Celebrities Who Surprisingly Have Stage Names

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These are typical examples of rather obvious stage names. These...not so much. A lot of Hollywood's top actors and the music industry's top singers have obvious stage names, but who are the lesser-known actors and singers with stage names?
The Top Ten
1 Tom Cruise Thomas Cruise Mapother IV is an American actor and producer. He has received various accolades for his work, including three Golden Globe Awards and three nominations for Academy Awards. He is one of the highest-paid actors in the world.

Although it sounds normal enough, Tom Cruise technically isn't his actual name. That would be Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. Not only would that be a mouthful to address the guy as, but how do you even pronounce 'Mapother'?

2 Billie Eilish Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell, known professionally as Billie Eilish (born December 18, 2001) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her songs "When the Party's Over", "Bury a Friend", "Everything I Wanted", "Happier Than Ever" and especially "Bad Guy".

Hers may be a bit more obvious than Tom Cruise's, but Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell was probably too long of a name, and I wouldn't be surprised if she got harassed over the fact that Pirate is in her name.

3 Elizabeth Banks

Not as drastic of a change as the others, so far, Banks kept her first name but changed her last name from Mitchell to Banks. Don't ask me why.

4 Mahershala Ali

Born as Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore. Understandably changed, because let me ask you this: How the heck do you pronounce 'Mahershalalhashbaz'?

5 Michael Keaton Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), professionally known as Michael Keaton, is an American actor. He is best known for portraying the DC Comics superhero Bruce Wayne / Batman in the films Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), and is set to reprise the role in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU)... read more

I guess Michael Douglas just doesn't have the same ring to it as Michael Keaton does.

6 Luke Bryan Thomas Luther Bryan, known professionally as Luke Bryan, is an American country music singer and songwriter.
7 Steven Tyler Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.

The same idea as Mahershala Ali, Steven Tallarico was probably mispronounced so many times that he decided, "Alright, forget it. I'm Steven Tyler now."

8 Brie Larson Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers, known professionally as Brie Larson, is an American actress and filmmaker.

Yes, Captain Marvel's name is almost 100% fake. Her full REAL name, as you can see in the bio, is Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers. Let me know if you know how to pronounce Sidonie or Desaulniers.

9 Charlie Sheen Carlos Irwin Estévez, known professionally as Charlie Sheen, is an American actor. Sheen has appeared in films including Platoon, Wall Street, Young Guns, Eight Men Out, Major League, Hot Shots!, and The Three Musketeers.

The visual kind of makes him look like Mark Cuban. Right, I just had to get that out of my head. Anyways, Sheen's name is actually Carlos Estevez, and his middle name is Irwin. No wonder he changed his name to something more normal for an American.

10 Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF... read more

True, her debut album has her real name actually, but not many people have heard of it.

The Contenders
11 Camila Cabello Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao, or professionally Camila Cabello (born March 3, 1997) is an American-Cuban musician. Camila was best known for being part of the girl group Fifth Harmony. Fifth Harmony are known for songs like Worth It, Work From Home, All In My Head (Flex), Bo$, and Sledgehammer. Camila... read more
12 Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

Her, Elizabeth Banks, Luke Bryan, and Michael Keaton are the most odd for me. None of the original names seem to have anything particularly bad about them.

Like most, if not all, people on this list when I made it, Alicia Keys is only 50% a stage name and 50% real. Alicia is her actual name, but Cook is her last name. And Augello is her middle name.

13 David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans... read more

It's a little unusual but it at least sounds like it could be a real name, unlike say Pink or Prince.

14 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.
15 Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer... read more
16 Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, pianist and composer. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold over 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has... read more
17 Stan Lee Stan Lee (December 28, 1922-November 12, 2018) was a comic-book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. He is best regarded as an influential figure for the comic book industry and general entertainment.
18 Martin Sheen
19 Andy Warhol Andy Warhol, born Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s.
20 Cliff Richard
21 Jamie Foxx Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally by his stage name Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, songwriter and comedian.
22 Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock... read more
23 Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, singer and model. Decades after her unexpected death, she has remained one of Hollywood's greatest sex symbols with her eye-catching style, champagne blond hair, and breathless manner of speaking... read more
24 Donna Summer Ladonna Adrian Gaines (31 December 1948 - 17 May 2012) was known by her stage name, Donna Summer. She was an American singer, songwriter, and painter.
25 Cary Grant Cary Grant, born Archibald Alexander Leach (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was a British-American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He began a career in Hollywood in the early 1930s, and became known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, and light-hearted... read more
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