He’s been Biden his time! Meet the 75-year-old actor set to start a career impersonating Joe Biden, 79, as he becomes President – while Trump lookalike admits ‘work has been very, very quiet’
- Brooklyn-born Kevin Dalton, 75, started acting as a film extra in 2018
- Friends mentioned his similarities to Joe Biden and he approached an agent
- Now hoping to launch his career as an impersonator in the UK and America
- Donald Trump lookalike Guy Rose, 74, meanwhile has seen his work fall off a cliff
- Biden is set to be sworn in as President on January 20 in Washington DC
As Kevin Dalton sat and watched the votes come in late at night on November 3, his face slowly turned into a wide grin.
Joe Biden’s election victory was as much a relief for his mostly-Democrat supporting family on America’s east coast as for him.
And while it spelt the end of Donald Trump’s time in the White House, this 75-year-old might have just found himself a lucrative new job.
London-based Kevin, once a successful New York businessman, is hoping to start out on his new career as an impersonator of the President-elect, three years his senior.
The resemblance is striking, from the swept-back white hair to that charismatic toothy smile and even his signature aviators, he has obviously been perfecting the ‘Biden look’ in the mirror over the last year.
Only in 2018 had he started putting himself forward as an actor and model, with his clean-cut look helping him get work as an extra in The Crown, an upcoming Batman movie and several music videos.
Lookalike-elect: Kevin Dalton, 75, once a New York businessman, is hoping to start out on his new career as an impersonator of President-elect Joe Biden, three years his senior
The resemblance is striking, from the swept-back white hair to that charismatic toothy smile and even his signature aviators, he has obviously been perfecting the ‘Biden look’ in the mirror over the last year. Pictured: Kevin poses as President Biden did for his official Vice-President portrait in 2013
But he has hopes that this role will not be a bit-part.
‘I had often heard that I sort of looked like Joe Biden, I’m a guy from the north east of the US, and also raised my family in New Jersey quite near him,’ he tells MailOnline from his west London home.
‘But it was only when he got nominated in April and he was on the news more that people really started mentioning it to me, and I decided to put together some videos and photos spoofing his speeches about Trump.’
He sent the videos to a number of talent agents, one of them Andy Harmer, a David Beckham impersonator of 20 years who even starred in the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham, who now runs the successful Lookalikes agency.
Having been searching for a Biden lookalike for more than a year, Kevin now joins Andy’s roster of around 2,000 impersonators and impressionists across the world, which until the pandemic struck was a lucrative world of entertainment with top-rate performers earning thousands for corporate events, ad campaigns and bespoke video messages.
Kevin says another agent from Los Angeles is set to ‘launch him’ stateside around the time of inauguration, but the details are being kept under wraps for now
But he says election night was tough watch because it had been made ‘pretty clear’ by agents that if Joe Biden wasn’t victorious on November 3, ‘there would not be much, if any, work for me’. Pictured: Biden at a Last Vegas rally in 2019
Kevin says another agent from Los Angeles is set to ‘launch him’ stateside around the time of inauguration, but the details are being kept under wraps for now.
But he says election night was a tough watch because it had been made ‘pretty clear’ by agents that if Biden didn’t get elected ‘there would not be much, if any, work for me’.
‘So I was absolutely thrilled when Mr Biden won, I followed the ups and downs with bated breath, especially since in the early running he was not in the lead because of those mail-in ballots. So it took a bit of faith to hold on and believe that is was going to work out.’
While the events industry remains on hold because of coronavirus, Kevin believes there are plenty of opportunities ahead with the help of the vaccine, so for now he’s working on his routine.
‘I’m actually memorising parts of Biden’s speeches and making longer videos to help the agents better present me. And it’s a production so you have to have a good background, props, get the American flag out.’
But given the energetic, exaggerated nature of impersonators, is he not worried about selling his ‘Sleepy Joe’ Biden compared to say, Donald Trump?
‘I think the people who are going to succeed in mimicking him will need to look a lot like him, and that’s what I think is my ace in the hole really.
‘I’m open to speeches and voice work but my feeling is it’s my looks that really nail it, when I smile people tell me it really looks like him. Apart from that he speaks very slowly, very carefully (he knows he’s made a lot of gaffes in the past) he’s not a hard act to follow in that regard.’
Double-act: Considering how to bring in the crowd, Kevin could find his perfect match in Guy Rose, 74, from south London, who has performed as the outgoing President Donald Trump since 2016
A classically trained actor turned publisher, Guy has barely got into character in the last year after his slate of work attending corporate events and photo shoots was wiped clean by coronavirus. Pictured: Guy appearing in a German moving company commercial opposite an Obama lookalike
‘I was booked to do other live gigs but they had to cancel them because they would have involved people being too close together. I wouldn’t say killed it stone dead but it’s reduced dramatically… it’s the personal appearance that they want, not the Zoom call,’ he says
Kevin also says he would ‘absolutely be open’ to the idea of teaming up with other political impersonators, including his opponent Mr Trump.
He could find his perfect match in Guy Rose, 74, from south London, who has performed as the 45th US President since 2016, donning a custom-made blonde wig for dozens of events across Europe (the Germans seem to love him), for corporate events, and television adverts.
But the classically-trained actor has barely got into character in the last year, instead spending his time on his publishing business rather than the work he finds so ‘gratifying’ he’s still doing it in his seventies.
‘Work has been very, very quiet. In all that time I have done about two or three at events from home on Zoom.
‘I was booked to do other live gigs but they had to cancel them because they would have involved people being too close together. I wouldn’t say killed it stone dead but it’s reduced dramatically… it’s the personal appearance that they want, not the Zoom call.’
Guy knows the ups and downs of the lookalike world though, having got an ‘awful lot of work’ impersonating Bill Clinton in the early 2000s only for it to drop off straight after his presidency ended.
While the events industry remains on hold because of coronavirus, Kevin believes there are plenty of opportunities ahead with the help of the vaccine, so for now he’s working on his routine
Mr Biden is also putting in plenty of practice for his inauguration day speech on the steps of the Capitol Building, weeks after it was sieged by rioting Trump supporters
He said: ‘When I did Bill Clinton I got some great jobs, and the work was constant, but when he went out of power, I didn’t work for a few years and obviously I can’t do a Barack or Michelle Obama or a Hillary Clinton, you have to accept that the moment has passed.’
He is however more hopeful that Mr Trump will not be a passing fad, and the public fascination will continue even after the pandemic ends.
‘The one plus, playing devil’s advocate here, is that Trump has been such an extraordinary character that irrespective of the fact he will no longer be in the White House there will still be a lot of interest in him.
‘There will be quite a lot of court cases on certain things coming up that will generate a lot of publicity for him, although maybe not the right kind…
‘I’ve really been lucky with Trump because he is extreme, you’d have to do something that is truly outrageous to be too extreme.
‘As far as I know there are only about another two or three Trumps about in the UK, and most of them don’t do the voice so they’re quite limited in the events that they can do.’
Lookalikes.co.uk agency boss Andy Harmer, Britain’s premier David Beckham impersonator for 20 years, said he believes ‘lookalikes will be busy, busier than ever before’ after the pandemic loosens its grip on the entertainment industry
So would he be the first Trump happy to share a stage with Mr Biden?
‘Oh yes, if people wanted that then definitely for sure I’d be happy to do that. That’s quite a good idea actually!
‘If there is a demand, and the right sort of job then I’m happy to do it.’
And on the matter of better times ahead, Lookalikes agent Andy Harmer is in agreement.
‘In March I saw all my bookings up to the end of the year just cancelled, there was almost nothing I could do about it,’ he said. ‘But bits and pieces have been coming back in, it has evolved quite a lot with some lookalikes doing personal video messages, zoom meeting, and digital campaigns.’
‘I think that when it does come back to normal and people can put events on I’m confident it will get back to normal, lookalikes will be busy, busier than before.
‘I think people will just be craving for entertainment, especially for live forms over watching TV, they’ve had enough chances to do that for 10 months. People are going to need it.’
The Lookalikes agency is always on the lookout for new impersonators, you can find more information about the agency here.
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