What celebrity do you look like?

MyHeritage has a celebrity face recognition tool where you can do two things.

1. Upload your photo and find out which celebrity you resemble the most

2. Upload a photo featuring one or more celebrities and watch MyHeritage.com identify them

Number one was fun at first, but the more I played with it, the worse it seemed to work. It rarely got the gender correct, and it was extremely hard to see any similarities between the picture I uploaded and the celebrity picture.

To try out number two, I looked at the celebrity list, which has a respectable 4,000+ names. I noticed that what they consider a celebrity is sometimes a stretch. In other words, I hadn’t heard of a quarter of the people on the list. Anyhow, I uploaded a picture of Bill Gates and its top three guesses were Jeff Daniels from “Dumb and Dumber”, Kate Bosworth and DeForest Kelley, better known as Lt. Cmdr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy. Real close, don’t you think?

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels

Kate Bosworth
Kate Bosworth

DeForest Kelley
DeForest Kelley

In summary, it’s fun to try, but it’s not very accurate. In fact, the direction the head is facing seems to be the determining factor. I mean, honestly, Bill Gates and Kate Bosworth?


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  1. Huh, in an interesting combination of things we’ve mentioned, I was just kicking around John Mayer’s website (whom I’d mentioned to you recently), and he’s got a blog and mentions using the (or a?) celebrity face-comparison site, putting in his own face, and getting some other celebrity ranked a bit closer to himself than himself, but looking like himself was a close second. Certainly not a perfect record, but I imagine it’s pretty tricky to create that kind of stuff, and this isn’t a national security system they’re working on, just an entertaining website, so I don’t imagine they put TOO much effort, energy, or expertise into it.

    I wasn’t sure if you uploaded and tried your own picture, or maybe your wife’s or others’. If so, I’m curious what comparisons came up, although I guess if your point is that the similarities weren’t great, it’s less interesting or compelling. (But I’m still curious, surprise, surprise.)

    Comment by DaveH on October 18, 2006 @ 9:46 am
  2. I’ve had this post as a draft for over a year, so I tried it with my picture back then but I don’t remember much about the results. They were so random it wasn’t worth mentioning.

    Comment by dan on October 18, 2006 @ 10:02 am
  3. kate bosworth must be pretty popular as I tried a couple of photos and she came up both times.

    Comment by whaleman on October 18, 2006 @ 4:38 pm
  4. They have a lot of photos in her gallery, so maybe that’s why she comes up frequently. Or maybe they just think that most people would want to look like her, so even if it’s wrong, they’re pleased.

    Comment by dan on October 19, 2006 @ 7:15 am
  5. That’s funny! I just did something similar using MyHeritage. http://www.saynotocrack.com/index.php/2006/10/23/celebrity-look-a-likes-part-i/

    Comment by Say No to Crack on October 23, 2006 @ 10:54 pm
  6. wow

    Comment by amy on March 24, 2007 @ 6:10 pm
  7. i luv acting!!!!

    Comment by Jessi on May 28, 2007 @ 8:17 pm
  8. halarious! its not very accurate, but, still…you should try it…………:)

    Comment by Jamie on July 14, 2007 @ 2:06 pm
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  10. who do i look like

    Comment by jennifer on February 5, 2009 @ 4:38 pm

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