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Famous people that have changed their name

Changing your name is a legal action that should not be done lightly. However, as a light hearted break from all of the legal information that we provide the following are examples of some ‘celebrities’ that have changed their names-

Adam Ant was known as Stuart Leslie Goddard
Born: 3 November 1954
London, England

Famous for 80’s hits including “Prince Charming”

Tim Allen was known as Tim Allen Dick
Born: 13 June 1953
Denver, Colorado, USA

Star of the top-rated TV sitcom "Home Improvement".

Jennifer Aniston was known as Jennifer Anastassakis (or Anistopolous)
Born: 11 February 1969
Sherman Oaks, California

Best known as Rachel in "Friends"

Cilla Black was known as Priscilla Marie Veronica White
Born: 1943

Popular UK singer and presenter of “Blind Date”

David Bowie was known as David Robert Hayward-Jones
Born: 8 January 1947
Brixton, England

Rock/Pop star who changed his name as not to be confused with Davy Jones of "The Monkees" fame

Jimmy White briefly became Jimmy Brown
Born: 2 May 1962

Fans favourite and snooker legend Jimmy White changed his name to "Jimmy Brown" to reflect the colour of the condiment produced by his sponsor (HP Sauce).

Nicolas Cage was known as Nicolas Coppola
Born: 7 January 1964
Long Beach, California

Oscar winner and star of “Face Off”and “Con Air”

(Sir) Sean Connery was known as Thomas Connery
Born: 25 August 1930
Edinburgh, Scotland

Best known as the James Bond but also for films like "The Untouchables".

Michael Crawford was known as Michael Patrick Dumbell-Smith
Born: 19 January 1942
Wiltshire, England

Came to fame with "Some Mother's Do 'Ave 'Em" and later with the musical "Phantom of the Opera".

Tom Cruise was known as Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Born: 3 July 1962
Syracuse, New York

Star of “Top Gun and “Mission Impossible”

Kirk Douglas Isidore Demsky
Born: 9 December 1916
Amsterdam, New York

Star of the epic movie "Spartacus".

Carmen Electra was known as Tara Leigh Patrick
Born: 20 April 1972
Ohia, USA

Famous for presenting on TV but also for “Baywatch” and appearing in “Playboy”.

Michael J Fox was known as Michael A Fox
Born: 9 June 1961
Alberta, Canada

Star of “Back to the Future”

Cary Grant was known as Archibald Alexander Leach
Born: 18 January 1904
Bristol, England
Died: 29 November 1986

Leading box office star from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Judy Garland was known as Frances Gumm
Born: 1922
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Died: 1969

Star of "The Wizard of Oz"

Audrey Hepburn was known as Edda Van Heemstra Hepburn-Rusten
Born: 4 May 1928
Brussels, Belgium
Died: 20 January 1993

Best known as the star of movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

Angelina Jolie was known as Angelina Jolie Voight
Born: 4 June 1975
Los Angeles

Best known as "Lara Croft - Tomb Raider

Michael Keaton was known as Michael John Douglas
Born: 9 September 1951
Pennsylvania, USA

Star of "Beetlejuice", played "Batman". Changed his name to avoid confusion with Michael Douglas.

Stan Laurel was known as Arthur Stanley Jefferson
Born: 16 June 1890
Ulverston, England
Died: 23 February 1965

One half of one of the best known slapstick comedy duos of all time: "Laurel and Hardy". See also Oliver Hardy.

Helen Mirren was known as Ilynea Lydia Mironoff
Born: 26 July 1946
Chiswick, England

Best known today for her television role as in "Prime Suspect", and for playing the Queen

Marilyn Monroe was known as Norma Jean Mortensen Baker
Born: 1 June 1926
Los Angeles
Died: 4 August 1962

Famous for her role in many films

Joaquin Phoenix was known as Joaquin Raphael Bottom
Born: 28 October 1974
Puerto Rico

Brother of River Phoenix. Starred in "Gladiator" with Russell Crowe.

The Rock was known as Dwayne Douglas Johnson
Born: 3 May 1972
Hayward, California, USA

WWF wrestler now turned to acting!

Meg Ryan was known as Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra
Born: 19 November 1961
Fairfield, Connecticut

Star of "When Harry Met Sally" and "Top Gun"

Jane Seymour was known as Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg
Born: 15 February 1951
Hillingdon, England

Best known as Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman.

John Wayne was known as Marion Michael Morrison
Born: 26 May 1907
Winterset, Iowa
Died: 11 June 1979

Best known as American movie icon and star of westerns.

Bruce Willis was known as Walter Willison
Born: 19 March 1955
Idar-Oberstein, Germany

Best known as the star of the Die Hard movie series

Tiger Woods was known as Eldrick Woods
Born: 30 December 1975
Cypress, California

One of the world's best golfers changed his name to one with a bit more bite.