Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

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List Criteria: Famous people who you know by their pseudonyms - no surnames changed because of marriage

List of celebrities with stage names, loosely ranked according to fame and popularity. It's tough to break into show business, but a good stage name might give you a leg up in a sea of boring Joe Smiths and Anne Taylors. This list includes famous people you didn't know were using fake stage names, including those who go by their middle names and celebrities who used variations of family names. A number of people on this list changed their names to avoid confusion with other actors. For example, the Batman you know as Michael Keaton was born Michael John Douglas - not to be confused with Michael Kirk Douglas (whose own father, Kirk Douglas, was born Issur Danielovitch). Other celebrities changed their names to protect their privacy. Natalie Hershlag was a famous child actress, but you have always known her as Natalie Portman. Some celebrities who use pseudonyms changed their names themselves just because they sounded better.

This list of famous stage names includes celebrities who go by nicknames and famous people who have changed their names. It does not, however, include female celebrities who use their married surnames professionally, famous people who were adopted by stepparents at a young age and had their names legally changed as children, or celebrities with obviously theatrical stage names, such as many wrestlers and eponymous artists. You know Adele must have a last name. You know Sting's real name is not Sting. You are pretty sure it's not just a coincidence that the Macho Man's last name was Savage. For more lists of celebrity names, check out the funniest real names of celebrities and this list of stupid celebrity baby names.

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  1. Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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  2. Film Producer, Model, Actor

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  3. Theatre Director, Television producer, Film Producer

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  4. Businessperson, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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  5. Record producer, Pianist, Musician

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  6. Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

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  7. Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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  9. Television producer, Film Producer, Author

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  10. Record producer, Pianist, Musician

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  11. Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet

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  12. Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

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  14. Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Author

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  16. Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

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  17. Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

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  18. Television director, Pianist, Television producer

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  19. Commentator, Talk show host, Journalist

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  20. Actor, Voice acting, Singer

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  21. Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

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  22. Theatrical producer, Television producer, Film Producer

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  23. Actor, Vaudeville Performer, Singer

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  24. Television director, Television producer, Real estate entrepreneur

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  25. Soldier, Comedian, Television producer

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  26. Pin-up girl, Pianist, Model

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  28. Musician, Film Producer, Actor

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  29. Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

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  31. Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician

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  33. Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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  34. Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

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  36. Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

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  38. Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

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  39. Ballet Dancer, Fashion Model, Actor

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  40. Film Score Composer, Arranger, Jazz Pianist

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  41. Jazz Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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  42. Businessperson, Soldier, Film Producer

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  43. Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

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  44. Actor, Voice acting, Political Activist

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  46. Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

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  47. Pilot, Stunt Performer, Historian

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  49. Television producer, Theatrical producer, Film Producer

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  50. Entrepreneur, Model, Actor

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