They say no two people are truly alike. But if we’re comparing athletes to celebrities, that saying can pretty much be put to bed, at least as far as physical resemblance is concerned. In fact, there are many athletes who could have easily been the long-lost twin of certain celebrities, and we’ll be celebrating that very fact by counting down 10 of the most uncanny athlete/celebrity lookalikes.
It doesn’t take rocket science to see the resemblance between basketball players, hockey players, tennis players and even coaches to comedians, actors, musicians, and – in the case of Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy – porn stars. Oh yes, the links between celebrities and athletes are stranger than one would think if they hadn’t looked at pictures of them side by side. Trivial comparisons they may be, but they’re undeniably interesting coincidences. Whether it’s in the facial features, hair, or just overall appearance, these resemblances truly show how some people can look freakishly similar even if they come from different backgrounds or have professions that wildly contrast each other.
There are some athlete/celebrity lookalikes that don’t get profiled on this list – Phil Mickelson and Hugh Grant; Roger Federer and Quentin Tarantino; and Rafael Nadal and Josh Hartnett, to name three pairs of doppelgängers. In fact, one could probably think of close to 50 athletes that look like certain celebrities. However, even just including 10 entries shows how athletes and celebrities aren’t too different from each other – aesthetically speaking, at least. After all, if biopics ever get made about the athletes on this list, at least some of them will have celebrities who could possibly portray them. That said, let’s hope that’s not the case for Stan Van Gundy’s celebrity counterpart. Here are 10 of the most uncanny athlete/celebrity lookalikes out there.
10 Alexander Ovechkin/Richard Kiel
It’s in the hair colour, hairstyle, eyes, bad teeth; everything. No matter how you look at it, the resemblance between Washington Capitals hockey star Alex Ovechkin and former Bond henchman Richard Kiel is just too uncanny for words. Ovechkin is currently in his 10th season as a member of the Capitals, and the Russian still has a bit of a ways to go to get back on a point-per-game pace this season. Kiel – who passed away earlier this year – is one of the most famous Henchmen in Bond movie history, thanks to his roles in Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me.
9 Andy Roddick/Seann William Scott
Andy Roddick is a now-retired tennis player who was one of the best in the world in his day, while Seann William Scott is best known by most people for playing Stifler in the American Pie franchise. Two very contrasting careers, but their facial features don’t contrast at all. In fact, it’s gone as far as Roddick having to hear choruses of “Stifler!” chants during tennis matches. If Scott ever does another sports movie like the hockey movie Goon he did with Jay Baruchel, he could easily pull off a movie centered around tennis – especially if it's a more serious biopic about Roddick, though whether he could pull off a dramatic role is a different topic altogether.
8 Chris Bosh/Snoop Dogg
The athlete here is a former Toronto Raptor who is now one of the two main attractions of this year’s Miami Heat following LeBron James's return to Cleveland. The celebrity is a famous rapper who we’re just gonna call by his old name here because he’s gone by several different ones – at least one of which was birthed from a “spiritual awakening” in Jamaica – and we don’t know which one he goes by this week. Regardless, their facial expressions and features – not to mention hairstyles – are pretty similar here, in addition to the fact that both are pretty successful in their respective crafts.
7 Dan Marino/David Hasselhoff
Oh boy, where to start. You could argue that just about everything between these two is similar on an aesthetic level, from the hair colour to the hair style and even the facial features. Between the former Baywatch actor who still keeps up appearances despite his fame having waned a fair bit over the years and the former Dolphins quarterback who’s arguably one of the greatest NFL players to never win a Super Bowl, there’s very, very little in terms of physical appearance to separate the two. The Hoff might have slightly different-looking eyes (thanks potentially to Botox), but these two are still extremely similar-looking, both in their heyday in the ‘80s and ‘90s and today.
6 Kyle Korver/Ashton Kutcher
Maybe it's the hair that does it more than anything else, but you've got to admit that Atlanta Hawks small forward Kyle Korver and actor Ashton Kutcher do share quite a resemblance. Kutcher is an actor who’s been known for his roles in That ‘70s Show and the MTV show Punk’d, while Korver is known for setting the record for the most consecutive games with at least one successful three-pointer (127). Different professions entirely, but the physical comparisons are hard to debate. Oh, and there’s also a coincidence in the fact that both of their last names start with a K.
5 Michael Phelps/John Krasinski
The hair style might be different, but otherwise, they’ve got the same smile and the same hair colour. In other words, this one’s pretty much a given. Phelps is a 22-time Olympic medalist in swimming, the most out of any Olympian ever. Krasinski is an actor best known for his role as Jim Halpert on The Office, as well as narrating commercials for a number of major companies. There’s a six-year age difference between the two, but other than that, it’s hard to say they don’t look alike. If a Michael Phelps biopic comes along – and with his Olympic reputation, one wouldn’t be surprising – Krasinski would be in the running to get the call to don a speedo and swim like a racehorse.
4 Mike Tomlin/Omar Epps
Actor Omar Epps has experience portraying a football player, acting in the movie The Program as a running back, though one of his more famous roles involved him being a basketball player. If a movie involving Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin were ever to be made, you can bet Epps would be at the top of the list of candidates to play him. Why? Well, their faces are pretty much identical. Not only that, but they’re only a year or so apart in age, making Epps even more of a convincing lookalike to one of the youngest coaches in American pro sports history.
3 Roberto Luongo/Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen may be better known for playing characters that are nothing like him – just look at Ali G, Borat and Bruno for perfect examples – but he also bears a striking resemblance to Florida Panthers goalie (and former Vancouver Canuck) Roberto Luongo. Admittedly, it’s mostly in the eyes and facial hair, to be frank, but the comparison is a pretty easy one to make. Maybe it’s the curly hair for both parties that does it here as well, but Baron Cohen would clearly fit in well in a hockey jersey – especially with a mask and goalie pads added on top of that.
2 Robert Horry/Will Smith
Will Smith has experience acting in sports movies, more specifically playing as Muhammad Ali in the 2003 film Ali. Would he pull it off just as easily in a movie playing as seven-time NBA title-winning basketball player Robert Horry? Probably. Despite the fact that there’s a big height disparity between the two of them – Smith is 6’2”, while Horry is 6’10” – these two look very, very alike. Horry, who is mostly known for his stints with the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, has said in an ESPN online chat that he always thought of himself being in a movie where Smith saved him as a long-lost brother.
1 Stan Van Gundy/Ron Jeremy
As strange of a comparison as this might be for the head coach/president of basketball operations of the Detroit Pistons, this resemblance is just too hard to deny. Between Stan Van Gundy and porn star Ron Jeremy, they might as well be long-lost brothers, or at the very least, twice-removed cousins. They’ve got the same eyes, the same face shape, and then there’s the true dead ringer between the two of them: the moustache. Having your looks compared to a famous porn star may be unflattering in Van Gundy’s case, but it’s nothing short of undeniable here.