17 “Fictional” TV Characters Based on Real People

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J.D. Dorian from Scrubs


The adorkable J.D. was modeled after the show creator Bill Lawrence‘s friend, Jonathan Doris. Jonathan shared a bunch of stories about his resident life and apparently, that sparked an idea for a medical show. Jonathan said: “I distinctly remember our conversation. He said: ‘J.D., if you would entrust me with all of your mistakes, misadventures and gaffes during your residency, I promise no one will know it was you.’ So I did. Bill promptly named the main character after me. Then he sent the NBC press corps and USA Today over to interview me about what a bumbling intern I was. So much for anonymity. I have to admit, it was exciting to think that a character on a television show would be based on me.”

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