->''"Kevin Cozzner? Is he [[Creator/KevinCostner the star]] of [[Film/DancesWithWolves Danzzes with Wolvezz]]?"''\\
-- '''Jake Peralta''', ''Series/BrooklynNineNine''

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.



* 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.[[/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.

* One of the main characters in ''Film/OfficeSpace'' is named Michael Bolton. Which was a fine name until [[Music/MichaelBolton that no-talent ass clown]] became famous and started winning Grammys.

* 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.

[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', George buys a car purported to have been owned by actor Jon Voight. He later learns that the car was owned by Dr. Jo'''h'''n Voight, a periodontist who went to dental school with Tim Whatley.
* In the ''Series/VeronicaMars'' episode "Ruskie Business", Keith gets hired to track down an actor named [[Creator/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 on an alcoholic bender, he bet the bar that he would be married to Creator/JacquelineBisset 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 instead gets Greene Daeye, an Irish folk band.
* ''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" and he owns a local fertilizer company.
* 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'' Creator/NaomiCampbell.
* Holt's husband on ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' is named [[Creator/KevinCostner Kevin Cozzner]].

[[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]].

[[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."