These images are some of the 60-plus "famous lookalikes" compiled by the Biography website. (Pictured are Hermann Rorschach/BradPitt; Zora Neale Hurston and Queen Latifah; D.W. Griffith and Alan Cumming.)
On the topic of doppelgangers, I was recently piqued by travel writer/novelist Paul Theroux's sudden introduction of himself into his novel Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta. In the words of the Guardian, his main character, Jerry Delfont, "finds another writer nosing around, a 'smirking, intrusive, ungenerous and insincere man' who dispenses versions of himself before disappearing 'into a thicket of half truths he hoped was art'. In other words, Paul Theroux. It's an unexpected touch and gives Theroux ample opportunity to skewer himself, Jerry and, by implication, plenty of other writers at the same time. 'He was intense,' writes Jerry after their meeting, 'And never at rest, forever uninvolved.... I knew he was going to write about me, about meeting me, and that he'd get everything wrong.' Ouch!"
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Hmmm: Can you think of other cases in which an author introduces themselves into a work of fiction (when they weren't the main character)?