Famous People with the Same Real Name

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.

Would you change your name if it was the same as another celebrities? Share your thoughts in the comments section.