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The Real Don Draper From 'Mad Men'?

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Don Draper is a character that could only exist in fiction: impossibly handsome, endlessly talented, and crippled by alcoholism and other impulse-control problems. VICE was curious to see if there was any truth behind Mad Men protagonist, and that's how we found George Lois. A leader of the Creative Revolution, Lois helped create the campaign "I Want My MTV," and make companies like Xerox, Jiffy Lube, and Tommy Hilfiger household names. He also designed 92 iconic covers for Esquire. Lois is often referred to as an inspiration for Don Draper, but there are stark differences between the two. Here's his story. Watch more true stories behind Hollywood hits: http://bit.ly/The-Real The Real 'True Detective'? - http://bit.ly/Real-True-Detective The Real 'Weeds'? - http://bit.ly/Real-Weeds The Real 'Wolf of Wall Street'? - http://bit.ly/Hey-Mister-Wolf The Real 'East Bound & Down'? - http://bit.ly/1BSTMDD The Real 'True Blood'? - http://bit.ly/16Tx1WG The Real 'Walter White'? - http://bit.ly/Hey-Mister-White Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice
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Text Comments (554)
Mustafa Can Kaya (6 hours ago)
i want my mtv - dire straits/mark knopfler
C T (4 days ago)
Why is the reporter’s voice so depressing 😅😅😅
Rupert Ramiro (4 days ago)
Don Draper was a Creative Director not Art Director! There should be an editor to this weak and misleading video!
PaulAnthonyLeeds (5 days ago)
Always heard that David Ogilvy, Chris copywriter from Ogilvy & Mathers was who Draper was based off of. Is this not true or is Don a synthesis of many advertising people?
Teresa Kerr (6 days ago)
The legend 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
Igor Hideo Minami (6 days ago)
é engraçado pensar na maneira de pensar do george, pois sem todo esse egoiso dele jamais essa venda da comparação entre ele e um personagem teria me atraido pra esse video kk
Shai Diann (6 days ago)
Difference is this guy is and sounds like a New Yorker
Camella Pershad (7 days ago)
Don shouldn't be idolized and that's that on that.
david lugo (7 days ago)
this is bullshit, you've done it again vice
Walter Balan (9 days ago)
Take it from an ex-McCann-Erickson executive, George Lois is not the real life Don Draper. No one self promotes himself more than George Lois.
glen schunk (12 days ago)
knicks fan , sat courtside, on the baseline.
Michael Caiola (13 days ago)
Don Draper threatening to throw himself out the window?!? Surely you jest. Betty Draper on the other hand...
Michael Caiola (13 days ago)
This isn't even close to accurate. FOH Vice
Jeffrey Delacruz (14 days ago)
Don you sob you did it again
Chetan Joshi (15 days ago)
VICE got it all wrong, disappointingly.
James K (16 days ago)
Except Don was extremely talented in the show. Correction...
Sandra Mann (17 days ago)
The math dont add up, this guy would be much older and less talkative.
mark ross (17 days ago)
Every comment here is "don was not the art director" and "that interviewer girl is hot"
Ben Morrison (28 days ago)
ART DIRECTOR???????
Conor O'Reilly (29 days ago)
In fairness, Vice put a ? in the title of this video. The answer is no, he’s not the real Don Draper.
Love Kushwah (29 days ago)
Anyone? Who is the reporter with short hair interviewing people? I kind fell in love! 🙇
theARK designs (29 days ago)
If u believe Don Draper was hedonistic... U dont know the meaning of the word
Willette J (1 month ago)
He's a copywriter, NOT AN ART DIRECTOR! This is talked about over and over again in the show!
Ana Carolina Cardon (1 month ago)
Very interesting but the voice over and the music is so bad it was hard to watch this till the end honestly....
Greeshma Balachandran (1 month ago)
He’s the creative director dummies
anupvijay singh (1 month ago)
Someone, please tell me the name of this host.
Sir. Smoke a lot (1 month ago)
Wait this is about the show Mad Men? I though I was watching G easy @ 3:10
Vitor Timóteo (1 month ago)
Don Draper is David Ogilvy
Lara Palma (1 month ago)
I both loved this business and was repulsed by it. This was too close to the truth
Tango Bango (1 month ago)
Just discovered “Mad Men” & luv the characters especially Don Draper. I doubt that Mr. Lewis was as compelling as Jon Hamm.
Nolan Warner (1 month ago)
Self important old man
Luka Dacic (1 month ago)
Poor guy has gotten old and still is driven purely by ego lol
David Diaz (2 months ago)
Nice clickbait VICE. You got me, however the video was interesting so it wasn't a waste of time.
Anderson Henrique (2 months ago)
Very good!!
Flora L (2 months ago)
Didn’t Sara Koenig ( Serial podcast host) talk about how this was all a lie in This American Life?
Ar Con (2 months ago)
This guy is nothing like Don Draper. This guy also seems to have taken credit all the time for other peoples' work.
leeluv96 (2 months ago)
I did think Don was all that handsome. Now I could find some actors who are smokin hot but can they act? Then again for most of the show all Don did was frown and look like he was trying to hide his drunkenness like a 16 year old at bible camp. Also nearly all of the ad ideas on the show were terrible!!
Samurai Sanchez (2 months ago)
The xerox story was unexpected HAHAH
Syed Shah Nawaz Ali (3 months ago)
He is certainly more handsome and awesome then Don Drapper.
t ward (4 months ago)
Bullshit video - Draper is clearly a fictional portrayal of Edward Bernays
Imtiaz Amin (4 months ago)
should've put hard subs on the video, these oldies are talking like they're on the deathbed.
Jude74 (4 months ago)
Kinda insulting to compare a guy like this to Don Draper. This guy was a real artist.
Tim Power (4 months ago)
Ick.
Christopher Gregor (4 months ago)
Draper wasn't an art director, he was a copywriter and then a creative director, there is a distinction.
Christopher Smith (5 months ago)
The inspiration for Don Draper was a man named Bob Backer. Notice the similarity of the names. He worked for the same firm that was trying to get Don from early in the series and who eventually bought the company. Bob Backer is who wrote the Coke song. I knew even before the final episode that this is how it would play out.
Christopher Smith (5 months ago)
My mistake-just looked it up, his name was Bill Backer, and he worked for McCann Erickson.
ronoccc (5 months ago)
Would hardly call Don a 'workaholic' he spends plenty of time sleeping, drinking, bunking off during the day to go see a mistress or go for a swim. Not to mention going missing for weeks at a time
Anonymouse (5 months ago)
Who is Don Draper? He won the world's most coveted award for Biggest Slut on Earth. A friggin whore, that's who. He sleeps with anything that moves. Monogamy is not in his vocabulary. He is such a pig.
Kimmy Fangirl (5 months ago)
Not my Don Draper thanks
Trev (5 months ago)
well this guys talks very highly of himself
llgrctps (7 months ago)
he IS AMAZING.
young vanella (7 months ago)
This video should be titled real life peter griffin
Dave's not Here man (7 months ago)
Does anybody notice the fake smile and laugh the host tends to do?
Kevin Manuele (8 months ago)
Chad you suck
Janko Radmanović (8 months ago)
Like the subtile way of showing the BS behind he's ex coworkers..
Nein Gagging (8 months ago)
Not to mention Don Draper wouldn't have even lived past 1980 with a two pack a day habit, 10-15 drinks a day minimum and a high stress job.
Sid El-Mohri (8 months ago)
what's the name of the reporter?
Fidel (9 months ago)
Many stories will never be made public.
Tucker France (9 months ago)
What a surprise VICE makes another crappy video
Adam Steele (9 months ago)
Pete Campbell was a shit head!!
Isabel Batteria (9 months ago)
The Spanish subtitles are horrendous. Done with Google Translate?
Nuno Hipólito (10 months ago)
Don was not an art director! He was a copywriter that was promoted to creative director!!!
Janie Super (10 months ago)
Don't be so hard on Don Draper he was just looking for love
KentThompson (10 months ago)
Funny how George Lois designed 92 iconic covers for Esquire. And there are 92 episodes of Mad Men
bluedance lilly (10 months ago)
I associate Don with my own father. Not the same profession, but the common way of men then - respected at work while having a secret life of being disrespectful at home, tons of affairs and bailing on his family despite all his wife does for him. So selfish, but let off the hook for it. The epitome of sexism of the times.
Gerard Ferry (10 months ago)
that girl is stunning
Eric Johnson (10 months ago)
This sounds like a great agency to work for, and Duck is the man to run it.
Preferred Customer (10 months ago)
Are all vice videos a high school assignments?
Tim McHale (10 months ago)
Nauseating... Was offered a job and turned them down. Dodged a bullet.
Bianca Ugalde (10 months ago)
Don Draper was a creative director, not art director.
Mr. John (11 months ago)
He's not the art director--he's the creative director--Big difference.
MrBahBZ (11 months ago)
George Lois's story is completely unconvincing as a real-life analogue to Draper, or even a direct inspiration. Now, he seems like a spurned child pleading for relevance. His insistence on his greatness is closer to a roadside motel advertising that JFK once stopped his motorcade to drop a deuce in their outhouse than it is proof of his celebrity as the greatest ad-man. Step 1: don't make large posters saying you're better than a fictional character. You look like a loser.
ozark 89 (11 months ago)
I seen alot of TV series but none comes close to Mad Men so much Drama, Details and the shock factors.
Cone Tutoriais (11 months ago)
Hero or Anti-Hero? LOL
Drew Peacock (11 months ago)
The OG Mad Men from the 60s!
MemeyLoaf (11 months ago)
“It’s Toasted”.
Willette J (11 months ago)
Don Draper was NOT an art director. He was a copywriter and a creative director. Bill Bernbach was his hero. Great creative directors are writers, not often art directors. Now all the art directors out there are going to dis this.
Permaculturethinking (11 months ago)
Rupert Murdochs father and he... Are the ones that wrote the book
R Hugh Sirius Ph.D. (11 months ago)
George later responded to Vice's inquiry by saying, "Fuck You!!"
R Hugh Sirius Ph.D. (11 months ago)
Sounds like Lois Lane a fictional character was more real than George Lois.
Don R. Mueller, Ph.D. (11 months ago)
Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein.
Imran Dindore (11 months ago)
Someone at VICE was told to work during notice period?
Moderate Fkr (1 year ago)
I've always believed Lois was wrong when he claimed: "You learn nothing from mistakes." Of course you learn from mistakes. Mistakes are the greatest teachers. The cheapest mistakes are those you see others make, and crucially, understand what you're seeing. But Lois is an arch bullshitter. He apparently doesn't share credit. That's not smart. So he's self centred. Self centred people exaggerate and lie. I founded my own ad agency in the '80s. I built it up from a small graphics studio. I moved mysf to London and bought a Savile Row suit in the summer sale. I wrote great copy, did my own visuals and I pitched well enough to win some big accounts.  But my art was often the work of a network of graphic artists who I hired by the hour - per job. To answer my need to keep my overheads low, I founded the first virtual agency... or did I? To be honest, I've no idea. Maybe it had been done before. Who cares?  The ad business is about creating want, according to the Edward Bernays philosophy as exemplified by Gordon Gekko in that infamous speech to the investors in Teldark Paper, or was it Annacot Steel? Again, who cares? If you need anecdotes to impress people, the biggest lessons you haven't learned are in the mirror ;))
Eric Y (1 year ago)
I saw the title and became intrigued. Sadly, this information comes from Vice, poor journalism at best.
Mike Schaid (1 year ago)
Lois is almost constantly out of focus. I'm sure he didn't like that
Gatsby999888 (1 year ago)
You, sir, are no Don Draper.
Dylan Berry (1 year ago)
The real Don Draper would never brag about himself like this
Shivam K. (1 year ago)
His character has been my inspiration to be in advertising for the past 5 years. Stopped the video as soon as VICE called him an art director. He is a copywriter turned creative director.
snelpiller (1 year ago)
Yeah Hi, I would like to hire the talking goldfish for a upcoming panel show featuring comedians and various talking animals. Let me know, thanks
Clint Eastwood (1 year ago)
Donald Draper wished he was George Lois.
Neal Kydd (1 year ago)
Don Draper is a brilliant creative fiction - a copywriter based Creative Director. Copywriters generally do make the best team leaders. George Lois is a Creative. A man hard done by at times - a man who set himslef, with a little luck, in the right place with the right ideas at the right time. A man who created himself, as much as the mixture of illusion, ethics, politics and culture that make good advertising. All good creatives steal. Inspiration is not theft.
ProgressiveLiberty (1 year ago)
Look at Draper Daniels...
Will Macarthy (1 year ago)
He’s the creative director not the art director...dumbasses
Mike Reed (1 year ago)
Wow! What a blowhard...spewing all those cliches. Can he be anymore of a idiot? Let's see how well he does in today ad landscape...my guess, he'd be fired in 2-seconds.
Joey Miles (1 year ago)
George Lois < Don Draper
Maverick Schneider (1 year ago)
I don't know why I have such a hard time sitting through vice videos.
The Truth (1 year ago)
This guy can't carry the toilet paper to wipe Don Draper's ass.
Limmamikegamma60 (1 year ago)
It was probably a good story. Shame it was made by vice. Thumbs down you sjw loser scumbags
PaulKellyMusic (1 year ago)
this is stupid
Lmao, ugh, this just made me feel just a bit older. I remember those television commercials! I loved watching Mad Men and recently did a rewatch of every show. Don wouldn't do an interview like that because he was hiding who he really was. He did desert and steal an identity if you remember but he might just possibly hook up with the interviewer if she was female before turning the interview down.
richard thayer (1 year ago)
commercial artist ....I like Warhol

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