Who are some other examples of famous Spanish Americans from the 1900s?

One famous Spanish American from the 1900s is the actor Martin Sheen.

He was born Ramon Estevez in Ohio in 1940 to a Spanish immigrant father and Irish American mother. His most famous film is probably Apocalypse Now (1979). His sons Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen are also movie stars.

The winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize for physics was Spanish American Luis W. Alvarez (1911-1988). He won the award for his research on the detection and nature of subatomic particles.

His son, Walter Alvarez, is a geologist. In 1979, the father and son together proposed the influential theory that an asteroid or comet caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Popular movie actor Martin Sheen is of Spanish American descent. His two sons, Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, have followed him into film careers.

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