The Surprising Real Names of 20 Famous Actors

If you are a believer in astrology, you already know the importance of names. While Shakespeare might have famously written “What’s in thy name?”, there are many who believe that names hold key to their success. And even famous actors and stars are also not unaffected by the name game. Though to be fair, most of them changed their names either to avoid confusion or because they didn’t like their birth names. Whatever be the case, here are the surprising real names of 20 famous movie stars. Don’t be surprised by how crazy some of the real names of these celebrities look like.

1. Natalie Portman — Natalie Herschlag


2. Reese Witherspoon — Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon


3. Christopher Walken — Ronald Walken


4. Mila Kunis — Milena Markovna Kunis



5. Julianne Moore — Julie Smith


6. Vin Diesel — Mark Sinclair Vincent


7. Jamie Foxx — Eric Marlon Bishop


8. Jodie Foster — Alicia Christian Foster


9. Meg Ryan — Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra


10. Ben Kingsley — Krishna Pandit Bhanji


11. Michael Caine — Maurice Joseph Micklewhite


12. Woody Allen — Allan Stewart Konigsberg


13. Emma Stone – Emily Jean Stone


14. Albert Brooks – Albert Einstein


15. Joaquin Phoenix – Joaquin Rafael Bottom


16. Olivia Wilde – Olivia Jane Cockburn


17. Diane Keaton – Diane Hall


18. Audrey Hepburn: Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston


19. Martin Sheen – Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez


20. Helen Mirren – Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironov