Martin Sheen claims that he is still legally known by the name Ramon Estevez, but that he made the decision to change his identity for his profession.
The actor most known for his role in “West Wing” spoke with Closer Weekly about his decision to change his stage name.
“That is one of the things I deeply regret. My name has never been legally altered by me, “Martin Sheen claimed. “Ramon Estevez is still the name that appears on my birth certificate.”
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Martin Sheen went on to say that his legal name is the one that is printed on his marriage licence, passport, and driver’s licence.
‘Sometimes you fall for it when you don’t have the understanding or even enough bravery to stand up for what you believe in, and you pay for it afterwards,’ he added. ‘And you pay for it when you pay for it later.’
“But of course, I can only speak for myself,” the speaker said.
The surnames Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez were chosen by his two kids who went on to have successful acting careers.
According to what the older Sheen/Estevez said in an interview with the newspaper, at the time he was too focused on his own job to try to provide for his family that he was not even aware that his children had an interest in his industry. He was trying to provide for his family.
“The only effect I had on Emilio was to maintain his name,” he added. “That was the only thing I could do for him.”
“At the beginning of his career, his agency suggested that he change his name to Sheen, but he declined the suggestion. I give thanks to God that he did not.”