Brad Pitt, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Stewart are just some of the big name stars that have ditched the small names that they were born with. Whether to make their names easier to say, aiming for a fresh start, to sound more like a woman’s name (you’ll never guess who), or just to sound super freaking cool, check out the 10 male celebrities on this list who use fake names as well as the real names they’ve rejected.
10. Louis C.K., a.k.a. Louis Székely
When Louis Székely decided to try his hand out at comedy, he figured he’s need a last name that was a little easier to say. Opting for a few initials instead of a full name, if you were wondering what C.K. stands for, well, you’re out of luck. Louis chose C.K. because they sound like his actual Hungarian surname, Székely (which, if you want to get all technical and fancy about it, is pronounced [ˈseːkɛj]).KC Bailey/©FX/courtesy Everett Collection