2008 Celebrity Lookalike Contest Winners

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By Matt Bennett, photography by Kenneth Linge

The Sundance Film Festival, world-class skiing and the occasional rehab visit to Cirque Lodge keep a semisteady stream of Hollywood celebrities visiting the Wasatch Front — so it wouldn’t be all that odd to see an actual celebrity at Will’s Pit Stop.

Heck, with High School Musical 3 being filmed in the Beehive state and Glenn Beck’s recent hosting of the Stadium of Fire, two of this year’s celebrity counterparts have made recent local appearances.

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Tate Arnold
Hometown: Alpine
Age: 15
Occupation: Student

 

UV: When did you first notice that you looked like a celebrity?

Tate: When “High School Musical” came out. People started asking me for my autograph in grocery stores, restaurants, etc.

 

UV: What is the best (or worst) experience you have had as a celebrity lookalike?

Tate: When this old lady asked me for my autograph in the grocery store. She claimed her granddaughter loved me and she would die for my autograph!

 

UV: Are there any other similarities between you and your celebrity lookalike?

Tate: When I meet people for the first time, their reaction is usually, “Oh you look like that ‘High School Musical’ guy!” Then their second reaction is, “You act just like him, too!” I do go to high school, play basketball, I was in a musical once, and I do like Vanessa Hudgens!

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Who’s Zac Efron?

Zac Efron is best known for his role as Troy Bolton (a dreamy high school basketball player who is secretly interested in singing) in the “High School Musical” movies.

Zac also made new fans playing the role of Link Larkin in the 2007 movie “Hairspray.”

 

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Mike Geddes
Hometown: Cedar Hills
Age: 50
Occupation: Home Builder / Developer

UV: When did you first notice that you looked like a celebrity?

Mike: When I was on vacation in Hawaii I had a couple of people come up and ask if I was Glenn.

 

UV: Are you a fan of your celebrity lookalike?

Mike: Yes, I am a big fan!

 

UV: Are there any other similarities between you and your celebrity lookalike?

Mike: We both have beautiful wives.

 

UV: Have you ever pretended to be your celebrity lookalike?

Mike: At his Christmas concert I walked around the E-Center to see who would point at me and say, “There’s Glenn!”

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Who’s Glen Beck?

Glenn Beck is a radio/television host known for conservative political commentary. His nationally-syndicated radio show,
“The Glenn Beck Program,” airs on more than 300 stations and his television show, “The Glenn Beck Show,” is a CNN favorite.

Glenn has written two bestselling books. Utahns became even more intrigued with him when he joined the LDS Church.

 

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Breanna Beck
Hometown: Spanish Fork
Age: 16
Occupation: Student

 

UV: When did you first notice that you looked like a celebrity?

Breanna: Last spring.

 

UV: Are you a fan of your celebrity lookalike?

Breanna: Of course!

 

UV: Are there any other similarities between you and your celebrity?

Breanna: I looked more like her before I cut my hair last month.

 

UV: Have you had any funny experiences based on being a lookalike?

Breanna: I was in St. George and I walked next to the TV when Kirsten came on. My best friend’s mom was like, “Oh my gosh, Breanna! You look just like her!”

 

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Who’s Kristen Stewart?

Although she’s not as well-known as other celebrities in this section, Kirsten Stewart will very soon become a household face as she’s playing the role of Bella Swan in the upcoming movie “Twilight.”

Before Twilight, Kirsten won roles in movies like 2008’s “Jumper” and 2002’s “Panic Room.”

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Bo Shafer
Hometown: Alpine
Age: 18
Occupation: Auto Glass Installer

UV: When did you first notice you looked like a celebrity?

Bo: When they were talking on the news about how Prince Harry served in Afghanistan, my aunt pointed it out as well as a few other people.

 

UV: Are you a fan of your celebrity lookalike?

Bo: Who wouldn’t be? He’s a prince!

 

UV: If you could look like any celebrity, who would it be?

Bo: Maybe Christian Bale since he’s Batman.

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Who’s Prince Harry?

Prince Henry of Wales (Henry Charles Albert David) was born Sept. 15, 1984. Commonly known as Prince Harry, he is the younger son of Prince Charles of Wales and his first wife, Princess Diana of Wales.

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Timothy Hall
Hometown: Provo
Age: 20
Occupation: Ranch Hand

UV: When did you first notice you looked like a celebrity?

Timothy: High school.

 

UV: Are you a fan of your celebrity lookalike?

Timothy: Yes, he is a really good actor.

 

UV: Are there any other similarities between you and your celebrity?

Timothy: We snowboard, bike, hunt and fish.

 

UV: Have you ever pretended to be your celebrity lookalike?

Timothy: Of course! If I can get free stuff, why not?

 

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Who’s Shia LaBeouf?

Shia LaBeouf, a native Californian, became famous for his role as Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel series “Even Stevens.”

Later Shia starred in the movie “Holes” playing the role of Stanley Yelnats IV.

As of late Shia has starred in movies geared more to adult audiences such as “Transformers,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “I, Robot.”

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Robert Ridgeway
Hometown: Saratoga Springs
Age: 54
Occupation: Engineer

UV: When did you first notice you looked like a celebrity?

Robert: In my mid-30s when people would stop me at the beach.

 

UV: How often do people comment to you about your lookalike?

Robert: People mention it to me when we go out. They used to say I look like Christopher Reeve, but now people say I look like Harrison Ford.

 

UV: What is the best (or worst) experience you have had as a celebrity lookalike?

Robert: Little kids pointing and saying, “Look, Mummy, there goes Indiana Jones.”

 

UV: Are there any other similarities between you and your celebrity?

Robert: No, but there are differences — he has lots of money and I don’t.

 

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Who’s Harrison Ford?

Let’s face it, anyone who hasn’t heard of Harrison Ford must be living in a cave somewhere in the Middle East.

We’re talking about Han Solo, THE Indiana Jones, the Fugitive.

And for those readers over the age of 50 — maybe you’ll recall his Bob Falfa character from “American Graffiti.”

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Jens Jespersen
Hometown: Provo
Age: 16
Occupation: Student

UV: When did you first notice you looked like a celebrity?

Jens: One day I was talking with my friends about some music we liked by Michael Buble, and someone said, “Hey! You look just like him.”

 

UV: Are you a fan of your celebrity lookalike?

Jens: I am. I really enjoy listening to his music. One of my all-time favorite artists.

 

UV: Are there any other similarities between you and your celebrity lookalike?

Jens: I have a good time trying to sing his music, but I definitely don’t have his amazing voice.

 

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Who’s Michael Buble?

Michael Buble has been awarded a Grammy for his big band vocals.

Michael is best known for his recordings of songs such as “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” “Fever,” “Kissing a Fool,” “Sway,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and “For Once in My Life.”

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