Friends and acquaintances who remind us of someone famous

November 13, 2017 No Comments

Here’s a fun exercise. Every so often we’re going to add photos of famous people you should know and alongside them, we’ll add the people who we believe to be almost dead ringers or the people who often hear, “Golly, has anyone ever told you, you look like so and so?” If you have someone to add to our listing, please send it along. The more the merrier.


We’ve all heard it: “You know who you remind me of?” And then hopefully we get a response that’s positive rather than the fatal, “Buddy, you’re losing it. You are so off base. I think someone needs to get their eyes checked.” Well, here’s our latest attempt to get more positives than negatives. What we’ll do is sprinkle in a few doppelgangers just to placate the most vociferous of critics.

The first of our lookalikes is Andrea Medina one of the very best USA Amateur Boxers who in April of 2010 when the movie Kick Ass was released, started to get all these telephone calls from family and friends to tell her how much she resembled the star of the movie, child actor Chloe Grace Moretz.

With our second entry, you just have to agree the homerun hitter (up top), Manny Machado, the star 3rd baseman of the Baltimore Orioles could easily be mistaken for our compadre, undefeated Pro boxer Adrian Vargas (13-0-1) from The Arena.

The co-owner of Muay Thai America in North Hollywood, David Huey (right) agrees with our assessment and told us of a great many times when strangers would come up to him and ask him, “Are you that famous Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan?”

Actor Woody Harrelson and Pacific Beach lifeguard Chris “Bam Bam” Pharo are both very athletic, both are the same height and weight, and when it comes to temperament, facial expressions, smile and sense of humor, it’s uncanny how alike they are.

Which of these gentlemen is the celebrated actor, director, musician, singer, comedian, and author Hugh Laurie who from 2004 until 2012 played Dr. Gregory House on the popular TV medical drama, House? Too easy? Laurie’s cane gives him away, plus the other gentleman appears to be on an airport shuttle and wearing a badge worn by United Airlines employees.

If you don’t know these two gentlemen than you’ve been living under a rock. (left) You have the 13th President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, who was labeled the most forgettable president of all time. Born in New York, Fillmore, switched political parties, going from the Whigs to the Know Nothing Party. To his credit, he did open Japan to the outside world while his present-day successor, Donald John Trump, appears to be headed in a different direction in his dealings with North Korea. Up until fellow New Yorker, Donald Trump was elected President, Fillmore was considered the most lampooned president of all time. (photo right) Alec Baldwin, his lookalike, is a comedic actor, who is currently having fun lampooning the current President Donald John Trump on the popular TV Show, Saturday Night Live. Wow! Far too many coincidences.

No caption needed for our beloved sitting President (left). The other gentleman has everyone chuckling on Saturday night.

The man who needs no introduction! Cameron Thomson (c) is a Muaythai fighter from the California Mixed Martial Arts Club of Los Angeles. Chad George from Bellator MMA fame is his coach. The gentleman, who bears a noticeable resemblance to Thomson, is comedic actor Will Ferrell. Unlike Thomson, the Ferrell needs to be the center of attention. That’s why he has his face plastered all over the Internet, TV and in the movies.

(top row) Actor William DeMeo from the movie “Back in the Day”, bottom rows: boxer Gamaliel Diaz. Bottom right photo is the most up-to-date photo we could find of the 36-year-old former Super Featherweight Champion of the world.

After losing back to back title fights in 2008 and 2009, many believed Mexican boxer Gamaliel Diaz was washed up. Instead, Diaz proved his critics wrong and went on to win 13 straight bouts. In early September of 2012, Diaz was offered this golden opportunity to fight for the Title against southpaw Takahiro Ao in his hometown of Tokyo, Japan. With it being Ao’s fourth title defense, hardly anyone believed Diaz had a chance. This boxing scribe just happened to be watching that October 27th fight and was amazed at how Diaz completely shut down the Japanese champion to win a 12 round unanimous decision. After that “against all odds” performance, this boxing scribe kept tabs on Diaz’s career. Years later, a friend from Philadelphia mentioned there was a writer/actor William DeMeo from the Bronx who resembled Diaz and that he was about to star in a movie he wrote called Back in the Day. “Check it out!”, he advised. The movie, set in Philadelphia, was about a young boxer who was taken under the wing of a mob boss after his mother died and father was run out of town for being an abusive alcoholic. After watching this movie, I had to agree. The actor/writer had the same mannerisms, expressions, and delivery as the Champ. They could easily be confused. Watch the movie and you’ll agree.

In the latter part of 2017, the 27-year-old actor Luke Bracey was hired to replace Nacho Figueras as the face of Ralph Lauren’s Fragrance Polo Red. The changing of the guard came about as the franchise was preparing to kick off a relaunch plus an addition of a third scent, Polo Red Extreme.

Los Angeles Rams’ head coach Sean McVay

The Los Angeles Rams’ new head coach is the youngest in NFL history. Sean McVay, who is all of 30 years old, beat the record formerly held by Lane Kiffin, who was 31 when he was named head coach of the Raiders in 2007. McVay entered the league in 2008 as a Tampa Bay assistant wide receivers coach and then spent the last three seasons as an offensive coordinator in Washington. Age-wise, the Rams are a good fit for McVay, as they have the youngest roster in the NFL and just one player older than McVay who replaced Jeff Fisher who went 4-12 last season.

Whose photo is it? (top, l to r) actors Joseph Gordon-Lewitt and Heath Ledger; actors Bradley Cooper and Ralph Fiennes; (bottom, l to r) Turkish Revolutionary Mahir Cayan and Jimmy Fallon; and finally movie actor Russell Crowe and TV Actor Ben McKenzie from The OC and Southland.

(top, l to r) Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry; Amy Smart and Peta Wilson; (bottom) Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman; Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rose Wilder Lane, prolific author of short stories, novels, and magazine articles, plus daughter of Laura Wilder, the lady responsible for the Little House books which led to the Little House on the Prairie TV series. 

(l to r) General Douglas MacArthur, actor Bruce Willis; actor Keanu Reeves plus a subject in one of Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel’s paintings; Rupert Grint and Sir David Wilkie; and Justin Timberlake along with his likeness from olden times.

Interesting, but little known, facts about our former President Barack Obama (left). On the right is a lookalike. 1. Obama’s late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan government. 2. Obama can speak Spanish. 3. After getting rid of his gas-guzzling Chrysler 300, the former President now drives a Ford Escape Hybrid. 4. In high school, the former President was known as “O’Bomber” for his ability to drain the 3-pointers. In 1996, Obama visited Wokingham, Berkshire, England for the stag party of his half-sister’s fiancé, but left when a stripper arrived. 5. The energetic Obama can still bench press 200 lbs.  

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