Martin Sheen regrets changing his Spanish name in pursuit of his professional career

Martin Sheen regrets changing his Spanish name in pursuit of his professional career

Martin Sheen confesses that if he could go back, he would keep his birth name in his professional career.

The actor has told Closer Weekly that he would have liked to keep his name, Ramón Estévez, instead of changing it at the start of his career. Sheen landed his first lead role in a New York production of Hamlet. In the interview, he explains that his father never wanted him to go into show business but “you can't blame him. My father and mother were immigrants, my father from Spain and my mother from Ireland. My real name is Ramón Estévez. My father was a very practical person. He worked in a factory for most of his adult life and wanted me to go to college and raise my chances of making a better living than he did. We had some very, very painful confrontations about it,” he assures.

However, while his father would eventually take his acting aspirations seriously, Sheen says that Americanizing his name in order to pursue his dreams is "one of my biggest regrets." And he adds: “I never officially changed my name. Keep putting Ramón Estévez on my birth certificate. He is listed on my marriage certificate, in my passport and on my driver's license. Sometimes you fall for it when he doesn't have enough insight, or even enough courage, to stand up for what he believes in and pay for it later. Of course, I speak only for myself."

Despite having some professional regrets, Sheen says he never stopped his sons Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen from making a career in show business, albeit in part because he didn't even know they were interested. “If I'm honest, the truth is that I wasn't even aware of it. I was so self-absorbed and focused on being the breadwinner that I didn't realize that they had the intention of being actors", to which he adds that he didn't realize it until "Emilio appeared on the set of a series that I was recording. I thought who had come to visit me but it turns out that he had gotten a role in the same series". But the actor concludes that "the only influence" exerted on his son "was to keep his name", because "when he started his agent advised him to change it Sheen and he didn't want to do it. And I thank God he didn't."