27 Famous People Who Didn’t Use Their Birth Names

Published September 25, 2017

Discover what Bill Clinton, John Wayne, and others were called before their names were changed.

There are plenty of reasons to change your name — especially when you’re in the public eye. Maybe your birth name is too hard to pronounce, too long, or in some cases, already belongs to somebody else.

Whatever the reason, there are a surprising number of well-known figures throughout history and into the present day who aren’t quite who you think they are — or at least aren’t using the names their mommas gave them.

Here are 25 famous people that don’t use their real names. And in some instances, it’s plain to see why.

Gerald Ford
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Albert Brooks
John Wayne
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Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.