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.
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.
2. Zuckerberg And Philip IV – Just Two Kings With The Same Face
Fair skin, big bright eyes, red hair, and freckles are only some of the characteristics we recognize in one of the most influential men of the 21st century. The pioneer of the largest social network in the world ‘Facebook’ and one of the youngest billionaires on the globe, Mark Zuckerberg gives the impression of a down-to-earth individual whom you’d just walk by in the street without noticing anything extraordinary about him.
His 17th-century counterpart also stood on the throne, quite literally though. King Philip IV was the king of Spain from 1621-1640 and he remained remembered by having a fondness for art and courageous leadership of his country during the Thirty Years’ War.
It seems like these two men were born to be leaders.
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.