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. Tom Cruise - born Thomas Cruis... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Tom Cruise - born Thomas Cruise Mapother, IV Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

  2. Natalie Portman - born Natalie... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Natalie Portman - born Natalie Hershlag Film Producer, Model, Actor

  3. David Bowie - born David Rober... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    David Bowie - born David Robert Jones Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

  4. Businessperson, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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  5. Record producer, Pianist, Musician

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  6. Miley Cyrus - born Destiny Hop... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Miley Cyrus - born Destiny Hope Cyrus Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

  7. Steven Tyler - born Steven Tal... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Steven Tyler - born Steven Tallarico Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

  8. Sophia Loren - born Sofia Vill... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Sophia Loren - born Sofia Villani Scicolone Actor

  9. Michael J. Fox - born Michael ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Michael J. Fox - born Michael Andrew Fox Television producer, Film Producer, Author

  10. Alicia Keys - born Alicia Auge... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Alicia Keys - born Alicia Augello Cook Record producer, Pianist, Musician

  11. Bob Dylan - born Robert Allen ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Bob Dylan - born Robert Allen Zimmerman Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet

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  14. Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Author

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  15. Blake Lively - born Blake Elle... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Blake Lively - born Blake Ellender Brown Model, Actor

  16. Elton John - born Reginald Ken... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Elton John - born Reginald Kenneth Dwight Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

  17. Courtney Love - born Courtney ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Courtney Love - born Courtney Michelle Harrison Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

  18. Television director, Pianist, Television producer

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  19. Jon Stewart - born Jonathan St... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Jon Stewart - born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz Commentator, Talk show host, Journalist

  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. Judy Garland - born Frances Et... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Judy Garland - born Frances Ethel Gumm Actor, Vaudeville Performer, Singer

  24. Diane Keaton - born Diane Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Diane Keaton - born Diane Hall Television director, Television producer, Real estate entrepreneur

  25. Mickey Rooney - born Joseph Yu... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Mickey Rooney - born Joseph Yule, Jr. Soldier, Comedian, Television producer

  26. Jayne Mansfield - born Vera Ja... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Jayne Mansfield - born Vera Jayne Palmer Pin-up girl, Pianist, Model

  27. Ben Kingsley - born Krishna Pa... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Ben Kingsley - born Krishna Pandit Bhanji Actor, Voice acting

  28. Jodie Foster - born Alicia Chr... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Jodie Foster - born Alicia Christian Foster Musician, Film Producer, Actor

  29. Jack White - born John Anthony... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Jack White - born John Anthony Gillis Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

  30. Cary Grant - born Archibald Al... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Cary Grant - born Archibald Alexander Leach Actor

  31. Woody Allen - born Allen Stew... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Woody Allen - born Allen Stewart Konigsberg Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician

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  33. Rodney Dangerfield - born Jaco... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Rodney Dangerfield - born Jacob Cohen Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

  34. Elizabeth Banks - born Elizabe... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Elizabeth Banks - born Elizabeth Irene Mitchell Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

  35. Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

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  37. Chevy Chase - born Cornelius C... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Chevy Chase - born Cornelius Crane Chase Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

  38. Ballet Dancer, Fashion Model, Actor

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  39. Ray Charles - born Ray Charles... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Ray Charles - born Ray Charles Robinson Film Score Composer, Arranger, Jazz Pianist

  40. Norah Jones - born Geethali No... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Jazz Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

  41. Kirk Douglas - born Issur Dani... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Kirk Douglas - born Issur Danielovitch Demsky Businessperson, Soldier, Film Producer

  42. Meg Ryan - born Margaret Mary ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Meg Ryan - born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

  43. Theatre Director, Television producer, Film Producer

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  44. Charlton Heston - born John Ch... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Charlton Heston - born John Charles Carter Actor, Voice acting, Political Activist

  45. Rita Hayworth - born Margarita... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Rita Hayworth - born Margarita Carmen Cansino Film Producer, Actor, Singer

  46. Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

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  47. Pilot, Stunt Performer, Historian

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  48. Joan Crawford - born Lucille F... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Joan Crawford - born Lucille Fay LeSueur Pin-up girl, Actor, Singer

  49. Television producer, Theatrical producer, Film Producer

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  50. Phoebe Cates - born Phoebe Bel... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

    Phoebe Cates - born Phoebe Belle Katz Entrepreneur, Model, Actor

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