On the left is Julius Erving Dr. J while on the right is actor Rick Fitts.
Julius Erving Dr. J was born Julius Winfield Erving II on February 22, 1950 in Roosevelt, New York. He is 6’7″ tall and is a retired American basketball player. Dr. J helped legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA) and was the best-known player in that league when it merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the 1975–76 season. Julius Erving won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles with the ABA’s Virginia Squires and New York Nets (now the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets) and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. He is the sixth-highest scorer in ABA/NBA history with 30,026 points (NBA and ABA combined). He was well known for slam dunking from the free throw line in slam dunk contests and was the only player voted Most Valuable Player in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. Julius Erving earned his nickname Dr. J, Doctor J, Dr. Jay or Doctor Jay as some people spell it by being a wizard with the ball, performing feats never before seen: midair spins and whirls punctuated by powerful slam dunks. Erving was one of the first players to make extemporaneous individual expression an integral part of the game, setting the style of play that would prevail in the decades to follow. His honors include Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1993); NBA champion (1983); NBA MVP (1981); All-NBA First Team (1978, ’80, ’81, ’82, ’83); All-NBA Second Team (1977, ’84); 11-time All-Star (1977-87); All-Star MVP (1977, ’83); J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1983); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996). ABA Honors: ABA champion (1974, ’76); ABA MVP (1974, ’76); co-MVP (1975); All-Star First Team (1973, ’74, ’75, ’76); All-Star Second Team (1972).
Rick Fitts is an American television and film actor. Rick Fitts is best known for his work on General Hospital (1963), Something New (2006) and Platoon Leader (1988). Rick Fitts has had roles in almost a hundred different television shows since his acting debut in 1980, in shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Knight Rider, Simon & Simon, The A-Team, Hill Street Blues, Jake and the Fatman, Diagnosis Murder, Star Trek: Voyager, Get a Life, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Reba, Desperate Housewives, Frasier, Commander in Chief, Bones, and Back to You. He is best known to soap opera fans for playing the role of ruthless businessman Martin Jackson in Generations. He has also worked in voiceover, supplying the voice of Mr. Johanssen in the animated series Hey Arnold!
NBA legend Julius Erving and actor Rick Fitts are famous look alikes. These men can easily be mistaken for each other from someone watching television.