Famous Celebrities and Their Identical Twins From the Past

By Robin Mei - January 28, 2018

Benjamin Franklin and Jeffrey Tambor

Actor Jeffrey Tambor was born on July 8th, 1944 in San Francisco. His first appearances on the small screen were the popular dramas Kojak and Starsky and Hutch and is known today for his work on “Arrested Development” and “Transparent.”

Benjamin Franklin was born January 17, 1706, in Boston. He was an author, printer, scientist and statesman who helped draft the Declaration of Independence. This photograph of Franklin was taken between 1780-1790 and the photo of Jeffrey Tambor was taken in 2018. Time traveling?

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Civil War Soldier and Christian Bale

Actor Christin Bale’s first on-screen role was when he was nine years old, and since then his career has flourished. Known by many for his portrayal of Bruce Wayne in the “Dark Knight” trilogy, Bale is also famous for his turn in “American Psycho.”

The picture on the left is not from the movie Hostiles where he plays a Civil War soldier. This is a flesh-and-blood soldier from the Civil War.

Source: Christian Bale

Ginger Rogers and Christina Aguilera

One of the most beautiful voices in the world belongs to pop starlet Christina Aguilera. ‘XTina’ started her showbiz career in 1989 when landed a role in the “All New Mickey Mouse Club.”

Her pale skin, blond hair and red lips make her look a lot like Ginger Rogers, an American actress, singer and a dancer. She was born on July 16, 1911. She was named on the American Film Institute’s list of 50 Greatest Screen Legends at number 14.

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Jay-Z and an Unknown Man From Harlem

Shawn Corey Carter, aka Jay-Z, is a famous rapper, producer, businessman and driving force behind Roc-a-Fella Records. He is one of the most successful rap artists of the 21st century.

This picture was taken in 1939 in Harlem and it shows an individual who bears a striking resemblance to Beyoncé’s husband. The photo is part of a collection featured at the Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture at the New York Public Library.

Source: Jay-Z’s 1939 look-alike – Is rapper a time traveler or vampire?

Clergyman Henry Ward Beecher and Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart was born on November 28, 1962, in New York. Known primarily for his hosting duties on “The Daily Show” between 1999 and 2015, his breakthrough came playing himself on “The Larry Sanders Show.”

People love him for his wacky humor and his sarcastic temperament. His look-alike, Henry Ward Beecher, born in 1813, was an American Congregationalist clergyman. He was considered one of the most influential Protestant spokesmen of his time, due in large part to his remarkable oratory skills.

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Author Zora Neale Hurston and Queen Latifah

Born in 1970 in New Jersey, rapper, actor and entrepreneur Queen Latifah began singing in the choir of the Shiloh Baptist Church, and would eventually release her debut album, All Hail to the Queen, in 1989.

Born in Alabama in 1891, Zora Neale Hurston was an author who wrote about racial struggles in the 20th century, including Their Eyes Were Watching God and Moses, Man of the Mountain. This picture of her is taken in 1940.

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Jack Black and the Barber of Seville

As one that scream’s for Black’s “Jumanji,” “School of Rock” and “Nacho Libre” are just some of the films Jack Black and his extraordinary sense of comedic timing are known for. This is in addition to his partnership with Kyle Glass in the acoustic rock-comedy duo, Tenacious D.

The Barber of Seville is an opera that represents love, sorrow and death in a humorous way. Composed by Gioachino Rossini in 1815, it’s main character’s appearance looks tailor-made for Black.

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Nicolas Cage and Civil War-Era Man

In 2011, actor Nicolas Cage was unwittingly thrown head-first into an online debate surrounding his potential life as a vampire and/or time traveller when a photo taken in 1870 by professor G.B. Smith surfaced online.

It turns out the man in this photo was a Civil War soldier who is believed to be from Bristol, Tennessee. As Cage clarified during an interview with David Letterman:  “I don’t drink blood and the last time I looked in the mirror I had a reflection.”

Source: Was Nicolas Cage a vampire during the Civil War? This $1,000,000 photograph holds the answers

Vincent van Gogh and Chuck Norris

Once, a cobra bit Chuck Norris. After five days of extreme pain… the snake died. Chuck Norris didn’t dial the wrong number, you picked up the wrong phone. There are endless jokes and stories about the mythic indestructibility of actor Chuck Norris.

His historical look-alike, Vincent van Gogh, is different than Norris on just about every level you can imagine. Born in 1853, Vincent was an artist full of passion and dreams that would later help make him an art world icon.

Source: A Man of Passion

John Travolta and the Bowtied Man

We all know the famous Danny Zuko, aka John Travolta, and the iconic movie “Grease.” Not to mention “Pulp Fiction,” “Saturday Night Fever” and “Look Who’s Talking.” Twice Nominated for an Oscar, Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey in 1954.

Just like there is a tongue-in-cheek theory about Nicolas Cage being a vampire because of photographic ‘evidence,’ people have similar thoughts about John Travolta because of this unknown individual who had their photo taken around 1860.

Source: First Nicolas Cage, now John Travolta: Is this a photo of the Grease star in 1860? (Scientologists do believe in reincarnation)

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Journalist Rose Wilder Lane

Manhattan-born, Academy Award-nominated Maggie Gyllenhaal comes from a family that oozes talent. Brother Jake Gyllenhaal is known for a talent that matches his sister’s and her parents are both in the film industry.

Gyllenhaal is the modern-day clone of Rose Wilder Lane, an accomplished journalist and author who was born into poverty in 1886 but found inspiration through her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, whose hand-scrawled notes she edited into what would become the Little House on the Prairie books.

Source: A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert

Paul Giamatti and Playwright William Shakespeare

Is actor Paul Giamatti a time-traveling playwright? That is the question. Born in 1967, Giamatti wanted to be a professor but ended up becoming a respected actor thanks in part to roles in “12 Years a Slave” and his Academy Award-nominated turn in “Cinderella Man.”

He also looks eerily similar to William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is the best-selling fiction author of all time. In his lifetime he penned 37 plays and 154 sonnets.

Sources: William Shakespeare

15 Surprising Facts About Paul Giamatti

Alec Baldwin and Millard Fillmore

Grey-haired, handsome and extremely funny, Alec Baldwin is one of four acting Baldwin brothers and is listed as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history chosen by Empire magazine.

Besides his acting career, Baldwin is a longtime political activist. Speaking of politics, he also shares his likeness with the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore. Born on January 7, 1800, it’s unknown as to whether Fillmore has been listed on any Top Sexiest Presidents lists thanks tohis looks.

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General George S. Patton and Donald Trump

We don’t think that Donald Trump and General George S. Patton are just look-alikes, we believe that they could be twins somehow born decades apart. Patton was one of the most demanding military men of all time, a trait often tied to Trump.

Patton was also known for his lack of self-control and wearing pistols all the time; you can probably guess which one of those Trump has been accused of. Patton is now considered one of history’s great military strategists. Trump? The jury is still out on that.

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Turkish Revolutionist Mahir Cayan and Jimmy Fallon

Comedian Jimmy Fallon took over hosting duties on The Tonight Show in 2009 and since then the show’s audience has continued to grow thanks to his interviewing abilities and the addition of more songs, games and general merriment.

In the above photograph, you are not seeing double and it’s definitely not Jimmy with a mustache. You are lo Mahir Cayan, a Turkish revolutionist. Cayan was the leader of the People’s Liberation Party of Turkey and was killed in 1972.

Source: 12 Hilarious Famous Historical Doppelgangers

Justin Timberlake and an Unknown Man

This talented star from Memphis, Tennessee has conquered a lot of hearts during his career. Justin Timberlake is a singer, songwriter, actor and sometime-comedian.

Not only is he good at singing and dancing, apparently he has skills that venture into the realm of time travel. A photo of an unknown man taken in 1870 shows an incredible resemblance between the two of them. Was there a dapper fellow back in the late 1800s also telling people to cry him a river?

Source: Justin Timberlake’s historical doppelgänger is basically proof that he’s a time-traveler

Ellen DeGeneres and Philosopher Henry David Thoreau

One of the kindest, generous, funny and loving people on Earth is Ellen DeGeneres. She has been the host of her popular The Ellen DeGeneres Show for 16 years.

Her look-alike is the wise, smart and creative American poet, philosopher and essayist, Henry David Thoreau He is known for his work ‘Walden’ and his belief in Transcendentalism. The picture of Ellen was taken in 2010 and the image of Henry in 1856. Incredible, isn’t it?

Source: Henry David Thoreau

General Douglas MacArthur and Bruce Willis

An actor known for his roles in Hollywood blockbusters, Bruce Wills was born in Germany in 1955. After a producer discovered him while he was working as a bartender, Willis landed on Moonlighting later started blowing stuff up like only a movie star can in the Die Hard series.

Maybe Bruce got his moves and love for being a hero from General Douglas MacArthur, who commanded the Southwest Pacific Theatre during World War II and the United Nation forces during the Korean War.

Source: Douglas MacArthur

Jennifer Lawrence and Actress Zubaida Tharwat

Already an Oscar-nominated star when she landed the role of Katniss Everdeen in 2012’s “The Hunger Games,” Kentucky-born Jennifer Lawrence would later be named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. In 2012 she won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.

Zubaida Tharwat was an Egyptian actress born in 1940 in Alexandria, Egypt. During her brief acting career, she was known for her roles in “There Is a Man in Our House” and “Part Virgin.”

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Serena Williams and Civil Rights Advocate Betty Shabazz

One of the best American professional tennis players of all time is, of course, Serena Williams. She was ranked as the number one female tennis player on seven occasions and owns records for the most singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles. Serena is also one of the rare to win all four Grand Slam titles.

Her twin is Betty Shabazz, an American civil rights advocate. She is better known as Betty X and was the wife of Malcolm X.

Tiffani Thiessen and Priscilla Presley

American actress Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, born on January 23rd, 1974, starred in the “Saved by the Bell” TV sitcom where she played Kelly Kapowski, an overly perky character that did her best to keep her schoolmates’ attention on her.

Her time-traveling twin is Priscilla Ann Presley, best known as the wife of the King of rock and roll himself, Elvis Presley. She is also an actress and successful businesswoman who co-founded Elvis Presley Enterprises. Priscilla was born on May 24th, 1945.

Keanu Reeves and Painter Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel

American-Canadian actor Keanu Reeves entered the world of show business in the mid-’80s and gained worldwide fame about a decade later with roles in movies like Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and the Wachowski brothers’ “Matrix” trilogy.

His historical look-alike is French painter Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel, who was born in 1850. As a young artist, he studied at the Julian Academy in Paris and would later gain recognition for his painting “The Good Samaritan.”

Source: Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel

Hugh Grant and Oscar Wilde

Hugh Grant is one of Britain’s most charming actor who has won myriads of hearts across the globe playing Edward Ferrars in “Sense and Sensibility” and William Thacker in “Notting Hill.”

Grant is also known for his surprisingly colorful private life too, but not as much as his almost identical twin from the past, Oscar Wilde. The Dublin author, best known for “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” is also famous for being proudly out of the closet when it wasn’t socially accepted.

Mark Zuckerberg and King Philip IV of Spain

One of the wealthiest people on the planet, Mark Zuckerberg became rich and famous after he helped found Facebook. He still runs the company as its CEO and chairman, but also tries to help the world with his philanthropic activities.

Zuckerberg’s identical twin from a long-gone era is King Philip IV of Spain, a man who will be remembered as the ruler who failed to recover Spain’s influence as a political power but at least helped the Spanish art scene flourish during his reign.

Johnny Depp and German Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer

The notorious Jack Sparrow from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, the magnificent Willy Wonka from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and the mind-blowing Mad Hatter from “Alice in Wonderland” all have one thing in common: Johnny Depp, an actor who really knows how to bring his A-game to any project.

His look-alike pairing from the past is Arthur Schopenhauer, a 19th-century German philosopher who also knew how to stir up things a little, just in a different profession.

Source: Arthur Schopenhauer

Rupert Grint and Painter Sir David Wilkie

Actor Rupert Grint was born on August 24th, 1988, in England. He is best known for the role of Ron Weasley, a young magician and Harry Potter’s best friend from the Harry Potter movie series, but he also had other notable appearances in “Thunderpants” and “Into the White.”

His twin brother from centuries ago is Sir David Wilkie, a Scottish painter born in 1785, who honed his craft in Edinburgh and later at the Royal Academy Schools in London.

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Marshall Henry Twitchell and Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien is best known as a late night talk show host and comedy writer on many famous TV shows, including Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. Since 2010, O’Brien has been hosting Conan, a talk show airing each Monday on the cable channel TBS.

His twin from the past times is Marshall Henry Twitchell, a Union Army soldier from Vermont and later a Republican senator in the state of Louisiana.

Abolitionist John Brown and Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen kicked off his career in the mid ’80s with a series of movies like “Platoon,” “Wall Street,” “Major League” and “The Three Musketeers” before shifting gears to TV sitcoms with turns on “Spin City” and “Two and a Half Men.” Along the way, these roles brought him several Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations.

His twin from the past is John Brown, the 19th century American abolitionist who fought against slavery in the United States.

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Eddie Murphy and an Unknown Man

One of the most celebrated comedians of all time, Eddie Murphy started his career in the early 1980s. He gained a lot of attention during his stint on Saturday Night Live between 1980 and 1984. This was followed by a series of big movies like “Beverly Hills Cop,” “The Golden Child” and “The Nutty Professor,” throughout the ’80s and ’90s.

His blast from the past, on the other hand, is an unknown man who looks exactly like Eddie in period costume, but probably minus the comedic chops.

Natasha Richardson and Broadway Actress Maude Adams

Natasha Richardson was an incredibly talented actress, equally famed for her theater roles and the characters she played on the big screen. In 1994 Natasha co-starred with Jodie Foster in “Nell” along with her (at that time) husband Liam Neeson. Unfortunately, their Hollywood romance tragically ended with her passing in 2009.

Her twin sister of yesteryear is Maude Adams, a Broadway actress who is best known for playing the lead role in “Peter Pan” from 1906.

Francisco Goya's Painting and Anne Hathaway

She shares her name with the wife of Shakespeare and apparently her looks with an unknown officer painted by Francisco Goya at the beginning of the 19th century. Her name is Anne Hathaway and she is one of today’s most admired actresses. Hathaway has starred in “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Les Misérables” and “Brokeback Mountain.”

Unlike Hathaway, her twin from the past has become known thanks only to the famous Spanish painter who immortalized him on canvas.

Chris Cooper and Victor Hugo

Chris Cooper was born on July 9th, 1951, almost a century and a half after his famous twin from the past, Victor Hugo. This Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner has starred both on Broadway and Hollywood’s big screens in masterpieces like “Great Expectations,” “American Beauty,” and “Capote.”

The great French writer, Victor Hugo was born February 26th, 1802. His most notable works are the famous Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Source: Victor Hugo Biography

Philosopher John Locke and Adrien Brody

Adrian Brody is an American actor who started his career at the age of 15, and by the time he turned 29, he was already an Academy Award winner for Best Actor. His role of Wladyslaw Szpilman in Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” will always be remembered as one of the best of all times.

His long-ago twin is English philosopher John Locke. He is considered one of the most important thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment or the Age of Reason, and the father of liberalism.

Source: John Locke

Helena Bonham Carter and Singer Edith Piaf

British actress Helena Bonham Carter took everyone’s breath away in “A Room with a View” in 1985. Since then, she is credited with almost a hundred onscreen roles, including 1999’s “Fight Club,” 2007’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” and 2012’s “Les Miserables.”

Her twin sister from the past is Edith Piaf, one of the greatest French singers ever, whose famous tunes like “Non, je ne regrette rien,” “La vie en rose,” or “Milord” will always remind us of Paris.