Real Celebrity Names


Sure, we know that people change their names from time to time, but while some are obvious, not all of them are. Here are fifteen celebrities and the names they were actually born with.

Alan Alda

Believe it or not, Hawkeye was actually born Alphonso D’Abruzzo. Alan Alda just rolls off the tongue a bit easier.

Cary Grant

I was not aware that he was born Archibald Leach. I like Cary Grant better.

Charlie Sheen

His relation to Emilio Estevez makes a lot more sense when you find out Charlie was born Carlos Irwin Estevez.

Chuck Norris

Surprise! Real name – Carlos Ray Norris.

Ginger Rogers

I don’t really see what’s wrong with Virginia McMath myself, but then I wasn’t born with the name.

Jack Black

Not much of a change for Thomas Black, Jr.

Jamie Foxx

I wasn’t surprised that he’d changed his name, I was surprised to find out it used to be Eric Marlon Bishop. That’s a big change.

John Wayne

This was disappointing to find out. The Duke was really Marion Morrison?

Katy Perry

She was actually born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, but took her mother’s maiden name as she figured one Kate Hudson was probably enough.

Kirk Douglas

Another personal shocker to be honest. Spartacus was born Issur Danielovitch. Good choice on the change.

Marilyn Monroe

Everybody knows that the original Playmate was born Norma Jean Baker.

Nicolas Cage

Not wanting to make his way through Hollywood off his famous real name, Cage changed it from Nicolas Kim Coppola. Yeah, as in Francis Ford.

Tom Cruise

Regardless of your opinion of him, you have to admit that Tom Cruise is better than Thomas Mapother IV.

Vin Diesel

Wasn’t surprised to find his real name, only that Vincent wasn’t his first name. Mr. Fast and Furious was actually born Mark Sinclair Vincent.

Whoopi Goldberg

Another big change on the original. Goldberg was born Caryn Johnson.

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