People with the Best Names

by Bonehead-XL | created - 18 Jun 2014 | updated - 03 Nov 2018 | Public

This list is not a comment on the actors or even their abilities but simply on whether or not they have an awesome name.

1. Powers Boothe

Actor | The Avengers

Incisive, gravelly-voiced screen tough guy Powers Boothe was born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, a sharecropper's son. Used to hard physical work "chopping cotton" as a youngster, he went on to become the first member of his family to attend university. He then proceeded to study acting via a ...

The person on this list most likely to share his first name with a superhero.

2. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Actor | Lost

Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, ...

I have no idea how to pronounce this dude's name and that right there is his appeal. His enemies would be far to distracted by the frankly unnecessary amount of vowels in this guy's name. Before they could attack, Mr. Akinnnnuoyeoeoe-Agbajebaje would have dispatched each with fatal accuracy.

3. Dirk Benedict

Actor | The A-Team

Dirk Benedict was born in Montana on March 1st, 1945. He was raised in the country, far away from anything connected with movies or acting. He gathered his first experiences in acting (on a dare) in a college production of "Showboat" where he got the main part. His father, a lawyer, died when Dirk ...

At first glance, "Dirk Benedict" might not seem that impressive. Yet "Dirk" is exactly the kind of brief, strong, four-letter name the heroes in old-timey adventure serials had. "Benedict," meanwhile, implies old world anglo refinement.

4. Johnny Cash

Soundtrack | The Johnny Cash Show

Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, to Carrie Cash (Rivers) and Raymond Cash. He made his first single, "Hey Porter", for Sun Records in 1955. In 1958 he moved to Columbia Records. He had long periods of drug abuse during the 1960s, but later that decade he successfully ...

Similar to Lucy Lawless, Johnny Cash has an awesome last name. Imagine being called "MR. CASH" and all the instant respect that would gain you.

5. Pei-Pei Cheng

Actress | Wo hu cang long

Pei-Pei Cheng was born on December 4, 1946 in Shanghai, China. She is an actress and producer, known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Lilting (2014) and Come Drink with Me (1966).

Cheng Pei-pei is exactly what she sounds like: An awesome Asian lady who could kick the crap out of you.

6. Billy Drago

Actor | The Untouchables

Drago was well-known for his villainous parts (leading or supporting), and his rugged yet scary looks and evil smile. He was born William Eugene Burrows in Hugoton, Kansas. He became interested in acting and took his mother's maiden name "Drago" as a stage name. At first he worked as a stuntman in ...

For years, I would intentionally mispronounce Billy Drago's name as "Billy Dragon." Of course, I did. You would too. I bet Billy does it as well.

7. Tyson Fury

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Tyson Fury is known for his work on WWE Smackdown! (1999), Rivals (2019) and WWE Raw (1993).

Tyson Fury is a boxing champion. Which is appropriate as his name sounds like somebody Rocky would fight.

8. Dick Hammer

Actor | Stallion Canyon

Dick Hammer was a Los Angeles County Fire Captain hired to portray the Captain of LA County Fire Station 51 during the first season of the series Emergency! He was a former Starting Guard for the University of Southern California basketball team for 1953/1954, and a member of the US Olympic ...

DICK! HAMMER! Ohmygawd, there's actually a guy named DICK HAMMER! lolololol

9. Gunnar Hansen

Actor | The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

He was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and moved to the United States at the age of 5. Gunnar lived in Maine till he was 11, his family then moving to Texas, where he went to high school before attending the University of Texas. At the university, he did some theater work and majored in English and ...

Well, "Gunnar" has the word "gun" in it, so that right there is reason enough to include Mr. Hansen. However, "Hansen" is a fairly manly last name. Put them together and its like poetry.

10. Wings Hauser

Actor | The Insider

The son of writer/producer/actor Dwight Hauser, who worked on (amongst many other projects) the classic "Whistler" radio series, and Geraldine Hauser (the daughter of author Tom Thieness), he raised a child as a single father, having arrived in Hollywood "with thirty dollars and a box of pampers" -...

His first name is Wings! WINGS!

11. Werner Herzog

Director | Fitzcarraldo

Director. Writer. Producer. Actor. Poet. He studied history, literature and theatre for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has...

The only person crazy enough to keep Klaus Kinski under control was Werner Herzog, who I am fairly certain is actually a Norse god.

12. Kane Hodder

Stunts | Se7en

Kane Hodder was born on April 8, 1955 in Auburn, California. He is best known for his role as horror icon Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: The New Blood (1988), Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes to Hell (1993), and Jason X (2001). He is also known for his role as the deformed serial killer...

"Kane" was the name of the Biblical first murderer while "Hodder" sounds a bit like "Holder." Therefore, Kane Hodder's name suggests he is holding your life in his hands because he can murder you without a moment's notice.

13. Djimon Hounsou

Actor | Blood Diamond

Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, in west Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was thirteen. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator (2000) ...

Isn't Djimon a Digimon?

14. Engelbert Humperdinck

Soundtrack | Game Night

Engelbert Humperdinck was born on May 2, 1936 in Madras, Madras Presidency, British India as Arnold George Dorsey. He has been married to Patricia Healey since April 18, 1964. They have four children.

This is straight-up some cartoon bullshit. There's no way anyone who speaks the English language ever put these two words together before this dude came along. Respect for being completely ridiculous, Engelbert.

15. Michael Ironside

Actor | Starship Troopers

Michael Ironside has made a strong and indelible impression with his often incredibly intense and explosive portrayals of fearsome villains throughout the years. He was born as Frederick Reginald Ironside on February 12, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ironside was a successful arm wrestler in ...

Michael Ironside is famous for playing hardass tough guys. Of course he is. His last name is IRONSIDE.

16. Alejandro Jodorowsky

Writer | La montaña sagrada

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 17, 1929. In 1942 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He worked with Maurice Chevalier there and made a short film, La cravate...

Alejandro Jodorowsky's insane movies makes him seem like the kind of guy that could lead a doomsday cult and, frankly, his name matches up with that assumption.

17. Tor Johnson

Actor | Plan 9 from Outer Space

Tor was a big guy, with a big heart. Tor Johnson was born October 19, 1903, in Sweden. Most of his adult life, he was a professional wrestler. Tor started appearing (uncredited, or bit parts) in movies as early as 1934. He was in 31 movies, usually as "Weightlifter" or "Strongman." Later, he got ...

No one can argue with a strong, solid last name like "Johnson." There's a reason men use it as another word for their penis. It implies strength and solidarity. But that first name , TOR, makes Tor Johnson sound like some kind of crazy, awesome Viking warrior.

18. Patrick Kilpatrick

Actor | Minority Report

One of the finest screen/television character actors of his generation, playing against a spectrum of Hollywood's leading action heroes, Patrick Kilpatrick's entertainment career has spanned more than 170 films and television shows as lead actor, producer, screen writer, director, and global ...

Patrick Kilpatrick's name seems to imply that he is always on the verge of suicide.

19. Klaus Kinski

Actor | Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

Klaus Kinski was born as Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began...

Klaus Kinski's name was designed to be yelled at the top of your lungs. Try it. Try screaming "KINSKI!!!!!" By all accounts, he was completely insane in real life, giving you good reason to be afraid of him.

20. Dieter Laser

Actor | November

Dieter Laser is a German actor. He is known to English-speaking audiences for his roles: Mantrid in Lexx, Prof. Otto Blaettchen in The Ogre and Dr. Joseph Heiter in The Human Centipede (First Sequence), for which he won Best Actor at the Austin Fantastic Fest. In 1975, he was awarded the German ...

Dieter is a pretty awesome name by itself but that last name, man. If Dieter Laser was a doctor, he would be DOCTOR LASER. Considering the roles he's played, he's already half-way to a supervillain already.

21. Lucy Lawless

Actress | Xena: Warrior Princess

New Zealand icon Lucy Lawless is most known for her role as "Xena the Warrior Princess". Lucy is married to producer Rob Tapert (Robert Gerard Tapert) and resides in New Zealand. They have two sons, Julius Robert Bay Tapert and Judah Miro Tapert, who were both born in New Zealand. Lucy also has a ...

Imagine being a student in high school and having the phrase "MISS LAWLESS, REPORT TO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE" come over the intercom. Clearly, someone with the last name of LAWLESS gets into exciting and dangerous situations all the time.

22. Dick Maas

Writer | Prooi

Dick Maas was born on April 15, 1951 in Heemstede, Noord-Holland, Netherlands as Dick Herman Willem Maas. He is a writer and director, known for Prey (2016), Sint (2010) and Amsterdamned (1988). He is married to Esmé Lammers.

I hear, in the mountains of Scandinavia, they celebrate a holiday that is like our Christmas but something other than gifts is exchanged around the tree. This tradition is called DICKMAAS.

23. Costas Mandylor

Actor | Virtuosity

Costas Mandylor was born on September 3, 1965 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Costas Theodosopoulos. He is an actor, known for Virtuosity (1995), Saw V (2008) and Saw VI (2009). He has been married to Victoria Ramos since October 10, 2013. He was previously married to Talisa Soto.

The word "man" is already in his name so Costas Mandylor is already manlier then you or I. The first name of "Costas" sounds a bit like "Cost us," as in "That mistake cost us our lives because Costas Mandylor is going to murder all of us."

24. Franco Nero

Actor | Django Unchained

Blue-eyed and well-built Italian actor in international cinema, Franco Nero, was a painting photographer when he was discovered as an actor by director John Huston. He has since appeared in more than 200 movies around the world, working with Europe's top directors, such as Luis Buñuel, Rainer ...

Nero was a crazy Roman emperor who reportedly played the fiddle while his city burnt to the ground. Perhaps not the most mentally stable actions but admittedly pretty awesome. Franco, as a first name, invokes bold adventures and excitement. Therefore, Franco Nero was destined to be awesome.

25. Wolfgang Puck


Wolfgang Puck was born on July 8, 1949 in St. Veit an der Glan, Carinthia, Austria as Wolfgang Johann Topfschnig. He is known for his work on Showgirls (1995), The Weather Man (2005) and Tales from the Crypt (1989). He has been married to Gelila Assefa since July 7, 2007. They have two children. He...

The name like "Wolfgang" brings to mind a pack of hungry, powerful, vicious animals. "Puck" is a mischevious and powerful fairy in British legend. Thus, Wolfgang Puck is a immortal, magical being with a gang of wolves inside of his head.

26. Dack Rambo

Actor | Gunsmoke

Dack (given name Norman) and identical twin brother, Dirk Rambo (Orman), were born in sunny California in 1941. Dack's noticeable difference was a mole on his left cheek. Both happened upon an acting career, at age 21, after being discovered by Loretta Young for her TV show, while sitting in a ...

First off, RAMBO is one of the baddest fictional characters ever, an unstoppable killing machine of a man. Dack, meanwhile, is an utterly unique name. Thus, Dack Rambo was, paradoxically, both an awesome, established fictional character and also something never heard of before.

27. Thurl Ravenscroft

Actor | The AristoCats

Born in 1914, raised in Norfolk, Nebraska, Thurl Ravenscroft served as a navigator in the US Army Air Transport Command in World War II before settling in Hollywood. An accomplished singer, he performed with The Sportsmen Quartet, The Mellomen, The Johnny Mann Singers, and many major stars, ...

Thurl Ravenscroft is the person on this list most likely to be a superhero civilian identity. "By day, he is THURL RAVENSCROFT, millionaire industrialist. By night, he is THE RAVEN, defender of the city" or something like that.

28. Rex Reason

Actor | This Island Earth

Rex Reason was born in Germany, while his family was in Europe on a business trip. Although he grew up in Los Angeles, his acting aspirations were nil; his mother, however, hoped that both Rex and his lookalike brother Rhodes Reason would get into the acting profession. He played the lead in "...

Rex Reason has never lost a debate because his last name is "Reason," as in abiding pure logic, and his first name is "Rex," as in a giant dinosaur that eats people.

29. Ving Rhames

Actor | Pulp Fiction

Strikingly featured and muscular American actor Ving Rhames was born Irving Rameses Rhames in Harlem, New York, to Reather, a homemaker, and Ernest Rhames, an auto mechanic. A good student, Ving entered the New York High School of Performing Arts, where he discovered his love of acting. He studied ...

Ving sounds like Bing which sounds like Bling, which is something cool dudes carry around their necks. Rhames almost sounds like Ring which rhymes with Ving and we all know rhyming things are awesome.

30. Sam Rockwell

Actor | Moon

Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the only child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents separated, at which ...

Sam rocks and he rocks WELL.

31. Deep Roy

Actor | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Deep Roy was born on December 1, 1957 in Nairobi, Kenya as Mohinder Purba. He is known for his work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Star Trek (2009) and Corpse Bride (2005).

Somebody named "Deep" must be very knowledgeable about the world around him. You'd ask this guy's friends about him and he'd say, "Whoa man, that's DEEP!" That his last name is Roy, usually a first name, seems to suggest that "Deep" isn't actually his real name but a title he earned after impressing a council of monks and geniuses. "We bestow upon you the title of DEEP! From henceforth, you are DEEP ROY!"

32. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Actor | Predator

With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and...


33. Warhawk Tanzania

Actor | Devil's Express

Warhawk Tanzania was born in 1943. He is an actor, known for Devil's Express (1976) and Black Force (1975).

HOLY CRAP, YOU GUYS. Are we sure Warhawk Tanzania isn't a Conan the Barbarian supporting character who somehow escaped into reality?

34. Rip Torn

Actor | Men in Black

Rip Torn was born Elmore Rual Torn Jr. on February 6, 1931 in Temple, Texas, the son of Thelma Mary (Spacek) and Elmore Rudolph Torn, who was an agriculturalist and economist, credited with popularizing the custom of eating black-eyes peas on New Year's Day. "Rip" is a family name, taken by ...

Rip and Torn are the two words used to describe what a pack of lions do to a defenseless zebra.

35. Lee Van Cleef

Actor | Escape from New York

One of the great movie villains, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr. was born in Somerville, New Jersey, to Marion Lavinia (Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Sr. His parents were both of Dutch ancestry. Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and sub ...

Lee is a perfectly strong, awesome name. Van adds a layer of European refinement. While Cleef sounds like "Cleave," as in "cleaving your head from your still moving body."

36. Mario Van Peebles

Actor | Heartbreak Ridge

Mario Van Peebles is a highly regarded director, actor, producer and writer. His directorial skills can be seen in the retelling of the epic mini-series "Roots" starring Forest Whitaker and Matthew Goode. Van Pebbles has directed award-winning shows such as the recent hit "Empire" and "The Last ...

Mario is a classic Italian name which brings to mind a guy crushing giant turtles with the sheer force of his body. "Van Peebles," admittedly, is not awesome. The ironic contrast between the two names is actually what makes Mario Van Peebles sound so awesome.

37. Gore Verbinski

Director | Rango

Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...

First name: GORE, as in the spilled entrails of your fallen enemies. Last name: VERBINSKI as in a Bond villain or a crazy serial killer.

38. Jimmy Wang Yu

Actor | Wu xia

Jimmy Wang Yu was born on March 28, 1944 in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China. He is an actor and producer, known for Dragon (2011), Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976) and The Dragon Flies (1975). He was previously married to Jeanette Lin Tsui.

Yu Wang is the rare person whose name can double as an insult.

39. Don Wilson

Actor | Batman Forever

Don "The Dragon" Wilson is considered the greatest kick-boxing champion in the sport's history. A native of South Florida, Wilson began fighting in the late 1970s. In a career which spanned 4 decades, he won 11 world kick-boxing championships, among them the WKA, STAR, WKC, PKO Lightheavyweight ...

Come on guys, the dude's middle name is "THE DRAGON."

40. Finn Wolfhard

Actor | It

Finn Wolfhard was born in Vancouver, Canada, where he is now in high school. He has always had a laser focus on continuously growing as an actor, all the way back from the time that he saw his first movie (thank you Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (2002)!).

Following that pivotal life event, Finn went to ...

Just imagine "Die Hard" but, instead of terrorists, John McClane had to fight werewolves. Or maybe you don't need to imagine that, because this is Finn Wolfhard's life.

41. Frank Zagarino

Actor | Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun

Frank Zagarino was born on December 19, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Frank Anthony Zagarino. He is an actor and producer, known for Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (1999), Airboss II: Preemptive Strike (1998) and Airboss (1997).

"Frank" is like John, Joe, George, or Rex: A classic name for a strong, rugged action hero. Zagarino throws you for a curveball because its sounds foreign, unique, and dangerous.

42. Robert Z'Dar

Actor | Tango & Cash

Robert Z'Dar was born Robert James Zdarsky on June 3, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. He caught the acting bug while attending Proviso West High School in Hillside. He received a BFA from Arizona State University. Prior to acting Z'Dar was a singer/keyboardist/guitar player for the Chicago-based rock ...

Robert is a perfectly fine, strong first name. The last name of Z'Dar, however, adds a layer of mystery to the man. How z'dare you cross Z'Dar!

43. Kelly Zombor

Sound_department | Godzilla

Kelly Zombor was born on April 24, 1966 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is known for his work on Godzilla (2014), The Predator (2018) and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).

I have no idea who Kelly Zombor is but I'm fairly certain this person must control an army of undead warriors.

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