29 Popular TV Characters Who Were Based on Real People

TV characters based on real people are as popular as ever. What better source to draw upon than real life? After all, real life is stranger than fiction. People who inspired TV characters can be horrifying while some can be inspirational. Some, like Lady Gaga's character on American Horror Story: Hotel are based off one of the most notorious serial killers in history. 

Others, like Moe from The Simpsons, are based off famous athletes who retired from the sport but kept their feisty spirit alive. They are politicians, mob bosses and even an eccentric next door neighbor. What all of these people have in common is their mark as inspirations for some of the most memorable characters on television. 

Let's check out some fictional characters based on real people and see if you guessed they were real all along.