Explore
 Lists  Reviews  Images  Update feed
Categories
MoviesTV ShowsMusicBooksGamesDVDs/Blu-RayPeopleArt & DesignPlacesWeb TV & PodcastsToys & CollectiblesComic Book SeriesBeautyAnimals   View more categories »
Listal logo
Avatar
Added by imanshole on 4 Feb 2015 04:40
1950 Views 3 Comments
38
vote

Characters Based On Real People

Add header image

Choose file... or enter url:
Sort by: Showing 17 items
Rating: List Type:
People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Frank "Rocky" Fiegel: Popeye

Popeye is a sailor who eats lots of spinach to gain strength to save damsels in distress. He was created by Elzie Crisler Segar for a popular comic strip series.

Frank Fiegel was a tough man who lived in Segar's hometown of Chester, IL. He is said to be the primary influence of Popeye. Segar allegedly sent Fiegel money as a thank-you for his inspiration.
Rate:
Rated Custom
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Edith Head: Edna Mode

Edna Mode is an eccentric fashion designer who appeared in the 2004 animated film The Incredibles.

Edith Head is an Oscar-winning fashion designer who is known for her unique look and beautiful designs.

Pixar artist Teddy Newton, who co-created the character of Edna Mode, stated that Head and the James Bond character, Q, were his primary influences for the character.
Rate:
Rated Custom
People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
Louis Deutsch: Moe Szyslak

Moe Szyslak is the owner of Moe's Tavern on the animated television show "The Simpsons." He is known to be short-tempered and regularly flies off the handle when receiving prank phone calls.

Louis Deutsch was a former heavyweight boxer and the owner of the Tube Bar. He was known go into a rage when getting prank phone calls at his bar. Recordings of Deutsch screaming profanities became popular and are said to have influenced "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening to create the character of Moe Szyslak.
Rate:
Rated Custom
Joseph Bell: Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is an astute detective who uses logic and reason to solve crimes in the book series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Dr. Joseph Bell was a surgeon who was known to use his powers of observation to diagnose his patients. Doyle has specifically referenced Bell as the inspiration behind the character of Sherlock Holmes.
Rate:
Rated Custom
People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Kenny Kramer: Cosmo Kramer

Cosmo Kramer is Jerry Seinfeld's whacky neighbor on the classic sitcom "Seinfeld." Cosmo Kramer rarely works, but he regularly comes up with crazy schemes that impact Jerry's life.

"Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David lived across the hall from stand-up comedian Kenny Kramer for several years. David used his neighbor as inspiration for the character of Kramer, having the character love golf, hot tubs, and crazy inventions just like his real-life counterpart.
Rate:
Rated Custom
People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 0
Palle Huld: Tintin

Tintin is a young adventurer who travels the world with his dog, Snowy, in The Adventures of Tintin comic series.

Palle Huld was an actor and writer who, at age 15, traveled the world after winning a Jules Verne-inspired contest. Huld is largely believed to have inspired Belgian cartoonist Hergé to create the character of Tintin.

Rate:
Rated Custom
People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 8.8 IMDB Rating 0
Hiram Bingham III: Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones is the title character from the Steven Spielberg-directed, George Lucas-created Indiana Jones series. He is an intelligent explorer with a strong sense of adventure.

Hiram Bingham III was an academic explorer who later became a U.S. politician. He is often cited as the inspiration for the character of Indiana Jones. George Lucas has also cited Sean Connery's portrayal of James Bond to have also been a primary influence for Indiana Jones.
Rate:
Rated Custom
People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 3.3 IMDB Rating 0
Ed Gein: Norman Bates, Buffalo Bill, Leatherface


Norman Bates (Psycho), Buffalo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs), and Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) are some of the most iconic killers to ever appear on film. They were all inspired by the crimes of Ed Gein.

Ed Gein was a murderer who would keep the skin and bones of his victims. He would also steal bodies from graves to take their skin and bones. He was eventually captured and spent his life serving out a prison sentence in a mental hospital.
Rate:
People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
John Nettleship: Severus Snape


Professor Severus Snape is the Potions Master who taught Harry Potter many lessons during his time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is said to have based the character of Severus Snape on John Netteship, her chemistry teacher at Wyedean School.

Of being the inspiration for Snape, Nettleship said, "I was horrified when I first found out. I knew I was a strict teacher, but I didn't think I was that bad."
Rate:
Rated Custom
People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Jeff Dowd: Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski

Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski is a pot-smoking, bowling enthusiast who gets mixed up with a group of pornographers and nihilists after being confused for a rich man who is also named Jeffrey Lebowski in the film The Big Lebowski.

Jeff Dowd is a producer and political activist who met The Big Lebowski creators, Joel and Ethan Coen, when they were promoting their first film, Blood Simple. The Coen Brothers were so inspired by Dowd that they loosesly based the character of "The Dude" on his personality traits.
Rate:
Rated Custom
People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 8.8 IMDB Rating 0
Dave Toschi: Dirty Harry

"Dirty" Harry Callahan is a San Francisco Police Department Inspector who works to bring the vicious Scorpio killer to justice in the Dirty Harry film series.

Dave Toschi is a former San Francisco Police Department Inspector who investigated the Zodiac Killer case in late-60s and early-70s. Dirty Harry was loosely based on the people and events involved with the Zodiac Killer investigation.
Rate:
Rated Custom
People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (72 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 0
Forest Yeo-Thomas: James Bond

James Bond is a charismatic secret spy who has a way with women and prefers his drinks "shaken, not stirred." The character was created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, but Bond became a worldwide phenomenon after he appeared on the silver screen.

Forest Yeo-Thomas was a Special Operations Executive agent in World War II. Fleming has said that Bond was based on, "a compound of all the secret agents and commando types I met during the war." Yeo-Thomas is believed to be one the men who inspired the classic character.
Rate:
Rated Custom
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 0
Joaquin Murrieta: Zorro

Zorro is a master swordsman and a charismatic ladies' man. The character was created by writer Johnston McCulley in 1919. Zorro has appeared in books, television, and film.

Joaquin Murrieta was known as the Mexican Robin Hood during the California Gold Rush. He is largely considered to be the historical influence for the character of Zorro.
Rate:
Rated Custom
William Randolph Hearst: Charles Foster Kane

Charles Foster Kane is the newspaper man and eventual recluse who is the primary character of Orson Welles's 1941 film Citizen Kane.

William Randolph Hearst was an influential newspaper publisher who created the largest newspaper and magazine business in the world. His biography was the primary influence for the storyline of Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane.
Rate:
Rated Custom
John Elwes: Ebenezer Scrooge

Ebenezer Scrooge is a cold-hearted businessman who famously utters the phrase "Bah, humbug" in Charles Dickens's novel 1843 A Christmas Carol.

John Elwes was a member of British Parliament, noted for being a miser. Elwes is believed to be Dickens's primary influence in creating the character of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Rate:
Rated Custom
People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
Helen Kane: Betty Boop

Betty Boop is the animated character known for her big eyes and curvaceous figure, who was created by Max Fleischer.

Helen Kane was a singer who was famous for performing the hit, "I Wanna Be Loved By You."

In 1932, Kane sued Fleischer for creating a "deliberate caricature" of her image and personality with the character of Betty Boop. The case was dismissed as Kane failed to prove her case, but many still believe that she was the inspiration behind Betty Boop.
Rate:
Rated Custom
People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Rusty Nails: Krusty the Klown

Krusty the Klown is the smoking, drinking children's show host who appears on the animated TV series "The Simpsons."

Rusty Nails was the host of children's TV shows in Portland, Oregon, where "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening grew up. Groening has stated that Rusty Nails was the primary inspiration behind Krusty.
Rate:
Rated Custom

http://www.ranker.com/list/real-people-behind-classic-characters/ariel-kana

Added to




Related lists

Characters Based on Real People
80 item list by nostalgia90
6 votes
Bond Villains Based on Real People
5 item list by ChihuahuaDaddy
16 votes
Favorite Film Characters
501 item list by Agent Kermit D. Fonz
22 votes
Based on the Real
28 item list by Reno
8 votes
Real Stories On ReeL
92 item list by NaZeem
19 votes 8 comments
Biopics
222 item list by diabolical dr voodoo
13 votes 1 comment
Historical Dramas - Cult Flicks & Trash Pics
5 item list by AFIoscar
1 votes
Movies Based on True Stories/Events/Characters
17 item list by Ultimateone
7 votes

View more top voted lists

People who voted for this also voted for


More lists from imanshole



Comments

Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Aug 15 20:45
This is awesome!
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Mar 23 20:44
Interesting read. The only one I knew about was #8.
Posted: 11 months, 3 weeks ago at Dec 23 18:30
Re Krusty The Clown. Matt Groening may have been inspired by Rusty Nails, but Dan Castallaneta has said he was inspired by Bob Bell, who played Bozo The Clown in Chicago for many years. Krusty looks far more like Bozo than he does Rusty.

Post comment


Insert image

drop image here
(or click)
or enter URL:
 link image?  square?

Insert video

Format block