private investigator

Doc Sportello

In Inherent Vice, based on the Thomas Pynchon novel, Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is a hippie private investigator. He takes assignments from questionable clientele in Los Angeles, getting himself caught up in all sorts of intrigue.

Thomas Magnum of Magnum P.I.

Tom Selleck played the role of Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.I. He made life in Hawaii look hard as a private eye by driving around in a Ferrari, donning short shorts and smoking the occasional stogie.