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Lose the Sheen: can you identify the film stars from their real names? – quiz

Martin Sheen has said that he regrets changing his name for the sake of his career. The 81-year-old, who was named Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez at birth, told Closer Weekly that he had never changed it officially, and “sometimes you get persuaded when you don’t have enough insight or even enough courage to stand up for what you believe in.”

But Sheen is far from alone. Many film stars take stage names either to attempt to disguise their ethnicity, to sound tougher, to protect their privacy, or try to simplify it for posters. See how many of these questions about film star name changes you can answer.

The Guardian Film name game quiz

1.We will start with an easy one: Norma Jeane Mortenson is better known as who?
2.And which of these was Judy Garland’s real name?

3.Whoopi Goldberg (centre) found fame both as a singing nun and as a mysterious stranger in the Star Trek franchise. But can you solve this mystery – which of these is her real name?

4. Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx goes under a pseudonym. What was he called at birth?

5.Meghan Markle has several movies behind her – included an uncredited role in Russell Brand vehicle Get Him to the Greek which we all try to forget ever happened. But Meghan is not actually Meghan Markle’s first name. What was the first name she was given when she was born in 1981?

6.Similarly, Jude Law dropped his first name. What was it?

7.Natalie Hershlag changed her name to Natalie Portman when she took on her first film role to protect her and her family’s privacy. What was the film?

8.Mark Sinclair from the Fast and Furious franchise is better known as … ?
9.Alan Smithee has many Hollywood credits to his name. But according to the Guinness Book of World Records, which was the first movie where the director’s name was changed to ‘Alan Smithee’ rather than credit the actual director – usually after a dispute?
10.Also disassociating themselves from a director, Nicolas Cage changed his name to distance himself from the famous name he was related to. Who?

11.Despite his best efforts to appear mysterious and from eastern Europe, horror movie giant Boris Karloff had a mildly rude English real name. What was it?

12.Also on the mildly rude front, Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael what … ?

13.Which British actor and national treasure was born Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironov?
14.Whose name originally ended ‘Mapother IV’?
15.And finally, recently back in the cinemas with Get Carter newly remastered in 4K, another British national treasure, Michael Caine, was known as what when he was born?

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