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!

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  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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Mark 8 months ago
12 out of 14, and curiously enough, the two I missed were the Gunsmoke ones!

With regards to Cheryl Ladd...that could go either way. Ladd is her married name, which might make it her real name. But she DID act under her real last name of Stoppelmoor (on Ironside, The Rookies and Streets of San Francisco, to name a few shows) and also as Cherie Moore (when she was the voice of Melody in the Josie & the Pussycats cartoon). Maybe I'm overthinking this a little?
CraigGustafson 27 months ago
I quibble. Cheryl Ladd was her legal name, not a stage name. She was married to David Ladd.
YES!! Earlier in her career, she did use a stage name, Cherie Moor. But she started using her legal name - first Stoppelmoor and later Ladd - long before she earned her Angel wings!
DIGGER1 41 months ago
Did these classic TV stars use their given names or stage names?
You got 14 out of 14
Impressive! Perhaps you should change your name to "Ace"!
CyndiM 58 months ago
I missed Ken Curtis and Kate Jackson. So, 12 out of 14 -- not too shabby.
MrBill 58 months ago
9/14; had to guess a lot - most were from shows I do not watch that often.
JeffTanner 58 months ago
''You got 10 out of 14'' ---------Impressive! Perhaps you should change your name to ''Ace''!
BrittReid 58 months ago
Ginger Grant Blacker. 10/14...
MrsPhilHarris 58 months ago
8/14 I didn't really pay attention and clicked some of the wrong ones by mistake.
DouglasMorris 58 months ago
10/14! missed numbers 6, 11, 12, and 13.
Lantern 58 months ago
I would have thought that Dan Blocker was a stage name for sure! (It certainly described him.)
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