Entertainment These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names  

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List Rules Vote 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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

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947 782
Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 85
Jerome Silberman, known professionally as Gene Wilder, is an American stage and screen comic actor, director, screenwriter, author, and activist. Wilder began his career on stage, and made his ...more

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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
LET IZ IA added Dec. at 59 (1952-2011)
Randy Mario Poffo, better known by his ring name "Macho Man" Randy Savage, was an American professional wrestler and color commentator best known for his time in the World Wrestling ...more

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897 804
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 44 (1915-1959)
Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. ...more

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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
MatthewCoy added age 34
Olivia Wilde is an American actress, producer, and model. She has appeared in several television series including The O.C., The Black Donnellys and House. She has appeared in the films Alpha ...more

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780 721
Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 70 (1913-1983)
McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician. He is often considered the "father of modern Chicago blues". Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall ...more

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864 811
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)
Cary Grant was an English stage and Hollywood film actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor and "dashing good looks", Grant ...more

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Peter Lorre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Died at 60 (1904-1964)
Peter Lorre was a Hungarian actor. Born László Loewenstein in Austria-Hungary he began his stage career in Vienna, then moved to Germany and had his breakthrough, first on the ...more

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1,112 1,072
Ralph Lauren is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 79
Ralph Lauren, pronounced Loor-en is an American fashion designer, philanthropist, and business executive, best known for the Ralph Lauren Corporation clothing company, a global ...more

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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood ...more

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923 893
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 68
Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of ...more

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532 495
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 73 (1904-1977)
Joan Crawford was an American film and television actress who started as a dancer and stage chorine. Beginning her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting as a ...more

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714 684
John Denver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 54 (1943-1997)
Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, ...more

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907 886
Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 71
Albert Lawrence Brooks is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for his role in Broadcast News. His voice acting credits include ...more

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666 638
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)
Judy Garland was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. She was renowned for her vocals and attained international stardom which continued throughout a career that spanned more than 40 ...more

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 82
Sir Michael Caine, CBE, is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive Cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is one of the UK's most recognisable actors. He made ...more

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629 619
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 71
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more

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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 69
Gene Simmons is an Israeli-born American rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and television personality. Known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the ...more

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813 841
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
ChuckBaker added Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, and producer. An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for ...more

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776 804
Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 102
Kirk Douglas is an American film and stage actor, film producer and author. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he had his film debut in The Strange Love of ...more

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Charo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 68
María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza, professionally known by her mononymous stage name Charo, is a Spanish-American actress, comedian, and flamenco guitarist. ...more

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556 569
Groucho Marx is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
MatthewCoy added Dec. at 87 (1890-1977)
Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx was an American comedian and film and television star. He was known as a master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern ...more

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353 344
Akon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
anette.teleki added age 45
Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, known as Akon, is an American R&B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, and record producer. He rose to prominence ...more

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754 800
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 47
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, best known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American recording artist and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992, when he was discovered ...more

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516 535
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 94
Doris Day is an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist. Day began her career as a big band singer in 1939. Her popularity began to rise after her first hit recording ...more