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Not every celebrity name is as straight-forward as "Tom Hanks" and you won't find him anywhere near this list, which contains information on how to pronounce celebrity names. Loosely ranked by fame and popularity, the famous actors, actresses, and musicians below have names that are hard to pronounce. Some of these celebrities with difficult names have names with tough spellings and we've all been mispronouncing their names for years.

Which celebrity name pronunciations give fans, audiences, and the general pop culture loving public the hardest time? Charlize Theron tops this list. Her name is pronounced "shar-LEES THAIR-en." See? That isn't so bad! We've all been pronouncing Steve Buscemi's name wrong since he first appeared on the big screen, too. The proper pronunciation of his last name is "boo-SEM-ee."

Like father like son, when it comes to the tough names of Alexander Skarsgård and Stellan Skarsgård. Their last name is pronounced "SCARS-gard." Also not so bad! Trickier, are some of the names of the cast of 12 Years a Slave. The film's stars' names are pronounced "CHEW-ih-tell EDGE-ee-o-for" and "loo-PEE-tah n-YAWNG-o."

Which famous person name pronunciations are the toughest? Take a look at this list - which is full of videos of famous people telling you how to pronounce their tricky names - learn a little something about celebrity name linguistics, and get in on the conversation in the comments section!
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Pronounced "SIR-sha RO-nan."

Age: 21

Birthplace: Woodlawn, New York City, New York, USA

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Profession: Actor

Height: 5'6"

Also Ranked

#71 on The Best Actresses Working Today

#91 on Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies

#23 on The Best Irish Actors of All Time

#35 on Female Celebrities You'd Want to Be Your BFF

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Pronounced "mah-RISH-ka HAR-gi-tay."

Age: 55

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor

Height: 5'7"

Children: Amaya Josephine Hermann, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann

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#78 on The Best TV Actors of All Time

#20 on People You Can't Believe Got Onstage for the 1989 Tour

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Pronounced "CHEW-ih-tell EDGE-ee-o-for."

Age: 41

Birthplace: Forest Gate, England

Nationality: England

Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director

Height: 1.78

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#77 on The Best English Actors of All Time

#37 on The Best Living English Actors

#34 on Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers

#4 on Celebrities Whose Names Are Hardest to Spell

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Pronounced "RAYFE FINES."

Age: 56

Birthplace: England, Ipswich

Nationality: England

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Height: 1.83

Also Ranked

#8 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time

#48 on The Best Actors in Film History

#39 on The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

#5 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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