Quiz about Only The Names The Same
Quiz about Only The Names The Same

Only The Name's The Same Trivia Quiz


Let the confusion begin. Some famous people are bedeviled by the fact that another famous person has the same name. Can you tell them apart?

A multiple-choice quiz by SixShutouts66. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
405,828
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
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1. We were both rather naughty. One of us was a Welsh actor and the other was a noted English explorer. What's our name? Hint

Tim Burton
David Livingstone
Richard Burton
John Gielgud

2. One of us was an early scientist and statesman and the other is a modern British painter? What's our name? Hint

Francis Bacon
David Hockney
John Dee
Nicholas Flamel

3. One of us was married to a rather famous man and one of us is a modern American movie star who starred in a movie about the fictional country of Genovia. What's our name? Hint

Julie Andrews
Anne Hathaway
Diana Spencer
Betty Ford

4. One of us was a movie heartthrob who died relatively young from cancer, and the other is an Academy Award director. What's our name? Hint

Paul Newman
Steve McQueen
Rudolph Valentino
Samuel Goldwyn

5. One of us is a famous English actress, and a Bond Girl to boot, with different colored eyes, and the other was a royal personage. What's our name? Hint

Jane Seymour
Katherine Howard
Jane Grey
Diana Spenser

6. One of us is an American playwright, and the other is a convicted murderer whose story was supposedly the basis for "The Fugitive". What's our name? Hint

Eugene O'Neill
Sam Shepard/Sam Sheppard
Edward Albee
Richard Kimble

7. Hi, I'm Michael Keaton. If I had kept my birth surname, I would have had the same name as which other famous Michael? Hint

Michael Jackson
Michael Bloomberg
Michael Jordan
Michael Douglas

8. Hi, I'm Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel fame and I didn't change my last name to avoid confusion with the other Paul Simon. What was that Paul Simon famous for? Hint

Drummer for the Eagles band
Nominee for best actor Oscar award
US politician from Illinois
Major league pitcher with over 100 victories

9. I didn't invent dynamite, but I was a comedian with the same name as a famous American mayor. What's our name? Hint

Sam Yorty
Fiorello LaGuardia
James Curley
Jimmy Walker

10. Hi, I'm David Bowie. However, that's not my birth name of David Jones. Although I wasn't enthralled being another of the Joneses, the real reason I changed it was to avoid confusion with another musician Davy Jones. What band was that Davy Jones a member? Hint

The Monkees
The Rolling Stones
The Who
The Sex Pistols


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. We were both rather naughty. One of us was a Welsh actor and the other was a noted English explorer. What's our name?

Answer: Richard Burton

Richard Burton (1925-1984) was a Welsh actor famous for his roles in "Cleopatra", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", and "Hamlet". He was also one of the finest Shakespearean actors of his generation, starring in many stage productions. He had a tumultuous personal life, experiencing bouts of heavy drinking and difficult marriages - most famously to Elizabeth Taylor.

Richard Francis Burton (1821 - 1890) was an English explorer, scholar, and soldier who traveled extensively through Africa and Asia. He supposedly knew nearly 30 languages or dialects. He is most noted for his trip to Mecca in disguise and his publication of unexpurgated translated versions of "The Arabian Nights" and "The Kama Sutra". After his death, his widow burned many of his unpublished manuscripts
2. One of us was an early scientist and statesman and the other is a modern British painter? What's our name?

Answer: Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was an eminent scientist, philosopher, and statesman whose work helped develop the scientific method. His scientific work was mainly philosophical in nature and as a guiding spirit of the Royal Society. Bacon had a long and illustrious career in public service and played a leading role in starting English colonies in North America.

Francis Bacon (1909-1992) was one of the leading English painters in the 20th Century, establish his reputation for somber and bleak portrayals of the human condition. Crucifixion and screaming mouth motifs were found in several of his more famous works.
3. One of us was married to a rather famous man and one of us is a modern American movie star who starred in a movie about the fictional country of Genovia. What's our name?

Answer: Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway (1982- ) is an American actress, who was actually named after the wife of William Shakespeare. She achieved success with "The Princess Diaries", but her career stalled for a while. Since then she has gained critical acclaim for roles in "Brokeback Mountain", "The Devil Wears Prada", and "The Dark Knight Rises".

Anne Hathaway (1556- 1623) was the wife of William Shakespeare and mother of his three children. She was eight years older than him when they married and lived mainly in Stratford after their marriage.
4. One of us was a movie heartthrob who died relatively young from cancer, and the other is an Academy Award director. What's our name?

Answer: Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen (1930 - 1980) was an American actor who played the antihero in many popular films. He starred in "The Cincinnati Kid", "The Thomas Crown Affair", "Bullitt", and "The Great Escape" among other films. In 1980 he discovered he had cancer, possibly from working with asbestos while in the Marines, and went to Mexico for unconventional treatment methods before his death.

Steve McQueen (1969 - ) is a British filmmaker, best known for his Academy Award film "12 Years a Slave". Before that he had directed many well-received films. He received the Turner Prize for British visual arts, was named one of Time magazines 100 most influential people in 2014, and received his knighthood in 2020.
5. One of us is a famous English actress, and a Bond Girl to boot, with different colored eyes, and the other was a royal personage. What's our name?

Answer: Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour (born Joyce Frankenberg) is a British-American actress born in 1951. She adopted the stage name of Jane Seymour after the British queen. She has starred in the Bond film "Live and Let Die", "Amadeus", and the television series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman".

Jane Seymour (1508 - 1537) was the third wife of King Henry VIII. She died two weeks after the birth of her son, the future King Edward VI, from complications of the birth. By most accounts she was very popular inside the court and with the people, and she was able to reconcile Henry with his daughter Mary.
6. One of us is an American playwright, and the other is a convicted murderer whose story was supposedly the basis for "The Fugitive". What's our name?

Answer: Sam Shepard/Sam Sheppard

Sam Shepard (1943-2017) was an American playwright, author, and actor. He received a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Chuck Yeager in "The Right Stuff".

Sam Sheppard (1923-1970) was an American doctor, who was convicted for the murder of his wife in 1954. He claimed he had been sleeping when his wife was bludgeoned to death. Inflammatory news articles in the local paper contributed to a circus atmosphere at his first trial. A second trial was held in 1961 after ten years imprisonment, at which Sheppard was found not guilty.
7. Hi, I'm Michael Keaton. If I had kept my birth surname, I would have had the same name as which other famous Michael?

Answer: Michael Douglas

Michael Keaton was christened Michael John Douglas, but had to change his stage name when he applied for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card. Although some people claim he chose the name Keaton from either Buster or Diane Keaton, he says it was a random choice. He is most noted for his roles in "Beetlejuice", "Batman Returns", and providing voices in "Toy Story 3" and "The Minions".
8. Hi, I'm Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel fame and I didn't change my last name to avoid confusion with the other Paul Simon. What was that Paul Simon famous for?

Answer: US politician from Illinois

Paul Simon (1941-) is a noted American singer and songwriter, who achieved worldwide popularity with Simon and Garfunkel. Their most noted songs were "The Sound of Silence", "Bridge over Troubled Waters", and "Mrs. Robinson". After the group broke up, Simon had a successful career as a solo artist and was ranked 8th in the 2010 "Rolling Stone" magazine's list of the greatest songwriters of all time.

Paul Simon (1928 - 2003) was a representative from Illinois from 1975 to 1985 and US senator from 1985 - 1997. He was a serious candidate for the Democrat nomination for presidential candidate in 1988 before ultimately losing to Michael Dukakis. Ironically, Paul Simon the politician made a joint appearance with Paul Simon the musician on "Saturday Night Live" to boost his campaign.
9. I didn't invent dynamite, but I was a comedian with the same name as a famous American mayor. What's our name?

Answer: Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker (1947- ) is an American actor who gained fame playing the young son in the television show "Good Times". Walker provided comic relief as the hip child of parents played by John Amos and Esther Rolle. He developed the distinctive catchphrase "Dy-no-mite" to describe wonderful events, unfortunately becoming a somewhat buffoonish black male in the eyes of many.

Jimmy Walker (1881-1946) was a flamboyant politician, who was mayor of New York City from 1926 until 1932. From 1908 to 1926 he had been a member of the New York state assembly or senate before being elected mayor. He resigned in 1932 after charges of corruption.
10. Hi, I'm David Bowie. However, that's not my birth name of David Jones. Although I wasn't enthralled being another of the Joneses, the real reason I changed it was to avoid confusion with another musician Davy Jones. What band was that Davy Jones a member?

Answer: The Monkees

David Bowie (1947-2016) was a British musician born as David Robert Jones. He took the stage name David Bowie after American frontiersman Jim Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of the Monkees. Early in his career he developed an androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust and developed a large cult-like following. He is regarded as one of the most influential in modern popular music, experimenting with many musical and visual presentation styles.

Davy Jones was in the band "The Monkees". The band was formed for the TV show of the same name (1966-1970). Jones sang several of the band's popular song and was a teen idol at that time.
Source: Author SixShutouts66

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