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These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names

Updated September 25, 2020 96.5k votes 8.6k voters 776.5k 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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    Rock Hudson - born Roy Scherer

    Dec. at 60 (1925-1985)

    BirthplaceWinnetka, Illinois, USA

    GenderMale

    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

    GenderMale

    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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    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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    Dear Abby - born Pauline Phillips

    Dec. at 95 (1918-2013)

    BirthplaceSioux City, Iowa

    GenderFemale

    Pauline Esther "Popo" Phillips (née Friedman; July 4, 1918 – January 16, 2013), also known as Abigail Van Buren, was an American advice columnist and radio show host who began the Dear Abby column...  more
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    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    GenderMale

    Shad Gregory Moss (born March 9, 1987), better known by his stage name Bow Wow (formerly Lil' Bow Wow), is an American rapper, actor, television presenter, and broadcaster. As Lil' Bow Wow, he...  more
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    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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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    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameGene Wilder

    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 career...  more
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    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    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 friend and music...  more
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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    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 became one of the...  more
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    BirthplaceMississippi, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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 Chicago...  more
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    BirthplaceRužomberok, Slovakia

    GenderMale

    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 before moving to Germany...  more
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Olivia Wilde (born March 10, 1984), is an American actress, producer, director, and activist. She is known for her role as Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on the medical-drama television series House...  more
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    BirthplaceVictoria Peak, Hong Kong

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameChen Lung^! Yuen Lung Chan^! Lung Chen^! Yuen-Lung Chan^! Lung Cheng^! Long Cheng^! Chen Gang Shen^! Sing Lung^! Chan Kwong Sang^! Yuan Lung Chan^! Jackie Chan^! Chen Yuan Lung^! Chan Yuan Lung^! Chen Yuen Lung

    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 fighting...  more
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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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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    BirthplaceHorfield, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    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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    BirthplacePinner, London, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    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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    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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, he is...  more
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    BirthplaceEast Finchley, London, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    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 music...  more
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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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    Judy Garland - born Frances Gumm

    Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    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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    BirthplaceRoswell, New Mexico, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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, whose...  more
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    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    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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    BirthplaceSteubenville, Ohio, United States of America

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    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 the...  more
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    BirthplaceRotherhithe, London, England, UK

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameMichael Caine, Sir Michael Caine

    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 for...  more
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    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    GenderFemale

    Caryn Elaine Johnson (born November 13, 1955), known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg (), is an American actor, comedian, author, and television personality. She has been nominated for 13 Emmy...  more