The late Steve Jobs would have been 61 today. While his life was cut short after a battle with cancer five years ago, his inspirational legacy lives on through three big-screen biopics.
The icon behind Apple and its revolutionary technologies lived a successful but controversial life. After co-founding the tech giant in 1976, Jobs left the company in 1985 and didn’t return until 1997, when he became the CEO. His larger-than-life personality and vision have led many an actor to try his hand at bringing Jobs’s story to life.
From Michael Fassbender’s Oscar-nominated portrayal of the tech icon in last year’s Steve Jobs to Fred Armisen’s uncanny Saturday Night Live characterization, here are five stars who have taken on the role of Apple’s legendary co-founder.
1. Michael Fassbender
Fassbender earned an Oscar nomination for best actor in a leading role for his incredible work in 2015’s Steve Jobs. While he physically bears little resemblance to Jobs, he expertly captures the late Apple CEO’s often-volatile personality.
2. Ashton Kutcher
Kutcher uncannily resembles the Apple head in the 2013 film Jobs. During shooting he followed the tech icon’s strict diet and donned his signature Birkenstocks even while away from the set.
3. Justin Long
iSteve from Funny Or DieLong garnered fame for playing the role of a Mac in Apple’s long-running “Get a Mac” campaign commercials, so it was extra funny when he took on the role of Jobs in a Funny or Die “mockumentary.”
4. Fred Armisen
The long-standing SNL member brought all of the laughs when gave his best Jobs impression in a 2007 episode of “Weekend Update” after the iPhone was first unveiled.
5. Noah Wyle
While Steve Jobs himself reportedly hated the 1999 film Pirates of Silicon Valley, he thought Wyle “did a good job” in playing him, even asking the actor to come on-stage dressed as Jobs at the Macworld convention.