Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bryan Cranston & Gordon Lightfoot

For anyone born after 1975, Gordon Lightfoot was a popular Canadian folk singer in the '60s and '70s. Before slowly slipping into obscurity as heavier rock genres grew into prominence, he scored a few hits in his day, including "Rainy Day People," "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," and "If You Could Read My Mind."  Perhaps his most lasting claim to fame is the similarity between the chorus of that last song and Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All," which was the cause of a lawsuit in the 1980s.

Anyway, I bring it up because I can never get over the similarity in appearance of Lightfoot to modern actor Bryan Cranston, currently star of the TV show Breaking Bad and also well known for his role as the father on Malcolm in the Middle. It's really an uncanny resemblance. Uncanny, and a completely useless observation.


  1. I noticed the same thing this morning waking up to a Time-Life commercial that showed Gordon Lightfoot and I realized the resemblance. Great post!

  2. Yes, interesting ... very handsome men.

  3. I've been a long-time BB fan (own the box set), and was just now listening to Sundown, which reminded me what a talent Lightfoot was. Inspired, I google Lightfoot to see what he's now up to, and up popped a few images of him sans his Gord's Gold mustache. At first I thought, "He's better-looking than I realized," before saying, "Wait a minute...." and started flipping through all his images..."That looks like..." "Woah!" Then googled Lightfoot & Cranston, and here I am! Uncanny, indeed!

  4. Yeah noticed a slight resemblance, up to a point. But there is a still is a difference. If you look at Cranston's forehead hard, you'll notice it is much straighter, and squarer, plus he has fuller cheeks. Lightfoot has a narrower face with higher cheekbones and a more curved forehead, plus he has smaller nostrils. :)

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