Looking back through the filmographies of several of our favorite celebrity actors, it occurred to us that many of the most memorable performances come from playing previous celebrities. Here are 15 of our favorite celebrities who became famous in part by playing other famous people.
Jamie Foxx went from noteworthy comedian to superstar dramatic actor after playing world famous R&B legend Ray Charles. Ray (2004) won Jamie Foxx an Academy Award for Best Actor. Unfortunately, the real-life Charles was unable to experience Foxx’s performance—Charles died of liver disease before the premiere.