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Sometimes, people decide that they want to be called by their initials instead of their full names. Here is a list of famous people who go by their initials, including a first initial, middle initial, or sometimes even both. If one person has two middle names, he might come up with a way to use two or even three initials in his professional name. What kind of person would do this? Writers, actors, athletes, musicians, and all sorts of other people have used initials in lieu of full names for as long as surnames have existed. Some examples are William H. Macy, E. B. White, Vivica A. Fox, J. D. Salinger, O. J. Simpson, George R. R. Martin, KD Lang, e e cummings, and Mr. Alphabet himself, J. R. R. Tolkien. Does anyone really call him that? Guess what? Someone just did. 

This list has the full names of people who use their initials, so now you know what Samuel L. Jackson's middle name is. It does not include people who use initials in pseudonyms - for example, W. C. Fields was born William Claude Dukenfield, so he is not on this list. Neither is Louis C.K., whose real last name is Székely. It is OK. There are lots of people like that. O. Henry is another one. E. L. James and F. Murray Abraham are two more. They are all not on this list.

Historically, calling oneself by initials has been a habit of wealthier classes. Many politicians, especially U.S. Presidents, have included an initial or two in their names. Another reason to use an initial instead of a full name is because the real name is silly. C. S. Lewis's given name was Clive Staples Lewis, and Warren Harding's middle name was Gamaliel. Sometimes, SAG makes you add a little something to distinguish yourself from the other Vivica Fox. Or maybe you are trying to get away with writing a book for boys, but you don't want them to know that you are a lady. What do you think about that, J. K. Rowling and S. E. Hinton? One more thing is that for Harry Truman, the S. is just an S. There is no name behind it. Enjoy this list of famous people who go by their initials.

John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Politician, Military Officer, Author

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Samuel Leroy Jackson Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Joanne Kathleen Rowling Novelist, Film Producer, Author

Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Michael Andrew Fox Television producer, Film Producer, Author

Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Taraji Penda Henson Actor, Singer

William S. Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
William Seward Burroughs Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor

Kat Von D is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Katherine Von Drachenberg Tattoo artist, Television producer, Model

Vivica A. Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Vivica Anjanetta Fox Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Hunter S. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Hunter Stockton Thompson Journalist, Novelist, Author

Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Politician, Soldier, Corporate lawyer

T. J. Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Todd Joseph Miller Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Dwight David Eisenhower Politician, Soldier

Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Harry S. Truman Businessperson, Politician, Haberdasher

L. Ron Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Lafayette Ron Hubbard Religious Leader, Novelist, Author

J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Jerome David Salinger Soldier, Novelist, Writer

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A. J. Cook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Andrea Joy Cook Actor, Dancer

Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Mary Jane Blige Record producer, Rapper, Singer-songwriter

John C. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
John Christopher Reilly Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Manoj Shyamalan Businessperson, Film Producer, Screenwriter

R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Robert Sylvester Kelly Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

Warren G. Harding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Warren Gamaliel Harding Businessperson, Politician, Journalist

Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Lyndon Baines Johnson Politician, Teacher

T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Thomas Stearns Eliot Poet, Literary critic, Lyricist

T. R. Knight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names

W.E.B. Du Bois is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois Editor, Journalist, Historian

William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
William Hall Macy Television director, Theatre Director, Film Producer

Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Arthur Charles Clarke Novelist, Inventor, Author

Cecil B. DeMille is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Cecil Blount DeMille Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor

J. P. Morgan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
John Pierpont Morgan Businessperson, Banker, Financier

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Susan B. Anthony is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Susan Brownell Anthony Women's rights activist

George C. Scott is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
George Campbell Scott Theatre Director, Soldier, Theatrical producer

J.J. Abrams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Jeffrey Jacob Abrams Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer

H. G. Wells is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Herbert George Wells Journalist, Historian, Novelist

B. J. Novak is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak Television director, Comedian, Television producer

F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald Poet, Novelist, Writer

Philip K. Dick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Philip Kindred Dick Novelist, Essayist, Writer

Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Sheila Escovedo Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
John Edgar Hoover Police officer, Writer

C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Clive Staples Lewis Poet, Novelist, Writer

Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Michael Carlyle Hall Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Robert Oppenheimer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Julius Robert Oppenheimer Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist

D. L. Hughley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Darryl Lynn Hughley Commentator, Talk show host, Television producer

C. Thomas Howell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Christopher Thomas Howell Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

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BD Wong is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Bradley Darrell Wong Actor, Voice acting

O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Orenthal James Simpson Film Producer, Actor, American football player

H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Howard Phillips Lovecraft Editor, Poet, Novelist

R. Lee Ermey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Ronald Lee Ermey Spokesperson, Soldier, Actor

CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Carsten Charles Sabathia Baseball player, Actor, Athlete

k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
Kathryn Dawn Lang Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Actor

J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 100+ Famous People Who Use Initials in Their Names
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Philologist, Poet, Author