11 Nineteenth-Century VP Candidates Who Vaguely Resemble Famous Actors

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In the unlikely event someone wants to make a blockbuster movie about James Polk's vice president or the running mate of the guy who lost to Franklin Pierce, we have the perfect actors.

1. John Breckinridge and Matthew Perry

John Breckinridge was the 14th vice president, and he finished second in the Presidential election of 1860, behind Abraham Lincoln.

Matthew Perry's father was a face of Old Spice in the 1970s.

2. George Dallas and Ian Holm

George Dallas was the 11th vice president, and Dallas, Texas, may be named for him, though that is a matter of debate.

Ian Holm is well known as Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings; he also played Frodo Baggins in a 1980s BBC radio adaptation.

3. Thomas Hendricks and Jeff Daniels

Thomas Hendricks died in his sleep at age 66 after eight months as the 21st VP.

Jeff Daniels has been married to the same person since 1979 despite a successful career as an actor. He is also a vocal advocate of Michigan.

4. Chester A. Arthur and Paul Giamatti

Chester A. Arthur wasn't just our 21st President; he was also our 20th vice president, for the 200 days of James Garfield's term.

Paul Giamatti is impersonated by James Adomian on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast, where his resentment of the success of Philip Seymour Hoffman is a recurring gag.

5. William Alexander Graham and Jeff Bridges

William Alexander Graham was a Senator from North Carolina who was defeated as a VP candidate in 1852. He went on to be Governor of NC and Secretary of the Navy.

Jeff Bridges has six Academy Award nominations, with credits dating back to 1950 (role: "Infant").

6. Aaron Burr and Vincent Price

Aaron Burr was the third vice president and the only Founding Father to be indicted for murder and arrested for treason. He was convicted of neither.

Vincent Price was the son of the President of the National Candy Company.

7. Nathaniel Macon and Jeffrey Tambor

Nathaniel Macon was an 1824 vice presidential candidate. Earlier in his career he was an outspoken opponent to the formation of the US Navy.

Jeffrey Tambor is "no longer a Scientologist."

8. Hannibal Hamlin and Beau Bridges

Hannibal Hamlin was vice president under Abraham Lincoln.

Beau Bridges' birth name is Lloyd.

9. Herschel Vespasian Johnson and Eugene Mirman

Herschel Vespasian Johnson was the 1860 running mate of northern Democratic Presidential candidate “Little Giant” Stephen A. Douglas.

Eugene Mirman is a Russian-born comedian currently appearing on Adult Swim’s Delocated but also known for his stand-up album God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger's.

10. Edward Everett and Tommy Lee Jones

Edward Everett notably spoke for 2 hours immediately before Lincoln’s 2-minute Gettysburg Address. Governor of Massachusetts and President of Harvard University, he garnered very few votes as VP candidate in 1860.

Tommy Lee Jones was friends with future VP Al Gore at Harvard College.

11. Charles Pinckney and Jay Sherman

Charles C. Pinckney was the Federalist VP candidate in 1800 with running mate John Adams.

Jay Sherman was the lead character of the 1994-95 animated series The Critic, which was created by writers of The Simpsons. On the show, Jay at one point was a writer for a film called Ghostcatchers III; a real-life script for Ghostbusters III is written but “in suspended animation,” according to Dan Aykroyd.

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