ISTPs’ approach to most things in life is to take them apart and see how they work. This applies both to mechanical devices and to more intangible things — lives, minds, relationships. ISTPs are perfectionists who love to tinker and improve, and while not all their improvements work out, they can become formidably skilled in their field of endeavor.
Unfortunately, their mechanical approach to interpersonal relationships can make them seem standoffish, tactless, and manipulative. And they can easily step over the lines of acceptable behavior without knowing it, since they frequently act without thinking.
Here are some famous ISTPs you may know.
ACTORS & ENTERTAINERS
ISTP actors do not have the range of more empathetic types — they’re more often the kind who plays the same character in every movie. But within those bounds, they can be memorable.
- Clint Eastwood, U.S. actor. source
- Woody Allen, U.S. actor and director. source
- Christian Bale, Welsh actor. source
- James Dean, U.S. actor. source
- Tom Cruise, U.S. actor. source
- Scarlett Johansson, U.S. actress. source
- Ellen Page, Canadian actor. source
- Bruce Lee, Hong Kong martial artist and actor. source
- Bill Murray, U.S. actor. source
- Humphrey Bogart, U.S. actor. source
- Burt Reynolds, U.S. actor. source
- Daniel Craig, English actor. source
- Simon Cowell, English producer and television judge. source
- Demi Moore, U.S. actress. source
- Charles Bronson, U.S. actor. source
- Kristen Stewart, U.S. actor. source
- Jenna Jameson, U.S. adult actor. source
- David Blaine, U.S. magician. source
- Steven Wright, U.S. comedian. source
- Karl Pilkington, English comedian. source
POLITICIANS, BUSINESS & WORLD LEADERS
ISTP politicians are technocrats with a firm understanding of the levers of power.
- Zachary Taylor, U.S. President. source
- The Dalai Lama, Spiritual leader. source
- Vladimir Putin, Russian President. source
- Erwin Rommel, German general. source
- Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian prime minister. source
- Jack Dorsey, U.S. internet entrepreneur. source
- Melania Trump, U.S. first lady. source
ISTP musicians work hard on technical proficiency, to the point where they can accomplish what most others wouldn’t even try.
- Miles Davis, U.S. jazz trumpeter. source
- Frank Sinatra, U.S. singer. source
- Keith Richards, English guitarist. source
- Joe Walsh, U.S. musician. source
- Willie Nelson, U.S. musician. source
- Marshall Mathers (Eminem), U.S. rapper. source
- Lemmy Kilmister, English guitarist. source
- Noel Gallagher, English musician. source
- Joe Strummer, U.S. musician. source
- Snoop Dogg, U.S. rapper. source
- Angus Young, Scottish-Australian guitarist. source
- Glenn Danzig, U.S. musician and producer. source
- Eazy-E, U.S. rapper. source
ISTP artists are known for their polished technical proficiency.
- Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter. source
ISTP athletes are some of the most driven competitors on the field, determined to perfect their craft.
- Shaquille O’Neal, U.S. center. source
- Larry Bird, U.S. forward. source
- Ted Williams, U.S. left fielder. source
- Ayrton Senna, Brazilian F1 driver. source
- Wayne Gretzky, Canadian center and coach. source
- John McEnroe, U.S. tennis player. source
- Bill Cowher, U.S. coach. source
- Moses Malone, U.S. center. source
- Venus Williams, U.S. tennis player. source
- Phil Ivey, U.S. poker champion. source
- Barry Sanders, U.S. running back. source
- Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian chess grandmaster. source
WRITERS & PHILOSOPHERS
ISTPs don’t make natural writers because they tend to lack the patience and reflection that writing requires. However, some still manage to achieve in this field.
– Diogenes, Greek philosopher. (celebritytypes.com)
– Ernest Hemingway, U.S. author. (http://personalitycafe.com/istp-forum-mechanics/19454-famous-istps.html)
ISTPs are fearless and confident in their own skills, so they’re a natural for dangerous careers.
- Chuck Yeager, U.S. Air Force officer and test pilot. source
- Alan Shepard, U.S. astronaut. source
- Sally Ride, U.S. astronaut. source
- Sir Edmund Hillary, English mountain climber. source
- Miyamoto Musashi, Japanese swordsman and author. source
- Amelia Earhart, U.S. pilot. source
Finally, here are some ISTPs from the worlds of fiction.
- Montgomery “Scotty” Scott from Star Trek. source
- Mrs. Hughes from Downton Abbey. source
- Baymax from Big Hero 6. source
- Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. source
- Bronn from Game of Thrones. source
- Sandor Clegane from Game of Thrones. source
- Haymitch Abernathy from The Hunger Games. source
- Melinda May from Agents of SHIELD. source
- The Beast from Beauty and the Beast. source
- Garnet from Steven Universe. source
Many traditional action-adventure heroes fall into the ISTP classification, including: