I find it entirely appropriate to follow up my previous List of 9 with its own twin, since all the below celebrities and/or historical figures also come in twos.
- George Clinton. George Clinton is the force behind the legendary bands Parliament & Funkadelic. George S. Clinton (note the all-important "S") is a prolific film composer who might also be box office poison: he scored flops such as The Love Guru, Howard the Duck, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Wild Orchid II, and Beverly Hills Ninja. I'm sure he's crying all the way to the bank.
- Mick Jones. British-born guitarist/songwriter for The Clash. Also, British-born guitarist/songwriter for Foreigner.
- Jon Favreau. One is a pudgy writer/director/actor who went from Swingers to Iron Man. The other is President Obama's youthful (just 28!) speechwriter.
- Jimmy Walker. One of New York City's most (in)famous mayors, or Mr. "Dy-No-Mite!" from Good Times?
- Christopher/Chris Columbus. Admittedly, few people confuse the man credited with discovering the New World in 1492 with the director of Home Alone, Adventures in Babysitting and the first two Harry Potter movies.
- Graham Green. One of Britain's greatest writers of the 20th century (The End of the Affair, The Quiet American, The Third Man) shares a name with the Canadian Indian actor best known for his Oscar-nominated role in Dances With Wolves.
- Jane Seymour. The former Queen of England (Henry VIII's third wife and mother to Edward VI) is not the star of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman or Somewhere in Time, though I suppose there is some resemblance. Both women are British.
- Randy Jackson. Michael Jackson's little brother and member of The Jacksons (not the Jackson 5, otherwise it would have been the Jackson 6) is not the burly American Idol judge.
- Joe Jackson. As if the above two Jacksons weren't enough, here we have "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, the Chicago White Sox player caught up in the notorious "Black Sox" scandal in 1919, as well as Joe Jackson, the British singer/songwriter behind the '80s hits "Steppin' Out", "Breaking Us in Two", and so on. And let's not confuse either of them with Joe Jackson, father/manager of the Jackson 5! Nor, for that matter, with the two J.J. Jacksons (one the performer of the 1960s soul hit "But It's Alright", the other a founding MTV veejay).