How much do you know about movie star nicknames?

By: John Miller
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How much do you know about movie star nicknames?
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Movie stars are known for their on-screen presence and off-screen exploits. In the process of living bigger-than-life lifestyles, they earn alternate monikers. How much do you know about these movie star nicknames?
Which huge male star was often called The Governator?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
From "Terminator" movie star to California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has more than one famous nickname. But while he was in office, he was The Governator.
Mel Brooks
Pamela Anderson

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Which muscle-bound celebrity is known simply as The Rock?
Gene Hackman
Dwayne Johnson
With his scary-big biceps and ferocious eyes, Dwayne Johnson took his pro wrestling career and morphed into a movie star. He's The Rock.
PeeWee Herman

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Angelina Jolie was one half of the star couple nicknamed Brangelina. Who was her partner?
Marlon Brando
Leonardo DiCaprio
Brad Pitt
For a time, they were the most famous power couple on the planet. But then Brad Pitt and Angelina parted ways, ending the pairing called Brangelina.

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Which major film star is often simply called J.Lo?
John Malkovich
Jennifer Lopez
She's the pop music star slash movie icon. You could call her Jennifer Lopez, but everyone just refers to her as J.Lo.
Jennifer Lawrence

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Why was Tom Hanks given the nickname Tom Hankies?
He made it up himself
He always wears a handkerchief around his neck
He cried accepting an Oscar
Hanks is an emotional person. When he accepted his Oscar for Best Actor, he sobbed, making him Tom Hankies, for the hanky he needed to sop up his tears.

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Which star sometimes goes by just Nick?
Jack Nicholson
With his furrowed brow and thinning menacing glare, Jack Nicholson probably doesn't even need a nickname. He's "Nick."
Bradley Cooper
Gary Cooper

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What is Sylvester Stallone's most common nickname?
Rocky
Sly
With his cockeyed grin and mischievous eyes, Stallone is Sly. He's the man who made the "Rocky" movies into Hollywood legends.
Adrian!

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Which Hollywood actor is known as just D?
Audrey Hepburn
Ingrid Bergman
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington oozes so much coolness that he doesn't even need a full nickname. He just needs a letter -- D.

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What was Western star John Wayne's nickname?
Eggface
Duke
With his stout demeanor and rugged onscreen presence, John Wayne was the Duke. His real first name? Marion.
Wayne Baby

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Which Hollywood star is often called the Divine Miss M?
Bette Midler
Bette Midler has a divine voice and the acting chops to make audiences weep openly in theaters. She is the Divine Miss M.
Michael Jackson
Tom Cruise

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Why was tough guy Bruce Willis nicknamed Buck-Buck as a child?
He had no teeth whatsoever
He had a stuttering problem
Willis was tortured for his stuttering problem. His classmates nicknamed him Buck-Buck, but fortunately he outgrew that mean-spirited moniker.
He often slapped himself for no reason

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Which actress was called Blonde Bombshell?
Natalie Portman
Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow went from virtual obscurity to become the biggest female box office star of the 1930s. But the Blonde Bombshell had a tragic end. She died from kidney disease when she was just 26 years old.
Madonna

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Meryl Streep is one of Hollywood's best actresses. What's her nickname?
Creepster
MooMoo
Meryl
Meryl Streep was born as Mary Streep. Her father actually gave her the nickname Meryl, which she hated, and it stuck for a lifetime.

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What is Tom Cruise's primary nickname?
TC
Cruise is one of the biggest stars in the past 50 years of Hollywood filmmaking. He's such a staple of the industry that he goes by just TC.
Slayer
Big Dog

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What was Katharine Hepburn's nickname?
Hep Hep Hooray
The Great Kate
Katharine Hepburn had a personal and professional independence that made her legendary both on and offscreen. She was The Great Kate.
K-Dawg

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Which actress was famously known as the Pin-Up Girl?
Betty Grable
Betty Grable started acting before she was even a teenager. Her movies made millions, and she posed for a pin-up poster during World War II, making her the most famous pin-up girl of the era.
Meryl Streep
Scarlett Johansson

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When Ben Affleck was dating Jennifer Lopez, what was his nickname?
Bennifer
Alas, the magical pairing of Ben Affleck and J.Lo wasn't meant to last. But while it did, they were called Bennifer.
BonBon
LoAff

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What is Brad Pitt's common nickname?
Pitt-bull
We'll go ahead and throw this out there -- Brad Pitt, one of Hollywood's leading men, needs a better nickname. Pitt-bull doesn't quite cut the mustard.
Pitts-borg
The Pitts

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Why was Lon Chaney called the Man of A Thousand Faces?
He always wore a paper bag over his head
His amazing makeup skills
Chaney, a man who started during the days of silent films, was a makeup master. He could morph into very different looking characters with makeup and top-notch acting ability.
He murdered people and literally took their faces

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In the 1930s, Clark Gable was one of the biggest people in movies. What was his nickname?
The King of Hollywood
Clark Gable was the King of Hollywood thanks to a string of box office successes. He was often called simply The King.
The Doorman
Grimy Gabe

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Thanks to a prominent part of her anatomy, which actress was called Sweater Girl?
Lana Turner
Lana Turner had a five-decade movie career and often stood out on screen due to her tight-fitting clothes. Sweater Girl got married eight -- yes, eight -- times in her life.
Nicole Kidman
Tom Cruise

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How did Keanu Reeves earn one nickname, The Wall?
He's made of bricks
He was an amazing hockey goalie
In his younger days, Reeves was a stout hockey goalie. He never let a puck get past him, because he was The Wall.
He loved Pink Floyd

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Which Hollywood bigwig is sometimes called Mr. Stench?
Dwayne Johnson
Johnny Depp
Depp is often called Johnny, Colonel" or Mr. Stench. That last one is an alias he created for when he checked into hotels.
PeeWee Herman

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Which movie star was sometimes called Mr. Mumbles?
Chris Hemsworth
Gary Sinise
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando was one of the most talented actors of his generation. He sometimes slurred through his lines, earning him the nickname Mr. Mumbles.

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Which older power couple were often known as Desliu?
Marlo Brando and Marilyn Monroe
Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball
In the 1950s, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball were on fire. He was a famous musician, she was a hilarious comedian, and they starred together on a classic show. But adultery and disdain ended the pairing called Desilu.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

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Why is Matt Damon sometimes called Red Alert?
He has a huge, permanent rash on his backside
Due to his high-alert parenting skills
Damon's wife started calling him Red Alert because of his high-alert parenting style. He's attentive -- perhaps sometimes to a fault.
He's a Communist sympathizer

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Tom Cruise was one half of the star couple called TomKat. Who was his partner?
Katie Holmes
When Cruise hooked up with Katie Holmes, the pairing seemed more like a public relations move than actual attraction. TomKat was destined for failure.
Britney Spears
John Travolta

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Which whimsical star is often called Johnny?
Donnie Wahlberg
John Cusack
John Cusack is the star of "High Fidelity" and other famous movies. His friends weren't very imaginative -- he's just Johnny.
Jeff Bridges

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Leonardo DiCaprio obviously goes by Leo. But what other nickname does he have?
Snooty
Lenny D
Leonardo DiCaprio is currently near the top of the "A" list in Hollywood. Some people call him Lenny D.
Bearmeat

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What is Harrison Ford's common nickname?
Harry
Call him Indiana or Han Solo, he won't mind. But most people call Harrison Ford Harry.
Hairy
Honey

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