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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 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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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
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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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 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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Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Akon is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Ralph Lauren is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 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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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 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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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
Michael John Douglas, better known by his stage name Michael Keaton, is an American actor, producer, director and comedian. He is currently a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. ...more
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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names
Tom Islava added age 92
Melvin James "Mel" Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic ...more
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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Mark Twain is listed (or ranked) 25 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