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Hollywood Portrayals Of Actual Military Figures

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I thought it would be interesting to show some side by side comparison shots of actual historical military figures and the actors who have portrayed them on film. Sometimes the resemblance is uncanny while in other cases it is, shall we say, a stretch.

 

Obviously let's see some of the more obvious choices such as Ike and Patton, but let's also see some more obscure examples. In that vein, first up is Navy diver Master Chief Boatswain's Mater Carl Brashear who was portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the 2000 film "Men Of Honor".

 

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Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore as portrayed by Mel Gibson in the 2002 film "We Were Soldiers"

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Ike, in "The Longest Day"...aka Henry Grace.

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"Monty" in "I was Monty's double"...actor Clifton Webb.

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Ryan O'Neal as General Gavin in "A bridge too far".

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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George C. Scott as General Patton.

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Ryan O'Neal as 82nd Airborne Division commander Gen. James M. Gavin in "A Bridge Too Far".

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Ryan O'Neal as General Gavin in "A bridge too far".

 

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Sorry, I didn't see you had posted this before I posted mine.

 

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Gregory Peck and Tommy Lee Jones as General MacArthur.

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Robert Redford as Major Julian Cook in "A Bridge Too Far". I think they were going more for the star quality than an actual lookalike.

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Sean Connery as General "Roy" Urquhart in "A bridge too far".

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Bruno Ganz as you-know-who in "Downfall".

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Gary Cooper as Sgt. Alvin York.

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Werner Hinz as Rommel in "The Longest Day"

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Tom Selleck seemed an unlikely choice to play Dwight D. Eisenhower in 2004's "Ike: Countdown To D-Day" but it was actually very good.

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Robert Ryan as General Gavin in "The Longest Day"...rather miscast as Gavin was considerably younger at the time!

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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...and not forgetting Damien Lewis as Lt. Richard Winters!

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Doesn't anyone else want to play?! :)


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Malden and Scott as Generals Patton and Bradley in "Patton".

 

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Robert Mitchum as General Norman Cota. The resemblance is remarkable...NOT! :blink:

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Major General Maxwell Taylor, commander of the 101st Airborne Division, on the left and actor Paul Maxwell on the right re-creating the same image from "A Bridge Too Far"

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