My daughter tells me that bowler played Cooter, the werewolf in True Blood.
His comment about being a Special Olympian bowler was just one of those things, and he duly, and ritually, apologized.
Large in size, the painting depicts a man dressed in a sharp suit and bowler cap, a style typical of Magritte himself.
"hard round hat," 1861, said to be from a J. Bowler, 19c. London hat manufacturer. A John Bowler of Surrey, hat manufacturer, was active from the 1820s to the 1840s, and a William Bowler, hat-manufacturer, of Southwark Bridge Road, Surrey, sought a patent in 1854 for "improvements in hats and other coverings for the head." But perhaps the word is simply from bowl (n.); cf. Old English heafodbolla "brainpan, skull." The earliest usages are with a lower-case b-.
"player at bowls," c.1500.