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‘You pay for it later’: The Amazing Spider-Man Star Martin Sheen Regrets Changing His Spanish Lineage Name After Joining Hollywood

Martin Sheen is among the long list of stars who changed their names to be a part of Hollywood. The list also includes other famous names like Anthony Quinn, Steven Bauer, Rita Hayworth, and Raquel Welch. But the Amazing Spider-Man actor said that he now regrets the decision. He did it when he decided to join Hollywood and was advised to change his Spanish name into something more common to fit in. The actor was too young to decide against it and followed the advice but now he wishes he did not.

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Martin Sheen regrets changing his name to join the Hollywood

Martin Sheen regrets changing his name
Martin Sheen regrets changing his name

Martin Sheen’s birth name is Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez. But he was persuaded to change his Spanish lineage name into a more common name. He did not have enough insight or the courage to oppose the guidance and followed the advice, but looking back, the 81-year-old actor regrets erasing his Spanish identity. His mother was an Irish immigrant too.

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The Amazing Spider-Man star wished he knew better back then
The Amazing Spider-Man star wished he knew better back then

He told Closer Weekly, “That’s one of my regrets. I never changed my name officially. It’s still Ramon Estévez on my birth certificate. It’s on my marriage license, my passport, driver’s license. Sometimes you get persuaded when you don’t have enough insight or even enough courage to stand up for what you believe in, and you pay for it later. But, of course, I’m only speaking for myself.”

The actor advised his son not to repeat the mistake

Martin Sheen told his sons not to change their Spanish names. The actor said, “The only influence I had on Emilio was to keep his name. When he started out, his agent was advising him to change his name to Sheen and he wouldn’t do it. And I thank God he didn’t.” He had advised his son, Emilio to not change his name when he started to pursue his career in the show business.

Martin Sheen advised his son not to change their name
Martin Sheen advised his son not to change their name

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His son Ramon took his advice as well and kept his Spanish family name even after becoming a part of the industry. But Charlie Sheen decided to take up the surname that made his father famous, ignoring his advice. His daughter, Renee Estevez, too kept the family name.

Source: Closer Weekly

Written by Gargi Mishra

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