Double Take: Biopic Look-alikes

Along with Tom Hanks' performance as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, we've rounded up some of the best biopic look-alikes.

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 2017 Animals. (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Cats Part I (2017) ... (performer: "Jingle Bells" (Uncredited))
 2016 Sleepy Hollow (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Incommunicado (2016) ... (performer: "In a Mellotone" - as Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, uncredited)
 2012-2013 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Death Comes Knocking (2013) ... (performer: "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" - as Duke Ellington & His Orchestra)
- Raisins and Almonds (2012) ... (performer: "Black and Tan Fantasy")
 2013 Mood Indigo (as Duke Ellington and his famous orchestra, aka "Chlo-e (Song of the Swamp)", performer: "Take the 'A' Train", "Chloe", "The Mood to be Wooed")
 2012 Ginger & Rosa (performer: "Take the A Train")
 2010 The Pacific (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Home (2010) ... (performer: "Clementine")
 2009 The National Parks: America's Best Idea (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Great Nature: 1933-1945 (2009) ... (performer: "Creole Love Call" - as Duke Ellington's Famous Orchestra) / (performer: "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo")
 2008 Two Lovers (performer: "Rockin' in Rhythm" (1931) - as The Duke Ellington Orchestra)
 2007 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007) ... (performer: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing")
 2007 Shanghai Kiss (performer: "Acht O'Clock Rock Remix")
 2006 African American Lives (TV Series documentary) (performer - 3 episodes)
- Searching for Our Names (2006) ... (performer: "Old Man Blues")
- The Promise of Freedom (2006) ... (performer: "Old Man Blues")
- Listening to Our Past (2006) ... (performer: "Old Man Blues")
 2005 The White Countess (performer: "Mood Indigo" (1930))
 2004 Melinda and Melinda (performer: "Take The 'A' Train" (1941))
 2003 Presence (Documentary) (performer: "Ko-Ko", "Portrait of Bert Williams")
 2002 Hart's War (performer: "Mood Indigo")
 2001 Changi (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Curley (2001) ... (performer: "Take the A Train" - as Duke Ellington and His Orchestra)
 1999 Great Railway Journeys (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Singapore to Bangkok (1999) ... (performer: "Take the 'A' Train" - as Duke Ellington and His Orchestra)
 1997 Seven Years in Tibet (performer: "Perdido")
 1993 Sugar Hill (performer: "Don't Worry 'Bout Me")
 1991 Oscar (performer: "Rockin' in Rhythm")
 1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys (performer: "Perdido", "Prelude to a Kiss", "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me" - as The Duke Ellington Orchestra)
 1988 Sunset (performer: "Black And Tan Fantasy")
 1986 The Singing Detective (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 3 episodes)
- Clues (1986) ... (performer: "Rockin' in Rhythm" - as The Jungle Band, uncredited)
- Heat (1986) ... (performer: "Rockin' in Rhythm" - as The Jungle Band, uncredited)
- Skin (1986) ... (performer: "Rockin' in Rhythm" - as The Jungle Band, uncredited)
 1972 Malcolm X (Documentary) (performer: "The Mooch" - as Duke Ellington and His Orchestra)
 1967 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- On the Road with Duke Ellington (1967) ... (performer: "You Can Take the A Train", "Satin Doll", "Solitude", "Rondolet", "Traffic Jam", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 1966 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ricky Nelson, Duke Ellington, Maria Cole, Eydie Gorme, Jo Anne Worley, George Kirby, Robert Bob King (1966) ... (performer: "There Will Never Be Another You" - uncredited)
 1957 Timex All-Star Jazz Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 30 December 1957 (1957) ... (performer: "Ballet of the Flying Saucers" - as Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, uncredited)
 1955 Rock 'n' Roll Revue (Short) (performer: "The Moochie" - as Duke Ellington and His Orchestra)
 1952/II Caravan (Short) (performer: "Caravan")
 1952 Mood Indigo (Short) (performer: "Mood Indigo")
 1949 Symphony in Swing (Short) (performer: "Frankie and Johnnie", "Take the A Train" - as Duke Ellington and His Orchestra)
 1943 Cabin in the Sky (performer: "Going Up" (1943), "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" (1942) (uncredited))
 1943 Reveille with Beverly (performer: "Take the 'A' Train")
 1942 Flamingo (Short) (performer: "Flamingo" - as Duke Ellington and His Orchestra)
 1937 The Hit Parade (performer: "I've Got to Be a Rug Cutter", "Love Is Good for Anything That Ails You")
 1935 Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life (Short) (performer: "Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life" - as Duke Ellington and His Orchestra)
 1934 Belle of the Nineties (performer: "Memphis Blues", "My Old Flame", "Troubled Waters" - uncredited)
 1934 Murder at the Vanities (performer: "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" - as Duke Ellington's orchestra, uncredited)
 1933 A Bundle of Blues (Short) (performer: "Bugle Call Rag", "Lightnin'", "A Bundle of Blues", "Stormy Weather" - as Duke Ellington and His Orchestra) / (performer: "Rockin' In Rhythm" - as Duke Ellington and His Orchestra; with 'Tricky Sam' Nanton, trombone solo)
 1930 Check and Double Check (performer: "Three Little Words" (Trois Petits Mots), "Harlem Speaks" (1930) (uncredited), "Old Man Blues" (1930) (uncredited))
 1929 Black and Tan (Short) (performer: "Black Beauty", "The Duke Steps Out", "Cotton Club Stomp", "Hot Feet" - as The Cotton Club Orchestra)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in the musical revue "Jump for Joy" at the Mayan Theater, Los Angeles, CA.

Alternate Names:

the Duke Ellington Band | The Cotton Club Orchestra | The Duke Ellington Band | Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

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Members have included Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson (vocalist), Bing Crosby (vocalist), Smith Ballew (vocalist), Herb Jeffries (vocalist), Nichelle Nichols (vocalist), Glenn Mitchell (vocalist), Al Hibbler (vocalist), Lawrence Brown (trombone), Barney Bigard (clarinet), Wellman Braud (bass), Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton (trombone), Arthur Whetsol trombone), Ben Webster, Joe Wilder (trombone), May Alix... See more »

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