Bruno Mars—that’s a cool name.
It’s a stage name; he was born Peter Gene Hernandez in Waikiki, Hawaii to Puerto Rican and Filipino parents. The Mars part is a boast—girls presumably thought him “out of this world.” (More on that later.) Bruno, meanwhile, he got from his dad as a child for resembling wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Can’t see it? Neither can we. Maybe another resemblance will be a bit clearer: a certain ‘50s heartthrob with swiveling hips.
What is this, some kind of lead-in to Bruno Mars being an Elvis impersonator?
Actually, yes; he was pretty much the Willow Smith of Elvis...