65 Actors Who Played Real People In a Biopic And Totally Pulled It Off

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When shooting a biographical film or biopic in short, there are a lot of different things to consider because the movie is based on actual events and people. One of the most important things to consider is casting, the director needs to chose his leading actor wisely and choose someone who will not only look similar to the real person he plays, but also have the right acting style to pull it off. However even after casting the perfect actor, things don’t end there, a good makeup team is needed to help create the character and bring the famous figure to life through the actor. Many actors and directors consider biopics to be most difficult to create and one of the most rewarding when done right. The historical characters have a lifetime of stories behind them and the actor playing the role must understand their story and state of mind to be able to convey the part. Check out this massive list of 65 actors who played a real person in a biopic.

1: T.E. Lawrence played by Peter O’Toole

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2: Colonel Joshua Chamberlain played by Jeff Daniels

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3: Bernie Tiede played by Jack Black

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4: Dorothy Dandridge played by Halle Berry

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5: Little Edie played by Drew Barrymore

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6: David Foster Wallace played by Jason Segel

Actors play real people 6

7: Abraham Lincoln played by Daniel Day‑Lewis

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8: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi played by Ben Kingsley

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9: Adolf Hitler played by Bruno Ganz

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10: Steve Jobs played by Ashton Kutcher

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11: Steve Jobs played by Michael Fassbender

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12: Malcolm X played by Denzel Washington

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13: Selena Quintanilla played by Jennifer Lopez

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14: Margaret Thatcher played by Meryl Streep

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15: HM Queen Elizabeth II played by Helen Mirren

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16: Alfred Hitchcock played by Anthony Hopkins

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17: Johnny Cash played by Joaquin Phoenix

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18: Hunter S Thompson played by Johnny Depp

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19: Alfred Hitchcock played by Toby Jones

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20: Grace Kelly played by Nicole Kidman

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21: Frida Kahlo played by Salma Hayek

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22: Harvey Milk played by Sean Penn

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23: Ludwig van Beethoven played by Gary Oldman

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24: Bruce Lee played by Jason Scott Lee

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25: Georges Méliès played by Ben Kingsley

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26: Howard Hughes played by Leonardo DiCaprio

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27: Che Guevara played by Benicio Del Toro

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28: Sarah Palin played by Julianne Moore

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29: Buddy Holly played by Gary Busey

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30: Claus von Stauffenberg played by Tom Cruise

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31: Stephen Hawking played by Eddie Redmayne

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32: Richard Milhous Nixon played by Anthony Hopkins

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33: Édith Piaf played by Marion Cotillard

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34: Winston Churchill played by Albert Finney

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35: Jackson Pollock played by Ed Harris

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36: Andy Kaufman played by Jim Carrey

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37: Muhammad Ali played by Will Smith

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38: Niki Lauda played by Daniel Brühl

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39: John Eleuthère Du Pont played by Steve Carell

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40: June Carter Cash played by Reese Witherspoon

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41: Truman Capote played by Philip Seymour Hoffman

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42: Sam Riley played by Ian Curtis

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43: Truman Capote played by Toby Jones

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44: Alan Turing played by Benedict Cumberbatch

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45: Sid Vicious played by Gary Oldman

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46: Pablo Escobar played by Andrés Parra

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47: Pablo Escobar played by Wagner Moura

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48: Marilyn Monroe played by Michelle Williams

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49: Bob Dylan played by Cate Blanchett

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50: Princess Diana Mountbatten-Windsor  played by Naomi Watts

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51: Mark Zuckerberg played by Jesse Eisenberg

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52: Coco Chanel played by Audrey Tautou

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53: George S Patton played by George C Scott

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54: Fanny Brice played by Barbara Streisand

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55: Jim Morrison played by Val Kilmer

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56: Jimi Hendrix played by André 3000

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57: Ray Charles played by Jamie Foxx

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58: Salvador Dali played by Adrien Brody

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59: Vincent Van Gogh played by Kirk Douglas

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60: Pablo Picasso played by Anthony Hopkins

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61: Charlie Chaplin played by Robert Downey Jr.

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62: Oscar Wilde played by Stephen Fry

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63: Oskar Schindler played by Liam Neeson

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64: Nelson Mandela played by Morgan Freeman

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65: Sylvester Stallone played by Alfred Matthew Yankovic 😉

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Source: Imgur