-->'''Bob:''' Yeah, I met famous rock stars The Rollin Stones.
-->'''Alice:''' ''[gasps]'' You met Music/TheRollingStones, the famous musical group?
-->'''Bob:''' What? Oh, no, I met The Rollin Stones, the famous band of granite and marble actors and actresses. Boy, I would love to meet the Rolling Stones, though!

Almost Famous Name is when a person states he's met not a celebrity, but someone with a similar-sounding name who may be less famous or not famous at all.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Creator/MarvelComics' Doctor Druid, in his first appearance, was called Doctor D'''r'''oom. They changed his name when they revived the character so as not to be confused with Doom.
* [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix3/xemnuthetitan.htm Xemnu the Titan]] is a kinda interesting example; he was referred to as "a Hulk" before the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] existed, but he called himself Xemnu.[[note]]"Hulk" being a generic word for a large thing, often a ship, at the time. See SpaceHulk, which is not [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]][[/note]] After the Hulk was created, Xemnu has come back a few times mostly as a Hulk foe, feuding over the name.
* ComicBook/SheHulk once fought Doctor Doom. This particular Doctor Doom turned to be Doctor ''Bob'' Doom: a cousin of the more famous Victor Von Doom, and a DepravedDentist.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* A running joke in ''Literature/JohnnyAndTheDead'' in regard to the local cemetery. For instance, Einstein is buried there -- not UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein the physicist, but Solomon Einstein the taxidermist.
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[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
** George Costanza buys a car purported to have been owned by actor Jon Voight. He later learns that the car was owned by Dr. John Voight, an unrelated character.
** For an episode or two, Elaine dated a man who had the same name as infamous serial killer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Rifkin Joel Rifkin]].
* In the ''Series/VeronicaMars'' episode "Ruskie Business", Keith gets hired to track down an actor named [[TomCruise Tom Cruz]].
* In an episode of ''Series/StepByStep'', Cody told Dana that he was friends with Creator/BradPitt, and would introduce him to her. Turns out Cody was friends with a Brad ''Pit''.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Sam discovers that when he was an alcoholic bender, he bet the bar that he would be married to Jacqueline Bisset by a certain date. When the guy he made the bet with turns up to claim the bar, Sam realises that the bet didn't specify ''the'' Jacqueline Bisset, so he tracks down another woman of that name to marry.
* From ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', the "Trivializing the War" sketch from series 4 mentions "the other Music/ColePorter" who wrote "the other 'Anything Goes'."
-->Anything goes in
-->Anything goes out
-->Fish, bananas
-->Old pajamas
-->Mutton, beef and trout!
** And the bookshop sketch, where the customer is looking for books by Charles Dikkens (the well-known Dutch author), such as ''Rarnaby Budge''.
*** Similarly, in the same sketch, the man looks for the works of an author named Edmund Wells, who has written such classics as ''[[Literature/DavidCopperfield David Coperfield]]'', ''[[Literature/GreatExpectations Grate Expectations]]'', ''[[Literature/NicholasNickleby Knickerless Nickleby]]'', and ''[[Literature/AChristmasCarol A Khristmas Karol]]''.
* ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies''[=/=]''Series/PetticoatJunction'': Hooterville's richest and most powerful man is named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Hughes Howard Hewes]]. This didn't confuse anybody in Hooterville or the Clampett clan, but Beverly Hills banker Mr. Drysdale just about had an orgasm when he heard that Jed and Mr. Hewes were considering doing business together.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'', the Dean attempts to hire Music/GreenDay to play at a dance. He gets Greene Deye, an Irish band, instead.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Harmon Rabb once offered to introduce a pair of sailors to Music/JenniferLopez in exchange for them helping him out. It wasn't till after they've helped that we find out ''this'' Jennifer is his dental hygienist.
* A variation occurred in the Australian version of ''The Late Show'', where Tony Martin would announce a major celebrity to perform the musical finale for the show, but Mick Molloy confessed he slipped up and booked a minor celebrity with a similar name.
* Inverted in one episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' where Kermit initially believes the guest star is an act called Lesley & Warren, and is pleasantly surprised to discover that it's actually the similarly named but more famous actress-singer-dancer Lesley Ann Warren.
* On an episode of ''Series/CornerGas'', Brent exclaims, "Look everybody, it's Al Gore!" When Lacey says that the man in question looks nothing like Al Gore, Brent clarifies that his name is spelled "Goar".
* On ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir,'' one of the main characters is in the hospital under the care of Dr. Kavarkian. He quickly reacts to their shock by repeating the pronunciation.
* An episode of ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' involved Geraldine booking a musician named Reginald Dwight who she thinks is the one known famously as Music/EltonJohn, but he's an accordionist with [[NamesTheSame the same name]].
* One of the main characters on ''Series/{{Skins}}''; no, not ''that'' Naomi Campbell.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'' stars the exploits of Gordon ''Frohman''.
* In ''WebVideo/NirvanaTheBandTheShow'', Nirvana the Band encounters trademark issues because of part of their name, but [[Music/TheBand not from the half you'd expect]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Bad Baby'' was directed by ''Tom'' Burton, [[Creator/TimBurton as opposed to...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': "You trained with ''THE'' Hank Aaron?" "I trained with ''A'' Hank Aaron."
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Producer Jon S. Denny has a name very similar to the much better-known producer Creator/JonathanDemme. When Denny asked for a meeting with [[Series/ThePartridgeFamily Danny Bonaduce]] to pitch a film based on his life story, Bonaduce thought that Demme had called.
* Creator/BillMurray claimed that he performed the voice of ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} because he got screenwriter Creator/JoelCohen mixed up with the much cooler Creator/JoelCoen of Creator/TheCoenBrothers. The proposal was apparently made over the phone. Murray had already recorded the part before discovering his mistake. He has yet to offer an excuse for doing the sequel, however.
* There's a seller of powered wheelchairs who is named [[Creator/TomCruise Tom Kruze]].
* A British general at the time of the Falklands war was named Music/MichaelJackson.
** As is the well-known beer and whisky expert.
* During 2007, Blackpool FC had both [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson_%28footballer%29 Michael Jackson]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbie_Williams_%28footballer_born_1984%29 Robbie Williams]] both playing in the midfield.
* Actress Patricia Mahoney, whose only [=IMDb=] credit is the 1988 film ''Black Eagle'', is likely not a [[PattyMaloney dwarf]].
* Country singer [[Creator/JuliaRoberts Julie Roberts]].
* A particularly unfortunate case of this trope occurred in November 2013, when a number of websites reporting on the child sex-abuse crimes committed by Ian Watkins of the UK band Music/{{Lostprophets}} inadvertently illustrated the reports with photographs of Ian "H" Watkins, famous in his own right as a member of the UK band Steps.
* A BBC Four program on British legal history was presented by a barrister called Literature/HarryPotter. At no point was this lampshaded.
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