These days it seems that we know everything about celebrities. We know what movies they’re “secretly” filming this very moment; what they just had for lunch; who they asked on a date and who they’re voting for at this year’s elections. But sometimes we miss the very obvious thing: their real names. Some actors have to change it because someone else is already using the same name, some want an easier stage name and some just want to look cooler and start anew. We made a list of 20 actors whose real names you wouldn’t recognize.
20. Michael Keaton
Real Name: Michael Douglas
It’s pretty obvious why the ex-Batman/Birdman decided to change his last name. He didn’t want to cause any confusion with Michael Douglas.
19. Winona Ryder
Real Name: Winona Horowitz
The Stranger Things’ star was named after the city of Winona. Her family’s original last name was Tomchin, but it was changed to Horowitz after the family moved to the US from Russia. And then the actress changed her last name for Hollywood — long before the Horowitz last name got immortalized through Clueless.
18. Demi Moore
Real Name: Demetria Guynes
Demi Moore shortened her beautiful but long name Demetria and borrowed her first husband Freddy Moore’s last name.