He’s a Family Guy: real life Peter Griffin mimics cartoon character to become internet sensation
A dead ringer for Family Guy cartoon character Peter Griffin has become an internet sensation.
Robert Franzese, from Long Island, New York, USA, has taken the internet by storm after a video of him adopting the outspoken cartoon character’s famous green trousers, white shirt and high pitched Rhode Island accent went viral.
The 26-year-old was filmed at Com Con – a convention for comic book and costume play enthusiasts – where fans of the popular cartoon series had to do a double take when they saw him walk by.
In less than 48 hours, a YouTube video of the impersonator at the convention, in New York, racked up more than 3.5 million views, making him an internet celebrity in his own right.
Now the impressionist has amassed 22,000 likes on Facebook too, receiving a deluge of praise from fans all over the world for his likeness to the animated dad.
He said: “I came to the realisation I looked and sounds like Peter Griffin very early on.
“I have been doing his voice ever since I first became a fan of the show, back in high school. The cosplaying came much later.
“A lot of people get really excited when they see me dressed as Peter Griffin, but they get into what I like to refer to as overload excited when they hear me speak.
“Since I have gone viral a few times now, sometimes I get recognised at shows.”
Despite his uncanny resemblance to the loudmouth character, unwitting Robert had no idea his adaptation of Peter Griffin would propel him to internet stardom.
But now even Family Guy’s creator, Seth McFarlane, has shown he approves of the impressionist, by taking to Twitter to retweet the popular YouTube video.
He said: “This has all been really amazing the amount of support I’ve been receiving is mind blowing.
“My ultimate goal in life is to become a voice actor.
“It would be awesome to make a career out of going to conventions too.