A look-alike is a living person who closely resembles another living person. In popular Western culture, a look-alike is a person who bears a close physical resemblance to a celebrity, politician or member of royalty. A celebrity is a widely-recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention A politician (from Greek " Polis " is an individual who is involved in influencing public decision making through the influence of Politics or a person A monarchy is a Form of government in which supreme power is actually or nominally lodged in an individual who is the Head of state, often for life or Many look-alikes earn a living by making guest appearances at public events or performing on television or film, playing the person they resemble.
Look-alikes have also figured prominently at least since the 19th century in literature, and in the 20th and 21st centuries in film. Literature is the Art of written works Literally translated the word means "acquaintance with letters" (from Latin littera letter
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. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, (məntˈgʌmərɪ əv ˈæləmeɪn
M.E. Clifton James
, "Monty's double. Meyrick Edward Clifton James (1898 - 8 May 1963) was an actor and soldier notable for his resemblance to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
- Mikheil Gelovani, a Georgian actor and Joseph Stalin look-alike, played the Soviet leader in propaganda films of the 1930s and 1940s. Prince Mikheil Georgievich Gelovani (in Russian Михаил Георгиевич Геловани, January 6, 1893 - December 21, Georgia ( საქართველო, Sakartvelo) is a Transcontinental country in the Caucasus region situated at the dividing line between Joseph Stalin ( ნამდვილი გვარი ჯუღაშვილი|Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili; March 5 1953 was General Secretary of the Communist Party The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR was a constitutionally Socialist state that existed in Eurasia from 1922 to 1991
- Charlie Chaplin once during the '30s went to a Charlie Chaplin-look-alike competition and ended in third place.
- In 1944, shortly before D-Day, M.E. Clifton James, who bore a close resemblance to Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, was sent to Gibraltar and North Africa, in order to deceive the Germans about the location of the upcoming invasion. D-Day may also refer to Decimal Day in the United Kingdom. D-Day is a term often used in Military parlance to denote Meyrick Edward Clifton James (1898 - 8 May 1963) was an actor and soldier notable for his resemblance to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, (məntˈgʌmərɪ əv ˈæləmeɪn Gibraltar (dʒɨˈbrɒltər is a British overseas territory located near the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar North Africa or Northern Africa is the Northernmost Region of the African Continent, separated by the Sahara from Sub-Saharan This story was the subject of a book and film, I Was Monty's Double. I Was Monty's Double is a book by M E Clifton James, first published in London in 1954.
- A notable conspiracy theory holds that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a Canadian policeman named William Shears Campbell. " Paul is dead" is an Urban legend alleging that Paul McCartney of the British rock band The Beatles died in 1966 and Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942 is an English rock Singer, Bass guitarist songwriter Composer, Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page
- In the 1970s, actor-comedian Richard M. Dixon (born James LaRoe), look-alike to then-President Richard M. Nixon, gained some celebrity, portraying the president in the films, Richard (1972) and The Faking of the President (1976). He also appeared in the unreleased short film Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story. Short subject is a format description originally coined in the North American Film industry in the early period of cinema. " Men of Crisis The Harvey Wallinger Story " is a Short film directed by Woody Allen in 1971.
- Jeannette Charles has, since the early 1970s, worked as a look-alike to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Jeannette Charles (born October 15, 1927) is a Look-alike actress of Queen Elizabeth II. For the ship see RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Context States headed by Elizabeth II
- Saddam Hussein allegedly employed several look-alikes for political purposes during his Iraq reign, though this has been disputed by some analysts. Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti ( Arabic: ar صدام حسين عبد المجيد التكريتي --> April 28 1937 &ndash December 30 A political decoy is a person employed to Impersonate a Politician, in order to draw attention away from the real person or to take risks on their behalf For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iraq topics.  According to a CBS 60 Minutes segment in late January 2008, Saddam Hussein denied to an American interrogator that he had employed doubles. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. Not to be confused with the BBC news magazine program Sixty Minutes (TV series.
- The BBC comedy programme Doubletake made extensive use of look-alikes playing their doubles in apparently embarrassing situations, seen through CCTV cameras and amateur video, using distance shots and shaky camera-work to disguise the true identity of those being filmed. Doubletake was a BBC Comedy programme created by Alison Jackson. Closed-circuit television ( CCTV) is the use of Video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place limited set of monitors Due to the nature of this programme and conditions of filming, many of the world's most authentic lookalikes boycotted the project leaving the producer to rely on the careful use of soft focus, lighting and carefully positioned camera angles to make the mainly amateur lookalikes resemble the characters they portrayed.
- Armando Ianucci's Friday Night Armistice (1996–98) featured "the bus of Dianas", a bus full of Princess Diana look-alikes which was dispatched to "care" at the sites of various minor tragedies. Armando Iannucci (ɑrˈmændoʊ jəˈnuːtʃɪ (born 1964 is a Scottish Comedian, Writer, Satirist and Radio producer. The Saturday Night Armistice (later The Friday Night Armistice) was a 1995 satirical television comedy programme presented by Armando Iannucci
- Steve Sires, a look-alike of Microsoft's Bill Gates, came to attention when he attempted to trademark "Microsortof", and subsequently acted in Microsoft commercials. Steve Sires is a Bill Gates Impersonator who lives in Bothell, Washington, near Microsoft Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational Computer technology Corporation, which rose to dominate the Home computer If you would like to experiment with Wikipedia please copy He became especially famous for his role in the 2002 film, Nothing So Strange, in which his character makes a speech, looks up and is assassinated. Nothing So Strange is a 2002 film shot in the style of an " independent documentary " directed by Brian Flemming.
- UK Big Brother contestant Chantelle Houghton once worked briefly and unsuccessfully for a look-alike agency as a Paris Hilton look-alike, subsequently earning her the nickname "Paris Travelodge". Big Brother is a Reality television series broadcast in the United Kingdom and Chantelle Vivien Houghton (previously Preston) (born 21 August 1983 Brentwood Essex, England) was billed as the first 'non-celebrity' Travelodge refers to several hotel chains around the world Current operations include United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and After Houghton won series 4 of Celebrity Big Brother, the same agency had already signed up another more authentic and professional model as a Paris Hilton look-alike who was briefly also offered as a fake "Chantelle".
- UK Richard and Judy ran a competition for Little Britain Lookalikes in 2005 and after the live final broadcast on Friday January 28th 2005 on Channel Four Two winning contestants Gavin Pomfret and Stuart Morrison formed a Little Britain Tribute act called Littler Britain who due to their popularity on Myspace and Facebook have become the most popular lookalikes in the world. Richard Madeley (born May 13, 1956) and Judith 'Judy' Finnigan (born May 16, 1948) are married Television presenters. Channel 4 is a public-service Television and Radio broadcaster in the United Kingdom centred around a television channel of the same name which began MySpace is a popular social networking Website offering an interactive user-submitted network of friends personal profiles blogs groups photos music and Facebook is a social networking Website launched on February 4 2004
- Alexandre Dumas, père's The Man in the Iron Mask (1850; the third part of Dumas' novel, The Vicomte de Bragelonne), involving King Louis XIV of France and an identical twin. The Man in the Iron Mask (French L'Homme au Masque de Fer (died November 1703 was a prisoner who was held in a number of jails including the Bastille The Vicomte of Bragelonne Ten Years Later ( Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas père. Early years Birth and ancestry Louis XIV was born in the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye on September 5 1638 and bore the Heir apparent Twins are Offspring resulting from the same Pregnancy, either of the same or opposite Sex.
- Charles Dickens' novel, A Tale of Two Cities (1859), two of whose characters, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton, look nearly identical. A Tale of Two Cities (1859 is the second Historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the Charles Darnay or St Evremonde is a fictional character in the novel A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. Sydney Carton is a significant character in the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
- Mark Twain's first historical fiction (1882) — the novel, The Prince and the Pauper, in which Prince Edward, son of Henry VIII of England, and his pauper look-alike, Tom Canty, trade places. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30 1835 – April 21 1910 better known by the Pen name Mark Twain, was an American Humorist, satirist Historical fiction is a sub-genre of Fiction that often portrays alternate accounts or dramatization of historical figures or events The Prince and the Pauper is a novel by Mark Twain. It was first published in 1881 in Canada before its 1882 publication in the United States Edward VI (12 October 1537 &ndash 6 July 1553 became King of England and Ireland on 28 January 1547 and was crowned on 20 February at the age of nine Henry VIII (28 June 1491 &ndash 28 January 1547 was King of England and Lord of Ireland, later King of Ireland and claimant to the Kingdom of
- Anthony Hope's novel, The Prisoner of Zenda (1894), in which a man impersonates a king whom he closely resembles, when the king is abducted by enemies on the eve of his coronation. Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins, better known as Anthony Hope (9 February 1863 – 8 July 1933 was an English novelist and playwright The Prisoner of Zenda is an Adventure novel by Anthony Hope, published in 1894. An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the Behavior or actions of another
- Bolesław Prus' novel, Pharaoh (1895), whose characters include the Haranian Phut (aka the Chaldean priest Berossus) and his look-alike (chapter 20), and the protagonist Ramses and his look-alike and nemesis, Lykon; also, chapter 33 refers to look-alikes of an earlier pharaoh, Ramses the Great. Bolesław Prus (pronounced [bɔ'lεswaf 'prus]; Hrubieszów, August 20 1847 &ndash May 19 1912 Warsaw) whose actual name was Pharaoh (Faraon is the fourth and last major Novel by the Polish writer Bolesław Prus. For the village in Azerbaijan see Haran Azerbaijan. In the Bible, Haran is the name of a man and of a place (Main list of acronyms and initialisms a - (s Atto A - (s Ampere A - (i acro (joke acronym Chaldea (from Greek grc Χαλδαία Chaldaia; Akkadian akk māt Kaldu Hebrew כשדים Kaśdim, "the Chaldees" of the The Protagonist or main character is the central figure of a story. Pharaoh is the title given in modern parlance to the ancient Egyptian kings of all periods
- Robert Heinlein's novel Double Star (1956) in which a down-and-out actor first portrays, then replaces, a powerful political figure. Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7 1907 – May 8 1988 was an American Novelist and Science fiction Writer. Double Star is a Science fiction Novel by Robert A Heinlein, first serialized in Astounding Science Fiction
- Christopher Priest's novel, The Prestige (1995), story of two rival magicians, one of whom uses his twin brother as a double in a disappearing-and-reappearing act. Christopher Priest (born July 14, 1943 in Cheadle, near Stockport, Greater Manchester) is an English novelist whose notable works The Prestige is a 1995 novel by British writer Christopher Priest. Body Double is a 1984 film directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, and Dennis Franz.
- Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities (see "Literature," above) has been produced as three film versions between 1911 and 1958, as well as television and stage adaptations. A Tale of Two Cities (1859 is the second Historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the A Tale of Two Cities (1859 is the second Historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the
- Anthony Hope's novel The Prisoner of Zenda (see "Literature", above) has been the basis for many film and stage adaptations, the first film version being in 1913; the best-known film version is John Cromwell's 1937 film. Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins, better known as Anthony Hope (9 February 1863 – 8 July 1933 was an English novelist and playwright The Prisoner of Zenda is an Adventure novel by Anthony Hope, published in 1894. The Prisoner of Zenda is an Adventure novel by Anthony Hope, published in 1894. Elwood Dager John Cromwell ( December 23, 1887 – September 26, 1979) was an American Film director, Actor The Prisoner of Zenda is a 1937 Black-and-white Adventure film based on the Anthony Hope 's this is considered by many to be the definitive
- Mark Twain's novel The Prince and the Pauper (see "Literature," above) has been the basis for many film and stage adaptations, the earliest film version being in 1920. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30 1835 – April 21 1910 better known by the Pen name Mark Twain, was an American Humorist, satirist The Prince and the Pauper is a novel by Mark Twain. It was first published in 1881 in Canada before its 1882 publication in the United States The Prince and the Pauper is a novel by Mark Twain. It was first published in 1881 in Canada before its 1882 publication in the United States
- Alexandre Dumas, père's, The Man in the Iron Mask (see "Literature," above) has been adapted into eight film versions between 1929 and 1998. The Man in the Iron Mask (French L'Homme au Masque de Fer (died November 1703 was a prisoner who was held in a number of jails including the Bastille
- The 1932 musical film The Phantom President depicts a man who is eminently qualified to be President of the United States but who is unlikely to be elected because he is dull and lacks charisma. The Phantom President is a 1932 film directed by Norman Taurog, and starring George M Fortunately, he has an exact double: a patent-medicine salesman and vaudeville hoofer who is a charismatic campaigner but has no actual political qualifications. The film cynically suggests that most American voters would prefer the latter to the former. Both roles are played by legendary song-and-dance man George M. Cohan. George Michael Cohan ( July 3, 1878 &ndash November 5, 1942) was a United States Entertainer, Playwright, Although a weak movie, The Phantom President is historically significant as the only film record of Cohan's song-and-dance performance.
- Jerzy Kawalerowicz's film Pharaoh (1966) is adapted from Bolesław Prus' novel, Pharaoh (see "Literature", above). Jerzy Kawalerowicz ( January 19 1922 &ndash December 27 2007) was a Polish Film director. Pharaoh ( Polish: Faraon) is a 1966 Polish film directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz and adapted from the eponymous Bolesław Prus (pronounced [bɔ'lεswaf 'prus]; Hrubieszów, August 20 1847 &ndash May 19 1912 Warsaw) whose actual name was Pharaoh (Faraon is the fourth and last major Novel by the Polish writer Bolesław Prus.
- Paul Mazursky's film Moon over Parador (1988), in which a man who is filming in a fictional country in Latin America called Parador, is forced to play the role of the country's late president, whom he closely resembles. Paul Mazursky (born April 25, 1930) is an American Film director, Screenplay writer and Actor. Moon over Parador is a ( 1988) Romantic comedy Film, starring Richard Dreyfuss, Raul Julia and Sonia Braga. A fictional country is a Country that is made up for fictional stories
- Gary Ross' film Dave (1993), in which an impersonator is hired by the president's Chief of Staff as a temporary decoy. Gary Ross (born November 3, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is an American Writer, director and Actor Dave is a 1993 Comedy-drama movie written by Gary Ross, directed by Ivan Reitman, and starring Kevin Kline (in An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the Behavior or actions of another The White House Chief of Staff is the highest-ranking member of the Executive Office of the President of the United States and a senior aide to the President A decoy is usually a person device or event meant as a distraction to conceal what an individual or a group might be looking for
- The 2002 film Bubba Ho-Tep starred Bruce Campbell in the role of an elderly Elvis Presley who had traded places with an Elvis impersonator named Sebastian Haff (also played by Campbell), and now lived in a nursing home. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Bubba Ho-tep is the title of a Novella by Joe R Lansdale which originally appeared in the anthology The King Is Dead Tales of Elvis Post-Mortem Bruce Lorne Campbell (born June 22 1958) is an American Actor, producer, Writer and director. An Elvis impersonator is someone who impersonates or copies famed American musician Elvis Presley, either as a Hobby, a Career in Entertainment SNF redirects here For the sports show see NBC Sunday Night Football.
- The 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith features actor Wayne Pygram, who, in the film, looks remarkably like Peter Cushing. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 Space opera Film written and directed by George Lucas. Wayne Pygram (born October 13, 1959) is an Australian Actor, known for his role as Scorpius in the science fiction series Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE (26 May 1913—11 August 1994 was an English actor known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played Baron Frankenstein Through stock footage, the film's producers wanted Cushing to reprise his role of Grand Moff Tarkin from Star Wars. Grand Moff Governor Wilhuff Tarkin is a Fictional character in the Star Wars universe andwas one of the two main antagonists in Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope (originally released as Star Wars) is a 1977 Space opera However, the footage was deemed unusable.
- The Prestige (2006), directed by Christopher Nolan, and adapted from the novel by Christopher Priest, in which two rival magicians employ doubles in their astonishing disappearing-reappearing acts. The Prestige is a 2006 period film directed by Christopher Nolan, with a screenplay adapted from Christopher Priest 's 1995 Christopher Jonathan James Nolan (born July 30 1970 is a Film director, writer and producer. The Prestige is a 1995 novel by British writer Christopher Priest. Christopher Priest (born July 14, 1943 in Cheadle, near Stockport, Greater Manchester) is an English novelist whose notable works Body Double is a 1984 film directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, and Dennis Franz.
- Vikramarkudu (2006), Tollywood film in which Ravi Teja plays a dual role. Vikramarkudu (విక్రమార్కుడు ( Dubbed into malayalam as vikramathithya) is a Tollywood film released on June 23, 2006 Ravi Teja (రవి తేజ born January 26, 1968) is an Indian Telugu film actor
- The film "Goal III" (due for general cinema release during 2008) is set during the 2006 soccer World Cup and features convincing look-alike doubles for Sven-Goran Eriksson, Frank Lampard and others who blend the transition from archive footage of the tournament with the fictional action depicted. Sporting competitions named World Cup include FIFA World Cup (men's football(soccer FIFA Women's World Cup (women's football(soccer Sven-Göran Eriksson ( born February 5 1948 is a Swedish football manager, who is currently the manager of the Mexico national football team. Frank James Lampard Jr (born 20 June 1978 in Romford, London) is an English football Midfielder currently playing for Premier Stock footage, and similarly archive footage, library pictures and file footage are Film or Video
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See also Assassinations have formed a major plot element in various works of fiction and have also attracted scholarly attention Body Double is a 1984 film directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, and Dennis Franz. A doppelgänger ( or fetch is the ghostly double of a living person a sinister form of Bilocation. An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the Behavior or actions of another Biological mimicry occurs when a group of organisms the mimics, have A political decoy is a person employed to Impersonate a Politician, in order to draw attention away from the real person or to take risks on their behalf Simulacrum (plural -cra also -crums from the Latin simulacrum which means "likeness similarity" is first recorded in the English language in the late Stand-In ( 1937) is a Hollywood movie which shows the industry's own opinion on unions and the workers of Hollywood© 2009 citizendia.org; parts available under the terms of GNU Free Documentation License, from http://en.wikipedia.org
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