March 28, 2011

List of Real Names

I was inspired by Gail Collins in the New York Times real-namedropping in her recent editorial:

...Perhaps if we talk about it long enough I will get a chance to point out once again that Representative Connie Mack of Florida, who surprised everyone by announcing Friday that he would not run for Senator Bill Nelson’s seat in 2012, is actually named Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV.
And then, today, we watched Eddie Izzard's classic "Engelbert Humperdinck" sketch in Dress to Kill, where he dwells at length on Gerry Dorsey's name change. So, I will now compile a growing list of REAL NAMES of actors, celebrities, politicians, and anyone else who has an interesting real name. (Please leave suggestions in the comments.) I'm generally leaving out people with stage names, pen names or rap names whose real names aren't especially interesting or hilarious (like Samuel Clemens or Robert Zimmerman), and leaning more towards people whose birth names could be career killers, or are just vaguely entertaining to learn.

Tom Cruise - Thomas Mapother IV
Ben Kingsley - Krishna Bhanji
Muhammad Ali - Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.
Woody Allen - Allan Konigsberg
Snoop Dogg - Cordozer Calvin Broadus
Jon Stewart - Jonathan Stuart Liebowitz
Kirk Douglas - Issur Danielovitch
Lauren Bacall - Betty Joan Perske
Billy Holiday - Eleanora Fagan
Jodie Foster - Alicia Christian Foster
Gene Simmons - Chaim Witz
Judy Garland - Frances Ethel Gumm
John Wayne - Marion Morrison
Mel Brooks - Melvyn Kaminsky
Albert Brooks (actor) - Albert Einstein
Martin Sheen - Ramon Estevez
Kiefer Sutherland - William Frederick Dempsey George Sutherland
Sting - Gordon Sumner
Charlie Sheen - Carlos Estevez
Pat Benatar - Patricia Andrzejewski
Larry King - Lawrence Zieger
George Orwell - Eric Blair
Cary Grant - Archibald Leach
Winona Ryder - Winona Horowitz
Alan Alda - Alphonso D'Abruzzo
Engelbert Humperdinck - Arnold George “Gerry” Dorsey
Gov. Bobby Jindal - Piyush Amrit Jindal
Elvis Costello - Declan Patrick MacManus
Demi Moore - Demetria Guynes
Bob Hope - Leslie Townes Hope
Bono - Paul David Hewson
Lady Gaga - Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
Michael Caine - Maurice Micklewhit­e
Miley Cyrus - Destiny Hope Cyrus
Anne Bancroft - Anne Italiano
Whoopi Goldberg - Caryn Johnson
Vanilla Ice - Robert Van Winkle
George Sand - Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin
Baron Corvo - Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary Rolfe
Mitt Romney - Willard Mitt (Milton?) Romney
Buster Posey (Giants catcher) - Gerald Dempsey Posey III
Pelé (Soccer player) - Edison Arantes do Nascimento
Fatboy Slim - Norman Cook
Al Pacino - Alfredo Pacino
Marquis de Sade - Donatien Alphonse Francois Sade
Jack Palance - Volodymir Ivanovich Palahnuik
"Baby Face" Nelson (Gangster) - Lester M. Gillis
Chuck D - Carlton Ridenhour
Nero (Emperor) - Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus / Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus
Pablo Neruda - NeftalĂ­ Ricardo Reyes Basoalto
Erykah Badu - Erica Wright
Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo & Gummo Marx - Julius Henry Marx, Leonard Marx, Arthur Adolph Marx, Herbert Manfred Marx & Milton Marx.
Reince Priebus - Reinhold R. Priebus

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