Celebrities who have changed their real name to a stage name

1. Snoop Dogg - After spiritual and artistic rebirth, American rapper Snoop Dogg has decided a new stage name “Snoop Lion”.

2. Lisa Bonet (Lisa Michelle Bonet) - Famous for her role as Denise Kendall in NBC sitcom The Cosby Show changed her name to “Lilakoi Moon” in the early ’90s.

3. Ol’ Dirty Bastard to Big Baby Jesus –  American rapper Russell Tyrone Jones (Ol’ Dirty Bastard, or ODB) made an announcement to Vibe magazine. “There’s no more ODB no more,” he said. “From now on, my name is Big Baby Jesus.” He was a founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan.

4. Caryn Johnson to Whoopi Goldberg - one of the most famous comedian and talk show host adopted the a erman/Jewish surname “Goldberg” as stage name and stated that “If you get a little gassy, you’ve got to let it go. So people used to say to me, ‘You’re like a whoopee cushion.’ And that’s where the name came from.”

5. Mark Sinclair Vincent to Vin Diesel - become famous as star in movies like “The Fast and the Furious” and “xXx”, actor Mark Sinclair Vincent changed his name to Vin Diesel.

6. Prince to a Symbol - In 1980s Prince was one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, changed his name to unpronounceable symbol (“The Love Symbol”) that, he sort of explained, was a combination of the symbols for man and woman.

  • Allen Stewart Konigsberg changed his real name to Woody Allen.
  • Fred Astaire’s real name is Frederick Austerlitz
  • Jane Alexander’s real name is Jane Quigley.
  • Jennifer Aniston was christened Jennifer Annasstakis
  • Julie Andrews was originally Julie Wells
  • Eric Bana’s name is really Eric Banadinovi
  • Antonio Banderes’ real name is José Antonio Dominguez Bandera – That’s a hell of mouthful.
  • Jack Black is really Thomas Black, Jr.
  • David Jones changed his name to David Bowie.
  • Heh. Marlon Brando’s real name was Marlon Junior Brandeau. Excuse me but who uses Junior as a middle name? Smart move changing that.
  • Mel Brooks was born Mel Kaminsky.
  • George Burns changed his name from Nathan Birnbaum.
  • Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Coppola – He changed his name so no one would equate his name with his famous uncle’s.
  • Lucille La Sueur later changed her name to Joan Crawford.
  • Tom Cruise is the stage name for Tom Mapother.
  • HIs real name was Jacob Cohen but you knew him as Rodney Dangerfield.
  • Geena Davis was born Virginia Elizabeth Davis.
  • Do you recognize the name Doris von Kappelhoff? No? How about Doris Day?
  • Danny DeVito is really Daniel Michaeli.
  • Sally Fields was born Sally Mahoney.
  • Fortunately Frances Gumm changed her name to Judy Garland.
  • Even though Whoopie Goldberg’s name is just so believable, her real name is Caryn Johnson.
  • Charlton Heston’s real name is Charles Carter.
  • It’s no secret Hulk Hogan’s real name is Terry Jene Bollea.
  • Rock Hudson’s real name was Roy Sherer, Jr.
  • Believe it or not, Boris Karloff’s real name is William Henry Pratt.
  • Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall.
  • Ben Kingsley’s real name is Krishna Banji. No really.
  • Michael Landon was born Eugene Orowitz.
  • You may know him as Larry the Cable Guy but his real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney.
  • Shirley MacLaine’s real name is Shirley Beatty – she’s Warren’s big sister.
  • Try and pronounce this one: Walter Matthau’s real name is WalterMatuschanskayasky.
  • Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Baker.
  • If I was born Demetria Gene GuynesI’d change my name – so did Demi Moore.
  • Chuck Norris is really Carlos Ray.
  • Lou Upchurch changed his name to Lou Diamond Phillips. What the hell is up with the “Diamond?”
  • Brad Pitt’s not too far off from his real name, William Bradley Pitt.
  • Tony Randall was born Leonard Rosenberg.
  • Meg Ryan is really Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra.
  • Wynona Ryder was born Wynona Horowitz.
  • Jane Seymour’s real name is Joyce Frankenberg.
  • Charlie Sheen is really Carlos Irwin Esteves. Irwin?
  • Christian Slater was born Christian Michael Leonard Hawkins.
  • You probably already know Tina Turner’s real name is Anna Mae Bullock.
  • One can see why Jean-Claude Van Damme shortened his name from Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg.
  • Christopher Walken is really Ronald Walken.
  • We don’t know why Susan Alexandra Weaver changed her name to Sigourney.
  • Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman.
  • Reese Witherspoon is shortened from Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon.
  • Bruce Willis is really Walter Willison.
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Caroline Mittermair

Associate managing editor, has been fascinated with the financial markets ever since she bought her first stock at 11 years old. She is a trader of stocks, options, currencies, and futures.

Email: caroline.m@ceoworld.biz