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E.T. Bass
12-19-2003, 03:01 AM
Many movie/TV stars in the past and present have changed their names to "stage names" to increase their appeal and name recognition. A few have not. What stars today do you think have weird, silly or funny names? I know four, the first two I actually like:

Billy CRUDUP- Crudup! Yuck! I mean I would hate to have this last name in school. CRUD-up. "Shut up, Crud up?" No agent has told this man that having a name that starts with "Crud" might be a career barrier? Of course, this dude is an up and coming actor, so it has not.

Hillary SWANK- Swank! Love the actress. Hate her stupid last name. Sounds like a term for male masterbation, "Jimmy, quit SWANK-ing, you will go blind!" Her name sounds like a New Orleans stripper, "Come down everyone to see the Swanky Hill. Swank show off her two swanky ta-tas!"

Hillary DUFF-What is a Duff? A beer from the Simpsons? Also rhymes with Puff, Fluff and Enough. Also sounds sexual "I would love to "duff" her from behind". hee heeheehee.

Andy DICK- The "Dick" thing we all know. Tim Allen's real family name is also "Dick" but he changed it.


Anymore annoying famous names?

ET

don't ask
12-19-2003, 03:12 AM
Marlon Brando.
I've never heard of another Marlon or another family Brando.
Although knowing the form on the Straight Dope I soon will.

Reverse
12-19-2003, 03:17 AM
Milla Jovovich.

I mean, Jovovich.

It's funny to say.

Jovovich.

...

Yeah.

E.T. Bass
12-19-2003, 05:03 AM
It's me again, I forgot,

Neve Campbell. How do you pronounce NEVE (Neeve, Nev, what?)

ET

Michael Ellis
12-19-2003, 05:07 AM
Hugh Jackman.

It sounds like a second rate porn star.

Cat Fight
12-19-2003, 05:14 AM
I believe it's pronounced 'CREW-dup,' though I'm sure the schoolyard bullies couldn't have cared less.

'Neve' rhymes with, um, okay 'Nev' (not 'Eve')

Badtz Maru
12-19-2003, 05:31 AM
Rip Torn

Achernar
12-19-2003, 07:58 AM
Come on. Rip Torn is an awesome name!

But I submit Brad Pitt.

Eve
12-19-2003, 08:03 AM
Not all the old movie stars changed their weird names: Pearl White, Blanche Sweet, Helen Twelvetrees, ZaSu Pitts, House Peters . . .

Rubystreak
12-19-2003, 08:08 AM
These guys aren't movie stars, but they're famous:

Englebert Humperdink
Dick Buttkis (sp?)

yojimbo
12-19-2003, 08:16 AM
Slim Pickens

LifeOnWry
12-19-2003, 08:55 AM
Sadly, Engelbert Humperdinck CHOSE that name - his real name is Jerry Dorsey. Conway Twitty is also a stage name, as are Slim Pickens and Rip Torn.

I think it was JoAnn Pflug who was once asked if her name was a stage name, and she replied, "No, this is a name you change FROM, not TO."

Alias
12-19-2003, 08:57 AM
I think Reese Witherspoon is a pretty weird name. It sounds overly wholesome, like a parody of a girl-next-door or something.

Indygrrl
12-19-2003, 09:18 AM
Originally posted by Alias
I think Reese Witherspoon is a pretty weird name. It sounds overly wholesome, like a parody of a girl-next-door or something.

That's a pretty good description of her.:D

Treat Williams is the one I think is funny. What kind of a name is Treat?

Otto
12-19-2003, 09:35 AM
Rock Hudson told the story that when his manager changed his name to "Rock Hudson" that "Rock" was the best of the three choices offered. The other two were "Click" and "Jump."

Gorgon Heap
12-19-2003, 09:38 AM
From Will & Grace - though I've only every seen about two episodes, the actress is gorgeous, so I can't forget about Debra Messing.

Messing? It's like making "to make a mess" a one-word adjective.

Max Torque
12-19-2003, 09:39 AM
Stacy Keach. Just sounds weird to me. Especially considering "Stacy" is a guy.

Charlie Tan
12-19-2003, 10:39 AM
It's not his real name, but I've always wondered what pursuaded Robert to change his first name to Bobcat (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001281/) Goldthwait.

Infovore
12-19-2003, 10:45 AM
JM J. Bullock. Though these days I think he finally gave in to the inevitable and is using his real name "Jim."

Anybody know what's behind the JM thing?

kasuo
12-19-2003, 10:48 AM
Sigourney Weaver

Wuh? "Sigourney"?

Little Nemo
12-19-2003, 10:50 AM
Swoosie Kurtz

raizok
12-19-2003, 10:54 AM
Oliver Platt

Patr100
12-19-2003, 11:43 AM
Originally posted by kasuo
Sigourney Weaver

Wuh? "Sigourney"?

Apparently she was named after a character in "The Great Gatsby". Her mother was an actress who appeared in Hiitchcock's "The 39 Steps".

Azure Eternity
12-19-2003, 12:08 PM
Picabo Street. It makes me laugh.

Azure Eternity
12-19-2003, 12:10 PM
Forgot to add - she's not actually a movie start, just famous.

wolf_meister
12-19-2003, 12:36 PM
Uma Thurman
Very attractive woman with a very strange name.

singular1
12-19-2003, 12:41 PM
Parker Posey.
Powers Booth.
Piper Laurie.
Tippi Hendron.

BobT
12-19-2003, 12:43 PM
Originally posted by don't ask
Marlon Brando.
I've never heard of another Marlon or another family Brando.
Although knowing the form on the Straight Dope I soon will.

Tim Brando announces football games for CBS sports.

singular1
12-19-2003, 12:43 PM
Oh, and I forgot -
Heddi [Harvey Korman] "That's Hedley!" [/Harvey Korman] Lamar.

Eve
12-19-2003, 01:05 PM
Hedy Lamarr's real name was Hedwig Kiesler—not that unusal a name in Austria.

JThunder
12-19-2003, 01:14 PM
Lou Gehrig. The guy's named after a disease, for pity's sake!




Yeah, I know, I know...

Dizzy Fingers
12-19-2003, 01:31 PM
Originally posted by BobT
Tim Brando announces football games for CBS sports.

And if Marlon Wayans married him. . .

Charlie Tan
12-19-2003, 01:55 PM
Oh, oh, oh, oh :waves hand:
Stockard Channing.
Stockard? Stockyard?

Max Carnage
12-19-2003, 01:58 PM
Originally posted by wolf_meister
Uma Thurman
Very attractive woman with a very strange name.


[David Letterman]

Uma...Oprah...
Oprah...Uma...
Uma...Oprah...

[/David Letterman]

aleong
12-19-2003, 02:23 PM
Anyone seen Brad's Pitt or Kevin's Bacon?

Otto
12-19-2003, 03:11 PM
Tippi Hendron Hedren.
Anyone seen Brad's Pitt or Kevin's Bacon? Yes, and yes (in Playgirl and the movie Wild Things, respectively).

Dr. Rieux
12-19-2003, 03:14 PM
Originally posted by Patr100
Apparently she was named after a character in "The Great Gatsby". Her mother was an actress who appeared in Hiitchcock's "The 39 Steps". She took the name from Gatsby--her real name is Susan.
Rip Torn is his real name, or part of it, IIRC.
Cyd Charisse has got to be one of the worst stage names ever, IMHO.

threeorange
12-19-2003, 04:03 PM
Eliza Dushku

I suspect she had to develop the fighting skills she displayed on Buffy once the other kids learned to pronounce her last name.

Askance
12-19-2003, 06:53 PM
Doris Day

But Step'n Fetchit is the saddest, I think.
http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0275297/

E.T. Bass
12-19-2003, 09:23 PM
JM J. Bullock has the "JM" because he is a member of the screen actor's guild, and in the union, only one person is allowed a name. For example, one cannot be a Tom Cruise, because there is one, but one can be a T.J. Cruise.

Speaking of Tom Cruise, that is a family name, but "cruise"? Put the car in cruise, cruise!

Sandra Bullock, why does the most beautiful woman in Hollywood have the last name which resembles "cattle"?

Minnie Driver-Minnie and Driver crack me up. I've only known three Minnie's, Minnie Mouse, Minnie Pearl and her.

Minnie-"Put the car in cruise, Cruise."

Cruise-"Well, Miss driver, why don't you................take over?"

ET

wolf_meister
12-19-2003, 09:33 PM
Like Uma Thurman - Gwyneth Paltrow - very attractive woman with a very strange name.

And ET Bass, I love Ms Bullock too.

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
12-19-2003, 09:38 PM
There was an actress in the 1970s by the name of "Joy Bang."

No, she was not a porno actress.

Eve
12-19-2003, 09:45 PM
Doris Day's real name was Doris Mary Ann Von Kapplehoff, and Stepin Fetchit's was Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry.

I thought this thread was about unusual real names, not unusla stage names!

riserius1
12-19-2003, 10:18 PM
Originally posted by Eve
Not all the old movie stars changed their weird names: Pearl White, Blanche Sweet, Helen Twelvetrees, ZaSu Pitts, House Peters . . .

You left out my favorite...Nova Pilbeame !

Chris W

jehovah68
12-20-2003, 01:31 AM
What about Yahoo Serious (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0000635/)?

Slithy Tove
12-20-2003, 01:33 AM
I doubt a non-porn actress would dare use "Constance Cummings" today.

Which makes me think that years ago, it was probably a lot af fun to sneak things in under the radar, like the "Phil Hays Show."

Marley23
12-20-2003, 01:41 AM
Messing IS a word. You've never said "The wildebeeste is messing up my room?"

E.T. Bass, "Duff" often means ass, as in "Get off your duff and help me deal with this wildebeeste!"

Stellan Skarsgård is amusing to me.

Ellis Aponte Jr.
12-20-2003, 02:36 AM
Mimsy Farmer

Khigh Dhiegh - pronounced to rhyme with "Heidi," who was Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-0

and also from that show, Zulu, who later changed his name to Zoulou!

Charlie Tan
12-20-2003, 02:44 AM
Originally posted by E.T. Bass
Speaking of Tom Cruise, that is a family name, but "cruise"? Put the car in cruise, cruise!
Well, since he was born as Thomas Mapother IV, I understand why he changed his name.
Originally posted by Marley23
Stellan Skarsgård is amusing to me.But kudos to him for not changing his Swedish name, when going to Hollywood,

wolf_meister
12-20-2003, 02:45 AM
Well then Ellis we mustn't forget:
Kam Fong as Chin Ho

Brad Pittiful
12-20-2003, 12:26 PM
river phoenix
leaf garrett
macaulay culkin
rodney dangerfield
carrot top
rivers cuomo (from the band weezer)

sid vicious
johnny rotten
(both from the band the sex pistols)

fess parker

moon unit zappa
dweezil zappa
ahmet zappa
diva zappa
(the zappa kids)

Eve
12-20-2003, 03:05 PM
Ummmm, I don't think Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious and Carrot Top are their real names (says Eve, for, what, the third time? Doesn't anyone read OPs anymore?)

Murcielago
12-20-2003, 03:14 PM
I thought Peter O'Toole was joke name taken for show-biz, turns out it is real (from what I have read).

LifeOnWry
12-20-2003, 03:40 PM
*I* read the OP, Eve.

And River Phoenix wasn't his real name either. Frighteningly enough, his real first name was River, but his real surname was Bottoms. His brother Joaquin was once billed as Leaf Phoenix (in the movie Parenthood). Which segues nicely into.....

Leif (not "Leaf") Garrett is a real name, but his sister used the stage name Dawn Lyn. "Leif" is pronounced "Layf".

elfkin477
12-20-2003, 05:28 PM
Ok, a lot of these names are strange, but I think that the strangest I've ever heard belongs to someone who was in John Doe

What kind of name is Sprague Grayden for a young woman?

GuanoLad
12-20-2003, 05:29 PM
Fairuza Balk

Rilchiam
12-30-2003, 07:08 AM
Originally posted by Indygrrl
Treat Williams is the one I think is funny. What kind of a name is Treat?

He's named to honor an ancestor, Robert Treat Paine, who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

dwc1970
12-30-2003, 02:32 PM
Chevy Chase
Gwyneth Paltrow
Keanu Reaves
Ringo Starr
Kiefer Sutherland


I don't know anyone IRL nor have I heard of anyone else having these as actual names.

dav01
12-30-2003, 03:22 PM
Originally posted by dwc1970
Chevy Chase
Gwyneth Paltrow
Keanu Reaves
Ringo Starr
Kiefer Sutherland
I believe Ringo Starr's real name is Richard Starkey, and I'm pretty sure I've read somewhere that Chevy Chase is a stage name as well.

CadburyAngel
12-30-2003, 03:23 PM
Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore. Not weird names in themselves, but odd to attach to lovely young women like those two.

Viggo Mortensen is a pretty weird name, too.

Eve
12-30-2003, 03:42 PM
Originally posted by CadburyAngel
. . . Drew Barrymore. Not weird names in themselves, but odd to attach to lovely young women like those two.

Not odd at all when you consider that she is a scion of both the Drew (http://www.britannica.com/ebc/article?eu=388408) and Barrymore (http://www.britannica.com/ebc/article?eu=381960) families, American theatrical royalty.

chicksdigscars
12-30-2003, 06:25 PM
Keanu is a popular name in Hawaii. This particular one was named after his great uncle, Henry Keanu Reeves.

Delly
12-30-2003, 09:44 PM
Orlando Bloom, I guess its not really funny, just different, I mean how many peolpe do we know called Orlando?

Patr100
12-30-2003, 10:16 PM
Joey Buttofuco

Dr. Rieux
12-31-2003, 05:15 AM
Originally posted by dav01
I believe Ringo Starr's real name is Richard Starkey, and I'm pretty sure I've read somewhere that Chevy Chase is a stage name as well. Cornelius Crane Chase--named after his grandfather, Cornelius Crane, the founder of Crane Plumbing Fixtures, maker of toilets and urinals.
I'm not kidding.

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
01-04-2004, 08:13 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Rieux
Cornelius Crane Chase--named after his grandfather, Cornelius Crane

That's even funnier than "Chevy Chase." I keep thinking of Chevy Chase in wrinkling his nose in ape make-up.

don't ask
01-04-2004, 08:32 AM
Originally posted by jehovah68
What about Yahoo Serious (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0000635/)?

Years ago I was looking up a phone number and came across a listing for Serious, Yahoo which made me laugh. From the address it seemed to actually be his office.

Baggins111
01-04-2004, 11:32 AM
Delly, I actually work with an Orlando.

I'll go along with Viggo. Is that short for something?

Delly
01-04-2004, 05:43 PM
Yes, but coupled with his surname, its quiet different...

Maybe his name (Viggo) is dutch, I think I read his parents or grandparents were dutch.

Thudlow Boink
01-04-2004, 06:34 PM
Originally posted by Delly
Orlando Bloom, I guess its not really funny, just different, I mean how many peolpe do we know called Orlando? Or Viggo, for that matter?

GuanoLad
01-04-2004, 06:58 PM
Judging by his surname of Mortensen, I'd guess Scandinavian.

MrDibble
01-05-2004, 05:24 AM
Originally posted by GuanoLad
Judging by his surname of Mortensen, I'd guess Scandinavian.
Baah, anyone would know it's Carpathian - as in "Viggo The Carpathian (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097428/) " - wherever the hell Carpathia is...

(Okay, so it's listed on imdb as "Vigo", but what's a G between friends?

Dr. Rieux
01-05-2004, 06:39 AM
Viggo's half-Danish. He's trilingual in English, Danish and Spanish.

curly chick
01-05-2004, 06:49 AM
Someone one here mentioned Neve Campbell.

Neve is an phonetic Anglicisation perfectly ordinary Irish given name for girls, Niamh.
It is pronounced with a long e by most people, to rhyme with Eve, but should, more properly, be given a discrete (English language) e-a sound. Not a dipthong.

I have never met anyone in Ireland who spelled her name Neve.
But as has already been pointed out in this thread - this being the SDMB, someone will pop along shortly to correct me, no doubt!

dantheman
01-05-2004, 07:05 AM
Originally posted by Eve
Ummmm, I don't think Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious and Carrot Top are their real names (says Eve, for, what, the third time? Doesn't anyone read OPs anymore?)

The OP asked "What stars today do you think have weird, silly or funny names?" Didn't specify that they had to be the original names.

As for Chevy Chase, I'd always heard he named himself after the Maryland town, but I might be wrong there.

ruadh
01-05-2004, 02:29 PM
Originally posted by curly chick
Someone one here mentioned Neve Campbell.

Neve is an phonetic Anglicisation perfectly ordinary Irish given name for girls, Niamh.
It is pronounced with a long e by most people, to rhyme with Eve, but should, more properly, be given a discrete (English language) e-a sound. Not a dipthong.

I have never met anyone in Ireland who spelled her name Neve.
But as has already been pointed out in this thread - this being the SDMB, someone will pop along shortly to correct me, no doubt!

Neve is also the Italian word for "snow" and, according to an interview I once read with Ms Campbell, this is the source of her name. Its similarity to "Niamh" is purely coincidental.

NutMagnet
01-06-2004, 06:28 AM
Actor M. Emmett Walsh apparently stuttered when giving his name at an audition, otherwise we'd just know him as Emmett Walsh.



No. I don't have a cite. I heard this on TV many years ago.

curly chick
01-06-2004, 09:47 AM
Pardon me, ruadh - I heard that on the radio and like a sap I believed it.

Dryga_Yes
01-06-2004, 10:22 AM
Paprika Steen, hahaha! What a name!

(birds chirping)

NutMagnet
01-07-2004, 08:34 AM
Ellis Aponte and wolf_meister

That whole "Kam Fong as Chin Ho" and "Zulu as Kono" thing always confused me.
Wasn't that a lot like saying, "John Smith as Bob Jones" and "Al as Pete"?

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