According to folklore, everyone has a twin somewhere on the planet. Most of us will probably never come face-to-face with our doppelgänger, given the vast expanse of the world — but what if you're a celebrity? Your face is plastered across billboards, print media, and flat screens of all kinds; it definitely changes the odds a bit.
But what about people from the past?
Whether it's a alleged murderer from the 1800s who looks like Justin Timberlake or a former president that looks just like Alec Baldwin, the 33 celebs on our list have twins from the past that might just make you believe in time travel!
“It’s been a lot of fun. My sister deserves most of the credit, though,” said Dr. Sanders' great-great-grandson. “My uncle originally posted the picture on Facebook and my sister pointed out the resemblance ."
Not only are the two men identical, but their personalities are apparently also similar. Dr. Sanders' granddaughter, Martha, once wrote that, “I can see Pappy right now sitting on the porch with his feet propped up on the banister, smoking his pipe.”
Before he went solo and became one of the most successful male artists of all time, Justin Timberlake danced and sang at the helm of '90s pop supergroup N'SYNC. Since that time, he's gone on to act in acclaimed films and continues to produce chart-topping music almost two decades later.
So who's the dude in the mugshot from back in the day? Well, we're not sure, folks... that one is lost to the sands of history...
If there’s one thing Russian President Vladimir Putin knows how to do, it’s make headlines.
His lookalike, King Louis XII, was known for stirring up trouble as well. Louis XII waged several wars against Italy while he served as the king of France from 1498 to 1515.
And up next, we've got Eminem and his unbelievable twin, a Roman emperor...
Eminem totally looks like Alexander Severus, the 26th Emperor of Rome. He came to the throne at the age of 13 and was reportedly a puppet of his mother's often bizarre impulses. Ring any bells, Marshall Mathers?
The openminded emperor actually built the first synagogue in Rome before being murdered by his own soldiers. In case you're wondering, they got his crazy mom, too.
While it's true that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg looks just like King Philip IV of Spain, that's not the only similarity between the two men.
Both came into their respective seats of power as teenagers and are/were reliable patrons of the arts!
The youngest person ever to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, Adrien Brody could have played John Locke with zero makeup and prep — he's a dead ringer for the 17th century philosopher!
John Locke's political writings greatly influenced Enlightenment-era thinkers, including the Founding Fathers of the United States and their Declaration of Independence.
And next, he's got 99 problems but a twin ain't one...
We have to wonder what this unknown man, photographed in Harlem at the turn of the century, would think of Shawn Carter?
The recipient of 21 Grammy Awards, Jay-Z is one of the most acclaimed musicians of all-time and is worth an estimated $900 million dollars.
Both of these remarkable women broke down barriers for women of color and produced substantial bodies of work. Zora Neale Hurston, a prominent member of the Harlem Renaissance, famously wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God in 1937.
Interestingly, Queen Latifah has mentioned this book as an inspiration to her as a young girl in several interviews.
And speaking of haunting eyes, both of these actresses have an undeniable charisma that just radiates from their photographs. You can actually feel it!
While it's doubtful that they're related by blood, these two women are definitely spiritual soul sisters.
And next, it's the host of the Tonight Show and his Turkish revolutionary lookalike...
Turkish revolutionary Mahir Cayan was assassinated in 1972, but not before he made an indelible impression upon Turkish politics and the national consciousness.
Jimmy Fallon, after spending years honing his craft on Saturday Night Live, followed Jay Leno as the host of the Tonight Show. The only bombs that he's familiar with are when his jokes fail — and that's rare!
With his lustrous brown locks, honey-colored eyes, and concentrated elfin stare, Orlando Bloom looks hauntingly like Nicolae Grigorescu, one of the fathers of modern Romanian painting.
Grigorescu died in 1907 at the age of 69. He never completed his final painting, Întoarcerea de la bâlci (The Return from the Fair).
And up next, guess who Alec Baldwin looks exactly like? We'll give you a hint: he lived in the Whitehouse...
When Lillian Cunningham, host of the podcast Presidential, offhandedly mentioned that Alec Baldwin resembles the 13th President of the United States, it took a lot of people by surprise.
But after comparing a few pictures of the two men, it's almost like Jack from 30 Rock has been subjected to an old-west photo booth!
Whether he's charming audiences as a kid in 3rd Rock from the Sun or staring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in big budget epics like Inception, we love Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
But seriously, it looks like the father of two might be related to this unknown sailor of yesteryear.
This next one is actually our favorite on the entire list. It's just so uncanny...
Actor Peter Dinklage bears an unbelievable resemblance to Diego Velázquez’s beautiful portrait of 17th century court jester Sebastián de Morra.
Both men also suffer from an genetic abnormality that cause physical symptoms collectively known as "dwarfism."
The funnyman and biologist share a beard and captivating expression, that's for sure.
But they also were critical of the prevailing ideas of their respective times, and for that reason, were looked down upon by the status quo. It was only after their deaths that their insights really received the respect they deserved.
And next, the guy who played Hannibal Lecter has got a pretty famous twin of his own...
The actor best-known for playing psychopathic cannibal Hannibal Lecter and the esteemed philosopher Socrates bear more than just passing resemblance to one another.
Both men have been lauded for their oratory skills and keen minds.
Schopenhauer was among the first thinkers in Western philosophy to share and affirm significant tenets of Eastern philosophy, reaching some of the same conclusions on his own.
It's not surprising that his doppelgänger, actor Johnny Depp, also has a deep love of Zen meditation and Buddhism.
The 17th president of the United States assumed the presidency after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. His no-nonsense style made him unpopular with many of his contemporaries and he narrowly escaped impeachment by one vote in the Senate.
Similarly, Tommy Lee Jones is not known for his affability on set and has been described as difficult to work with.
Even their hair is a perfect match!
Known for his hilarious voiceover work on The Simpsons, Azaria could be philosopher Rudolf Steiner's long lost descendant. No such luck, though: Azaria is Turkish, Jewish, and Greek while Steiner is of Austrian and German descent.
Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvet was a French painter and illustrator, best-known for his gorgeous watercolors in children's books. Keanu Reeves is a iconic actor, much loved for his portrayal of Neo in The Matrix trilogy.
What do they have in common, besides their handsome good-looks? Well, we think the beard works for both of them!
Both men seem to be smirking at the camera in their respective photographs. It's as if they're saying, "Yes, take that picture! You know you love me!"
And we definitely have a lot of love for the comedian who famously got his start on Saturday Night Live. Whether he's voicing the character of Donkey in the Shrek movies or hamming it up as the Nutty Professor, we can't help but laugh at Eddie.
While abolitionist John Brown fought his entire life to end slavery, actor Charlie Sheen has endured a very public struggle against addiction.
Both were ultimately successful in their quests; Charlie Sheen recently celebrated a year of sobriety (in December of 2018) and the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 granted freedom to the slaves.
We think that painter Sir David Wilkie would have very much approved of the Harry Potter universe and Hogwarts alumni like Rupert Grint.
Known as the "people's painter," Wilkie loved traveling to unusual places, meeting interesting people, and doing things considered outside of the norm for his day and time.
While Benjamin Franklin's contributions to science are well-known, many people are unaware that he designed the United States Postal Service.
Jeffrey Tambor, veteran of television and the silver screen, is easily recognized for his work on Arrested Development and for playing transgender character Maura Pfefferman on HBO's Transparent.
Legendary triple threat (actor/dancer/redhead) Ginger Rogers was known for her elegant and precise moves on the dance floor, which she honed from childhood.
Lookalike Christina Aguilera, while mostly known for her amazing voice, got her start as a mouseketeer, dancing and acting alongside Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.
Both of these outspoken iconoclasts have had much to say in the way of politics and social commentary.
Henry Ward Beecher was the most famous evangelist of his day, supported the abolition of slavery, and in his sermons emphasized God's love and mercy. We definitely see a kindred spirit of sorts with Stewart and his goodnatured criticism of politics-as-usual.
Even after 200 years, the Barber of Seville remains a popular opera, combining comedy and music in a way that still seems unique today.
We have to wonder if Jack Black's body of work will hold up as well? At any rate, this illustration and the comedian are practically the same person, facial expression and all.
Chuck Norris is synonymous with manly endurance, dignity, and Texas-sized toughness.
His doppelgänger, the artist Vincent Van Gogh, cut off his ear and mailed it to his cousin as a token of devotion. So, um, they're pretty different.
Although Nicholas Cage's career spans three decades of amazing film work, he somehow managed to spend most of his $150 million fortune as of 2018. The actor is reportedly taking any role that comes his way to pay off his substantial debts.
We wish you the best of luck, Nick! Have you ever thought about doing a sequel to Con Air? We'd go see it...
We think that Maggie and Rose would have been the best of friends had time and space been more cooperative! A travel writer and political theorist, Rose Wilder Lane helped found the American Libertarian movement and was reportedly the highest-paid female writer of the 1920s.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, for her part, is a serious actress, activist, and philanthropist.
Billy Shakespeare and Paul Giamatti are just two sides of the same coin, man!
Known for his ability to disappear into diverse characters, Giamatti would have found a brother-in-arms had he known "The Bard" in real life. Widely considered the greatest writer of all time, Shakespeare basically invented characterization as we know it today. And almost any plot in any movie, play, or book can be traced back to his groundbreaking work.
While the resemblance between these two isn't the most striking on our list, the eyes are eerily the same. They have a piercing, see-through-your-soul quality that's exceedingly uncommon.
Was Scientology around in the 1860s? No? Okay... just wondering...