Francisco Estévez is the father of Martain Sheen. Francisco Estévez is an American actor with a career spanning over six decades. He has received numerous accolades including three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. He is known by many for his role as U.S. President Josiah Bartlet in the NBC series The West Wing (1999–2006).
Francisco Estévez: Bio Summary
|Full Name||Francisco Estévez|
|famous as||Martin Sheen’s father|
|Age||76 years old at the time of death|
|Date of Birth||July 2, 1898|
|Place of Birth||Salceda de Caselas, Spain|
|Date of death||October 26, 1974|
|Children||Martin Sheen, Joe Estevez|
|spouse||Mary Ann Phelan|
|Grandchildren||Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Ramon Estevez, Renée Estevez, Casey Estevez, Amanda Estevez, Angela Estevez|
Who was Martin Sheen’s father?
Francisco Estévez was born on July 2, 1898, in Salceda de Caselas, Spain. After moving to Dayton in the 1930s, Francisco became a factory worker/machinery inspector at the National Cash Register Company. He was married to Mary Ann Phelan. Martin Sheen was one of the 10 children of the couple.
During birth, Sheen’s left arm was crushed by forceps, giving him limited lateral movement of that arm (Erb’s palsy) and resulting in the arm being three inches (7.6 cm) shorter than his right. He grew up on Brown Street in the South Park neighborhood.
According to Martin Sheen’s Wikipedia, due to his father’s work, the family lived on the island of Bermuda on St. John’s Road, Pembroke Parish, where five of his brothers were born. He was the first child to be born in Dayton, Ohio after the family returned from Bermuda.
When Sheen was eleven years old, Francisco Estévez’s wife died, and the children faced the possibility of living in an orphanage or foster homes. Francisco and his children were able to remain together with the assistance of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dayton.
Martin Sheen’s father did approve of his acting
Sheen was drawn to acting at a young age, but his father disapproved of his interest in the field. Despite his father’s disapproval, the young man borrowed money from a Catholic priest and moved to New York City in his early twenties, hoping to make it as an actor.
Why did Martin Sheen change his name?
Martin Sheen born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez adopted his stage name, Martin Sheen, from a combination of the CBS casting director, Robert Dale Martin, who gave him his first big break, and Catholic archbishop and broadcaster, Fulton J. Sheen. In a 2003 Inside the Actors Studio interview, Sheen explained,
“Whenever I would call for an appointment, whether it was a job or an apartment, and I would give my name, there was always that hesitation and when I’d get there, it was always gone. So I thought, I got enough problems trying to get an acting job, so I invented Martin Sheen.“
He continued- “It’s still Estevez officially. I never changed it officially. I never will. It’s on my driver’s license and passport and everything. I started using Sheen, I thought I’d give it a try, and before I knew it, I started making a living with it and then it was too late. In fact, one of my great regrets is that I didn’t keep my name as it was given to me. I knew it bothered my dad.“
What happened to Martin Sheen’s father?
Francisco Estévez passed away on October 26, 1974 in Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH. He is was 76 years old at the time of his death. The cause of his death has not been revealed by the family.