Actor Charlie Sheen, whose real name is Carlos Irwin Estevez, claims not to be a Latino, although his grandfather is of Spanish origin. However, Sheen acknowledges that he loves Latin food and Latina women. “I am not ashamed of it, and I not run away from it. But, I was born in New York and raised in Malibu. That’s not very Latin,” says Sheen on an interview.
“I am a white man in America”, says the actor, who changed his name from Carlos to Charlie to avoid confusion with an uncle whose name was the same; while the Sheen from Estevez step occurred when he became an actor, as he explains in the interview. Martin Sheen and brother, Emilio Estevez, explains that “he just did not wake up feeling Latino”.
The popular actor adds that he did not even met his grandfather, of Galician origin, because he died before he was born. Furthermore, according to Sheen, his parents never potentiated the Latin roots at home, but says he would love to speak better Spanish. Sheen also said he liked Cartagena (Colombia) when he was there last year, as well as Mexico.
In an interview last year with Martin Sheen, who’s born in Ohio under the name, Ramon Gerardo Antonio Estevez, said he was “extremely proud” to have Hispanic roots and Galician family. “I am extremely proud to be Galician,” said the veteran actor when he was promoting his film, “The Way”.