Thanks to Lee “Budgie” Barnett for this one. He nominated the first. I arbitrarily defined “modern” as born since 1900, and excluded people such as Banksy whose anonymity is part of their celebrity.
1. Dr Seuss. His real name was Theodor Geisel: Seuss was his middle name; and he wasn’t a doctor.
2. Pol Pot. There are a few photos on the internet, but I don’t remember seeing them at the time. Nominated by Jonathan Law.
3. Emma Clarke, who tells you to “mind the gap” on the London Underground. Thanks to Steven Fogel.
4. Stanley Kubrick. The filmmaker’s face was fairly well known (moustache, beard, intense eyes), but Alan Conway, a conman, got away with pretending to be him in the 1990s, and convinced people to pay for meals and drinks. Kubrick’s assistant Anthony Frewin wrote the screenplay for Colour