11 Nineteenth-Century VP Candidates Who Vaguely Resemble Famous Actors

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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10 Facts About Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
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Far more than just an image on a dorm room wall, Ernesto Guevara was a 20th-century Renaissance man. He was a doctor, political philosopher, diplomat, military strategist, and best-selling author who challenged the capitalist status quo with words and gunfire.

Born into middle-class comfort on June 14, 1928, Guevara was introduced to left-wing theories at a young age, thanks to his parents and the radical books in their home library. His Marxist thinking was also profoundly shaped by his encounters with abject poverty throughout South America, and he would eventually convert those thoughts to revolutionary actions in Cuba and beyond. Here are 10 facts about the man known as Che.


Che’s great-great-great-great-grandfather was Patrick Lynch, who emigrated from Ireland to what is now Argentina in the 1700s. His father, Ernesto Guevara Lynch, has been quoted as saying, "The first thing to note is that in my son's veins flowed the blood of the Irish rebels." The other side of the family was Basque; according to Guevara’s brother Juan, their father was drawn to the rebellious elements of both sides of the family tree, but particularly appreciated the Irish love of a good party. In 2017, Ireland’s postal service, An Post, issued a stamp commemorating Che using Dublin artist Jim Fitzpatrick’s iconic red, black, and white image of the revolutionary.


His parents were members of the San Isidro rugby club, for which Che played scrum-half in his youth. In 1951 he published his own magazine dedicated to the sport, called Tackle. The only problem with playing? He suffered from asthma his entire life. His father tried to convince him to quit the sport because of it, but Che responded, “I love rugby. Even if it kills me one day, I am happy to play it.”


Because of his asthma, Che was home-schooled, and it was there that he was first introduced to the poetry he would come to love for the rest of his life. At his death, he was carrying a weathered green book of poetry that he’d copied by hand, featuring work from Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo, and Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén. He was also a fan of Walt Whitman, John Keats, and more.


Short, sharp, and memorable, Che is also an Argentine interjection that Guevara used so often his Cuban compatriots branded him with it. It’s a filler word, something like saying dude, mate, or pal. If he’d been Canadian, his nickname might have been Eh.


Influenced by his struggles with asthma, Che enrolled in Buenos Aires University to study medicine in 1948. After graduating as a physician in 1953, he did an internship at Mexico City's General Hospital, where he carried out allergy research, but left in 1955 to join Fidel and Raul Castro’s Cuban Revolution as their doctor.


During his time studying medicine, Che embarked on two trips through South America—a solo journey in 1950 on a motorized bicycle and an 8000-mile trek that started on a vintage motorcycle with friend Alberto Granado in 1952. On these trips, he saw intense poverty and the exploitation of workers and farmers. After witnessing “the shivering, flesh-and-blood victims of capitalist exploitation,” Che was determined to fight the system. His account of his second journey, first published in Cuba in 1993 as The Motorcycle Diaries, became a New York Times bestseller and a critically acclaimed 2004 film.


Che settled in Guatemala in 1953 partially because he approved of the way the country’s president, Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán, had redistributed land to peasants—a move that angered the country's elite and the powerful U.S.-based United Fruit Company. That same year, a CIA-backed effort forced the democratically elected Arbenz from power. A ruling junta elected the right-wing Castillo Armas to the presidency, and then restored United Fruit Company’s land. Che was radicalized by the event, and it was the first time he participated directly in revolutionary activities, fighting with a small group of rebels (unsuccessfully) to retake Guatemala City.


Che Guevara during the battle of Santa Clara
Che Guevara during the battle of Santa Clara in Cuba
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Following Castro’s revolution, Guevara was given important positions related to finance and the economy, and named President of the National Bank in 1959. That gave him an unparalleled amount of power to direct the country’s economy, which he used to try to reduce Cuba's dependence on sugar exports and trade with the United States in particular. He also made his disdain toward money itself known by signing Cuba’s notes simply as Che.


Che is most famous for his central role in the Cuban revolution, but he also worked to export their model to other countries. In the cases of Bolivia and the Congo, that involved engaging directly in armed revolution in the mid-1960s. He also traveled to the United States, and addressed the United Nations in 1964 in an hour-long speech that criticized the UN itself as well as the United States’ treatment of black Americans.


Che was captured by CIA-assisted Bolivian troops in 1967 while trying to foment revolution in Bolivia, and was executed the next day on the orders of that country's president. They cut off the revolutionary's hands post-mortem to prove his identity before dropping his body in a mass grave with other guerrilla fighters. It wasn’t until 28 years later that Bolivian General Mario Vargas told biographer Jon Lee Anderson that Che’s body was buried near the airstrip in Vallegrande, prompting a massive search. A corpse was uncovered in July 1997 that experts said matched Che's description, in part thanks to its lack of hands and the pipe tobacco found in a jacket pocket. Che was reburied in Santa Clara, Cuba, at the base of a giant statue depicting his likeness.

Why Macedonia Is Getting a New Name

For the first time since becoming an independent nation in 1991, the Republic of Macedonia is rebranding itself. As CNN reports, the Balkan nation will soon be called the Republic of Northern Macedonia, a name change that will hopefully help to heal the country's tense relationship with Greece.

Macedonia adopted its former title after gaining independence from Yugoslavia 27 years ago, and the name immediately caused conflict. Its neighbor to the south, Greece has a region of its own called Macedonia. Greece claimed that Macedonia's name suggested a sense of entitlement to territory that belonged to them and took it as an insult.

Even decades later, the bad blood stirred by the decision remained. Greece's issue with the name has even prevented Macedonia from joining the European Union and NATO. The new title, which was agreed upon by Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras on June 11, is meant to be a step towards better relations between the two countries.

"Our bid in the compromise is a defined and precise name, the name that is honorable and geographically precise—Republic of Northern Macedonia," Prime Minister Zaev said at a press conference, as reported by Reuters. Macedonia will hold a popular vote to officially change the name in a referendum later this year.

A country changing its name isn't uncommon, but reasons for the revision vary. In April 2018, the country formerly known Swaziland announced it would be called eSwatini, the name it went by prior to British colonization.

[h/t CNN]


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