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What’s in a name? Ask Office Space’s disgruntled computer programmer Michael Bolton, and he’ll tell you: a lot. If you’re a celebrity, the challenges of sharing a name can be especially taxing. The Michael B. Jordan starring in this month’s George Lucas–penned World War II adventure, Red Tails, for example, is decidedly not the 14-time NBA All-Star. (You might know him instead from his work on TV’s The Wire and Parenthood.) Here are some other high-wattage folks with shared monikers.

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Michelle Williams
This Oscar-nominated damsel graduated from Dawson’s Creek to a star-making turn in My Week with Marilyn.
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Michelle Williams
This American songstress is best known for her time in Destiny’s Child — one of the best-selling trios of all time.



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Jason Alexander
Seinfeld’s “Lord of the Idiots” George Costanza, Alexander continues to delight on Broadway and with the occasional film and TV appearance.
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Jason Alexander
Alexander may hold the record for shortest marriage, spending 55 hours as Mr. Britney Spears in 2004.



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Vanessa Williams
The former Miss America and pop singer now rocks suburbia on Desperate Housewives.
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Vanessa Williams
The veteran of TV’s Melrose Place and Soul Food is now a full-time mom.



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Brian Wilson
The wildly eccentric pop-music auteur gave listeners something to SMiLE about with a recent Beach Boys box set.
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Brian Wilson
The wildly eccentric pitcher for the San Francisco Giants has an astonishing 170 career saves and a World Series championship.