the mantel of Cool Hand Luke

It seems to me that Patrick Jane, of the TV series ‘The Mentalist’, can be viewed as a highly advanced form of the character played by Paul Newman. A large part of the advancement consists of burying the angst and getting on with the action. (And, as others have noticed, they even look a lot alike.) In a word: Patrick Jane is the Cool Hand Luke of detective work.
keywords: similarity, passing the torch