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Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 7:13 PM

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Are They Twins? Yes or No.

Here are two actors who so resemble each other, they could be twins. They are different people, different backgrounds, but identical in their facial features. How can two men, with totally different upbringings be so close in their appearance? Also, their names are virtually identical. Am I missing something? Are they actually the same person, with slight variations in their name? Why would anyone do this? Why would someone pick an identical name, use the same face and project one man's background from Edinburgh, Scotland and another identity from Lazio, Italy? Usually, people do this to hide themselves from whatever they feel is pursuing them. These identities are identical in their faces but describe different backgrounds, different birthdays, different "home towns". So, if they really are different people, how can they resemble each other so closely, yet have no familial connection?
 
Anthony Dawson. Born 10.18.16, from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Appeared in "Dial M For Murder" (1954); "Dr. No", (1962).
 
Anthony M. Dawson. Born 9.19.30, from Rome, Lazio, Italy. Appeared in "Yor: The Hunter From the Future" (1983).
 
This is a link to a photograph of Anthony Dawson.
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0206060/mediaviewer/rm228427008/?ref_=nm_ov_ph
 
I could not find a link to a photograph of Anthony M. Dawson. This person is also listed as "Antonio Margheriti, Producer", or as Director in several films.
 
I appreciate everyone's comments. I have no other info about these actors, only what is printed in their "bios".

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Well, according to the dates of births, they are definitely not twins. Depending on the finer details of the matter, I do believe this is known as the doppelganger effect. With well over seven billion human beings are earth, there are bound to be scores of people who look quite a lot alike without being related within the third cousin threshold. Sometimes people look alike across relaxed phenotypical thresholds. The two men probably have a not-too-distant common ancestor, going back maybe four to forty generations, or more or less. Also, there is the matter of adoption, even under-documented adoption, and erroneous records, so sometimes parts of an "official" family tree may have adopted members misrepresented as (or incorrectly assumed to be) biological members, or likewise the name listed as father on somebody's birth certificate may not be biologically related to that somebody. So, in rare cases, some other random human being, even one several national borders away, could be that second cousin that your maternal grandmother's mother never told your maternal grandmother had wound up slipping into a closed adoption maybe because a great aunt was estranged from the family, or some shit like that.

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They are two unrelated people. 

"Anthony M. Dawson" is a pseudonym of prolific Italian director Antonio Margheriti ("Dawson" is an somewhat anglicized version of his name -- 'margherita' in Italian means 'daisy'). Starting in the 1960s and through through the late 80s it was common practice in Italian cinema to change names to make them sound American, in an attempt to attract wider audiences.

Quentin Tarantino paid homage to him by having Eli Roth's character in "Inglourious Basterds" use the name "Antonio Margheriti" near the end of the film.

Antonio Margheriti (aka Anthony M. Dawson): 

Anthony Dawson

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Much appreciated, Giancarlo Cairella​. To me, they don't look that much alike, not even enough to be uncle and nephew.