A stage name is pseudonym that people use for professional purposes. Most of the time stage names are used by actors, singers and basically any kind of performer. There are a multitude of reasons that people decide to use a stage name: they simply don’t like their birth-given name, their real name doesn’t have any “star quality,” their real name is too similar to that of an already successful performer or they have created a character that needs to have a larger than life persona. Using a stage name is actually a very common thing in the entertainment industry, although many people aren’t aware that some of their favorite stars use stage names. The following is a list of 25 celebrities who you may not have known go by stage names.

Jamie Foxx

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Jamie Foxx’s real name is Eric Marlon Bishop. He changed his name when he began stand-up comedy and didn’t want people to automatically know he was male, because women at comedy clubs usually got to perform first.

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