Strange and Unusual Namesby christophershobris | created - 08 Jul 2017 | updated - 15 Jul 2017 | Public
Names you may not hear all the time. Unique and one of a kind names will be included.
Actor | Hondo
Mexican character actor Rodolfo Acosta (born Rodolfo Acosta Pérez) achieved his greatest success in the US, primarily as a villain in westerns. He was born in Chamizal, a section of land disputed by Mexico and Texas due to changes in the Rio Grande river which forms the border. At the time of ...
7. Ahmed Ahmed
Actor | Iron Man
Grew up in Riverside, California; graduated North High School, 1988. Attended Academy of Dramatic Art in Pasadena, California. Has been a regular performer at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles since 2000. Headlines a specialty show at the Comedy Store called "Arabian Knights" that was the brainchild ...
Actor | The Americano
Spottiswoode Aitken was born on April 16, 1867 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Frank Spottiswoode Aitken. He was an actor and writer, known for The Americano (1916), The Birth of a Nation (1915) and The White Circle (1920). He was married to Marion Dana Jones. He died on February 26, 1933 in Los Angeles,...
9. Ayad Akhtar
Actor | The War Within
From Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Graduated from Brown University.
Spent a year working with acting theorist and pioneer, Jerzy Grotowski (Towards a Poor Theater).
Has taught acting on his own and alongside Andre Gregory in New York City & Vienna, Austria.
Alumnus of the Graduate Film Program at Columbia ...
11. Coit Albertson
Actor | The Carter Case
Coit Albertson was born on October 14, 1880 in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA as E. Coit Albertson. He was an actor, known for The Carter Case (1919), Casey of the Coast Guard (1926) and The Evil Dead (1922). He was married to Helen Catechakes. He died on December 13, 1953 in Los Angeles, California, ...
12. Aki Aleong
Actor | Pound of Flesh
Aki Aleong was born in Trinidad and Tobago. His distinguished career has spanned more than 60 years as an actor, singer, writer, producer, activist and martial arts and action film star.
Aki currently stars as Dr. Yuki Tano in Nico Santucci's feature film "Sarogeto" - a story revealing the ...
13. Flex Alexander
Actor | Snakes on a Plane
Flex Alexander was born on April 15, 1970 in New York City, New York, USA as Marc Alexander Knox. He is an actor and producer, known for Snakes on a Plane (2006), One on One (2001) and The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007). He has been married to Shanice since February 14, 2000. They have two children.
14. Mahershala Ali
Actor | House of Cards
Mahershala Ali is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in film, television, and theater.
This past fall, Ali wrapped A24's Brad Pitt and Adele Romanski produced independent feature film, ...
His real name Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
17. Mathias Anderle
Actor | School Gyrls
Mathias Cole Anderle was born on July 3, 1993 in Puyallup, Washington. He plays the male role of Collin in School gyrls directed by Nick Cannon. He moved to LA to pursue a career in music, acting and modeling after middle school. Anderle's stylistic influences include reggae, pop, rock, folk, jazz,...
Director | The Son-of-a-Gun
American actor-director-writer-producer Gilbert M. Anderson, father of the movie cowboy and the first Western star, was born Maxwell Henry Aronson in Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents, Esther (Ash) and Henry Aronson, were from New York. His father was from a German Jewish family, and his mother ...
Actor | Heartland
Haskell was born, raised and educated in New York City. During his college years in premed he was a professional teenage male model. In a of matter of months he was one of the highest paid, mixed race, teenage model in the city, with ads in number of national magazines including the New Yorker and ...
22. Aziz Ansari
Actor | Parks and Recreation
Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Fatima, a medical office worker, and Shoukath, a gastroenterologist. His family is from Tamil Nadu, India. He graduated from NYU as a business major in 2004. He graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science in ...
Actor | Wind River
Apesanahkwat is an enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin. He has been elected tribal chairman of his tribe 8 times, which is unprecedented.
Apesanahkwat served in the US marine corps, and is a Vietnam combat veteran as well. Apesanahkwat is widely considered by his peers to be one of ...
26. Yancey Arias
Actor | Kingpin
Yancey Arias was born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City. At the age of twelve his first experience in entertainment was when his grandmother threw him on stage to sing a song for a neighborhood talent show at Henry Street Settlement in downtown Manhattan.
Yancey was discovered by ...
28. Desi Arnaz Jr.
Actor | House of the Long Shadows
Desi Arnaz Jr. has lived in Boulder City, Nevada, since 1986, where he owns the Historic Boulder Theatre and helps direct non-profit Boulder City Ballet Company (BCBC) with his wife, Amy Arnaz. Boulder Theatre was built in 1932 during the construction of Hoover Dam and operated as a movie theatre ...
29. Ibrahim Ashmawey
Born in Washington D.C., Ibrahim Ashmawey lived in Baltimore, Michigan, London, New York, and Egypt before finally settling in Southern California. He is the second child of four. From a young age growing up in Troy, Michigan, Ibrahim has always been passionate about film and insisted on filming ...
30. Obba Babatundé
Actor | Life
Obba Babatundé is an actor, singer, dancer, director, writer and producer. Obba's breadth of work is known worldwide by audiences of all ages, and his face is one of the most recognizable in the entertainment industry. His career spans over 4 decades and he is a unique breed in today's industry as ...
31. D'Army Bailey
Actor | The People vs. Larry Flynt
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Bailey enrolled in college at Southern University, where he joined other students in protest demonstrations against segregation in Baton Rouge. Consequently, he was expelled because of his involvement and finished his undergraduate studies at Clark University in ...
32. Eion Bailey
Actor | Band of Brothers
Eion is known for his performances in the Emmy and Golden Globe winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, character roles in "Fight Club" , "Almost Famous", "Center Stage" and leading man opposite Antonio Banderas in HBOs "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself". Eion was nominated for a Golden ...
34. Alimi Ballard
Actor | Fast Five
Alimi ("Ali - Me") can be seen as Dr. Robert Dubois on the acclaimed original drama series QUEEN SUGAR from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Ballard recently dazzled on the screen as the ...
35. Bambadjan Bamba
Actor | Black Panther
Bambadjan Bamba is an award-winning actor, filmmaker, and immigrant rights advocate. He was born in the Ivory Coast (Cote D'Ivoire) and spent his adolescent years between Abidjan, the south Bronx, and Virginia. He studied at the Conservatory of Film and Dramatic Arts in New York City. He has worked...
Actor | Casino Royale
Isaach De Bankolé, César Award-winning actor, was born on the Ivory Coast. He was discovered on the streets of Paris while studying to be an airline pilot. He has a degree in acting from Cours Simon and a Masters in Mathematics from the Universite de Paris. Most recently, he has appeared in the ...
38. Ogie Banks
Actor | Ultimate Spider-Man
Who owns that incredible voice behind some of the world's greatest characters? It's likely it's Ogie Banks III. As the verbal embodiment of many beloved superheroes and foes, Banks breathes life into some of the worlds most iconic characters on television, anime, film and video games. With over 25 ...
39. Elya Baskin
Actor | Spider-Man 2
Elya Baskin is a Soviet Latvia-born American actor, best-known for his work on Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Name of the Rose (1986) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). He was born on August 11, 1950 in Riga, USSR [now Latvia] as Elya Zalmanovich Baskin to Zalman and Frieda Baskin, both of Russian Jewish descent. ...
41. Granville Bates
Actor | Of Mice and Men
Balding, worried-looking character actor of the 1930's who had a strong line in lawyers, judges, sheriffs, mayors and storekeepers. He was especially effective at playing choleric or obtuse. Bates had a career in dramatic plays on Broadway spanning the years from 1925 to 1935. He began in films ...
42. Texas Battle
Actor | Death Valley
As the song states, "The Stars at Night are big and bright ... Deep in the Heart of Texas!" That's what Texas Battle has, heart. A heart and desire for acting. This young man is taking Hollywood by storm the past couple years! He will now be one of Daytime's hottest hunks as he just started a three...
43. Roko Belic
Producer | Genghis Blues
Roko Belic is an Academy Award-nominated director known for his emotionally evocative films that take viewers to exotic places around the world. Belic was born in America to Czechoslovakian and Yugoslavian parents and was raised in Evanston, Illinois. During his childhood, his mother used a wrench ...
Actor | Honey
Fonzworth Bentley was born on February 13, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Derek Watkins. He is an actor and producer, known for Honey (2003), Black-ish (2014) and Idlewild (2006). He has been married to Faune Chambers Watkins since July 10, 2010. They have one child.
45. Xander Berkeley
Actor | Air Force One
Xander's father was a painter and his mother a school teacher who sewed, providing him with costumes (his preference over toys). School plays and Community Theater were next. An experimental theater troupe in the area (which was an offshoot from Joseph Chaikin's Open Theater in New York) took ...
Actor | Peter Gunn
The character actor Herschel Bernardi was born into a theatrical family on October 30, 1923, in New York, New York. The Yiddish-language theater in the United States was centered in New York City's Lower East Side, on Second Avenue, and the Bernardi family were stage people who plied their craft in...
47. Dehl Berti
Actor | Wolfen
Character actor Dehl Berti was born on January 17, 1921 in Pueblo, Colorado. A Chiricahua Apache, Berti was often cast as Native Americans in both films and television shows alike. After moving to Los Angeles, California as a boy, Dehl began his career in show business writing for radio while a ...
48. Turhan Bey
Actor | The Mummy's Tomb
Popular leading man in 1940's Hollywood who, with his suave demeanor, exotically handsome looks and well-modulated voice, was first called upon to portray mysterious or villainous characters. Soon he would be teamed with other "exotics" (e.g. Maria Montez and Sabu) in a series of escapist ...
49. Ankur Bhatia
Actor | Aarya
Ankur Bhatia (born February 1980) is an Indian actor. He grew up in Bhopal, India and resides in New York. He made his acting debut in 2010 in Payal Sethi's Grant St. Shaving Co. (2010) which was produced by Pooja Kohli. In 2012, he won the Best Actor Commendation Award at the NYU Tisch School of ...
50. Jello Biafra
Soundtrack | Planet Terror
Jello Biafra is a compelling, enigmatic public speaker and musician. He has sung for many bands: his first band, Dead Kennedys, was a seminal early punk band and continues to define and influence American punk rock and its beneficiaries. A leader and follower of the "Do It Yourself" punk ethic of ...
Actor | She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Chief John Big Tree was born on June 2, 1877 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Isaac Johnny John. He was an actor, known for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Avenging Arrow (1921) and Red Fork Range (1931). He died on July 6, 1967 in Onondaga Indian Reservation, New York.
Actor | Johnny Lingo
Makee K. Blaisdell was born on November 15, 1931 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Makee Kalaikinipeapal Blaisdell. He was an actor, known for Johnny Lingo (1969), Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and Mission: Impossible (1966). He died on February 21, 1988 in Ventura County, California, USA.
54. Holbrook Blinn
Actor | McTeague
American stage actor and director who made numerous silent film appearances. Blinn was born and raised in San Francisco and attended nearby Stanford University. But his stage career had begun years before, when he made his acting debut at age six. Following his education, he resumed acting, ...
55. Roberts Blossom
Actor | Escape from Alcatraz
Roberts Blossom was a marvelously quirky, talented, and versatile character actor who was especially adept at portraying cantankerous old oddballs. Born in 1924 in New Haven, Connecticutt, Blossom graduated from the prestigious Asheville School in 1941 and attended Harvard. Roberts initially ...
56. Kwesi Boakye
Actor | The Amazing World of Gumball
Kwesi Boakye was born in Los Angeles California and is the great-grandson of a highly respected Ghana West African King. Kwesi continues to build upon his already vast acting portfolio in the city known to millions around the world as tinsel town. Kwesi was a mere babe of 10 months when he booked ...
57. True Boardman
Actor | Tarzan of the Apes
True Boardman was born on April 21, 1880 in Oakland, California, USA as William True Boardman. He was an actor, known for Tarzan of the Apes (1918), The Further Adventures of Stingaree (1917) and Stingaree (1915). He was married to Virginia True Boardman. He died on September 28, 1918 in Los ...
58. Powers Boothe
Actor | The Avengers
Incisive, gravelly-voiced screen tough guy Powers Boothe was born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, a sharecropper's son. Used to hard physical work "chopping cotton" as a youngster, he went on to become the first member of his family to attend university. He then proceeded to study acting via a ...
60. Chadwick Boseman
Actor | Black Panther
Chadwick Boseman was an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of T'Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2016 to 2019, particularly in Black Panther (2018), and for his starring roles as several pioneering Americans, Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on...
62. Keefe Brasselle
Actor | A Place in the Sun
Keefe Brasselle was born on February 7, 1923 in Elyria, Ohio, USA as Henry Keefe Brasselle. He was an actor, known for A Place in the Sun (1951), The Eddie Cantor Story (1953) and Not Wanted (1949). He was married to Arlene DeMarco and Norma Jean Aldrich. He died on July 7, 1981 in Downey, ...
63. Creed Bratton
Actor | The Office
Creed Bratton's talent for acting and music began at a young age. Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in the small town of Coarsegold near Yosemite, California. He attended the College of the Sequoias and Sacramento State College as a drama major. He began playing the guitar professionally as a ...
64. Egon Brecher
Actor | Boulder Dam
Brecher was a 1900 graduate of the University of Heidelberg in Germany and then toured Austria and Germany acting on the stage. He also served as the chief director of the Stadts Theatre in Vienna before going to the U.S. in 1921. He became a naturalized American citizen on 9 May, 1927, along with ...
65. Brick Bronsky
Jeffrey Beltzner was born in 1964. As a teenager he was interested in body-building and took the title Mr Teenage Pennsylvania in 1984, though he turned down the opportunity to enter Mr America. At university he met Doug Flex, who shared his interest in wrestling and together they formed the ...
66. Mehcad Brooks
Actor | Desperate Housewives
Mehcad Brooks continues to rise as one of Hollywood's most promising stars. Brooks was in USA's new drama Necessary Roughness (2011), in which he portrayed Terrence "TK" King, the star wide receiver for the Hawks who is becoming notorious for his frequent fumbles -- not to mention his regular ...
Actor | Tales of Tomorrow
Heywood Hale Broun was born on March 10, 1918 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Tales of Tomorrow (1951), Omnibus (1952) and Lights Out (1946). He was married to Jane Lloyd-Jones. He died on September 5, 2001 in Kingston, New York.
68. Dwier Brown
Actor | Field of Dreams
Dwier Brown was born on January 30, 1959 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Sharon Center, Ohio. He is an actor best known for playing Kevin Costner's father in Field of Dreams (1989). He recently wrote a critically-acclaimed book, called "If You Build It...", a book about Fathers, Fate ...
Producer | Dismembered
Film producer, director, and actor Ewing Miles Brown, known affectionately to legions of performers and crew members in the industry as "Lucky" Brown, passed away from respiratory failure on Monday, May 27, 2019, at the age of 97. Lucky enjoyed a more than 90 year career in Hollywood. He made his ...
70. Vis Brown
Actor | The Lucky Ones
Vis Brown was born on November 2, 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Pervis Damone Brown. He is an actor and producer, known for The Lucky Ones (2007), Fatal Call (2012) and Crossing Jordan (2001). He has been married to Jenna Rice since June 23, 2012. He was previously married to Christal Vivian.
72. Smiley Burnette
Actor | The Desert Horseman
Smiley worked on a local radio station and in Vaudeville after high school. Always interested in music, he was friends with Gene Autry and worked with him on the radio show "The National Barn Dance". When Westerns became a big draw with sound, the studios were always on the lookout for singing ...
73. Jere Burns
Actor | Justified
Best known for his roles "Kirk Morris" and "Jack Farrell", with his sharp, raspy nasal voice, sneering smile and fierce look, Burns has made himself really an actor to watch. He was drawn to acting late in college. After graduating, he re-established himself in New York and landed the title role of...
74. LeVar Burton
Actor | Star Trek: Generations
LeVar Burton was born on February 16, 1957 in Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany as Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. He is an actor and director, known for Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). He has been married to Stephanie Cozart ...
75. Busta Rhymes
Actor | Halloween: Resurrection
Trevor George Smith Jr. (born May 20, 1972), known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, singer, musician, record producer, record executive, and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after NFL and CFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes. He is best ...
76. Dick Butkus
Actor | Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Richard J. Butkus, "Dick", was born in Chicago, Illinois, December 9, 1942. He graduated from the University of Illinois where he was a two time All- American line backer. A first round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, Dick played for them from 1965-1973, and was named All-Pro linebacker seven ...
77. Dick Button
Writer | The Superstars
Dick Button was born on July 18, 1929 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA as Richard Totten Button. He is an actor and writer, known for The Superstars (1973), The Young Doctors (1961) and 10th Winter Olympic Games (1968). He was previously married to Slavka Kahout.
79. Christy Cabanne
Director | The Great Secret
Christy Cabanne was, along with Sam Newfield and William Beaudine, one of the most prolific directors in the history of American films.
Cabanne spent several years in the navy, leaving the service in 1908. He decided on a career in the theater, and became a director as well as an actor. Although ...
Actor | Killa Season
Rapper Cam'ron was born and raised in Harlem, attending Manhattan Center High School, where one of his basketball teammates was Mason "Mase" Betha, who also became a successful rapper. Though his playing earned him scholarship offers from top colleges, Cam'ron was unable to take advantage of them ...
83. Yakima Canutt
Assistant_director | Ben-Hur
Starting out as a rodeo cowboy and then becoming a stuntman in silent westerns, Yakima Canutt later doubled for such stars as Clark Gable and John Wayne, among others, in such dangerous activities as jumping off the top of a cliff on horseback, leaping from a stagecoach onto its runaway team, being...
85. Hoagy Carmichael
Soundtrack | To Have and Have Not
Award-winning songwriter ("Stardust", "Ole Buttermilk Sky", "Georgia on My Mind"), composer, pianist, actor and singer, educated at Indiana University (LL.B). He played piano in the college bands, and later gave up a law practice for a career in songwriting. He joined ASCAP in 1931, and his chief ...
89. Eloy Casados
Actor | Hollywood Homicide
Eloy Phil Casados was hired out of the state employment office as an extra in The Lawyer (1970), directed by Sidney J. Furie. He then was hired full time as stand-in for the leading man. This lucky break started his film making career. While studying Art at the University of New Mexico, he worked ...
90. JoBe Cerny
Actor | My Best Friend's Wedding
JoBe Cerny was born on December 5, 1947 in Cicero, Illinois, USA as Joseph A. Cerny. He is an actor, known for My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), Legally Blonde 2 (2003) and Somewhere in Time (1980). He has been married to Eileen Linkowski since March 21, 1970. They have two children.
93. Gower Champion
Gower Champion was born on June 22, 1921 in Geneva, Illinois, USA as Gower Carlisle Champion. He was an actor and director, known for An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte (1969), Hello, Dolly! (1969) and Lovely to Look At (1952). He was married to Karla Most and Marge Champion. He died...
94. Chick Chandler
Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
American film character actor who appeared in primarily comedic roles from the 1920s through the 1950s. Born Fehmer Christy Chandler (named after his uncle, well-known architect Carl Fehmer), in Kingston, New York to Colonel George F. Chandler and the former Martha Schultze (a sportswriter and ...
Actor | The Time Machine
Mike Chat as his friends call him, represents a new wave of Kung Fu, with over 14 years of experience, combining Okinawan Shorei-Ryu as a 4th degree black belt, Tae Kwon Do, Chinese Wushu, Kickboxing, yoga, ballet, dance and acrobatics. Mike was inducted in the World martial Arts Hall of Fame in ...