Regions within a country, or cultural communities linguistic, ethnic, or religious can also have their own celebrity systems, especially in linguistically or culturally distinct regions such as Quebec or Wales. Certain fictional characters known from TV series have become so famous that their names are more well known than those of the actors who perform them. He served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from to People may become celebrities in a wide range of ways; from their professions, following appearances in the media, or by complete accident. However, due to differing levels of celebrity in different regions, it is difficult to place people within one bracket. Yet only heads of state who play a major role in international politics have a good chance of becoming famous outside their country's borders, since they are constantly featured in mass media. Although it has become commonplace for celebrities to place their name with endorsements onto products just for quick money, some celebrities have gone beyond merely using their names and have put their entrepreneurial spirit to work by becoming entrepreneurs by attaching themselves in the business aspects of entertainment and building their own business brand beyond their traditional salaried activities. A person who garners a degree of fame in one culture may be considered less famous or obscure in another. In politics, certain politicians are recognizable to many people, usually the head of state and the Prime Minister. Some nationwide celebrities might command some attention outside their own nation; for example, the singer Lara Fabian is widely known in the French-speaking world, but only had a couple of Billboard hits in the U. A good example is Larry Hagman who played J. For instance, David Letterman is well known for branching into late night television as a talk show host while honing his skills as a stand-up comedian, Barbra Streisand ventured into acting while operating as a singer, or Clint Eastwood , who achieved even greater fame in Hollywood for being a film director and a producer than for his acting credentials. Fictional implications[ edit ] The same phenomenon is true for fictional characters. In a pattern often repeated, what started out as an explosion of popularity often referred to with the suffix 'mania' turned into a long-lasting fame: Pablo Picasso 's style and name are known even to people who are not interested in art; likewise many know that Harry Houdini was an illusionist, Tiger Woods a golfer, Richard Branson , Bill Gates , and Donald Trump are entrepreneurs, Albert Einstein a scientist; Mozart and Beethoven classical composers; Luciano Pavarotti an opera singer, Bruce Lee a martial artist, William Shakespeare a playwright, Walt Disney an animator and Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong astronauts. For instance, basketball legend Michael Jordan became an active entrepreneur involved with many sports related ventures including investing a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats , Paul Newman started his own salad dressing business after leaving behind a distinguished acting career, and rap musician Birdman started his own record label , clothing line, and an oil business while maintaining a career as a rap artist. A Brazilian actor might be a B-list action film actor in the U. Superman , Spider-Man , The Hulk , Wonder Woman , and Batman represent super heroes to a far wider audience than that of the comics and graphic novels in which they appear.