Mark Twain and 29 other great pseudonyms

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Movie and TV pseudonyms

Stage names are pretty common around Hollywood. Vin Diesel ain't fooling anyone, yet the name seems rather appropriate, given the roles he plays. However, some actors choose curiously drab pseudonyms. Here's a mix of both categories.

Stage name Claim to fame Birth name
Woody Allen  Actor and director of "Annie Hall" Allan Stewart Konigsberg
Natalie Portman Actress in "Black Swan" and the "Star Wars" prequels Natalie Hershlag
Whoopi Goldberg Comedian and actress in "Ghost" Caryn Elaine Johnson
Vin Diesel Actor in the "The Fast and the Furious" series Mark Sinclair Vincent
John Wayne Actor in countless classic Westerns Marion Mitchell Morrison
Charlie Sheen  Actor in "Wall Street" and "Two and a Half Men" Carlos Irwin Estevez (His dad acts under the stage name Martin Sheen, but Charlie's brother, Emilio Estevez, kept his birth name.)
Carmen Electra Actress on the TV series "Baywatch" Tara Leigh Patrick
Alan Alda Actor on the TV series "M*A*S*H" Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo
Nicolas Cage Actor in "The Rock" and "Adaptation" Nicolas Coppola
Jon Stewart  Host of "The Daily Show" Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz

Next up: 10 musician pseudonyms

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