Looking back, Martin Sheen would have preferred the audience to see his real name, Ramon Estevez, in merit. end of the world, Wall Street, The Departed and, of course, televisions West wing.
“That’s one of my regrets,” he said Closer Veekli in an interview published Saturday, when asked if he was sorry he changed his name. “I have never officially changed my name. Ramon Estevez is still on my birth certificate. It’s in my marriage license, my passport, my driver’s license. Sometimes they persuade you when you don’t have enough insight or even enough courage to stand up for what you believe in and pay later. But, of course, I speak only on my own behalf. “
Shin acquired his first professional acting in the 50s, when he was still a teenager.
“When I came to New York in 1959, there were big, you know, prejudices against Hispanics, mostly the Puerto Rican community that I adored, and I felt very part of the Hispanic community,” said Shin, whose father was a Spanish immigrant whose mother originating in Ireland.
He took the name Martin from CBS producer Robert Dale Martin, who encouraged him early; Shin came from Fulton J. Shina, who was the auxiliary bishop of New York at the time.
In the eighties, Sheen’s son Charlie also changed his name, before he got roles in films such as Lucas, Wall Streetin which his father played the father of his character, and Major Leaguewhich launched him into a long career in film and television.
Martin’s son Emilio Estevez, who also acquired the name, still kept his name, and that is partly due to his father.
“The only influence I had on Emily was to keep his name,” Shin said. “When he started, his agent advised him to change his name to Shin and he did not want to do that. And thank God it’s not. “
Estevez explained his side of the story when he and his dad interviewed the Hudson Union Society in 2012.
“He really begged me, he said, ‘Don’t make the same mistake I did,'” Estevez said. “But, you know, you’re young and you want to confront the old man. You know what he knows?” Turns out he knew a lot. “
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