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->''"Whatever your character's name is, people are going to call you that [[IAmNotSpock for the rest of your life]]. Make your character's name '''[[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Will Smith]]'''."''
-->-- '''Creator/WillSmith''' quoting [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFjwbKMlmF4#t=37 valuable advice]]

A character whose name is clearly taken from the actor/actress portraying him/her. This shows up in TV a lot in shows designed as a vehicle for an actor's fame. By lending their name to the fictional character, there's some familiarity created already. The most obvious way to spot this is to see if the title of the show incorporates the lead actor/actress' name, but not always. This seemed to hit its peak in the sitcoms of the late eighties and early nineties. A good majority of sitcoms were based on a stand up comedian's routine (Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr) and many of these comics already were developing fanbases. Creating the Danza was a way to leverage their fame as a comic into success as an actor.

Another common reason for doing this is that if an actor is famous enough, people will always refer to him/her by his/her real name even when discussing him/her as a fictional character (unless, of course, [[ActorIsTheTitleCharacter the character he/she is portraying is even]] ''[[ActorIsTheTitleCharacter more]]'' [[ActorIsTheTitleCharacter iconic]], with the exception of [[TheOtherDarrin said character being played by different actors and/or in multiple media]]). To avoid the annoyance or awkwardness of this character being constantly referred to as "[Famous name's] character", it's often best to just give them the same first name.

Sometimes this is used for child actors, to make things a little less confusing around the set. Also sometimes used for token ethnic minority characters, where it seemed that the program's staff were frightened to think up an original name and just used the name of the actor.

It's not a Danza if the character already has the name from an adaptation; in such a case the character is not being named for the actor.

Not to be confused with an actor or celebrity actually playing themselves. That's AsHimself (if they're a main character) or SpecialGuest (if they show up for a single episode). How to differentiate? Is Bob the Actor playing Bob the Actor? Or does he just happen to be playing a character that's also named Bob? The second one is The Danza.

Compare CharacterAsHimself, AdamWesting and InkSuitActor. See also NamesTheSame, and AuthorAvatar. If The Danza is the writer, then it may be WriteWhoYouKnow as well as AuthorAvatar.

Named for Tony Danza, whose frequent portrayal of people named Tony (see ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' and ''Series/WhosTheBoss'') has made him the butt of a few jokes, for example, [[http://web.archive.org/web/20001023203628/http://www.teevee.org/archive/1999/04/01/sunday.html this one]] for April Fools Day from Teevee.org. See [[http://www.imdb.com/keyword/actor-shares-first-name-with-character/ this article]] at Website/{{IMDB}} for another list.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* A borderline case is [[Creator/ShinichiWatanabe Nabeshin]] in ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' and ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'', who is voiced by director Wata''nabe Shin''ichi.[[note]]Not to be confused with "Watanabe Shinichi'rou'", who directed Anime/CowboyBebop.[[/note]] Furthermore, Watanabe himself appears a few times in both shows with the same character model.
** ''Nabeshin'' was Watanabe's real nickname from ''before'' Excel Saga times, and he still uses it. And he ''[[TruthInTelevision indeed]]'' dresses [[AlterEgoActing like his animated counterpart]].
* A weird twist would be Poemi of ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'', who believes that she is actually her voice actress Yumiko Kobayashi, and continually refers to herself by that name. (She's also convinced that her father, Nabeshin, is actually the director and her boss...)
* Music/MegumiHayashibara as Megumi Amatsuka in ''Manga/TenshiNaKonamaiki'', although this is likely a coincidence, as the character existed in the original manga long before Hayashibara was cast in the anime.
* Sakura Tange played [[CherryBlossomGirl Sakura]] Kinomoto of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', who is also obviously not based on her.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar''
** Minoru Shiraishi is voiced... by MinoruShiraishi. It goes further than that, since Shiraishi plays himself (or a version of himself that's only slightly older than Akira) in the ''Lucky Channel'' segments... who plays a character named Minoru Shiraishi in the main program.
** Gotouther-sama, the scary biker gang leader is voiced by Yuko Goto, who is normally typecast as moe characters. This is a homage to her real-life biker lifestyle.
** Daisuke Ono is voiced by... Daisuke Ono. And Aya Hirano, predictably voiced by Aya Hirano (who also did Konata).
** Patricia Martin's character has been confirmed to be inspired by [[Franchise/PowerRangers Patricia]] [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Ja]] [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Lee]]. And then, in the English dub, was ''actually'' voiced by Patricia Ja Lee.
** Clerk Sugita is voiced by Tomokazu Sugita.
** Shiraishi also played an aspiring seiyuu named Shiraishi in ''Anime/KiddyGirlAnd''.
* ''AkahoriGedouHourRabuge'' has Tomokazu Seki starring as himself. Mostly.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has Inoue, Kento Sugiyama and Nagisa Chiba who are voiced by Creator/KikukoInoue, Creator/NoriakiSugiyama and SaekoChiba respectively. In their case, the characters were named for their actors. The English dub has a coincidental version with Kallen Stadtfeld (played by [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Karen]] [[Creator/KarenStrassman Strassman]]).
* As an in-joke, many of the characters in the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' SpinOff ''Anime/PrettySammy'' have the same last name as their voice actors.
* In another coincidental one (or maybe a casting director was being cute), in the English dub of ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', Yuri was voiced by Creator/YuriLowenthal.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' (AKA ''Case Closed'' in North America), several police officers were named after their voice actors. Detective Wataru Takagi, bears the same name as his voice actor, but other minor police officers bear the surnames of their respective voice actors.
** Conan's voice actor double-roles in a two-parter as herself, the lead singer for the band Two-Mix.
* In ''Anime/GunBuster'', Noriko Takaya was voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka. Many of the characters, in fact, were named after people involved in the production.
* The Latin American dub of ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' has Kana (now Karla) voiced by Karla Falcon.
* Shigeo "Shige" Shiba in ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' was voiced by Creator/ShigeruChiba.
* In yet another coincidental one in the dub of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' President Brian Stegmeyer is voiced (among other minors roles) by Creator/BrianDrummond. Also, rivals Kati Mannequin and Leesa Kujoh [[spoiler: (aka Sumeragi Lee Noriega)]] are voiced by Creator/CathyWeseluck and Creator/LisaAnnBeley respectively.
** And before Kati Mannequin, Cathy Weseluck voiced Catherine Bloom in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]''.
* Creator/HideyukiTanaka was the voice of Hideyuki Makimura in ''Manga/CityHunter''. Tsukasa Hojo intentionally named the character after him in the manga long before the anime version was made.
* Creator/MaiNakahara is the voice behind ''Anime/MaiHiME'''s lead heroine, Mai Tokiha.
* To voice Momoko Touyoko of ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', they chose... Momoko Saito.
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Saki is voiced by Saki Nakajima.
* Everybody in ''[[Manga/SpecialDutyCombatUnitShinesman Shinesman]]'' -- at least in the original Japanese version. This was an intentional ploy on the part of the mangaka which worked out handily when the manga was adapted for an OAV.
* ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'' has Creator/SoichiroHoshi as Soichiro Nagi.
* Maya in ''[[Anime/BurnUp Burn-Up! W & Burn-Up! Excess]]'' is voiced by MayaOkamoto.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' did this for some of the kids' parents' first names. The parents were probably named after their voice actors, as most of the parents' voices were the same as some of the kids or their Digimon and some of their names were AllThereInTheManual. Creator/YukoMizutani (Sora) as Yuko Yagami, HiroakiHirata (Narrator) as Hiroaki Ishida, ToshikoFujita (Taichi) as Toshiko Takenouchi . . .
** The dub of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' renamed the Australian boy [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Dingo]] as "Derek", voiced by DerekStephenPrince.
* In the English dub of ''ProjectBlueEarthSOS'', Maggie is voiced by Creator/MaggieFlecknoe.
* Aya Stanford from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula SIN'' is voiced by Creator/AyaHisakawa.
** In the Korean dub of the same series, Hayato Kazami was renamed as ''Gang Jin-u'' who is voiced in Korean by '''Gang''' Su-'''jin'''
* In ''LightNovel/DenpaOnnaToSeishunOtoko'', Creator/KanaHanazawa provides the voice of a minor character named Hanazawa.
* In ''LightNovel/BungakuShoujo'', Creator/MiyuIrino provides the voice of Konoha, [[spoiler: whose pen name is Miu Inoue]].
* Zenjiro in ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha''.
* In ''Manga/KOn'', Mugi shares her last name (Kotobuki) with that of her voice actress, MinakoKotobuki. Definitely a coincidence though, seeing how the manga came first. Now, if they could have gotten Hikaru Kotobuki from P-Model to ([[CrossDressingVoice somehow]]) play the role...[[note]]For those who don't know, the members of Houkago Tea Time are all named after members of P-Model, while other notable cast members are named after members of The Pillows.[[/note]]
* Creator/AkiraKamiya as Akira Hibiki in ''[[Anime/{{Raideen}} Yuusha Raideen]]''.
* In the dub of ''Anime/{{Pokemon 3}}'', Creator/LisaOrtiz voices Lisa (Rin in the Japanese version). Could possibly have been named after her.
** In Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions, Shoko Nakagawa voices a character named Proof. The Japanese word for proof is "shouko" (written with different kanji than Nakagawa's first name). [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/features/nakagawa_shouko_pokemon_meaning_life.html According to Nakagawa's book,]] this was intentional.
* ''Anime/SevenOfSeven'' has Nana Suzuki voiced by Creator/NanaMizuki. This is probably intentional (at least the surname, the name Nana is a pun on the show's title).
** Speaking of Creator/NanaMizuki, she also plays Nanami Takatsuki from ''Anime/DogDays'' and [[PunnyName Nanami Madobe]], a.k.a. [[OSTan Windows 7-tan]].
* In ''Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix'' (at least the English version), the doctor who cares for Amy is named Dr. Blum and voiced by Steve Blum. Similar to the Code Geass examples (in the Japanese version), Blum also plays the supporting (much more important) character Alex Cunningham.
* In ''Anime/{{Noein}}'' the protagonist Haruka Kaminogi is voiced by Haruka Kudou.
* The ''[[RealTrailerFakeMovie Iryou Shoujo Medical Shamal]]'' [[BonusMaterial Omake]] in the ''Anime/{{Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd As}}'' DVD/Blu-Ray featured a daughter and mother duo played by Shamal and Hayate, who are given the original names of Yuzuko and Kanae respectively. Rather strange choices, until you realize that Shamal is voiced by Creator/{{Ryoka|Yuzuki}} ''[[Creator/RyokaYuzuki Yuzuki]]'' while Hayate is voiced by ''[[Creator/KanaUeda Kana]]'' [[Creator/KanaUeda Ueda]].
* ''Manga/SakuraTrick'' has Haruka Tomatsu playing Haruka Takayama. The other heroine is a partial match--Yuu Sonoda, played by Yuka Iguchi--so this probably wasn't a coincidence.
* ''[[Manga/SakamichiNoApollon Kids on the Slope]]'' has Junichi voiced by Creator/JunichiSuwabe.
* Creator/CathyWeseluck is prone to this when dubbing Franchise/{{Gundam}} characters, namely; [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Catherine Bloom]] and [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kati]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Mannequin]].
* ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' has Megumi Aino, played by Creator/MegumiNakajima. Funny enough, Hime's seiyuu is also named [[MegumiHan Megumi]].
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' has a version that crosses with ComicBookFantasyCasting: The original light novels note that the AI in [[HandsomeLech Kurz]]'s Arm Slave is named "Yukari" and based off of a Japanese idol, complete with its voice being based off of samples of said idol. When the AI "appears" in ''The Second Raid'', it's voiced by Creator/YukariTamura, implying that she was Kurz's inspiration.
* Appears in-universe in "LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' when each of the named characters in the SOS Brigade's movie "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina: Episode 00" is named for the brigade members who play them, and has a roles appropriate to the actor's secret identity.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ScriptFic ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has Andrew Lawrence and Robert Klein voicing Andy and Klein, respectively.
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' fanfic "Zoey 1803" has a last name version with Zoey Martin played by Meaghan Martin.
* This is often seen in fanfics in general that have the characters as actors with the franchise being a show that they're in.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Penthouse pet Julie Strain voiced the main character of Julie in ''[[WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal Heavy Metal 2000]]''. The character later changed her name to "FAKK-2", but what're you gonna do? She DID change it back to Julie after saving her sister though.
* Subverted due to AuthorExistenceFailure in ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids''; Robin Harris, who popularized the sketch, died before production started on the film. He'd be voiced by Faizon Love.
* In-universe example: [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] as Ebenezer Scrooge from ''Disney/MickeysChristmasCarol''.
** That's just completing the circle, since [[TheScrooge Scrooge McDuck]] was named in honor of that other Scrooge in the first place, having first appeared in a 1947 WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck story called "Christmas On Bear Mountain".
* Several Creator/{{Pixar}} examples:
** Mary Gibbs as Boo (assuming if it is her real name according to a painting in her bedroom) from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''
** Guido Quaroni as Guido from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''.
** John Ratzenberger as (SURPRISE!) John from ''WesternAnimation/WallE''.
* A few [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney animated features]] have this trope as well, including:
** Peggy Lee as Peg from ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''.
** Louis Prima as King Louie from ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
** Scatman Crothers as Scat Cat from ''Disney/TheAristocats''. The character was originally named Satchmo Cat and intended to be voiced by Music/LouisArmstrong.
* In the Disney film ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', Penny plays a character named "Penny" in the ShowWithinAShow. Bolt himself is called Bolt in the show, and in a meta example, the movie is named Bolt while the ShowWithinAShow is also named ''Bolt''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Possibly the oldest example in film: Creator/CharlieChaplin's "Charlie" character, the center of many of his movies.
* [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy]] usually played full-name versions of this in their films.
* Frankie Avalon in the ''Beach'' movies.
* The Creator/MarxBrothers did this in some of their films, and on stage. Notably, in ''Film/DuckSoup'', Chico's character is named Chicolini.
* Subverted in ''Film/BackToTheBeach'' where Annette Funicello (known as Dee Dee in the classic Beach films) is called Annette while Frankie (her husband) is called "The Big Kahuna".
* Long before Sandra Oh was cast in ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', she won a Best Actress Genie Award (the modern day Canadian equivalent of the Oscars) for her role in 1998's ''Last Night''... playing a character named just Sandra.
* All the main characters from ''The Wrong Guys''. In case you haven't seen it (quite likely) Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, Richard Belzer, Franklyn Ajaye and Tim Thomerson play lifelong friends and former Boy Scouts called... Louie, Richard, Belz, Franklyn and Tim.
* Creator/JackNicholson plays Jack Napier in ''Film/{{Batman}}'', because [[ThemeNaming Jack is also a card, just like the Joker]], and [[PunnyName it's a pun]] on "jackanape".
* To cash in even further on the fame of its cast, the entire cast of ''Love, Honour and Obey'' were named after the actors who play them. This may not have been just to cash in on the fame of the cast... the directors, Dominic Anciano and Ray Burdis, directed a previous movie, ''Final Cut'', starring much of the same cast (Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Ray Winstone etc) which also had the majority of the characters named after their actors. The films are clearly not sequels to each other, however -- Ray is an actor in one film and a gangster in another, Sadie is with Ray in one film and Jude in the other, and most significantly, Jude dies at the beginning of one film (the film cuts between his funeral and a video being screened at his funeral which Jude made before his death), and is alive and well in the other.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** The films offer many examples, usually background characters with little importance. These are often [[SignificantAnagram anagrams]]. Some examples: Cin Drallig (Nick Gillard), Roth-Del Masona (Leonard Thomas), Dannl Faytonni (Anthony Daniels), Nicanas Tassu (Nic Anastassiou), Jeremoch Colton (Jeremy Bulloch). An especially notable example is Amy Allen (mostly known for her portrayal of Aayla Secura, a character taken from a comic series), who has three characters she portrayed named after her: Mya Nalle, Yma Nalle, and Lela Mayn.
** Borderline case: in one of the books, there was a character named "Entoo Needaan E-elz" (the author has actually confirmed that he was named after Anthony Daniels).
** In the expanded universe, the full name of Wicket the Ewok (played by Creator/WarwickDavis) is revealed to be Wicket Wystri Warrick.
* All three leads in ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject''.
* Bizarre example: The characters of ''[[Film/TheBlairWitchProject Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows]]'' are all first-name Danzas. It had been originally intended for them to be full-name Danzas, carrying on the previous film's gimmick of "No, this is really happening to the actual people you see on film", but the director decided this was "dishonest" and changed their last names -- he would have changed their first names too, but too much of the movie had already been filmed. The change was made so late in the day, however, that the new last names only appear in the credits, and we see the actor's last names on-screen briefly in a police report.
* Often happens to Creator/JackieChan in his movies -- especially those ported from Hong Kong to Western market. Jackie Chan plays either a "Jackie" or a "Mr. Chan" in movies such as "Operation Condor", "Supercop" & "Supercop 2", "The Myth", "Who Am I?", "Cannonball Run II", "Jackie Chan's First Strike", etc. And in ''Mr. Nice Guy'', Miki is played by Miki Lee.
* Two throwaway examples in the first ten minutes of ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Drummond Alice Drummond]] plays Alice the librarian, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Runyon Jennifer Runyon]] is Jennifer, a test subject whom Dr. Venkman just wants to date, causing him to compromise scientific integrity.
* Daniel "Plainview" Day-Lewis, ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'', went one better than Sandra's Genie win, winning an Oscar for that role. Also in that film, we have Paul Dano as Paul Sunday (and as Sunday's twin brother).
* In the ''Franchise/CarryOn'' films quite a lot of characters had the same first name as the actor playing them. Charles Hawtry being the first. Sid James later did this in ''Bless This House.''
* Reggie Banister plays Reggie Banister in all four of the ''Film/{{Phantasm}}'' films. Also the character of Michael is played by Michael A. Baldwin in the first, third, and fourth installments.
* Betty Garrett as Betty Barrett in ''Neptune's Daughter''. This single-letter difference might have been to not mislead audiences into thinking that Eve Barrett (Esther Williams) was her sister in RealLife as well as in the movie.
* In ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', they had to change the name of the baby boy to 'Toby' to avoid confusing the infant who played him. (Toby Froud, son of goblin designer Brian Froud.)
* Speaking of Creator/JenniferConnelly movies, in ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'', her character is named Jennifer Corvino.
* Neil Connery as Dr. Neil Connery in the Film/JamesBond parody ''OK Connery'' (aka ''Operation Kid Brother''--or to use the title of its ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, ''Film/OperationDouble007''). And yes, the CastingGag of having Sean's younger brother play an unnamed agent's younger brother is the plot. In the same film Lois "Miss Moneypenny" Maxwell plays "Miss Maxwell".
* Jason Mewes plays a character named "Jay" in Franchise/TheViewAskewniverse movies, as well as some other characters also named "Jay" -- and in the 2006 film ''Jack's Law'', a character named Bobby Mewes.
* Many of Creator/HaroldLloyd's characters have the first name Harold, with various last names. Once this even bled into the title: ''The Sin of Harold Diddlebock''.
* Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in ''A Cock and Bull Story'', as well as playing Tristram Shandy and his brother, also play "Steve Coogan" and "Rob Brydon".
* David Della Rocco in ''Film/TheBoondockSaints''. The role was written specifically for him, but then again he was friends with the writer before they even started.
* David Hewlett as David Worth in ''Film/{{Cube}}''. This might be chalked down to coincidence if not for the fact that Hewlett and Natali have been good friends since high school -- because of this he probably had some input in choosing his character's full name.
* In ''Film/{{Desperado}},'' Creator/SteveBuscemi plays a character called "Buscemi"
* Subverted in ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'', with two gay lovers with the name of one being a play on the name of the actor playing another: Bobby ''Long'' played by ''Brandon'' Routh and ''Brandon'' St. Randy played by Justin ''Long''.
* In ''Film/ObserveAndReport'' the twin security guards John and Matt are played by John and Matthew Yuan.
* Egyptian American actor Ahmed Ahmed has played a few roles as Ahmed, and many others as himself.
* Every single character in ''Film/PurpleRain'' shares their actor's first name except for that played by Prince (his name is The Kid) and his movie mother and father (they have fictional names).
* Creator/StephenChow directs and plays a character named Stephen Chow in ''Film/GodOfCookery''. A particularly brave example since he sets himself up as an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist from the beginning.
** Considering his birth name was Sing, his characters in ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'' and ''Film/KungFuHustle'' are also The Danza.
* Rudy Del Campo plays a character named simply "Del Campo" in the film version of ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
* ''China Strike Force''. In the English dub, at least three characters are named for the actor: Coolio plays Coolio, Norika Fujiwara plays Norika, and Ken Lo plays Ken Lo.
* Stella Stevens as Stella Purdy in Creator/JerryLewis's ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor''.
* Done backwards in Creator/KennethBranagh's ''Theatre/HenryV'', where Michael Williams plays "Michael Williams".
* Subverted in Creator/RobertAltman's ''Images'', where every major cast member plays a character with the same first name as ''another'' major cast member.
* The Vincenzo Natali movie ''Nothing'', and it's two protagonists: Andrew (Miller) and Dave (Hewlett).
* In ''Film/HomeAlone 3'' the lead character is named Alex after the actor portraying him, Alex D. Linz.
* In ''Film/KnockedUp'', the main character's friends all keep the first names of the actors portraying them.
* Creator/SteveMcQueen in ''Film/TheBlob''.
* From 1932 to 1936, Creator/JohnWayne played many characters named "John", and one named "Wayne". One of his lesser known roles is a romantic comedy called [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036092/ A Lady Takes A Chance]] where he plays a rodeo cowboy named Duke, which became his iconic nickname.
* Jessie Royce Landis as Jessie Stevens in ''Film/ToCatchAThief''.
* Happened in the other way around in ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny''. Donna Lee Hickey, who played May Wynn, liked the name so much that she adopted it as her stage name. (May Wynn is a stage name in the original novel).
* In ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', Tom Georgeson plays the character George Thomason.
* Justin Long played Justin in ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory''
* Danny Trejo in ''Film/{{Heat}}'' plays a character named Trejo.
* This trope applies to everyone appearing in ''Film/ParanormalActivity''
* In Carlos Saura's ''Carmen'', the dancers Antonio Gades, Cristina Hoyos, and Juan Antonio Jimenez play dancers named Antonio, Cristina, and Juan, while musician Paco de Lucia plays a musician named Paco.
* Subverted in ''Film/SnowCake'': Angela Pell wrote the screenplay with Creator/AlanRickman so much in mind that the main character was originally named "Alan Hughes". Rickman suggested the name change; the character is now called "Alex Hughes".
* With the exceptions of Hicks and Ripley, all of the Marines in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' named on the hypersleep capsule readout share their first initial with the actor or actress playing them. ''Including'' Bishop the android, who is given the first initial "L". WordOfGod says their whole first names match up.
* A reverse Danza happens in Creator/RidleyScott's ''{{Film/Robin Hood|2010}}''. Canadian singer Alan Doyle (a buddy of the film's lead Creator/RussellCrowe) plays the minstrel Alan-a-Dale.
* Creator/LiamNeeson plays "Randy Father Liam" in ''Film/BreakfastOnPluto''. Seeing as this character was named Father ''Bernard'' in the original novel, we can only assume this was done deliberately...
* Several movies by German comedian Didi Hallervorden, often containing "Didi" in the title
* In ''The Basket'', the character of Frederick Treadway was played by Patrick Treadway. This is because the character originally didn't have a name, so in the script he was simply referred to as Patrick Treadway, with the intention of coming up with a name later. Everyone got so used to it that it simply became the character's name, until the real Patrick asked for it to be altered at least partially so it wouldn't feel like he was playing himself.
* Scott "Scotty" Thomas in ''Film/EuroTrip'' is played by Scott Mechlowicz.
* Sam Rockwell stars as Sam Bell in ''Film/{{Moon}}''. Deliberate as Duncan Jones specifically wrote the part for him.
* Dragan Mićanović plays a Serbian gangster, Dragan, in ''Film/LayerCake'', and amusingly enough, is TheDragon.
* In ''Film/MenInBlack II'', it's ambiguous whether Music/MichaelJackson is playing himself or a fictional character in his cameo -- but he's an aspiring MIB agent who wants to become "Agent M".
* In ''Film/EnterTheDragon'', Creator/BruceLee plays a character named "Mr. Lee".
* In Mexico, there is a famous actress and comedienne named "María Elena Velasco". She has been cast a Danza in everything she has been in. Specifically, she plays "La India Maria", a character she herself created.
* Film/TheThreeStooges were almost always this in their films. The names were a bit of a change situation, but were their main professional ones. The Horowitz boys were Moses ('Moe'), Jerome (nicknamed 'Curly' for his hair after his then-current nickname 'Babe' was taken), and Samuel (their mother's attempts to say it ended up as 'Shemp', and it stuck). Louis Feinberg had already taken the name 'Larry Fine' before joining the act. Joe Besser was the only one who didn't have to change anything at all. Joseph Wardell had used 'Joe [=DeRita=]' well before meeting the Stooges. Emil Sitka would've been the only one to make a name out of whole cloth ('Harry'), but the act died (with Moe) before any films could be made. RARE exceptions include ''Woman Haters'' (the first short, and part of another lineup of films Columbia was doing; they had character names) and the rare time when they would play actual others (opposite themselves), especially in drag.
* [[SleazyPolitician Corrupt town councilman]] Bill Heslop in ''Film/MurielsWedding'' is played by the veteran Australian actor Bill Hunter.
* ''Film/SilentMovie'' features Creator/MelBrooks as Mel Funn, [[Film/YoungFrankenstein Marty Feldman]] as Marty Eggs, and Creator/DomDeLuise as Dom Bell.
* Norman Wisdom played characters called Norman in a total of 13 films during the '50s and '60s. He is probably best remembered playing Norman Pitkin, opposite Edward Chapman as [[PhraseCatcher Mr. Grimsdale]].
* Glenn Morshower as "General Morshower" in the second and third ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' films.
* Reggae singer Willi One Blood plays a henchman in ''Film/TheProfessional''. Stansfield calls him "Blood", and another character calls him "Willi".
* In ''Film/StarterForTen'' Alice Eve plays Alice and Rebecca Hall plays Rebecca.
* In ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', French actress Corrine Clery portrays Corrine Dufour.
* British wartime comedian George Formby played a character named George in 18 of his 21 starring roles, including several where he is name-checked in the title (''Come On George!'', ''Let George Do It!'').
* In ''Film/BadBoys'', Theresa Randle plays Theresa Burnett
* In ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'', David is played by David Bower.
* In ''Film/TrueLies'', Jean-Claude Parachino plays a bit part as...Jean-Claude. He's the guy who records the lines Harry plays back when Helen poses as a prostitute in the suite.
* Creator/JohnMalkovich as John Horatio Malkovich in '' Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'', obviously. He isn't ''quite'' playing himself, since the actor's real middle name is Gavin.
* In Brazilian film ''Film/TheEliteSquad'' André Ramiro plays André Matias (though the first name rarely shows up due to LastNameBasis). Captain Matias returns in the sequel, keeping the trope running.
* Michael Douglas as Michael Andropolis in ''Running''.
* ''From Justin to Kelly'' stars Justin Guarini as Justin Bell (a full-name Danza; Guarini is his stage name) and Music/KellyClarkson as Kelly Taylor.
* Creator/{{Fe|dericoFellini}}llini's ''Film/LaDolceVita'': Marcello Mastroianni (Marcello Rubini) and Riccardo Garrone (Riccardo).
* ''Film/MyDinnerWithAndre'' has Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory playing...well, Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory.
* ''Film/WhereTheWildThingsAre'''s lead character Max is played by Max Records.
* A coincidental last-name Danza appears in the remake of ''Film/TrueGrit'', where Lucky Ned Pepper is played by -- you guessed it -- Barry Pepper.
* Creator/ShirleyTemple in four of her early films.
* Although the character existed long before the actress who played her, in an early film version of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'', Anne Shirley was played by... Anne Shirley (which was the actress's stage name). The actress, née Dawn Evelyeen Paris, adopted the stage name as a consequence of being cast in the movie. She had been previously acting as Dawn O'Day.
* In the Swedish film, ''Pelle the Conqueror'', the title role was played by Pelle Hvenegaard. Hvenegaard was actually named for the character, since his parents were fans of the book the movie was based on.
* ''Zabriskie Point'': lead characters Mark and Daria (Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin), and also supporting character Kathleen (Kathleen Cleaver).
* Creator/SeanConnery played Captain John Conner in ''Film/RisingSun''. The similar sounding name is not a coincidence because author Micheal Crichton named the character John Conner in his book with the hope that Connery would play him in the eventual film version.
* In ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'', Creator/BelaLugosi plays a fortune teller named Bela.
* Reverse Danza: Actor Byron Barr changed his professional name to Gig Young after playing a character of that name in the 1942 film ''The [[HaveAGayOldTime Gay]] Sisters''.
* Creator/KeithDavid as Agent Keith in ''Film/{{Gamer}}''.
* Peter Serafinowicz as Pete in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''. Lampshaded (sort of) in a outtake included on the DVD, in which Creator/SimonPegg and Nick Frost refer to the character by the actor's full name while delivering their dialogue.
* Creator/RachelWeisz's role in ''Literature/AboutABoy'' is Rachel.
* Creator/JeffBridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski in ''Film/TheBigLebowski''.
* In ''Film/LaHaine'', Vinz, Saïd and Hubert are played by '''Vincent''' Cassel, '''Saïd''' Taghmaoui and '''Hubert''' Koundé, respectively.
* In ''Film/ProjectX'', all of the characters share the same first names as their actors.
* Probably coincidental since the character actually is a real person, but in ''Literature/TheBlindSide'': '''Collins''' Tuohy is played by Creator/LilyCollins (daughter of Music/PhilCollins)
* In ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', the modern-time crew (aside from Brock Lovett, played by Bill Paxton) are named after the actors portraying them, e.g. Lewis Bodine is played by Lewis Abernathy. The crew in question is also the real-life crew of the ship.
* Eddie Redmayne as "Eddie" in ''Hick''.
* Magazine/{{Playboy}} Playmate Dona Speir played Agent Donna Hamilton in several of Andy Sidaris' Triple B movies, including ''Film/HardTicketToHawaii''.
* Paul Giammati as Paul Gill in ''Film/RockOfAges''.
* Sara Paxton as Sara Houski in ''Film/SharkNight''.
* Frank Langella as the "Frank" of the title in ''Robot and Frank''.
* Creator/JosephGordonLevitt as "Joseph Simmons" in ''Film/{{Looper}}''.
* Creator/SarahJessicaParker as Sarah Sanderson in ''Film/HocusPocus''.
* Creator/PaulBartel and Creator/MaryWoronov as Paul and Mary Bland in ''Film/EatingRaoul'' and ''Film/ChoppingMall''.
* In the live-action ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movies, Fred is played by Freddie Prinze Jr. Possibly a CastingGag.
* In ''Film/{{Elf}}'', Buddy's real name is William, and he is played by Will Ferrell.
* ''Film/TheShining'' has both Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance and now-retired child actor Danny Lloyd as his son Danny. In one of the commentaries, Nicholson comments that directing Lloyd was made much easier by this trope.
* ''Film/{{Twister}}'' with Bill Harding (Bill Paxton)
* ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' with Phil Fimple (Creator/PhilHartman).
* The 1998 ''Film/TheParentTrap'' has Creator/LindsayLohan playing twins Annie and Hallie, named after the director's daughters. One of the daughters plays a minor character (a friend of Annie's at camp) named Lindsay.
* In ''Cold Creek Manor'', Creator/KristenStewart played a character called Kristen Tilson.
* In the 1983 film "The King of Comedy" Jerry Lewis plays a character named Jerry Langford
* Maria Thayer as Rory Thayer in ''Film/{{Accepted}}''.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': Joseph Gatt's character was originally called [=GATT2000=], although by the time of the film's release, the character's name was changed to Science Officer 0718.
* ''Film/TheExpendables 2'' villain Jean Vilain shares part of Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme's given name.
* In ''Film/{{REC}}'', Pablo is played by Pablo Rosso, who is a cameraman in RealLife.
* In ''[[Film/TheCelebration Festen]]'' ''(The Celebration)'', the receptionist Lars and Helene's boyfriend Gbatokai are portrayed by Lars Brygmann and Gbatokai Dakinah, respectively.
* Dianne Wiest as Dianne Booker in ''Film/TheHorseWhisperer''.
* Another coincidental example: Tommy Pender as Tom (AKA: Thomas) in ''The Water Babies''.
* In ''Film/BlueIsTheWarmestColour'', the protagonist Adèle is played by Adèle Exarchopoulos.
* Young Max in ''Film/{{Elysium}}'' is played by Maxwell Perry Cotton.
* Koh Jia Ler as Jia Ler in ''Ilo Ilo''.
* Ed Harris plays Ed Du Bois in ''Film/PainAndGain'', who is a real person involved with the story.
* ''Film/TheBay'': One of the women interviewed by Dr. Abrams right after the outbreak is a woman named Lamya Jezek... played by Lamya Jezek.
* Sean Penn as Sean O'Connell in ''Film/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty''.
* [[NonActorVehicle Georges St-Pierre]] as Georges Batroc in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. This is a coincidence though, as Georges Batroc is an existing character from the ''Comicbook/CaptainAmerica'' comics.
* ''Film/KickAss'' has Christopher Mintz-Plasse playing Christopher "Chris" D'Amico aka Red Mist, later The Motherfucker, and Stu Riley playing Stu.
* In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', Mr. Arrow's first name is given as Samuel - and he's "played" by Sam the Eagle.
* Michael Corleone's son Anthony in ''Film/TheGodfather'' film series (the character doesn't exist in the Mario Puzo novels) was so named because the 3-year old boy who played him in the first film was also named Anthony. It was found that he responded best to his own name.
* Diane "Annie" Hall, better known by her stage name Diane Keaton, as the title character in ''Film/AnnieHall''.
* In ''{{Film/Outbreak}}'', Creator/DonaldSutherland plays Major General Donald "Donnie" [=McClintock=].
* Music/FrankSinatra's first leading role in a film was as "Frank Sinatra" in ''Higher and Higher'' (the equivalent character in the unsuccessful Broadway musical was named Patrick O'Toole). In his later years, Sinatra would play Frankie Machine in ''The Man with the Golden Arm'', François Durnais in ''Can-Can'', and Frank Hovannes in ''Contract on Cherry Street''.
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* Robert Newton Peck has at least two protagonists with his exact name, one from the humorous ''Soup'' series, one from the much grimmer ''A Day No Pigs Would Die''. Both live in Learning, Vermont with their parents and an aunt.
** Both books are semi-autobiographical, however, so it stands to reason the main characters would have his name.
* Author self-insertion characters tend to follow this naming convention (e.g. "Herald Myste," who represents [[Creator/MercedesLackey Mercedes "Misty" Lackey]] in the [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Valdemar series]]). This can (further) blur the line between simple author insertion and a MarySue character.
* The playwright Moliere sometimes named characters after the original actors that played them.
* The novel ''Literature/TheBonePeople'' by Keri Hulme has a protagonist named Kerewin Holmes.
* The name of an Austrian emperor indicates a use of this in Kafka's ''The Trial'' -- compare Creator/FranzKafka with (Franz) Josef K(afka); the protagonist of another novel, ''The Castle,'' is called simply "K".
* Creator/PhilipKDick's protagonist "Horselover Fat" in ''Literature/{{VALIS}}''. This story proceeds as a first-person framing of a third-person narrative, until a character [[NoFourthWall actually calls him out]] and shows how "Horselover" is a [[LampshadeHanging thinly-veiled translation]] of Dick's own name, and the two men are really the same person.
* David Wong, main character of ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', by David Wong. (Not necessarily, as David Wong is just a pen name.)
* Portia da Costa's RomanceNovel ''[[http://www.portiadacosta.com/thestranger.html The Stranger]]'' features an obvious {{expy}} of Creator/PaulMcGann's [[Series/DoctorWho Eighth Doctor]] (so obvious it's WordOfGod), in a sort of reverse BleachedUnderpants.[[note]]Or even [[PlayingWithATrope Zigzagged]] BleachedUnderpants; the [[AscendedFanon heroine merits a mention]] in one Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel. [[OhGodWithTheVerbing Oy, with the waving the dirty laundry around already!]][[/note]] Or you could just call it published smut fic. The expy is also named Paul... and the heroine of the novel is named Claudia [[Film/WithnailAndI Marwood]].
* William Lee, [[AuthorAvatar the protagonist of several works]] by Creator/WilliamSBurroughs.
** Similarly, Jack Kerouac wrote many novels starring a protagonist named Jack Duluoz.
* Charles Yu, time-machine repairman in ''Literature/HowToLiveSafelyInAScienceFictionalUniverse'' by Charles Yu. It really says something that this is one of the ''[[MindScrew less confusing]]'' things about the book.
* A couple of author John Iriving's characters are named John: Johnny Wheelwright, narrator of ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany'' and John Berry, narrator of ''Literature/TheHotelNewHampshire''.
* Darren O'Shaughnessy (who usually writes under the penname Darren Shan) is best known for a book series about a young vampire named [[Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan Darren Shan]].
* Creator/TanithLee, who wrote for British sf series ''Series/BlakesSeven'', penned a novella called "Kill the Dead." The story's protagonist was named Parl Dro. He bore a striking resemblance to ''Series/BlakesSeven'' actor Creator/PaulDarrow, and his personality was much like that of Darrow's character, Avon.
* J(ames) G(raham) Ballard in his novels ''Empire of the Sun'' and 'The Kindness of Women'' has the protagonist "Jim Graham".
* In Bram Stoker's ''{{Literature/Dracula}}'', Abraham Van Helsing. Note that Bram is short for Abraham.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor in ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''.
* While we're mentioning [[IdolSinger musically gifted actresses with their own sitcom]], Music/ChinaAnneMcClain plays Chyna Parks on ''Series/AntFarm''. Different spelling but it still counts, although in real-life she goes by China Anne instead just China, similar to Mary-Kate Olsen not going by just Mary.
* Jim Belushi as Jim in ''Series/AccordingToJim''.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' had Michael Vaughn (played by Michael Vartan) and Rachel Gibson (played by Rachel Nichols).
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had Angel's infant son Connor being played by triplets, one of them being named Connor.
** Doyle's middle name was Francis, which was also [[OverlyLongName one of]] Glenn Quinn's middle names.
* Done retroactively in ''Series/BabylonFive'' with the Centauri Emperor (played by Turhan Bey) and Prime Minister (played by Malachi Throne). When they appeared in the episode "The Coming of Shadows", they were not named and only credited as "Emperor" and "Prime Minister". Later episodes called them "Emperor Turhan" and "Prime Minister Malachi".
* Ron Glass as Sgt. Ron Harris on ''Series/BarneyMiller''.
* Diane Martin, the first Miss America, in ''Series/BattleFeverJ''. Both the character ''and'' the actress are called Diane Martin.
** Mai Ooishi as Mai Tsubasa in ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman''
** Megumi Mori as Megumi Misaki in ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman''
** In ''Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan,'' all four heroes (Red changes midseason, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot actor's contract ran out]]) share a given name with their actors.
** There's a weird aversion in ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger''. There's the character Tetsu, whose full name is actually Tekkan Aira. However, Creator/TetsuInada is not Tetsu's actor, but voice acting Doggie Kruger instead.
* ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'': A great many one-shot guests kept their actors' full names. One such character goes on to become a regular (Michael Newman, aka Michael "Newmie" Newman.)
* Analeigh Tipton's first acting role was a guest appearance on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' as "Analeigh".
* The little-known sitcom ''Big Brother Jake'' features fitness personality Jake Steinfeld as Jake Rosner.
* Kendall Knight, James Diamond, Carlos Garcia, and Logan Mitchell in ''Series/BigTimeRush'' are named after their respective actors Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena, and Logan Henderson.
* Steve from ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues''--his actor's name was Steven in real life. Oddly enough, his SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute is named Joe in the show, but has the real-life name of Donovan.
* Bob Newhart as Bob Hartley on ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', and Bob [=McKay=] on ''Series/{{Bob}}''. His other show was named ''Newhart'', but the character's name was Dick Loudon. In ''George & Leo'', his character was George, the actor's actual birth name.
* Creator/JimJarmusch on ''Series/BoredToDeath.''
* JenniferLoveHewitt guest-starred in an episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', "And Then There was Shawn", as Jennifer Love Fefferman
** JasonMarsden as Jason Marsden.
* Brian Stepanek as Brian O'Brian in the mini-show of the same name.
* ''{{Series/Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'':
** Larry Bagby III as Larry Blaisdell, although the character was named before Larry Bagby III was cast. Bagby joked that he should get the part because the character was named for him.
** Robin Wood is played by DB Woodside.
* ''Series/{{Bunheads}}'' has a student at the ballet academy named Matisse, played by dancer/actress Matisse Love.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in an episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'' in which actor Michael Weston guest-starred as the client of the week. His character was named Spencer but the actor's name is nearly identical to that of the lead character (whose last name is spelled "Westen").
* In the '70s British spy serial [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callan_(TV_series) Callan]] (starring Edward Woodward, later the suspiciously similar [=McCall=] in ''Series/TheEqualizer'') the character Liz was played by Lisa Landon. For about half the four season run, she was credited only as "Hunter's Secretary".
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' once had a chameleon demon named Alastair, played by Alastair Duncan.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}''
** Harry Anderson as "Harry the Hat". Anderson had used "Harry the Hat" as a stage name for years before appearing on TV, when he was a stage magician and real-life con man, making it in some ways even ''more'' of a Danza than usual). Anderson also played Judge Harry Stone on ''Night Court''.
** Woody Harrelson as Woody Boyd looks like this, but it's a coincidence: the character was named Woody before Harrelson was cast.
** Several background characters were named after their actors, such as Paul Wilson as Paul, Paul Vaughn as a different Paul, Thomas Babson as Tom, [[RealLifeRelative Phil Perlman]] as Phil, etc.
** The cast joked about this trope in the opening sketch of the Ride/{{Disney|ThemeParks}}land 35th Anniversary Special, which Danza hosted.
--> '''Woody:''' Tony Micelli's hosting! You know, the star of ''Who's the Boss''?
--> '''Frasier:''' That's not his name, Woody, that's his character's name.
--> '''Lilith:''' Right. His real name is Tony Banta.
--> '''Carla:''' That's the name of the character he played on ''Taxi''.
--> '''Cliff:''' Well, we know his name is Tony.
* Brent Butt as Brent Leroy on ''Series/CornerGas''.
* ''Series/CoronationStreet'' has long-running star Betty Driver as Betty Williams.
* Craig Cackowski plays Officer Cackowski in a few episodes of ''Series/{{Community}}''.
* ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' has a variant: characters Steve and Susan share the names of ''writer'' Creator/StevenMoffat and ''producer'' Sue Vertue, on whom they're [[{{Dramatization}} loosely modeled]].
* Not a main character, but Archie Johnson on ''Series/{{CSI}},'' played by Archie Kao.
** Also David Phillips, played by David Berman.
** In the episode "A Kiss Before Frying", guest star Dita Von Teese [[spoiler: works as nude dancer under the name Rita Von Squeeze]].
* Cybill Shephard as Cybill Sheridan in... ''Series/{{Cybill}}''.
* Ernie Hudson as Ernie, the mayor's father, in Hart of Dixie.
* On the revival of ''{{Series/Dallas}}'', Judith Light plays Judith Brown Ryland and Emma Bell plays Emma Brown.
* In ''Series/DanisHouse'', Max is played by Sebastian Applewhite. His ''middle'' name is Sebastian (S4E7.)
* Fred Willard played a bartender named Fred (or Freddie, as the Nixon puppet would refer to him) on ''Series/DCFollies''.
* Delores Hall as Nurse Delores Mitchell in ''Series/DiagnosisMurder''
* Martin Clunes as Dr Martin Ellingham in ''DocMartin''. Further variant in that the character's surname is an anagram of series creator Dominic Minghella.
* Rhodri Meilir played a character called Rhodri in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Runaway Bride."
** A coincidental surname Danza: Rory's dad Brian Williams is played by Mark Williams, but he was cast long after Rory's surname was established.
** Rory's middle name is revealed to be Arthur, which is also shared by the actor playing him (goes by Creator/ArthurDarvill professionally, but his first name is Thomas).
** Sgt. John Benton of UNIT, a recurring character during the Second, Third, and Fourth Doctor eras, was played by John Levene, although Benton's first name was not given on screen and only revealed in expanded universe material.
** Not an exact example, but related: a number of people have pointed out the the [=TENth=] doctor is played by David [=TENnant=].
* Donna Reed's character in ''The Donna Reed Show'' was a Danza called "Donna Stone."
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', starring Drake Bell and Josh Peck as Drake Parker and Josh Nichols, respectively.
* In many episodes of ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'', the supporting cast is named after the actors who play them: therefore, we have Carlos Villagrán as Carlos, Ramón Valdés as Ramón, Rubén Aguirre as Rubén and so on. Roberto Gomez Bolaños (a.k.a. Chespirito) once explained he did this to allow the actors to form a bond with their characters (even though they were mostly just innocent bystanders). Conversely, in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', Doña Florinda, Don Ramón and Doña Nieves are respectively played by Florinda Meza, Ramón Valdés and Maria Antonieta de las Nieves.
* Creator/EllenDeGeneres played "Ellen Morgan" in the 1993-98 sitcom ''Series/{{Ellen}}'', which was known as ''These Friends Of Mine'' for the first season. In 2001, she played "Ellen Richmond" in the sitcom ''The Ellen Show''.
* Two of Station 51's firefighters in ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'', Marco Lopez and Mike Stoker, simply used the actor's name. Stoker, the driver of Engine 51, actually ''was'' an LA County firefighter at the time of filming (he retired in 1996), making it convenient for filming as one of the regular cast members was qualified to drive and operate the truck.
* Subverted on the UPN show ''Eve'', where the rapper Eve's character was named...Shelley. (The series was originally called ''The Opposite Sex'' until the title change.)
* Interesting variation in ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' – Chris Rock narrates AsHimself, while the [[TimeshiftedActor young Chris Rock]] is played by Tyler James Williams.
* Ray Romano as Ray Barone in ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''. Plus occasional supporting characters played by Kevin James and Andy Kindler.
* Mocked on ''Series/{{Extras}}'' where (both InUniverse and Out-) [[TheCameo Celebrity Cameo]] Keith Chegwin's character has his name changed to Keith after the actor repeatedly fails to comprehend that the character has a different name to him.
* Both members of ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'': Jemaine Clement plays Jemaine Clemaine; Bret [=McKenzie=] plays Bret [=McClegnie=]. Additionally, a few guest characters have been Danzas: Demetri (Demetri Martin), Todd (Todd Barry), and Jim (Jim Gaffigan).
* Almost every single bloody sketch on ''Series/FrenchAndSaunders'' has Dawn and Jennifer as... Dawn and Jennifer. Even in the film spoofs.
** Oh, and also Jen in ''Girls on Top''.
* In-universe example: In an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Ross encourages Joey to write a play for himself to star in, prompting the following exchange:
-->'''Ross''': All right, we'll start off slow. The only thing you have to do tonight is come up with the name of your main character.
-->'''Joey''': Done!
-->'''Ross''': And it can't be Joey.
-->'''Joey''': It's not.
-->'''Ross''': Or Joseph.
-->'''Joey''': Oh.
* Every character in the Australian {{mockumentary}} series ''Series/TheGames'' is named for their actor -- for example, Frank Woodley playing, well, Dr. Frank Woodley (who is "partially" a TV vet in the episode). This was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the second season when the actor John Howard played a political representative pretending the be the Prime Minister; Brian remarks, "But that's illegal! He's not the prime minister!" to which John replies "He never said he ''was'' the prime minister; he said he was John Howard".
** May it be pointed out for non-Australians reading this that the real-life PM at time of that episode's airing was named (by pure coincidence) John Howard.
* ''Get a Life'' had Chris Elliott as Chris Peterson.
* On ''Series/GilmoreGirls,'' Sookie's husband Jackson is played by Jackson Douglas. His real-life girlfriend almost played Sookie.
* ''Series/GimmeABreak'' with Nell Carter as Nell Harper.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}''
** Another variant-- The character Kurt Hummel is so named because the actor who plays him, Chris Colfer, once played Kurt Von Trapp in ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' and looks like a Hummel figurine.
** Brad ThePianoPlayer is played by Brad Ellis.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' -- Tim (Brooke-Taylor), Graeme (Garden) and Bill (Oddie). Plus, the books that spun off from the show give their full names in appropriate places, and their "brochure" in ''The Goodies File'' lists their real-life years and places of birth. Needless to say, the characters are just highly exaggerated versions of themselves.
* Simon Anstell as Simon in ''Series/GrandmasHouse'' takes this UpToEleven; his first major writing and acting gig since leaving ''Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'', the fictional Simon is a TV presenter who just left a PanelGame and is looking for something else to do with his life.
* Magazine/{{Playboy}} Playmate Julie [=McCullough=] as Mike's girlfriend Julie Costello on ''Series/GrowingPains'' in the 1989-1990 season.
* Comedian Mark Curry as Mark Cooper in ''Series/HanginWithMrCooper''.
* Music/MileyCyrus as Miley Stewart in ''Series/HannahMontana'' -- this also counts as AlterEgoActing because Miley is seen performing as Hannah onstage in real life too. More so since she legally changed her name to "Miley" from her birth name of "Destiny Hope Cyrus". ("Smiley Miley" was a nickname her father gave her as an infant.) The character was named ''Chloe Stewart''. WordOfGod says the writers changed it to "Miley" as there were too many names for a 12-year old to remember.
* ''Series/HappyDays'' had Al Molinaro as Al Delvecchio and Marion Ross as Marion Cunningham.
* WhitneyBlake played Dorothy Baxter on ''{{Hazel}}'', and was a former "Mrs. Baxter" in real life (MeredithBaxter of ''Series/FamilyTies'' fame is her daughter).
* Creator/BillyConnolly again as Billy [=MacGregor=] in ''HeadOfTheClass'' and ''Billy''.
* JohnRitter as John Hartman and Billy Bob Thornton as Billy Bob Davis in ''Series/HeartsAfire''.
* Creator/JackBlack as Jack Austin in ''Series/HeatVisionAndJack''.
* The French series ''Hénaut Président'' is made of this trope; of the 7 main characters SIX are playing characters with whom they share a first name -- every major character other than the lead (the eponymous Hénaut).
* In order to promote Summer Strallen taking over the lead role in ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' on the West End, its producer Creator/AndrewLloydWebber had her written into the British soap opera ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' as a character called Summer Shaw. The character was then talent spotted by Lloyd Webber appearing as himself on the show.
* Creator/TimAllen as Tim Taylor in ''Series/HomeImprovement''.
* Subversion: ''Series/HopeAndFaith'' starred Kelly Ripa and Faith Ford in the title roles... but Faith played Hope and Kelly played Faith.
* Dr. Lisa Cuddy from ''Series/{{House}}'' is played by actress Lisa Edelstein.
* Lucille Ball as, variously, Lucy Ricardo (''Series/ILoveLucy''), Lucy Carmichael (''Series/TheLucyShow''), Lucy Carter (''Here's Lucy''), and Lucy Barker (''Life with Lucy'').
** ...and, before she moved to television, as Hollywood actress Lucille Ball in the movie version of ''Best Foot Forward''. (In the stage version, this character was named Gale Joy, originally portrayed by Rosemary Lane.)
** Vivian Vance played Vivian Bunson (''née'' Vivian Bagley) on ''The Lucy Show'', and had a recurring guest role as Vivian Jones on ''Here's Lucy''. This was a direct result of her being fed up with fans calling her "Ethel" all the time, and demanding that her subsequent second-banana characters be known by her real name.
* ''Series/InPlainSight'' has lead character Mary Shannon played by Mary [=McCormack=]. Whenever she needs an alias-to testify in court, let's say-she goes by "Mary [[MeaningfulName Shepherd]]".
* Charlie on ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', and to a lesser extent Mac. When Glenn Howerton was asked about his character being named Dennis, he remarked on how it seemed like a good idea, and has proven so far to have been a good decision. Also, Artemis is played by Artemis Pebdani.
* Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas play alternate universe versions of themselves on ''Series/{{Jonas}}'', which includes keeping their real names.
* Simon Templeman plays Simon Leeds in ''Series/JustShootMe''.
* Keisuke Kato as Keisuke Nago/Kamen Rider IXA in ''Series/KamenRiderKiva''. Yui Koike, who went on to play [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger GokaiPink]], appeared as Yui Aoyama in the final episode of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''.
* Both Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell as Kenan Rockmore and Kel Kimble, respectively, in ''Series/KenanAndKel''.
* Most of the ''Series/KidsIncorporated'' kids. When a NoNameGiven character had his name revealed in an episode, it was that of the actor Rahsaan Patterson.
* Although the character's first name [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname was rarely mentioned]], Bill Owen as William "Compo" Simmonite in ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine''. Also his son, Tom Owen, as the character's son Tom Simmonite.
* Taylor Spreitler guest-starred in the ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Friending Emily" as the victim's sister, Taylor Culphers.
* Neil (Buchanan) and Kim (Goody) on ''No 73'', a 1980s Creator/{{ITV}} kids' SitCom MagazineShow. None of the other main characters were Danzas. Possibly this was because Neil and Kim were generally more involved with the magazine show elements (artwork and interviewing popstars respectively) than the plots (at least to begin with), and were therefore more presenters than characters.
* In ''Make Room For Daddy'' (aka ''The Danny Thomas Show''), Danny Thomas starred as Danny Williams.
* Martin Lawrence played Martin Payne on ''Series/{{Martin}}''. Character Tommy was played by actor Thomas Michael Ford.
* Mary Kay Stearns as essentially herself in the very first TV SitCom, ''Mary Kay And Johnny'', which first aired in 1947 on the Dumont Network.
* ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' had Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards and Ted Knight as Ted Baxter.
* Recurring nurse First Lt Kealani Kellye (also known as Kellye Yamoto, and in one episode, as Nurse Nakahara) on ''Series/{{MASH}}'' was played by Kellye Nakahara, making this an example of the actress's first name being the character's last name.
** And the full name version -- Corpsman Roy Goldman was played by..... Roy Goldman.
** There's more. Nurse Shari was played by Shari Saba, Nurse Jo Ann was played by Jo Ann Thompson, and Nurse Sheila was played by Sheila Lauritsen.
** Although not one of these in the strictest sense (since the character predated his casting), season 1 anesthesiologist Ugly John was played by John Orchard.
* Spoofed on ''{{Mega64}}'', with Rocco Botte as Rocko Boaty, Derrick Acosta as Derek Ackawzdha, and Shawn Chatfield as Sean Chatfield. In other words, the same names, yet different spellings.
* Music/PhilCollins as Phil Mayhew in ''Series/MiamiVice''. This could be a nod to John Mayhew, Collins' predecessor as drummer for the rock band Music/{{Genesis}}.
* Catherine Sutherland as Katherine "Kat" Hillard in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. Likely a coincidence, considering it started as a MeaningfulName (She could turn into a cat in her introductory arc). Also likely a coincidence, Austin St. John's real name is Jason Geiger. He played Jason Lee Scott in the first season.
* Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri on ''Series/TheMindyProject''
* Miranda Hart as the title character of ''Series/{{Miranda}}''.
* A case of the almost-Danza: The character of Rollin Hand in ''Series/MissionImpossible'' was written for actor Martin Landau, and was almost named "Martin Land". These are something of a fictionalized version of [[AsHimself as themselves]]
* Katherine Mulgrew played Kate Columbo in ''Series/MrsColumbo''.
** And Katherine Janeway in ''Series/Voyager''.
** (And Katherine Hepburn on stage in two different plays).
* ''Series/TheMonkees'', Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Creator/MichaelNesmith, were played by Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith.
* Nia Vardalos's character in ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'' was named Toula in the movie, but changed to Nia for the TV series.
* Comedian Joel Hodgson as Joel Robinson (from ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' and ''Series/LostInSpace'') in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. The last name was only changed because Hodgson was considered hard to pronounce. Michael J. Nelson, his replacement... played Mike Nelson. And "TV's Frank" was played by Frank Conniff.
* Claire Keelan as Claire Ashcroft in ''NathanBarley''.
* Fran Drescher played Fran Fine on ''Series/TheNanny''. In addition, her character's parents, Morty and Sylvia Fine, were named after her parents, Morty and Silvia Drescher. And again as Fran Reeves on ''LivingWithFran''. And for the hat trick, as Fran Lovett on ''Series/HappilyDivorced''.
* Dick Van Dyke as Dick Preston in ''Series/TheNewDickVanDykeShow''
* In ''Series/NewsRadio'', Dave Nelson was played by Dave Foley and Joe Garelli was played by Joe Rogan. Creator/PhilHartman's character Bill [=McNeal=] was intentionally named to be ''almost'' a Danza. In the episode "Chock", Dave's old a cappella singing group stops by, the other three members being named David, Bob, and Brian. They were played by ''Series/MrShow'' alums Creator/DavidCross, Bob Odenkirk, and Creator/BrianPosehn.
* '' Series/NightCourt''
** Harry Anderson as Harry Stone is a subversion. According to [[WordOfGod series creator]] Reinhold Weege, the character was already called Harry, already a magician, and already a devoted Mel Torme fan before Anderson was cast.
** Selma Diamond as Baliff Selma Hacker and her replacement Bailiff Florence Kleiner played by Florence Halop.
** Charles Robinson shares the same last name as his character Mac Robinson.
** One could also argue Yakov Smirnoff as Yakov Korplenko.
* Creator/NormMacDonald plays Norm Henderson on ''Series/TheNormShow''. An early commercial showed Norm not responding to his character's original name, forcing the showrunner to change it to his real name to avoid confusion.
* Lee and Tim from ''Series/NotGoingOut'' are played by Lee Mack and Tim Vine respectively. There is also Tim and Lucy's father, Geoffrey, who is played by Geoffrey Whitehead, but this is an odd case as he was originally played by Timothy West.
* Many of the supporting cast on ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' share first names with their characters, including Phyllis, Angela, and Oscar. Creed Bratton plays a fictionalized version of himself, so he skirts into AsHimself territory.
** The reason for some supporting officemates retaining first names is since many of them are {{Ascended Extra}}s. Also, Michael screens a movie starring himself as Michael Scarn, an obvious MarySue AuthorAvatar.
* Several minor characters on ''Series/OneTreeHill'' were guilty of this: Bevin Prince portrayed the character of Bevin Mirskey and Antwon Tanner played Antwon "Skills" Taylor, both of whom were part of the show for several years. In a much smaller case, bartender/musician Grubbs was played by real-life musician Michael Grubbs.
** Speaking of which, Valerie Harper as Valerie Hogan in the early seasons of the same show.
* Half the cast of ''Series/OutOfThisWorld'': Donna Pescow as Donna Garland, Buzz Belmondo as Buzz, and Peter Petofsky as Peter.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' writer, Michael Schur, revealed that Aubrey Plaza's character, April Ludgate, was initially written as a character named Aubrey.
* ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily'' stars Shirley Jones[[note]]Who had previously appeared in ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}''[[/note]] as Shirley Partridge, the mother, and features Danny Bonaduce as Danny Partridge, the middle son.
* Patty Duke as Patty Lane in ''ThePattyDukeShow''.
* Paddy from ''Series/PhoenixNights'' is played by Patrick "Paddy" [=McGuinness=], who when the show began had no acting experience and was given the role on the strength of being PeterKay's good friend; ostensibly, his character shared his name because neither he nor Kay were confident that he would be able to react naturally to a different one.
* In ''Series/ThePretender'', Andrea Parker plays female lead character Miss Parker, but this is apparently a genuine coincidence. On the other hand, her {{mooks}} are first-name Danzas (with [[NoNameGiven no last name]]) to a man, apparently as an acknowledgement that it's not worth the effort of giving them real names.
* The ''entire'' cast of the Japanese television series ''Playgirl''.
* Derek Van Der Lint as Derek Raine in ''Series/PoltergeistTheLegacy''.
* Mr. Mackay in ''Series/{{Porridge}}'' was played by Fulton Mackay.
* Lucy Brown as Claudia Brown on ''Series/{{Primeval}}''.
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'' featured Paul Adelstein as Paul Kellerman and Sara Wayne Callies as Sarah Tancredi.
* Cherie Johnson as Cherie Johnson on ''Series/PunkyBrewster''.
* Music/RebaMcEntire as Reba Hart in ''Series/{{Reba}}''. This is a clear case of The Danza: the character was originally named Sally, until Reba was signed to play the part.
** She did it again with her second sitcom, ''Series/MalibuCountry''.
* Mayko Tran on ''Series/ReGenesis'' is played by Mayko Ngyuen.
* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'' has Emily [=VanCamp=] as Emily Thorne, Emily Alyn Lind as the flashback version of Emily, and Ashley Madekwe as Ashley. However, it should be noted Emily is an alias of Amanda Clark.
* Creator/SandyDuncan as Sandy Stockton in ''FunnyFace'' (later called ''The Sandy Duncan Show''). Duncan was also Sandy Hogan in her SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute role on the show known variously as ''{{Valerie}}'', ''Valerie's Family'', and ''The Hogan Family''.
* Most of the main characters of ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram''.
* In one [[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL sketch]], Creator/NataliePortman plays a girl at a Bar Mitzvah called Rebecca Hershlag, Hershlag being her real surname.
* Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer's characters on ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow'' are Steve Hightower and Cedric Jackie Robinson. Also Merlin Santana as Romeo Santana.
* Another especially convoluted example would be Redd Foxx (born John Elroy Sanford), playing Fred Sanford in ''Series/SanfordAndSon''.
* Bob [=McGrath=] as Bob Johnson and Linda Bove as Linda in ''Series/SesameStreet''.
** In a roundabout way, the character Gordon's last name in ''Series/SesameStreet'' was eventually revealed to be Robinson. This was long after Matt Robinson's term as the character, and this is thus more of a MythologyGag (Gordon is currently played by Roscoe Orman). Miles Orman (who was also Roscoe Orman's [[RealLifeRelative real-life son]]) was Miles Robinson.
** Buffy Sainte-Marie as Buffy in early seasons, probably because she was basically Buffy Sainte-Marie living on Sesame Street. Her then-husband Sheldon Wolfchild and their son Dakota also appeared as Sheldon and Cody.
* In an episode of ''Series/ShakeItUp'', Larry Miller plays the character Larry Diller.
* Ricky Schroeder as Ricky Stratton on ''Series/SilverSpoons''.
* Tia and Tamera Mowry as Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell in ''Series/SisterSister'' (In the series, they're twins separated at birth and adopted by different people, hence different surnames)
* Alan the cab driver is played by Alan George in ''Series/{{Skins}}''.
* Rare last-name Danza: Mackenzie Phillips as Molly Phillips in ''Series/SoWeird''.
* Yasuko Nagazami as Yasko and Alibe Parsons as Alibe in ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''.
* Creator/CharlieSheen has played characters named Charlie on several occasions, notably on ''Series/SpinCity'' and ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''. He even played "Charlie" in the sequel to ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven''. It extends to ''Series/AngerManagement'', where he plays Charlie Goodson, which doubles as a PunnyName (due to being more famous than Emilio Estevez) and a NonIndicativeName (as he wouldn't be considered the good son)
** On ''Anger Management'', his father Creator/MartinSheen plays his father, Martin Goodson.
** Before Charlie, Creator/MichaelJFox played Michael Flaherty for four seasons on ''Series/SpinCity''.
* Kathryn Janeway in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' who was named Elisabeth Janeway and Nicole Janeway before actress Katherine Kiernan Maria 'Kate' Mulgrew suggested Kathryn.
* Chuck Campell plays Chuck the Gate Tech on ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', though this may actually have been a mistake. The character was without a name for quite a while, and it's rumored that another actor dropped his name into a line. He is, however, later called Chuck again by another character. Notable in that fans had been calling him Chuck the Gate Tech (or, alternately, "Chucknician") for some time previous.
* Carrying on the tradition from ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', ''Michael And Michael Have Issues'' stars Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black.
* Matthew Perry's character Matt in ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''. Sorkin has actually stated that he called the character "Matt" because when he was writing he couldn't think of another actor to play the part.
* Long time ago now, but the {{Britcom}} ''Terry and June'' starred Terry Scott and June Whitfield as Terry and June Medford. They ''also'' starred as Terry and June ''Fletcher'' in an earlier {{Britcom}} ''Happy Ever After'' -- the same couple in a different house with a troublesome aunt and her mynah bird. ([[CaptainErsatz This was not accidental.]])
** Even older, ''Bless This House'' featured Sid James (of ''Franchise/CarryOn'' fame) as Sid Abbot, and Sally Gleeson as Sally Abbot. Plus, the 1972 feature film version contains a meta-''aversion'' (by virtue of the fact that it became a notable example later): Terry Scott and June Whitfield played new neighbours Ronald and Vera Baines -- the first outing of (and virtually identical to) the on-screen couple that would later make them a Britcom cliché (see ''Terry and June'' above).
* ''That '80s Show'': Margaret Smith as Margaret.
* Raven-Symone as Raven Baxter in ''Series/ThatsSoRaven''.
* Sam in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' is played by Samantha Harrington; it's possible that the character is named after the actress, since this isn't uncommon in supporting roles on semi-improvised shows.
* ''Series/ThirdWatch'' had paramedics Bobby Caffey and Kim Zambrano played by... Bobby Cannavale and Kim Raver. The minor firefighter characters shared their full names with their actors: Firefighter Billy Walsh was played by Bill Walsh, Derek "DK" Kitson by Derek Kelly.
* Tracy Morgan plays Tracy Jordan in ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Tracy Jordan is essentially an [[AdamWesting exaggerated, simple-minded caricature]] of Tracy Morgan.
** Furthermore, it features Grizz Chapman as Grizz Griswold, one half of Tracy's loyal "entourage".
** Creator/TinaFey, who plays character Elizabeth ("Liz") Lemon, was born as Elizabeth Stamatina ("Tina") Fey.
* Jeff Hyslop as Jeff the mannequin on the Canadian children's show ''Series/TodaysSpecial''.
* Interesting usage in the German kids' show ''Series/TomTurbo''. Many of the kids use their real names for their characters.
* In ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' Elizabeth was played by Elzabeth Adare and Mike by Michaul Holloway.
* On ''Series/TrueBlood'', Sam Merlotte is played by actor Sam Trammell--a coincidence, since the character was named by Charlaine Harris, author of the novels on which the show is based.
* Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as Mary-Kate and Ashley Burke in ''Series/TwoOfAKind''.
* ''Series/{{UFO}}'' had several first-name Danzas: Ed Bishop played Ed Straker, Gabrielle Drake (nicknamed "Gay" by her agent) played Gay Ellis, Keith Alexander played Keith Ford and Peter Gordeno played Peter Carlin. Also, "The Psychobombs" featured a last-name Danza, Lt. Blythe played by Peter Blythe. There's also a borderline case with Ayshea Broughs, whose character is never referred to by name, and is credited only as "SHADO operative", but according to the script is called Ayshea Johnson.
* ''Series/UnGarsUneFille'' ("A Guy, A Girl")'s lead characters Guy and Sylvie are played by Guy A. Lepage and Sylvie Léonard.
** The French-French version had Jean (John) and Alex played by Jean Dujardin and Alexandra Lamy.
* In the Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} sitcom ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', Music/VictoriaJustice plays Victoria "Tori" Vega.
* Victoria Jackson as Victoria in the failed 1984 ''Series/{{MASH}}'' spinoff, ''W* A* L* T* E* R''.
* Wanda Sykes, like so many other comedians, played a character named after herself on ''Wanda at Large'', as [[ShapedLikeItself a stand-up comedian]].
* In ''Series/TheWaltons'', Wilford Brimley played mountain man Horace Brimley, in a last name version.
* Marlon and Shawn Wayans as Marlon and Shawn Williams in ''Series/TheWayansBros''
* ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'' starred Gabe Kaplan as Gabe Kotter.
** Sissy Walker, a very minor character who appeared only five times between 1973 and 1978, was played by Cissy Wellman.
* Oliver Babbish on ''Series/TheWestWing'' is played by Oliver Platt.
* Almost all the main characters in the '70's show ''Series/WhatsHappening.'' two had the same last name, 3 the same first name. And one just used the initial of her first name.
* As well as creating ''Series/{{Whitney}}'' (plus executive producing and writing several episodes), Whitney Cummings plays... Whitney Cummings.
* In ''Series/TheWire'' the character Felicia "Snoop" Pearson is played by [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1787519/ Felicia "Snoop" Pearson]] -- who also happens to be a former Baltimore drug dealer with [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/may/24/the.wire.season.five a conviction for second-degree murder]].
** Also Detective Ed(ward) Norris is played by Ed Norris, former Baltimore City chief of police ([[http://www.hbo.com/thewire/cast/ Cast List]]).
** And while Jay Landsman is played by Delaney Williams, from Season 3 the character Dennis Mello is played by Jay Landsman.
** Well-renowned attorney Billy Murphy more-or-less AsHimself playing the role of Clay Davis's lawyer.
* On ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'', Blake Anderson plays Blake Henderson, Adam [=DeVine=] plays Adam Demamp, Anders Holm plays Anders Holmvik, Jillian Bell plays Jillian Belk, Waymond Lee plays Waymond, Kyle Newachek plays Karl Hevachek, Jet Set Hudson plays Jet Set and Billy Stevenson plays Bill.
* Ben Vereen as Mayor Ben in ''Series/ZoobileeZoo''.
* Joey Lawrence made guest appearances on both ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' and ''Series/SilverSpoons'' as a kid named Joey before landing the role of Joey Donovan on ''Gimme a Break!''. This was followed by Joey Russo on ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' and Joe Roman on ''Brotherly Love'' (in which brothers Matt and Andy play Matt and Andy Roman). He ices the cake by playing himself in the 2008 horror/comedy ''Killer Pad''. As of 2010, he is playing a character called Joe Longo on the sitcom ''Series/MelissaAndJoey'', alongside Melissa Joan Hart.
* Rik Mayall's characters in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' (Rick), ''Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap'' (Richie Rich) and ''Series/{{Bottom}}'' (Richard Richard). Additionally, in ''The Young Ones'' Nigel Planer's character was Neil Pye, and in the latter two Adrian Edmondson's character was Eddie, a nickname based on his surname. (And, while it's not strictly this trope, it's no coincidence that his wife played a character called [[Series/AbsolutelyFabulous Eddy (Edina) Monsoon]].)
** Edmondson actually played a psychotic ex-talk show host called Eddie Monsoon in ''Series/TheComicStripPresents'' {{Mockumentary}} episode "Eddie Monsoon -- A Life?" (The show was originally intended to be an episode of his talk show "Back To Normal", but it was judged too obscene even for Creator/{{Channel 4}}, so it was turned into a mock biopic instead.)
** Mayall changed his first name in his teens -- he was born Richard Mayall, fitting this trope even better.
* Full-name Danzas include:
** Andy Richter in ''Series/AndyRichterControlsTheUniverse'' (and partially in ''Andy Barker, P.I.'').
** Creator/LarryDavid in ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' is actually an AsHimself, but the show has a number of Danzas -- regular characters, Cheryl David (Cheryl Hines), Jeff Greene (Jeff Garlin), Susie Greene (Susie Essman), plus some one-shot characters with just one name, which happens to be the actor's.
*** This one at least has a good explanation, as most of the dialog on Curb is improvised, and it's much easier to improvise when you only have to remember one name.
** Ed Begley, Jr. guest starred as Ed Begley, Jr. on ''Series/DharmaAndGreg''. He was always addressed on screen by his full name, "Ed Begley, Jr.", not Ed or Mr Begley.
** Norman Lovett in ''I Lovett''.
** Jennifer Grey in ''It's Like, You Know...'' (In an odd subversion, Grey claimed more than once that the character she played was ''not'' based on herself.)
** Jack Dee and Jeremy Hardy in ''Jack And Jeremy's Real Lives''.
** Fred Rogers in ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'', although it's really more of an AsHimself. This also applies to most of his supporting cast: Betty Aberlin (Lady Aberlin), Don Brockett (Chef Brockett), Bob Trow (Bob Dog/Robert Troll), Chuck Aber (Neighbor Aber), and so forth. These may not be AsHimself examples, as Betty Aberlin has asserted that "Lady Aberlin" is not a representation of her real-life personality. Also, some of the actors would appear in character during the Make Believe segments, and out of character during the main part of the show. David Newell, who played Mr. [=McFeely=], was the only regular actor on the show to avert this trope. His character's last name was actually Fred Rogers' middle name.
** Tim Stack as "TV's Tim Stack" in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. Whether he's as much of a raging drunk in real life remains to be seen, right? Right?
** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a few of these in the early years, including Headmaster of the New York School for the Hard of Hearing, Garrett Morris. (The first six or seven years had a lot of first-name examples as well -- the 'WASP Translator' sketch with Ray Sharkey centered around a couple named Charles and Ann. Guess which castmembers played them.) Later on, in a move of notable laziness, Chris Farley's character was referred to simply as "Farley."
** Sean Hughes in ''Sean's Show''.
** Jerry Seinfeld in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. Estelle Costanza fits the trope too, though her real life surname is Harris.
** Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain in ''Series/{{Stella|US}}''. Oddly, the show was adapted from their comedy act and short films where they're playing exaggerated versions of themselves (e.g. they're still comedians in an act named "Stella"), but on the TV show itself, they were usually unemployed and picked up different, bizarre moneymaking schemes in nearly every episode.
** [[Creator/AbbottAndCostello Bud Abbott and Lou Costello]] in ''The Abbott and Costello Show''
** Ozzie Nelson's entire family, in ''The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet''.
** Bernie Mac on ''Series/TheBernieMacShow''.
** Creator/StephenColbert of ''Series/TheColbertReport''.
** Nicholas Parsons in ''Series/TheComicStripPresents'' episode "Mr Jolly Lives Next Door".
** Drew Carey in ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''. (Yes, that includes "[[EmbarrassingMiddleName Alison]]".)
** Creator/WillSmith in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' (the only difference being that in the show "Will" was short for "William". The actor's first name is actually Willard).
*** The page quote comes from an interview Will did with [[Series/TheGrahamNortonShow Graham Norton]], where he says Alfonso Ribero (Carlton) told him to use this trope.
** George Lopez in ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''.
** Jack Benny in ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram''.
** Jon Dore on ''The Jon Dore Television Show''.
** Sarah ''and'' Laura Silverman in ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram''.
** Music/WeirdAlYankovic in ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow''.
** The kids on ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision''.
* Two ''Series/MrShow'' sketches have all the characters in the sketch share the names with their actors. The "Coupon: The Movie" sketch (during the scene with the movie execs) has Creator/{{David|Cross}}, Bob, Creator/{{Tom|Kenny}}, Jill, Paul, and Jay (John Ennis is not referred to by name). The "Intervention" sketch, three seasons later, has[[note]]all of which are the same actors, save Tom and Jay for Becky, being sketch comedy[[/note]] David, Bob, John, Jill, Paul and Becky.
* Most of the main cast in ''The Mothers-In-Law'': Eve Arden as Eve, Kaye Ballard as Kaye, Roger C. Carmel as Roger, Herbert Rudley as Herb and Jerry Fogel as Jerry. Subverted with Deborah Walley as Susie (also in Season 2, when [[TheOtherDarrin Richard Deacon]] replaced Carmel).
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'' had a sketch (based on ''Abigail's Party'') in which Laurence Rickard played a character named Laurence.
* Annie Potts as Flatbed Annie in the 1979 Creator/{{CBS}} MadeForTVMovie ''Flatbed Annie & [=Sweetiepie=]: Lady Truckers''.
* Sammo Hung as Sammo Law in ''Series/MartialLaw''.
* Terry Crews as Sgt. Terry Jeffords in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine''.
* In-universe example in ''The Spoils Of Babylon'', with Dixie Mellonworth as Dixie Mellonworth (played by JessicaAlba).
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* In Creator/DataEast's ''[[Pinball/TheWhosTommy The Who's Tommy]],'' the "Lyman Bonus" named after one of the game's programmers, Lyman F. Sheats Jr.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Almost too common to mention in wrestling, where a performer will often simply tweak his/her real name a bit to come up with a stage name. Also counts for wrestlers who use their own names, but [[PlayingAgainstType play characters totally unlike their true personalities]].
* Examples: Chris Irvine as Wrestling/ChrisJericho
* Cody Runnels as Wrestling/CodyRhodes
* James Cox as Wrestling/JamesStorm
* Variant: Wrestling/BryanDanielson as Daniel Bryan
* Wrestling/{{P|roWrestlingGuerilla}}WG wrestler Brian Bullard as Brian Cage
* Allen Jones as Wrestling/AJStyles
* Booker Huffman as Wrestling/BookerT
** Also the unrelated Maven Huffman as Maven
* Perry Satullo as Wrestling/PerrySaturn
* Rodney Begnaud as Rodney Mack
* Kevin Fertig as Kevin Thorn
* John Hennigan as Wrestling/JohnMorrison
* Christopher Mordetzky as Chris Masters
* Lance Evers as Wrestling/LanceStorm
* Eric Pérez as Eric Escobar
* Judy Hardee as Judy Martin
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* All three of the central characters in the radio sitcom ''Radio/TheNavyLark'' had the same names as the actors who played them.
* ''Hancock's Half Hour'' starred Tony Hancock as Anthony Aloysius St. John Hancock, Sid James as Sidney Balmoral James and Bill Kerr as William Montmorency Beaumont Kerr. The only other regular character was Griselda Pugh, played by Hattie (not Griselda) Jacques. Kenneth Williams played several bit-parts, none of them called Kenneth. The main characters' elaborate middle names are fictitious.
* The sitcom ''Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting'' starred Linda Smith as Linda Smith. Like many of the full-name TV examples above, the character was essentially a fictionalised version of the comedienne herself. There's also Chris the builder, played by Chris Neill.
* Ben Lyon, his wife Bebe Daniels and their children in ''Life With The Lyons'', also a fictionalised version of the actors.
* And Jeremy Hardy and Kit Hollerbach as Jeremy and Kit in ''Unnatural Acts'' (later retitled ''At Home With The Hardys'' in parody of ''Life With The Lyons'').
* The Golden Age of Radio (1920-1950) was filled with shows like this, mostly comedy sitcoms: Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Fred Allen, Abbott and Costello, Edgar Bergen and Charlie [=McCarthy=], and many others.
* Justin Moorhouse as Justin in ''Everybody Quite Likes Justin''.
* The main characters of the sketch show ''Radio/HelloCheeky'' all shared the name of their actor. The characters were also treated as the real actors, blending this with AnimatedActor.
* Rita Rudner {{As H|imself}}erself in ''The Rita Rudner Show'' and co-writer Martin Bergman as Martin Trenaman.
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* The cast of ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}'', sans Jesus and John/Judas, are named after the actors who portrayed them in the original cast. Newer performances of this show often change character names to match their own casts.
* ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'' has a harmonica-playing minor character named Sunny, originally played by Sonny Terry.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' stage play ''Seven Keys to Doomsday'', the companions were going to be called Dave and Jenny; but when James Mathews was cast, his character was renamed to Jimmy. Later stage revivals reverted to "Dave", but in the Creator/BigFinish audio version he's "Jimmy" again.
* The short-lived yet wildly popular Broadway musical ''Theatre/TitleOfShow''. In fact, the show takes it up a notch with it being "a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical" (guess how many guys wrote this musical?) and the song "I Am Playing Me."
* In ''Music/AmericanIdiot'', the rock opera featuring Music/GreenDay's music, the main character Johnny was named after the actor who plays him -- John Gallagher Jr. (who uses the name 'Johnny Gallager' in his music career).
* Most Creator/CirqueDuSoleil clowns use their own names for their characters, and occasionally more serious character roles get the same treatment, in which case the name may stick with the character after the original performer leaves. Notable examples:
** ''Theatre/{{Mystere}}'': Brian Le Petit (Dewhurst) and Bebe Francois (Dupuis).
** ''Theatre/{{Quidam}}'': John (Gilkey), the emcee.
** ''Theatre/{{O}}'': Le Vieux, the emcee, was long known as Eugen after original performer Eugene Brim.
* A strange inversion: Born Joseph Lane, a name that was already in use by another actor, Creator/NathanLane took his stage name after, Nathan Detroit, his favorite character in Broadway classic ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''. Years later, his Broadway career reached new heights when he received rave notices for playing Nathan Detroit in a revival.
* In the 1936 Broadway musical ''Red, Hot and Blue!'', Creator/BobHope played a character named Bob Hale.
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* Madame Leota, the OracularHead in ''Franchise/TheHauntedMansion'', is named after Leota [[MeaningfulName Toombs]], the [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Imagineer]] who provides her head.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Brad, the main villain from ''{{VideoGame/Comic Jumper|TheAdventuresOfCaptainSmiley}}'', is voiced by Brad Hawkins.
* Gunnery Sgt. Pete Stacker appears in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series as, for lack of a better term, is the "white, southern accented," counterpart to Sgt. Johnson. Stacker, despite never having his name spoken in any material of the Halo franchise, is said to be named after his voice actor, who, it might be funny to point out, [[TalkingToHimself also voiced Captain Jacob Keyes]] in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''.
* Heather Mason in ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' is actually named after her voice actress, Heather Morris.
* Music/MichaelJackson as the voice of Space Michael in ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'' (although in this case, he was essentially playing himself). Jackson was the inspiration for that particular character and, when approached about voicing him, he said, "Yes!" because he absolutely loved the [[ShoutOut tribute]]. His appearance in the first game amounted to little more than a quick cameo, but his role was greatly expanded in the sequel.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has a coincidental example with Solid Snake's real name of "David", which happens to be the first name of his English voice actor, David Hayter. In reality, the name "David" was already decided during the Japanese voice recording, which was completed before the English voice actor for Snake was even chosen. It actually came from the main character in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', as well as Meryl Silverburgh's partner from ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}''.
* Makoto in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII 3rd Strike'' is voiced by Makoto Tsumura.
* The arcade game ''VideoGame/PitFighter'' is an early example where the sprites are digitised images of real actors. It has four Danzas: "Southside Jim" is played by one James Thompson, "Chainman Eddie" by Eddie Venancio, "Mad Miles" by Miles [=McGowan=], and "Angel" by Angela Stellato.
* Rochelle in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' is voiced by Rochelle Aytes.
* Games made by Skip Ltd. (such as ''VideoGame/ChibiRobo'' and ''VideoGame/CaptainRainbow'') frequently feature a black-and-white dog named Tao, who is usually portrayed as somewhat lazy and often very hungry. Tao was the actual dog of Skip's creative director, looked exactly like his fictional counterparts, and... was somewhat lazy and often very hungry. (The real dog died in 2009, but the fictional version will live on in games forevermore.)
* In the first ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/RebelAssault'', Ru Murleen was named after the actress who played her. Averted with the sequel, which used [[TheOtherDarrin a different actress]], Julie Eccles.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'', Julia Heine was played by Julia Tucker.
* In ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject'', Megan Love, heard on the radio during the intro, was voiced by Megan Wheeler.
* In ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest: Open Season'', the actress who played Barbie Cann was named Barbara Shannon ("Barbie" is a nickname for Barbara).
* Creator/JenniferHale was Jennifer Mui in ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'', Dr. Doak was named and modeled after developer David Doak.
* One of the models to portray Lara Croft during publicity for the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' games was named Lara Weller. Her friends suggested that she try out for the part partially because she shared the character's first name.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' Barry Gjerde was the voice of Barry Burton.
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', Saika Magoichi's real name is revealed to be Sayaka. In the original Japanese, she is voiced by Creator/SayakaOhara.
* [[AllThereInTheManual Supplemental material]] has revealed that [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 the Administrator's]] real name is Helen, obviously a nod to her voice actress, EllenMcLain.
* Vanessa Duvelle in ''VideoGame/SpyHunter 2'' (the sequel to the remake, not the arcade game) was based on Vanessa Carlton, who sang the game's theme tune.
* Staff Sergeant Griggs in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: Modern Warfare'' is voiced by Mark Grigsby.
* In the PSP remake of ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', BoisterousBruiser sworsdman Kyle is voiced by Creator/KyleHebert in English.
* It is unclear who his voice actor actually is, but the RedShirt character PFC Jerry Langteau in ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor: Frontline'' appears to be named after producer Scott J. Langteau.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'': The voice actress for Kaniehtí:io, Connor's Mohawk mother, is Kaniehtiio Horn.
* Interesting example: the developers of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', Telltale, held a contest for the game. The winner of the contest, Brie Rosenholm, was awarded by getting a virtual double named after her to appear in the game as a MauveShirt.
** It's not much of an award when you think about what happens to her.
* In ''VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'', R&B singer Mýa, in addition to singing the theme song, voiced NSA double-agent Starling.
* Creator/GideonEmery as Sam Gideon in ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}''.
* Notable aversion in the English dub of ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Vesperia}}'', with the main character Yuri Lowell being played by Creator/TroyBaker. Notable because the previous game in the series, ''VideoGame/{{Tales of the Abyss}}'' starred voice actor Creator/YuriLowenthal, who wasn't allowed to audition for the role due to his notability in the franchise.
** Baker did get some joke mileage out of this one though: "How bad is it when they start naming characters after voice actors? 'I wanna read for this guy, what's his name?' 'Er...Creator/{{Vic Mign|ogna}}a.'"
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'', the most prominent GDI characters in cutscenes are General James Solomon, played by Creator/JamesEarlJones, and Michael [=McNeil=], played by Michael Biehn.
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* In-universe example: in the post-Scratch universe of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', John Crocker took Harry Anderson's role as the judge in ''Series/NightCourt''. So in this version, it was Judge ''Johnny'' Stone.
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* Clyde Cash, Jason Kendrick Howell, and Jack Thaddeus voice themselves in the ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' audiobooks.
* ''WebVideo/CorruptingTheClassicsWithContemporaryCrap'' is hosted by Angus Hepburn as Angus Leech and Natalia Fedner as Natalie Knickerbocker.
* Franchise/TheFearMythos features characters named after their actors: Jordan and Nathan from ''Jordan Eats Normally Now'', and Seann of ''Cryptid 417''.
* The webseries ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'' features characters named Tom, Zack, and Dana. They are played by Tom Pike, Zack Wallnau, and Dana Shaw.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is named "Doug" as is shown through his Nicktoons review, and the person who plays him is Creator/DougWalker. However, Doug Walker has said that the critic IS a character, and is a separate entity from Walker himself. Walker also plays many characters on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, and the Nostalgia Critic is the only one to share his name.
* Half the cast of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' does this. We have Tim, Jessica, Brian, and Seth. Played by Tim Sutton, Jessica May, Brian Haight, and Seth [=McCay=].
** Brian is a double example. In the original ''Marble Hornets'' film, he would be playing a character named Brian.
* In the comedic web series ''{{WebVideo/Randomocity}}'' many of the main characters share the same names as the actors portraying them.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} (as "The Tony Danza Corollary") in the Podcast/RiffTrax of ''Film/PlanetOfTheDinosaurs''.
-->"Was every character just named after the person who played them?!"
-->"It's the number one sign you're watching a quality movie."
* Cecil Palmer of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' is voiced by Cecil Baldwin. Until episode 34, the general assumption was that character and actor shared the same surname as well. Amusingly enough, Baldwin didn't actually know the character's name at first (the credits just listed him as "The Voice of Night Vale", and it wasn't really important). A few episodes in the script finally revealed his name was Cecil, and Baldwin had to go check with the creator to find out whether or not NV-Cecil was meant to be someone other than himself.
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* Spoofed in an episode of ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks''.
* Creator/JohnCandy in ''Camp Candy''.
* Arianna Huffington as ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'''s Arianna the Bear.
* One Danza that is not the main character (and isn't their biggest part in the show) is Cree Lincoln from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' who is voiced by Creator/CreeSummer, [[TalkingToHimself who also voices her little sister, Abby/Numbah 5]]). Another minor character Numbuh 362 is given the name Rachel, her voice actor? Creator/RachaelMacFarlane. (The sister of [[Creator/SethMacFarlane yes, that MacFarlane]].)
* Minor character example -- in several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Creator/TaraStrong has played a character named "Tara". But then, [[ManOfAThousandVoices she's played]] ''[[TalkingToHimself so]]'' [[HeyItsThatVoice many roles]] that it was bound to happen eventually.
* Also Julie Brown as Julie [[StealthPun Bruin]] in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''. In this case, she's effectively [[AdamWesting parodying herself]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'' has its main characters playing characters with the same name in the ShowWithinAShow. As a bonus, Mikey Simon's voice actor is Michael Sinterniklaas, setting up a recursive Danza.
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' through the entire cast, though Paula became an exception when her original voice actress, Paula Poundstone, was replaced.
* Almost the entire cast of ''WesternAnimation/DrKatzProfessionalTherapist'' is named after their voice actor's first name with no last name given (Laura Silverman as Laura, Todd Barry as Todd). Even the guests that appear on the show [[SpecialGuest are credited as "Dave as Dave Attell".]] There are only three exceptions to this rule: Dr. Jonathan Katz uses his full name, Benjamin Katz was named after his actor's last name (most likely because his first name is Jon and that would be confusing), and Stanley's voice actor is Will Le Bow.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Ray Romano voices a character named [[SignificantAnagram Ray Magini]] in the episode "Don't Fear the Roofer".
** And John Waters a character named John (though with no surname given) in the earlier episode "Homer's Phobia". (Amusingly, Homer befriends both of these characters in their respective appearances only to renounce those relationships.)
** Lunchlady Doris was originally voiced by script supervisor Doris Grau. Grau also voiced Doris Grossman, Jay Sherman's makeup lady on ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has a partial case, as Harley Quinn was loosely based on her voice actress Arleen Sorkin (who was a friend of the episode's writer, Creator/PaulDini); her real name was later revealed as Harleen Quinzel, with her first name being just one letter away from Arleen's.
* A computer expert in ''WesternAnimation/{{Phantom 2040}}'', voiced by Creator/HarlanEllison(!) was named after one of Ellison's ''pseudonyms'': Cordwainer Bird.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}''. Rueben is voiced by Creator/PaulReubens.
* Lisa Lougheed as Lisa on ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons''. She also sang the better-known version of the EndingTheme.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', Christian Potenza as Chris [=McLean=] and [[spoiler: in season five]], Alex House as Alejandro Burromuerto.
* Salli Richardson voices Elisa Maza in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', and also a minor character named Salli.
** Amusingly, in ''Turf'', Elisa goes undercover with the fake name Salli.
* Guy Hadley as Guy Graham on Disney's version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''.
* From the original series in 1962, to the movie from 1990[[note]]In fact, he had passed on in mid-production[[/note]], [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons George Jetson]] had been voiced by George O'Hanlon.
* After [[TheOtherDarrin Recasting]] for ''WesternAnimation/WhatsWithAndy'', [[BlackBestFriend Danny Pickett]] was now voiced by Danny Brochu. The original voice actor (Bumper Robinson)'s real name is "Larry".
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' reveals that the titular character's favorite {{Old Superhero}}es', Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy's, real names are Ernie and Tim respectively. Their respective voice actors are Creator/ErnestBorgnine and Tim Conway.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has JerkassGenie Norm being voiced by Creator/NormMacDonald until "Fairy Idol".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', Norbert and Daggett's younger sisters, Chelsea and Stacy, are named after and voiced by creator Mitch Schauer's daughters.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' episode "Terriers and Tiaras" features a dog named [[PunnyName Sam U.L.]], voiced by Samuel Vincent.
* ''Bagpuss'': Emily, the little girl who owns Bagpuss and the shop, and is seen in the title montage of sepiatone photos, was played by Emily Firmin, daughter of series illustrator Peter Firmin.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Pigeon Man," Vincent Schiavelli voices the Pigeon Man, who tells Arnold, "You can call me Vincent."
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'', the leader of the Mama's Boys gang Junior, is voiced by Richard Christy Jr.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has Creator/AdamWest, obviously.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', when we meet Margaret's father, we learn her family name is Smith. The father is voiced by Creator/RogerCraigSmith.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstoneKids'', Betty Jean Bricker[[note]]or "[=McBricker=]"; it hasn't been constant[[/note]] was voiced by [[Creator/BJWard Betty Jean ("B.J.") Ward]].
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has Creator/BruceGreenwood voicing Franchise/{{Batman}}, whose real name (as many of you know) is Bruce Wayne. Again, a coincidence as the character had been around well before he was cast.
* Gene Belcher from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', who is voiced by Eugene Mirman.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has a horse named James Baxter, who is not only voiced by James Baxter, but animated by him as well.
* Besides his usual role as Robin, one episode of Creator/{{Filmation}}'s 1968 Batman series had Creator/CaseyKasem playing a security guard named Casey.
* AndreaLibman voiced [[ReBoot the young AndrAIa]].
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