Did these classic TV stars use their given names or stage names?

Were Denver and Alda on their birth certificates?

If you started a television career, would you use your given name? Some actors had little choice — the studios forced a stage name on them. Other stars were fortunate enough to turn their birth name into a household name.


Below, we've gathered some pairs from classic TV. Let's see if you can tell (or remember) if they were billed under the given name or a stage name. Good luck!

  1. Let's begin on Gilligan's Island. Is Bob Denver his given name?
  2. Is Tina Louise her given name?
  3. We move to the Brady Bunch. Is Robert Reed his given name?
  4. Is Eve Plumb her given name?
  5. Let's visit the 4077th. Is Alan Alda his given name?
  6. Is Jamie Farr his given name?
  7. We now visit the Ponderosa. Is Michael Landon his given name?
  8. Is Dan Blocker his given name?
  9. Time for some sharp criminal minds. Is Peter Falk his given name?
  10. Is Raymond Burr his given name?
  11. Welcome to Dodge City. Is Ken Curtis his given name?
  12. Is Amanda Blake her given name?
  13. We end with two Angels. Is Cheryl Ladd her given name?
  14. Is Kate Jackson her given name?

Did these classic TV stars use their given names or stage names?

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CyndiM 10 months ago
I missed Ken Curtis and Kate Jackson. So, 12 out of 14 -- not too shabby.
MrBill 10 months ago
9/14; had to guess a lot - most were from shows I do not watch that often.
JeffTanner 11 months ago
''You got 10 out of 14'' ---------Impressive! Perhaps you should change your name to ''Ace''!
BrittReid 11 months ago
Ginger Grant Blacker. 10/14...
MrsPhilHarris 11 months ago
8/14 I didn't really pay attention and clicked some of the wrong ones by mistake.
DouglasMorris 11 months ago
10/14! missed numbers 6, 11, 12, and 13.
Lantern 11 months ago
I would have thought that Dan Blocker was a stage name for sure! (It certainly described him.)
anthony 11 months ago
8/14.Thought I would do better.
JudithReboy 11 months ago
Cheryl Ladd was the Angel's MARRIED name, not stage name. However, she did use one when she was one of Josie's Pussycats, Cherie Moor.
She was also billed as Cheryl Stopplemore when she appeared on The Partridge Family.
I think on Happy Days too.
stagebandman JudithReboy 11 months ago
Beat me to it. Someone didn't do their research.
Barry22 11 months ago
10/14, Alan Alda's father was Robert Alda, so would that have been his given name. Just saying.
Jacqueline05478 Barry22 11 months ago
Thought I had that one in the bag.
cperrynaples Barry22 11 months ago
Very simple explanation: Robert Alda was the son of Italian immigrants and changed his name from Alphonso D'abruzzo! It's just like Martin Sheen's parents were Mexican and his name was Estavez! Charlie chose to take the Sheen name while his siblings use Estavez!
anthony cperrynaples 11 months ago
Robert Alda had another son that acted named Antony who sadly passed,that used Alda as well.cperrynaples mentioned the Estevez clan.Another example would be Tony,Jamie Lee Curtis.
cperrynaples anthony 11 months ago
Right, Tony Curtis is Bernie Schwartz, so that makes her Jamie Lee Schwartz!
anthony cperrynaples 11 months ago
Some how doesn't have the same ring to it.
JeffTanner Barry22 11 months ago
NO, He changed it before he went into show biz, So, it wasn't his given name either.
Don cperrynaples 10 months ago
Martin Sheen's parents were not Mexican! His father was from Galicia, Spain, and his mother was Irish.
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