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