Initials and Last Names (Real-Life People)by ElMaruecan82 | created - 21 Aug 2018 | updated - 23 Aug 2018 | Public
Too long, too embarrassing, even too gender-biased (ask J.K. Rowling): for various reasons, some performers, some directors and many many authors (though directors can be considered authors) choose to keep their first names unknown from the general public and be identified by initials plus their last name.
Which of these movie-related celebrities (or whose artistic achievements have expanded to the world of cinema), and only known by initials (at least two) is your favorite?
P.S. After voting, you might discuss the list here
Director | The Birth of a Nation
David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War veteran. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually shape his movies. In 1897 ...
English writer, scholar and philologist, Tolkien's father was a bank manager in South Africa. Shortly before his father died (1896) his mother took him and his younger brother to his father's native village of Sarehole, near Birmingham, England. The landscapes and Nordic mythology of the Midlands ...
3. J.K. Rowling
Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, near Bristol, a few miles south of a town called Dursley ("Harry Potter"'s Muggle-family). Her father Peter Rowling was an engineer for Rolls Royce in Bristol at this time. Her mother, Anne, was half-French and half-Scottish. They met on a train as it left King's ...
4. W.C. Fields
Actor | It's a Gift
William Claude Dukenfield was the eldest of five children born to Cockney immigrant James Dukenfield and Philadelphia native Kate Felton. He went to school for four years, then quit to work with his father selling vegetables from a horse cart. At eleven, after many fights with his alcoholic father ...
5. J.J. Abrams
Producer | Lost
Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...
6. F.W. Murnau
Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...
8. P.L. Travers
Writer | Mary Poppins
P.L. Travers was born on August 9, 1899 in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia as Helen Lyndon Goff. She is known for her work on Mary Poppins (1964), Mary Poppins Returns (2018) and Studio One in Hollywood (1948). She died on April 23, 1996 in Chelsea, London, England.
10. E.G. Marshall
Actor | 12 Angry Men
With over 150 Film and TV appearances to his credit, E.G. Marshall was arguably most well known as the imperturbable Juror No. 4 in the Sidney Lumet mystery 12 Angry Men (1957).
Some of his stand-out performances are in Creepshow (1982), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), and Nixon (1995).
11. H.G. Wells
Writer | The War of the Worlds
Writer, born in Bromley, Kent. He was apprenticed to a draper, tried teaching, studied biology in London, then made his mark in journalism and literature. He played a vital part in disseminating the progressive ideas which characterized the first part of the 20th-c. He achieved fame with scientific...
12. C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis was born in 1898 and brought up in a very strict, religious household. While he was quite young, his mother died of cancer but the "stiff upper lip" in favour at the time meant he wasn't allowed to grieve. He became an Oxford don and led a sheltered life. He seriously questioned his ...
13. A.A. Milne
Writer | Christopher Robin
One of his Winnie the Pooh stories is about the depressed donkey Eeyore thinking his friends have forgotten his birthday, when in fact they have been planning a surprise party. In 1963, several English Department students at the University of Texas at Austin decided to celebrate the character's ...
14. H.P. Lovecraft
Writer | Re-Animator
Born in Providence, Lovecraft was a sickly child whose parents died insane. When he was 16, he wrote the astronomy column in the Providence Tribune. Between 1908 and 1923, he wrote short stories for Weird Tales magazine, among others. He died in Providence, in poverty, on March 15, 1937. His most ...
15. J.D. Salinger
Writer | My Foolish Heart
U.S. writer whose novel "The Catcher in the Rye" (1951) won critical acclaim and devoted admirers, especially among the post-World War II generation of college students. His entire corpus of published works consists of that one novel and 13 short stories, all originally written in the period 1948-...
16. D.A. Pennebaker
Director | Dont Look Back
D.A. Pennebaker was born on July 15, 1925 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as Donn Alan Pennebaker. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967), The War Room (1993) and Unlocking the Cage (2016). He was married to Chris Hegedus, Kate Taylor and Sylvia Bell. He died ...
17. E.B. White
Writer | Stuart Little
E.B. White was born on July 11, 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA as Elwyn Brooks White. He was a writer and actor, known for Stuart Little (1999), Charlotte's Web (2006) and NBC Children's Theatre (1963). He was married to Katharine Sergeant Angell. He died on October 1, 1985 in North Brooklin, ...
18. S.E. Hinton
Writer | The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton was born on July 22, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Susan Eloise Hinton. She is a writer and actress, known for The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983) and Tex (1982). She has been married to David E. Inhofe since September 26, 1970. They have one child.
19. T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot ranks with William Butler Yeats as the greatest English language poet of the 20th Century and was certainly the most influential. He was born Thomas Stearns Eliot into the bosom of a respectable middle class family on September 26, 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri. The family had roots in New...
20. O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson was born on July 9, 1947 in San Francisco, California, USA as Orenthal James Simpson. He is an actor and producer, known for The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991), The Towering Inferno (1974) and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994). He was previously married to Nicole...
21. S.Z. Sakall
Actor | Casablanca
Hungarian-born S.Z. Sakall was a veteran of German, Hungarian and British films when he left Europe because of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement. In Hollywood from shortly after the outbreak of World War II, Sakall began appearing in comedies and musicals, often playing a lovable if ...
22. T.P. McKenna
Actor | Ulysses
Character actor Thomas Patrick McKenna was born in Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland, in 1929. A prolific theater actor throughout his career, he made his stage debut in "Summer and Smoke" by Tennessee Williams at the Pike Theatre in Dublin in 1954.
He made his film debut in the IRA-Nazi drama The ...
23. RJ Mitte
Actor | Breaking Bad
In 2006 R.J. Mitte moved to Hollywood, California, with his family to support the foray of his sister, actress Lacianne Carriere, into print and commercial work. For fun, Mitte began training with Los Angeles talent manager Addison K. Witt in Sherman Oaks, Cal. And though many of the actors in the ...
24. T.J. Miller
Actor | Silicon Valley
A comedian. Improvisation, sketch and stand-up are his forte.
Todd Joseph Miller was born in Denver, Colorado, to Leslie, a clinical psychologist, and Kent Miller, an attorney. He went to East High School, and college in Washington, D.C. There, he performed with the group receSs for 4 years, being ...