Not ANTHONY QUINN. It's Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa I

This man looks nothing like Anthony Quinn, but the first time I saw this shot I thought of Quinn in Lawrence of Arabia, still one of my favorite films. Every couple of years I put Lawrence... on and escape into my childhood. Seeing Peter O'Toole on the huge screen at an elaborate theater in San Francisco, his blue eyes huge on the screen, I was in love. He was beautiful. My old scrapbook has pages of Peter O'Toole in it.

This photo is from the Betty Schnabel estate. It was in a leather folder that belonged to her father Donald.

The reason the fella has white paint around him is that the photo was most likely used in some sort of printed publication. The white was painted around the photo to silhouette the man for printing purposes. There is no information with the photo as to who the people are or how it was used.

UPDATE: Thanks Mike for figuring out who this fella is. Well, was since he died in 1961. This is Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa I who was the ruler of Bahrain from 1942 until his death in 1961.

Source: Wikimedia

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  1. I always enjoy Peter O'Toole in "Murphy's War"!

    The ghutra and agal on this man closely matches what Peter (Lawrence of Arabia) wore.

    1. I haven't seen "Murphy's War" in a long time. I'll have to start checking to see when it might be on.

      And thanks for the words I've never heard of for what the fella is wearing. Just looked them up. Learn something new each day!

  2. Lawrence of Arabia is one of my favorite movies too, and it's in that special class of films that one can watch over and over.

    Knowing the Schnabel travelogues so well it took only a few seconds to find this guy on Wikipedia: Salman bin Halman Al Khalifi I, the ruler of Bahrain from 1942 to 1961. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salman_bin_Hamad_Al_Khalifa_I

    1. Outstanding! I'll change the title of this post.

  3. I found another image on the Wikipedia entry for Bahrain's Foreign Relations that better matches the Schnabel photo. Salman bin Halman is pictured with the Saudi King Ibn Saud. Not much of a smiler.