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A stage name, also called a screen name, is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers such as actors, comedians, music performers, clowns, and professional wrestlers. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... This article is about the musical band. ... The Stage Names is the fourth full-length studio album by indie rockers Okkervil River, released on August 7, 2007. ... For other uses, see Alias. ... The performing arts include theater, motion pictures, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, magic and the marching arts, such as brass bands, etc. ... An entertainer is someone who is hired to entertain people. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... For the documentary about Jerry Seinfeld, see Comedian (film). ... For the popular-music magazine, see Musician (magazine). ... Clowning redirects here. ... For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ...


Motivation to use a stage name

Performers often take a stage name because their real name is considered unattractive, dull, unintentionally amusing or difficult to pronounce or spell, or because it has been used by another notable individual or projects the wrong image. Sometimes a performer adopts a name that is unusual or outlandish to attract attention. Other performers such as pornography performers use a stage name to retain their anonymity. The equivalent concept among writers is called a nom de plume or pen name, while the term ring name is used in wrestling. Porn redirects here. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A pen name or nom de plume is a pseudonym adopted by an author. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

Family connection

Some individuals who are related to a celebrity take a different last name so that they are not perceived to have received undue benefit from their family connection. Examples of these include Nicolas Cage (real name Nicholas Coppola, nephew of Francis Ford Coppola) and Mike McGear (brother of Paul McCartney). Conversely, individuals who wish to receive benefit from their family connections may take that loved one's first or last name. For example, Lon Chaney Sr.’s son Creighton spent a number of years appearing in minor roles before renaming himself Lon Chaney Jr.. Emilio Estévez chose not to take his father Martin Sheen’s professional name and uses his birth name. Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and an exemplar of method acting. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Born Peter Michael McCartney (January 7, 1944), Mike McGear is a British performing artist from the 1960s and 1970s, and a brother of Paul McCartney. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, record producer, film producer, and animal-rights activist. ... Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera Lon Chaney, Sr. ... Lon Chaney, Jr. ... Emilio Estevez (born May 12, 1962 in Staten Island, New York) is an American actor and director. ... Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ...

Guild and association rules

Diane Keaton was born Diane Hill, and Woody Allen was born Allen Stewart Konigsberg
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hill, and Woody Allen was born Allen Stewart Konigsberg

Guilds and associations that represent actors, such as the Screen Actors Guild in the United States and British Actors' Equity Association in the United Kingdom, stipulate that no two members may have identical working names. An actor whose name has already been taken must choose a new name. Notable examples include Nathan Lane, whose birth name, Joseph Lane, was already in use, Stewart Granger, whose birth name was James Stewart, and Michael Keaton, born Michael Douglas. The latter chose the last name Keaton simply because he was an admirer of actress Diane Keaton, who in turn had changed her name from Diane Hall. This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... Diane Keaton (née Hall; January 5, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress, director and producer. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Konigsberg; December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian and playwright. ... The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is an American labor union representing over 120,000 film and television principal performers and background performers worldwide. ... The British Actors Equity Association (now called Equity) is the British actors trade union. ... Nathan Lane (born February 3, 1956) is a Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning actor of the stage and screen. ... Stewart Granger (May 6, 1913 – August 16, 1993) was an English film actor, mainly associated with heroic and romantic leading roles. ... Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), better known by the stage name Michael Keaton, is an American actor, perhaps best known for his early comedic roles in films such as Night Shift, Beetlejuice, and his portrayal of Batman in the two Tim Burton directed films of the series. ... Diane Keaton (née Hall; January 5, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress, director and producer. ...

An actor may change his name if he shares it with a namesake in another field. Albert Brooks, originally Albert Einstein, changed his name so as not to be confused with the renowned physicist. Albert Brooks (born July 22, 1947) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, writer, comedian and director. ... “Einstein” redirects here. ...


In the past, a stage name was often used when a performer's real name was considered to denote a specific ethnicity that faced potential discrimination. One of the most famous examples of this type of name change involved Freddie Mercury of Queen, who was born Farrokh Bulsara to Parsi parents; his name change was partly intended to conceal his heritage. Historically, Jews in Hollywood were encouraged to anglicize their names to avoid possible discrimination. This still happens to a degree (Jon Stewart, Brad Garrett, and Natalie Portman for instance), but the growing acceptance of ethnic performers in the performing arts has made this occurrence less frequent. Ramon Estévez changed his name to Martin Sheen, because he expected a better reception for an Irish name than a Hispanic name; his sons made divergent choices: Carlos Irwin Estévez is now Charlie Sheen, while Emilio Estévez left his name unchanged. Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... This article is about the Parsi community. ... Languages Historical Jewish languages Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, others Liturgical languages: Hebrew and Aramaic Predominant spoken languages: The vernacular language of the home nation in the Diaspora, significantly including English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian Religions Judaism Related ethnic groups Arabs and other Semitic groups For the Jewish religion, see Judaism. ... ... To anglicise (or in North American English anglicize) is to adapt a foreign word into the English language, often modifying its form to correspond to standard English French demoiselle, meaning little lady. Another common type of anglicisation is the inclusion of a foreign article as part of a noun (eg. ... Not to be confused with John Stewart or John Stuart. ... Brad Garrett (born Brad H. Gerstenfeld[1] on April 14, 1960) is a three-time Emmy Award-winning American actor and comedian known for his roles on the television sitcoms Everybody Loves Raymond and Til Death. ... Natalie Portman (‎; born June 9, 1981) is a Golden Globe-winning, Academy Award-nominated Israeli-American actress. ... Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... Charles Irwin Sheen (born September 3, 1965) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy-nominated American actor. ... Emilio Estevez (born May 12, 1962 in Staten Island, New York) is an American actor and director. ...

Ease of use

Another consideration in choosing a stage name is ease of use. The Actors' Equity Association (AEA) advises performers to select a name that is easy for others to pronounce, spell, and remember. Some performers while paying great attention to their skills and abilities give little thought to the difference that a well-thought-out name can make to their career. Often it is only after the realization that a poorly chosen name results in an undesired impression that a person or group decides on a different name. The Actors Equity Association (commonly simply Equity) is the trade union of American theatrical performers and stage managers. ...

Actor Michael Caine was born Maurice Micklewhite and chose the name Michael because he preferred the sound of it to the less glamorous-sounding "Maurice".[unreliable source?] He chose the name Caine reputedly because at the precise instant he needed to decide upon his new stage name, he saw a cinema marquee for the then-current movie The Caine Mutiny and thought that it would make a good last name in conjunction with Michael. ("Had I looked the other direction," he would later quip, "I'd be known as Michael The One Hundred and One Dalmatians.") This article is about the English actor. ... This is about the 1954 film. ... This article is about the 1961 film. ...

Relevance to image

Commonly in the music world, and especially those of heavy metal, industrial and hip hop, musicians will rechristen themselves with names more menacing than their birth names. Examples include Slash, Sting, Varg Vikernes, Nivek Ogre, Dimebag Darrell, Trey Azagthoth, Vintersorg and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein as well as every member of Avenged Sevenfold (M. Shadows, The Rev, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, and Johnny Christ). Being that those genres pride themselves on a larger-than-life quality, larger-than-life names are desirable. Madonna, Prince, and P!nk are pop music examples, though both Madonna and Prince were given those names at birth. Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), more widely known as Slash, is an English/American guitarist best known as the former lead guitarist of Guns N Roses and as the current lead guitarist of Velvet Revolver. ... This article is about the musician. ... Varg Qisling Larssøn Vikernes IPA: , born Kristian Vikernes on February 11, 1973, outside of Bergen, Norway, is a black metal musician. ... Nivek Ogre Nivek Ogre (real name Kevin Graham Ogilvie) born December 5, 1962 is the vocalist best known for his work in the seminal, and notably experimental, industrial band Skinny Puppy. ... Dimebag redirects here. ... Trey Azagthoth (born George Emmanuel III March 26 1965 in Bellingham, Washington) is an American musician best known as founder and guitarist of the Florida death metal band Morbid Angel. ... Vintersorg is a Swedish progressive, folk/viking, black metal-influenced band formed in 1994 under the name Vargatron (Wolfthrone in English). ... Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (born Paul C. Doyle Caiafa on September 15, 1964 in Lodi, New Jersey), is an American guitarist. ... For the self-titled album, see Avenged Sevenfold (album). ... ‹ The template below (Citations missing) is being considered for deletion. ... The Rev (born James Jimmy Owen Sullivan on February 10, 1981), short for The Reverend Tholomew Plague, is the drummer and backing vocalist of Avenged Sevenfold. ... Synyster Gates born Brian Elwin Haner, Jr. ... Zacky Vengeance (born December 11, 1981), real name Zachary James Baker, is the rhythm guitarist and back up vocals for the band Avenged Sevenfold. ... Johnny Christ (born Jonathan Lewis Seward November 18, 1984) is the bassist for the metalcore/hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold, from Huntington Beach, California, in Orange County. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... For other uses, see Prince (disambiguation). ... Alecia Moore (born September 8, 1979), better known by her stage name Pink (also written as P!nk), is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter who first gained prominence in North America in early January of 2000. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ...

Actor John Wayne's real name was Marion Morrison. He adopted the stage name because the name Marion was not masculine enough for the cowboy characters he portrayed. Michael Andrew Fox became Michael J. Fox because a Michael Fox was already a member of the Screen Actors' Guild. For other persons named John Wayne, see John Wayne (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Michael Fox, see Michael Fox (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Musical use

Some types of music are more associated with stage names than others. For example hip hop musicians almost always use stage names, whereas "classical" composers and performers virtually never do. Some Algerian raï musicians use Cheb (for men) or Chaba (Chebba) for women. Both Arabic words mean "young" (e.g. as in Cheb Khaled, or "Young Khaled"). Some performers take a series of different stage names. The British pop singer successful in the 1970s as Alvin Stardust previously went by the stage name of Shane Fenton in the 1960s. He had been born Bernard William Jewry. Some performers will use different names in different settings. Charles Thompson, singer/songwriter for the alternative band the Pixies, was known in that band as Black Francis. He was called Frank Black as a solo performer, and Black Francis again in a reunited Pixies. Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Cheb may refer to: Cheb, city in the Czech Republic Cheb Hasni, performer of Algerian Raï music Cheb Khaled, another raï music performer Cheb Mami, the stage name of another Algerian Raï music performer A Yorkshire slang word meaning to throw Sunderland Mackem slang for a contemptible person. ... Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ... Algerian raï musician from Oran. ... Alvin Stardust (born Bernard William Jewry, 27 September 1942, Muswell Hill, North London) is an English pop singer and stage actor. ... Alvin Stardust (born on 27 September 1942) is a vocalist and stage actor, born Bernard William Jewry, in Muswell Hill, London, UK. // Career He made his stage debut in pantomime at the age of four. ... This article is about the band named Pixies. ... For other persons named Frank Black, see Frank Black (disambiguation). ...

Many performers refer to their stage name as their "professional name." In some cases performers subsequently adopt their stage name as their legal name. For instance, the former Robert Allen Zimmerman's legal name has been Robert Dylan (Bob Dylan) since he changed it at the Supreme Court building in New York City in August 1962. Elton John was born Reginald Dwight but changed his name by deed poll and subsequently took that name as his real name. When he was knighted, he became Sir Elton John rather than Sir Reginald Dwight. Sometimes a person who has adopted his professional name as a legal name will change it back to his birth name later on, as Elvis Costello (born Declan McManus) did in 1986. Names so adopted are technically no longer "stage names," though are often perceived as such by the public. This article is about the recording artist. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... A deed poll (plural: deeds poll) is a legal document binding only to a single person or several persons acting jointly to express an active intention. ... The silver Anglia knight, commisioned as a trophy in 1850, intended to represent the Black Prince. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ...

See also

This list of stage names lists performers alphabetically according to surname (assumed or genuine) and their nickname. ... A moniker (or monicker) is a pseudonym, or cognomen, which one gives to oneself. ...

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Stage name - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1541 words)
A stage name or a screen name is a pseudonym used by performers (such as actors, athletes, comedians, musicians and clowns).
Performers take stage names for many reasons, often because their real name is considered unattractive, dull, unintentionally amusing, difficult to pronounce or spell, or projects the wrong image.
Names so adopted are technically no longer "stage names," but are often perceived as such by the public (and for that reason stage names that come into that category are included in the following list).
Pseudonym - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2282 words)
A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is a fictitious name used by an individual as an alternative to his or her true name.
Some of the naming practices adopted by particular companies enabled the men to be identifiable as members of their companies, much like a serial number: Practices such as assigning men the names of vegetables (the Company of Casaux of the Régiment de Boulonnois-infantrie, between 1764 to 1768) existed.
A special case is the name Alan Smithee, which was used until 1998 (and is still occasionally used) by directors in the DGA to remove their name from a film they feel was edited or modified beyond their artistic satisfaction.
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