Celebrities 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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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 82 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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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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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Died 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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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Peter Lorre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. 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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Ralph Lauren is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 78 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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Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Died 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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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 67 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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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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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 70 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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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 85 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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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 68 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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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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Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 101 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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Groucho Marx is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Charo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 64 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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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 46 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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Akon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
anette.teleki added age 44 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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Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
MatthewCoy added age 82 Alan Alda is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV ...more

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Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 26 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

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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
MatthewCoy added age 74 Sir Ben Kingsley is an English actor. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards. He is known for his starring role ...more

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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 93 (1913-2006) Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford Jr. was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and, prior to this, was the 40th Vice President of the United States serving ...more

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Jane Seymour is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 67 Jane Seymour, OBE is a British-American actress best known for her performances in Somewhere In Time, East of Eden, Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, the 1989 political thriller La ...more

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Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 94 (1920-2014) Mickey Rooney was an American actor of film, television, Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. Beginning as a child actor, Rooney's career spanned nearly nine decades. He appeared in more than 300 ...more

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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 43 (1938-1981) Natalie Wood was an American film and television actress best known for her screen roles in Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, and West Side Story. After first ...more

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Boris Karloff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 82 (1887-1969) William Henry Pratt, better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor. Karloff is best remembered for his roles in horror films and especially for his portrayal of ...more

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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Tom Islava added Dec. at 78 (1917-1995) Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of ...more

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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 62 Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress, comedienne, political activist, writer, producer, and television host. Although Goldberg made her film debut in the avant-garde ensemble film Citizen: I'm ...more

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Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 69 (1918-1987) Rita Hayworth was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in a total of 61 films over 37 years. She is perhaps best known for ...more

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Mark Twain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 75 (1835-1910) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the ...more

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 71 Cher is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, television host, comedian, dancer, businesswoman, philanthropist, author, film producer, director, and record producer. ...more

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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 48 O'Shea Jackson, Sr., better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later ...more

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Harry Houdini is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 52 (1874-1926) Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff ...more

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Tom Islava added age 54 Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, widely known by his stage name George Michael, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Michael rose to superstardom during the ...more

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Michael Landon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 55 (1936-1991) Michael Landon (October 31, 1936 – July 1, 1991) was an American actor, writer, director, and producer, who starred in three popular NBC TV series that spanned three decades. He is widely known ...more

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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
MatthewCoy added age 61 Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised ...more

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Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 63 Elvis Costello is an English singer-songwriter. He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and ...more

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Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 77 Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez, better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is an American actor who first achieved fame with roles in the films Badlands and Apocalypse Now. Other ...more

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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 64 (1948-2012) LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by her stage name, Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy ...more

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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 31 (1932-1963) Virginia Patterson Hensley, known professionally as Patsy Cline, was an American singer. Part of the early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully "crossed over" to pop music. She ...more

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
MatthewCoy added age 78 Anna Mae Bullock, known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and ...more

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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 60 Tracy Lauren Marrow, better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper, singer, and actor. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, when he ...more

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Roy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 87 (1911-1998) Roy Rogers was an American singer and actor. Known as the "King of the Cowboys", he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. His ...more

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Cheryl Ladd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
age 66 Cheryl Ladd is an American actress, singer and author. Ladd is best known for her role as Kris Munroe in the television series Charlie's Angels, hired amid a swirl of publicity prior to its ...more