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Celebrity Real Names - Real Names of Famous Celebrities

Bing Crosby
Benjamin Kubelsky
Mendel Berlinger
David Kaminsky
Joseph Gottlieb
Emanuel Goldenberg
Laszlo Loewenstein
Charlie Sheen
Charlton Heston
Demi Moore
Harry Houdini
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Mel Gibson
Michael Caine
Nicolas Cage
Omar Sharif
Stewart Granger
Tom Cruise
Woody Allen

Harry Lillis Crosby
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Danny Kaye
Joey Bishop
Edward G Robinson
Peter Lorre
Carlos Irwin Estevez
John Charles Carter
Demetria Gene Guynes
Erich Weiss
Jerome Silberman
Marion Morrison;
Norma Baker
Margaret Hyra
Columcille Gibson
Maurice Micklewhite
Nicolas Coppola
Michael Shalhoub
James Lablanche Stewart
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Allen Konigsberg

Meg Ryan REAL Name Margaret Hyra

Suri Cruise Bedroom
Suri Cruise's Bedroom 

After a quick survey, I found that 80 percent of people are dissatisfied with either their given name, their surname - or both. Jews, fortunately or unfortunately are guided by our Yiddish traditions. We are expected to pass on the name of a dead grandparent to our offspring. To keep alive the memory of that deceased person for another generation.

All fine and dandy, when Biblical names, such as, Aaron, Daniel, Miriam and Sarah are commonly used by both Christians and Jews alike.  But, when you are stuck with a name like, Chaim, Moshe or Bashevis you're in big trouble with both pronunciation and spelling among the Goyim even before we enter into the issue of surnames. 

Notwithstanding, the greatest name changing has to be among the Jews in Hollywood. How dramatic would the wit of a redheaded, bespectacled Woody Allen have remained with audiences if written by an actor called Allen Konigsberg? Or how macho would've the screen, sword-n-sandal characters of Spartacus and  Demetrius (the gladiator) have been if accredited to actors called, Issur Danielovitch and Wladek Mankowicz?

Up until the 1960's, in its infinite wisdom, sought to find a hidden association between a name and a particular screen image they wanted to create. In the case of Issur Danielovitch the transition to Kirk Douglas and thes coded message becomes clear. Firstly the given name Kirk meaning church in Scottish and immediately the Yiddish inference disappears. And put Kirk against the family clan-ish surname of and the analogy bring forth a strong message of power and stability. Thus we have a Spartacus! And, would handsome Tony Curtis fare as a lady-killer had he kept his original name, Bernie Schwarz? And could Cary Grant still have been as debonair if he’d remained Archibald Leach? Not to mention, the totally zany Marx Brothers: Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo. Could audiences have accepted their lethal wisecracks and verbal repartee coming from the mouths of Julius, not Adolph, but Leonard and Herbert Marx, respectively?

Today, unlike yesteryear, some Hollywood stars both behind and in front of the camera, such as, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman decided not to bob their names or noses to spite their race. But, even Bette Milder admitted that her mother named her Bette (after Bette Davis) on second thought realising that Betty Milder would be too Jewish a name.

However, in singer, Englebert Humperdinck's case, the reverse made a greater impact on his career. He decided that being allotted the simple name, Gerry Dorsey was a plight too common to bare. As common as the practice was among the glitterati to change their names to fit the image, so it was true for many Hollywood moguls. Famous Jewish Actors

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