Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mormon Doppelgängers 15: Dallin H. Oaks & Yul Brynner



by Scott Heffernan (bio)

Suggestion sent in by a MMM reader. See all Doppelgängers here.


According to IMDb, Yul Brynner's trademark is his completely bald head, unflinching gaze, and deep authoritative voice. The same could be said for Dallin H. Oaks! Here are some more comparisons:

Brynner: A great believer in rituals.
Oaks: A great believer in rituals.

Brynner: Died the same day as Orson Welles.
Oaks: Born the same day as Charlie O'Donnell.

Brynner: Loved modern appliances.
Oaks: Likes modern appliances.

Oaks: Did not serve a mission.
Brynner: Did not serve a mission.

Brynner: Always prepared breakfast while wearing a silk kimono.
Oaks: Always prepares breakfast while wearing a suit (rumored).

Brynner: "Don't smoke, whatever you do, just don't smoke. If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn't be talking about any cancer. I'm convinced of that."
Oaks: "The revelation that commands modern Saints to refrain from alcohol, tobacco, hot drinks, and other harmful things promises the faithful that 'the destroying angel shall pass by them.'"

Brynner: He was good friends with Frank Sinatra.
Oaks: Good friends with Jeffery R. Holland.

Brynner: Was in The Ten Commandments.
Oaks: Keeps the Ten Commandments.

Brynner: Was in The Ten Commandments.
Oaks: Probably enjoys that movie.

Oaks: Founding member of the editorial board of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.
Brynner: Never even heard of Dialogue.

Brynner: Stan Lee used his physical likeness (noticeably his bald head and intense stare) as the inspiration for the appearance of Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men comics.
Oaks: Elder Oaks' runner up doppelgänger is Patrick Stewart, who played Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films.

It all comes full circle.


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