Cousins Tsar Nicholas II (left) and King George V in German military uniforms, Berlin, before World War I
Cousins Tsar Nicholas II (left) and King George V in German military uniforms, Berlin, before World War I

A look-alike, double, or doppelgänger is a person who bears a strong physical resemblance to another person, excluding cases like twins and other instances of family resemblance.

Some look-alikes have been notable individuals in their own right, such as Britain's King George V and Russia's Tsar Nicholas II, who bore a striking resemblance to each other (they were first cousins). Other notable look-alikes have been notable solely for resembling well-known individuals, such as Clifton James, who acted as a double for British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery during World War II.

Some look-alikes who have resembled celebrities have worked as entertainers, impersonating them on stage and screen, or at venues like parties and corporate functions. Professional look-alikes have often been represented by talent agencies specializing in celebrity impersonators.[1]

Close physical resemblance between two or more individuals is also a common plot point in works of fiction.

Notable look-alikes

Fictional look-alikes

Literature

Film

Television

Musicals

Video games

See also

Notes

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  8. ^ Leibowitz, Ben. "Celebrity Doppelgangers for NBA Stars". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2022-04-17. Kidding aside, Andrew Bynum and Tracy Morgan look extremely alike. It's almost as if Morgan could be Bynum's long-lost father.
  9. ^ "Tracy Morgan Plays for the Lakers?!?". TMZ. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  10. ^ Bolesław Prus, Pharaoh, translated from the Polish by Christopher Kasparek, 2nd, revised ed., Warsaw, Polestar Publications, ISBN 83-88177-01-X, and New York, Hippocrene Books, 2001.
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