Lookalikes – people who remind us of someone else

Lookalike #1: Cesar Milan, the famous Dog Whisperer who lives just up the road in Santa Clarita, Calif. and David Huey, co-Owner, General Manager of Muay Thai America in Hollywood, no doubt one of the top Muaythai trainers in the world. When you meet either, you’re going to say the same thing: “They’re so much alike in appearance, demeanor, hairstyle and attitude. They’re always smiling. Plus both have a warm spot in their heart for canines.
Is there anyone on the Planet who has as many canine chums as this gentleman?

We’ve all said it: “You know who you remind me of?” And then hopefully, we get a positive response rather than the fatal, “Buddy, you’re losing it. You are so off base. I think you need to get your eyes checked.”

Well regardless, we’re going to push on to do our best to come up with as many of these doppelgängers as possible to placate even the most vociferous critic. And then every so often, after posting one of these match-ups of a local fighter/athlete/coach/family member or the like we’re going hit pay dirt and hear: “Damn! Has anyone ever told you, you look like so and so? While we’re doing our best to discover these lookalikes, perhaps you have someone you could add. By all means, send it along. As they say, the more the merrier.

Our second lookalike is Andrea “The Boss” Medina of the Bound Boxing Academy in Chula Vista, Calif., one of the very best USA Amateur Boxers in all the land. In 2019, after winning many qualifying tournaments, Andrea was selected to represent the U. S. in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. At this juncture, the start of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics has been postponed due to the current Corona Virus outbreak. Back in April of 2010, Andrea started getting all these telephone calls from family and friends to tell her how much she resembled the child actor Chloe Grace Moretz, the star of the movieKick Ass.”  What we did here, was mix in several photos of Ms. Moretz with photos of Andrea Medina to see if you agree.

With our third entry, you just have to agree the home run hitter for the Baltimore Orioles, 3rd baseman Manny Machado, who was later traded to our very own San Diego Padres, could easily be mistaken for our compadre/local undefeated boxer Adrian Vargas (13-0-1) from The Arena Gym in Point Loma. After pointing out the resemblance to Adrian’s older brother, Joe, who is the Head Boxing Coach and trains all these local and National champions at The Arena, we are proud to say, the Vargas family is in complete agreement with our assessment.

Actor Woody Harrelson and lifeguard Chris “Bam Bam” Pharo are both athletic, both are the same exact height and weight, and when it comes to temperament, facial expressions, smile and sense of humor, the resemblnce is uncanny.

If you don’t know these two gentlemen than you’ve been living under a rock. (on the left) We have the 13th President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, who was labeled the most forgettable president of all time. Born in New York, Fillmore, like our current President, Donald John Trump, switched political parties and went from the Whigs to the Know Nothing Party. To his credit, he did open Japan to the outside world while his successor The Donald appears to be headed in a different direction with North Korea’s current Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. Until fellow New Yorker, Donald Trump was elected President in 2016, Fillmore had been considered the most lampooned U. S. president of all time. That was so true until comedic actor Alec Baldwin, Fillmore’s lookalike, decided to have some fun lampooning our current President on the popular TV Show, Saturday Night Live. Wow! Far too many coincidences.

Photos, top row: actor William DeMeo, bottom two rows: boxer Gamaliel Diaz. The bottom right photo is the most up-to-date photo we could find of the 36-year-old former Super Featherweight World Champion.

After losing back to back title fights in 2008 and 2009, Mexican fighter Gamaliel Diaz was thought to be washed up. Instead, he went on to win 13 straight fights. Then, in early September of 2012, Diaz got a call about this golden opportunity to fight for the WBC World Title against its champion, southpaw Takahiro Ao in his hometown of Tokyo, Japan. With this being Ao’s fourth Title defense, Diaz was a huge underdog. But the money was too good to pass up. This boxing scribe just happened to watch that October 27th fight and was amazed at how Diaz completely shut down the Japanese champion to win a 12 round unanimous decision. After this “against all odds performance”, we kept further tabs on his career. Then, a friend from Philadelphia relayed me a story about this local writer/actor William DeMeo from the Bronx who was about to star in the movie he wrote called Back in the Day. The movie, set in Philadelphia, was about a young boxer who was taken under the wing of a mob boss after his Mother died and his Father had been run out of town for being an abusive alcoholic. After watching this movie, we soon discovered the actor/writer was the spitting image of Gamaliel Diaz. Just watch the movie and we think you’ll agree.

When you’re an actor, a make-up artist using a little hair dye can make you look like almost anyone they choose. (l to r) In the first photo, we see John Travolta in his early thirties after starring in the highly successful movie “Urban Cowboy.” The next photo shows a likeness of Travolta from the first part of the 19th century. And in the final two photos we have the deceased crime boss John A. Gotti plus an additional photo of actor John Travolta who played the mob king-pin in the soon to be released movie. Once again, a Hollywood make-up artist can make you look like almost anyone.

These lookalikes could be younger or a lot older, have short hair or much longer hair.
Time to get a bit braggadocios. Most every night, we as a Nation tune in to the PBS News Hour to receive the unfettered truth (not the one-sided gobbledygook we receive from Fox News). When we as a family do this, there’s the highly respected, oh so professional National News Anchor Judy Woodruff (r) who as you can see bares a resemblance to my sister Margaret Patterson (l) who is also a professional, extremely well versed in World Affairs and even without the help of a hairstylist/makeup artist has the same warm smile and good looks.
These are the doubletake lookalikes, that have people swearing they just saw….Tom Cruise!
Since matching someone up with an older, extremely well known comedic actor is such a chore, we’ve resulted to using more photos than usual. If you were to personally meet both of these gents you would soon discover how so alike they are, so lighthearted, so fun-loving.
Trained by Bellator MMA standout Chad George, mixed martial artist Cameron Thomson of the California Mixed Martial Arts Club in Los Angeles (center photos) is a man who needs no introduction. The sociopath below who bears a resemblance to Cameron Thomson is Hollywood actor Will Ferrell who like Thomson has a bit of a personality disorder. In need of attention, Ferrell will do whatever is necessary to have his face plastered all over television, print media and the Internet. Starring in three to four movies a year is just not enough.
The glaring match-up is in their eyes, charming or captivating, enchanting or mesmerizing.

After the male comedians, Alec Baldwin and Will Ferrell, it’s only fair we add a female comedian like the irrepressible Sarah Silverman. Who is it that she reminds you of? First of all, her match would have to be a brunette with long beautiful locks, athletically inclined to the point of being a force, plus a bit domineering. First up, we’d have to mention Kalina Fernandez who not only managed male boxers, she helped train them as well: people like Rocky Ramos, Rene Mendez plus she helped out with the interim WBC Latino Super Lightweight Champ Emanuel “Renegade” Robles.

Then we have Magazine Cover Girl, USA Amateur Boxing standout Danyelle Wolf. We might as well throw in “Wonder Woman.” All four are athletically inclined, and all have stood tall.
Here we see Danyelle Wolf involved in some serious preparation for the US Olympic Trials.
That expression of doubt on Sarah Silverman’s face? Maybe yes, maybe no, was expected.
When you are this gorgeous, you can’t go anywhere without someone asking?
Probably the easiest “Name that Celebrity” challenge ever and no, they’re not related.
(top, left to right)
Pro Boxer Eric Puente of Vista, Calif. (left) and Jason Momoa (right) of Hollywood, Calif.
Face the Nation anchor Margaret Brennan and Respiratory therapist Jess Koehne are very much alike. Jessie Koehne is engaged to standout boxer Alan Sanchez of Fairfield, Calif. who often trains at the Jorge Maron Boxing Camp in nearby Lakeside, Calif.
Coincidence or what? While attending Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Penna., Tony Yost (left) was the Captain of our 1963 Championship Golf Team. Recently, my pal sent along the above photos, one of himself (left), the other of his grandson Patrick who not unlike his grandfather has been an athlete of note. In high school Patrick excelled on his school’s Cross Country Team and now that he’s in college, Patrick is on the prestigious Villanova University Track Team competing in 5K run (5,000 meters). As they say, their resemblance is uncanny. Then, what do you know, we receive a third snapshot from someone who believes he’s found a third match. That photo is of a third Irishman, undefeated welterweight boxer Paddy “Real Deal” Donovan from Limerick, Ireland who is below with promoter Bob Arum. If someone were to tell you all three were kin, from the same family, it’s likely that you’d agree.
Incredible as it must seem, a month later we received this photo of Paddy Donovan and his Promoter Bob Arum. a third match Lundy
Our next lookalikes are trim and certainly exceptional athletes: top we have featherweight boxer Amanda Serrano of New York (38-1-1 with 28 KOs) and (below) a local, ex/MuayThai fighter from San Diego, Calif. who is now an extremely polished local trainer with a ton of credentials: National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, BOSU Certified, STRETCH Flexibility Certified, APEX Certified, Supplement Counselor, POWER FLEX Weight Training Certified and NASM Certified Youth Training Specialist.
This match-up is more about their character traits and accomplishments than their likeness. Georges St- Pierre is perhaps the greatest Mixed Martial Artist of our generation while the dearly departed Mark Dion was not only a credible athlete (Boxing, MMA/MuayThai) he managed to excel as a business owner, plus Boxing and Muay Thai Manager/Coach.
This was another time when I would have loved to have everyone present to witness this gentleman’s amazing likeness to Dan Aykroyd who portrayed all those memorable characters on Saturday Night Live from Fred Garvin, male prostitute to Beldar Conehead, from President Jimmy Carter to the conniving rip-off artist Irwin Mainway, from that Wild & Crazy guy with Steve Martin to those point/counter point riffs with his adversarial Jane Curtin. During the late 80’s, early ’90s, I was working for Cox Cable as a sales rep/installer and one night hooked up this gentleman’s cable. I mentioned his likeness to Dan Aykroyd and he told me everyone keeps telling him the same thing. After stating he was impressed by the reception he was now getting, I boldly asked him if he had an old photo that I could show my family. He said sure and grabbed a magic marker and made the above, unforgettable dedication to me.

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