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    Martin Sheen Says He Regrets Not Using His Real Name When He Started His Acting Career

    "I never changed my name officially."

    Martin Sheen wishes he could have done one thing differently in his acting career — and it has to do with his name.

    A closeup of Martin

    As a young actor, Martin was convinced to use a stage name instead of his real name, but now he wishes he had said no.

    A young Martin in The Incident

    In fact, Martin, whose real name is Ramon Estévez, has never even used his stage name outside of his professional life.

    A closeup of Martin

    "That’s one of my regrets. I never changed my name officially. It’s still Ramon Estévez on my birth certificate," he told Closer Weekly.

    A closeup of Martin

    He added that his given name is also still listed on his marriage license, passport, and driver’s license.

    A closeup of Martin

    "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," he said, adding, "But, of course, I’m only speaking for myself."

    A closeup of Martin

    And while he regrets not using Ramon in the public eye, he says he's thankful he was able to persuade his son Emilio to keep his real name.

    A closeup of Martin and Emilio

    "The only influence I had on Emilio was to keep his name," Martin shared.

    A closeup of Martin and Emilio

    He added, "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."

    A closeup of Martin and Emilio

    As for Martin's other son Charlie, it seems like he wasn't quite able to convince him!

    A closeup of Martin and Charlie

    You can read all that Martin had to say here.