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A Change of Names

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Some of the most interesting, weird and notable name changes I have come across.

Listed alphabetically by stage name.

At the moment the list is a little too musician/singer heavy for my liking, so it will be updated in the future with more actors.

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Posted: 8 years, 9 months ago at Jan 5 13:10
Even though I risk sounding anti-Semitic in this comment, it has always seemed to me the jewish actors with the most jewish-sounding names are usually the ones changing their professional names. Gene Wilder is a perfect example.
Posted: 8 years, 9 months ago at Jan 12 4:56
Where's Madonna? She's been in films.
Posted: 8 years, 9 months ago at Jan 12 17:59
Madonna is her name, just omitting her middle and last name(s), which I didn't think was very interesting, tbh.
Posted: 8 years, 9 months ago at Jan 17 23:07
Samuel Wilder
Posted: 8 years, 6 months ago at Apr 15 22:51
Judy Garland's real last name was Gumm. not Cumm.
and some of these are just abbreviations of their real names and/or names they got from previous marriages that they were in when they got married. if you're not going to include Madonna, then you should probably take down Suzi Quatro, Mia Farrow, and a few other people.
Posted: 8 years, 3 months ago at Jun 30 22:50
Norma Jean Mortensen ;)
Posted: 8 years, 3 months ago at Jul 19 1:15
"Bono Vox" the guy calls himself 'good voice', some ego...
"Axl Rose", 'let's make an anagram for oral sex'
And who would like to be named "Whoopi"?
I really don't understand some names some people take xD
Mia Farrow is not a name change - Mia is short for Maria, and Farrow was already her last name. And there are other similar cases on the list...
Hum... Shakira changed her name to Shakira? Personally I think you should take her off the list.
Well some singers on there are just... band names...
Here's one to add: Christopher Walken - birth name Ronald Walken.
Posted: 7 years, 10 months ago at Dec 11 17:08
Whoopi Goldberg. Who the hell would voluntarily pick Whoopi as her own first name? I always figured she had a kooky parent to blame.
Posted: 7 years, 4 months ago at Jun 6 0:03
I should have gone in show biz . thanks for such a comprehensive list
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 11 22:51
How About Robert Zimmerman ........Bob Dylan?
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Aug 4 17:53
Sofia Villani Scicolone
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Dec 15 10:50
Finally updated this list with suggestions! Also finally added Dido and Rip Torn.

I may or may not add Madonna at some later point, but I'm not going to justify anything I do or do not add. As I stated, this is just a list of people and their name changes that I find interesting, so its totally up to my whims and fancies what I do or don't add. Some names bore me, others I find amusing, so people just have to deal with that. :P
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Feb 13 16:51
Paul Wesley -Paweł Tomasz Wasilewsk
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at May 7 21:52
some real names i cant even pronounce, thank god they changed them:)
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jul 12 17:37
Cary Grant - Archibald (Archie) Alexander Leach
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Aug 26 12:10
Why?... Why?
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Nov 15 6:11
Tony Curtis - Bernie Schwartz

Danny Kaye - David Daniel Kaminsky

John Wayne - Born Marion Robert Morrison, but his middle name was soon changed from Robert to Mitchell when his parents decided to name their next son Robert.

David Bowie changed his name to avoid being confused with Davey Jones of the Monkees, who were popular at that time.

Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Feb 21 12:54
Hahaha Jennifer Aniston is soooo Greek. I love it.
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Mar 23 0:53
Janet Leigh, born Jeanette Helen Morrison
Vera Miles, born Vera June Ralston
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jun 22 8:49
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Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Sep 13 16:23
Lucy Lawless didn't change her name. She married a man who's last name was "Lawless."
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 15 15:56
So, the T in Mr. T stands for Tureaud? Interesting.

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