Meet the Real People These Famous Actors Portrayed

Side by side photos of Leonardo DiCaprio and Howard Hughes
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We all love the escapism that movies provide, right? Whether it’s a sweeping romance, a nail-biting thriller, or an otherworldly fantasy, it’s great to be able to shut your mind off and enter someone else’s world. But what about those films that are based on real life?

It can be painstaking work for an actor to inhabit the role of a real-life person, something that often gains them critical acclaim and notoriety. And it’s especially interesting to catch glimpses of the real-life people that they portrayed. Well, today we’ve rounded up 30 examples of just that—the real people your favorite actors have played on film. Click through to see!