01/27/2016 11:06 am ET

Jeff Goldblum Is Hollywood's Most Underrated Style Icon

Because he says "hair dye will turn you into a corpse," among other reasons.

For Jeff Goldblum, aging is a mind game.

The 63-year-old has come a long way since being a grotesque scientist in "The Fly" (a character that the New York Times described as a "creature so repulsive he makes the monster in 'Aliens' look like Grandma in a Norman Rockwell painting"). He then morphed into a sex symbol in "Jurassic Park" (who the NYT described as a rare "glamorous mathematician"), and TV's quirkiest prime-time detective ("Raines" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"). 

Through all that time, it's an understatement to say the man has aged gracefully, balancing self-deprecating charm with philosophical charisma -- a career scene-thief whose varied rap sheet includes "Will & Grace," "Portlandia," "Captain Planet," and "Inside Amy Schumer."

In this month's issue of GQ (promoting the "Independence Day" sequel), Goldblum shares his secret to aging well: love thyself.

Hair dye will turn you into a corpse. My hair used to be dark, and now it's salt-and-pepper. I like the way it looks. Luckily it's still mostly there, so this is easy for me to say, but I would hope that if I lose my hair, I'll just roll with it. I've also never used Botox, never had plastic surgery. I think when nature changes your face -- especially if you live a clean life -- your body is designed so it all looks right together. When you try to be youthful, it only makes you look older.

The fact that Goldblum is a sage is news to no one. But look at his life in pictures over the past few decades, and you'll realize he's also Hollywood's most underrated style icon.

If he's dressed down for a casual thing or suited up for a red carpet appearance, Goldblum knows that details are key, that sneakers can ground a suit, a tie isn't always necessary and that eyeglasses can be the outfit's most important accessory.

As for his theory on aging, well, it seems he's on to something there, too.

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