'Bogus Bill' has a blast playing billionaire in 'The Social Network'

'Bogus Bill' has a blast playing billionaire in 'The Social Network'
Steve Sires

BOTHELL, Wash. – Whether on the cover of magazines or in the pages of newspapers, Steve Sires sometimes gets the billionaire treatment.

But it's all an act, and part of how Sires makes his living.

"They think they're really talking to Bill but they're really disappointed it's just Steve," says Sires, who happens to look a lot like Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

"It's taken me around the world to a lot of different places, which has been the biggest opportunity and the most fun part of doing this work."

His regular job is in civil engineering. But in his off time he's had a few roles on the silver screen impersonating one of the world's richest men.

The Bothell man's latest appearance as Bill Gates is in the movie "The Social Network," which debuted over the weekend at No. 1 at the box office.

His cameo is only about one minute long. Sires flew to California, met the director and shot the scene in a day.

"One hundred crew, a whole building and all the equipment," Sires says, recounting his day on the set. "...It's a big to-do, and you're part of that."

He saw the movie on opening night – the culmination of more than a decade of acting as a Gates doppelganger at parties and in periodicals.

At the end of the day, though, Sires says he's just an ordinary guy who looks a lot like someone who's done something extraordinary.

"I get up in the morning, go to work, come back, have a house and family and children and kids," Sires says. "Just pretty average."

Sires says he's never actually met the real Bill Gates, even though he has worked for him twice.

His next role is going to be playing a grandfather, for real. His daughter is due with a baby any day.