Oscar Wilde and Hugh Grant

Famous time travellers

Jolly Jacob von Hogflume

Jacob von Hogflume was said to have invented time travel, has been honoured with a blue plaque, and was known to have lived in various parts of the UK before his death – and after his death as well.

Time travel

Actually, Jacob von Hogflume is the fictitious inventor of time travel, as well as a former and future resident of London. Invented by Dave Askwith and Alex Normanton, and documented in their book “Signs of Life“, the Von Hogflume sign proclaimed to mark the residence of the 19th century inventor. This sign was one of many signs created by the duo.


Time travelling actors

They say that every one of us has at least one look-alike in the world, and according to an old urban legend our double lives in the opposite part of the globe from where we are – and in the present.

Browsing further though, you might well agree with us that some celebrities have doppelgängers coming directly from the past. So, we were wondering… did some of these famous celebrities travel back (and forth) in time just for the fun of it?


Hugh Grant

Oscar Wilde and Hugh Grant
Oscar Wilde (left) – writer and poet. Hugh Grant (right) – time traveller and actor.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.

An early romantic interest of Oscar Wilde was Florence Balcombe.  She eventually became the wife of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.

Hugh Grant studied English literature at the University of Oxford. Following his graduation in 1982, Grant wrote radio commercials and also attempted to write a novel.

In the movie “Bridget Jones’ Diary“, Hugh Grant doesn’t get the girl in the end – one of the very few movies in which he doesn’t. But then again – if one time travels frequently – you can always go back and get her. And we wouldn’t be any the wiser.


Alec Baldwin

Millard Fillmore and Alec Baldwin
Millard Fillmore (left) – lawyer and US President. Alec Baldwin (right) – time traveller and actor.

Millard Fillmore (1800-1874) was the 13th President of the United States. He taught school as a way to support himself as he studied law. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1823.

The majority of roles that Alec Baldwin has taken on, revolve around characters that have a lack of morals (as lawyers sometimes do). Oh yes, and – Mr Baldwin has a degree in political sciences. Coincidence? We think not.


Keanu Reeves

Paul Mounet and Keanu Reeves
Paul Mounet (left) – medical student and actor. Keanu Reeves (right) – time traveller and actor.

Paul Mounet (1847-1922) was born in Bergerac, Dordogne, France, and studied to become a medical doctor prior to his career in acting.

Mounet appeared in a number of films, including playing the title character in a 1909 silent black-and-white version of Macbeth, directed by acclaimed French director André Calmettes.

Keanu Reeves made a career for himself in acting, and he appeared in numerous films – most notably in The Matrix. And in The Matrix Reloaded. And also in The Matrix Revolutions. Enough said.


Bruce Willis

Genl Douglas MacArthur and Bruce Willis
Genl Douglas MacArthur (left) – US Army General. Bruce Willis (right) – time traveller and actor (portraying a US Army General).

General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) was born on a military base in Arkansas, USA. He grew up on army bases where his father served. He said the first sounds he could remember as a child were those of the Army: the sounds of horns, drums and soldiers marching.

General MacArthur’s biography sketches him as having been extremely brave in battle, sometimes almost foolish. It often seemed as if he believed he could not be killed. He won every medal and honour the United States can give a soldier.

Bruce Willis was born on a military base in West Germany. He grew up on army bases where his father served. He’s well known for his film appearances as wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films.

Throughout his film career, Willis has depicted several military characters in films such as Hart’s War, Tears of the Sun, Grindhouse and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

In the 1998 film The Siege Willis played Major General William Devereaux, commanding the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.


So – is time travel is a possibility?