Martin Sheen regrets name change

Martin Sheen regrets name change

Allow me: Ramón Estévez
Martin Sheen regrets name change

In 1979, Martin Sheen rose to international fame with “Apocalypse Now”. But that’s not the Hollywood star’s birth name. The 81-year-old deeply regrets giving himself a new name for his Hollywood career.

When Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez was trying to break into acting in the 1960s, foreign-sounding names and faces were frowned upon in Hollywood. In order to pursue his career, the mime with Galician and Irish roots decides to change his name to Martin Sheen.

He made his international breakthrough under his stage name in 1979 with “Apocalypse Now”. Sheen regrets his name change to this day, as he confesses in an interview with “Closer Weekly.” “Sometimes you get persuaded if you don’t have enough insight or even enough courage to stand up for what you believe in and you pay for it later,” the 81-year-old said. Officially, however, he never changed his name. His birth and marriage certificates as well as his passport and driver’s license bear the words “again Ramón Estévez”.

Martin Sheen has four children with his wife Janet, who have also become actresses. The two best known are “Two And A Half Men” star Charlie Sheen – real name Carlos Irwin Estévez – and “The Breakfast Club” actor Emilio Estévez. He’s relieved the latter kept his original last name, Sheen said. “When he started, his agent advised him to change his name to Sheen. And I thank God he didn’t.” It was “the only influence” he had on the career of the sexagenarian.

He has always been supportive of his children’s acting careers – unlike his own parents, as Martin Sheen reveals further. As an immigrant, however, he “can’t blame them,” he says. His father, a Spaniard, was “very practical”. “He was a factory worker for most of his adult life and he wanted me to go to college and improve my chances of earning a better living. We had very, very quarrels. painful about it.”

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