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30 of The Most Iconic Hollywood Portrayals Of Actual Military Figures

Ian Smith

We thought that it would be interesting to show some side by side comparison shots of actual historical military figures and the actors who have portrayed them on film.

Sometimes the resemblance is uncanny while in other cases it is, shall we say, a stretch.

Take a look:

 

Alec Baldwin as Jimmy Doolittle in “Pearl  Harbor”

Alec Baldwin as Jimmy Doolittle

Bob Hoskins as Nikita Khruschev in  “Enemy at the Gates”
Bob Hoskins as Nikita Khruschev in  Enemy at the Gates
Brian Cox as Herman Goering
Brian Cox as Herman Goering
Mel Gibson  as Col. Harold G. Moore in the 2002 film ” We Were Soldiers”
Col. Harold G. Moore as portrayed by Mel Gibson in the 2002 film  We Were Soldiers
Dale Dye as Col. Robert F. Sink in  “Band Of Brothers”
Dale Dye as Col. Robert F. Sink in  Band Of Brothers
Dennis Morgan as Col. Robert L. Scott in  “God Is My Co-Pilot”
Dennis Morgan as Col. Robert L. Scott in  God Is My Co-Pilot
Errol Flynn as George Armstrong Custer
Errol Flynn as George Armstrong Custer
Gary Cooper as Sgt. Alvin York..
Gary Cooper as Sgt. Alvin York..
Gregory Peck as General MacArthur.
Gregory Peck as General MacArthur.
Henry Fonda as Gen. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. from “The Longest Day”
Henry Fonda as Gen. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. from The Longest Day
James Mason as Irwin Rommel in  The Desert Fox
James Mason as Irwin Rommel in  The Desert Fox
Jeff Daniels as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain in  “Gettysburg”
Jeff Daniels as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain in  Gettysburg
Jude Law as Vassili Zaitzev in  “Enemy at the Gates”
Jude Law as Vassili Zaitzev in  Enemy at the Gates
Lee Remick as Kate Summersby in “Ike”
Lee Remick as Kate Summersby in Ike
Matthew Broderick as Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
Matthew Broderick as Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth in  Schindler’s List
Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth in  Schindler's List
Rick Schroder as WWI Medal Of Honor recipient Maj. Charles W. Whittlesey in The Lost Battalion
Rick Schroder as WWI Medal Of Honor recipient Maj. Charles W. Whittlesey in The Lost Battalion
Robert Duval as Donald the “Great Santini Conroy”
Robert Duval as Donald the Great Santini Conroy
Robert Duvall as Dwight Eisenhower in the 1979 ABC mini-series  “Ike”
Robert Duvall as Dwight Eisenhower in the 1979 ABC mini-series  Ike
Robert Duvall as Robert E. Lee in  “Gods and Generals”
Robert Duvall as Robert E. Lee in  Gods and Generals
Robert Redford as Major Julian Cook in  “A Bridge Too Far”
Robert Redford as Major Julian Cook in  A Bridge Too Far
Rod Taylor as Winston Churchill
Rod Taylor as Winston Churchill
Ryan O’Neal as 82nd Airborne Division commander Gen. James M. Gavin in  A Bridge Too Far
Ryan O'Neal as 82nd Airborne Division commander Gen. James M. Gavin in  A Bridge Too Far
Sean Connery as General  Roy  Urquhart in  “A bridge too far”
Sean Connery as General  Roy  Urquhart in  A bridge too far
Tom Berenger as Col. Teddy Roosevelt in ” The Rough Riders”
Tom Berenger as Col. Teddy Roosevelt in  The Rough Riders
Tom Cruise as Claus Von Stauffenberg
Tom Cruise as Claus Von Stauffenberg
Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic in  “Born on the 4th of July”
Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic in  Born on the 4th of July
Tom Selleck as Dwight D. Eisenhower
Tom Selleck seemed an unlikely choice to play Dwight D. Eisenhower in 2004's
Werner Hinz as Rommel in The Longest Day
Werner Hinz as Rommel in The Longest Day

 

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