1 - Norman Bates - "Psycho" --- Ed Gein - Anthony Perkins
Before the characters Jame Gumb aka Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs and Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, there was this character in what film from 1960 film what was based by Ed Gein, who was an American murderer and grave robber that would fashion tropies from his victoms bones and skin.
2 - Frank Costello - "The Departed" -- James Bulger - Jack Nicholson
James "Whitey" Bulger was a wanted fugitive and leader of an Irish-American crime family from Boston. He was on the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list from August 19, 1999 until he was arrested in Santa Monica, California on June 22, 2011 and is the basis for this character in this oscar winning film.
3 - Johnny Cage - "Mortal Kombat" --- Jean-Claude Van Damme - ????
He is one of the main characters from this video game series and was modeled after Jean-Claude Van Damme.
4 - Cosmo Kramer - "Seinfeld" --- Kenny Kramer - Michael Richards
This television character was loosely based on Larry David's former neighbor that lived across the hall from him.
5 - Jimmy Dugan - "A League of Their Own" --- Jimmie Foxx - Tom Hanks
Jimmie Foxx was a former baseball Hall of Famer with a drinking problem that precluded him from being able to manage a men's major league franchise. He was the basis of what character from what movie?
6 - Leopold "Butters" Stotch - "South Park" --- Eric Stough - Matt Stone
The character of this television series is loosely based on co-producer Eric Stough, whom Matt Stone and Trey Parker regard as a "goody-goody" because of his reluctance to offend.
7 - Hyman Roth - "The Godfather II" --- Meyer Lansky - Lee Strasberg
Meyer Lansky was a Jewish-American organized crime frigure that was the influence for this 1974 character played by Lee Strasberg.
8 - Raymond Babbitt - "Rain Man" --- Kim Peek - Dustin Hoffman
Kim Peek was an American savant with poor social skills resulting from a developmental disability related to brain abnormalitlies. He is the basis for this film character with autism.
9 - Rocky Balboa - "Rocky" --- Chuck Wepner - Sylvester Stallone
Chuck Wepner was an unknown club fighter that got his big shot in 1975 to fight Muhammad Ali. It was not regarded as a serious fight until in the 9th round, Wepner knocked down Ali with a blow to the chest. The fight continued until Wepner was finally knocked out in the final 15th round (almost "going the distance"). This fight was the inspiration for both this character and its movie.
10 - Viktor Navorski - "The Terminal" --- Mehran Nasseri - Tom Hanks
Mehran Nasseri is an Iranian refugee who lived in the departure lounge of Terminal One in Charles D Gaulle Airport from Aug 1988-July
2006. What movie and character was based on his experiences?
EXPLANATION: He was expelled from Iran in 1977 for ptotests against the Shah. He was awarded refugee status by the UN for refugees in Belgium. This permitted residence in any European country. En route to the UK in 1988, his briefcase containing his papers were stolen in Paris. He boarded the plane for Londan but was returned to France when he failed to present a passport. His entry to the airport was legal, but he had no country of origin to be returned to; thus began his residency at Terminal 1.