Special Report

Famous People With the Same Names

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Michael Jackson (1934- ) and Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

As neither Michael nor Jackson are unusual names, it’s not surprising that there have been a number of Michael Jacksons. Perhaps the best known, after the controversial King of Pop who shares the name, is a British-American radio personality, who hosted numerous highly rated talk shows on a number of different stations in the L.A. area. He has won numerous broadcast awards and boasts a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.

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Michael Jackson (1934- ) and Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

The really famous Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, creator of the best-selling music album of all time (“Thriller”), had a 46-year career beginning when he joined the family singing group, the Jackson 5, when he was 5 himself. Jackson piled up numerous enduring No. 1 hits and Grammy Awards before dying of a drug overdose in 2009. Accusations of child molestation against him began as early as 1993, culminating after Jackson’s death with a four-hour HBO documentary called “Leaving Neverland,” a reference to his Santa Barbara County estate. His music remains extremely popular; a 2009 documentary about Jackson’s final tour, “This Is It,” became the highest-grossing concert film of all time.

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Randy Jackson (1956- ) and Randy Jackson (1961- )

A bass player, actor, music manager, and producer, Randall Darius “Randy” Jackson is best known as one of the judges on the first 12 seasons of the long-running singing competition show “American Idol.” He subsequently returned to the show to replace Jimmy Iovine as an in-house mentor to the performers.

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Randy Jackson (1956- ) and Randy Jackson (1961- )

The younger Randy Jackson is one of the late pop star Michael Jackson’s brothers. He performed on occasion with the Jackson 5 and joined the group full-time, replacing his brother Jermains, in the mid-1970s, when the family ensemble changed record labels and renamed themselves simply the Jacksons. He embarked on a solo career in 1989, but it never took off, and he became best-known after his famous brother’s death for inheritance and child custody conflicts with his family.

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Steve McQueen (1930-1980) and Steve McQueen (1969- )

Known as “the King of Cool,” actor Steve McQueen was one of the most popular American film stars of the ’60s and ’70s — known for his roles in such classics as “The Great Escape,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Bullitt,” and the car race movie “Le Mans.” He was also a serious race car driver himself and owned many classic cars and motorcycles.