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24 celebrities and their incredible look alikes from the past. #6 Is just incredible, WOW!

They say that everyone of us has at least one look alike in the world, and according to an old urban legend our double lives in the opposite part of the globe from where we are. Obviously that’s not real, but if you think rationally there are some odds that, between all the people lived in the past, there was somebody that looked just like us.

That’s what this gallery is all about: there are celebrities that have look alikes coming directly from the past. When we saw these photos we couldn’t help but stare at the incredible similarity between these celebs and their counterparts. For example Justin Timberlake is almost identical to a guy lived in the 1800’s, Jay-Z had a perfect double living in Harlem in the 1860’s and Donald Trump really does look like the General George Patton.

Believe it or not, here are 24 celebrities and their incredible look alikes from the past.

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1. Ellen DeGeneres and Henry David Thoreau

2. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rose Wilder Lane

3. Justin Timberlake and unknown man in a mug shot

4. John Travolta and unknown man from the 1860’s

5. General George Patton and Donald Trump

6. General Douglas MacArthur and Bruce Willis

7. Vincent Van Gogh and Chuck Norris

8. Jimmy Fallon and Turkish revolutionist Mahir Cayan

9. Paul Giamatti and William Shakespeare

10. Jack Black and the Barber of Seville

11. Nicholas Cage and man from the Civil War era



12. Jay-Z and a unknown man from Harlem



13. Jon Stewart and Henry Ward Beecher

14. Charlie Sheen and John Brown



15. Alec Baldwin and Millard Fillmore



16. Rupert Grint and Sir David Wilkie



17. Keanu Reeves and Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvet



18. Hank Azaria and Rudolf Steiner



19. Jeffrey Tambor and Benjamin Franklin



20. Dustin Diamond and Joseph Pulitzer

21. Hugh Grant and Oscar Wilde

22. Glenn Close and George Washington



23. Tommy Lee Jones and Andrew Johnson

(celeb images via 1, 2)

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  1. Nesteren

    Hi, the one look-alike of Jimmy Fallon is a Turkish revolutionist named Mahir Cayan.

    • justsomething

      Thank you Nesteren, we’ve fixed it!

    • nikki

      I’m kinda mad i didn’t get royalties on that find! I took a pic of a sign with Mahir Cayan on it in 2010 while I was in Turkey at a protest. I posted it on Fallon’s wall years ago!

      • Tom

        You’re right — you should get royalties. What’s 10% of nothing?

        • Eric

          Let me do the math…nothing and nothing, carry the nothing…

          • Rob

            Perfect Common Core mathlish skill sets! +5

      • Syd

        Especially since you were probably the only person in the whole entire world who ever noticed that. Oh, man!

  2. steveo

    Andrew Johnson looks like Bill O’ Reilly

  3. Stephanie

    Hellen DeGeneres??

  4. YOMamma

    The last one looks like a mix of Rupert Grint and Scarlet Johansson.

    • NaNa

      hahahah I thought the same! :)

  5. AvgAmerican

    I’d say Thoreau looks more like actor Gabriel Byrne, but that’s just my two cents.

  6. Heather

    Sir David Wilkie was a famous Scottish painter. I am actually a distant descendant of his. The image shown here was a self portrait he painted. Creepy how much he looks like Grint!

  7. nina

    Rudolf Steiner rather looks like Jeremy Irons, no?

    • justsomething

      Haha yes you’re right I didn’t think about it!

    • eber

      Exactly what I was thinking, Jeremy Irons looks more like him than Hank.

    • Nina was thinking the exact same thing! Rudolf Steiner looks exactly like Jeremy Irons.

    • shoshazz

      I vote for Robert Downey Jr as Rudolf Steiner, if the movie ever gets made.

      • oek

        It would have a cool location to film at…

      • Emmy

        I think Liam Payne looks like that first or second guy

        • Emmy


    • that’s exactly what i was thinking too nina :),i don’t think it would be a stretch for hank azaria to play jeremy irons or rudolph steiner wouldn’t need makeup or prosthetics either.

    • I wrote Jeremy Irons/Rudolf Steiner and then realized others had said the same thing. It’s an amazing resemblance. I’m surprised the author missed that one!

    • Angie

      That is exactly what I thought when seeing that picture

  8. marcel

    oscar bluth is a character

    • justsomething

      Fixed, thanks!

  9. Jesse

    Rudolf Steiner looks more like Jeremy Irons than Hank Azaria, IMO

    • justsomething

      Lol… You’re right!

      • oek

        And you know who Jeremy Irons resembles, in looks as well as manners and acting chops? Boris Karloff. Maybe they’re all clones…or Dead Ringers, you might say.

  10. tacosalad

    I would fix Ellen Degeneres’ name. Hell hath no fury like angry Ellen fans.

    • justsomething

      Fixed, thanks!

  11. Chris

    #18 looks more like Jeremy Irons to me.

  12. Leo MacKeran

    You missed one! Shelley Duvall and the Girl with the Pearl Earring.

  13. Isaac

    Number 13 Jon Stewart and Henry Ward Beccher. The correct name is Beecher.

    • justsomething

      Fixed, thanks!

  14. Emily

    Tom Hanks and Erwin Schrödinger

    • Daniel

      More like Peter Weller and Schrodinger.

    • Stephen

      I would go with David Strathairn for Erwin Schrödinger

    • hanks fan

      not even close. Erwin Schrödinger looks more like robert englund or judge reinhold

  15. Minimryen

    #18 looks more like Jeremy Irons

  16. Leslie

    If nobody has paired the Manson Family murderer Tex Watson with Ben Stiller yet, that needs to be investigated…..serious business, they are clones! Check it out:

    • Ina

      More like Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber

    • Amy

      omg youre right, he does look like ben stiller lol

    • Angie

      I’d say more like Jim Carey…

  17. Jesse

    They must have been hard pressed for time, I’m seen ‘owners look like their pets’ with closer resemblances

  18. Kdawg

    #3 looks more like Danny Masterson than JT

  19. MissyCharlotte

    seriously??????……hello PhotoShop!

    • Amy

      Thought the same thing!

  20. MOMOF4

    Henry Ward Beecher looks more like James Spader don’t you think?

  21. denise

    Not all that amazing. I bet if you also traced their family tree you might also find they may just be related. I was not long ago trying to trace my family tree and came across and ancestor if mine who is my second cousin 5 times removed, which means that his great-great granpa was my 5th great grandfather and he was the spitten image of my middle brother. so yeah I am sure we all have someone in the past that we looked identical to.

    • Jeanne

      I was also wondering about genealogy. Some are so amazingly alike it is scary.

  22. Lenin

    Me and Leonardo DiCaprio look almost the same too.

  23. Nick

    Jeff Black looks more like Paul Revere than that guy.

    • Crystal Cahill

      Several years ago I posted on Facebook pictures comparing Jack Black to Paul Revere. That’s a real life look alike, not a fictional character. Absolutely identical.

  24. therealone

    the majority of these have been photoshopped by overlaying images of the celebrities… funny, nonetheless…

  25. Thou shalt not use the name of “Chuck Norris” in vein!!!

  26. Carrie

    I haven’t read all the comments so someone else may have pointed this out but I think that Jeromy Irons looks more like Rudolf Steiner than Hank Azaria.

    Regardless, this is both funny and intriguing at the same time. Great post.

  27. Andey

    It’s amazing how much they resemble each other. I’ll bet if you trace their lineage back, they might actually be related somehow.

  28. Who thinks up this crap!!!!

  29. VW Boy

    The Jack Black/Barber of Seville comparison is a bit of a stretch because the Barber of Seville (or Figaro) was a fictional character, not a real person who lived in the past, as you pointed out; and the picture you compared Jack Black to was a poster picture. However, if fictional characters are included here, then I would include the following: 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and the mascot of Mad Magazine, Alfred E. Neuman! :)

  30. Drew

    Patton looks more like David Lynch. Oscar Wilde looks more like Cameron Crowe. And yes as many people have said, Rudolph looks more like Jeremy Irons.

  31. Big G

    They forgot Brad Pit and Hermann Rorschach.

    • Amy

      I dont know who Hermann Rorschach is but I looked it up and you are soo right lol

  32. shoshazz

    “artful dodger” Jack Wilde and “flying nun” Sally Field!

  33. RonW

    Jeff Daniels and Civil War Brig. General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.

  34. ChadV

    #17 – looks more like Johnny Depp than Keanu Reeves…almost a dead ringer, IMO.

  35. Allie

    #6 looks more like Ronald Reagan than Bruce Willis.

  36. John Fitzmorris

    Try Dennis Franz of NYPD Blue and General Benjamin F. Butler of the Civil War.

  37. María

    “The Barber of Seville” is not an actual person, it’s an opera and a character. The person on the illustration was probably the singer who interpreted Figaro.

    • justsomething

      Hi Maria, we know :) It’s just ironic how the person portrayed in the illustration is similar to Jack Black…

      • Zeroed Out

        That’s coincidence, not irony. 😉

        And where is #24?

  38. Jewelee

    #2 You can definitely see the resemblance between Maggie and Rose Wilder Lane but I think Janeane Garofalo looks exactly like her.

  39. Marcos

    Kelly Ripa and the St. Pauli Girl logo. Emma Samms and silent film star Lillian Gish.

  40. jubbia

    The keanu reeves guy looks more like james franco

  41. Acelt

    I’m thinking Ellen Degenerous is thrilled she was compared to a man. Not so sure about Glenn Close. The rest of them are very weak comparisons to say the least.

  42. Kris

    Actually I think #5 George Patton looks more like the character Hershel from the Walking Dead!

  43. Melanie Hayden

    Look At A Picture Of A Young George Jones And Actor Charles Esten (From Tv Show Nashville) It’S Uncanny The Resemblance.

  44. Zach

    I think Scott Wilson ( “Hershall” from ‘The Walking Dead’) also looks like General George Patton. Check it out.

  45. Morgan

    23 = Kevin O’Leary (Shark Tank)

  46. Bug

    Andrew Johnson looks like Bill O’Reilly

  47. Bruh

    Van Gogh looks more like former tennis player, Boris Becker, to me.

  48. Maria


    I think a better comparison is Jack Black to Paul Revere.

    • Amy

      Totally agree with you on that.

    • D. San Diego

      No. Paul Revere = Bob Hope

  49. Uh…in #17…the person in the painted pic…opposite Keanu…is NOT… LOUIS MAURICE BOUTET DE MONVEL…that is the artist who painted him…the dude’s name yer looking for is Paul Mounet…a french actor of some small known fame…peaces~!! ~ xoxo

  50. Katie

    I think Janeane Garofalo looks a lot more like Rose Wilder Lane than Maggie Gyllenhaal

  51. A S

    I always thought Liam Neeson looks a lot like young Fidel Castro.

  52. misse87

    How about Bob Newhart for Benjamin Franklin?

  53. I think Ben Franklin looks more like Bob Newhart than Jeffrey Tamwhatzamacallit…

  54. Christine

    I think that Jonathan Ross is a better match for Oscar Wilde than Hugh Grant, although I guess Americans may not know who Jonathan Ross is.

  55. Kelley

    James Spader looks like Henry Ward Beecher much more than Jon Stewart does.

  56. Eo

    Did this make anybody else believe in vampires?

  57. Tyler

    Jacob Riis and John Ratzenberger

  58. Calley

    Andrew Johnson looks more like Bill O’Reilly

  59. Holly

    I would like to add that Elvis Presley and Adam Lambert should be on here as well…

  60. Frunobulax718

    Oscar Wilde and John Kerry

  61. Gabby

    I have another one for you. Eric Close, who is currently on the show Nashville, looks just like Thomas Jefferson.

  62. Mark

    Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and Henry Hopkins Sibley (Confederate General).

  63. iris

    First one looks more like Gene Wilder. The Jimmy Fallon one is crazy! Looks just like him!

  64. czech_mate

    I think Janeane Garofalo looks like Rose Wilder Lane.

  65. Doug

    Hey Jay-Z!!! WE FOUND YOUR DAD!!!

  66. Shawna

    General George Patton looks like Hershel from the walking dead

  67. Aaron

    A better match for Jack Black is Paul Revere

  68. Lisa

    You should add James Dean and James Franco. They look so alike!

  69. Jeremy Irons is a dead ringer for Rudolf Steiner and Hank Azaria. Splain that!

  70. Daphne

    Rupert Grint and Sir David Wilkie AND Scarlett Johansson

  71. Liz

    Jon Stewart also looks like Charlie Chaplin without his makeup

  72. You left me laughing. OMG, some of these are uncanny. Maybe I believe in reincarnation now. Especially after I saw that one of Nicholas Cage. I do a variety of different people on a lookalikes pg myself:, at that site, if you are interested. But, great work love it!

  73. Lacey

    Rudolph Steiner looks like Jeremy Irons

  74. Kristen

    The Justin Timberlake look alike also reminds me of Richard Madden. Take a look at the resemblance in this pictures from the Discovery Channel’s TV Series, The Klondike:

  75. Javier

    How about Leam Neeson and (younger) Fidel Castro?

  76. Jennifer


  77. Andre

    Sir David Wilkie kinda looks like Scarlett Johansson 😀

  78. Farhin

    Wowww…. Amazinggg

  79. Mariann

    Check out a book called “Return of the Revolutionarys”. Talks in depth of visual carry over from one lifetime to the next.

  80. Here’s another celebrity who looks exactly like someone from the past. Janelle Monae – Jane Wyatt

  81. Dave

    Ralph Fiennes and Charlie Chaplin

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