10 Movie Characters You May Not Know Are Based on Real People

As Mark Twain famously put it, “Truth is
stranger than fiction.” And so it is with movies. As authors and screenwriters use their imaginations
to come up with some truly amazing stories, they do draw inspiration from the real world
on occasion. Events, places, and even characters are influenced
by what really is out there. Believe it or not, many of our beloved protagonists,
or villains for that matter, are rooted in real life. Be warned: there might be some small spoilers,
but we’ll try to minimize them. 10. Ahmad ibn Fadlan – The 13th Warrior In 1999, Antonio Banderas starred in a movie
called The 13th Warrior, playing an Arab ambassador. The film was based on a Michael Crichton novel
called Eaters of the Dead. While stopping for supplies in a Viking village,
he finds himself drawn into a quest with 12 Norsemen. The 13 men must face an overwhelming force,
threatening a distant Viking king. Throughout his quest, Fadlan learns to speak
the language, experiences Norse customs, and fights alongside them against that threat. The film was a fantastical adventure, but
surprisingly an Arab traveler by the same name did exist during the 10th century. As a member of an embassy of the Abbasid Caliphate,
Fadlan is most famous for his first-hand accounts and detailed descriptions of the Rus Vikings,
Pechenegs, Khazars, and other Turkic peoples living throughout Eastern Europe and Central
Eurasia. His descriptions are the most detailed of
that age. They present us with the most knowledge we
have about the Vikings to date. His accounts also present the famous ship
burial of a local chieftain, accompanied by the sacrificial death of a maiden. Unlike Europeans at that time, Muslim chroniclers
bore no grudge against the Vikings and thus their reports are considered by modern scholars
to be far more trustworthy and reliable. And since the Norsemen had only a runic alphabet,
unsuited for recordkeeping, the historic events as described by Fadlan are the best we have
about the Vikings. 9. Ursula – The Little Mermaid Even if you’ve never seen the 1989 Disney
film The Little Mermaid, you’ve probably seen the evil sea witch Ursula somewhere on
the internet. But what most people don’t know is that
she was actually inspired by Harris Glenn Milstead, a real person who gained fame in
the 1970s and ’80s. Harris was better known by his stage name,
Divine. He performed as an actor on both stage and
screen. His most notable characteristic, however,
was the fact that he was a drag queen. Divine was closely associated with independent
filmmaker John Waters, who called Harris, “the most beautiful woman in the world,
almost.” Ursula’s general appearance and demeanor
were inspired by Divine. Similar to her human counterpart, Ursula received
positive reviews from film critics. She was dubbed “Disney’s strongest villain
in decades.” However, Divine didn’t live long enough
to see the cartoon version of himself, dying one year earlier at the age of 42 of an enlarged
heart. 8. Johnny Fontane – The Godfather Johnny Fontane is a fictional character in
Mario Puzo’s novel, The Godfather, and subsequent movie adaptations. Godson to Don Vito Corleone, Fontane is a
famous singer and film star who needs the help of the family in order to launch his
career. The line about the “offer he can’t refuse”
was used in reference to Vito getting Fontane out of an ironclad contract. And on another occasion, in an act of intimidation,
a film producer wakes up with a severed horse head in his bed. This was Don Corleone’s way of ensuring
Fontane would be cast in a film that could revitalize his career. Each scene has become the stuff of cinematic
legend. In real life, however, the role of Johnny
Fontane was “played” by none other than Frank Sinatra. Though never confirmed, Sinatra is believed
to have been closely linked with the Mafia underworld. And while his career was plummeting during
the early 1950s, many believe that some of these connections helped him get a role in
From Here to Eternity. That film earned him an Oscar and saved his
career. Puzo never did make the claim that Fontane
was based on Sinatra, but he also never denied it either. 7. Zorro Featured in numerous books, films, and various
TV series, Zorro is a fictional character created in 1919 by Johnston McCulley. Like Robin Hood of old, Zorro (“fox” in
Spanish) was a vigilante who helped the commoners against tyrannical officials and all sorts
of other villains. He’s always dressed in black, wears a mask
over his face, and always leaves behind his calling card, the letter “Z.” He leaves that iconic mark with a few quick
slashes of his rapier. The action takes place in California in the
19th century, during the era of Mexican rule. And surprisingly enough, the legendary bandito
is based on a real Californian legend. McCulley is believed to have received inspiration
for his fictional character, Don Diego de la Vega, a.k.a. Zorro, from a book called
The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murrieta. Joaquin Murrieta was in fact a real person
who lived during the Californian Gold Rush. He turned from an honest miner into a unlawful
bandit. Even to this day controversy surrounds Murrieta. Some call him a renegade; others, a national
hero. So many stories have been told about him that
it’s almost impossible to distinguish fact from fiction. What is certainly true about Murrieta, however,
is that the English drove him from a rich mining claim. They also raped his wife, lynched his brother,
and had Murrieta horse-whipped. All of these unfortunate events made him follow
a life of crime, with the rest becoming legend. In the 1998 film adaptation, The Mask of Zorro,
Anthony Hopkins plays the role of Don Diego de la Vega. Victor Rivers plays Joaquin Murrieta, and
Antonio Banderas plays Joaquin’s brother, Alejandro, who takes on the mantle of Zorro. 6. Ignacio/Nacho – Nacho Libre A devout priest turned luchador? That’s a comedy perfectly suited for Jack
Black. But nobody in his right mind would believe
it to be based on actual events. Somewhat similar to the plot of the movie,
Sergio Gutierrez Benitez was a Catholic priest in charge of an orphanage in a rundown neighborhood
in Veracruz, Mexico. Born in 1945, as the 16th of 17 children,
Benitez was a troubled kid using drugs from a young age. He decided to become a minister, however,
after he was kicked out of a church by a priest. Basically, he thought the world needed more
“cool” priests. In 1973 he founded the “La Casa Hogar de
los Cachorros de Fray Tormenta” orphanage, home to 270 children. In need of money to take care of them, Father
Benitez took up wrestling as Fray Tormenta. He designed a red and yellow lucha libre mask
kept his true identity hidden. The padre believed that “No one would have
taken me seriously as a wrestler had they known I was a priest.” To prepare for the ring, he woke up at 4:30
a.m. every morning for a year, went to a gym in Mexico City to learn the art of lucha libre,
and returned back to the orphanage by 8:00 a.m., in time for mass. The bishop overseeing his parish demanded
that Father Benitez stop his wrestling career. Instead, Fray Tormenta told him that he would
gladly stop only if the bishop himself would donate the equivalent of what he was earning
in the ring. Naturally, that didn’t happen. Father Benitez officially retired in 2011,
after 23 years of wearing the mask for his children. 5. Lucy Whitmore – 50 First Dates Back in 1985, an English woman by the name
of Michelle Philpots suffered a motorcycle accident. The same year, she met future husband, Ian. Five years later, she was involved in another
serious car accident. Together with the previous one, she was afflicted
with a rare form of anterograde amnesia. In 1994, Michelle was diagnosed with epilepsy
as a result of her head injuries. Ever since, she’s struggled to form new
memories. Every morning for the past 22 years, her husband,
who she only remembers as her boyfriend, presents her with their wedding album and answers whatever
questions Michelle might have. She leaves herself Post-It notes on the refrigerator,
and all sorts of other helpful tips she might need throughout the day. She even uses a GPS to navigate her hometown
of Spalding, in southeastern England. Though she can’t form new memories, she
can carry out everyday things like driving a car or having a conversation. That’s actually unusual for someone in her
condition. She can also remember some bits and pieces
after 1994, too, but mostly as feelings or sensations. Sometimes, she can remember special occasions. You may have noticed her story is strikingly
similar to that of Lucy Whitmore, the character played by Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates. While it’s hard to say if the film is based
on Philpots’s story, it’s hard to ignore how eerily similar the plot is to her real
life. 4. Frank Costello – The Departed In the 2006 blockbuster The Departed, Jack
Nicholson plays the role of a ruthless Irish mob boss, Frank Costello. Costello controls the Boston underworld. This character is based on James “Whitey”
Bulger, a notorious gangster. In 1999, Bulger was named by the FBI as their
second most wanted man, behind only Osama bin Laden. The movie’s plot (spoilers!) revolves around
Costello planting a mole within the state police. Meanwhile, the police assign an undercover
agent to infiltrate Costello’s “Winter Hill Gang.” The relationship between Costello and his
mole is loosely based on Bulger and John Connolly, a corrupt FBI agent who grew up with Bulger. Connolly helped Whitey rise to power in Boston
for over 20 years. Connolly would feed Bulger information about
what was going on in the criminal rackets, giving Whitey an edge on anyone else. In 1995, Connolly tipped him off about his
imminent arrest, and Bulger was able to escape the authorities. A $1 million reward was issued for providing
any information leading directly to his arrest. In 2011, he was finally captured and brought
to trial. The 81-year-old gangster was sentenced two
two life sentences, plus five years in prison. The charges included federal racketeering,
extortion, conspiracy, and 11 murders. In 2015, Bulger’s story was told in a more
“official” capacity with the film Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp as Bulger and Joel
Edgerton as Connolly. 3. Steve Zissou – The Life Aquatic with Steve
Zissou In 1930, Jacques Cousteau was accepted into
France’s Naval Academy and trained as an aviator. However, a near-fatal car accident at age
26 ensured he would never be able to fly. As a Navy man, he swam rigorously to strengthen
his weakened arms. One day a fellow officer gave him a pair of
goggles to keep the saltwater away. The goggles opened his eyes to the beauty
of the undersea world, where he spent the rest of his life. In 1950 he leased an old minesweeper from
a British philanthropist for a symbolic one franc per year. He named it Calypso and transformed it into
a mobile laboratory. With it, Cousteau explored the world’s waters
from the Mediterranean, to the Amazon, to the Antarctic Ice Shelf. He developed the Aqua-Lung to help divers
stay submerged for long periods of time. Cousteau wrote countless books and produced
dozens of documentaries. He even had his own weekly TV series, “The
Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.” The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a 2004
American comedy-drama, which focuses on oceanographer Steve Zissou. Played by Bill Murray, the film tells the
story of Zissou’s quest to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner. Along for the trip on his aging research vessel,
the Belafonte, are his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may be his son. The similarities between Zissou and Cousteau
are abundant. Their aging vessels, the names of their shows,
and especially the way they dress (blue clothing and red hat) all point to this connection. The only obvious difference is that Cousteau
never went on a hunt to blow up a jaguar shark. 2. Viktor Navorski – The Terminal In the 2004’s The Terminal, a man becomes
trapped in New York’s JFK Airport when he’s denied entry into the US. Viktor Navorski, played by Tom Hanks, can’t
return to his home country, either. A military coup took place while he was in
the air. His country is no longer recognized, making
his passport invalid. And so, Navorski is forced to live inside
the airport. The film, as well as the character itself,
is based on the story of a Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian refugee. Being expelled from Iran after protesting
against the Shah, Nasseri sought asylum in Britain. But during his layover in Paris’ Charles
de Gaulle Airport, his papers were stolen. Nevertheless, he boarded a plane to London
but was promptly returned to Paris. Since he legally entered France, and no longer
had a country of origin, Sir Alfred Mehran (as he became known) became a permanent resident
of Terminal 1. The airport employees gave him food and newspapers. He spent his days reading, writing in his
diary, or studying economics. Since he wasn’t allowed to enter France,
he wandered the airport for 17 years, from 1988 to 2006, when he was hospitalized for
an unspecified ailment. Since 2008, Nasseri has been living in a Paris
shelter. 1. Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones Many of us grew up with Indiana Jones as a
role model. Since his first appearance in Raiders of the
Lost Ark in 1981, Indy has become one of cinema’s most revered characters. George Lucas created the beloved character
as an homage to various action heroes he grew up with. One such example is Charlton Heston, who in
1954 played a character named Harry Steele in a movie called Secret of the Incas. Steele has a striking resemblance to Indiana
Jones, and not just when it came to their choice in clothing. However, both Indy and Steele can thank an
early 20th century professor for their existence. Hiram Bingham III was an American academic,
explorer, and politician. After completing a PhD at Harvard, he became
a professor of Latin American history at Yale in 1907. In 1911, he organized a Yale Peruvian Expedition. With the help of some locals, he was able
to rediscover the lost city of Machu Picchu. However, he misidentified it as the “Lost
City (Capital) of the Incas.” It turns out, Machu Picchu was really more
of a summer resort for the Inca Emperor Pachacuti and his entourage. The actual “Lost City” (and last capital)
of the Inca Empire, before falling to the Spaniards in 1572, was Vilcabamba. Bingham actually also discovered that on his
way to Machu Picchu, but didn’t recognize what it was.

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  • Check out the real Lone Ranger and Black ex- Union Soldier

  • Benedict cumberbatch or joel eggerton?

  • honest question about the 50 first dates one, does she have trouble losing her memory when she falls asleep? how does that exactly work does she only get like 24 hours before she starts forgetting everything. that would so frustrating to deal with honestly.

  • Man, I remember Jacques Cousteau from my childhood days. The Life Aquatic was a beautiful movie and an obvious nod to him.

  • Wasn't there also a paleontologist that Indiana Jones was based on who brought the nazis in northern Africa?

  • The wonder woman character?

  • The letter zed…lmao why do brits say that or for zero they say nott.

  • Zorro was also inspired by another Californio bandit, Tiburcio Vasquez.

  • Truly riveting, Simon!

  • Zorro is based off an Irishman William Lampart who was executed for sedition by the Mexican inquisition. He was known by another name by the Spanish which I don't recall now but there's a statue of him in I think Mexico City.

  • Steve Zissou is a beautiful movie

  • I had thought that Indiana Jones was loosely based on Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews.

  • It's pronounced Coo-stoh, not Cah-stoh.

  • And now Whittey Bulger is 💀

  • You never mentioned that Whitey Bulger had a brother who's a Democrat Senator for decades. He stepped down because he would not help the state find his criminal brother.

  • Divine's songs are epic tbf.

  • I've enjoyed this for a while now BUT you just blew it big time. Zorro is not based on the outlaw Joaquin Murrietta who was certainly not the Robin Hood of the old west.

  • the jfk movie was based on a true story no way i bet when it came out it exploded in cinemas

  • 50 first dates, more similar than groundhog day

  • So who is SelenaGomez ??

  • WOW 17 years living in an airport!!! Life is stranger than fiction can not be more correct.

  • Vlad Tepes

  • Indiana Jones was a composite of several such characters, another of which was Roy Chapman Andrews. I would suggest looking up his various exploits in China in the 1920's. He stopped a mutiny of workers using whip and when their caravan into Mongolia was attacked by bandits, instead of turning and fleeing he drove his vehicles at the bandits firing a pistol at them causing them to panic and flee. He chronicled many of his adventures in books, all of which i read as a teenager. Titles included "Across the Mongolian Plains," and "On the Trail of Ancient Man."

  • Did anyone here REALLY not know that Nicholson's portrayl of Frank Costello in 'The Departed' wasn't based on Whitey Bulger?

    Really? (There were a few more slightly less obvious ones,you but, really, I'm marginally suprised that Vlad the impaler wasn't mentioned vis-a-vis Dracula!)

    It was still a fun vid, though, qnd i didn't learn some stuff, esp. re: Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

  • Sinatra linked to the Mafia?  His Godfather was Willie Moretti, who was the New Jersey Capo for the Morello/Luciano Crime Family, based in Italian Harlem.  It was Willie Moretti who threatened Tommy Dorsey to release Sinatra from his contract.  While Moretti was Sinatra's Godfather, Blue Eyes link to Luciano was strengthened when Lucky discovered that Antonino Sinatra, Frank's father, was from Lercara Friddi, Sicily.  The birth place of Salvatore Lucania, who became Charles 'Lucky' Luciano.

  • Why he pronounced it as ( ig-na-shio ) tho😂😂🤣😂🤣😂

  • And then Sonny was killed in jail…

  • Really cool one Simon!

  • Oopsie! In the life aquatic Bill Murray did not set out to kill a jaguar shark. It was a leaperd shark

  • Don't tell me….The riddler in batman is based on Donald Trump…..

  • Sinatra was link some way or an other to the mafia. Jay Leno was talking about the old days of comedy, notably when clubs were runed by the mafia. And the name Sinatra cam into the discussion a couple of times. Doesn't mean he was in the mafia, doesn't mean he was bad or anything, just that he had a link in some way (I think Al Capone was quite a fan of Sinatra, so that's a link)

  • 13th Warrior is such an underrated movie. I friggin loved that movie.

  • You left out Rocky Balboa, Robinson Crusoe, and also Emmett Ray from "Sweet and Lowdown". If we're talking about cartoon characters, Aladdin's moves were inspired by Tom Cruise. Lampwick, from "Pinocchio" was inspired by Mickey Rooney. Edna Mode from The Incredibles" was based on Edith Head, the legendary Hollywood costume designer. Even The Big Bad Wolf was inspired by a Hollywood producer everybody loathed. Dr. Strangelove was inspired by Edward Teller, the father of the nuclear bomb. Julianne Moore's Maude Lebowski from "The Big Lebowski" is an impersonation of Eve "The Vagina Monologues" Ensler.

  • My fiancé has epilepsy from head injuries and she’s terrified of ending up like the woman in #5

  • What about Zorro? He is on the video cover

  • 17 years in a airport… I'm pretty sure I'd kill myself. I got stuck in an airport for 72 hours and was about to go nuts when the flights finally started up again.

  • question for you Simon: Why do you keep throwing up the "666" satanic gang signs with your hands?
    If you sold your soul for just a few crappy youtube channels you got gypped my friend. Should of at least gotten some hair out of the deal.

  • I really appreciate how you deliver your information. It is all concise, to the point and you don't mess around. I really enjoy that. I get so tired to people who ramble on as if those of us who want the information have nothing better to do. They seem to be on an ego trip at the listener's expense. Thank you.

  • "Zed" … Stabs

  • I once went out with a "Viking" girl, well she had a face like a Norse.

  • A knight's Tale Was based on two real people. Geoffrey Chaucer and Ulrich Von Lichtenstein (sp). Both existed but I don't know if at the same time. Chaucer does reference a Knight in his "Canterbury Tales." Sir Vichtenstein was a German knight/poet who was more of a lover than fighter. He even cut his own thumb off to send to a woman to show his undieing love.

  • My favorite – Dr. Syn, the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, 18th century southern England.

  • Love this channel ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿 Keep up the historic work.

  • the 13th Warrior is indeed loosely based on the travel of Ahmad ibn Fadlan to the North

  • in the 50 first dates section the visual location thats been used is the torrens river in adelaide however youve stated it was in england

  • A much more accurate basis for Indiana Jones is Roy Chapmen Andrews of the American Museaum of National History, who led the pioneering expeditions to the Gobi Dessert in the1920's uncovering a huge trove of dinosaur fossils. Indiana Jones outfit with hat was obviously based on Chapmen Andrews.

  • “The Queen”, the 2006 movie starring Helen Morten, is heavily based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II of England.

  • What about Bass Reeves / The Lone Ranger?

  • Almost every name in this list was butchered….smh

  • WOOH…This was on auto play and on my way home 10 minutes ago they mentioned the Wrestler of today called Nacho Libre had a heart attack in the ring today.
    RIP 😢

  • Learn how to pronounce French names: you keep getting the pronunciation of "Jaques Cousteau" wrong… It shouldn't be too hard to find video or audio of the man himself pronouncing his name!

  • Didn’t know the back story about for the life aquatic. You’ve probably heard, it was pronounced jawk cooSTOW, but thanks for this today.

  • This is So cool!

  • Whitey looked great for an 80 year old.

  • I listen to your top-ten list all day, Simon.

  • your pronunciation is horrible.

  • Wow…smarter than I was before !

  • 0:40 ACKMAAED? Yeah, so its just pronounced how it looks "Ahmad". In no language anywhere is Ahmad pronounced in the terrible butchering you used.

    Pronunciation /ˈɑːmæd/, or


    Arabic: [ˈ(ʔ)aħmad].

    Egyptian Arabic: [æħmæd]

    Turkish: [ˈahmet].

    Persian: [ˈ(ʔ)æhmæd].

    Urdu: [ˈɛɦməd].

    Achmad – is a completely different name or form of the name.

  • What about Rocky Balboa??

  • Full respect to the priest from nacho libre.

  • The Departed is based on Inferrnal Affairs a Tiawanese movie/seeiws

  • I wonder why in the Age of Reboots no movie company has yet dug up Zorro.

  • I thought the Michelle Phillips Story had inspired Memento.

  • I'd never heard of Joaquin Murieta as the inspiration for Zorro before, I had always heard Zorro was based on William Lamport? It kind of sounds like they both could've been an inspiration for the character, with Joaquian inspiring Zorro's Robin Hood-esque character and Lamport inspiring his political savyness and freedom fighter nature. If you haven't heard of Lamport before you should check him out, pretty cool stuff

  • So no one’s gonna comment about the guy who really lived in an airport for over 17 years?! So sad

  • Surprising the moderator of TopTenz brought up Zoro but did not bring up the Lone Ranger, which was based on the life of a real Melinated Black American Ranger, not a Caucasoid White man in a mask with an Indian side-kick. That old Caucasoid White Man's privilege I see. SMDH

  • In Spanish the 'z' is always pronounced like a voiceless 'th': Thorro (= fox in english)

  • I doubt very much if Joaquin Murrieta was indeed the inspiration for Zoro. Zoro is far more likely to be based on the habit of California landowners to evict governors sent up from Mexico during the Mexican occupation. Sure, history tells us that California was part of Mexico, but when we look at old newspapers we see a slightly differing story of a former Spanish colony that is resentful of Mexican rule. Any time a governor got too big for his britches, they'd send him packing.

  • Number 2 just blows my mind…it’s crazy that human beings would allow something like this. Laws that allow this are absurd and need to be overturned in these extreme cases and humanity should be ashamed of itself for allowing it.

  • This helped me understand Bolger and FBI better, which helps me understand something else better, and something else too.

  • Dean Martin was Fontane, not Frank Sinatra.

  • Why is Adelaide in this at 7.07

  • Does this clown not know how to read . Pronunciation is terrible

  • You do a great job. Very entertaining and educational. Your site is tops!

  • Zissou was a copycat character and was actually trying to make a name
    for himself but was not as popular as Cousteau. Also he was an idiot.

    Quote from the movie:
    "Supposedly Cousteau and his cronies invented the idea of putting
    walkie-talkies into the helmet. But we made ours with a special rabbit
    ear on the top so we could pipe in some music."

  • Zissou was a copycat character and was actually trying to make a name
    for himself but was not as popular as Cousteau. Also he was an idiot.

    Quote from the movie:
    "Supposedly Cousteau and his cronies invented the idea of putting
    walkie-talkies into the helmet. But we made ours with a special rabbit
    ear on the top so we could pipe in some music."

  • Isn't Bingham the family name of Lord Lucan? It rings a bell.

  • Closer to the real Indiana Jones: ROY CHAPMAN ANDREWS who led an expedition which discovered incredible fossil formations in Mongolia during the 1920s.

  • A great list, everyone knew Johnny Fontaine was Frank Sinatra. And the godfather was rumored, to be Frank Costello of Murder Inc. Both thumbs-up.

  • Pretty sure that Spalding is in the North East of England

  • Cousteau pronounced Coo-s-tow. I watched his show weekly and really wanted to be a marine biologist because of that show.

  • Well Simon, I'm totally bemused.
    You said that Jonny Fontaine was a famous singer, then you said that Fontaine asks the Godfather to help him launch his career. 
    If that's the case, then what was the new career that Fontaine wanted to be launched in?

  • 5:33
    not 'sir-ghi-oh' but surge-e-oh

  • In the movie Legend the character Blix is based on and looks a lot like rocker Keith Richards.

  • In the 70s l sold firewood one winter. I sold a chord of wood to the actor that played sgt.Garcia the man Zorro was alway carving a z on the stomach on Disneys Zorro. He was a very nice man and so glad someone recognized him. He sent me a Christmas card every year until his death.

  • How about Lone Ranger? Based on Bass Reeves. He was a real-life African-American cowboy who one historian has proposed may have inspired the Lone Ranger.

  • WHo the hell is Jacques COS-TOW??? It's COOOS-TOW.

  • I agree DangerOne. The book mentioned with this movie is highly informative, if not somewhat wordy and a bit drawn out until reaching the Rus.

  • I've met Jacques Cousteau a few time's in Halifax, he is a very cool and interesting man.

  • love the 13th warrior

  • love the 13th warrior

  • Jack Sparrow, whose real name is Jack Ward, was a famous sailor and pirate who was born in England and sailed across the Mediterranean Sea. He converted to Islam and served in the Ottoman Empire in the last years of his life, under the Algerian governor.

  • Bass Reeves was the inspiration for the "Lone Ranger"

  • I used to pretend I was Zorro when I was 8 years old. I even joined a fencing club in college. I also wanted to be the Lone Ranger. And Annie Oakley, Roy Rogers. Any hero would do. ❤😌🐴🐎

  • Spanish rule not Mexican, slight difference.

  • A more plausible inspiration for Indiana Jones was Roy Chapman Andrews who led American Natural History expidition to the Gobi dessert in the 1920's and discovered a treasure trove of ancient fossils while occasionaly having to ward of bandits. I n truth Indy was not inspired by any one adventurer but inspired by the adventurers in the 40 &50's films who were inspired by figures likes Andrews.

  • Too cool Simon

  • ouf! the first entry really made me rethinking about watching this channel.
    it is just such a wild guess to not make any quotes or references
    and than resting the case with "he didn't deny it either."
    This is just the basis of fake news and the incredible beliefs, that this channel loves to make fun of,
    are spread. I do not doubt that this channel tends to the right beliefs,
    but without any basis of their conclusions, it just striked me as a loyal viewer.

    well let's get some salt and finish the video!

  • I once heard Sammy Davis Jr. say that no one in Hollywood dared to say "No" to Frank Sinatra because they knew there would be serious consequences.

  • Indiana Jones was based on Constantin von Tiscendorf!

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