I think “Keaton” is a popular stage name!
Some people who work in the entertainment industry choose to work with stage names. However, others use a stage name because it’s a requirement, rather than an option, because someone else is already working under the same name.
Here are 14 actors and musicians who had to change their stage names because someone else was already using theirs:
When Diane Hall registered for her Actors’ Equity card, there was already a Diane Hall, so she cycled through a few options – Dorrie Hall (her sister’s name), then Corry Hall, and finally Diane Keaton (her sister’s maiden name). mother).
Because of the Fatal attraction actor, the union let Michael Douglas choose a stage name. After going through the “K” names, he decided Michael Keaton was “good enough.”
The Weeknd had to drop the “e” from his stage name due to copyright issues with a Canadian band called The Weekend.
Initially David Jones went by Davie Jones, but he changed his stage name to Tom Jones because of Davy Jones of The Monkees. However, there was already a lead singer of Tom Jones, so he chose the iconic David Bowie.
When her real name was already known to SAG, Emily Stone registered as Riley Stone. However, six months later, she went back and turned it into Emma Stone.
Due to an actor’s union rule, 16-year-old David McDonald had to pick a stage name, so he flipped through a music magazine until he settled on David Tennant — inspired by Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys.
William H. Macy bears his full name so people don’t confuse him with the late actor Bill Macy.
At first Michael B. Jordan considered using Michael Bakari (his middle name) to separate himself from the famous basketball player he shares a name with, but he eventually decided to keep his real name and add his middle initial .
Because of the Lost actor of the same name, Elizabeth Mitchell decided to act under the name Elizabeth Banks.
When 18-year-old Patricia Neal had to join Actors’ Equity, her name was already taken by the actor from The day the earth stood still† With only an hour to choose her new stage name, she called her grandpa, who told her, “Honey, I remember a lot of comedians named Fannie coming through the vaudeville circuit, so maybe that would be a lucky name for you.” Then her boyfriend suggested the full name Fannie Flagg, after their friend’s grandmother.
FKA Twigs added the acronym for “formerly known as” to her stage name because another artist who goes by Twigs asked her to change it.
Because her name was already used by the Duel in the sun actor Jennifer Jones changed her name to Gemma Jones, after the female lead in her father’s film never escape me†
Katheryn Hudson released a few gospel albums under her real name, but when she signed to Capitol Records as a pop artist in 2007, she decided to go with Katy Perry so people wouldn’t mistake her for actor Kate Hudson.
And finally, even though she had registered with SAG as Vanessa L. Williams, in order to avoid such problems early in her career, several newspapers mistook former Miss America actor Vanessa Williams for New Jack City actor Vanessa Williams.