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Famous Toms Quiz

Name these famous people named Tom, real or fictional.
Includes people named Tom, Thomas, and Tommy
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First submittedJanuary 19, 2011
Last updatedApril 18, 2017
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Clue
Answer
Invented the light bulb
Thomas Edison
"Forrest Gump" actor
Tom Hanks
Purchased Louisiana from France
Thomas Jefferson
Jumped on Oprah's couch
Tom Cruise
Archbishop of Canterbury killed in 1170
Thomas Becket
Five-time Super Bowl champ who
married a super model
Tom Brady
"It's Not Unusual" to like
this Welsh singer
Tom Jones
Actor who starred as Bane in
"The Dark Knight Rises"
Tom Hardy
Mötley Crüe drummer;
Ex-husband of Pamela Anderson
Tommy Lee
Former NBC news anchor
Tom Brokaw
Clue
Answer
Huckleberry Finn's friend
Tom Sawyer
Author of "Utopia"
Thomas More
"Free Fallin'" singer
Tom Petty
Author with many novels about
CIA analyst Jack Ryan
Tom Clancy
Mustachioed star of "Magnum, P.I."
Tom Selleck
Touched Jesus's wounds
Doubting Thomas
This desert fighter of WWI is often
known by his initials T.E.
T.E. Lawrence
Boy who became Voldemort
Tom Riddle
"Common Sense" pamphleteer
of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
Roseanne Barr's ex-husband
Tom Arnold
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level 25
Nov 5, 2013
Considering that Edison only improved upon the light bulb rather than inventing it, you would be better off choosing a different example.
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level ∞
Nov 6, 2013
Average person: "Edison invented the lightbulb".

Insufferable know-it-all: "Edison didn't invent the lightbulb, he just improved it".

Even more insufferable know-it-all: "Virtually every invention is a mere improvement on previous models. Edison was, more than any other person, responsible for the adoption of electric light. Therefore, if we have to give credit to anyone for inventing the lightbulb, it should be him."

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level 75
Oct 19, 2014
There are too many stories of his thefts of others' ideas and inventions, and the strong-arm tactics he used to push down the competition for me to retain any respect for him.
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level 68
Oct 23, 2014
Ander, those are stories. Stories aren't necessarily all true. If you look far enough into it, you'll find things about everyone you don't like
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level ∞
Apr 17, 2017
@Lelokelo. You are repeating an urban legend that is not true.
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level 58
Aug 3, 2017
Interesting! Thanks for the link.
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level 48
Aug 3, 2017
History is written by the winners. Thomas Edison was a winner. Ergo, Thomas Edison both gets and deserves the credit for inventing the light bulb.
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level 45
Aug 3, 2017
A wonderful Simpsons exchange regarding Edison: Marge:All right already! Everyone knows the man accomplished a lot. Maybe because he didn't spend every waking moment talking about Thomas Edison. Homer: Oh, that's where you're wrong, Marge. He was a shameless self-promoter.
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level 46
Mar 12, 2018
Wow, some people just can't handle criticism.
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level 48
Mar 4, 2014
I answered Didymus for Doubting Thomas and it wasn't accepted. I know "Doubting" would be a more common answer, but "Didymus" is no less correct.
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level 76
Jun 2, 2014
I was thinking just Thomas the Apostle.
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level 44
Jul 14, 2015
Yes, I think Didymus, Apostle, and Disciple should also be accepted.
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level 51
Jan 23, 2016
Quiz is not called "Famous Didymuses"
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level 69
Aug 3, 2017
"Quiz is not called "Famous Didymuses" Well, why doesn't it exist yet?
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level 54
Aug 19, 2015
All I could come up with was St. Thomas...
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level 70
Jan 26, 2018
I tried that first as well and almost recommended it, but then realized "Saint Thomas" would encompass St. Thomas More as well and force the Quizmaster to accept a double answer.
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level ∞
Apr 17, 2017
Apostle and Disciple will work now
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level 58
Aug 3, 2017
"Didymus" really should be an acceptable type-in for Thomas.
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level 55
Jun 3, 2014
Enough with the musician questions! Why would I need to know their names?
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level 71
Feb 26, 2016
I feel the same about the American football questions
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level 66
Apr 17, 2017
There are a lot of categories like this. I don't care about musician's names, sports players' names, which country hosted the Olympics in 1946, which sports team won a bowl game in 1980, etc. I just skip these and don't even bother
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level 72
Feb 2, 2017
In case they ever crop up on a quiz?
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level 59
Aug 4, 2017
I feel that way about Harry Potter questions.
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level 79
Sep 16, 2014
Geez, why is it that I always think of Thomas Aquinas when there's a question about Becket?
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level 55
May 1, 2015
I thought of Thomas Aquinas, too...without even looking at the clues. lol
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level 78
Jan 13, 2015
No Thomas the Tank Engine?
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level 59
Aug 4, 2017
No Tom Smothers, either.
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level 85
Nov 29, 2016
St Thomas and Thomas the apostle or disciple should definitely be acceptable answers
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level 73
Apr 17, 2017
maybe get rid of one of the Tom Joneses? Shouldn't be able to type Jones and get two answers. What about Thomas Paine? Author of "Common Sense" in one of their places?
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level ∞
Apr 18, 2017
Fixed!
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level 41
Apr 18, 2017
I was hoping to see Tom Haverford haha! #ParksandRec
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level 52
May 15, 2017
Marvolo Riddle doesn't work.
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level 56
Aug 3, 2017
Since when does "Marvolo Riddle" contain the words "Tom" or "Thomas"?
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level 63
Aug 3, 2017
His full name is Tom Marvolo Riddle. So yes, Marvolo Riddle should work.
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level 78
Aug 3, 2017
Why don't you just type Riddle? It's much quicker to just do it that way.
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level 55
Aug 3, 2017
Only 69% for Jefferson and he's the pic of the quiz. As Mr. Trump might say, sad!
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level 76
Mar 3, 2018
Somehow I doubt Trump would recognise Jefferson from a picture.
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level 74
Aug 3, 2017
No Tommy? He's a Pinball Wizard.
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level 67
Sep 5, 2018
There has to be a twist.
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level 76
Oct 29, 2017
Tom Arnold is on this quiz and you aren't. Take that, Toms Aquinas, A'becket, and Green!
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level 41
Apr 20, 2018
There is no such person as Thomas A'becket. His name was Thomas Becket and he is on this quiz.
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level 66
Dec 3, 2017
Can 'Thomas the Doubter' be accepted, that's what everyone in my part of the world calls him?
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level 67
Feb 15, 2018
You must be in Wales, where it its Jones the Baker, Evans the Butcher etc.
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level 43
Mar 20, 2019
Brady has six Super Bowls now