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Old 08-25-2010, 11:44 AM
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Have you ever been mistaken for someone famous?

..or rich? last night we went to a new italian restaurant. It's small, and a bit pricy. We don't overdo often, but once in a while..
We have a 10 year old, Corvette. It's paid for. We keep it nice, it has less than 80k miles on it.
So, we parked on the street in front of the place, which is mostly outdoor seating. It was a beautiful evening. We were seated in the prime spot on the deck. It seemed we were our waiter's only customers. The owner came by to welcome us and ask if we would mind if the camera crew that was filming a commercial, included us.
The waiter offered us a wine from the owners private reserve, compliments of the owner. We had a wonderful dinner. We were then escorted to the door by the waiter, and the owner, who extracted promises to come again, soon. We went to the car with them waving like cruise ship revellers.

We then realized it was the CAR, not our scintillating company, that had caused all the attention.
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:52 AM
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Is it a Z06 or Lingenfelter or something? The C5 is a nice car, of course, but it doesn't really make me think "celebrity" or "tycoon."
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:59 AM
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Is it a Z06 or Lingenfelter or something? The C5 is a nice car, of course, but it doesn't really make me think "celebrity" or "tycoon."
Me either! There aren't many in Seattle, I guess. Here it is

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Old 08-25-2010, 12:01 PM
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Donny Osmond.

Really.

I look a lot like him in my wedding photos.

He's aged a bit better than I, however.
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:16 PM
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Paul Szep, formerly in charge of Editorial Cartoons at the Boston Globe (and an editorial cartoonist himself). My wife saw him at a First Night celebration and thought he was me.

Many years earlier, he was the subject of one of those "Dewar's Profiles" ads on the back of a magazine, and one of my co-workers cut it out, cut the name off, and posted it on my door. People kept coming up to me and seriously asking how I got into a whiskey ad.


In all fairness, his chin is a bit more Leno-esque, but even I am struck by how similar we loooked (I'm not sure if we still look the same)

http://harvardsquarelibrary.org/cfs2/paul_szep.php
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:43 PM
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This is more akin to picunurse's story. I have a work colleague whose daughter used to work for an internationally-known artist. When a nearby museum was hosting a large exhibition of the artist's work and I mentioned to my colleague that I wanted to see it, he said, "I'll let my daughter know. She can arrange for you to get a personal tour."

Let me tell you, the day I showed up for my personal tour, the museum staff were obviously DYING to know who the hell I was that I rated a phone call from the one of the artist's people and tried in various subtle ways to get it out of me. Since it wasn't going to do them any good to find out anyway (since I am just a poor art-loving schlub, not some well-connected rich person), I played coy the entire time. It sure was fun to be fawned over, though.
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:52 PM
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I can't give too many details or my anonymity will be void - suffice it to say that I share names with a rather famous/champion of a sport that I also used to play - when I entered into a local tournemant, the entire area was quite a flutter that 'oh my god - he's here? really? hope I get partnered with him" - while I was good, I was never _that_ good - and the collective let down of the crowd when they realized it was not him was quite humourous in a sad sort of way.

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Old 08-25-2010, 12:57 PM
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Not mistaken for, but I've been told I look like one of the Los Lonely Boys. Apparently one of them is far cuter than the others and I look like him.
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Old 08-25-2010, 01:34 PM
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When I was 18, some old dude stopped me in Dillard's and asked if I was John Daly. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated that week, and I admit my haircut and physique were a lot like his, and our faces are even sorta similar. Still, I was about 10 years too young, so the old guy was disappointed.
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Old 08-25-2010, 05:44 PM
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Not me personally, but my dad was often mistaken for Chicago food critic James Ward. We'd get seated immediately in crowded restaurants and more than a few times, our server told us that the manager had taken care of the bill. My dad completely played this up, to my horror.

I just googled James Ward and found his obituary. I hope my dad doesn't try to use his little scheme again:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/obituar...022709.article

And yeah, looking at the photo of Ward on that link, he did look a LOT like my dad.
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:13 PM
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This guard kind of followed me around the Picasso Museum in Paris in '98. I didn't feel harassed by though because he looked kind of friendly, etc.

Finally, he came over and told me he had thought I was Eddie Murphy. I look nothing like Eddie Murphy, by the way.

And, no, I don't think he was just trying to use that as a line to pick me up.

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Old 08-25-2010, 06:19 PM
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Lots of people say I look like Richard Dreyfus, and I occasionally get someone who thinks I’m John McCain.
My photo is on the Doper photo board here.

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Old 08-25-2010, 06:29 PM
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I've been mistaken for former pro wrestler Michael Hayes a couple of times. Similar hairstyle, size, general appearance.
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:11 PM
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I was walking in a hotel lobby by LAX in 1998. I was wearing a Dallas Cowboys hat.

A woman approached and seriously asked if my friend and I were famous.

Just to see what she would say, with a straight face I said, "I'm Troy Aikman of the Dallas Cowboys."

She flipped out and started getting all excited.

I told her I was just kidding, and I kept walking.
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:31 PM
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Not for anyone specific, but it did happen to me when I visited Los Angeles. I actually wrote a short essay about it, back when I thought I was going to go back to school for writing. Rather than tell the whole story or repost the essay, I'll just link to it for anyone who might be interested in reading it.

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Old 08-25-2010, 08:43 PM
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At a bar I frequent in Los Angeles, it is often commented upon that I look like Matt Damon (which I don't see, but I get it on the street a good bit as well, so I just go with it).

It got so bad around the time "The Bourne Supremacy" was released that I answered to "Supremacy" for about six months.

Anyway, there's this one old drunk at the bar who actually thinks I AM Matt Damon, and that the whole laughing it off when people call me by "my" name is my way of keeping it secret. He's promised me on a number of occasions that he won't tell anyone.

On one such occasion, I was flirting with a fine-looking young woman. I told her my actual name, we talked a while, she got up to use the bathroom, and old drunk gives me a big wink like he and I sure are putting one over on this girl.

Not for nothing old-timer, but if I were Matt Damon, my pickup line would be, "Hi. I'M MATT DAMON."
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:58 PM
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This happens to me waaay too much. What I don't get, is folks can't even agree on who I am.

I'm either this guy, this guy, or this guy. Seriously, I was accused of being all three in less than an hour last time I was up in Corpus. What really sucks, is I'm much sexier than any of them.
At least that's what my wife says.
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:01 PM
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This happens to me waaay too much. What I don't get, is folks can't even agree on who I am.

I'm either this guy, this guy, or this guy. Seriously, I was accused of being all three in less than an hour last time I was up in Corpus. What really sucks, is I'm much sexier than any of them.
At least that's what my wife says.
Gibby Haynes?!? That's an odd one.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:17 AM
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Check yer email.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:20 AM
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Although I have no Asian blood, I've been mistaken for Filipino actor Aga Muhlach on a number of times. Go figure.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:50 AM
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I've been said to look like Mats Sundin's younger brother and Clay Aiken

Not sure if it counts as being mistaken as a famous character but once when I walked out of a restaurant when it was pitch black night and I had bright blue hair an old, stoned guy freaked out for a second and thought I was a Sin City character.

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Old 08-26-2010, 01:31 AM
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One time this hot girl ran up to me wanting my autograph, because she thought I was one of the local radio DJs. Not only have I never been a radio DJ, I had just moved into Portland all of a week previous.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:26 AM
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I've been mistaken for George Carlin before. On one occasion, the doorman's error in thinking I was really George Carlin got me to the front of the line and into a popular place.

Of course, now that George Carlin has passed away, that won't be happening any more.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:51 AM
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Of course, now that George Carlin has passed away, that won't be happening any more.

Hey, man, I just saw George Carlin's ghost at the Cineplex, checking out that new movie!
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:58 AM
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Yesterday I had a couple of my sophomores tell me that I reminded them of Jamie from Mythbusters.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:14 AM
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A woman in a bar in Nashville (it was darkish and I think she had been there for a while) refused to believe I wasn't Phillip Seymore-Hoffman. I also got the same thing from a Lufthansa stewardess, but she at least believed me.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:17 AM
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I'm pretty sure this topic has been around before, and if so I remember saying that on one of our trips to Camden, Maine, in the 90's I was in a bookshop and asked a clerk about something and every head in the store turned to see who it was with the Southern accent and then at least two of them wanted to know if I was Shelby Foote. I offered to autograph some books if they liked, but that I would just be faking it.

I was flattered. I wasn't able to locate a picture of him that's close enough to how I look, but I used to point to http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/graphics/foote.jpg because it's such a tough photo.

Put some wire-rims on this one and it's not too far off: http://sidesalad.net/archives/ShelbyFoote.jpg
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:21 AM
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No, but my husband has been told on several occassions that he looks like Beck and has once had a very nervous person excitedly ask him if he was, in fact, the Beckster.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:40 AM
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Not in the US, but when I was in China apparently everyone thought I looked like this Canadian guy (who performs under the name "Da Shan") who is a very famous celebrity over there. I don't really look much like him at all, aside from the fact that we have the same hair color and we both wear glasses. All white people look the same, I guess.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:57 AM
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"One" of the Baldwin brothers. They never seem to know which one, just that I'm one of them. I couldn't be less flattered.

I've also heard that I looked like the guy from Castle but it's just resembled, not mistaken for.
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:00 AM
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Is it a Z06 or Lingenfelter or something? The C5 is a nice car, of course, but it doesn't really make me think "celebrity" or "tycoon."
So, maybe those people aren't so familiar with the cars in question and were impressed by the brand itself. In the opposite direction, I've known a proto-Ronette be impressed by a Miata (no Camaros in Spain).

And no, I've never been mistaken for someone rich or famous.
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:04 AM
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I've been told I look like Amy Lee (from Evanescence) but I don't see it.

BUT my husband has been very screamingly mistaken for Mark Wahlberg on more than one occasion.
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:14 AM
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More than once I was mistaken for the crazy guy who used to preach outside of one of our campus buildings. Somehow I don't think that counts.

I always wanted to put on a red hoodie and jeans (his trademark outfit) and start a little counter-preaching just to freak him out. I already freaked him out enough just by walking past him, because every time I walked near him he would actually stop and get flustered. Maybe he thought I was his Evil Twin.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:15 AM
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Someone once claimed I looked like Jack Nicholson, but as he was an Australian con artist in London trying to get to my money I didn't really believe him.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:41 AM
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A crazy woman in a shopping mall once asked me if I was Robert Urich. The more I denied it, the more firmly she believed it. This was around 1990 when I was about 21 and Urich 44. Hard to be offended at being mistaken for someone twice my age when it's Robert Urich.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:13 PM
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I'm fat and a redhead (sort-of). I have been mistaken for Mario Batali.

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Old 08-26-2010, 12:26 PM
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I am constantly being told that I look like Sarah Palin and in fact, have had countless strangers walk up to me to ask me if I am her.

I work at a very large Army medical facility, and especially during the last presidential election, this was an almost daily occurrence.

I couldn't be less flattered or thrilled. I don't think I look like her and we are miles apart in our political points of view.
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:08 PM
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I am constantly being told that I look like Sarah Palin and in fact, have had countless strangers walk up to me to ask me if I am her.

I work at a very large Army medical facility, and especially during the last presidential election, this was an almost daily occurrence.

I couldn't be less flattered or thrilled. I don't think I look like her and we are miles apart in our political points of view.
You should pretend to be her, and tell people you've changed your entire world view, then say something intelligent. They'd stop believing you are her, or you'd turn the flock around....
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:17 PM
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I'm constantly being mistaken for John Holmes.
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:21 PM
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I'm constantly being mistaken for John Holmes.
So you're decomposing?
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:30 PM
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Insert joke about "stiffs" here.

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Old 08-26-2010, 02:18 PM
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More than once I was mistaken for the crazy guy who used to preach outside of one of our campus buildings. Somehow I don't think that counts.

I always wanted to put on a red hoodie and jeans (his trademark outfit) and start a little counter-preaching just to freak him out. I already freaked him out enough just by walking past him, because every time I walked near him he would actually stop and get flustered. Maybe he thought I was his Evil Twin.
Gary the Willard Preacher? I miss that guy, sorta.
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:25 PM
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Back when Twin Peaks was on, some folks thought I looked like Kyle MacLachlan (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jJSCzAHbXm...400/Cooper.jpg), but no one ever freaked out over me. I don't look much like that anymore, anyway (http://www.nouilles.info/sdpix/46809.html).
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:33 PM
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Me? No. But my friend's dad has signed autographs as both Huey Lewis and Joe Montana (he lives in Daly City, which borders San Francisco).
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:39 PM
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I've been told I resemble Sean Penn, Gerard Depardieu, Shaggy from Scooby Doo and Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry).
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:11 AM
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I'm often mistaken for the Elephant Man when I'm out, also I bear a strong resemblance to someone who gets drunk alot and throws my clothes all around my room.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:49 AM
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In addition to being mistaken for Eddie Murphy, I left out my doppelgangers, although the others I've never been mistaken for.

Sammy Davis, Jr., Martin Lawrence and Steve Urkel.

What a mix, but at least they're all Black.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:37 AM
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In addition to being mistaken for Eddie Murphy, I left out my doppelgangers, although the others I've never been mistaken for.

Sammy Davis, Jr., Martin Lawrence and Steve Urkel.

What a mix, but at least they're all Black.
It's an honor to meet you, Mr. President!
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:41 PM
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People always used to ask me if I was Henry Rollins. I looked like him, sounded like him, and was as big an asshole as he was. I never actively used his name to my advantage, but there were times when people asked if I was him and I didn't disabuse them of the idea and I was given preferential treatment. This only happened when I was wearing long sleeves (to hide the fact that I didn't have his tattoos), and the lack of a Black Flag tattoo on my neck must have gone unnoticed.

My hair has thinned out some now and I keep it shorter so all I get now is "You look kinda like Henry Rollins." But 15 years ago I was a dead ringer.
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:45 PM
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Never been mistaken for him but apparently I look like Leonardo diCaprio. I don't see it but whatever. When I was younger it was James Dean.
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