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List of Famous People with the Same Name ranked by fame and popularity. Things can get confusing when celebrities share the same name. Several famous people try to distinguish themselves by adding a middle initial to their name while others adopt a stage name. One famous actor, known as “The King of Cool,” even shares his name with an Oscar-winning director.

Who is the most famous person who has a shared name? Kate Hudson tops our list. Hudson shares her name with a famous pop singer.  “I Kissed a Girl” singer Katy Perry was actually born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. She decided to use her mother's maiden name of Perry so she wouldn't be confused with the Almost Famous actress. Honeymooners actor Jackie Gleason shares a name with an up and coming TV actor.  Jack Gleeson plays the unscrupulous King Joffrey on Game of Thrones.

The Great Escape actor Steve McQueen shares his name with the man who directed the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave. Blue Valentine actress Michelle Williams shares her name with one of the members of Destiny's Child.

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Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People with the Same Real Name
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Wall Street actor Michael Douglas shares his name with another famous actor. Batman actor Michael Keaton was born Michael John Douglas. Keaton never legally changed his name, but he has used the stage name throughout his professional career to satisfy SAG rules. see more on Michael Douglas

David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People with the Same Real Name
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The Monkees frontman Davy Jones has the same name as the superstar known as David Bowie, who was born as David Robert Jones, but changed his name to avoid confusion and sound cooler. Both singers share their name with Bill Nighy's tentacle-bearded character in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. see more on David Bowie

Kate Hudson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People with the Same Real Name
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Kate Hudson shares her name with a famous pop singer. Katy Perry is actually the stage name of Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, who adopted her mother's maiden name so she wouldn't be confused with the Almost Famous actress. see more on Kate Hudson

Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People with the Same Real Name
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The Great Escape actor Steve McQueen shares his name with the director of the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave.
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Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People with the Same Real Name
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Actor Mark Wahlberg shares his name with "Antiques Roadshow" host Mark L. Walberg. see more on Mark Wahlberg

Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People with the Same Real Name
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Blue Valentine actress Michelle Williams shares her name with one of the members of Destiny's Child.
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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People with the Same Real Name
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Actor and American war hero Jimmy Stewart shared his name with contemporary English film actor Stewart Granger, who was born James Lablache Stewart but changed his name to avoid confusion. see more on James Stewart

Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People with the Same Real Name
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Radio personality Howard Stern shares his name with the attorney Howard K. Stern. who appeared on The Anna Nicole Show with his girlfriend, Anna Nicole Smith.
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