Real names of Long Island celebrities

Among our more famous locals, actress Natalie Portman

Among our more famous locals, actress Natalie Portman attended Syosset High School. (Credit: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain)

Long Islanders are extremely proud of their homegrown stars. But is there any chance you shared a third-grade classroom or a summer lifeguard assignment with someone who found fame, and you don't even know it? It's possible, considering that many haven't taken their given names into their careers. Take this quiz and see if you can figure out what their birth certificates actually say. Then, learn more about them and their local connections in our Long Island celebrity yearbook and Famous Long Islanders' favorite hometown places photo galleries.


LL Cool J

LL Cool J c0-hosts the 55th Annual Grammy

Photo credit: MCT


Eddie Money

Eddie Money performs a free concert at Eisenhower

Photo credit: Handout


Chuck D

Public Enemy's Chuck D.

Photo credit: Sarah Edwards


Kate McKinnon

Actress Kate McKinnon attends the 2nd Annual Logo

Photo credit: WireImage


Dee Snider

Dee Snider's 10th Annual Bikers for Babies will

Photo credit: Mark Weiss


Tony Danza

Actor, author and philanthropist Tony Danza, a 1968

Photo credit: PMK-BNC


Natalie Portman

Among our more famous locals, actress Natalie Portman

Photo credit: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain


Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar performs at the Nikon Theater at

Taylor Dayne

Long Island native Taylor Dayne returns home June

Photo credit: Taylor Dayne PR


Zack Ryder

Zack Ryder is a Long Island native, WWE

Photo credit: Handout

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