One way or another, you may have encountered a face that looks eerily familiar, but you just can’t place where you’ve seen it. You rack your brain as hard as you can only to realize that hey, that person actually looks like a celebrity. Well, with billions of souls currently living in the planet, and with hundreds of billions more who lived before us, there’s bound to be someone who was alive at one point in history who looked similar to someone famous today.
Here are just a few famous celebrities with historical doppelgangers.
Eddie Murphy and an unknown man
You’d think Eddie Murphy was an immortal vampire, or just really into photographing himself with a vintage camera if you put his picture next to this unknown man.
Eddie Murphy is a well-known comedian, actor, singer, screenwriter, and producer. He started his career as a comedian doing stand-up in the early 1970s. He cited that listening to Richard Pryor’s albums when he was 15 was what inspired him to do comedy.
He also became a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live and was cited by his fellow actors as someone who breathed fresh air into the show during the 1980s. Aside from his work in film, Eddie Murphy has also done the job doing voice acting, as well as having a prolific singing career.
Anne Hathaway and Spanish Painter Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes
Anne Hathaway is a famous American actress and singer who has been dominating the Hollywood scene for the past two decades. She has starred in multiple films including The Princess Diaries, Ocean’s 8, Bride Wars, and many others.
She has won numerous prestigious awards as well including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe, and a Primetime Emmy Award.
Francisco Goya was a Spanish Romantic painter who is considered the most important Spanish painter of the 18th and 19th centuries. His paintings, engravings, and drawings reflected contemporary historical upheavals which influenced some of the best 19th and 20th-century painters. Some of his famous paintings include The Clothed Maja, The Naked Maja, and The Execution of the Defenders of Madrid.
Peter Dinklage and Sebastián of Morra
Peter Dinklage stars our next item on the list, and alongside him is Sebastián de Morra, the court jester of Philip IV. While there aren’t any other records of Sebastián elsewhere, the portrait done by Diego Velazquez does offer insight into how he looked, and he looked just like Peter Dinklage.
Peter Dinklage is an American celebrity who has made a considerable number of starring roles in both film and television. After debuting in the film Living in Oblivion in 1995, he went on to star in several films, including Underdog, Penelope, Pixels, and more recently in Avengers: Infinity War. He is well known for playing the role of Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s acclaimed TV series Game of Thrones, for which he has won a Golden Globe.
Ellen DeGeneres and Henry David Thoreau
The next on this list is a bit odd, considering that they’re different genders, but the resemblance is uncanny. Both share very soulfully, bright eyes that’ll make you stop and wonder if they’re related. They’re not though.
Known for her talk show named after her, Ellen DeGeneres is an American celebrity famous for her sharp wit and sense of humor. Aside from her work as an actor, she’s also a humanitarian, an animal rights activist and a vegan.
Henry David Thoreau is a poet, author, and historian best known for his book Walden. He was an abolitionist who fought for slave rights and was a known transcendentalist.
Liam Neeson and Fidel Castro
The next celebrity and their doppelgangers are Liam Neeson and Fidel Castro. Between their devilishly good looks and their prominent nose, you’d start to wonder if Liam Neeson didn’t moonlight as a Cuban dictator in his spare time.
Hailing from Northern Ireland, Liam Neeson is a celebrity who has been nominated for many awards and has been named one of the 100 sexiest stars in history by Empire magazine. He rose into prominence after playing a role in 1993’s Schindler’s List as its main protagonist. Aside from this, he is also known for playing a lead role in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and the Taken film series. Fidel Castro was a communist revolutionary who rose into power in Cuba during the 1950s until his death in 2016. He was one of the longest-serving heads of state who was not royalty.
Christina Aguilera and Ginger Rogers
Christina Aguilera and Ginger Rogers is the next pair, both of whom share prominent jawlines and beautiful eyes. Aside from their looks, both were also excellent dancers, entertainers, and singers.
Having sold more than 75 million records globally, Christina Aguilera is definitely a prolific singer and one of the most best-selling artists in the world. Her music is so well-known that Time Magazine has named her one of the most influential people in the world.
During the 1940s, Ginger Rogers was a famous celebrity in America. Though she’s known for her starring role in the movie Kitty Foyle, she is most famous for performing several musical films during her tenure.
Nicolas Cage and person from the Civil War Era
Who would’ve thought that Nicolas Cage spent his holidays in Tennessee during the time of the Civil War? That or he has an uncanny resemblance to a man living in the mid to late 1800s.
Nicolas Cage, born as Nicolas Kim Coppola, is an American actor and director who has had decades worth of work. Since his film debut in a film in 1982, he’s worked in a variety of films, including Wild at Heart, Racing with the Moon, Ghost Rider, City of Angels and National Treasure.
Aside from acting in films, Nicolas Cage has also worked as a director and producer, with his directorial debut in 2002 with the film Sonny. Apart from film, he is also quite active with his charity work and activism.
Christian Bale and an unknown man
Aside from their magnificent beards, Christian Bale and this unknown man, who presumably lived in the 1800s to the early 1900s, share a resemblance on their eyes as well as the general shapes of their faces.
Known for his many roles in film, including a starring role in the Dark Knight franchise, Christian Bale is an English-American celebrity who is also famous for his intense method acting style, where he willingly changes his body drastically just to fit specific film roles.
For his dedication to his work, he has gained much acclaim, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Award, and was even featured in Time Magazine’s Time 100 list. Aside from this, he is a staunch advocate for environmentalism and supports many environmentalist groups, including Greenpeace, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and the World Wildlife Federation.
Queen Latifah and Zora Neale Hurston
Dana Elaine Owens is a singer and actress, well known under the stage name Queen Latifah. Zora Naele Hurston was an influential author, known for portraying racial struggles in the early 20th century American South.
Queen Latifah is mostly known for her rap music, with her debut album being an immense hit with over 1 million copies sold. She won her first Grammy awards with the single “U.N.I.T.Y.”. Queen Latifah is also praised for her acting, particularly for her performance in 2002’s musical “Chicago”.
Zora Neale Hurston had shown interest in African-American and Caribean folklore since her early days, a topic she later based many works on. Hurston also wrote fiction with portrayals of the issues in the black community. Her works brought her to become a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance.
Orlando Bloom and a Romanian painter
Next on our list is a famous English celebrity and a well-known Romanian painter named Nicolae Grigorescu.
Orlando Bloom is an English actor known for making his breakthrough in the Lord of the Rings Franchise, as well as his roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Aside from his characters in films, he is also proficient in the theater. Bloom is also known for his humanitarian work and was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2009.
On the other hand, Nicolae Grigorescu is a famous painter in Romania and is considered to be the father of modern Romanian painting. He was a prolific painter who was known to have died while painting a piece called The Return from the Fair.
Paul Giamatti and William Shakespeare
This next celebrity and his doppelganger are divided by four centuries’ worth of time, but they could look like twin brothers. Their similarities don’t stop with their looks, either. Both worked in the entertainment and in the theater.
Known for his leading roles in American Splendor and Sideways, Paul Giamatti is a proficient actor and comedian. He rose to prominence in 1997 with his role as Kenny Rushton in Private Parts, and numerous acclaims, including an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Actor’s Guild Award.
One could not simply speak of English literature without mentioning William Shakespeare. This English poet, playwright, and actor is regarded as the greatest writer in England, if not the world. His works, including King Lear, Macbeth and Hamlet continue to influence us even centuries after his death.
Vincent Van Gogh and Chuck Norris
One is a well-known martial artist and actor, while the other is considered to be the best painter that ever lived. Chuck Norris and Vincent Van Gogh shared an uncanny resemblance, especially when Norris is compared to Van Gogh’s famous 1887 self-portrait.
Chuck Norris is an action celebrity that appeared in numerous action films, with his role alongside Bruce Lee in the Way of the Dragon the most well-known. He is a proficient martial artist and also a prolific writer, having made numerous best-sellers in the past, including a lot of self-motivation books.
Vincent Van Gogh, on the other hand, is a post-impressionist painter from the Netherlands. He is known to have created a number of famous paintings, including Starry Night. Though he was a talented painter, he suffered greatly from frequent mental breakdowns.
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rose Wilder Lane
American celebrity Maggie Gyllenhaal and American Journalist Rose Wilder Lane are two women who excelled at each of their fields, and our next pair of doppelgangers.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is the older sister of the actor Jake Gyllenhaal and has received critical acclaim for her roles in many movies, including two Golden Globes early in her career. Outside of film, she’s also a political activist as well as a supporter of many charities.
Much like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rose Wilder Lane is a political activist during her time as well. Aside from this, she was a prolific writer and journalist and was known for her novels Free Land and Young Pioneers.
Jimmy Fallon and Mahir Cayan
One is a famous late-night show host and the other is a communist revolutionary. Aside from their faces, there’s practically very little in common between them. Side by side, Mahir Cayan basically looks like Jimmy Fallon with a thick mustache.
James Thomas Fallon, commonly known as Jimmy Fallon, is an American comedian, host, writer, singer and television actor who is well known as the host of The Tonight Show. Aside from being a TV host, he has also starred in numerous films including Taxi and Fever Pitch.
Mahir Cayan, on the other hand, is a Turkish communist revolutionary who died young fighting for his beliefs. He led a group of people against the oppressive Turkish government until his death in 1971.
Matthew McConaughey and this Redditor’s great-great-grandpa
Aside from starring in major blockbusters, Matthew McConaughey also moonlights as this Redditor’s great-great-grandfather. The way family trees branch out, you wouldn’t even be surprised that the Redditor in question and the celebrity is related. That’s probably not true, but if it were, you wouldn’t question it after looking at these photos.
Matthew McConaughey is a Texas-born celebrity who had his first breakout role in the movie Dazed and Confused back in the early 1990s. Since then, he has appeared in many films, particularly in the romantic comedy genres, such as The Wedding Planner, Fool’s Gold and Failure to Launch.
He has garnered many accolades for his work in film and television, including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
Rupert Grint and Sir David Wilkie
Before he became a famous celebrity, Rupert Grint may have been a famous British painter in his past life, in the form of Sir David Wilkie.
Rupert Grint is a British actor who rose to popularity alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson for their roles in the Harry Potter franchise. Aside from film, he’s also a musician and very active in charity
Sir David Wilkie was a 19th-century artist who was known to be very flexible in the genres he painted. Known as the people’s painter, he was a man who traveled the world and was the principal painter for Queen Victoria.
Jennifer Lawrence and Zubaida Tharwat
Two actresses are next on the list, with Jennifer Lawrence sharing an uncanny resemblance with Zubaida Tharwat, an Egyptian actress from the 1940s. Both share beautiful eyes, prominent cheekbones, and smiles that can melt hearts.
Jennifer Lawrence is an American actress known to play a large number of characters on film, including Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise, a film series that established her as a fine actress and propelled her to fame. At just the young age of 28, she has already garnered numerous awards and is set to earn more due to her skills in acting. Aside from being an actress, Jennifer Lawrence is also a known feminist and an activist.
Zubaida Tharwat was a film, stage and television actress from Egypt, and was known to have the most beautiful eyes in Egyptian cinema. Much like Jennifer Lawrence, Zubaida Tharwat was an accomplished actress during her prime and was known to have been related to royalty, her mother being Princess Zubaida Hussein Kamel.
Though not much is known about her by the western world, her beauty spoke for itself, and she was known by many in Egypt to be a beautiful actress. During her long career, she was known by many nicknames, including “The Queen of Romance” and “Magic Eyes”
Dorothy Dandridge and Halle Berry
Dorothy Dandridge was a famous American film and theatre actress, dancer and singer. She is regarded by many as one of the best African-American actresses having stared in many top films such as Carmen Jones, Bright Road, and Porgy and Bess. Her performance in Carmen Jones earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Halle Berry is a beloved Academy Award-winning American Actress who has been one of the top Hollywood actresses for the past three decades. You may know her as the gorgeous actress who stared in Catwoman, X-men, Monster’s Ball, and more recently, John Wick Reborn
Her performance in Monster’s Ball made Halle Berry the first-ever African-American woman to win an Academy Award.
Maisie Williams and Reddutor’s Grandmother
If you don’t know Maisie Williams, you probably have been living under a rock for the past few years as she is one of the most prominent young female names in Hollywood right now. She is an English actress who acted as Arya Stark in arguably the biggest TV series in history, Game of Thrones.
She has won many awards for her performances in the show including a Portal Award for Best Young Actress, an EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Saturn Award, and many othersMaisie’s doppelgangers is a Reddit user’s grandmother whose picture was taken many decades ago when she was still at Maisie’s current age.
Adrien Brody and English Philosopher John Locke
Adrien Brody is a renowned American actor and producer who has been starring in Hollywood films since the 90s. Adrien received widespread recognition after becoming the youngest ever actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Pianist. Brody has since starred in multiple other films and TV shows including The Grand Budapest Hotel, Midnight in Paris, Peaky Blinders, among others.
John Locke was an English philosopher who is regarded by many as one of the most influential thinkers of his time, which earned him the nickname “Father of Liberalism.”His writings influenced many political leaders and American Revolutionaries during his time. His contributions to liberal theory and classical republicanism are well reflected in the US Declaration of Independence.
John Krasinski and Australian Journalist Carl Feilberg
John Krasinski is a beloved American actor, filmmaker, and director who is best known for his role as Jim Halpert on The Office. John has starred in many other favorite TV shows and movies including Leatherheads, Aloha, Promised Land, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers, among others.
More recently, John directed, co-wrote, and starred in one of the top movies of 2018, A Quiet Place. He also stars in Amazon’s thriller series Jack Ryan which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award. Carl Feilberg was a Danish-born Australian journalist who is celebrated today for his role as an Australian Indigenous human rights activist. Carl used his voice and influence to fight for the rights of the indigenous people.
Robin Williams and Russian Zoologist Ilyich Mechnikov
Robin Williams was an American actor and comedian who starred in many comedy movies and TV shows since the early 80s. He started performing stand-up comedy in the 70s and quickly made his name as one of the funniest men in Hollywood.
He stared in multiple films including Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, among others. Sadly Robin Williams committed suicide in 2014.
Ilyich Mechnikov was a renowned Russian zoologist who is best known for his extensive pioneering research in immunology. Notably, he is recognized in history as the man who discovered phagocytes, which earned him a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in the early 20th century.