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Navigating the world without the guiding hand of your dad is hard enough, but it’s especially hard if you’re trying to find your way in the cutthroat world of Hollywood. These celebrities who don’t know who their fathers are have had to do just that. Several famous actors, musicians and athletes do not know their dads. Some of these celebrities know their dads' names, but they have not met them, while others don’t have the first clue about their fathers' identities.

Of all the fatherless celebrities, who is the most famous person who doesn't know their dad? Marilyn Monroe tops our list. Monroe never really knew who her dad was, but Martin "Eddie" Mortensen is believed to be her biological father. Todd Rundgren is listed as the father on Liv Tyler's birth certificate. Over 10 years later, she learned that Steven Tyler was really her biological father.

To this day, Jack Nicholson does not know the identity of his father. Raised by his grandparents, Nicholson didn't know that his sister was really his mother until he was an adult. Eric Clapton never met his biological father, who died in 1985. He wrote the song "My Father's Eyes" as a way to work through his thoughts about the situation.

This list does not include celebrities whose fathers died or abandoned them at a young age, since the identities of those fathers were known, despite the fact that they weren’t around. Are you surprised that so many famous people do not know their dads at all? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities Who Don't Know Who Their Fathers Are
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Marilyn Monroe never really knew who her dad was, but Martin "Eddie" Mortensen is believed to be her biological father.

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Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Singer, Showgirl

Credits: Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Don't Know Who Their Fathers Are
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To this day, Jack Nicholson does not know the identity of his father. Raised by his grandparents, Nicholson didn't know that his sister was really his mother until he was an adult.

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Age: 79

Birthplace: Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director

Credits: The Shining, The Departed, As Good as It Gets, Chinatown

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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Don't Know Who Their Fathers Are
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Steve Jobs was adopted as an infant and never met his biological father.

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Age: Died at 56 (1955-2011)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Designer

Credits: Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, The Pixar Story, Toy Story, The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities Who Don't Know Who Their Fathers Are
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LeBron James was raised by a single, teen mom and he has never met his father. Anthony McClelland is believed to be his dad, but other men have also claimed to have fathered the NBA star.

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Age: 32

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Basketball player, Television producer, Screenwriter, Athlete, Voice acting

Credits: More Than A Game, 2015 NBA All Star All Style, Trainwreck, Late Show With David Letterman

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#12 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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