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Italian-American Hollywood Stars with Names Translated into English

Updated on June 8, 2014

Italian-American Hollywood Stars with Names Translated into English

How many can you guess?

Try to do it without looking at the clues.

Although the pictures may be a giveaway.

Here is a list of 20 famous Hollywood stars who have Italian surnames. But with English translations.

See how many you can translate back into the native language

1. Henry Based

Very famous actor who spawned more famous actors in Peter and Jane. His Italian name was much more unique than his English translation. Open to mispronunciation or associated with a cooking recipe. An alternative was 'Henry Founded' which just sounds like bad grammar

2. Scott Bay

Not much difference here from the former 'Happy Days' actor. But before that he was in Alan Parker's movie 'Bugsy Malone'. After starring with The Fonz he has appeared in many TV series and some movies.

3. Vincent Cock

Definitely a good idea to retain that Italian cognome. Otherwise he would have been better appearing in high-end adult entertainment. Famous for creating the 'Buffalo 66' movie but he had a small part in 'Goodfellas' too.

4. Christina Curly

Her role in the 'Addams Family' movies would have lost that dark and gothic touch if her name had been curly. A modern Shirley Temple she is not and roles in 'Sleepy Hollow' and 'Monster' may not have come her way. Also appeared in 'Buffalo 66'.

5. Jimmy During

Not a lot of difference for old 'Schnozzle' although his English name has a nice ring to it. Not so much looking for the lost chord but the final syllable to give it that Mediterranean flow. A big star of the 1940s and 50's.


6. Joe Fish

A hoodlum, a gangster, a psychopath in several films. But he loses his menace with this aquatic moniker. Even Macauley Culkin in the 'Home Alone' movies wouldn't have been afraid. Although Joe did appear eventually alongside Danny Glover in 'Gone Fishin' which seems like destiny

7. Dennis Flour

Another actor who appeared as the tough guy in cops and robber movies. Usually on the wrong side of the law in 'Midnight Run', 'Get Shorty' and Snatch' but sometimes as an upholder of the badge as in 'Manhunter'. But Detective Flour would be hard to avoid chuckles in the interrogation room and it's hardly the name of a mob hitman either

8. Victoria Glass

Her alliterative Italian surname trips off the tongue but the English version is altogether more prosaic. A former 'Playmate of the Year' she didn't really have a film career of note except for a brief appearance in 'Rosemary's Baby' in 1968 and 'When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth' in 1970. She literally shot to fame again in 2010 when she was sentenced to 9 years for trying to kill her husband.

9. Frank Goat

Legendary director of the perennial Xmas classic 'It's a Wonderful Life' plus 'It Happened One Night' and 'Mr Smith Goes to Washington'. With this name a rootin-tootin western about Billy the Kid would be more up his strada. Heaven forbid maybe even a dark satanic devil of a movie with horns.

10. Lorraine Hound

She appeared with Joe Fish in the classic 'Goodfellas' movie but not between the sheets as Ray Liotta had that privilege. Anyway the 'Fish and Hound' sounds like a English country pub after the fox-hunting ban. Starred in 'The Sopranos' TV series too.


11. Francis Ford Peaked-Cap

I've added the hyphen to lend an air of the gentrified English upper-class to this famous Hollywood director. His daughter Sophia Peaked-Cap was a bad actress but a successful director herself. But his nephew Nicholas Peaked-Cap decided to change his name to Cage

12. John Overwhelmed

He was certainly overwhelmed by work after his comeback appearance in Quentin of Taranto's 'Pulp Fiction' in 1994. But largely underwhelmed or ridiculed for the Scientologist-inspired 'Battlefield Earth'. However still remembered for that dazzling white coat on the dance-floor.

13. Susan Pike

More well-known for TV series and TV movies rather than the big screen. Although she did appear in 'Young Doctors in Love' directed by Garry Marshall and Wes Craven's 'Invitation to Hell' both in the 1980s. Also known for 'Goodbye Columbus' way back in 1969.

14. Vincent Pounds

He appeared in a 'Deuce Bigalow' movie in 2005 and three years later in 'Role Models'. But mostly active on TV especially on 'Everyone Hates Chris' and also doing a voiceover in the cartoon 'Phineas and Ferb'. Plus occasional appearances in programmes such as 'The Mentalist' and 'The Walking Dead'.

15. Kidney Russian

Unrecognisable from her real name especially as her first name can be translated too. Famous for the 'Lethal Weapon' movies alongside Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Her English name wouldn't have gone down that well in Cold War America for this child of the 1950's.


16. Ralph Spot

The Karate Kid had a cool Italian name. Unfortunately in English it sounds like a household dog rather than a household name of Brat Pack movies like 'The Outsiders' or his other top hits like 'My Cousin Vinny','Crossroads' and 'Hitchcock'.

17. Sylvester Stallion

An easy one to guess and needs no introduction. Although with this name perhaps he would have joined Vincent in the divestment arts of the Hollywood industry rather than morphing into 'Rocky' and then 'Rambo'

18. Anthony Straw

No relation to Jack the British politician and invader of Arab countries. This is Anthony the Hollywood actor and owner of Australia soccer teams. He appeared in the movies 'Lantana', 'The Client' and Woody Allen's 'Sweet and Lowdown'. But most famous for the TV series 'Without a Trace'.

19. Michael Tip

Rose to fame as the director of the epic 'Deerhunter' in 1978 but shot down in flames for the notorious 'Heaven's Gate' two years later. After that monumentally expensive cowboy flop it was never the same for Michael although he made a decent movie called 'Year of the Dragon' in 1985.


20. Alfred Little-Peace

I'm taking liberties here with some literary license even though his name doesn't literally translate. The word 'Pace' means 'peace' and the suffix '-ino' indicates smallness. And so we have what appears to be a Native American Hollywood star instead of the megastar of three 'Godfather' movies.


Of course aside from that final blatant stretching of the truth there was some liberal playing with the terminology throughout.

Scholars of Italian or esteemed professors of linguistics will have no doubt noticed that.

Time to roll the credits.



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