Leonardo DiCaprio. John Travolta. Eminem. Ellen DeGeneres. Other than being rich and famous, what do they all have in common? They all have historical doppelgängers! That’s right. All of these famous people, celebrities, Hollywood stars, whatever you like to call them, look just like people in old photos. From George Washington or an old Pope to your average random 19th-century gentleman, these celebrities all have doppelgängers in historical photos, if you look closely.
Some of history’s twins were famous in their own lives, while others are not known to anyone. There’s photographic evidence of some, and only painting or sculpture of others (hey, those were based on real people too, right?). Some of these famous doppelgängers in old photos have a few features similar to those of the world’s biggest celebrities (Bruce Willis and General Douglas MacArthur have the same eyes, for example), but others are total ringers for today’s stars (are Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves, and Peter Dinklage vampires or time travelers?). Maybe these stars could play their past selves in a period piece.
Check out this list of celebrities who look like people from history and vote up the historical lookalikes you think to resemble each other the most.
1. Painter Louis-Maurice Boutet Is Really The Immortal Keanu Reeves
Whether you loved him as Neo in Matrix or you preferred his action-packed role in John Wick, we all had a major relief once Keanu returned to the big screen after a huge break in his career. Although the actor still remains shy about his personal life and avoids public limelight, it’s always endearing to see him appear on the screen.
It seems like this Hollywood star has an equally famous doppelganger. As destiny has it, he’s also an artist but he was born in 1850, just over a century apart. Louis-Maurice Boutet was a famous French painter whose legacy still lives in some of his watercolor masterpieces. He also gained fame by illustrating children’s books.
The resemblance is striking indeed.