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Famous people with historical “twins”

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Left Photo:  - The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery/Public Domain/ RIght Photo: Joella Charlie Sheen CC BY-SA 2.0
Left Photo: - The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery/Public Domain/ RIght Photo: Joella Charlie Sheen CC BY-SA 2.0

In a world of billions of people, what are the chances of meeting someone who looks almost exactly the same as you do? It must be an eerie feeling, yet there is probably someone resembles you, at least a little. For those people whose face is the spitting image of someone famous, it can be an unusual way to earn an extra buck.

Celebrity lookalike agencies are flourishing. You can hire the spitting image of your latest movie star heartthrob, or an uncannily realistic impersonator of a popular stand-up comedian to entertain the guests at your party or corporate function. Or maybe you’d prefer to meet Abraham Lincoln or Marilyn Monroe?

Lookalikes might be hired to “mix and mingle” with a crowd, to open a museum, or to act as a decoy for the real star who wants to avoid the crowds. There is even a conspiracy theory that the Beatles singer-songwriter Sir Paul McCartney died in 1966 (he’s actually still very much alive and his new album is due to be released in September) and was replaced by an impersonator named William Shears Campbell.

In this curious gallery of lookalikes, we have compiled a line-up of well-known faces from history who bear a spookily striking resemblance to some of today’s celebrities.

1. President Millard Fillmore and Alec Baldwin

Left Photo by Mathew B. Brady PD/ Right Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY SA 2.0

Left Photo by Mathew B. Brady PD/ Right Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY SA 2.0

2. John Brown (American abolitionist) and Charlie Sheen

Right Photo by Angela George CC BY SA 3.0

Right Photo by Angela George CC BY SA 3.0

3. Sir David Wilkie (Scotish Painter) and ‘Harry Potter’ actor Rupert Grint

Left Photo by National Galleries of Scotland Public Domain/ Right Photo by John Griffiths CC BY-SA 2.0

Left Photo by National Galleries of Scotland Public Domain/ Right Photo by John Griffiths CC BY-SA 2.0

4. Branch Rickey and John Goodman

Left Photo Public Domain/ Right Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0

Left Photo Public Domain/ Right Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0

5. President Andrew Johnson and Tommy Lee Jones

Left Photo by Mathew Brady – Library of Congress Public Domain/ Right Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0

Left Photo by Mathew Brady – Library of Congress Public Domain/ Right Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0

6. Perhaps they both share ‘blue blood’:  Philip IV of Spain and Mark Zuckerberg

Left Photo Public Domain/ Right Photo by Guillaume Paumier CC BY 3.0

Left Photo Public Domain/ Right Photo by Guillaume Paumier CC BY 3.0

7. General Douglas MacArthur and Bruce Willis

Left Photo by Naval Historical Center/ Right Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 2.0

Left Photo by Naval Historical Center/ Right Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 2.0

8. Sebastián de Morra (as portrayed by Diego Velázquez) and Peter Dinklage

Right Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 2.0

Right Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 2.0

9. Johann Vogt and Robert De Niro

Right Photo by David Shankbone CC-BY 3.0

Right Photo by David Shankbone CC-BY 3.0

Celebrities and their historical look-alikes

10. Actress Zubaida Tharwat as the twin of Jennifer Lawrence

Right Photo by Jenn Deering Davis CC BY 2.0

Right Photo by Jenn Deering Davis CC BY 2.0

11. The 3,000-year-old Egyptian bust of a woman sitting in a Chicago museum and Michael Jackson

12. Author Zora Neale Hurston and Queen Latifah

13. A man in a 19th Century Englishman named Charles Burns and Justin Timberlake

Left Photo by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Public Domain/ Right Photo by Caroline Bonarde Ucci CC BY 3.0

Left Photo by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Public Domain/ Right Photo by Caroline Bonarde Ucci CC BY 3.0

14.American essayist and poet Henry David Thoreau and Ellen Degeneres

Right Photo by Toglenn CC BY-SA 4.0

Right Photo by Toglenn CC BY-SA 4.0

15. Eerie: A Raphael masterpiece in Vatican City hides Sylvester Stallone’s doppelganger

Left Photo Public Domain/ Right Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0

Left Photo Public Domain/ Right Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0

16. Romanian painter Nicolae Grigorescu and Orlando Bloom

Right Photo by Promiflash.de CC BY-SA 3.0

Right Photo by Promiflash.de CC BY-SA 3.0

17. Vincent van Gogh as he self-portrayed himself and Chuck Norris

Right Photo by Yoni S.Hamenahem CC BY-SA 3.0

Right Photo by Yoni S.Hamenahem CC BY-SA 3.0

18. American silversmith Paul Revere and Jack Black

Right Photo by Renan Katayama CC BY-SA 2.0

Right Photo by Renan Katayama CC BY-SA 2.0

19. Philosopher John Lock and Adrien Brody

Right photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0

Right photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0

20. Dorothy Dandridge and Halle Berry, who also starred as her in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

Right photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 3.0

Right photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 3.0

21. Clergyman and activist Henry Ward Beecher next to Jon Stewart

Right photo by Rubenstein – IMG_3449 Uploaded by Tabercil CC BY 2.0

Right photo by Rubenstein – IMG_3449 Uploaded by Tabercil CC BY 2.0

Some of these lookalikes are uncanny, and we hope you enjoyed sharing them.

If the idea of having a doppelgänger seems attractive right now, just bear in mind–it is an idea that has led to all kinds of intriguing, and often tragic, consequences inside the imaginations of a number of writers throughout history.

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