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Michael Jackson and Jack Nicholson live in Tallahassee

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

He will always be known as the King of Pop. And you could say he is known as the King of the pills.

Two men, with nothing in common--two men who have never met--unless you count this chance encounter at a wax museum---but two men, with the same name.

"It got to the point where it started to attract a lot of attention for me. Every time I wrote a check, my check had my name on it and they said, no way, let me see your ID," said Florida Pharmaceutical Association CEO Michael Jackson.

Meet Michael Jackson, yes, that's his legal name. He's the CEO and President of the Florida Pharmaceutical Association. He's been advocating with people who make health care and having to prove himself every time he shows his ID.

"One instance for a personal loan. I filled out an application and he took it for approval and they said, Michael Jackson? Why is he applying for a loan?

This Michael Jackson is married, but not to Billy Jean or Lisa Marie for that matter. His wonderland is Tallahassee and for thrills, well, he likes the Pittsburgh Steelers. But can he beat it? Not exactly

"I attempted to do the moon walk, but it's not something I can do with my bad knees."
Is there video of this...NO!"

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"Can You Handle The Truth?"

That's the question being asked In the offices of the Hurricane Catastrophe fund--The answer of course, You can't handle the truth. You know where we're going with this.

"In 1976, when he won an Oscar for One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, my life was destroyed since then as being an individual," said Florida Catastrophe Fund COO Jack Nicholson.

For this Jack Nicholson, this is as good as it gets. He manages the Florida CAT fund and has had to live his entire life as Jack Nicholson's doppelganger.

"You check in to a hotel and they say are you kin to the real Jack Nicholson or whatever. It used to irritate me, but I say, that's my name, can you handle the truth...or something like that."

But this Jack Nicholson says he's not a joker or an actor for that matter...but he did recently give a presentation about the Florida Cat fund entitled You Can't Handle The Risk where he plays the role of both Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.
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No one did it quite like Johnny Carson. For years he was the king of late night. He worked the LA scene like no one else. And he probably had no idea where Taylor County, Florida was. But that's ok, because Taylor County already has it's own Johnny Carson.

This Johnny teaches biology at Taylor County high school. He's an FSU grad and not a huge fan of his namesake, but he's had to live with it his whole life.

"People would say, are you related to Johnny Carson? First of all I didn't know who he was," said Taylor County high school teacher Johnny Carson.

But here's the thing, this Johnny Carson shares the exact name as the late night host. Johnny William Carson. And get this---he's Johnny Carson the IV, so that means there are three other Johnny William Carson's before him. Any way you slice it, these three men all have something in common.

Three men, all with famous names, not by choice, but by birth. And they will forever be part of the fabric of their namesake.

Next week on Eyewitness News at 5:30 (Nov. 10th), we will profile four more people in our area with famous names.


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