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Can you name the actors by their birth name and three of their films?
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His Girl Friday, Notorious, Charade
Silkwood, Moonstruck, Burlesque
Dino Paul Crocetti
Ocean's Eleven, Airport, The Cannonball Run
Lucille Fay LeSueur
Grand Hotel, Mildred Pierce, Johnny Guitar
Manhattan, Husbands and Wives, Scoop
Phylis Lee Isley
Love Letters, Duel in the Sun, The Towering Inferno
Roy Harold Scherer
Written on the Wind, Giant, Pillow Talk
Norma Jeane Mortenson
All About Eve, Some Like it Hot, The Misfits
Ace in the Hole, Paths of Glory, Spartacus
Caligula, The Queen, The Last Station
Platoon, Major League, Scary Movie 3
Top Hat, Holliday Inn, Funny Face
The Faculty, Big Daddy, Death to Smoochy
Heat, V for Vendetta, The Other Boleyn Girl
Marion Mitchell Morrison
Stagecoach, The Searchers, The Green Berets
Rumble in the Bronx, Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon
Touch of Evil, Psycho, The Manchurian Candidate
Van Wilder, Harold & Kumar..., The Namesake
Top Gun, When Harry Met Sally, Courage Under Fire
M, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Casablanca
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Famous Actors By Their Unfamous Name Quiz
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May 31st, 2011 at 13:07 GMT
By the way, I know it's annoying to have to type the full name but in this case since the quiz asked for names I felt it was warranted.
May 31st, 2011 at 16:17 GMT
Excellent quiz! A few others: Bernard Schwartz, Frances Gumm, William Henry Pratt, Doris Kappelhoff.
May 31st, 2011 at 16:37 GMT
I still think you should accept last names. It's not like anyone is going to randomly guess these.
May 31st, 2011 at 17:14 GMT
But I think for this quiz, since I'm asking names, you should have to know what they changed their name too. First and last. See what I mean?
May 31st, 2011 at 19:27 GMT
I agree with you on the names, you SHOULD have to type in the entire thing. However, it's Kalpen Modi, not Kaplen. Otherwise nice quiz as always.
Jun 2nd, 2011 at 07:17 GMT
Is the game note perhaps meant for another quiz? Nice quiz, and I agree on the names, in this case I think it's ok to ask for the full name.
Jun 2nd, 2011 at 08:30 GMT
Putting in "Michael Douglas" might throw people off, as it's Michael Keaton's real name. Great quiz!
Jun 2nd, 2011 at 10:07 GMT
Thanks MSK...it totally was!
Jun 2nd, 2011 at 17:54 GMT
The real names of famous actors is always interesting, but giving us three movies they were in makes this quiz WAY too easy to answer without even looking at the birth name. With three films to go on, if you took away the names and just left the three movies as the hint, I bet it wouldn't change the results at all. I mean, if you tell me to name an actor who was in Stagecoach, The Searchers, Green Berets it's irrelevant whether you tell me the birth name or not, cause obviously he answer is John Wayne.
If you want the birth name to be a factor in whether people can get the answer, I would strongly suggest only giving one film as a hint. Otherwise it's just: "name an actor who was in all three of these films."
Also, if Wikipedia is to be believed, it's Mortenson, not Mortensen.
Jun 2nd, 2011 at 18:50 GMT
Moviegoer: a mere 2.5% have gotten all the answers correct, and more than half of the answers are currently sitting at under 50% guessed. I don't think it's currently "WAY" too easy. Meanwhile without the context provided by the three movies, this quiz would be nearly impossible and less enjoyable. In short, the three movies certainly make it easier, but also make it more playable and fun. And that's what Sporcle is about, no?
Jun 2nd, 2011 at 20:47 GMT
The percentages are very surprising to me. Perhaps "way too easy" was an overstatement. But the ease of it is the wrong focus. The main point is that whole point of this quiz is the unfamous names of actors, but by giving us three films, the unfamous names need not even be considered.
The solving of this quiz would be virtually unchanged if the left column were eliminated and the title were "Famous Actors by Three Films they Were In."
For example, do you think the % of people getting Meg Ryan would be any different at all if you only told us those three movies and didn't give us her real name? If you only told us her real name and Top Gun, we'd have to use what we know about that film combined with the real name to figure out the answer. That is, Top Gun alone wouldn't be enough to go on, the answer could be anyone in Top Gun. So we'd have to think "but who in that movie might have a real name of Margaret Hyra?" But when you also tell us Courage Under Fire and When Harry Met Sally you effectively remove the real name from the equation. Nobodoy need to be told that the real name is Margaret Hyra in order to figure out that the person from Top Gun, Courage Under Fire and When harry met Sally is Meg Ryan.
I just think you should have to at least consider the real name given to be able to answer the question. The left column should be relevant to the solving, not just interesting information that doesn't affect the answer.
Jun 2nd, 2011 at 23:04 GMT
"Who are 20 people who have never been in my kitchen?"
Jun 2nd, 2011 at 23:33 GMT
I think the left and right columns work well together in tandem. Some people will know who Archibald Leach is, but others will need the three movies as clues. Still others (58% in fact) won't be able to get it at all. Much like I might be able to simply name, say, some of the world's global cities if you asked me to, but I would do better (and have more fun) if you gave me the continent or country as help. And I don't think either case diminish the spirit of the quiz.
Jun 3rd, 2011 at 00:22 GMT
Can John Cleese be a bonus answer for Archibald Leach?
Jun 3rd, 2011 at 14:48 GMT
@Dark...your response makes me think you're missing my point. Yes certainly not everyone will know Archibald Leach, and then from the movies they'll be able to get it. But the reverse is not true. There is nobody who won't be able to get it from the movies, and then would be able to figure it out because the name is Archibald Leach. You either know who was in His Girl Friday, Notorious and Charade or you don't. If you can't figure out the actor from that, being told that the actor's real name is Archibald Leach won't help. If the name column was hidden, the answering percentages would be the exact same. Everyone would either get the answer or not get the answer based solely on the three movies.
Jun 3rd, 2011 at 15:12 GMT
jon stewarts an actor now?
Jun 3rd, 2011 at 15:15 GMT
Look, I don't know why you're expending this much ink. I see your point, even if I don't agree (with nothing to go on, "The Faculty, Big Daddy, Death to Smoochy" doesn't exactly scream out Jon Stewart, but if you take the name as well they work together to help you). Why are you taking this so seriously? It's a good, fun quiz. Most people seem to like it. Why have you written almost 500 words about what seems to be a fairly minor issue? Did I offend you somehow?
Jun 3rd, 2011 at 18:47 GMT
That's true about Jon Stewart. I don't know if I would have got that one without the name. I knew he was in Death to Smoochy cause he jokes about it a lot, but I've never seen any of those three movies so I don't know if I would have thought of him. But that's mostly because he barely qualifies as an actor. So people don't associate him with movies at all.
There's 2 reasons this bothers me. 1 is that a quiz about actors' real names is a really good idea. But another is that the thing that bothers me about Sporcle more than any other (except for duplicae quizzes) is quizzes which say they are about one thing but really aren't. In this case the question says can you name the actor by their birth name. But for 19 of the 20 actors, the given birth name is irrelevant to whether anyone can get the answer. So I think the quiz doesn't really ask what the question says it's asking.
Jun 3rd, 2011 at 18:53 GMT
Jun 3rd, 2011 at 20:26 GMT
Well if it makes you happy I just changed the quiz heading. It now says "Can you name the actors by their birth name and three of their films?"
Jun 4th, 2011 at 12:21 GMT
DarkPhalanx: You shouldn't have wasted so much time over moviegoer74. He clearly has WAY too much time on his hands himself!
Jun 8th, 2011 at 23:20 GMT
Official Pedants' Society requesting Ocean's Eleven to be changed to Ocean's 11 (different films)
Game published: Nov 12th, 2011 at 04:03 GMT
Nov 12th, 2011 at 04:11 GMT
Nov 12th, 2011 at 04:31 GMT
Gah! Peter Lorre!!
Nov 12th, 2011 at 04:36 GMT
Aww, no Maurice Mickelwhite? :p BTW, this quiz reminds me of one of my favorite moments from King of the Hill, when somebody says John Wayne's real name is Marion Morrison & Hank angrily responds "You take that back!"
Nov 12th, 2011 at 05:35 GMT
@MovieGoer74: "There is nobody who won't be able to get it from the movies, and then would be able to figure it out because the name is Archibald Leach." - so I am a nobody? I got 11 by name alone. Of these 11 I would have gotten 3 by the movies alone without the name, 3 or 4 more by "name + 1 movie" (depending on the movie). I also got 3 by movies alone, among them your example Meg Ryan. It may be not the usual situation, but I connect movies and actors poorly and am way better in remembering trivia (like real names). Just because you're set differently it does not mean everybody is - that's a tad too US-centric IMO.
And even if the assumption were right that everybody went through the movies, it would still be a way to learn the names, via mnemotics or whatever, and get new knowledge in a more fun way than just the trivia for many.
Nov 12th, 2011 at 05:40 GMT
John Cleese plays a lawyer named Archie Leach in A Fish Called Wanda. He chose the name as a nod to Cary Grant.
Nov 12th, 2011 at 05:41 GMT
Who are three men who have never been in my kitchen, Alex? No, Cliff, I'm so sorry. But surely with your enormous lead, you didn't risk too much money on Final Jeopardy....
Nov 12th, 2011 at 05:42 GMT
I have to agree with moviegoer, although I did miss one.
Nov 12th, 2011 at 05:46 GMT
@Barnztormre, ah, sorry, I did not see your archived comment and sorry I stepped on your punchline. An all-time classic. What were Clavin's categories...? Someting like Stamp Collecting, Pub Trivia, The Postal Service, and Sons and Mothers. I had a similar run at a grad school charity trivia event; fun while it lasted.
Nov 12th, 2011 at 10:33 GMT
This list of names, and the fact that even modern performers have felt the need to change their names to seem less ethnic, is, by implication, something America really ought to be ashamed of. Jon Stewart, now that he's very successful, is very obviously and openly Jewish, but when he was starting out he evidently felt he couldn't succeed in comedy or show business (ie, with the public) with his real name. Same for Natalie Portman and Woody Allen. It's sad. Helen Mirren is a sad one too, considering the world political situation when she was starting out. Even the ones that seem to be merely aesthetic and not to involve nationalities or ethnicities or politics, actually do when you consider the generic WASP names they invariably went with instead. This phenomenon is an embarrassment.
Nov 12th, 2011 at 11:05 GMT
It's not LAWRIE, eejit! *bangs head* To add to @glueyourfingers' point, the reason for the tribute is because both Cleese and Grant are from Weston-super-Mare (as is Jeffrey Archer).
Nov 12th, 2011 at 12:02 GMT
ODD FACTOID OF THE DAY: "Meg Ryan" is an anagram of "Germany".
Nov 12th, 2011 at 12:25 GMT
Tanner I think you are putting much more emphasis on ethnicity and not on easy spelling or easy pronouncing. John Wayne wouldn't have moved on much as a Marion! let alone an Archibald like what Grant changed it to, many didn't want their relations to know their connection to show business. I know many parents saddled their children with names that were teased and taunted at school; they were glad to go into a court and change their names!
Nov 12th, 2011 at 13:28 GMT
The one that gets me is Joan Crawford. Lucille LeSeuer sounds like a much more "showbiz-y" name, but she went the other way.
Nov 12th, 2011 at 14:08 GMT
glueyourfingers, "Be that as it may, Alex, those three people have never been in my kitchen".
Nov 12th, 2011 at 14:09 GMT
Oops, I meant Bobman. Have to give credit for that perfectly apropo quote from the immortal Cliff Claven.
Nov 12th, 2011 at 15:51 GMT
The episode of The Office this past week referenced Helen Mirren's birth name!
Nov 12th, 2011 at 16:15 GMT
Nov 12th, 2011 at 16:56 GMT
I guess putting "Michael Douglas" and expecting people to get "Michael Keaton" might have been too confusing :)
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