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These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names

Updated September 25, 2020 81.5k votes 8.6k voters 779.7k views161 items

List RulesVote on the funniest/most surprising given name of these well-known actors, singers, wrestlers and politicians

List of real names of celebrities, including actors, singers, wrestlers, and even politicians. Many actors and actresses use stage names for privacy or to get ahead in a tough industry. Musicians also use pseudonyms or to create alter ego personas that separate their real selves from who they become when they perform.

What celebrities have embarrassing real names? What performers use pseudonyms? This list of celebs with funny real names cites the funny real names of people who you may know to be tough or exotic. In the beginning, they were just normal people, and these real celeb names will give you a little peek into the former lives of some of the world's biggest celebrities.
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    BirthplaceDelhi, Louisiana, USA

    Samuel Timothy McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is an American country singer and actor. McGraw has released fifteen studio albums (eleven for Curb Records, three for Big Machine Records and one for Arista...  more
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    BirthplaceDuluth, Minnesota, United States of America

    Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than fifty years. Much of his most celebrated...  more
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    Dec. at 87 (1919-2006)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Red Buttons (born Aaron Chwatt; February 5, 1919 – July 13, 2006) was an American actor and comedian. He won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his supporting role in the 1957 film Sayonara....  more
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los...  more
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    BirthplaceMetuchen, New Jersey, United States of America

    David Seth Kotkin (born September 16, 1956), known professionally as David Copperfield, is an American magician, described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in...  more
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    BirthplacePawnee City, Nebraska, United States of America

    Daniel Lawrence Whitney (born February 17, 1963), known professionally by his stage name Larry the Cable Guy, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer, singer and radio personality, with a...  more
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    MatthewCoy addedDec. at 83 (1893-1977)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Milton "Gummo" Marx (October 23, 1892 – April 21, 1977) was an American vaudevillian performer, actor, comedian and theatrical agent. He was the second youngest of the five Marx Brothers. Born in...  more
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    BirthplaceOakland, California, USA

    Stanley Kirk Burrell (born March 30, 1962), better known by his stage name MC Hammer (or simply Hammer), is an American rapper, dancer, record producer and entrepreneur. He had his greatest...  more
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    BirthplaceTakapuna, Auckland, New Zealand

    Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor (born November 7, 1996), known professionally as Lorde, is a New Zealand singer, songwriter, and record producer. Taking inspiration from aristocracy for her stage...  more
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    Dec. at 59 (1925-1985)

    BirthplaceWinnetka, Illinois, USA

    Rock Hudson (born Roy Harold Scherer Jr.; November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985) was an American actor, generally known for his turns as a leading man during the 1950s and 1960s. He was viewed as a...  more
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    BirthplaceStone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

    Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the...  more
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    BirthplaceLafayette, Fairfield Township, Indiana, United States of America

    W. Axl Rose (born February 6, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and musician. He is the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, and has also been the band's sole...  more
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    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, visual artist, author, and former music journalist. He is...  more
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    HopeFrischmanNielsen addedDec. at 84 (1928-2013)

    BirthplaceTaft, California, United States of America

    Wilma Jeanne Cooper (October 25, 1928 – May 8, 2013) was an American actress, best known for her role as Katherine Chancellor on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless (1973–2013). At the time...  more
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    MortenStefansen addedDec. at 74 (1942-2016)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Nicknamed "The Greatest," he is widely regarded as...  more
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    BirthplaceSyracuse, New York, United States of America

    Thomas Cruise (born July 3, 1962) is an American actor and film producer. He has received several accolades for his work, including three Golden Globe Awards and nominations for three Academy Awards....  more
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    Paul Michael Levesque (born July 27, 1969), better known by the ring name Triple H, is an American business executive, professional wrestler, and actor. He has been the Executive Vice President of...  more
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    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. (born March 23, 1978), known professionally as Perez Hilton is an American blogger, columnist, and media personality. His blog, PerezHilton.com (formerly...  more
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    BirthplaceTerrell, Texas, United States of America

    Eric Marlon Bishop (born December 13, 1967), known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, songwriter, record producer and comedian. For his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004...  more
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, television producer, entrepreneur and investor. Born in the South...  more
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    LET IZ IA addedDec. at 58 (1952-2011)
    Randall Mario Poffo (November 15, 1952 – May 20, 2011), better known by his ring name Randy Savage, was an American professional wrestler, actor and color commentator best known for his time in the...  more
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    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known as Ricky Martin is a Puerto Rican singer, actor and author who is widely regarded as the "King of Latin Pop". He holds dual American and...  more
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    BirthplaceUSA, New York, Town of Hempstead

    Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos (Greek: Χριστόφορος Νικόλαος Σαραντάκος; born December 19, 1967), known by the stage name Criss Angel, is an American magician, illusionist and musician. Angel began...  more
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    Savannah Hubbard addedAge: 50

    BirthplaceBathgate, Scotland, UK

    David John Tennant (born 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor. He is best known for his roles as the tenth incarnation of The Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who (2005–2010), Giacomo Casanova in...  more
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    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

    Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (; born April 16, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the...  more