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These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names 

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Updated October 12, 2018 99.8k votes 8.3k voters 751.8k views 161 items

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)

Birthplace: Stone 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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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Age: 85

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and author. Wilder began his ...more
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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Tom Islava added Age: 55

Birthplace: East Finchley, London, United Kingdom

George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the ...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)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), better known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her ...more
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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
LET IZ IA added Dec. at 59 (1952-2011)

Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

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 ...more
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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Tom Islava added Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

Birthplace: Steubenville, Ohio, United States of America

Dino Paul Crocetti (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995), known famously as Dean Martin, was an American singer, actor and comedian. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of ...more
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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
MatthewCoy added Age: 34

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn; March 10, 1984), is an American actress, producer, director, and activist. She is known for her role as Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on the ...more
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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she ...more
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Akon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
anette.teleki added Age: 45

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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
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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 70 (1913-1983)

Birthplace: Mississippi, United States of America

McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician who is often cited as the "father of modern ...more
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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

Birthplace: Horfield, United Kingdom

Cary Grant (born Archibald Alec Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an English-born American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He began a career in ...more
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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)

Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur; March 23, c. 1904 – May 10, 1977) was an American film and television actress who began her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before ...more
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Peter Lorre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 60 (1904-1964)

Birthplace: Ružomberok, Slovakia

Peter Lorre (born László Löwenstein; 26 June 1904 – 23 March 1964) was a Hungarian-born American character actor of Jewish descent. Lorre began his stage career in Vienna ...more
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Ralph Lauren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Age: 79

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Ralph Lauren, KBE (né Lifshitz; born October 14, 1939) is an American fashion designer, philanthropist, and business executive, best known for the Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global ...more
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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Age: 68

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music, ...more
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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America

Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American actress, singer, dancer, and vaudevillian. During a career that spanned 45 years, she attained international ...more
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Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Age: 71

Birthplace: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Albert Lawrence Brooks (born Albert Lawrence Einstein; July 22, 1947) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for ...more
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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 54 (1943-1997)

Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, activist, and humanitarian, ...more
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Age: 71

Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom

Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 ...more
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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Age: 85

Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

Sir Michael Caine (born 14 March 1933) is an English actor, producer and author. He has appeared in more than 130 films in a career spanning 70 years and is considered a British film icon. Known ...more
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Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Tom Islava added Age: 67

Birthplace: Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), known professionally as Michael Keaton, is an American actor, producer, and director. He first rose to fame for his roles on the CBS sitcoms All's ...more
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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Dec. at 43 (1938-1981)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Natalie Wood (born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko; July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was an American actress who began her career in film as a child and became a Hollywood star as a young adult. ...more
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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
MatthewCoy added Age: 64

Birthplace: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Chan Kong-sang (born 7 April 1954), known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Konger martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. He is known for his acrobatic ...more
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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Tom Islava added Age: 92

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky, Yiddish: מעלווין קאמינסקי‎; June 28, 1926) is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, and composer. He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comedic ...more
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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Age: 69

Birthplace: Tirat Carmel, Israel

Gene Klein (born Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949), known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, author, and ...more