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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 Record producer, Pianist, Musician

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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 Comedian, Screenwriter, Author

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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 Songwriter, Musician, Actor

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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 Film Producer, Model, Actor

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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 Rapper, Wrestler, Baseball player

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!

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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 Fashion designer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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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 Pin-up girl, Actor, Singer

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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 Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

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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 Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Author

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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 Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist

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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 Television director, Comedian, Screenwriter

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
John Denver - born Henry John Deutschendorf Pilot, Record producer, Poet

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Peter Lorre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Judy Garland - born Frances Gumm Actor, Vaudeville Performer, Singer

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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 Film Producer, Model, Actor

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Groucho Marx is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
MatthewCoy added Groucho Marx - born Julius Marx Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

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Charo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Elton John - born Reginald Kenneth Dwight Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Gene Simmons - born Chaim Witz Bassist, Record producer, Businessperson

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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 Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor

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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 Businessperson, Soldier, Film Producer

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Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Doris Day - born Doris Kappelhof Television producer, Actor, Singer

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Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
MatthewCoy added Alan Alda - born Alphonso D'Abruzzo Activist, Television director, Screenwriter

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Boris Karloff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!

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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Gerald Ford - born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. Politician, Actor, Lawyer

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Jane Seymour is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Jane Seymour - born Joyce Frankenberg Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Snoop Dogg - born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. Film Score Composer, Record producer, Rapper

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471 501
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Mickey Rooney - born Joe Yule, Jr. Soldier, Comedian, Television producer

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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Cher - born Cherilyn Sarkisian Fashion designer, Record producer, Songwriter

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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 Film Producer, Actor, Singer

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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 Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
MatthewCoy added Ben Kingsley - born Krishna Banji Actor, Voice acting

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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 Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter

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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 Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer

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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 Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

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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 Humorist, Journalist, Novelist

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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Donna Summer - born La Donna Andrea Gaines Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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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 Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician

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Harry Houdini is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Harry Houdini - born Ehrich Weiss Pilot, Stunt Performer, Historian

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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 Film Score Composer, Record producer, Rapper

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Cheryl Ladd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!

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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Lady Gaga - born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson

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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
MatthewCoy added Jackie Chan - born Chan Kwong-Sung Spokesperson, Stunt Performer, Television producer

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Twiggy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Twiggy - born Leslie Hornby Model, Actor, Singer

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Soupy Sales is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
Soupy Sales - born Milton Supman Comedian, Actor, Presenter

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
MatthewCoy added Tina Turner - born Annie Mae Bullock Record producer, Choreographer, Author

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Harpo Marx is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!
MatthewCoy added Harpo Marx - born Adolph Marx Comedian, Actor