Friday, February 16, 2007

Revealed: Real Names of Famous Celebrities

Would you allow your daughter to date successful musician Chaim Witz? What about rocker Gene Simmons?

Would you buy real estate from Domingo Tancredo Suarez? How about Donald Trump?

Would you vote for Hillary Clinton, or maybe throw your support behind Hillary Rodham Clinton?

What if I told you that these were the same people?

Celebrities often change their real names for PR and legal reasons. Don’t try looking up Sting in the United Kingdom phone book, but you just might find a listing for Gordon Sumner. And what about Bjork? What kind of name is that? The kind of name you take if your REAL name is Bjork Gudmundsdottir.

Our crack research department here at Very Little Known Facts has tracked down the real names of many of our most famous, celebrated celebrities. Don’t be shocked to learn that your favorite actor, actress, celebrity is NOT WHO YOU THOUGHT THEY WERE or ARE.


Elton John - Reggie Dwight

Prince - Rogers Nelson, aka Roger Nelson
Eminem - Slim Shady
Madonna - Louise Cicciolina
Charlie Sheen - Carlos Irwin Estevez
Bono - Paul Hewson
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Cassius Clay
Alan Alda - Alphonse d'Abruzzo
Boy George - Georgios Panaylotou
John Cleese - John Cheese
John Wayne - Marion Morrison
Jay Z - John Zelig
Bob Dylan - Thomas Dylan
Cary Grant - Archibald Leach
Cher - Cherilyn Sarkisian
Snoop Dogg - Cordazar Calvin Broadus
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Hector Elizondo
Bruce Willis - Barry Willis Frankenheimer
Stevie Wonder - Steveland Judkins
Nicolas Cage - Nicolas Scorsese
Ralph Lauren - Ralph Lipschitz
Morris the cat - Buttercup the cat
Anna Nicole Smith - Vickie Lynn Hogan
Alice Cooper - William Bailey
John Cougar Mellencamp - Bluff Coogan
Michael Jordan - Mike Jordan
John Travolta - Vladimir Illyich Travolta
Paris Hilton - Marissa Stumph
Gloria Estefan - Gloria Fajardo
Lee Marvin - Marvin Lee
50 Cent - Victor Augustus Cent
Englebert Humperdinck - George Dorsey
Talia Shire - Talia Scorsese
Tupac Shakur - Lesane Parish Crooks
John Wayne Gacy - Marion Morrison Gacy
Lisa Bonet - Lisa Boney
Rip Torn - Jeffrey (Rip) Torn
Zsa Zsa Gabor - Eva Gabor
Whoopi Goldberg - Natalie Goldberg
Julia Louis Dreyfuss - Angmar Carabiner
Vanilla Ice - Robert (Rip) Van Winkle
Tom Cruise - Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Marilyn Monroe - Norma Rae
Sinbad - David Adkins
Holland Oates - Daryl Hall and John Oates


Anonymous said...

Great blog but just to let you know that Boy George's real name is George O'Dowd
Georgios Panaylotou is the real name of singer George Michael.
Alad Alda's real name is
Aldonso Joseph D'Abruzzo
not Alphonse.

Jon Black and Britt Bergman said...

Dear anonymous,

Thanks for your comment! Of course Eighties Fans were shocked when George Michael "came out of the closet" and revealed that, yes, he actually had been Boy George as well! I guess no one could see the real George behind all that makeup. Thanks again for your comment!

Anonymous said...

I believe Alice Cooper's real name is Vincent Furnier.

Jon Black and Britt Bergman said...

Dear anonymous,

Thanks for your comment! Alice Cooper was the "stage" or "fake" name of glam rocker William Vincent Bailey, whose mother re-married the podiatrist Sam Furnier when he was 14. So we are both right! Thanks again for your comment!

Anonymous said...

I see that Kareen Abdul-Jabbar has, since your initial post, changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Thanks, Fact Men, for keeping us so up-to-date!

Jon Black and Britt Bergman said...

Dear anonymous,

Thanks for your comment! Contrary to popular belief, the former All-Star for the L.A. Clippers and star of the movie Airport was never named Kareen Abdul-Jabbar. This was merely a mistranslation from the Arabic. Thanks again for your comment!

MXL said...

50 Cent's name is Curtis Jackson.

Jay-Z's name is Shawn Corey Carter.

Eminem's name is Marshall Mathers, III.

Tupac Shakur's real name WAS Lesane Crooks, but his mother officially (read: legally) changed it when he was a couple days old.

Are you guys serious with this blog? It's pretty funny.

brandon said...

Most of the info on here is complete rubbish. This has to be a joke, or these people are realllllllly stupid. Nick Cage's real name was Nicholas Kim Coppola. Wrong director there guys. Paris Hilton is also her real name.

Anonymous said...

mxl's real name is Brandon

Anonymous said...

hey this is very nice to have but you need to check some of your sources because some of the real names are not correct

Anonymous said...

Yeah well who is "Holland Oates"...anyway?

You've left out my personal favorite:

1950s Hollywood heart-throb Robert Taylor was born Spangler Arlington Brough. I kid you not!

Anonymous said...

It's Hall & Oates.

Hall & Oates is a popular music duo made up of Daryl Hall and John Oates. The act achieved its greatest fame in the late 1970s and early-to-mid 1980s. They specialized in a fusion of rock and roll and rhythm and blues styles which they dubbed "rock and soul." They are best known for their six #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Rich Girl", "Kiss on My List", "Private Eyes", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", and "Out of Touch", as well as many other songs which charted in the Top 40.

(Thank God for Wikipedia!)

Holland Oates???? And Eminem is MARSHALL MATHERS!!

walrus1960 said...

Ava Gabor is Zsa Zsa Gabors sister, not one and the same.

Boy George's real name is George Alan O'Dowd.

Eminems real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III-Slim Shady is another Stage name.

Madonna' real name is: Madonna Louise Ciccone not Cicciolina as you claim.

Karreem Abdul Jabbar's real name is:Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor(Lou Alcindor) Cassius Clay is the real name of Muhammad Ali the legendary boxer not Kareem.

Bob Dylans real name is Robert Zimmerman not Thomas Dylan who I believe you are confusing with Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

F.Scott Fitzgerald was an American Writer named after his relative Francis Scott Key of "Star Spangled Banner" authorship fame.
Not Hector Elizondo a Puerto Rican
born American actor born ten years before Fitzgerald died.

Bruce Willis is the given name of the German born American actor born to Marlene and David Willis.

Alice Cooper was born Vincent Furnier not William Bailey.

John Mellencamp is his given name not Bluff Coogan which is a backwards reading of "Coogan's Bluff" a movie starring Clint Eastwood.John Cougar was however Mellencamp's Stage name during his earlier carreer.

Paris Hilton is also her given name. I would hardly think she would trade the Hilton name of Hotel fame for a name like "Stumph"
Born to Billionaire, Kathy and Richard Hilton.

John Travolta was born to Salvatore and Helen Travolta and is his given name.Not Vladimir.

Lee Marvin was born to lamont and Courtenay marvin and is his given name not Marvin Lee.

50 Cent was born Curtis James Jackson III not Victor Augustus Cent.(yeah right)

Tupac Amaru Shakur is his given name, named after an Incan Indian revolutionary Tupac Amaru II.

Rip Torn- born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr.not Jeffrey Torn.

Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is Julia Dreyfuss's real name not Angmar Carabiner.

Norma Jeane Mortenson was Marylyn Monroe' given name not Norma Rae of the Sally Field Movie title character.

and lastly Hall and Oates are the last names of the singers of the Duo Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Give it up guys. this is a train wreck site of sloppy research. it is alot more enjoyable and interesting when the true facts are presented stop ruining it for people looking for the truth..

walrus1960 said...

Oh yeah and Nicolas Cages name is not- Nicolas Scorsese it is Nicolas Kim Coppola . Like the other reader noticed wrong famous related director pulled out of your A$% there.

Jack said...

So many wrong name here...-Geeze

Anonymous said...

Since when did Muhammad Ali formerly known as Cassius Clay change his name to Kareem?

Your site is a perfect example of why NOT TO TRUST one reads on the Internet.

sebastien said...

Some of theese arnt real.
F scott fitzgerald is not hector elizondo

Anonymous said...

Prince's real name is Prince Rogers Nelson, not Roger Nelson like it says here.

Anonymous said...

Well done is better than well said.

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Anonymous said...

jeeez... u need to verify this and not state it as a fact... EMINEM is Marshall B Mathers THUS, M&M... THUS, EMINEM... slim shady... are u for real?? thats his stage name!!

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