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  • Greg Gagne (pronounced "gon-yuh") was a professional wrestler in the American Wrestling Association. Greg Gagne (pronounced "gag-nee") was a shortstop for the Minnesota Twins.
  • The actors who used firearms in Terminator 2: Judgment Day were trained how to properly handle them by a man named Uzi Gal. As IMDB's page states, he is not the same man who designed the famous submachine gun. Weirdly, the two even apparently died on the same day as well.
  • Is author Robert Galbraith the man who wrote a book on marine biology, or the woman who wrote the Cormoran Strike Novels?
  • Jeff Garcia one is a former football player for the 49ers. The other is a stand up comedian and voice actor most famous for voicing Sheen.
  • David Garnett, the UK writer born 1982 who was a member of the Bloomsbury Set and wrote Lady into Fox, or David S. Garrett, the UK writer born 1947 who edited New Worlds and wrote Bikini Planet?
  • There's Tony Garnier the French architect and Tony Garnier the American bass player. In 2010 as part of Bob Dylan's band, the latter Garnier played a show at Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon, which is named after (and was designed by) the former Garnier.
  • There is a U.S. state called Georgia and a Caucasus country named Georgia. The American Georgia is named after King George II, while the country gets its name from the Persian-Arabic designation gurğ / ğurğ. They call themselves Kartvelebi and their country Sakartvelo.
    • Naturally, the hometown crowd in Atlanta, Georgia (the state) cheered for Georgia (the country) when they appeared at Parade of Nations at the opening ceremonies for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
    • This whole issue was played for laughs (and combined with a Ray Charles reference) in "Back In the USSR", by The Beatles.
    And Georgia's always on my my my my my my my my my mind.
    • Spoofed again in The Areas of My Expertise, when John Hodgman discusses Georgia's history as the site of many of Martin Luther King's great speeches. It would, however, take a thousand clones of Dr. King to erase Georgia's dark history as the birthplace of Josef Stalin.
    • Also spoofed in one of the Samurai Cat stories, when Stalin's clique from Georgia includes Miz Lillian Stalin and Billy Stalin. KGB chief Beria, also from Georgia, admits to being "Macon born and bred. Yee-hah!"
      • Similarly, the Doom Patrol's Flash Forward is surprised to find the prosthetics expert helping Robotman is Georgian. "Naw, see, my mama, she from Atlanta, and if you a cracker..."
    • In Community Troy is representing Georgia at a Model UN, and breaks out an outrageous Southern accent. It turns out he did research the right place, he just decided to do the accent anyway.
    • The Youtuber FPSRussia uses a bad Russian accent that makes him sound like he's from former Soviet state Georgia, even though he's from the US State Georgia. This causes some confusion when it's mentioned.
    • Here at TV Tropes, the country page got so many wicks for the state that they got expanded titles and a disambiguation page.
  • Joe Gibbs: Former Washington Redskins coach and a NASCAR team owner who won two Sprint Cup championships with Tony Stewart, or legendary Reggae producer?
  • Paul Gilbert was an actor in The '30s. A different Paul Gilbert played guitar with pop-metal bands Racer X and Mr. Big.
  • The Gilbert Scott architectural family, starting with George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878). His son, George Gilbert Scott (1839-1897), was also an architect. With the result that working out who designed what has been a nightmare for some architectural historians.
    • The family also included architects John Oldrid Scott (1841-1913), Charles Marriott Oldrid Scott (1880-1952), Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960), Adrian Gilbert Scott (1882-1963), Elisabeth Scott (1898-1972), and Richard Gilbert Scott (1923-2017). Disambiguating their works can get tricky.
  • In southern England, there's Gillingham, Kent (soft G) and Gillingham, Dorset (hard G).
  • David Gilmore, an experimental jazz guitarist, should not be confused with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.
  • John Glenn (two Ns) was the first American and third person to orbit the Earth. John Glen (one N) directed every official entry in the James Bond movie series in The ’80s: For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, and Licence to Kill. (He did not direct Never Say Never Again, which is not part of the official EON Productions series.)
  • The Glorious Revolution in 1688 Britain and the Glorious Revolution in 1868 Spain.
  • The Adam Goldberg who starred in The Hebrew Hammer is not the writer and producer Adam Goldberg whose life story is told on The Goldbergs.
  • Who is Jaime Gomez? He's either Jaime Paul Gomez, the actor (Evan on Nash Bridges) and director or Jaime Luiz Gomez, the musician and member of the Black Eyed Peas known better as Taboo.
  • Alberto Gonzales is a former US Attorney General. Alberto Gonzalez is the name of a baseball player for the Washington Nationals. A different Alberto Gonzalez composed music for Infogrames' video games, and has written some Crowning Music of Awesome for the entire Game Boy system. And none of these are to be confused with Albert Gonzalez, who hacked TJ Maxx' credit card processing system.
  • Alex Gonzalez and Alex Gonzalez. They play the same position as well (shortstop) but their careers had much more overlap. (Both even played for the Toronto Blue Jays, though not at the same time.)
  • Jose Gonzalez is a Swedish-Argentine singer-songwriter. Jose Gonzales is a Seattle-based Mexican-American stage actor. Jose "Pepe" Gonzalez was the main artist in the Warren Vampirella run.
  • Stephanie Gorin, casting director based in Toronto or local TV news reporter based in Plattsburgh, NY?
  • Dave Gorman. For those who don't know, Dave Gorman is a British comedian who started off by going through with a bet that "he couldn't get 50 Dave Gormans in the same room" (Paraphrased, may not have been 50). And he did. And later, he went around the world after being bet he couldn't "Meet 10 Googlewhacks in a row when the latest link in the chain is only allowed to find him two more Googlewhacks". The second link in one of the chains he checked out was one of the Dave Gorman's he met previously.
    • 54; and he didn't have to get them in the same room, just meet them. His Googlewhack show includes a great line from the other Dave Gorman; "Make yourself at home! You might as well, your name's on the mortgage..."
  • Michael Gough is the name of the actor who played Alfred in Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher's Batman movies. It's also the name of the voice actor who played Gopher in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Solaufein in Baldur's Gate II and Osmund Sadler in Resident Evil 4. Two different guys.
    • As well as Michael Gough, the retired English cricketer.
  • Billy Graham was a fundamentalist preacher who advised presidents and whose televised sermons have been seen worldwide, a flamboyant pro wrestler from the 1970s and 80s, and a concert promoter who helped kick-start the Psychedelic Rock era with bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Big Brother And The Holding Company.
  • Novelist Heather Graham has complained about actress Heather Graham's willingness to do nude scenes.
  • Cary Grant was an actor and should not be confused with television host, vocal coach and one-time Eurovision entrant Carrienote  Grant.
  • Al Green is an American soul singer, a congressman from Houston, and a basketballer originally from the South Bronx who played for Crispa in the Philippine Basketball Association, then the Adelaide Bearcats in Australia's NBL in the 80s and 90s. Then there's Al Greene, former WCW wrestler.
  • Peter Green could be Fleetwood Mac's original lead guitarist and singer (b. Peter Greenbaum), or the real name of 1970s pop one-hit wonder Daniel Boone (not to be confused with the American pioneer), who is also British.
  • Seth Green: American (voice) actor or American fish farming pioneer who has had roads, parks and trails named after him?
    • Don't confuse either with Bruce Seth Green, a retired television director who directed eleven episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, three of which Seth Green (the actor) guest starred in.
  • Graham Greene is a late British novelist and playwright, as well as a Canadian First Nations character actor.
  • Andy Griffith is the actor of The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock fame. Andy Griffiths (with an S) is a kids' book author.
  • Michael Griffin, the anti-abortionist or the former head of NASA? (Fortunately, the latter is usually just called Mike.)
    • Or do you mean the former Tennessee Titans safety?
  • Jonathan Groff is an American actor famous for starring in Glee and Frozen, not to be confused with another Jonathan Groff, who is a producer, writer and 5-time Jeopardy! champion.
  • Gronk is the nickname for a Chicano performance artist, hockey player Jordan Staal, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, or a British diesel locomotive. Imagine the confusion when a Rail Enthusiast and a sports fan are in the same room....
  • If you are talking about Christopher Guest are you talking about the American actor and filmmaker from This Is Spın̈al Tap and Best in Show, or are you talking about the one who was Lords of Appeal in Ordinary (which was the British equivalent of a Supreme Court Justice)? The Other Wiki tried to clear up the confusion by referring to one of them as Baron Guest but is still a problem considering they both held the noble title of Baron. The actor has inherited the title of Baron Haden-Guest, while the judge held the life peerage title of Baron Guest.
  • If you want to unambiguously refer to Guildford, it's not enough to specify that you mean Guildford in Surrey — you also need to specify whether you mean Surrey in England, or Surrey in British Columbia.
  • When you're talking about James Gunn, do you mean the film writer and director James Gunn? Or the writer and Grand Master of Sci-Fi James E. Gunn? There's even a second James E. Gunn, too.
  • An American commentator accused neurosurgeon/reporter Sanjay Gupta of having a supposed "conflict of interest" after discovering his name on a list of physicians working for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. It turns out that the doctor working for Pfizer was a different Sanjay Gupta entirely - not surprisingly, as "Sanjay Gupta" is almost as common among Indians as "John Smith" is among Americans.

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  • Gigi Hadid refers either to a supermodel or a pundit based in the United Kingdom who writes blogs on buying and selling used cars (dating back to 2003, making the name Gigi Hadid - in terms of fame Older Than They Think), although the pundit has gone into obscurity now.
  • Rich Hall is an American comedian. Richard Hall is an American DJ better known as Moby.
  • Tally Hall refers to both an American rock band and an American soccer player.
  • Terry Hall was a ventriloquist well-known to older British people for his puppet, the lisping Lenny the Lion. Either that or he's the lead singer of long-running Coventry band The Specials.
  • Jordan Hamilton is a university cheerleader in The Sims who majors in science, grows up to be a firefighter and really tries to get with one of your Sims. She also shares the same name with San Antonio Spurs superstar Jordan Hamilton.
  • Tom Hamilton is a bassist for Aerosmith as well as a radio announcer for Cleveland Indians baseball.
  • Albert Hammond, Jr from The Strokes is the son of Albert Hammond, also a famous musician.
  • Darrell Hammond (two "r's") is a former cast member of Saturday Night Live while Darell Hammond (one "r") is the founder of the organization "Kaboom". Coincidentally, "Kaboom" was featured in an eponymous episode of Parks and Recreation which stars Darrell Hammond's former SNL co-star Amy Poehler.
  • John Hancock the Founding Father, and John Hancock the film director.
    • And John Hancock, the African-American character actor.
  • NASA had two noted employees named James Hansen. James E. Hansen was head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and is an expert on climate change. James R. Hansen is a historian and biographer who worked for NASA.
  • Tom Hardy is an English actor who usually plays gangsters or action heroes, as seen in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. Thomas Hardy is an English writer famous for Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd.
  • Ron Harper: Prolific television actor (Land of the Lost, Garrison's Gorillas), or member of the Chicago Bulls' second three-peat run in the 1990s?
    • Also the name of MLB superstar Bryce Harper's dad.
  • Josh Harris is the name of one of the fisherman Phil Harris' sons, and the name of a DJ. Another one gained notoriety for the book "I Kissed Dating Goodbye". There is also Joshua Harris, better known as Christopher Ewing of Dallas.
  • Phil Harris was a singer, comedian, longtime bandleader on The Jack Benny Program, and frequent Disney voice actor...and also a late fishing boat captain featured on Deadliest Catch.
  • The Richard Harris who was in the first two Harry Potter movies and sang "Macarthur Park" was not the Richard Harris who co-created Man In A Suitcase.
  • Sam Harris: Atheist author, or Star Search winner and One-Hit Wonder ("Sugar Don't Bite")?
  • One George Harrison was the lead guitarist of The Beatles. Another George Harrison was vice president of marketing at Nintendo.
    • The Beatle wasn't even the first prominent Liverpudlian named George Harrison. There was also the George Harrison who wrote the longtime "Over the Mersey Wall" column in the Liverpool Echo. Beatle George gave Columnist George a Shout-Out by titling one of the tracks on 1969's Electronic Sound "Under the Mersey Wall".
  • Harry Harrison is the name of a well-known science fiction writer, as well as a long-time radio DJ in New York.
  • Bret Harte (with the "e" at the end) was an American writer from the 1800s. Bret Hart (without the "e" at the end) is a (currently retired) Canadian pro wrestler whose heyday was the 1990s. Brett Hart was also an early ring name of Barry Horowitz, used shortly before the more famous Bret Hart began his career.
  • Corey Hart is either the Canadian rock singer best remembered for the song "Sunglasses at Night", or the outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • If you're inquiring about Gary Hart, it's either the former Senator or the late pro wrestling manager.
  • Jimmy Hart was born in 1944 and grew up to be a rock musician for the Gentrys, and later on a fast-talking pro wrestling manager. Jim Hart was born in 1944 and grew up to play 18 seasons in the NFL.
  • Doug Harvey: Baseball Hall of Fame umpire, or Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman?
  • When you say Anne Hathaway, are you talking about William Shakespeare's wife? Or the actress from The Princess Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada (who also starred in the 2009 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night)?
  • Is Richard Hatch the star of Battlestar Galactica (1978), or the winner of the first season of Survivor who was infamous for walking around naked and ended up in trouble with the IRS for not paying the taxes on his winnings?
  • Tony Hawks is an English comedian and author who once went around Ireland with a fridge. Tony Hawk is the pro skateboarder and video game star. A lot of people get them mixed up, and Hawks has reserved a section of his site for the e-mails he gets from skating fans, and the "slightly mischievous" replies he gives.
    E-mail: hi can you send me tips
    Answer: Yes. Here's two — don't stand downwind of flatulent people, and try not to get involved in leapfrogging unicorns.
  • Sean Hayes — Were you looking for the actor/producer known for Will & Grace, the American musician, or one of two deceased politicians from Ireland?
  • Fran Healy: A singer/guitarist and songwriter for the Scottish rock band Travis, and a former Major League Baseball catcher and current New York Mets announcer.
  • One Mark Helfrich has spent three decades as one of Hollywood's most in-demand film editors. Another only lasted four years as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks.
  • Ron Heller can be two NFL players who were active around the same time. The first and better-known one (Ronald R. Heller) is a tackle who played from 1984 to 1995, while the second (Ronald J. Heller) is a tight end who played from 1987 to 1992. (See Mike Cofer for another similar example from the same era.)
  • Martin Henderson is a New Zealand actor who got his start in the Australian soap Home and Away and is best known these days for The Ring and Smokin' Aces. He's also a British actor who was mostly unknown until he became the subject of many Google searches after Peter Dinklage mentioned him in his 2013 Golden Globes acceptance speech. The latter Henderson, a dwarf, was partially paralysed in a "dwarf tossing" incident.
  • University of Texas government professor Jim Henson has no involvement with The Muppets.
  • Do you expect Hershey's as a candy company or an ice cream company? They've even tried to claim the trademark from each other. It's especially confusing as the ice cream company provides hard ice cream to many of America's independent ice cream stands and parlors, and many customers simply assume that the ice cream comes from the candy company.
  • There were two infamous similarly named Nazi officials: Rudolf Hess (also spelled as Heß), one of Adolf Hitler's closest men, and Rudolf Höss (also spelled as Höß, Hoeß or Hoess), the commandant of Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp.
  • William Hickey is, amongst other things, an actor, a memoirist, and the editorial pen-name (named after the memoirist) of the writer of the gossip column of UK tabloid the Daily Express.
  • Dan Hicks is an NBC sports announcer as well as the late singer-songwriter who led the group the Hot Licks.
  • Two people named Kelly Hildebrant married each other. Novelist Evelyn Waugh's first wife was also named Evelyn.
  • Fred Hill: Rutgers University's head baseball coach from 1984-2013, or Rutgers University's head men's basketball coach from 2006-2010? Yes, the Rutgers athletic department had two different coaches with the same name for four years.
  • Joe Hill is the pen name of an American horror author whose full name is Joseph Hillström King, who happens to be the son of an author you may have heard of named Stephen King. He is named after the early twentieth century labour union activist Joe Hill, who was also known as Joseph Hillström.
  • Lauryn Hill is not to be confused with Lauren Hill, a basketball player, cancer research activist, and ESPY winner who died of a brain tumor not long after her wish to play in one college game came true. And then some. For Lauren's story, look here, here, or the "Basketball" folder of this page on This Very Wiki. (FYI, Lauryn is African American, and Lauren was white.) Not long after Lauren’s death there was a lot of confusion on Twitter with people thinking Lauryn died.
  • Taylor Hill is an American fashion (female) model who became a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2015. Taylor Hill is also the name of a (male) baseball pitcher and a (female) British Virgin Islands sprinter. And Taylor Tomasi Hill (Tomasi is her maiden name; Hill is her married name), the fashion editor who became fashion director and vice-president of Dallas-born boutique Forty Five Ten.
  • Andy Hillenburg is an American stock car driver from Indiana, and Andy Hillenburg is an American winged sprint car driver from Oklahoma. The former also raced non-winged sprint cars earlier in his career.
  • During World War II, there was a US soldier with the same name as Adolf Hitler. When asked about whether he would change his name, the soldier replied "let the other guy change his name."
  • Lampshaded in More Information Than You Require, when author John Hodgman (aka a PC) digs up an old ad for rainwear bearing his name, and, like him, advertising Mackintoshes.
  • A really old episode of Law & Order featured two actors who went by Phil Hoffman. One of them was Capote actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  • Eric Holder: The name of two men on opposite sides of the law—the former U.S. Attorney General, and the accused murderer of Nipsey Hussle. There were several jokes abound online that people who hated the Attorney General would be pushing conspiracy theories that he was the murderer.
  • Tom Holland - Film director or your friendly neighbourhood spider man?
  • John Hollis was an English actor, or a programmer for 8-bit-era software house Quicksilva. Wikipedia's article on the ZX Spectrum game "Time-Gate" for a while erroneously credited it to the actor.
  • John Holmes, porn star with a massive wang. Jon Holmes, Radio 4 satirist, who is routinely introduced on The Now Show with some reference to his diminutive height.
    • The porn star's full name was John Curtis Holmes, and so often went by John C. Holmes...much to the amusement of undergraduates at Michigan State University, where one of the largest dorms on campus is called "John C. Holmes Hall"...after John Clough Holmes, the 19th-century activist who established the university.
  • Robert Holmes was a writer and former script editor for Doctor Who. Rather unfortunately, it is also the name of James Holmes' father.
  • Anthony Hopkins, who played a fictional cannibal and Roaring Rampage of Revenge-inclined ex-king; Anthony Hopkins, real-life AWOL Navy guy-turned-revival preacher who abused the children in his care and stuffed his dead wife in a freezer; Anthony Hopkins, member of the Politics faculty at the University of Birmingham, England.
    • None of whom should be confused with Antony (no "h") Hopkins, the composer and author of Understanding Music.
  • Lambeth Council in London (UK) owns two buildings called Hopton House; a block of flats in Brixton, and an office block in Streatham.
  • There's Willie Horton, the baseball player who patrolled left field for the Detroit Tigers in the 1960s and '70s. And there's Willie Horton, the convicted murderer who committed rape and assault while on furlough from prison and subsequently became a talking point in the 1988 presidential campaign after Mike Dukakis, the man who freed him, was the Democratic nominee.
  • Bob Hoskins: The English actor or the crazed man who stalked Madonna?
  • In Australia, John Howard is an actor... and a former Prime Minister. The actor has been hired to make the joke at least twice: once in The Games (hired within the show specifically to fool foreigners) and again in CNNNN (mistaken for the other one by the presenter).
  • Michael Howard the politician, and Sir Michael Howard, the historian. The two are actually conflated in the index to the first volume of Alan Clark's diaries, Howard being his MP at the time of writing and Sir Michael being a fellow scholar. George Osborne, the Coalition's Chancellor of the Exchequer, has a namesake in George Osborne, one of the protagonists of William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair. Also, there was an incident where David Davis MP, the former Conservative Shadow Home Secretary and agitator against 42-day detention policies was supposed to be invited to speak to an ethnic minority police association - but they invited David Davies MP instead and he ended up calling them racist for their organisation being part of an affirmative action campaign.
  • Steve Howe is the name of a rocker (in the bands Yes and Asia) and a deceased former baseball player. In 1970s England, there was a story about a teenage girl called Michelle Booth who was attacked on a train. She had been on her way to visit her boyfriend, Steve Howe; not that Steve Howe.
  • Kate Hudson note  is an American actress who’s most famous for her role in Almost Famous. Katy Hudson note  is the real name of American pop star Katy Perry who uses her mom’s maiden name professionally to avoid being confused with the former.
  • Glenn Hughes? Which one, the Village People guy or the erstwhile Deep Purple bassist?
  • Was Helen Hunt a 19th-century social novelist or a popular 1990s movie actress? (Okay, so the first one was actually Helen Hunt Jackson, but "Hunt" was the name of her first husband.)
  • Ian Hunter was a British actor whose movies included A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Adventures of Robin Hood. Ian Hunter was also a British singer whose songs included "All the Young Dudes", "All the Way to Memphis", and "Cleveland Rocks" (the last of which would become the main theme to The Drew Carey Show).
  • It is not known if Meredith Hunter is a The Rolling Stones fan, but she is not the man who was killed by the Hells' Angels.
  • John Hurt was an English actor, while Mississippi John Hurt was an American blues musician.
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    J 
  • Arthur Jackson: English clergyman, U.S. Marines Corps officer, American Olympic bronze-medal winning sport shooter, English-born Australian politician, or Scottish misfit who stalked and almost killed actress Theresa Saldana?
  • Playboy had two Playmates named Jennifer Jackson (Miss March 1965 and Miss April 1989, the former being the first African-American Playmate). They also had two Playmates named Susie Scott (Miss February 1960 and Miss May 1983); to further complicate matters, Miss August 1984 was Suzi Schott.
  • Joe Jackson: Record producer/abusive patriarch of The Jackson Five, Motown's most famous musical family, or English power pop/new wave star of the late '70s & early '80s?
    • Not to mention the "shoeless" baseball player who was permanently banned from the game after helping to throw the 1919 World Series.
  • Kate Jackson, the Charlie's Angels actress, should not be mistaken for Kate Jackson, lead singer of (now defunct) English rock band The Long Blondes or with Kate note  Jackson, the matriarch of The Jackson Five.
  • There have been two NFL players named Keith Jackson (a tight end and a defensive tackle), and they're father and son. Neither is any relation to the Keith Jackson who spent decades calling college football for ABC. (The players are black; the sportscaster was white.)
  • There have been at least five sportsmen or coaches named Mark Jackson: An American footballer, an American football coach, an American basketball player (and head coach of the Golden State Warriors right before Steve Kerr led them to two NBA championships), an Australian Rules Football player and an English soccer player.
  • Michael Jackson. A Los Angeles radio talk show host, who is white, and has an English accent, is not related to a famous computer programmer who has written books on the subject, and both of them are not related to a famous singer who is also known as the King of Pop except that all three of them have the same name.
    • There's also an ex-head of Channel 4.
    • And an expert on Beer.
    • As well as the coach of the University of New Hampshire Women's Soccer team.
    • Also, a regular writer for Computer and Video Games.
    • Also a provost at USC.
    • Not to mention General Sir Michael Jackson, ex-Chief of the General Staff of the UK.
    • And General Michael Jackson, USAF, who was also a WWII fighter ace.
    • And Mick Jackson, an English singer-songwriter born Michael George Jackson who wrote "Blame It on the Boogie" (incidentally covered by The Jackson Five).
    • After Michael Jackson, the pop star, died, people gathered at the Hollywood Walk of Fame star for Michael Jackson. Too bad they didn't check which star it was - the star they went to belonged to the radio host. The reason for this was that Michael Jackson the pop star's Walk of Fame star was covered by equipment used for the premiere of the movie Brüno. The fans eventually found out but didn't care, and Michael Jackson the radio host said, "I am willingly loaning it to him and, if it would bring him back, he can have it."
    • And according to The Other Wiki, there's even a bishop named Michael Jackson. Was he Catholic?
    • And an actor (he plays Trevor in Trailer Park Boys).
    • And a former singer for the heavy metal band Satan. Michael Jackson sang for Satan.
    • There have been at least two Michael Jacksons in the NFL during the Michael Jackson's career as an adult (one a linebacker, another a wide receiver).
    • And two major-league relief pitchers named Michael Jackson; one left-handed, one right-handed.
    • And an ABA player known for his Funny Afro.
  • Peter Jackson: The film director, the chain of men's formalwear stores, or the brand of cigarettes.
  • Randy Jackson could be one of two black musicians; Michael Jackson's kid brother note , or the former Journey bassist who later became a judge for American Idol note . Or he could be the white singer/guitarist for '80s hard rockers Zebra.
  • Reggie Jackson: 1970s baseball player with the New York Yankees or 2010s basketball player with the Oklahoma City Thunder?
  • Steve Jackson: The American role-playing game designer, or the British role-playing game designer? And it certainly doesn't help that the American one wrote three of the Fighting Fantasy game books; a series created by the British one.
    • Note: the American one runs a company called Steve Jackson Games. The British one is probably not pleased.
    • An early issue of White Dwarf magazine had a photo of the two of them together, each of them reading a book by the other. Not only do they have the same name, but they even look alike. See for yourself.
    • Stephen Jackson is a very good NFL running back.
    • Stephen "Captain Jack" Jackson is also a solid NBA shooting guard.
  • For viewers/listeners of The BBC, there are two men called David Jacobs: the British disc jockey/TV presenter, and the American writer-producer who created Dallas and Knots Landing (which were both shown in the UK on BBC1).
  • Jesse James: A Wild West gangster, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end, or a chopper bike builder?
  • Kevin James was a porno actor in The ’80s. Then he died of cancer in 1990. After that, he starred in The King of Queens.
  • Jeff Jarrett, the WWF’s wrestling country singer turned fonder of TNA or some dude that died in Denver to which his friends pull off a Real Life Weekend at Bernie's scenario.
  • Keith Jarrett: American pianist who plays both jazz and classical? Or Welsh rugby player of the 1960s and 70s who played Union for Newport and Wales and League for Barrow and Wales?
  • Ron Jaworski is an American football player who wore #7 as the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback in the 1970s. He is also a Filipino bassist who plays for metal band Il Nomine Patris.
    • Interestingly, the latter Ron Jaworski's father, Philippine basketball legend Robert Jaworski, wore #7 in his long PBA career with Toyota and Ginebra.
  • Early UFC fans may have been amused to find out that the ring announcer at UFC 5 was named Ron Jeremy. He was never seen on UFC programming again, but it wasn't so he could resume his porn career.
  • There are at least two hymns called Jerusalem; the one famously arranged by Emerson, Lake & Palmer is not the one associated with Britain's Women's Institute.
  • A guy was once hit by a car. His name? Lord Jesus Christ. He was named after Jesus, founding figure of Christianity.
  • Brian Johnson replaced Bon Scott as the lead singer of AC/DC, and there's also a Christian musician with that name. Neither should be confused with legendary cricket commentator Brian Johnston, popularly known as Jonners.
  • Two Andre Johnsons have been selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Andre T. Johnson was an offensive tackle who played only three games for the Detroit Lions in 1998. Andre Lamont Johnson is a wide receiver with an All-Pro caliber career, mostly with the Houston Texans.
  • Andrew Johnson was not only (1) the first US President to be impeached but also, among others, (2) a politician for the Prohibition Party in the 1940s, (3) an Asian actor, (4) an architect, (5) an English footballer, (6) a Welsh footballer, (7) a cross-country skier and (8) a Civil War soldier.
  • Calvin Johnson was the lead singer of Beat Happening and Dub Narcotic Sound System and co-frontman of The Halo Benders, as well as former NFL star "Megatron", one of the Detroit Lions' all-time best players.
  • Charles Johnson: Defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, former journeyman catcher in Major League Baseball, and still finds time to be a left-wing political blogger.
    • The University of Colorado also had two players on their 1990 football team named Charles Johnson. One was a wide receiver who later spent nine seasons in the NFL. The other was the quarterback who won the infamous "Fifth Down Game" against Missouri.
  • Eddie Johnson: Two former NBA players and near-contemporaries of one another. The older of the two is a guard who was banned from the league for drug-related offenses, now equally notable for his long criminal record and current life sentence for sex crimes against a 12-year-old girl. When he was arrested for this last offense, many publications ran the story with a picture of the other Eddie Johnson, a small forward whose only brushes with the law were minor traffic violations.
  • Jack Johnson is a controversial African-American boxer, a mellow mixed-race surfer/singer, a patriotic Caucasian American hockey player, or one of the Jacks in 2010s pop music duo Jack and Jack.
    • John Jackson is an American bobsledder ... and an 18th Century English boxer.
    • John Johnson not only shares the name with a man in the same city as him, save middle initials, they share the same birth date. Unfortunately, one is a hardworking man, the other is a registered sex offender, and local bureaucracy is mixing the hardworking man with the other one. See news story here.
  • A Sports Illustrated article about NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson noted that it is hard for him get noticed (despite winning 58 Sprint Cup races and 5 straight championships) because A) he's very polite and not prone to flamboyant behavior and B) he's also got to contend with other sports figures with similar names: an NFL tight end, for one; Jimmy Johnson, Cowboys football coach and FOX sports commentator; Jimmy Johnson, Hall of Fame cornerback; Jimmy Johnson, Northwestern quarterback and Jim Johnson, defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles/relief pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles/East Carolina football coach, and a couple of hockey players. An anecdote from his childhood also notes that there's a Rick Johnson whom Jimmie wished he was related to (he was a cool older cousin-type).
  • Louisa Johnson: Either the X Factor winner of X Factor 2015 from Thurrock, Essex, or a pundit from Bolton, Greater Manchester who first became prominent in February 2004 in Greater Manchester, or the name refers to a Canadian House Pseudonym used by female motoring journalists (used on Canadian Driver and some other Canadian motoring sites) and Canadian motoring in general.
    • There's also a fourth Louisa Johnson; a Canadian-American who does some work running CNBC's website.
  • Matt Johnson, a Welsh television presenter or the principal member of New Wave band The The.
  • Randy Johnson could be the mediocre NFL quarterback from the '60s and '70s, or the Hall of Fame baseball pitcher of the '90s and '00s known as "The Big Unit". Their full first names, however, differ; the NFL player is Randolph, while the MLB player is Randall.
  • David Johnston? Wait, the geologist, the t-shirt artist, the Governor-General of Canada or one of these other guys?
  • May 11, 1999. New York Mets at Colorado Rockies. Both starting pitchers are named Bobby Jones.
    • Wasn't he also one of the all-time greatest golfers?
      • He was also the protagonist of Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, which starts with him playing golf (and flubbing a shot); this opening has a bit of fun with the fact that he's not the famous golfer, but just someone with a fairly common name which happens to be the same.
    • For bonus points, the Rockies traded their Bobby Jones the following year... to the Mets. On three occasions in September 2000, the left-handed Bobby Jones replaced the right-handed Bobby Jones as pitcher, but thankfully the baseball world was spared any direct substitutions of one for the other.
    • How about former NBA star Bobby Jones, who was one of the best defensive forwards of the '70s and '80s?
    • Or the Bobby Jones who was an NBA journeyman in the late 2000s, and is now a journeyman in the Italian league?
  • Alex Jones: Notoriously outspoken American male conspiracy theorist or glamorous female Welsh television presenter. Alex Christian Jones is black child actor who played Eddie on the sitcom Kickin' It.
  • Adam Jones: Infamous football defensive back nicknamed "Pacman", or low-key baseball outfielder, both of whom are black and born in the '80s. (The latter was once mistakenly detained at the Canadian border, likely for the former.) There's also the Tool guitarist, who is white and born in the '60s.
  • In 1974, Bill Jones quit his job as head basketball coach at the University of North Alabama to take the job at instate rival Jacksonville State. He was replaced by... Bill Jones. The second Jones joked that they hired him just so they wouldn't have to get new office stationery made. Since both schools were in the same conference, the two Bill Joneses coached against each other several times a season.
  • Brad Jones: Internet reviewer better known as "The Cinema Snob", Green Bay Packers linebacker, or an Australian soccer goalkeeper.
  • Charles Jones: Defensive-oriented power forward from Albany State, or defensive-oriented power forward from Louisville? Amazingly, they were teammates on the 1988-89 Washington Bullets, where the latter went by C.A., or Charles A. Jones to distinguish himself from the former.
    • A third Charles Jones played in the NBA in the late '90s. As a shooting guard for Long Island University, he was the last man to score at least 30 points per game in NCAA Division I competition until Chris Clemons did it for Campbell in 2018–19.note  But as an NBA reserve, he was mostly a threes-and-defense guy with a slightly limited role on offense.
  • Davy Jones is either a figure from nautical folklore, one of The Monkees, the squid-headed pursuer of Capt. Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, or a sports car racer. The third was inspired by the first, of course.
    • David Jones is also David Bowie's birth name. He took his stage name so as not to be confused with the Monkee.
  • Doug Jones: American actor specialized in roles involving heavy prosthetics and makeup, or Democratic senator of Alabama since 2017.
  • Duncan Jones: Son of David Bowie and director of Moon and Source Code, or the Tekkit-savvy Yogscast member also known as "Lalna"?
  • An American deathcore metal singer named Howard Jones who fronted Killswitch Engage should not be confused with the British pioneering synth-pop singer/keyboardist Howard Jones who scored hits in The ’80s with "Things Can Only Get Better" and "No One Is to Blame", among others.
  • Jade Jones: Both are British sportswomen who competed in London 2012. One is a gold medallist in taekwondo. The other is a wheelchair-bound athlete.
  • John Paul Jones: American revolutionary who has not yet begun to fight, or Led Zeppelin bassist? (The latter's real name is John Baldwin, also the name of many people.)
    • A third John Paul Jones is the namesake of the main indoor sports arena at the University of Virginia. His son donated $35 million toward the arena's construction, which gave him the right to name it.
  • Mick Jones: guitarist for Foreigner, or guitarist for The Clash? Or even the Leeds United and England striker of the 1960s and 70s.
  • There's too many people around the world named Phil Jones, that naming them all would take up an entire webpage.
    • The most famous Phil Jones is a Manchester United center-back who was once labeled by the Legendary Alex Ferguson as "the most talented player in Man United". Unfortunately, he became better known in recent years for getting injured, playing in many random positions a-la John O'Shea, making ugly faces, and losing his spot in the United lineup to Chris Smalling note , Eric Bailly, and Daley Blind note .
    • There was another Phil Jones who played football in the 80's. Unfortunately, he stayed in the fringes of a crappy Sheffield United squad before moving on to non-league football.
    • Another Phil Jones works as a football (American Football, not Soccer) coach for tiny Shorter University.
    • Yet another Phil Jones made his name as a Climatologist in the School of East Anglia. He became infamous due to a series of controversial e-mails.
    • Phil Jones is also a sports journalist and reporter for the BBC. One has to wonder if he will feel awkward when he does cover a Man United game.
    • As for basketball... Phil Jones is a forward-center from the US Virgin Islands who had a relatively short pro career. Phill Jones is a shooting guard from New Zealand, now retired, who had a long and successful pro career, mostly in his homeland with stints in Finland, Italy, and Australia.
  • Randy Jones is either a baseball pitcher, an ice hockey player, or a singing cowboy.
  • Terry Jones, British comedic loony with great ideas. Terry Jones, American religious loony with just plain stupid ideas.
  • Tom Jones the singer. Tommy Lee Jones the actor.
    • Not to mention Tom Jones the lyricist for The Fantasticks and several lesser-known musicals.
  • According to the end credits for Return of the Jedi, one of the Ewoks is played by Trevor Jones. This is not the Trevor Jones who scored among others Cliffhanger, The Last of the Mohicans and Labyrinth (that's both the film and the miniseries).
  • Michael Jordan, the basketball superstar who was the NBA during the 1990s (when he wasn't playing minor-league baseball, anyway) and Michael B. Jordan, actor in Friday Night Lights, Fruitvale Station, Fantastic Four (2015), and Creed.
    • A promo for ESPN features a pudgy, balding white man named Michael Jordan and portrays the disbelief and disappointment of people who expecting the "other" Jordan meet him.
  • An interesting subversion happened during the 1970s. When the NBA team named the Cincinnati Royals went and moved to Kansas City (and Omaha), the owners of the NBA Royals decided to change their name to the Kings so they don't get confused with the baseball team named the Kansas City Royals, even though the NBA team was around longer than the MLB team. When the Kings finally did move out of Kansas City in the middle of the 1980s, they decided to stick with their Kansas City name for Sacramento instead of renaming their team back to the Royals. Of course, for residents in California, there is some confusion when talking about the Kings (whether they mean the basketball team in Sacramento or the hockey team in Los Angeles).
  • A few Continuity Snarl cases can happen with relocated/defunct/renamed teams.
    • New York Giants: the current NFL team or the baseball team now known as the San Francisco Giants.
    • Colorado Rockies: the current MLB team or the hockey team now known as the New Jersey Devils.
    • St. Louis Cardinals: the current MLB team or the football team earlier known as the Chicago Cardinals and now known as the Arizona Cardinals. note 
    • The NBA's Baltimore Bulletsnote  and Denver Nuggets, the NHL's Winnipeg Jets, and the North Carolina Courage and Seattle Reign FCnote  of the National Women's Soccer League were named after previous teams in their cities. In all cases except that of the Reign, the successor teams played the same sport; the original Seattle Reign played basketball instead.
    • The original Charlotte Hornets basketball team moved to New Orleans in 2002. A new Charlotte team, the Bobcats, started play in 2004. The New Orleans team finally dropped the Artifact Title (related to Charlotte's nickname as "a hornet's nest" of Patriot activity earned during The American Revolution) and got the more appropriate name New Orleans Pelicans in 2013. The Bobcats then changed their name to the Hornets in 2014 and reclaimed the history of the original team.
  • William Joyce is either a much beloved children's book author from United States or a World War II-era British traitor who broadcast propaganda from Berlin and came to be known derisively as Lord Haw Haw.
  • The term "Julian date" is used in at least three different ways; a date in the Julian calendar brought in during the reign of Julius Caesar (see above), the number of days since the start of the current year, or a day-number in the Julian Period. Best avoid ambiguity by using "Julian-calendar date", "day of year" or "Julian Day Number" respectively.

    K 
  • Boris Karloff, real name William Sidney Pratt, was a British actor who achieved most of his fame by portraying various horror monsters. Boris Karlov, real name Vladislav Shebashov, is a Russian children books writer infamous for his unauthorized sequels for Adventures of Dunno.
  • Sam Katz: former candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia, or former Mayor of Winnipeg?
  • David Kaye: either the Stage Name of voice actor David V Hope, the child actor turned voice actor who usually gets credited as David A. Kaye, and the pedophile rabbi.
  • Brian Kelly was either the actor who played Ranger Ricks on Flipper or the football player turned coach at Notre Dame. Then there's Brian Kelley who's either a writer and producer on The Simpsons or half of Florida Georgia Line. note  Bryan Kelly is the real name of WWE commentator Byron Saxton.
  • John Kennedy is either the 35th President of the United States, his son, an unrelated senator from Louisiana, or a puppeteer for the Muppets.
  • Ted Kennedy was an American senator. Ted Kennedy was a Canadian hockey player. Eerily, both of them died in August 2009 within 9 days of each other (RIP Teds).
    • When Ted died in the election to replace him the Libertarian candidate was named Joe Kennedy, but had no relation to the family. There were more than a few accusations that his name was deliberately used to confuse Democratic voters (but as Scott Brown won by 5% and Kennedy only got 1% of the vote, this would not have had any effect even if true).
  • Tom Kennedy: Game show host or character actor who specialized in Dumb Muscle roles?
  • Tom Kenny: No, the voice of SpongeBob, Gary, the narrator, the Mayor of Townsville, the other narrator, and the Ice King, among others, was not an executive producer at 4Kids Entertainmentnote .
  • The new ABA that started operations in 2000 tried to revive the Kentucky Colonels, an original ABA team, only to face opposition from a charitable organization founded in 1812, though they allowed the use of the name so long as it appeared next to a basketball. However, they eventually ended up renaming the team the Kentucky Retros in deference to the "real" Kentucky Colonels. This didn't stop them from establishing teams like the NYC Thunder, the Tri-City Suns, the West Virginia Blazers, who all share names with current NBA teams, the Florida Thundercats, who bear the name of beloved 1980s cartoon Thundercats, and The Music City and Kansas City Stars, who share a name not only with the NHL's Dallas Stars, but also each other.
  • Andy Kim is a Canadian singer/songwriter of Lebanese descent, who co-wrote and sang on "Sugar Sugar" and later had his own #1 hit "Rock Me Gently". Another Andy Kim is a congressman who represents the Burlington County area in New Jersey.
  • Kim Chanmi, a female Korean sports shooter or the dancer and youngest member of Korean Pop Music girl group AOA?
  • Kim Yerim can refer to either the soloist Lim Kim or the youngest member of Red Velvet, Yeri.
  • There's a South Korean athlete saddled with the unfortunate name of Kim Jong-il. His name is often romanized as Kim Yong-il to avoid confusion with the North Korean dictator.
    • Which doesn't really help, as there is a member of the North Korean government named Kim Yong Il (unrelated to the dictator).
    • There is also South Korean economist named Kim Jong-Il who has co-written several important articles on economic development in East Asia. He usually goes by J. I. Kim apparently.
  • Albert King could be a legendary bluesman who stood about 6'6", or a former NBA journeyman forward who definitely stood 6'6".
  • Bernard King is the older brother of the aforementioned NBA player Albert King, and one of the league's best scorers in the '80s. Contrary to the misconception that they were father-and-son, he is of no relation to Bernard King Jr., who went undrafted in the NBA in 2003 after a standout college career at Texas A&M. The latter one was actually Victor Bernard King Jr., whose dad Victor King Sr. was a second-round pick in 1979 but never played in the NBA.
  • Larry King, legendary interviewer and murdered gay teenager.
  • At least two people have used the stage name Nosmo King; a 1940s comedian, and a 1970s singer.
  • Peter King, British wig maker to Middle Earth, American Congressman from New York and inveterate critic of (what he thinks is) Islam, and American sportswriter.
  • Andrei Kirilenko: Former NBA player, or deceased Soviet politician?
  • Kiwi the fruit (native of China but grown in New Zealand) and Kiwi the bird (endemic of New Zealand).
  • In Germany, one of the most successful bookstore chains is "Buchhandlung Walter Koenig", founded by an enterpreneur named Walter Koenig - who is unrelated to Pavel Chekov.
  • Evel Knievel, American daredevil and survivor of the "most bones broken in a lifetime" 433) according to Guinness World Records, should not be confused with Evil Knievil, a British stock market commentator (real name Simon Cawkwell)
  • The city of Kobe, fifth-largest city of Japan, has no direct connection to player Kobe Bryant. Reportedly the player's parents named him after Kobe beef, a Japanese restaurant delicacy. Which happened to be named after the city.
    • There's also R'n'B singer Kobe Honeycutt, who records under the name "Kobe". He's made a song with Eminem
  • There were three separate generals named Walther Krueger during World War 2, one American, though of German birth, one in the regular German army, and another German in Waffen SS.
  • KK(&)K, a German company specializing in manufacturing turbochargers, or the KKK, a group of white supremacists in strange hats. There is also the colonial Philippines' most famous revolutionary group, also called KKK (full name: Samahang Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayannote ).
  • Is Haruka Kudou a voice actress best known for voicing Hagu in Honey and Clover and Sayo Hikawa in BanG Dream!, or the youngest member to ever join Morning Musume?
  • For heaven's sake, do not confuse Ryszard Kukliński a Polish colonel and Cold War spy, who passed top secret Warsaw Pact documents revealing Soviet military plans to the CIA, and Richard Kuklinski, an American contract killer, known as "Iceman".
  • Kölsch. It's the name of both the dialect of the German city Cologne...and of it's most famous beer. Germans actually joke about how Kölsch is the only dialect in the world that you can drink.

    L 
  • There are two famous Romans named Titus Labienus. Julius Caesar's lieutenant who defected to Pompey the Great, or a first-century historian who committed suicide when his books were burned?
  • Mary Lambert is either a singer-songwriter best known for singing the chorus of Macklemore's "Same Love", or a film director best known for Pet Sematary (1989).
  • Erik Larson, the historic non-fiction writer, or Erik Larsen, the creator of The Savage Dragon?
  • There were two Swedish authors named Stig Larsson. Rumour has it that they met, discussed the potential problem, and tossed a coin. The loser changed his name to Stieg - pronounced the same. Yes, that's the guy who wrote The Millennium Trilogy. Very little is known about the other Stig Larsson. Even better, they were childhood friends, who just so happened to both go into writing. So the coin toss is entirely possible.
  • There is a Las Vegas in Nevada and another one in New Mexico. And a third one in Honduras. As the name literally means "The Meadows", it could apply to several locations.
  • Tom Laughlin is an actor best known as creator of the Billy Jack character and franchise, or wrestling's "Innovator of Violence", Tommy Dreamer.
  • Belinda Lee is one of two British actresses: star of Italian films or dancer best known as a long-running lift girl in Are You Being Served?.
  • Jason Scott Lee is an Asian-American actor known for starring in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and the Live-Action Adaptation of The Jungle Book. Jason Lee is a Caucasian actor known for appearing in many Kevin Smith films, and being the star of My Name Is Earl and the Live-Action Adaptation of Alvin and the Chipmunks. On some sites, the former is mistakenly credited for roles by the latter.
    • There is also a middle school in Vancouver, WA called Jason Lee Middle School.
  • In women's golf, six members of the Korean LPGA Tour have had the name Lee Jeong-eun. The more recent ones have appended a number to their professional names, thereby being known as "Lee Jeong-eunX" in Korea or "Jeongeun LeeX" in Western countries. Lee5 and Lee6 both played in the 2019 U.S. Women's Open, one of the (US) LPGA Tour's five major championships, with Lee6 winning the event.
  • There's a lot of people in the world named Paul Lee. That doesn't mean that Paul Lee the Filipino basketball player is the same Paul Lee that helps manage UC Berkeley's Fung Institute, or the same Paul Lee that works as a designer in Los Angeles. And he DEFINITELY isn't the Paul Lee that worked as a TV executive in BBC America and ABC.
  • Robert E. Lee, the Confederate American Civil War general, is not to be confused with Robert E. Lee, the cowriter of the plays Inherit the Wind and Auntie Mame. Both should be glad that they are not Robert T. Lee, founder of the Society for the Practical Estabishment and Perpetuation of the Ten Commandments. Sadly, that website seems to be serious, and promotes the most extremely vitriolic form of fundamentalism ever devised.
  • Will Lee: Bassist for the World's Most Dangerous Band or kindly old storekeeper?
  • Richard Lenski: A German-born, American-naturalized Lutheran scholar and author? Or his great grandson, an evolutionary biologist famous for pissing off Andrew Schlafy?
  • Ken Levine: Writer for TV shows such as M*A*S*H, Cheers and Frasier, or writer and creative director for games such as System Shock 2 and the BioShock series? This got especially confusing when a blog post of TV Ken's about Kickstarter went viral, and many commentators mis-attributed it to BioShock Ken. In another blog post, he goes over other Ken Levine's that he is not.
  • Eugene Levy is either an actor and comedian known for his work on SCTV or a New York State Senator who passed away in 1990. Fortunately, they can be told apart verbally since the senator (being American) pronounced his name Lee-vee and the actor (being Canadian) pronounces his name Lev-vee.
  • John Lewis, congressman from Georgia and civil rights icon, did not found an eponymous British department store.
    • Nor did he play piano for the Modern Jazz Quartet.
  • There's Ray Lewis, a retired American Football linebacker who spent his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens, who won Super Bowls in 2001 and 2013 with the team. There's another Ray Lewis, a Canadian track and field athlete who won a bronze medal at the 1932 Summer Olympics. And then there's another Ray Lewis, a former singer for the R&B group The Drifters.
  • John Linnell is the name of the pianist/accordionist/saxophonist for They Might Be Giants. It is also the name of an 19th century English Romantic painter, specializing in landscapes, and an 18th century cabinet maker.
  • John August List is an economics professor at the University of Chicago. John Emil List murdered his wife, mother, and three children, and at one point was suspected to be D.B. Cooper.
  • Peyton (often Peyton R. or Peyton Roi) List, born 1998, plays Emma Ross on Jessie; Peyton (always credited without a middle initial) List, born 1986, plays Nicole Kirby on FlashForward (2009). The casting of Batman: Hush created a bit of a headache for the voice cast's announcement as the filmmakers decided to cast both Lists (the Flash Forward star in her Gotham role as Poison Ivynote  and the Jessie star voicing Batgirl).
  • Vincent Lombardi, an American football player and coach (who always goes by Vince), and a Hudson River ferry captain who rescued some of the passengers of the downed US Airways Flight 1549.
  • When you say London, do you mean the capital of England - with a River Thames, parts called Hyde Park, Westminster and Lambeth and formerly part of the County of Middlesex - or do you mean the one in Ontario - with a Thames River, parts called Hyde Park, Westminster and Lambeth and part of Middlesex County?
    • Both have also had sports teams called the Monarchs - England's played American football whilst Ontario's played baseball.
  • George Lopez: an American comedian, and a professor with the International Institute of Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Nick Lowe, academic, film critic for Interzone magazine, and Trope Namer for Plot Coupon, is neither a Marvel Comics editor nor the singer of "Cruel to Be Kind".
  • Christopher Lloyd: One is the actor note , who played Jim Ignatowski and Doc Brown, the other is the executive producer note , for Frasier and Modern Family.
  • Welsh TV newsreader Sian Lloyd should not be confused with Welsh weather forecaster Siân Lloyd.note 
  • Huey Long (1893-1935) was a Governor of Louisiana (and later US Senate representative) known for his unconventional far-left populist politics, who was assassinated. Another Huey Long (1904-2009) was an African-American jazz musician and member of vocal group The Ink Spots, who lived to age 105.
  • Robert (often Bobby) Lopez is a composer/lyricist who cowrote Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. Robert (always Robert) Lopez is an acclaimed novelist and professor. Both have lived in Brooklyn. (And Robert F. Lopez was a notable US Navy officer during the Spanish-American War.)
    • Italian economist Roberto Lopez went by Robert when he taught at Yale (the prestigious American university, not the little-known Welsh junior college). His English books are published under this name, too.
  • Jennifer Lopez. The famous musician shares the name with one of the meteorologists on The Weather Channel''.
    • There was a news story in January 2013 about a woman named Jennifer Lopez (not the singer) who had spent £10,000 having plastic surgery so her booty was a double of Jennifer Lopez (the singer)'s.
  • Is Lu Xun a Chinese general from the Three Kingdoms era or a Chinese writer from early 20th century?
    • There's also Liu Xun who happened to be; (1) an emperor of the Western Han Dynasty, (2) the son of Liu Zhang, a warlord from the late Eastern Han Dynasty, (3) the prefect of Lujiang, again, during the late Eastern Han Dynasty, and (5) a major general of Later Liang Dynasty.
  • Claire Luce, actress, and Clare Boothe Luce, playwright and Congresswoman.
  • Two people involved with the U.S. Black Metal project Panopticon are named Austin Lunn. They have adopted pseudonyms to avoid confusion. The first, Austin L. Lunn, who writes and performs most of the band's material, identifies himself as A. or A. Lundr (the Nordic form of his name), while the second, Austin P. Lunn, who engineered several recordings for the band, uses the name Skallehammeren. This is also not the only project both of them have been involved in; they are also both members of lesser-known Doom Metal band Agnosis.
  • David Lynch: Director of Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet, acoustic-guitar-playing singer/songwriter, former member of doo-wop group The Platters, wine expert, or prominent Neo-Nazi? The fact that more than one musician has the name is particularly confusing because David Lynch the director has written and performed music for his own films, collaborated with other musicians like Sparklehorse, and released solo albums. David Lench, on the other hand, is a schoolteacher who received fifteen minutes of infamy after he was arrested for driving nails through his neighbor's fence in order to discourage dogs from entering his property.
  • Is Stephen Lynch a comedian and singer or a Congressman from Massachusetts?
  • George Lucas, Star Wars creator and Archbishop.

    M 
  • During World War II, the United States used about five different firearms designated M1. This even continues into the modern day - both the current official sidearm and the standard rifle bayonet of the US military are given the name M9.
  • And the US Army had two entirely unrelated tanks both designated the M3. The USA adopted informal British naming conventions for its tanks in 1942 which designated the M3 (light) tank as the Stuart and the M3 (medium) tank as either the Lee or the Grant depending on sub-type. note 
    • Chinese copies of both the SKS and the AK-47 were named the Type 56.
  • Much before the examples listed above existed, we've the Messier catalog, a catalog of astronomical objects compiled by the French astronomer Charles Messier that appeared in 1771. For example, M31 is there the Andromeda Galaxy.
  • Macedonia, the region in northern Greece, the adjacent independent nation once part of Yugoslavia or the wider Balkan region which encompasses both territories and surrounding areas.note 
  • Ralph Macchio is the name of both The Karate Kid's actor and a prominent Marvel Comics writer/editor. The Marvel Macchio is often nicknamed "Karate Kid" for that reason.
  • Kelly MacDonald is a Scottish actress who voiced Merida in Brave, while Kelly McDonald is an American gymnast turned Cirque du Soleil acrobat.
  • Kenneth MacDonald is either an English character actor who appeared on It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Only Fools and Horses, or an American character actor who appeared in several The Three Stooges shorts and Perry Mason episodes.
  • Ross MacDonald is either an American mystery author who created Hardboiled Detective Lew Archer, or an English bassist for The 1975.
  • John Mackey: CEO of Whole Foods, NFL Hall of Fame tight end, or contemporary composer?
  • Catharine MacKinnon—prominent feminist academic. Kate McKinnonSaturday Night Live cast member.
  • Same name, different spelling: John MacLean, the NHL star with a 20 year career, was not a badass cop with who walked barefoot on broken glass beforehand.
    • The player shares his name with John MacLean(1811-1895), a historian and genealogist of Cornwall. With John Patterson MacLean (1848-1939), an archaeologist. With John Maclean (1851-1928), a pastor who studied the cultures of Native Americans. And John Norman Maclean (1943-), a journalist who has written Non Fiction Books on natural disasters. All four were/are published authors of note.
  • Alison MacLeod is either a racecar driver or a Canadian author.
  • John Madden, a retired NHL player who helped the New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks win Stanley Cups, shares a name with the Hall of Fame NFL coach and former color commentator with his own brand of video games.
  • There are two Japanese VAs named Ai Maeda: One who voiced Shion Uzuki; and one who voiced Kino and played Shiori Kitano.
  • Josh Mandel, a game writer/designer who worked at Sierra On-Line and who has served as the voice of King Graham in official titles and fan remakes, is not the Josh Mandel who unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate in Ohio in 2012 and was an early front runner in 2018.
  • Gabriel Mann is Nolan Ross on Revenge, but he doesn't write TV scores when he isn't acting (Modern Family, Rectify), unlike the composer of the same name.
  • Michael Mann is either Michael Mann, a show runner of crime series and film director, or Michael Mann, a controversial scientist in the area of climate change.
  • Roger Manning, California-based keyboardist for power-pop bands Jellyfish and Imperial Drag now goes under the moniker of Roger Joseph Manning Jr., to avoid confusion with another Roger Manning, alterna-folk singer/songwriter Roger Manning from New York. Both have recorded with Beck.
  • Laurence Marks: the American comedy writer whose credits include M*A*S*H and Hogan's Heroes, or the British comedy writer whose credits include Birds of a Feather and Goodnight Sweetheart?
  • Bob Marley was more or less the face of reggae. Bob Marleyfull name  is frequently billed as Comedian Bob Marley for this very reason.
  • Jeff "Swampy" Marsh is the co-creator of Phineas and Ferb. Geoff "Swampy" Marsh is a former Australian cricketer.
  • One Jim Marshall was an American professional photographer who took photographs of rock stars in The '60s. Another English Jim Marshall was a jazz drummer turned music store owner who founded Marshall Amps. Interestingly enough, both worked with one James Marshall Hendrix.
    • Another Jim Marshall, who may or may not have been a Hendrix fan, was a member of the Minnesota Vikings' famed "Purple People Eaters" defense in the 1960's and 1970's. He was know for being physically tough (during the off-season he'd work out in waist-deep snow) and having started a then-record 270 consecutive games during his twenty-year pro career…unfortunately, his most notorious claim to fame was recovering a fumble and running it back 66 yards into his own end zone, resulting in a safety for the other team.
  • Mike Marshall was a pitcher in the 1970's who is a leading authority on kinesiology. Another Mike Marshall played outfield in the 1980's and was married to Belinda Carlisle. Both men actually played for the Dodgers (albeit not together).
  • The frontman of Coldplay and a New Zealand cricketer (read: fast bowler)? Both named Chris Martin.
    • Also DJ Premier's real name is also Chris Martin.
  • Dean Martin: Rat Pack member or DJ on British retro station Gold? The latter sometimes plays songs by the former.
  • George Martin, the longtime producer of The Beatles, is not to be confused with George Martin, the driver of the taxi in in which Eddie Cochran died. Nor George R.R. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
  • Jessica Martin: A British actress who voiced Empyrea in Dragon Quest VIII, or a Seattle actress who voiced Samus in Metroid: Other M? Or a British model?
  • Mark Martin, the NASCAR legend, is not the cartoonist. Or the Arkansas politician. Or the former North Carolina Supreme Court justice who's now dean of Regent University's law school. Or the British serial killer.
  • Just the most famous currently living man named Paul Martin is arguably the twenty-first Prime Minister of Canada.
  • Russell Martin is known for his defense and veteran experience. It doesn't matter if he is a Canadian Baseball Player (for the Toronto Blue Jays) or a Scottish Footballer (for Norwich City).
  • Steve Martin is a well-known comedian, actor, and writer. Another Steve Martin was the lead vocalist for '60s pop group The Left Banke ("Walk Away Renee", "Pretty Ballerina").
    • And another Steve Martin is a football referee in England, who angered Newcastle United fans so much that they bombared the actor Steve Martin with angry tweets.
  • Wink Martindale can refer to either a longtime game show host or the Baltimore Ravens' current defensive coordinator. The former's real first name is "Winston" while the latter uses "Wink" as a nickname in place of "Don".
  • We all know that Karl Marx was the creator of communism. However, there was another, far less well-known doctor of that name who lived in the nineteenth century, as well as a 20th Century German composer with the same name. (Ironically, the last one wrote songs for the Hitler Youth...)
  • Heather Matarazzo, the actress, is not the mother of Gaten Matarazzo.
  • Matlab is the name of a programming language/software and an upazila of Bangladesh.
  • David Matranga is a voice actor known for his roles in CLANNAD, Angel Beats!, and Attack on Titan. Dave Matranga was a Minor League baseball player for 12 years, and a Major League one for seven games.
  • Yuki Matsuoka is either a Japanese voice actress known for her role as Orihime Inoue and Osaka or a Japanese idol singer.
  • Teresa May combines being a British Member of Parliament and former Prime Minister with a lucrative side job as a porn actress.note 
  • Two men named Chuck McCann have worked in animation. One is a voice actor, and the other is a film editor.
  • In 1957 a radio announcer for baseball's Philadelphia Phillies, on being informed that Joe McCarthy had died, went into a long on-air eulogy for the former New York Yankees manager, listing all the highlights of his storied career. It wasn't until breaking for a commercial that the announcer learned that the Joe McCarthy in question was the notorious Red-baiting former senator from Wisconsin.
    • Bonus: The Phillies announcer in question was named Gene Kelly. No, not the dancer.
  • Two of the authors of the musical Rio Rita were named Joseph McCarthy and Fred Thompson. Neither should be confused with anyone who ever was a Republican senator, or appeared on Law & Order. Or, in the case of Thompson, both at the same time (during his last months in the Senate).
  • The Meghan McCarthy who writes for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is not the Meghan McCarthy who does high voices online.
  • Frank McCourt - Former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Irish-American author who wrote Angela's Ashes?
  • In 1976, the Green Bay Packers had two players on their lineup named Mike McCoy: a white defensive tackle, and a black cornerback.
  • Stewart McDonald, the Member of Parliament for Glasgow South should not be confused with Stuart McDonald, the Member of Parliament for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East. Even more amusing is that both won their seats in the United Kingdom's general election in 2015 and both represent the Scottish National Party. (There is also a SNP member of the East Dunbartonshire Council called Stewart MacDonald.)
  • Katie McGrath: Young Irish actress in Merlin or wife of J. J. Abrams?
  • Paul McGuigan ("Guigsy"), the first bassist of Oasis, shares his name with a film director. The director is credited with works such as Lucky Number Slevin and Push.
  • Mark McGuire is a guitarist formerly of ambient electronic band Emeralds, while Mark McGwire is a baseball player who admitted to using steroids in 2010.
  • Kevin McHale: Former Boston Celtics player and Houston Rockets coach, or actor on Glee?
  • John McLaughlin: Jazz guitarist or political talk show host?
  • The name Nicola McLean is shared by an English glamour model and a Scottish beauty queen.
  • Steve McQueen, white American actor and black British director.
  • Timothy McVeigh is the name of both the main perpetrator of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing (who was a Gulf War veteran) and a sailor who successfully sued the U.S. Navy for its implementation of "Don't ask, don't tell" after it attempted to discharge him for identifying himself as gay on his AOL account.
  • There are two voice actresses with the same name, despise being from different countries: A Mexican VA named Romy Mendoza (who voiced Kagome's mother and Beehonie), and the Korean-Japanese one who voiced Edward Elric.
  • Memphis
    • Memphis is the largest city of Tennessee and also a city in Egypt (in the past, it was the capital of Lower Egypt).
    • Another Memphis (Memphis Depay) was signed by Man United for 25 million quid, with the hopes that he may be the next Ronaldo, Giggs, or Beckham. Unfortunately, a nightmare debut season, the emergence of Anthony Martial (normally a striker) on the left wing, and the acquisition of Henrik Mkhitaryan might end up turning Memphis into United's next Verón.
  • Jose Mendoza: Could be the former University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons forward nicknamed Joey, who played alongside future PBA stars Benjie Paras and Ronnie Magsanoc, but never made the PBA, or the former Mapua Cardinals forward nicknamed Jay, who was notorious in the late '90s as one of the PBA's dirtiest players.
  • Russ Meyer was a pioneering director in the sexploitation genre. Russ Meyer was also a Major League Baseball pitcher nicknamed "The Mad Monk". Neither should be confused with Russell Meyers, creator of the comic strip Broom-Hilda.
  • Division I college sports has Miami University and the University of Miami. Since the word "University" is often left out when referring to teams (except for those that are known best by initials, in which case the "U" is included), and it would be easy to forget which one is which, they are usually referred to in print as Miami (OH) and Miami (FL), respectively. The University of Miami is located in Coral Gables, Florida (which is near Miami), and Miami University is located in the Miami Valley in Oxford, Ohio. The Florida city of Miami was named for the Ohio Valley Miami tribe, by the way.
    • There's also Loyola University Chicago and Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. Plus the NAIAnote  school Loyola University New Orleans. Typically, the schools are called Loyola (Chicago), Loyola (MD), and Loyola (LA). There was once a Loyola University in Los Angeles as well, but that school went through a merger in The '70s and became Loyola Marymount.
    • Plus St. Francis College in Brooklyn ("Saint" officially abbreviated) and Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania ("Saint" officially spelled out)—and, to make things even better, both are members of the same conference!note  In 2013, the Brooklyn school decided to try to avoid some of the confusion by changing its athletic brand to "St. Francis Brooklyn". The Pennsylvania school is usually described in print as "St. Francis (PA)".
    • And The University of Washington, a state-funded Division I school in Seattle. and Washington University, a private research institution with a Division III athletics program located in St. Louis.
    • Indiana University in the state of Indiana should not be confused with Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
      • Another level of confusion: Indiana University is actually the formal name of the Indiana University system. The "Indiana" of Division I sports is the system's main campus in Bloomington, formally known as Indiana University Bloomington.note 
    • Neither should the University of California, Berkeley, usually referred to in print as "California", be confused with California University of Pennsylvania. Or with the other universities in the system like UCLA.
    • Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois is a small liberal arts college, founded in 1860, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Its colors are blue and gold and the nickname is Vikings. Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which was known as "Augustana College" from 1926 to September 2015, is a small liberal arts college, founded in 1860, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Its colors are blue and gold and the nickname is Vikings. Before the South Dakota school's latest name change, the main distinction was that South Dakota is in NCAA Division II and Illinois is Division III.
    • The College of New Jersey is the former name of Princeton University. In 1996 nearby Trenton State College changed its name to The College of New Jersey. Princeton then unsuccessfully tried to secure a trademark for the name to prevent the newer, entirely separate school from using it.
    • University of the Pacific is an NCAA Division I school in Stockton, California. Pacific University is an NCAA Division III school in Forest Grove, Oregon. The two get mixed up frequently because the California school is always called "Pacific" in college sports media coverage, so people who don't know better just assume that its full name is "Pacific University".
  • George Michael was a sports broadcaster (The George Michael Sports Machine). The other George Michael sang lead in Wham! before venturing into a solo career in 1986.
  • Jillian Michaels, an American personal trainer and one-time talk show host, is not to be confused with Jillian Michaels, a Canadian voice actress (who portrayed Shippo from InuYasha, and Gohan and Goten in the first English dub of Dragon Ball Z).
  • Shawn Michaels is the pro wrestler (he's white). Sean Michaels is the porno actor (he's black).
  • Kate Middleton has been kicked off of Facebook — not that Kate Middleton, but another one. Ironically, the latter's boyfriend is Jonathan Ross — the namesake of a celebrity presenter — and he still has his Facebook account.
  • A Black male named CJ Miles is spending his NBA career as a benchwarmer. Meanwhile, an Asian FEMALE named CJ Miles has gained some popularity/notoriety on the web as a... very NSFW model (thankfully, the picture in the link is SFW).
  • Christopher Miller is known for co-directing The LEGO Movie along with Phil Lord. He's also known for directing the DreamWorks movies Shrek the Third and Puss in Boots as well as voicing Kowalski; co-writing National Lampoon's Animal House; and playing quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons in the late 80's, under the name Chris Miller.
    • He is also Christopher Daniels Miller, a rapper who goes under the stage name YC.
  • George Miller is either the creator of the Mad Max film series, or that of the Filthy Frank web video series. Both are also Australian (in the case of the latter, half).
  • Heath Miller the real name of pro wrestler Heath Slater (Heath Miller III) and a fairly popular American Football player (Earl Heath Miller Jr.). The latter's popularity is one of the reason the former goes by Heath Slater as a WWE Superstar.
  • Larry Miller is a comedian-actor. The late Larry H. Miller was the auto dealer who owned the Utah Jazz, and is not to be confused with the Larry (J.) Miller who starred for the North Carolina Tar Heels in the NCAA and the Utah Stars (among other teams) in the ABA.
  • Marvin Miller: Former baseball players' union boss or star of The Millionaire?
  • Matt Miller is a pretty common name. It's actually the real name of voice actor Matthew Mercer (best known as Levi in Attack on Titan and Chrom in Fire Embem Awakening), and he had to change his screen name because another actor named "Matt Miller" had registered it first. There's another anime voice actor named Matt K. Miller (or Matthew Kermit Miller) best known for voicing Tenchi in the Tenchi Muyo! franchise, who had to insert a middle initial to avoid the same problem.
    • According to the other wiki, there's also three football players, three baseball players, and a journalist with that name as well.
    • There are two musicians with the name: One is the bassist for post-hardcore group Sparta, while the other is the real name of Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu.
  • Pat Mills: British comics writer, or Canadian film director. There's also Patty Mills, an Australian currently playing for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.
  • Minoru Suzuki is a 50 year old pro wrestler. Suzuko Mimori is a voice actress. It doesn't help things that Mimorin is a wrestling fan who has interacted with Minoru many times.
  • Jazz pianist Billy Mitchell has never, to anyone's knowledge, claimed any video-game world records. Nor is he the jazz saxophonist. And none of them is the most famous Billy Mitchell... that would be the US Army general of the 1920s who urged the military to embrace the airplane, and is thus regarded as the father of the US Air Force. If you enter just plain "Billy Mitchell" on The Other Wiki, you get sent straight to the general's page.
  • There's also Bill Mitchell, a newscaster in the El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM areas.
  • David Mitchell is either a novelist or a comedic actor who has decided to confuse the issue further by writing a novel.
  • Jose Molina, famed Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Dark Angel / Firefly / Castle screenwriter, shares a name with Jose Molina, a backup catcher for the New York Yankees and a former Spanish football player. In a delicious coincidence, Molina the writer recently wrote a baseball-themed episode of Castle.
  • There are two Joe Montanas. One's a famous NFL quarterback. The other's an actor in Britain who appeared briefly in an episode of Doctor Who.
  • William Moody could be the wrestling manager better known as Paul Bearer or Percy Pringle, or a former Philippine Basketball Association player in the mid-2000s who starred for the Letran Knights in college.
  • Alan Moore: famous writer of comic books, or former drummer for Judas Priest?
  • Davey Moore was the name of two champion boxers who died before turning 30. The first, a featherweight born in 1933, died due to brain injuries suffered in a 1963 fight. The second, a light middleweight born in 1959, died in 1988 when he was accidentally crushed by his own car.
  • NHL Hall of Famer Dickie Moore shares the same name as a former member of The Little Rascals.
  • Gary Moore was a blues-rock guitar great who was briefly a member of Thin Lizzy. Garry Moore hosted game shows and variety shows in the 1960's and 1970's.
  • Mandy Moore, the singer and actress, is not the same person as the choreographer of Dancing with the Stars and La La Land.
  • Matt Moore. One is a baseball starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants in the 2010s. The other is a quarterback for the Carolina Panthers who moved on to the Miami Dolphins in the 2010s.
  • Roger Moore. One of the James Bond actors, or a film critic for the Orlando Sentinel?
    • Or an early editor of Dragon Magazine, who once ran a letter praising his work in the James Bond films in the letters column of an April issue?
  • Ronald D. Moore, writer and producer of many Star Trek episodes throughout the nineties, should not be confused with Ronald B. Moore, Visual Effects Supervisor for the franchise during the same period. "B." has even joked about getting "D."'s first paycheck accidentally.
  • Natalie Morales: One is a host on NBC's Today Show the other you might know as either Wendy Watson from The Middleman or Lauren Cruz on White Collar. The latter gets confused for the former a lot on Twitter.
  • Major League Baseball had two well-known figures named Joe Morgan. One was a black Hall of Fame second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1960s and 1970s, and later a television analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball (who inspired this blog); the other, who was white, was manager of the Boston Red Sox in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • No, Leicester City/Jamaica captain (and Premier League champion) Wes Morgan does not record gospel music. The gospel singer is another guy named ''Wess Morgan''.
  • Jim Morrison had a brief but remarkable career as the lead singer of The Doors. Another Jim Morrison had a long but unremarkable career as a utility infielder for several baseball teams in the 1970s and 1980s.
    • And neither of them is to be confused with British singer James Morrison— whose real name is actually James Morrison Catchpole. He himself is not to be confused with West Bromwich Albion/Scotland midfielder James Morrison.
  • A commentator on a British newspaper website moaned that dumbing down had reached such a stage that books by super models were appearing on school reading lists. Note to them; Kate Moss is a supermodel,Kate Mosse is a perfectly respectable writer.
  • Randy Moss. Former American football player or horse racing analyst (who also works for the NFL Network)?
  • Huffington Post journalist David Moye has to constantly remind people that he is not the British association football manager David Moyes.
  • Robert Mueller (American), head of the FBI; and Robert Mueller (Australian), head and former co-owner of Opera Software Australia Pty., aka FastMail.FM.
  • Muhammad Ali: Ottoman military commander who became the viceroy of Egypt, or legendary American boxer note ?
  • Eddie Murphy is an American actor and comedian. In the 1910s, there was a baseballer of the same name who played for the Chicago White Sox but wasn't involved in the Black Sox scandal, hence his nickname, "Honest Eddie".
  • Lisa Murphy, the American business commentator, is not the Lisa Murphy who dated prominent Irish lawyer Gerald Kean.
  • The pop, country, and Western singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey didn't always record under his full name. When he recorded his most famous song, "Wildfire", in 1975, he was known simply as Michael Murphey. In the early 80s, he began branching out into acting, and noticed that there was already an actor named Michael Murphy. The musician has used his middle name professionally ever since.
  • Rapper Cage makes a point to specify that his abusive, drug-addicted father Bill Murray is not the actor. Cage does play with this in his song "Stripes":
    Fuck Bill Murray, not the actor, the deadbeat dad the smacked her, then left her with rats after he snapped her
  • Eddie Murray: Longtime Baltimore Orioles first baseman, or longtime Detroit Lions kicker?
  • Billy Myers is either a early NASCAR driver and grandfather of Burt Myers, or a British firefighter turned singer using the artist name Newton. Also not to be confused with Billie Myers, the British songstress best known for "Kiss The Rain".
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