Lawrence Eagleburger, matinee version of the suave diplomat? Absolutely not.

The blunt, chain-smoking, pudgy professional diplomat — the only Foreign Service officer ever to become U.S. secretary of state — died at 80 deeply respected by his peers.

He started in the service under President John F. Kennedy.

“A legend in the U.S. Foreign Service,” said former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, one of many tributes from presidents and foreign policy experts of both parties and all political persuasions.

Not bad reviews in the world’s toughest game, diplomacy.