Celebrities Real Names | Celebrity Name Changes

By on December 29, 2010

Many celebrities change their name for many reasons, including to portray a certain image.  The list below includes movie stars, athletes and singers all of whom have changed their name.

Classic Hollywood Stars

•Roy Scherer Jr = Rock Hudson
•Marion Morrison = John Wayne
•Frances Gumm = Judy Garland
•Greta Gustafsson = Greta Garbo
•Margarita Cansino = Rita Hayworth
•Norma Jean (Mortenson) Baker = Marilyn Monroe
•Archibald Alexander Leach = Cary Grant
•Doris von Kappelhoff = Doris Day
•Frederick Austerliz = Fred Astaire
•Lucille LeSueur = Joan Crawford

Leading Ladies

•Alicia Christian Foster = Jodie Foster
•Winona Laura Horowitz = Winona Ryder
•Edna Gilhooley = Ellen Burstyn
•Joyce Frankenberg = Jane Seymour
•Demetria Guynes = Demi Moore
•Susan Tomaling = Susan Sarandon
•Dana Elaine Owens = Queen Latifah
•Amanda Lee Rogers = Portia De Rossi

Leading Men

•John Charles Carter = Charlton Heston
•Mark Vincent = Vin Diesel
•Nicolas Coppola = Nicolas Cage
•Thomas Mapother IV = Tom Cruise
•Issur Danielovitch = Kirk Douglas
•Ramon Estevez = Martin Sheen

Comedians

•Caryn Johnson = Whoopi Goldberg
•Paul Rubenfeld = Pee Wee Herman
•Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz = Jon Stewart
•Eric Bishop = Jamie Foxx
•Joan Sandra Molinsky = Joan Rivers
•Jacob Cohen = Rodney Dangerfield
•David Atkins = Sinbad

Female Singers

•Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta = Lady Gaga
•Alicia Augello Cook = Alicia Keys
•Yvette Stevens = Chaka Khan
•Erica Wright = Erykah Badu
•Eileen Regina Edwards = Shania Twain
•Cherilyn Sarkisian = Cher
•Robyn Fenty = Rihanna
•Myra Ellen Amos = Tori Amos
•Alecia Moore = Pink
•Patricia Andrejewski = Pat Benatar

Rockers

•Robert James Ritchie = Kid Rock
•William Rose-Bailey = Axl Rose
•Saul Hudson = Slash
•Gordon Sumner = Sting
•Chaim Witz = Gene Simmons
•Anna Mae Bullock = Tina Turner
Prince Rogers Nelson = Prince

Paul David Hewson = Bono

Rappers

•Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. = Lil Wayne
•Marshall Bruce Mathers III = Eminem
•Curtis Jackson = 50 Cent
•Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. = Rapper T.I.
•Earl Simmons = DMX
•O’Shea Jackson = Ice Cube
•Shawn Carter = Jay-Z
•James Todd Smith = LL Cool J
•Aubrey Drake Graham = Drake
•Cordozar Calvin Broadus = Snoop Dogg
Crooners•Barry Alan Pincus = Barry Manilow
•Clayton Holmes Grissom = Clay Aiken
•Georgios Panayiotou = George Michael
•Stevland Judkins = Stevie Wonder
•George Alan O’Dowd = Boy George
•Marvin Lee Aday = Meat Loaf

Athletes

•Eldrick Woods = Tiger Woods
•Terry Gene Bollea = Hulk Hogan
•Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. = Muhammad Ali
•Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. = Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
•Paul Michael Levesque = Triple H
•Mark Calloway = The Undertaker

Are you surprised at some of the name changes?  Do you think their family members call them by their birth name or stage name??

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