West Wing and Apocalyse, Now star Martin Sheen spoke of his deep regret over his long acting career. Sheen, now 81, said he regretted taking the stage name when he started show business decades ago. In fact, his real name is Sheen Ramon Estévez, but at the beginning of his acting career he had a hard time finding a job. Estévez, who envied whether it was because of his name, adopted the more famous stage name, Martin Sheen.
His career flourished at the time, and when he was appointed Martin Sheen, there was no going back to Ramon Estévez. “That’s one of my regrets,” he said. “I’ve never changed my official name. Ramon Estévez is still on my birth certificate. It’s on my marriage certificate, my passport, my driver’s license. Sometimes you’re attracted when you don’t have enough understanding or even courage.” “But of course, I only speak for myself.”
Sheen also revealed that his son Emilio Estévez wanted to follow in his footsteps in the film industry and decided to keep his original name. But Martin’s second son, Charlie, best known for his role in Two and a Half Men, took the stage name after Sheen. His real name is Carlos Estevez.
Sheen made her first professional acting career in the 1950s when she was a teenager.
Sheen, whose parents were both immigrants – his Irish mother and his Spanish father – noted that he had never changed his name and that his birth name appeared on all his important documents, such as his driver’s license. This is also the case with his son Charlie Sheen, whose maiden name is Carlos Estévez. Sheen’s third son, Ramon Estévez, also retains his Spanish-influenced name. Another former actor, Ramon, is now involved in a family production company affiliated with Warner Bros., Estévez Sheen Productions.
Daughter Renee Estévez, the youngest child of Martin Sheen and his actress Janet, is also a former actress and screenwriter.