Born: 5 June 1895
Died: 12 September 1972
Not really an official name change, but this actor
portrayed the character of "Hopalong Cassidy" so well that he
became synonomous with the character's name.
Britain's first and most famous sex change. Spitfire
pilot and racing driver, he competed uniquely as both man and
Convicted for murder of popular UK TV presenter Jill
Dando. Falsely claimed to be the cousin of late Queen singer
and was once arrested for loitering outside the London home of the
late Princess Diana, and
also charged with attempted rape of a student under the name of
Steve Majors (derived from Lee
Majors who starred as Steve Austin in the "Bionic Man").
|Josef William Duncan
Josef Michael William Duncan-Williamson
The five-year old boy changed his name by deed-poll
because it was too long for him to write down, and used to come
home from school crying. His mother took out a newspaper ad to
anounce the name change "He's writing his new name all over the
place" she said.
|Howard, Howard, Howard, Howard, Howard, Charles,
Howard Charles Kimber
Host of Tiger TV (Australia). Not even his family
knows why he has made this incredible name change. Most recent
claim to 15 minutes of fame as a contestant on TV quiz show "The
Weakest Link". See also this site's creator Clay Lewis.
Real life star of "Moulin Rouge". A one-time master
baker and failed trombonist, turned his act on its head to become
the virtuoso of the sphincter, and the highest paid entertainer of
his day. He could "inhale" two quarts of air through his bottom -
water too, and then, varying the force of the expulsion, produce
miraculous music, in key and in different timbres. The master hung
up his hose in 1914. After his death, in 1945, his son refused a
medical school's cash offer to open Le Petomane up and get to the
bottom of his bottom, saying "There are some things in this life
which simply must be treated with reverence."
Richard Patrick McGrath
Philadelphia bank robber who has a penis and D-cup
breasts who may be jailed in a women's prison. Seems the con/connie
would be at risk in both male and female prisons. We don't know
much more, but then again, do we need to?
The film critic who never was. Purely the creation of
two Sony advertising executives, his enthusiastic "blurbs" for two
of America's big summer films have been displayed prominently in
movie ads across the US. Manning had previously given generous
plugs to "Vertical Limit" and "Hollow Man" (quite appropriate
El Monte, California
A parade and show horse who became best known as "Mr
Ed". His trainer gave the horse peanut butter to eat so he would
move his mouth on cue. "Mr Ed", a syndicated series, aired on CBS
on October 1, 1961 and lasted until September 4, 1966. Mr Ed only
spoke to his owner Wilbur Post (played by Alan Young) who worked as
Rory Jack Thompson
Changed his name by deed poll. Brilliant but insane
former CSIRO scientist (Australia), he was serving an indefinite
sentence at Tasmania's infamous Risdon prison hospital after being
found not guilty by reason of insanity of killing his wife, then
disposing of parts of her body down a toilet, and storing other
parts in a freezer. On realising he would never be released he
recently hung himself.
|Prince Leonard of Hutt River
Leonard George Casley
The self-proclaimed prince of Hutt River, Australia.
On 21 April 1970 he had a disagreement with the Australian
government, so he declared his land was no longer part of
Australia, and named himself the prince of this new country. He
rules along with his wife, Princess Shirley. How okka!
|Screaming Lord Sutch
David Edward Sutch
Born: 12 November 1940
Died: 16 June 1999 (suicide - hanging)
Adopted his Screaming Lord persona in 1960, founded
on the voodoo antics of US star Screamin' Jay Hawkins. He
reportedly inspired the likes of Arthur Brown, Alice Cooper and Ozzy
Osborne. In February 1983 he stood for Parliament on behalf of his
greatest creation, the Monster Raving Loony Party, the Party had
campaign slogans such as "Vote for insanity, you know it makes
The gay porn-star sued by Tom Cruise for USD$100,000,000 in relation to comments he allegedly made to a French gossip magazine. Predictably, Chad did not contest the law suit and "defaulted" in 2001, but we're quite sure no money will change hands.
Born: A long time ago...
(in a galaxy far, far away)
Stretching the usual boundaries of FNC, this entry merits inclusion on the grounds that it is perhaps the most famous name change in motion picture history. Anakin, father of Luke Skywalker, turned to the "dark side of the force" and became evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. Rumour has it Anakin had another child, a daughter ...
AFL (Australian Football League) star Garry Hocking,
played more than 200 games for Geelong F.C., and for a one week
promotion, he changed his name, by deed poll, to the cat food name,