View Full Version : Patriotic Celebrities - Named for their countries
03-08-2007, 04:34 PM
Italo Calvino, the author
François Truffaut, the director
America Ferrara, the actress
03-08-2007, 04:37 PM
Akaturk probably doesn't count, seeing as he was renamed after his country...
03-08-2007, 04:47 PM
Does america Hoffman count?
03-08-2007, 05:24 PM
03-08-2007, 05:31 PM
Not named after her own country but Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger called one of their kids Ireland. A girl IIRC.
Silly name but celebs are know for that kind of thing.
03-08-2007, 05:37 PM
Not a celebrity per se, but there is the game designer American McGee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_McGee)
03-08-2007, 05:40 PM
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03-08-2007, 09:49 PM
Gary "U.S." Bonds
03-08-2007, 10:11 PM
How about Morocco Mole (http://www.johnrozum.com/images/moroccomole.jpg)?
03-09-2007, 03:26 AM
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03-09-2007, 11:14 AM
Canada Lee (http://imdb.com/name/nm0496938/)?
03-09-2007, 12:46 PM
I'm going to expand the theme to include states and maybe cities.
Africa Bambaata and
Jello Biafra, musicians; I don't think either are from those places.
Utah Phillips, folk singer/raconteur, came from Utah and was first called that in the Army.
Sippie Wallace, blues singer, was from Mississipi.
Rudy Wanderone, pool hustler, was widely known as New York Fats. The movie The Hustler had a pool hustler named Minnesota Fats, based on NYF. Wanderone changed his moniker to Minnesota Fats, and was known as that ever since.
Grace Slick's daughter China is from the US.
Yank Rachell, blues mandolinist/singer, is from Indianapolis in the US.
Tampa Red, blues singer, is from Tampa.
Panama Jack and Hong Kong Phooey are fictional, so we don't know where they came from. :D
03-09-2007, 01:15 PM
Writer Sir Walter Scott was from Scotland.
Actors Canada Lee (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0496938/), (born in New York), Jill Ireland (British) and John Ireland (Canadian)
03-09-2007, 01:46 PM
03-09-2007, 02:32 PM
According to Genesis, Jacob was born in the Holy Land (25:26) and God later changed his name to Israel (35:10).
A few negatives to omit from potential lists:
Herman "Germany" Schaeffer, only man ever to legally steal first base in a Major League Baseball game, was born in Chicago, IL.
Rosa Luxembourg was born in Zamosc, Poland.
Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City.
St. Marinus (AKA San Marino) was born in Caesarea, Palestine.
Eric Dane, supporting actor on numerous TV series, was born in San Francisco CA.
Music promoter Ruth Polsky was from New Jersey.
"Rudi Deutsch" is a name applied to two people. The Dutch author of that name was born in the Netherlands; Rudi Dutschke, the Marxist German activist who adopted the name, was born in Denmark.
Baseball pitcher Eric Ireland was born in Long Beach, CA.
03-09-2007, 05:33 PM
Dane Cook is also not Danish.
Ronald C. Semone
03-09-2007, 06:42 PM
Since we are allowing states, we should include:
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Vermont Connecticut Royster
And a special place to:
03-09-2007, 06:51 PM
"And now back to our movie--Randolph Scott, Raquel Welch, John Ireland, Robert Englund, and Stumpy the Wonder Manx in King Richard the Lion Heart Gets Mange."
03-09-2007, 06:56 PM
Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell (http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mizelvi01.shtml) from Vinegar Bend, AL.
General Charles "Chinese" Gordon was British.
Gala Matrix Fire
03-09-2007, 07:28 PM
If we're going to bend the rules, I nominate Yakima Canute. Also spelled Canutt.
03-09-2007, 08:25 PM
A funny thing about Alec Baldwin and his brothers. They grew up here (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Massapequa+New+York&layer=&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1), which is only a few miles from here (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Baldwin+New+York&layer=&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1).
03-09-2007, 08:45 PM
Which makes one wonder if he'd be as famous if he was Alec Massapequa.
Chance the Gardener
03-10-2007, 11:01 AM
Florence Nightingale was actually born in Florence, Italy. Her sister Parthenope was born in Naples (Parthenope is Greek for Naples.)
Tex Avery is from Texas (though I don't think Tex is his real first name.)
Winona Ryder is from Winona, Minnesota.
Virginia Dare, the first white child born in English America, was named after Virginia, where she lived.
Kobe Bryant is not from Kobe, Japan, but is named after the famous Kobe beef, which his parents saw on a restaurant menu!
Dakota Fanning is from Georgia, and her real name is Hannah (not Savannah.)
03-10-2007, 11:33 AM
Why are Whitney Houston (as in Texas) and Dionne Warwick (as in Rhode Island) both from New Jersey?
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