“West Wing” started talking to Closer Weekly about adopting his stage name.
“That’s one of my regrets. I never officially changed my name,” he said. “My birth certificate still says Ramon Estévez.”
He added that his legal name was also on his marriage certificate, passport and driver’s license.
“Sometimes when you don’t have enough insight, or even enough courage, to support what you believe, you get persuaded, and then you pay for it,” he said. “But, of course, I’m just speaking for myself.”
The older Sheen/Estévez told the publication he didn’t even know his sons were interested in his industry at the time because he was too busy focusing on his career to work hard to support his family.
“My only influence on Emilio is to keep his name,” he said. “When he first started, his agent suggested he change his name to Sim, which he wouldn’t do. Thank God he didn’t.”