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Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names  

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List Rules 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.

Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001), known professionally as Billie Eilish, is an American singer and songwriter signed to Interscope Records. Her first experience with ...more
Luke Bryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 42
Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan is an American country singer-songwriter. Luke Bryan began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. After ...more
Elizabeth Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 41
Elizabeth Irene Banks (born February 10, 1974) is an American actress, director, and producer. Banks made her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy (1998), and is known ...more
Stan Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 96
Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. In collaboration with several artists, ...more
Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 35
Kate McKinnon Berthold, commonly known as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She is best known for her sketch comedy work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live ...more
John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 23
John Boyega is an actor.
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 36
Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, ...more
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 67
Michael John Douglas, better known by his stage name Michael Keaton, is an American actor, producer, director and comedian. He is currently a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. ...more
Mahershala Ali is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 41
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, commonly known as Mahershala Ali, is an American actor best known for his role as Remy Danton in the television series House of Cards, Colonel Boggs in The Hunger Games: ...more
Alison Brie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 36
Alison Brie Schermerhorn, known professionally as Alison Brie, is an American actress. She is known for portraying Annie Edison on the NBC / Yahoo sitcom Community and Trudy Campbell on the AMC ...more
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 47
Winona Ryder is an American actress. She made her film debut in the 1986 film Lucas. As Lydia Deetz, a goth teenager in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, she won critical and popular recognition. After ...more
Guy Fieri is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 51
Guy Fieri is an American restaurateur, author, game host, and television personality currently working for Food Network. He co-owns five restaurants in California and is known for his television ...more
Lele Pons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Eleonora Pons Maronese (born June 25, 1996), known online as Lele Pons, is a American-Venezuelan internet personality and actress, most notable for her YouTube videos.
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 70
Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the frontman of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which ...more
James D'Arcy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 46
James D'Arcy is an English actor.
Sara Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 44
Sara Gilbert is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997, as co-host and creator of the daytime talk show The Talk and for her ...more
Brie Larson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 26
Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (born October 1, 1989), known professionally as Brie Larson, is an American actress and filmmaker. Noted for her supporting work in comedies when a teenager, she has ...more
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 34
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress. She had limited exposure to secular music during her childhood and ...more
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 56
Tom Cruise is an American actor, filmmaker and scientologist. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards. He started his career at age 19 in the ...more
Chuck Lorre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 67
Chuck Lorre is an American television writer, director, producer and composer. Lorre has created many popular and successful sitcoms including Grace Under Fire, Cybill, Dharma & Greg, Two ...more
Criss Angel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 51
Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, better known by the stage name Criss Angel, is an American magician and illusionist. Angel began his career in New York City, before moving his base of ...more
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 37
Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born American actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream ...more
Jenna Fischer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 44
Regina Marie "Jenna" Fischer is an American actress and director. She is known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Pam Beesly on the NBC situation comedy The Office. She has also ...more
Ruby Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 32
Ruby Rose Langenheim, better known as Ruby Rose, is an Australian model, DJ, actress, television presenter, MTV VJ and recording artist. She is the face of Maybelline NY in Australia.
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 45
Andrew James Clutterbuck, better known by his stage name Andrew Lincoln, is an English actor most recognized for his portrayal of Rick Grimes. He first came to public attention as Egg in the BBC ...more