There are those who look like famous people
, and there are those who make a living impersonating them, either by imitating their voice, or dressing up like them in their most iconic outfits. Ether way, Celebrity Impersonators make a name for themselves by acting like famous people (or at least the most popular depiction of them), making appearances at parties, in lookalike contests, or in porn
. Sometimes the impersonators do such a good job at this that the original is told Your Costume Needs Work
Popular targets are Marilyn Monroe (who may need her own subtrope someday) and Elvis
Seen It a Million Times
- LA Confidential: there's a whore service that specializes in them.
- In Rat Race there was an entire busload of Lucille Ball impersonators.
- Oceans Twelve had an extended gag in which the character played by Julia Roberts impersonates...Julia Roberts.
- Pulp Fiction and the waiting staff at Jack Rabbit Slims. "That's Jane Mansfield. That's Mamie Van Doren." "Where's Marilyn Monroe?" "I guess its her night off."
- In Dave, a car salesman who's a dead ringer for the president (and uses this in his sales pitch) gets recruited to impersonate the president when said president collapses from a stroke.
- In one episode of CSI: New York, the killer commits suicide by reenacting Marilyn Monroe's death.
- One of the episodes of Niptuck centers on two Marilyn Monroe impersonators (and rivals) who each go to a respective brother to get a surgical leg up on the competition. After one nearly dies of medical complications, they're given the inspirational speech to work together to make even more tips. The episode ends with them both curled up in bed with the advising doctor.
- Parodied in an episode of Maid Marian and Her Merry Men where they discover there is a celebrity impersonator of Robin Hood, who the Sheriff hires to frame Robin. That's right, professional celebrity impersonators in The Dung Ages.
- The Mentalist (I think) had a corpse found by a Charlie Chaplin & a Marilyn Monroe impersonator who were walking home from their jobs; they had to stand there and be gawked at along with the crime scene until they were interviewed by the cops.
- Real Life Example: Actor Robert Sacchi has made his entire career on the fact that he's a dead ringer for Humphrey Bogart.
- Woman wrestler Shelly Martinez, better known as Ariel in WWE and Salinas in TNA, has done Bettie Page porn.
- The vast majority of Scott Innes's voicework is impersonating Casey Kasem's higher-voiced roles, such as voicing modern adaptations of Shaggy and parodying Casey's Gatchaman work in Megas XLR.
- Rich Little mostly just does voice impressions, but for The Movie of The Late Shift he played Johnny Carson.
- The Universal Studios theme parks have celebrity look-a-likes wander around occasionally as photo/autograph opportunities for the tourist. Why someone would want an autograph from a Marilyn Monroe or Charlie Chaplin impersonator... So Yeah.
- This man managed to impersonate Josef Stalin so well (essentially Stalin's romantic vision of himself), that Stalin forbid him from doing any other role until his death. Arguably, he's more Stalin than Stalin.
- Quite a few rulers (especially dictators) would have doubles of themselves to make public appearances so that if an assassination attempt happened they wouldn't be in any danger.
- Political Incorrect Example: In The Tick there's Joseph Stalinov, who's impersonator of Joseph Stalin. Yes, that Stalin. He appeared in one episode, and most of the major cast thought he is real Stalin even after he explained he's not. Even the you that knew Stalin Personally belived he's real.