Real Names Of The Stars Of Film And Music
Whats In A Name?
Some of the most well known and loved movie stars are not who we think they are, it is amazing how many actors have changed their real names over the years to something a little more " movie star " sounding. In this article we will have a look at the original names of some of the stars from films and music.
Marrion Morrison as the macho star of movies such as True Grit and Stagecoach would just not sound the same.Strangely recently declassified Sovite documents have revealed that former Russian dictator Josef Stalin considered having Wayne assassinated for his vocal anti communist views, even though he was a big fan of The Dukes films.
Bruce Willis - Walter Willis
Joaquin Phoenix - Joaquin Rafael Bottom
Ben Kingsley - Krishna Pandit Bhanji
Chevy Chase - Cornelius Crane Chase
Demi Moore - Demtria Guynes
Elliot Gould - Elliot Goldstein
Stewart Grainger - James Stewart ( So not to be confused with the already well known British actor of the same name )
Charlton Heston - John Charles Carter
Stanley Arthur Jefferson better known as Stan Laurel was actually born in 1890 in Cumbria, England. Before moving to the USA Laurel was a member of music hall troop Fred Karnos Army where he was understudy to Charlie Chaplin, and the comedian actually travelled to the US on the same ship as Chaplin.
Alan Alda - Alphonso d'Abruzzo
Diane Keaton - Diane Hall ( A name she shares with her most well known character role Annie Hall )
Whoopi Goldberg - Caryn Johnson ( Reputedly she took the name from her ability to fart a lot!)
Rock Hudson - Leroy Harold Sherer Jr
Joan Crawford - Lucille LeSueur
Deborah Kerr - Deborah Trimmler
Michael Landon - Eugene Maurice Orowitz
Vivien Leigh - Vivien Hartley
The star of Spartacus was actually born Issur Danielovitch Demsky to Russian Jewish immigrants in New York in 1916. On the American Film Institutes list of Greatest Male Screen Legends In American History, Douglas is ranked number 17, which makes him the highest ranked actor that is still alive.
Audrey Hepburn - Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston
Judy Garland - Frances Gumm
Martin Sheen - Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez ( Charlie Sheen is Carlos Estevez )
Fred Astaire - Frederick Austerlitz
Tea Leoni - Elizabeth Tea Pantaleoni
Sean Connery - Thomas Connery
Tony Curtis - Bernard Schwarz
Andy Garcia - Andres Arturo Garcia Menendez
Born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1st 1926 in Los Angeles her surname was soon changed to her mothers maiden name Baker not long after birth. Incredibly Monroe was bullied at school for being ugly!. The very first issue of Playboy magazine featured Monroe on the cover, the actress was married three times and is probably the best known sex symbol of all time.
Michael Keaton - Michael Douglas ( An obvious change this one )
Natalie Portman - Natalie Herschlag
Cary Grant - Archibald Leach ( Not quite as suave sounding as Cary Grant )
Dezi Arnas - Desiderio Albert Arnaz y De Acha III ( No wonder he changed )
Kim Cattrall - Clare Woodgate
Richard Burton - Richard Jenkins
Nicholas Cage - Nicolas Coppola ( Cage named himself after his favorite comic book character Luke Cage )
Cher - Cherilyn Sarkisian La Pierre
Dame Helen Mirren a stalwart of British Theatre and movies was actually born Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironov. Mirren is the only actress to play Queen Elizabeth the first and second on screen.
Carmen Electra - Tara Patrick
Bea Arthur - Bernice Frankel
Hulk Hogan - Terry Jean Bollette ( You must admit Hulk sounds much scarier )
Michael Caine - Maurice Mickelwhite
Natalie Wood - Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko
Dirk Benedict - Dirk Niewoehner
Charles Bronson - Charles Buchinski
Yul Brynner - Taidje Khan JR
Stars From The World Of Music
In the world of music it is just as important to have a cool sounding name as it is in the world of films.
Would Elton John have enjoyed as much success if he had kept his real name of Reginald Kenneth Dwight? John has received six Grammy Awards and 5 Brit Awards as well as selling 300 million records worldwide.
Katy Perry - Katy Hudson
George Michael - Georgios Panayiotou
Elvis Costello - Declan Patrick McManus
Dido - Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong
Courtney Love - Love Michelle Harrison
Meatloaf - Marvin Lee Addy
Captain Beefheart - Don Van Vliet
Tony Bennet - Anthony Dominic Benevetto
The lead singer of U2 known for his philanphropic work was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin, Ireland in 1960. Also known as Bono Vox the singer is not the onlly member of U2 that goes by a pseudonym, guitarist The Edge has the real name of Dave Howell Evans.
Gene Simmons - Chaim Witz
David Bowie - David Jones
Bruno Mars - Peter Gene Hernandez
Johnny Rotten - John Lydon
Iggy Pop - James Newell Osterberg Jr
Little Richard - Richard Wayne Pennyman
Joni Mitchell - Roberta Joan Anderson
Freddie Mercury - Frederick Bulsara
Incredibly Holly only enjoyed chart success for a year and a half before his untimely death in an airplane crash in 1959. Holly was a tremendous influence on other musicians including The Beatles and Bob Dylan and his death inspired the song American Pie by Don Maclean.The singers full name was Charles Hardin Holley.
Shania Twain - Eileen Regina Edwards
Stevie Wonder - Steveland Judkins
Dusty Springfield - Mary Isobel Catherine O’Brien
Lady Gaga - Stefani Joanne Angelina Germotta
Jay Z - Shaun Corey Carter
Prince / Symbol - Prince Rogers Nelson
Lou Reed - Luis Firbank
Axl Rose - William Bailey
More Music Stuff
- British Invasion- Britain Rocks The USA.
Britain produced some awesome bands in the 1960s, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Hollies plus many more, they went on to rock the USA.