American Crime Story: Versace Actors Versus Their Real-Life Counterparts

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The second season of American Crime Story is upon us. The highly-anticipated follow-up to The People v. O.J. Simpson traces the tale of an entirely different, but no less horrific, crime: the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. And now that Ryan Murphy's anthology series is finally back, the time has come to compare the American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace actors to their real-life counterparts.

The real-life people featured in American Crime Story: Versace are a glamorous crowd. They include celebrities like Donatella Versace, Antonio D'Amico, and of course, Gianni himself. It only makes sense that Murphy called on superstars to fill out his ACS cast. Penélope Cruz dons Donatella's signature blonde locks, while Ricky Martin takes a turn as Antonio. And then there's the culprit, Andrew Cunanan – you'll never look at Darren Criss the same way again.

If you were glued to your screen during Season 1 of American Crime Story, then you're definitely going to want to tune in for this compelling examination of Versace and the man who ended his life. Check out the ACS: Versace actors versus the actual people below, and see who has the eeriest resemblance.


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    Edgar Ramirez As Gianni Versace

    Edgar Ramirez As Gianni Versace
    Photo: FX / YouTube

    Edgar Ramirez channels Gianni Versace's steadfast stare and flair for vivid colors.

    Versace was 50 when he was killed. Prior to his death, the fashion designer had become the renowned head of one of the most creative labels in the industry. He was also something of a pioneer for the queer community, as he did not hide his sexuality and lived openly as a gay man with his partner, Antonio D'Amico.

  • Darren Criss As Andrew Cunanan
    Photo: FX / YouTube

    Darren Criss bears a striking resemblance to Andrew Cunanan, the man who committed the crime. The two men even share the same half-Filipino heritage.

    Cunanan was intelligent – he had an IQ of 147 – but he was troubled. He reportedly descended into a depression in 1996, after one of his older male lovers broke up with him. In 1997, Cunanan went on a killing spree that resulted in the deaths of five people, including Gianni Versace. Eight days after shooting Versace, he took his own life with the murder weapon.

    • Age: 35
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Credits: Glee, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, A Very Potter Musical, Girl Most Likely
  • Mike Farrell As Lee Miglin
    Photo: FX / CBS News

    M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell plays Lee Miglin.

    Miglin was the third victim of Andrew Cunanan, though the Miglin family denies that Cunanan and Miglin had any kind of relationship prior to the murder. Miglin was a real estate mogul, based in Chicago. His May 4, 1997 murder was described by the Chicago Tribune as being especially gruesome:

    "It was a murder that would be considered vicious in any Chicago neighborhood, let alone the city's most expensive, and its details caused even some veteran police officers to blanch." 

    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Credits: M*A*S*H, The Graduate, Superman: The Animated Series, Patch Adams, Providence
  • Ricky Martin As Antonio D'Amico
    Photo: FX / YouTube

    Ricky Martin plays Antonio D'Amico, Gianni Versace's longtime partner. He spoke with D'Amico during production on the series, apparently to reassure him about the project; D'Amico has called it "ridiculous."

    D'Amico met Versace in 1982, and the pair began a relationship that lasted until Versace's murder in 1997. While the pair were together, D'Amico was a designer for Versace Sport. He told The Guardian about witnessing the aftermath of the crime:

    “I felt as if my blood had turned to ice... The house had stained glass windows so we couldn’t see what had happened from inside, so we had to open the gate. I saw Gianni lying on the steps, with blood around him. At that point, everything went dark. I was pulled away, I didn’t see any more.” 

    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Credits: The Voice,Ricky Martin: One Night Only,An Audience with Ricky Martin,Hercules
  • Finn Wittrock As Jeff Trail
    Photo: FX / CBS News

    Finn Wittrock, one of Ryan Murphy's go-to cast members, plays Jeff Trail.

    Trail was a graduate of the US Naval Academy; he served as a lieutenant in the Navy and was a Gulf War veteran. He was friends with Andrew Cunanan, and tragically became his first victim. The 28-year-old was bludgeoned to death in Minneapolis, MN, on April 27, 1997.

    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Lenox, Massachusetts, USA
    • Credits: American Horror Story, Unbroken, Winter's Tale, Halloweentown High, Twelve
  • Judith Light As Marilyn Miglin
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    Marilyn Miglin was the wife of one of Andrew Cunanan's victims, real estate mogul Lee Miglin. Miglin had a reputation as the Queen of Makeovers, and was the owner of a well-regarded beauty company that was a staple of the Home Shopping Network.

    Miglin has remained largely silent on the subject of her husband's death, only speaking to the Chicago Tribune in 1998:  

    "I don't think you heal – you never close up that gaping wound – but you adjust... I lived the life of a fairy princess and I had a prince for 38 years, and then one day my prince went to war and didn't come back."  

    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, USA
    • Credits: Who's the Boss?, Ugly Betty, One Life to Live, Joseph: King of Dreams, Ira & Abby