15 Actors Who Portrayed Other Famous Actors

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15 Actors Who Portrayed Other Famous Actors

The movie industry is certainly one of the most interesting ventures of entertainment. It has produced movies on historical figures, politicians, fictional characters and even the pioneers of the industry itself. Playing a role is hard enough but portraying another famous actor is quite a handful and the following are 15 actors who portrayed other famous actors:


15. Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly

actress nicole kidman as grace kelly

Nominated for three Academy Awards and winning one, Nicole Kidman is one of the most outstanding actresses in Hollywood today and always manages to have the spotlight on her with breath-taking performances and the role of Grace Kelly was no different.

Starring as the future Princess of Monaco in Grace of Monaco, Kidman reintroduced the grace in the deceased actresses but the performance was overlooked due to the poor execution on the part of Olivier Dahan while directing the movie.


14. Geoffrey Rush as Peter Sellers

Actor Geoffrey Rush as Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers was one of the most influential actors and comedians of his time. Best known for his role of clueless Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series, the actor’s life was a major contrast with the comedic antics of the roles he portrayed throughout his illustrious career.

From his struggles of making it big in the business to having a proper life of his own, Academy Award winning actor Geoffrey Rush recreated the magic of Sellers by starring as the title character in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and received much acclaim.


13. Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

There is no other actress more synonymous with beauty and glamour than Marilyn Monroe. Once her aim of becoming a model was achieved, she immersed in international superstardom and continues to serve as an inspiration of every women who dreams to make it big.

Sure that Monroe has been portrayed by a dozen actresses in theatre and movies, it is Michelle Williams who stands out as the remarkable one. Bringing the spirit of the dazzling diva back to life in My Week With Marilyn, the actress won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for the role.


12. Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley

Johnathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley

Regarded as the most significant musician in rock and roll, Elvis Presley was able to utilize his charisma in music and catapult himself to a successful movie career. As strange as it may sound, the American icon was portrayed by an Irish actor in the CBS miniseries Elvis.

When Jonathan Rhys Meyers was hired to replicate the King’s journey from his high school years to immense fame, he certainly had big shoes to fill and the dedicated performance paid off as the actor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for the role.


11. Jessica Lange as Frances Farmer

Jessica Lange as Frances Farmer

The sensationalized life of actress Frances Farmer can make anyone think twice about entering the show business due to the immense risks of their lives engaging in emotional troubles and psychological dilemmas. Once her career dwindled following an arrest and involuntary commitment to a mental asylum, Farmer realized how cruel the spotlight can be.

The transcendence of the actress and her decline were the subject of the biopic Frances with Jessica Lange in the lead. The role established herself as a force to be reckoned with among the Hollywood actresses as she got her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress but lost to Meryl Streep.


10. Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh

Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh

The 2012 Alfred Hitchcock biopic Hitchcock starring Anthony Hopkins as the master of suspense was met with mixed reviews but the overall performances of the star-studded cast was widely appreciated.

The movie revolves around the director’s time during the shoot of his most acclaimed thriller-horror film Psycho and that is where Scarlett Johansson comes in.

Playing the lead female role of the film Janet Leigh, the actress did not treat her character as a filler personality and made sure she gave a very resounding performance which she credited the make-up and wardrobe team for.


9. Jennifer Love Hewitt as Audrey Hepburn

Jennifer Love Hewitt as Audrey Hepburn

As far as physical and facial resemblance is concerned, that is not the only thing that matters when it comes to pulling off a good biopic and The Audrey Hepburn Story is an example.

The movie was anything but great. Nonetheless, the performance of Jennifer Love Hewitt starring as the actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn was noticed and received much appraise.


8. Vidya Balan as Silk Smitha

Vidya Balan as Silk Smitha

As one of the most anticipated Bollywood movies of its time, The Dirty Picture showcased a very erotic plot partially based on the acting career of South Indian actress Silk Smitha – portrayed by none other than Vidya Balan.

Utilizing the harsh elements of the personal and backstage problems faced by the exotic performer during her troubled times, the movie heavily relied on emotional scenes as well and won tons of awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress by Balan.