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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 Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Freddie Mercury - born Farrokh Bulsara Died 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 Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Gene Wilder - born Jerome Silberman age 83 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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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Billie Holiday - born Eleanora Fagan Died 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) 4 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
MatthewCoy added Olivia Wilde - born Olivia Jane Cockburn age 33 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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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
LET IZ IA added Randy Savage - born Randall Mario Poffo Died 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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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Cary Grant - born Archibald Alexander Leach 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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Ralph Lauren is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Ralph Lauren - born Ralph Lifshitz age 77 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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Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Joan Crawford - born Lucille LeSueur 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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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Muddy Waters - born McKinley Morganfield Died 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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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Michael Caine - born Maurice Micklewhite age 84 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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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Stevie Wonder - born Steveland Judkins age 66 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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Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Albert Brooks - born Albert Einstein age 69 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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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Judy Garland - born Frances Gumm Died 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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Peter Lorre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Peter Lorre - born Laszio Lowenstein 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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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
John Denver - born Henry John Deutschendorf Died 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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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Marilyn Monroe - born Norma Jean Mortensen Died at 36 (1926-1962) Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After ...more

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Elton John - born Reginald Kenneth Dwight age 70 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 Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Gene Simmons - born Chaim Witz age 67 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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Groucho Marx is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
MatthewCoy added Groucho Marx - born Julius Marx Died 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) 20 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Charo - born María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza de Rasten age 66 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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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
ChuckBaker added John Wayne - born Marion Michael Morrison Died 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) 22 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Kirk Douglas - born Issur Danielovitch Demsky age 100 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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Boris Karloff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Boris Karloff - born William Henry Pratt Died 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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Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Doris Day - born Doris Kappelhof age 93 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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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Gerald Ford - born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. Died 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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Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
MatthewCoy added Alan Alda - born Alphonso D'Abruzzo age 81 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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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Snoop Dogg - born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. age 45 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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Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Mickey Rooney - born Joe Yule, Jr. Died 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 and continued until shortly ...more

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Jane Seymour is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Jane Seymour - born Joyce Frankenberg age 66 Jane Seymour, OBE is a British-American actress best known for her performances in the James Bond film Live and Let Die, Somewhere In Time, East of Eden, Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, ...more

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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Natalie Wood - born Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko Died 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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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
MatthewCoy added Ben Kingsley - born Krishna Banji age 73 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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Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Rita Hayworth - born Margarita Cansino Died 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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Akon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
anette.teleki added Akon - born Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam age 43 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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Cher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Cher - born Cherilyn Sarkisian age 70 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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Michael Landon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Michael Landon - born Eugene Michael Orowitz Died 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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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Whoopi Goldberg - born Caryn Johnson age 61 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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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Ice Cube - born O'Shea Jackson age 47 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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Mark Twain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Mark Twain - born Samuel Langhorne Clemens Died 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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Harry Houdini is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Harry Houdini - born Ehrich Weiss Died 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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Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Elvis Costello - born Declan Patrick McManus age 62 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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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Donna Summer - born La Donna Andrea Gaines Died 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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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Ice-T - born Tracy Morrow age 59 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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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Patsy Cline - born Virginia Patterson Hensley Died 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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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Tom Islava added Dean Martin - born Dino Paul Crocetti Died 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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Cheryl Ladd is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Cheryl Ladd - born Cheryl Stoppelmoor age 65 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

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Lady Gaga - born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta age 31 Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. She initially performed in theater, appearing in high school plays, and ...more

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
MatthewCoy added Tina Turner - born Annie Mae Bullock age 77 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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Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Martin Sheen - born Ramon Estevez age 76 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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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
MatthewCoy added Jackie Chan - born Chan Kwong-Sung age 63 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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Roy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Roy Rogers - born Leonard Slye Died at 87 (1911-1998) Roy Rogers was an actor and a singer.