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50 Actors And The Real Life Characters They Portrayed In Biopic Movies (50 Pictures)

The following pictures show 50 actors and the characters they played in the corresponding biopics (films that dramatize the life of an actual person). Some actors are so scarily close to the original character that it is hard to discern between the two. This list covers a range of biopics from artists to politicians and musicians to sporting personalities.

Abraham Lincoln Daniel – Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Abraham Lincoln Daniel – Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Aileen Wuornos – Charlize Theron (Monster)

Aileen Wuornos – Charlize Theron (Monster)

Alfred Hitchcock – Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock)

Alfred Hitchcock – Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock)

Andy Kaufman – Jim Carrey (Man on the Moon)

Andy Kaufman – Jim Carrey (Man on the Moon)

Bettie Page – Gretchen Mol (The Notorious Bettie Page)
Bettie Page – Gretchen Mol (The Notorious Bettie Page)

Billy Beane – Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Billy Beane – Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Bob Dylan – Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There)

Bob Dylan – Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There)

Buddy Holly – Gary Busey (The Buddy Holly Story)

Buddy Holly – Gary Busey (The Buddy Holly Story)

Charlie Chaplin – Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin)

Charlie Chaplin – Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin)

Coco Chanel – Audrey Tautou (Coco Before Chanel)

Coco Chanel – Audrey Tautou (Coco Before Chanel)

David Frost – Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon)

David Frost – Michael Sheen (Frost Nixon)

Ernesto “Che” Guevara – Benicio del Toro (Che)

Ernesto “Che” Guevara – Benicio del Toro (Che)

Eva Perón – Madonna (Evita)

Eva Perón – Madonna (Evita)

Frida Kahlo – Salma Hayek (Frida)

Frida Kahlo – Salma Hayek (Frida)

General Geroge S. Patton – George C. Scott (Patton)

General Geroge S. Patton – George C. Scott (Patton)

George W. Bush – Josh Brolin (W.)

George W. Bush – Josh Brolin (W.)

Harry S. Truman – Gary Sinise (Truman)

Harry S. Truman – Gary Sinise (Truman)

Harvey Milk – Sean Penn (Milk)

Harvey Milk – Sean Penn (Milk)

Howard Hughes – Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator)

Howard Hughes – Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator)

Idi Amin – Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)

Idi Amin – Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)

J. Edgar Hoover – Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar)

J. Edgar Hoover – Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar)

James Dean – James Franco (James Dean)

James Dean – James Franco (James Dean)

Jerry Lee Lewis – Dennis Quaid (Great Balls of Fire!)

Jerry Lee Lewis – Dennis Quaid (Great Balls of Fire!)

Jim Morrison – Val Kilmer (The Doors)

Jim Morrison – Val Kilmer (The Doors)

Jimi Hendrix – Andre 3000 (All Is By My Side)

Jimi Hendrix – Andre 3000 (All Is By My Side)

Johnny Cash – Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line)

Johnny Cash – Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line)

Julia Child – Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)

Julia Child – Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)

Lee-Harvey-Oswald – Gary Oldman (JFK)

Lee-Harvey-Oswald – Gary Oldman (JFK)

Malcolm X – Denzel Washington (Malcolm X)

Malcolm X – Denzel Washington (Malcolm X)

Margaret Thatcher – Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Margaret Thatcher – Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Mariane Pearl – Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart)

Mariane Pearl – Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart)

Marilyn Monroe – Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

Marilyn Monroe – Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

Mark Zuckerberg – Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)

Mark Zuckerberg – Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)

Mohandas K. Gandhi – Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi)

Mohandas K. Gandhi – Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi)

Muhammad Ali – Will Smith (Ali)

Muhammad Ali – Will Smith (Ali)

Nelson Mandela – Morgan Freeman (Invictus)

Nelson Mandela – Morgan Freeman (Invictus)

Oscar Wilde – Stephen Fry (Wilde)

Oscar Wilde – Stephen Fry (Wilde)

Oskar Schindler – Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List)

Oskar Schindler – Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List)

Pablo Picasso – Anthony Hopkins (Surviving Picasso)

Pablo Picasso – Anthony Hopkins (Surviving Picasso)

Elizabeth II – Helen Mirren (The Queen)

Elizabeth II – Helen Mirren (The Queen)

Ray Charles – Jamie Foxx (Ray)

Ray Charles – Jamie Foxx (Ray)

Salvador Dali – Adrien Brody (Midnight in Paris)

Salvador Dali – Adrien Brody (Midnight in Paris)

Sammy Davis Jr – Don Cheadle (The Rat Pack)

Sammy Davis Jr – Don Cheadle (The Rat Pack)

Sarah Palin – Julianne Moore (Game Change)

Sarah Palin – Julianne Moore (Game Change)

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez – Jennifer Lopez (Selena)

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez – Jennifer Lopez (Selena)

Sid Vicious – Gary Oldman (Sid and Nancy)

Sid Vicious – Gary Oldman (Sid and Nancy)

Steve Jobs – Ashton Kutcher (Jobs)

Steve Jobs – Ashton Kutcher (Jobs)

Truman Capote – Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)

Truman Capote – Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)

Vincent van Gogh – Kirk Douglas (Lust for Life)

Vincent van Gogh – Kirk Douglas (Lust for Life)

Aron Ralston – James Franco (127 Hours)

Aron Ralston – James Franco (127 Hours)

The above pictures are part of a collection originally created by reddit user banana_rhino, the complete galleries can be found here and here.

  • http://www.myphilwong.com/ Phil

    There’s no difference between Abraham Lincoln and Daniel Day Lewis. Great casting!

  • Prof59

    Wait – Truman Capote and Philip Seymour Hoffman are both actually Drew Carey?
    Oh, and though a lot of these a very very good, Howard Hughes and Leo look nothing alike.

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    waw …this is awesome

  • clg

    These are pretty awesome! The list could benefit from consistency of which-side-is-which-picture, though.

    • Victoria Mays

      I thought that was made it most intriguing, not being able to decipher which was the actual historical figure and who was the actor (:

  • Andrew Wilson

    Some great likenesses although you missed Andy Serkis as Ian Dury

  • Patriot

    I think MK Gandhi, Qn Elizabeth and Steve Jobs are wrongly labelled(L->R instead of R->L)

    • bubloo

      that shows hot beautifully artists were chosen, awesome similarity

  • juventus123

    Sarah Palin – LISA ANN

  • Rafael Caraballo

    Wow – Andre 3000 as Hendrix?!!! Excellent choice.

  • dominick conde

    Cant believe you missed one of the great performances ever..Robert Deniro in Raging Bull.
    Shame on you.

  • Tony KuKo

    Julianne More’s was the best! I couldn’t even tell who was her and who was Sarah Palin

  • Ashutosh Pagare

    ashton kutcher – as jobs !! is the only misfit in the lot…

  • Lunchbox

    Gary Oldman can seriously play anyone. Hell, I bet he could even pull off an Obama

  • Farzan1World

    NOPE: Billy Beane – Brad Pitt (Moneyball)