashion author John Molloy which observed, "Wear a bow tie and nobody will take you seriously." Stone associated bow-tie wearing with virility, aggressiveness, and salesmanship. In further defense of the bow tie, its use by figures such as Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Saul Bellow has been cited.
Celebrities' effect on bow-tie wearing
When a celebrity is noticed wearing a bow tie, it can affect bow tie sales; sales see an improvement when the accessory is associated with younger celebrities such as Tucker Carlson. When Raj Bhakta wore one during his stint on The Apprentice, haberdashers reported customers asking for a bow tie which looked like his. Similarly, after Matt Smith made his debut as the bow tie-wearing Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who, Topman reported a significant increase in demand for bow ties (from 3% of all tie sales to 14%).
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. wrote about his decision as a college student to start wearing bow ties in his memoir A Life in the Twentieth Century: Innocent Beginnings, 1917–1950. Schlesinger remarked that he made his decision in part because a number of famous men he admired had a penchant for the neck wear. In addition, he noted that they prevent dinner mishaps, saying, "It is impossible, or at least it requires extreme agility, to spill anything on a bow tie."
Commercial interests using famous wearers to encourage sales
Bow tie sellers often cite famous people who have worn the neckwear as a way of encouraging more customers. Jack Cutone, co-founder of Boston Bow Tie, noted that there is ample evidence to support the uniqueness and stature of those who wear bow ties, including Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. Beau Ties Ltd., an online bow tie seller, has featured a "C. Everett Koop bow tie," complete with an endorsement by Koop, who was Surgeon General of the United States during the Reagan administration. Carrot & Gibbs, another bow tie seller, lists several famous wearers on its bow tie web page.
Bow tie wearers of the nineteenth century
Bow ties were conventional attire in the nineteenth century. Honoré de Balzac has been quoted as saying that manner in which a man tied his bow tie distinguished "a man of genius from a mediocre one". Portraits of U.S. presidents from Van Buren through McKinley commonly show them in bow ties. Wearing of a bow tie was seldom commented upon and did not form part of the public perception of figures such as American inventor Thomas Edison or Communist theorist Karl Marx.
Bow tie wearers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
- Le Corbusier (1887–1965), architect who wore "his trademark bow tie"
- Peter Eisenman (born 1932), architect and academic
- Walter Gropius (1883–1969), architect, six of whose bow ties are kept by Harvard
- Louis Kahn (1901 or 1902–1974), architect and academic
- Owen Luder (1928), architect
College and university professors
- Leon Botstein (born 1946), president of Bard College
- George S. Bridges, Whitman College president
- George Campbell Jr. (born 1945), president of Cooper Union
- Donald J. Cram, chemist, Nobel Prize laureate.
- Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University, Nobel Prize laureate
- William Durden, president of Dickinson College
- E. Gordon Gee (born 1944), president of West Virginia University and former president of Vanderbilt University, Brown University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Ohio State University: "When E. Gordon Gee was fifteen years old, he made a defining sartorial decision. He began wearing a bow tie."
- Alexander Fleming (1881–1955), Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate
- Jerry Herron, dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University
- Richard Hofstadter, American historian
- Eric R. Kandel (born 1929), neurobiology professor and Nobel Prize winner with a "trademark bow tie"
- Fred Lazarus IV, president of the Maryland Institute College of Art
- Thomas Leuze, Professor of Christian Education and Religious Studies at Oakland City University.
- Fritz Albert Lipmann, German-American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate.
- William Lipscomb, physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate.
- R. Bowen Loftin (born 1949), chancellor of the University of Missouri. Quoted as saying "The similarity between Bowen and Bowtie tends to help people remember my name."
- Bohumil Makovsky, Director of Bands at Oklahoma A&M College
- Michael C. Maxey, 11th president of Roanoke College
- Santa J. Ono (born 1962), President & Vice-Chancellor of The University of British Columbia and President Emeritus of University of Cincinnati. Immunologist and vision researcher.
- Paul C. Pribbenow, president of Augsburg University, a private liberal arts institution in Minneapolis. Pribbenow holds a BA (1978) from Luther College (Iowa), and an MA (1979) and PhD (1993) in social ethics from the University of Chicago.
- Paul Samuelson (1915–2009), professor emeritus of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Nobel Prize winner.
- Erwin Schrödinger, father of quantum physics
- Andrew Sorensen, former president of the University of Alabama and the University of South Carolina, capitalized on his reputation for a "trademark bow tie" by calling his travels around South Carolina "Bow Tie Bus Tours".
- Eugene H. Spafford, cybersecurity pioneer, professor at Purdue University, and founder of the CERIAS research institute.
- Edward C. Taylor, Princeton University Professor of Chemistry and inventor of certain chemotherapeutic pharmaceuticals.
- Gary Weedman, 6th president of Johnson University
- William E. Troutt, 19th president of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
James E. Cofer, Fulbright Scholar and President of Missouri State University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
- Daniel J. Boorstin (1914–2004), U.S. historian, professor, attorney, writer, U.S. Librarian of Congress 1975-1987
- Bill Nye (born 1955), television science program host, is a "gangly guy in the blue lab coat and bow tie". On why he wears bow ties: "If you're working with liquid nitrogen and your tie falls into it, it's funny in a way to the audience but it's also — pun intended — a little bit of a pain in the neck."
- Alexander Oparin (1894–1980), Soviet biochemist notable for his contributions to the theory of the origin of life
- Murray Rothbard (1926–1995), libertarian economist and historian who "always wore a conservative suit and bow tie."
- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (1917–2007), "famed for his trademark bow ties"
- Chris Whittle (born 1947), founder of Channel One News and Edison Schools
- Peter Morici (born 1948) economist, political commentator and Professor of International Business at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Entertainers and media personalities
- Fred Allen, American radio and TV comedian 
- Charlie Chaplin, renowned comic actor of the silent film era
- Fyvush Finkel, comedic actor best known for roles on TV series produced by David E. Kelley, sometimes nicknamed "Bowtie Finkel"
- Pee-wee Herman, played by Paul Reubens
- Marc Evan Jackson, American comedian and actor, who "has played Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars wearing a bow tie invariably during every performance" as well as wearing them when he is out of character
- Stan Laurel, comedian, typically wore a bow tie when in character
- Jerry Lewis ("in nutty character")
- Groucho Marx American comedian
- David Mitchell, actor, comedian, and raconteur of Mitchell and Webb fame. David's bow ties were known as a source of amusement during his early career.
- Garry Moore, comedian who hosted game and variety shows, was known for his crew cut and bow ties
- Frank Muir, British comedy writer and broadcast personality "famous for his pink bow tie and mispronunciation", according to the BBC
- Mo Rocca, identified by the New York Times as one of several comedians who have worn bow ties "ironically"
- Mark Russell, American political comedian, pianist, and parody song author. "Mr. Russell knows from bow ties. They have been his signature for years, along with a star-spangled piano that he plinks every few minutes ..."
- Paul F. Tompkins, American comedian known for his dapper appearance on stage including a penchant for bow ties
Journalists and commentators
- Tucker Carlson, conservative American commentator In 2005 he told the New York Times he had consistently worn bow ties since childhood, but he acknowledged that bow ties often provoke negative reactions, "like a middle finger protruding from your neck." Following his tenure on CNN's Crossfire (Jon Stewart famously knocked the bowtie during his infamous 2004 appearance on the show), he has switched primarily to long neckties or no ties at all.
- John Daly, journalist and host of What's My Line?, was often photographed in a bow tie; evening dress (which included bow ties) was worn by the host and panelists on that game show
- Sir Robin Day (1923–2000), British television commentator and interviewer; his BBC News obituary said "With his thick horn-rimmed spectacles and trade mark polka-dot bow tie, he was the great inquisitor"
- Troy Dungan, retired chief weather anchor for WFAA-TV (ABC) in Dallas-Fort Worth, owns approximately 220 bow ties
- Dave Garroway (1913–1982), U.S. broadcaster, first host of the Today show
- Tom Keene, host of Bloomberg Surveillance on Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio.
- Roger Kimball (born 1953), no longer a bow-tie wearer, U.S. art critic and social commentator, co-editor and co-publisher of The New Criterion and publisher of Encounter Books 
- Janusz Korwin-Mikke (born 1942), Polish liberal conservative publisher and politician
- Irving R. Levine (1922–2009), the first foreign correspondent accredited in the Soviet Union., the former economics reporter for NBC television, known for his "trademark bow tie", appeared for the first time in public wearing a necktie for the Brown University commencement in 1994. "I needed help in tying it," he later said.
- Russell Lynes (1910–1991), American art historian, photographer, author and editor of Harper's Magazine
- Tom Oliphant, writer for the Boston Globe
- Charles Osgood (born 1933), American broadcast journalist, described as having a "trademark bow tie"
- Gene Shalit (born 1926), U.S. movie critic and regular commentator on the Today show
- Harry Smith (born 1951), TV journalist, wore a "trademark" bow tie during his early career at a Denver station, but stopped wearing them when he joined CBS in 1987, when a network official told him that Charles Osgood was CBS' bow-tie-wearing personality and "We can't have two guys wearing bow ties." 
- Jeffrey Tucker, editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute
- Timothy White (1952–2002), rock journalist and "debonair dandy who "always wore his bow tie in public" and prided himself in his jaunty bow tie and white buckskin shoes.".
- Tim Wonnacott, English antiques expert and television presenter best known for presenting Bargain Hunt.
- George Will (born 1941), American conservative syndicated columnist and regular on the This Week Sunday morning program on ABC television. He sometimes appears with a bow tie, sometimes with a long tie, as can be seen on the covers of his books. In 2005, he told the New York Times that whenever he wore a regular necktie, people commented on the absence of his bow tie.
- Matthew Winkler, editor-in-chef emeritus of Bloomberg News.
- Patrick S. Doyle, Radio presenter on 103.2 Dublin City FM. Currently presenting "Classical Choices" & "Sunday Breakfast".
Other entertainment personalities
- Fred Astaire
- Raj Bhakta, 2005 contestant on The Apprentice television program, later ran for Congress and lost
- Bud Collyer, American television game show host in the 1950s and early 1960s, typically wore a bow tie
- Keith Floyd, bon viveur, restaurateur and TV chef
- John Houseman (1902-1988), actor 
- Vladimir Horowitz (1903–1989), pianist, wore a "trademark bow tie."
- Christopher Kimball, cooking writer and TV host
- Alton Brown, Host of the American television show "Good Eats"
- Matthew Lesko, American author and late-night television personality whose customary garish outfits include bowties 
- Magician James Randi has frequently worn a bow tie in his public appearances.
- Stromae (Paul Van Haver), Belgian singer-songwriter
- Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco is often seen wearing a bow tie to correspond with the historic element in their music.
- Manolo Blahnik, shoe designer, sports a "signature bow tie"
- Alber Elbaz (born 1961), Israeli fashion designer "is always photographed wearing a floppy bow tie."
- Archibald Cox (1912–2004), the Watergate special prosecutor, constantly wore "his trademark bow tie, neatly knotted as always"
- Edward H. Levi (1911–2000), United States Attorney General, described by The New York Times as looking unready for political combat in "his signature bow tie and thick glasses"
- Louis Lowenstein (1925–2009), professor at Columbia University School of Law
- Henry Rothblatt (1916–1985), author, professor at New York Law School, and defense lawyer whose clients included four of the Watergate burglars, happy hooker Xaviera Hollander, and some soldiers charged in the killing of a reported Vietnamese double-agent. He was described by the Los Angeles Times as "the brash, bow-tied Bronx lawyer."
- John Paul Stevens (born 1920), U.S. Supreme Court Justice who "rarely, if ever, wears any other neckwear on the bench"
- Joseph N. Welch (1890–1960), head attorney for the U.S. Army in the Army–McCarthy hearings of the 1950s
Politicians and political activists
The regular wearing of bow ties by a politician is often the subject of comment — from friends, foes and journalists:
- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
- Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. (born 1932), former U.S. Representative from Virginia
- Earl Blumenauer (born 1948), U.S. Representative from Oregon, wears "his trademark bow tie"
- Winston Churchill, British statesman, prime minister, Nobel Literature Prize laureate
- Tom Connally, U.S. Senator from Texas
- Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, Mexican politician and president.
- Lawrence Coughlin, former U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania
- Mo Cowan, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
- Elio Di Rupo, former Belgian prime minister, once described by a reporter as "the bow tie wearing Socialist"
- Peter Dunne, former New Zealand politician.
- Tom Fink, former Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives and mayor of Anchorage, Alaska.
- Christian Herter, Governor of Massachusetts, U.S. Secretary of State
- Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of Estonia, "well-known for always sporting his trademark bow tie"; has even been "dubbed an 'American in a bow tie' by his opponents"
- Stjepan Kljuić, Bosnian politician, former member of tripartite President Council.
- Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a Polish politician
- Farzad Mostashari, the former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator from New York, whom Hillary Clinton remembered in a speech as having had "three signature items: his horn rimmed glasses, a bow tie, and a great idea"
- Donald M. Payne, Jr., U.S. Representative from New Jersey
- Lester B. Pearson, Canadian prime minister, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, "with his trademark blue polka dot blue" bow tie
- Otis G. Pike, U.S. Representative from New York
- Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
- Wolfgang Schüssel, Austrian Chancellor from 2000 to 2007
- Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech politician, foreign minister
- Ardalan Shekarabi, Swedish politician and minister for public administration.
- George P. Shultz (born 1920), U.S. Secretary of Labor, the Treasury, and State, consistently wore bow ties in the early 1970s
- Paul Simon, U.S. senator from Illinois
- Otto Suhr, Governing Mayor of Berlin (mayor of West Berlin) from 1955 to 1957 
- Albert Thomas, former U.S. Representative from Texas
- Donald Tsang, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong — "The bow tie is such an integral part of Tsang's identity that he is nicknamed "bow tie Tsang," according to an Associated Press story
- Julio César Turbay Ayala, president of Colombia from 1978 to 1982
- Daniel Turp, Canadian Parti Québécois politician, formerly known for wearing bow ties.
- Getúlio Vargas, Brazilian statesman
- Anthony A. Williams, former mayor of Washington, D.C. and nicknamed "Mr. Bow Tie"
- G. Mennen Williams, former Governor of the State of Michigan.
- Woodrow Wyatt, a British Labour politician, published author, journalist and broadcaster
Psychiatrists and psychologists
- Aaron T. Beck, the psychiatrist known as "the father of cognitive therapy" dresses in "his signature bow tie"
- Alfred Kinsey, the influential sex researcher, wore a "trademark bow tie"
- Theodore Millon (1928-2014), psychologist and expert on personality disorders.
- Richard Sherman, Defensive Back of the 2014 Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks is frequently seen wearing a bow tie, and has a YouTube video on how to tie a bow tie.
- Bruce Bowen, longtime National Basketball Association player for the San Antonio Spurs
- Frank Cashen, longtime Major League Baseball executive with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets
- Mike Hawthorn, racing driver, co-winner of the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans, and 1958 Formula One World Driver's Champion
- Dhani Jones, professional football player, has long worn bow ties and has created a line of bow ties for sale
- Tim Lincecum, pitcher for baseball's San Francisco Giants
- Jim Phelan, basketball coach for Mount St. Mary's University. Numerous fans and fellow coaches honored his retirement by wearing bow ties.
- Ken Rosenthal, Lead field reporter for Major League Baseball on Fox is known for wearing a wide variety of bowties.
- Bill Torrey (born 1934), General manager who built the New York Islanders into a dynasty that won four consecutive Stanley Cups, known as "Bow-Tie" Bill, after the signature bow tie he always wore.
- Lee Tressel, college football coach at Baldwin–Wallace College and a hall-of-fame member; described as "a cerebral coach who always wore a bow tie and a buzzcut,"
Other 20th-/21st-century people associated with wearing bow ties
- Saul Bellow, novelist, often wore one late in life.
- Finn M. W. Caspersen, financier, philanthropist, often wore bow ties.
- Brian P. Cleary, award-winning author of more than 50 children's books.
- Aleister Crowley, English occultist, often wore extravagant bowties.
- Robert Denning, interior designer, wore bow ties exclusively the last fourteen years of his life.
- Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam organization
- Ace Greenberg, former CEO and Chairman of Bear Stearns
- Steve Jobs, Apple Computer founder, wore bow ties in the 1980s
- C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General known for his "omnipresent red bow tie"
- Howard Phillips, former spokesman for Nintendo as well as first editor of Nintendo Power magazine from the early 1980s until 1991
- Orville Redenbacher (1907–1995), owner of an American popcorn business who appeared in commercials for it and had his image on the boxes — always wearing horn-rimmed glasses and a bow tie.
- Jim Rogers (born 1942), author
- Albert Schweitzer, German physician, humanitarian, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
- W. Clement Stone (1902–2002), businessman and philanthropist, had a collection of 250 bow ties.
- James Strong, Australian businessman who was CEO of Qantas from 1993 to 2001.
Bow ties are a consistent element in the depiction of some fictional characters.
Characters in film and television
Film and television characters portrayed by human actors as consistently wearing bow ties have included:
- Blaine Anderson, a character in Glee, can frequently be seen wearing a bow tie.
- Chuck Bass, a character in Gossip Girl known for his dandy sense of style, is often seen sporting a bow tie with a matching pocket square.
- Buckaroo Banzai, titular neurosurgeon, particle physicist, race car driver, rock star and comic book hero from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, sports a bow tie throughout the film.
- Billy Bunter, a character in the works of Charles Hamilton
- Gil Chesterton, a character on Frasier, was never seen without a bow tie.
- Bertram Cooper, a character in the drama series Mad Men who is never seen without a bow tie.
- The Doctor, central character of Doctor Who, in his second, third and eleventh incarnations. Actor Matt Smith pressed for the bow tie in his characterisation who regularly declares that "bow ties are cool".
- Richard Gilmore, the patriarch of the Gilmore family on the TV series Gilmore Girls, played by actor Edward Herrmann, was always seen wearing a bow tie.
- Mr. Hooper, Sesame Street character played by Will Lee
- Indiana Jones of the Indiana Jones (franchise) is frequently seen wearing a bow tie with his suit.
- Lurch, the lanky butler for the Addams Family.
- Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, M.D., M.E. the Chief Medical Examiner in NCIS is always seen wearing a bow tie of various colors.
- Brother Mouzone, the enforcer who appears in The Wire television series, wears a "trademark suit and bowtie" and glasses, consistent with his image of being "more like a banker or entrepreneur or scholar" than a hitman.
- Les Nessman, character in WKRP in Cincinnati television sitcom 
- Hercule Poirot, fictional detective
- Sidney Reilly as played by Sam Neill in the BBC television mini-series Reilly, Ace of Spies.
- Baxter Stockman wears a bowtie in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.
- Uncle Wally, Sesame Street character played by Bill McCutcheon
Characters in comics, cartoons, and anime
Bow ties are a consistent part of the depiction of many characters created by artists for entertainment media including comics, cartoons, and anime.
Among these are many Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters:
- Mabior Garang de Mabior
- Boo-Boo Bear
- The mouse Pixie and the cat Mr. Jinks in the cartoon Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks
- Magilla Gorilla
- Huckleberry Hound
- Jerry, the mouse in Tom and Jerry (1975–1977)
- Snagglepuss, Hanna-Barbera cartoon character created in 1959, a pink anthropomorphic mountain lion.
Other artist-created characters consistently or frequently depicted in bow ties include:
- In spin-off animated film series My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Twilight Sparkle wears a pink mini bow tie when transformed into teenage human girl
- Bernard Bernoulli of the Maniac Mansion and Day of the Tentacle computer games.
- Caliborn from Homestuck[clarification needed]
- Dagwood Bumstead, character in Blondie comic strip
- The Cat in the Hat
- Donald Duck, Disney cartoon character
- Count Duckula always wore a red bow tie as part of his ensemble.
- Conan Edogawa, alias of character Jimmy Kudo in "Detective Conan" manga and anime comics
- Harvey, in the play and movie of the same name, the invisible, bow-tied, 6-foot rabbit whose portrait was shown in the play and movie with him wearing a bow tie
- Carl Fredricksen, the main character in the 2009 Pixar film, Up.
- Hoppity Hooper, cartoon character in Jay Ward Productions
- Krusty the Clown, cartoon character in The Simpsons
- Leopold the Cat, the namesake of a Russian cartoon series, wears a bow tie, even when he goes swimming.
- Mickey Mouse
- Octavia, a recurring background character in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, is depicted wearing a pink bowtie with a white collar.
- Mister Peabody, the main character of Peabody's Improbable History.
- Porky Pig, Looney Tunes cartoon character.
- Franklin "Foggy" Nelson. In the Marvel Daredevil comics, Nelson is a lawyer, best friend and longtime business partner of blind lawyer Matthew M. Murdock (a.k.a. the masked vigilante Daredevil). Even though Foggy Nelson occasionally wears standard neckties, he is partial to bowties.
- Jimmy Olsen often was depicted wearing a bow tie in the comic titles Superman and Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen
- Opus the Penguin, character in Bloom County comic strip
- The Penguin, in Batman comics, movies and television program, except for the 1992 Batman Returns in which he wore a jabot
- Simon Petrikov. A character from "Adventure Time." Wore a red bowtie as part of his suit prior to the Great Mushroom War and turning into the Ice King.
- Jack Point, character in Judge Dredd comic books. The bow tie is part of his clown-like clothing.
- Waylon Smithers, cartoon character in The Simpsons
- Moe Szyslak, cartoon character in The Simpsons
- Rich Uncle Pennybags, aka Mr. Monopoly, from the board game Monopoly is frequently shown wearing a bow tie.
- Zatanna, character from the DC Universe
- Bill Cipher, main villain of Gravity Falls. Notable that this is his only clothing, along with a skinny top hat.
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O'Brien noted that a bow tie "can be a badge of courage," as personified by the World War II "bow-tie alliance of Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill," or the "mark of the urbane, independent, devil-may-care or rakish personality" such as characters portrayed by Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra.
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Stone believed bow-tie wearers to be "full of vim and vigour, aggressive and full of drive. They are the best salesmen and entrepreneurs."Missing or empty
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First, though, let me organize a lineup of bow tie wearers to establish a variety. The most distinguished of all, of course, was Winston Churchill, whose favorite was a fine floppy blue job with white polka dots. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a tall man, often adds a giant butterfly to his getup, which gives his appearance a light and rakish air. Saul Bellow has taken to wearing bow ties late in life. Former Sen. Paul Simon is a habitual bow tie wearer, though, oddly, he seems never to have learned to tie them properly, for the right side of his ties never quite make it to full bow form. For diversity's sake, it would be good to have an NFL linebacker instead of Louis Farrakhan to round off this roster, but Churchill, Moynihan, Bellow, Simon and Farrakhan (a clip-on man, I surmise) perhaps provide sufficient diversity in themselves.
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"Peter Eisenman". KMP Furniture. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
Known as an eccentric, Eisenman is often seen in a bowtie and a sweater with a small hole.
- Kester Rattenbury, Robert Bevan, and Kieran Long, Architects Today, Volume 2004, page 1988. Describes Eisenman as "the consummate intellectual New Yorker (big specs, big bow tie, big hair)..."
- John Taylor, Mr. In-Between: Deconstructing Peter Eisenman, New York Magazine, October 17, 1988, pages 46–52. "Eisenman wears bow ties and suspenders and those owlish glasses that for some reason are so popular among architects."
-  While not absolutely clear, this Web page indicates Gropius was known for his bow ties: Web page titled "Stories from 'The Chronicle': Cataloguing Harvard's Ephemera", article by Lawrence Biemiller at Biemiller's Web site, the Web page indicates the article is from "The Chronicle of Higher Education. Published January 23, 2004." accessed January 18, 2007: "After three years of work, Ms. Norris not only knows how many of Walter Gropius's bow ties Harvard has (six), but also where they are (the Graduate School of Design)"
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the bespectacled, bow-tied Campbell...
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Many UCLA students have fond memories of Cram, wearing his trademark bow tie, playing his guitar and singing folk tunes in class as the semester end neared.
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President William G. Durden ’71 is known around campus for his strong personal fashion sense—his penchant for wearing bow ties as well as his different colors of glasses frames ....
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He was a short man, usually clad in a bow tie, who even in his celebrity never mastered the conventions of polite society.
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With abundant hair just becoming a little gray, and usually wearing a soft bow tie, Lipmann presented a figure closer to the stereotype of the artist than of the scientist.
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The scientist, known for his clarinet playing and Western-style bow ties, describes his mode of reasoning: “I am inclined to make large intuitive jumps and then set about to test the conclusions.”
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The similarity between Bowen and Bowtie tends to help people remember my name.
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The hallway eventually leads to an office where a 92-year-old man [Samuelson] wearing a bowtie is sitting at his desk eating sushi.
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Then [Samuelson] bounced in on the soles of his feet, a diminutive man dressed in a light gray suit, a red-and-white-striped shirt, and a snazzy bow tie.
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Professors were expected to dress formally; Schrodinger usually wore a sweater and bow tie in winter
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Schrodinger addressed his students wearing a sweater and a jaunty bow tie ...
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There is more to Gary Weedman than just an appreciation for bow ties and a dissertation on Alexander the Great.
- Neely, Jack (December 7, 2011), "How Johnson Bible College Became a University", Metro Pulse, Knoxville, Tennessee, archived from the original on April 28, 2012,
Gary Weedman undermines the stereotype of the Tennessee Bible-school evangelist. In a bow tie and a herringbone tweed suit, the current president of the school now known as Johnson University speaks in the middle-America accent of his Illinois home and comes across more as professor than proselytizer.
-  Official photo shows him in a bow tie. Also, Nicholson Baker is quoted as calling him a "chronic bow-tie wearer."
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- Pope Brock, Christopher Whittle; This Man Wants to Teach Your Children Well—and for Profit, People 38(12), September 21, 1992: "He's a man of disarming charm, his signature bow tie and his grin both a little lopsided."
- Photo at Museum of Broadcasting website shows him in a bowtie
- A Mega Bar Mitzvah for Actor Fyvush Finkel, by Masha Leon, Forward, Friday, July 16, 2004
- Image:Pee-Wee Herman (1988).jpg shows the character in typical neckwear
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- Was named one of the "10 Best Bow Tie Wearers of 1988." (Anthony Tommasini, Horowitz at 85: Still Playing Free, The New York Times, Sunday, September 25, 1988)
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The bow-tied and whimsical Boston Globe reporter Tom Oliphant...
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Tom wore his signature business suit, bow tie, and beat-up running shoes.
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- A 2006 news story about Shalit's daughter referred to "his trademark horned-rimmed glasses, handlebar mustache and bow tie."
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- "Cobden Centre's Toby Baxendale talks UK monetary reform with Jeff Tucker of the Mises Institute". Gold News. June 3, 2011.
Jeff Tucker (he of bow-tie fame)
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- Ray Broadus Browne and Pat Browne, The Guide to United States Popular Culture, 2001, Popular Press, ISBN 0-87972-821-3, ISBN 978-0-87972-821-2, page 308: "[Collyer] always wore a bow tie."
- Booth, Jenny (September 15, 2009). "Flamboyant TV chef Keith Floyd dies of heart attack". London: The Times. Retrieved May 8, 2010.: "Each [of his shows] featured the bow tie-wearing chef raising plentiful glasses of red wine while sloshing ingredients into a pan and barking orders at his cameraman."
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I almost always wear a bow tie
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- Robert J. Donovan (1977). Conflict and Crisis: The Presidency of Harry S. Truman, 1945-1948. WW Norton & Co. p. 257.
Senator Tom Connally, reared on a Texas farm, affected broad-rimmed black hats, full-cut black coats, gold studs, and black bow tie, and let his silverly lockscurl down over his stiff white collar.
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Cowan wore a suit and his trademark bow tie.
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House coalition members bedecked in Speaker Tom Fink outfits--regulation bow ties and corncob pipes--pose with the Anchorage Republican, top center, last weekend.
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Herter's tweeds, bow ties, and towering height give him the air of an aloof patrician, but he was attuned to political realities, having served as a Massachusetts state legislator, congressman and governor.
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Freshman Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.) is often spotted sporting a bow tie. “I predominantly am a bow tie wearer,” he told The Hill.
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A tall, wavy-haired man who wore bow ties exclusively [...]
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Currently foreign minister in the centre-right cabinet, the bow-tied, pipe-smoking Schwarzenberg is personally untainted by graft scandals.
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Stacey Mitch from Spurs.com caught up with former Spur and ESPN Analyst Bruce Bowen to talk about his famous Bow Ties and life after basketball
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The world champion that year was the Ferrari driver Mike Hawthorn, a tall, blond young man who always wore a bow tie when racing. Always. He considered this important. It was his style.
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Invariably he would greet his friend Peter Collins with the words 'mon ami, mate' and was famous for his bow tie, which earned him the nickname 'Le Pappilon' (sic), meaning the butterfly.
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Friends in New Jersey, who remembered Caspersen for his trademark bow tie and courtly demeanor...
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His dress is unvarying: white sun helmet on top, a neat black bow-tie, short sleeved white shirt, shapeless, often patched gray trousers and big brown shoes, which still get plenty of use.
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Richard [Gilmore] ... is turning into one giant-size, bow-tied teddy bear.
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Richard [Gilmore] could have been a bow-tie wearing stuffed shirt.
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- The Cartoon-O-Rama website picture gallery for the Magilla Gorilla cartoon shows the character wearing his typical bow tie 
- Hanna, Bill, with Tom Ito (2000), A Cast of Friends, p 101. (Hanna describes the character this way: "The blue canine with the red bow tie, sleepy eyes and Southern drawl had made good. Huckleberry Hound was on his way to becoming television's first cartoon superstar.") Da Capo Press, ISBN 978-0-306-80917-0. Retrieved August 7, 2009
- Wikipedia article for Tom and Jerry shows the title card (Image:Tom Jerry Show.jpg) for the "Tom and Jerry Show" in 1975 with red bow tie on Jerry and cites three overall sources in the References section of the article: Adams, T.R. (1991); Tom and Jerry: Fifty Years of Cat and Mouse Crescent Books; Barrier, Michael (1999) Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press; Maltin, Leonard (1980, updated 1987). Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-452-25993-2.
- Skalman, Adam. "Cartoons paved the way for gays on TV", Daily Bruin, October 9, 2001. Accessed November 19, 2008. "Snagglepuss: I don’t know how many of you remember this guy.... Imagine the Wildean urbanity of Rupert Everett in the wardrobe of a Chippendale’s dancer: starchy white cuffs and collar and a perfectly knotted bow tie."
- "Maniac Mansion". Retrieved 2008-11-19.[dead link]"He wears a white shirt, a black bow-tie and black pants".
- In discussing the early days of the strip, 75 Years of Blondie (University of Florida Special Collections, 2005) states (on page 2) that Hiho Hennepin, Dagwood's rival for Blondie's affections, "was a shorter prototype of Dagwood right down to the trademark bow tie they both sport."
- This "logo" or publicity image Image:Blondie Logo 2007.png shows Bumstead in typical red bow tie; an image at the King Features Web site describing Bumstead  also uses an image with him in the same red bow tie; Google Image search of "Dagwood Bumstead" on January 17, 2007 shows the comic character as well as television character wearing bow ties
- This comic book cover Image:Donald Duck - Lost in the Andes Coverart.png and this still Image:Donald duck debut.PNG from an early cartoon "The Wise Little Hen", show what clearly looks like a bow tie, although it may be another kind of tie worn with the character's typical sailor suit
- "Plush Count Duckula". Retrieved 2008-11-19.
- These two Web pages, one for Conan Edogawa, the other for Jimmy Kudo, both show the character wearing a bow tie; since the tie is shown on the character on the main page for that character, it seems extremely likely that the bow tie is typical wear for that character (accessed January 17, 2007): Case Closed Jimmy Kudo page Archived 2010-01-05 at the Wayback Machine; Case Closed Conan Edogawa page Archived 2009-07-07 at the Wayback Machine
-  Archived 2007-02-18 at the Wayback Machine David Shulman Autographs Catalog Web site, Web page titled "Entertainment: Including Cinema & Theatre", accessed January 18, 2007. The store was selling an autograph of Jimmy Stewart; part of the description: "In black marker, he has drawn the rabbit’s elongated face, under which he has also drawn Harvey’s signature striped bow tie"
- Press Association, Is it a bird? Is it a plane? … No, it's the 2011 International Birdman competition, The Guardian, 14 August 2011. Description of a contestant whose costume was "inspired by movie character Carl Fredricksen from the 2009 CGI film Up," states: "She wore a grey wig, a suit and a bow-tie bought from a charity shop."
- "Most promotional images show him with a blue bow tie". Archived from the original on 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2008-05-18.
- Balina, Marina (2008). Russian Children's Literature and Culture. Routledge. p. 165. ISBN 0-415-97864-5. "The gentleman cat sports a bow tie".
- Anne Brydon, S. A. Niessen (1998). Consuming Fashion. Berg. p. 769. ISBN 978-1-85973-964-8.
- "marvel legends matched with build a figure". Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-11-19. "Franklin "Foggy" Nelson: also from Guardian Devil; comes with removable suit jacket, big-ass bow-tie".
- "The Superman Super Site – Jimmy Olsen". Retrieved 2008-11-19."Jimmy is usually depicted as a bow tie-wearing young red-haired man".
-  Archived 2007-01-17 at the Wayback Machine Berkeley Breathed Web site, Web page titled "Favorite Strips", Opus is wearing a red bow tie in each; according to Wikipedia article Opus the Penguin he has been known to switch to a regular tie when running for public office
- See any of the pictures in the Wikipedia article Penguin (comics) where he sports a bow tie, except in the 1992 movie, as the article notes
- Jack Point, International Catalogue of Superheroes website
- Image:Waylon Smithers 1.png portrays Smithers in his typical bow tie
- Image:Moe Szyslak.png Moe usually wears a bow tie while he's working at Moe's Tavern and often even when he's not