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PostSubject: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:12 pm

From an interview in the 70's.

“I picked the name Mike Lane and I went down to the Screen Actors Guild to register and they were shooting a film at that time called ‘The Harder They Fall.’ And Mike Lane was a guy about 6’ 7” who was staring in that particular film and I felt no reason to go to him and tell him to change his name. So I grabbed the phone book. I picked Mike Landon out of the phone book.”.........Michael Landon
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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:37 pm

He picked a good name. I wonder if he leaglly changed his name to Michael Landon?
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PostSubject: Michael   Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:24 pm

That was the name on his Driver's License......
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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:57 pm

I think you have to change it for legal documents, although some will use one for public, one for license, etc. Even Cher had to go to court to drop her last name and just use Cher. I'm sure he changed it.
I noticed many years ago, some authors or actors would have 2 names, one legal and one stage but you can't put a stage name on a legal document.
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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:47 pm

Yes, name changes....legal name changes takes a document in court....we did several when I worked at the lawfirm....There are a lot of stars that changed their names for acting purposes, so I don't know how they got away with putting it on legal documents without legal proof..... scratchead



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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:11 pm

Wait a minute. So Michael Landon isn't is real name? Never mind, I found out his real name. Eugene Maurice Orowitz. I can understand he wanted change his name to Michael Landon. If, he use his real name. Will be like Who's Eugene? The man who plays Charles Ingalls on Little House On The Prairie.




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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:32 pm

Yes...Eugene is not a good name for an actor, but the fact is that I LIKE Eugene as a man name and could name my boy this way if I have a baby boy of my own...

My question is...He piked MIKE Landon as screen name. Why did he change to Michael, later in his career? scratchead

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PostSubject: Michael   Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:19 am

Buttercup wrote:
Wait a minute. So Michael Landon isn't is real name? Never mind, I found out his real name. Eugene Maurice Orowitz. I can understand he wanted change his name to Michael Landon. If, he use his real name. Will be like Who's Eugene? The man who plays Charles Ingalls on Little House On The Prairie.

Little House On The Prairie
Starring Eugene Orowitz


Yea, I think I can see why he changed it!
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PostSubject: Changing Names from Screen Actors Guild   Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:05 am

Check with your unions. Whether you are a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) or are just hoping one day to be, you need to see if someone with your name already is registered. Even if your legal birth name is Bill Johnston, if another Bill Johnston joined the guild and registered the name, you'll have to rethink your name. Likewise, if you want to change your name, you must check that name out as well.

Establish your name(s) with the union, your agent and any other entities who control payments. If your legal name is Esther Blodgett and your acting name is Scarlett Ramsey, you still need to establish both names as yours, so that when residual payments come in, they get to you for whichever name is on the credits.

Make it legal if you want. You can go have your name changed in the court and then that will be your new legal name. You'll need a new driver's license and new Social Security card. And keep that name change paperwork handy. You'll need it for any marriages, divorces and registering your car in a new name.

Use A.K.A. in legal paperwork. If you don't want to go all the way to legally changing your name, you can just use A.K.A. (also known as) in any paperwork you need to sign or prepare. So in your contract you will be Scarlett Ramsey A.K.A. Esther Blodgett. But remember that your credit cards and checking accounts will have to remain in your legal name.



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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:58 am

I had no idea he changed his name.all this time i thought it was his real name OhMy


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PostSubject: Michael   Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:40 am

sweetkrissy2011 wrote:
I had no idea he changed his name.all this time i thought it was his real name OhMy

You ARE kidding, Right?
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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:10 pm

Davetucson wrote:
sweetkrissy2011 wrote:
I had no idea he changed his name.all this time i thought it was his real name OhMy

You ARE kidding, Right?

Nope.I didn't know,


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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:48 pm

Eugene Orowitz is pretty bad, but I read that the late Chad Everett's real name was Raymon Cramton. He said he changed it when he got tired of explaining "It's Raymond without the D and Crampton without the P." But Raymond Crampton would still deserve a name change.

My apologies to anyone on the prairie whose real name is Raymond Crampton.
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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:06 pm

Yeah.I understand him changing his name too. Smile


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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:13 pm

John Wayne's real first name was Marian..... Whistle



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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:17 pm

Interesting bio on Michael.... scratchead

By this time he had changed his name. Eugene Orowitz was hardly marquee material in the Hollywood. He went looking through the telephone book and chose the name Michael Lane. However, there was already an actor enrolled in Screen Actor's Guild by this name. So, he went back in the telephone book and saw the name Alf Landon listed. The name Michael Landon was born.


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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:30 pm

Rhonda wrote:
John Wayne's real first name was Marian..... Whistle

You learn something new each day..... Smile


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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:49 pm

Well...I'm sincerily surprised, since almost all people (I said *almost* for you didn't, Krissy grinsmiley ) knows that Orowicz was Michael's real last name.

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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:39 am

I didn't know either. I always thought Michael Landon was his real name.




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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:02 am

I know some actors change names.But i just always thought it was thre real names.


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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:56 pm

I don't blame him for changing his name. Michael Landon sounds much better than Eugene Orowitz.
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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:01 am

And it's easier to remember... batEyes Wink

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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:13 pm

Vanesa wrote:
And it's easier to remember... batEyes Wink

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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:50 pm

sweetkrissy2011 wrote:
Rhonda wrote:
John Wayne's real first name was Marian..... Whistle

You learn something new each day..... Smile

Yes!


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PostSubject: Re: How Did Michael Pick His Screen Name?   Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:08 pm

Wow, I just found this thread when I was searching for something else.... I too am very surprised! I just thought that Michael Landon was his real name, I never would have thought that it would be something like Eugene Orowitz!

Dave, don't be too hard on me, I have only been into little house since January! Wink

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