Michael Keaton, Batman himself, was actually born Michael Douglas. For obvious reasons, he changed his name!
For as long as performers have existed, they have adopted stage names. Most of the time it simply has to do with bringing more hype to their stage persona but sometimes it has to do with protecting their family and privacy. If their real name is dull, amusing or difficult to pronounce and spell, a more desirable (a.k.a. salable) moniker is adopted. Often they use nicknames or purposely create outlandish ones to attract attention or fit particular needs. Some celebs have even legally changed their names over time.
The public has always been fascinated with the private lives of glamorous or mysterious celebs and are often enamored with how they grew up, where they started. Take Elvis for instance. The world is still completely smitten by him and visit where he grew up, the streets he walked before his first recording, his family history, etc. Fans always want to get to know the “real” person behind the work they love so well. This isn’t usually ideal for the performer, however – ask David Letterman!
No matter if you love the artist or their work, you may be surprised at some real names of these popular celebs! Take a peek with us on this Fun Fact Friday!