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Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Martin Sheen is one of America's most celebrated, colorful, and accomplished actors. Moving flawlessly between artistic mediums, Sheen's acting range is striking.

Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerard Estevez in Dayton, Ohio, to Mary-Ann (Phelan), an Irish immigrant (from Borrisokane, County Tipperary), and Francisco Estevez, a Spanish-born factory worker and machinery inspector (from Parderrubias, Galicia). On the big screen, Sheen has appeared in more than 65 feature films including a star turn as Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard in Francis Ford Coppola's landmark film Apocalypse Now (), which brought Sheen worldwide recognition. The film also starred Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper and Robert Duvall. Other notable credits include Wall Street () (with son Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas), Academy Award-winning film Gandhi () (with Sir Ben Kingsley), Catch Me If You Can () (with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks), The American President () (with Michael Douglas and Annette Bening) and a Golden Globe nominated breakthrough performance as Timmy Cleary in The Subject Was Roses (), a role he originated on Broadway and for which he received a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor.

In , the actor played ill-fated cop Oliver Queenan in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning film The Departed () opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and Alec Baldwin.

The same year, Sheen joined another all-star ensemble cast for the highly acclaimed feature Bobby (), written and directed by his son, Emilio Estevez. Bobby was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award; and starred Anthony Hopkins, Harry Belafonte, Laurence Fishburne, Sharon Stone, William H. Macy, Elijah Wood, Demi Moore and Heather Graham.

For television audiences, Sheen is best recognized for his six-time Emmy nominated performance as President Josiah Bartlet in The West Wing (). Sheen won six of his eight Golden Globe nominations as well as an ALMA Award; and two individual SAG Awards; for the White House series. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor TV Series Drama in

Of his ten Primetime Emmy nominations, Sheen won for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series on the long-running sitcom Murphy Brown () (starring Candice Bergen) in In addition, he has garnered a Daytime Emmy Award for directing and another for performance.

In , Sheen was again nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series; this time for the CBS hit comedy Two and a Half Men (), starring his son Charlie Sheen.

In addition to series television, Sheen has appeared in several important made-for-television movies and mini-series including playing President John F. Kennedy in the television mini-series Kennedy () for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.

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Films often reflect his liberal political views
Intense, serious performances, although he became more loose and humorous in acting style after middle age
Eloquent inspiring speeches

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Martin was one of 22 people arrested for crossing over a line established by the Air Force in an anti-militarization protest at California's Vandenberg Air Force base. He was charged with trespassing. [October ]
Is a strong advocate for the closing of the School of the Americas, a military base that trains Latin American soldiers (allegedly teaching techniques of torture and political terror). Has been involved in a large protest every year since
Auditioned for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (). He was also considered for Tom Hagen.
Pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years probation for trespassing at an Air Force base during a protest against the United States building a missile defense system. [June ]
Publicly credited Carroll O'Connor for helping his son Charlie to get off drugs and back on the right track. He read one of the scriptures at Carroll's funeral.
His mother, Mary Ann Phelan, was an Irish emigrant with IRA connections, from Borrisokane, County Tipperary. His father, Francisco Estevez, was a Spaniard who came to the United States by way of Cuba, from Parderrubias, Galicia.
His admiration for the Reverend Fulton J. Sheen prompted him to adopt the bishop's name for his acting career.
His left arm is 3" shorter than his right due to complications during his birth.
Is the seventh of ten children; his parents met at citizenship school in Dayton.
Was arrested more than 70 times, mainly for liberal protests.
His father, Francisco Estevez, died shortly before the premiere of Blind Ambition (). As he was unable to attend the funeral, Martin mourned his father in the scene in which John Dean cries in his jail cell.
He can only put his jacket on by flipping it over his head (like Bartlet in The West Wing ()). His left arm was crushed by forceps when he was born and he has limited lateral movement.
Was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "The Subject Was Roses", a role that he recreated in the film version of the same name, The Subject Was Roses ().
Ranked #5 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #]
Of all the U.S. presidents, he admires Jimmy Carter the most.
According to friends and family, he is closest to son Charlie than anyone else. Indeed, he and Charlie often appear together on the screen, and Martin has even played Charlie's on-screen father twice. He also appeared as an older "Charlie" in a credit-card commercial.
Received an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (), during the dedication of the school's new library (according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website).
As an admirer and supporter of actor James Dean and his legacy, he worked to preserve the high school in Fairmount that Dean attended. In addition, he has visited Fairmount for Dean-related events.
Pursuing a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, philosophy, and oceanography at the National University of Ireland (NUIG), Galway, Ireland. [October ]
Considers his late The West Wing () co-star John Spencer his best friend. Like Spencer, Sheen successfully recovered from drug and alcohol addictions.
In , he was listed as an endorser of March for Women's Lives. After learning about this, Feminists for Life, an organization that named him as a "Remarkable Pro-Life Man" in , brought this to his attention, informing him that March for Women's Lives was a pro-choice group. At his request, March for Women's Lives removed his name from their list.
Never officially changed his real name to his stage one. He is still Ramon Estevez on all identifications and legal documents, and all his children were born under that name. He answers to both names with friends, but his wife first met him as Martin (he did not tell her his real name until weeks later) and as a result she still calls him that.
Purposely flunked his college entrance exam to the University of Dayton so that he could pursue an acting career instead. His father wholeheartedly disapproved until he had gained popular success, not even seeing Martin act until he saw him on the screen at a drive-in in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
An opponent of euthanasia, he taped an ad in urging residents of Washington State to vote no on Initiative , which would allow doctor assisted suicide of terminally ill patients. The initiative passed.
One of his earliest successes as an actor was playing the role of Timmy Cleary in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Subject Was Roses" on Broadway, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Supporting or Featured Actor in a Drama. He also played the same role in the film version. Forty-six years later, in , he again appeared in a production of "The Subject Was Roses", but this time playing the role of John Cleary, Timmy's father (and this time in Los Angeles instead of New York).
Currenty resides in Malibu, California.
He has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
On Who Do You Think You Are? (), he found some interesting things about his family. He traced some of his fathers ancestors in Spain and found out his fourth great-grandfather was a Don who had an extramarital affair with Martin's fourth great-grandmother and had six kids with her. After doing some more digging, they found out he was a judge and found a court case he tried about a girl who had an affair with a cleric and had an abortion. Unbelievably, while doing the genealogy, this turned out that the girl was also his fourth great-grandmother. years after the court case, their second great-grandchildren married each other and became Martin's grandparents.
President Bartlet's habit of forgetting the names of staff is a reference to the fact that Sheen is known to be terrible at remembering the names of cast and crew members.
Underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery in December
Is mentioned in the song "Nothing Really Ends" by the Belgian rock band dEUS.
He has 9 hobbies: golfing, hiking, jogging, fishing, sailing, politics, poetry, reading and spending time with family.
One of his brothers, Francisco Vernon Estevez, died on June 9, He lived to be He was born in , only 3 years before Martin's birth in
One of his brothers, Carlos Patrick "Charlie" Estevez, died on May 25, He lived to be He was born in , only 4 years before Martin's birth in
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Vine Street in Hollywood, California on August 22,
He has appeared in two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Badlands () and Apocalypse Now ().

Personal Quotes (16)

I love being Spanish as much as I love being Irish, and I really love being Irish.
[on his political activism and arrests for protests] I love my country enough to suffer its wrath.
[on son Charlie Sheen] No father could ever be prouder of his son. I hold Charlie's accomplishments dearer than my own. He has been through so much and overcome so much more. Even if he weren't my son he'd still be my best friend.
I consider myself a liberal Democrat, but I'm against abortion.
I adored Mr. Clinton. And he was a fan of The West Wing (). For a while, we were given carte Blanche at the White House, which ended when Bush got in - ended for me anyway. When the new administration got into power, all my "West Wing" colleagues were invited there to meet their counterparts. All except me. I was very relieved about that.
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. I've never changed my name; it's still Estevez officially.
[on changing his name] I never changed it officially. I never will. It's on my driver's license and passport and everything: Ramon Gerard Estevez. 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.
[on missing out on the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather ()] I was wrong for it but you never pass up an opportunity. I remember saying to Francis Ford Coppola - that was not the first time I had met him - "If you don't use Al Pacino in this part, it would be like benching Joe DiMaggio in his prime."
[on filming The Way () on the Camino di Santiago de Compostela] Pilgrimage is structured so it takes you out of your comfort zone. You pack all the things you need and soon you realize it's too heavy and have to start unpacking. Then the transcendence starts on stuff you've packed in your interior life, and you begin opening those closets and cells and dungeons and letting all the people out you've been punishing all your life.
[on the troubles his son Charlie Sheen has been experiencing] All of us have a repository of emotional life. We have a licence to explore that private pain and bring it public, but only for the purpose of playing a character. It's called emotional memory. This one is very difficult because it's so deeply personal and painful.
I was shooting a movie in Rio this summer. I was at a street food place and four boys came up. They were pooling their money to buy something. I said to the counter guy, "Give them whatever they want." One of them, the leader, looked at me and I thought, "My God. That's me as a child."
I don't like scary films. I watched Psycho () for the first time recently, alone in the house at night. That was a mistake. I had to call my friend to come over.
The last thing that really turned me upside down was [Robert De Niro] in Raging Bull () - a transcendent performance. It tells us that if you're not able to forgive, this is where you end up: in a dark cell.
James Dean had such a powerful effect on my generation. I'd love to have worked with him. I did a TV pilot with Sal Mineo once and I drove him crazy asking about Dean. He'd disappear when he saw me coming. On the last day, he came to my trailer. I said, "Sal, come on in!" He said, "No, no. I just wanted to say goodbye." I said, "Well, it was a pleasure working with you." As he walked away, he looked over his shoulder and said, "He would've liked you."
[on his stance on abortion] I cannot make a choice for a women, particularly a black or brown or poor pregnant woman. I would not make a judgment in the case. As a father and a grandfather, I have had experience with children who don't always come when they are planned, and I have experienced the great joy of God's presence in my children, so I'm inclined to be against abortion of any life. But I am equally against the death penalty or war - anywhere people are sacrificed for some end justifying a means. I don't think abortion is a good idea. I personally am opposed to abortion, but I will not judge anybody else's right in that regard because I am not a woman and I could never face the actual reality of it.
[] I would say that maybe there are a dozen films I've done that are of significant worth and that were great experiences. But you should see the other 90%! The vast majority of them were to pay the bills. I don't think there's any actor who's been around as long as I have that wouldn't agree that a lot of what we do is for the money. You have to be honest about that. Because then when you do land something extraordinary like Apocalypse Now (), Badlands (), or The West Wing (), you *know* this is something really special.

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Martin Sheen

American actor (b. )

Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (born August 3, ), known professionally as Martin Sheen, is an American actor. He first became known for his roles in the films The Subject Was Roses () and Badlands (), and later achieved wide recognition for his leading role as Captain Benjamin Willard in Apocalypse Now (), as United States President Josiah Bartlet in the television series The West Wing (–), and as Robert Hanson in the Netflix television series Grace and Frankie (–present).

In film, Sheen has won the Best Actor award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival for his performance as Kit Carruthers in Badlands. Sheen's portrayal of Capt. Willard in Apocalypse Now earned a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Sheen has worked with a wide variety of film directors, including Richard Attenborough, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, David Cronenberg, Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Oliver Stone. Sheen received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in In television, Sheen has won a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for playing the role of President Josiah Bartlet in The West Wing, and an Emmy for guest starring in the sitcom Murphy Brown. In , he portrayed Uncle Ben in The Amazing Spider-Man directed by Marc Webb.

Born and raised in the United States by a Spanish father and an Irish mother, he adopted the stage name Martin Sheen to help him gain acting parts.[3] He is the father of four children, all of whom are actors.

Sheen has directed one film, Cadence (), in which he appears alongside his sons Charlie and Ramón. He has narrated, produced, and directed documentary television, earning two Daytime Emmy awards in the s, and has been active in liberal politics.

Early life[edit]

Sheen was born in Dayton, Ohio, on August 3, , to Mary-Ann (née Phelan; –) and Francisco Estévez Martínez (–).[4][5] 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 (&#;cm) shorter than his right.[6] Both of Sheen's parents were immigrants; his mother was Irish, from Borrisokane, County Tipperary, and his father, who was Spanish, was born in Salceda de Caselas, Galicia.[7][8] After moving to Dayton in the s, his father was a factory worker/machinery inspector at the National Cash Register Company.[9] Sheen grew up on Brown Street in the South Park neighborhood, the seventh of ten children (nine boys and a girl).[8] 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. Martin was the first child to be born in Dayton, Ohio, after the family returned from Bermuda.[10][citation needed] Sheen contracted polio as a child and had to remain bedridden for a year. His doctor's treatment using Sister Kenny's method helped him regain use of his legs.[8]

When he was eleven years old, Sheen's mother died, and the children faced the possibility of living in an orphanage or foster homes. The family was able to remain together with the assistance of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dayton.[11] Raised as a Catholic, he graduated from Chaminade High School (now Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School).[8][12] At fourteen years old he organized a strike of golf caddies while working at a private golf club in Dayton, Ohio. He complained about the golfers, saying: "They often used obscene language in front of us we were little boys and they were abusive anti-Semitic And they, for the most part, were upstanding members of the community."[13]

Sheen was drawn to acting at a young age, but his father disapproved of his interest in the field. Despite his father's opposition, Sheen borrowed money from a Catholic priest and moved to New York City in his early twenties, hoping to make it as an actor.[9] It was in New York that he met Catholic activist Dorothy Day. Working with her Catholic Worker Movement, he began his commitment to social justice,[8][14] and would one day go on to play Peter Maurin, cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement, in Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story. Sheen deliberately failed the entrance examination for the University of Dayton so that he could pursue his acting career.[15]

He 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 the Catholic televangelist archbishop, Fulton J. Sheen.[16] In a 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. 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.[8][9][16][17]


Sheen was greatly influenced by the actor James Dean.[8] Speaking of the impact Dean had on him, Sheen stated, “All of his movies had a profound effect on my life, in my work and all of my generation. He transcended cinema acting. It was no longer acting, it was human behavior.”[18] Sheen developed a theatre company with other actors in hopes that a production would earn him recognition. In , he made an appearance in "Nightmare", an episode of the television science fiction series The Outer Limits. In , he co-starred in the Broadway play The Subject Was Roses; he later reprised his role in the film of the same name, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.[19] Sheen also starred in the television production Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (), an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play Camino Real directed by Jack Landau and presented by NET, a PBS predecessor.

During the s and early s, Sheen honed his skills as a guest star on a number of popular television series, including Insight (ss), My Three Sons (), Flipper (), The F.B.I. (), Mission: Impossible (), Hawaii Five-O (), Dan August (), The Rookies (), Columbo (), and The Streets of San Francisco (). He also had a recurring role as "Danny Morgan" on Mod Squad (–).[20] By the early s, Sheen was increasingly focusing on television films and motion pictures.

Sheen portrayed Dobbs in the film adaptation of Catch. He then co-starred in the controversial Emmy Award-winning television filmThat Certain Summer, said to be the first television movie in America to portray homosexuality in a sympathetic light. His next important feature film role was in , when he starred with Sissy Spacek in the crime dramaBadlands, playing an antisocial multiple murderer. Sheen has stated that his role in Badlands was one of his two favorites, the other being his role as a U.S. Army special operations officer in Apocalypse Now.[8][21] Also in , Sheen appeared opposite David Janssen in "Such Dust As Dreams Are Made On", the first pilot for the television series Harry O.

In , Sheen portrayed a hot rod driver in the television filmThe California Kid[22] and that same year received an Emmy Award[23] nomination for Best Actor in a television drama for his portrayal of Pvt. Eddie Slovik in the television film The Execution of Private Slovik.[8] Based on an incident that occurred during World War II, the film told the story of the only U.S. soldier to be executed for desertion since the American Civil War.

Sheen's performance led to Francis Ford Coppola's casting him in a lead role as U.S. Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard in 's Apocalypse Now, gaining him wide recognition. Filming in the Philippine jungle in the typhoon season of , Sheen admitted he was not in great shape and was drinking heavily.[8] For the film's legendary opening sequence in a Saigon hotel room, Sheen's portrayal of Willard as heavily intoxicated was aided by Sheen's celebrating his 36th birthday on-set that day, and being actually drunk.[24] Twelve months into filming, Sheen suffered a minor heart attack and had to crawl out to a road for help.[8] While he was recovering, his younger brother Joe Estevez stood in for him in a number of long shots and in some of the voice-overs.[25] Sheen was able to resume filming a few weeks later.[24] In , Sheen acted in The Final Countdown with Kirk Douglas, another actor with family connections to Bermuda (Diana Dill, Douglas's first wife and the mother of their sons Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas was a Bermudian).

Sheen has played U.S. PresidentJohn F. Kennedy in the miniseries Kennedy; Attorney GeneralRobert F. Kennedy in the television special The Missiles of October;White House Chief of Staff A.J. McInnerney in The American President; White House Counsel John Dean in the television mini-series Blind Ambition; sinister would-be president Greg Stillson in The Dead Zone; the President in the Lori Loughlin-Chris Noth television mini-series, Medusa's Child; and fictional Democratic president Josiah "Jed" Bartlet in the acclaimed television drama, The West Wing.[8]

In November , Sheen was cast as Uncle Ben in Sony's reboot of the Spider-Man film series, The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb.[26]

Sheen has performed voice-over work as the narrator for the Eyewitness series and as the "real" Seymour Skinner in the controversial Simpsons episode "The Principal and the Pauper." In addition, he played the role of the Illusive Man in the highly acclaimed video game Mass Effect 2, and the sequel, Mass Effect 3. He provided the voice of Emilio in the English language version of the animated film Arrugas(Wrinkles). Martin Sheen is also the host of In Focus, a television program whose Facebook page claims airs on PBS affiliate stations on Public Television, but in fact does not, according to the company's spokesperson, as reported in The Washington Post on December 27, [27]

In , Sheen travelled to Mexico City to star in Chamaco with Kirk Harris, Alex Perea, Gustavo Sánchez Parra and Michael Madsen. In , he filmed Stella Days[28] in County Tipperary, Ireland, near the birthplace of his mother. Thaddeus O'Sullivan directed and Irish actor Stephen Rea also starred.[29]

Sheen appeared in Martin Scorsese'sThe Departed as Captain Oliver Queenan, a commanding officer who is watching an undercover cop (Leonardo DiCaprio). Martin Sheen and son Ramon Estevez combined both their real and stage names to create the Warner Bros.-affiliated company, Estevez Sheen Productions. In the company released The Way, written and directed by Sheen's son Emilio Estevez who also stars in the film as Martin's on-screen son, who dies while hiking the Camino de Santiago. His daughter, Renée, also has a part in the film. Driven by sadness, Martin's character, an American doctor, leaves his Californian life and embarks on the &#;km (&#;mi) pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees to Spain's Santiago de Compostela himself, with his son's ashes. The Way premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sheen appeared in the Irish Film Stella Days directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan, along with IFTA award-winning actress Amy Huberman. Sheen plays parish priest Daniel Barry, whose love of movies leads him to help set up a cinema in Borrisokane.[29][30] Sheen plays a starring role in Netflix's Grace and Frankie (–present).

In December Sheen signed on to play legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover alongside Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, and Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah. Produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film was released in It was directed by Shaka King and chronicles the death of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton in Chicago on December 4, [31]

Political views[edit]

Martin Sheen has been active in countless nonviolent acts of civil disobedience and arrested 66 times as he stood up for peace and against nuclear power, nuclear weapons testing, dangerous arms buildup, abuse of farmworkers, Canadian sealclubbing and other causes.[32] Although he did not attend college, Sheen credited the Marianists at University of Dayton as a major influence on his public activism, as well as Archbishop Desmond Tutu.[33] Sheen is known for his outspoken support of liberal political causes, such as opposition to United States military actions and a hazardous-waste incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio. Sheen has resisted calls to run for office, saying: "There's no way that I could be the president. You can't have a pacifist in the White House I'm an actor. This is what I do for a living."[34] Sheen is an honorary trustee of the Dayton International Peace Museum.

He supported the farm worker movement with Cesar Chavez in Delano, California.[35] Sheen endorsed marches and walkouts called by the activist group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) to force the State of California to introduce a holiday in memory of Cesar Chavez. On the day of the protests (March 30), thousands of students, primarily Latino from California and elsewhere, walked out of school in support of the demand. Sheen also stated that he participated in the large-scale immigration marches in Los Angeles in and [36][37][citation needed]

Sheen is a follower of the consistent life ethic, which opposes abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment and war.[38] He articulated this view further in an interview with The Progressive: "I'm inclined to be against abortion of any life. But I am equally against the death penalty or war." He also stated at the same occasion: "I personally am opposed to abortion, but I will not judge anybody else's right in that regard because I am not a woman and I could never face the actual reality of it."[21] He also supports the Democrats for Life of America's Pregnant Women Support Act.[39]

Sheen starred in Jakov Sedlar's religious drama Gospa in Sheen also narrated several movies for the Croatian director during the s.[40][41]

Martin Sheen and Paul Watson (from the non-profit environmental organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) were confronted on May 16, by a number of Canadian sealers in a hotel on Magdalen Islands over Sea Shepherd's history of attacks on sealing and whaling ships. Sheen negotiated with the sealers while Watson was escorted to the airport by police.[42] Sheen became involved with gun control in after the National Shooting Sports Foundation hired his politically conservative brother, actor Joe Estevez who sounds like Sheen, to do a voice-over for a pro-gunmaker commercial earlier in the year.[43][44]

Martin Sheen at an anti-war protest in October

In early Sheen signed the "Not in My Name" declaration opposing the invasion of Iraq (along with prominent figures such as Noam Chomsky and Susan Sarandon); the declaration appeared in the magazineThe Nation. Sheen visited Camp Casey on August 28, to pray with anti-Iraq War activist Cindy Sheehan, who had demanded a second meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush.[45] Addressing Sheehan's supporters, Sheen said: "At least you've got the acting president of the United States", referring to his role as president Josiah Bartlet on The West Wing.[46]

During the Democratic Party presidential primaries, he supported Senator Ted Kennedy and gave multiple speeches supporting him in Florida.[47] Sheen campaigned with Rob Reiner for Democratic presidential candidates Howard Dean and John Kerry in [citation needed] Members of the Democratic Party in Ohio reportedly contacted Sheen in to persuade him to run for the United States Senate. Sheen declined the offer, stating, "I'm just not qualified. You're mistaking celebrity for credibility."[48] In the U.S. Presidential Election, Sheen initially endorsed New Mexico GovernorBill Richardson and helped raise funds for his campaign.[49] After Richardson dropped out of the campaign, Sheen supported Barack Obama.[48]

In , when Sheen was living in Ireland as a result of his enrollment in NUI Galway, he criticised Irish mushroom farmers for exploiting foreign workers by paying them as little as € an hour - way below the country's minimum wage of €[50]

From to , Sheen's activism included attendances at meetings of the environmentalist group Earth First![51] and speaking appearances at youth empowerment events called We Day on behalf of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner.[52] Sheen has been named an ambassador of Free The Children and has supported such initiatives as the We are Silent campaign, a hour pledge of silence.[53] Speaking about his work with Free The Children, Sheen has said, "I'm hooked! I told them whenever I could offer some insight or energy or whatever I had, I'd be delighted if they would call on me, and they have."[54] Sheen championed Help Darfur Now, a student-run organization to help aid victims of the genocide in Darfur, the western region in Sudan. He also appeared in the anti-fur documentary "Skin Trade."[55]

Sheen appeared in television and radio ads urging Washington state residents to vote 'no' on Initiative , a proposed assisted suicide law before voters in the election.[56]

Sheen first spoke to 18, young student activists at Free The Children's We Day. "While acting is what I do for a living, activism is what I do to stay alive," he said.[57]

In March , Sheen and George Clooney performed in Dustin Lance Black's play, '8' — a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage — as attorney Theodore Olson.[58] The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.[59][60]

Sheen reunited with the cast of The West Wing in September to produce a video explaining Michigan's ballot and its partisan and nonpartisan sections. The video doubled as a campaign ad for Bridget McCormack, who was running as a nonpartisan candidate for Michigan's Supreme Court. McCormack's sister, actress Mary McCormack, co-starred with Sheen on The West Wing in its final three seasons.[61]

When the film Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain premiered in , Sheen advocated for Amnesty International's campaign Justice for Bhopal.[62]

Sheen narrated the trailer for a proposed documentary film about the prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman in [63]

Personal life[edit]


Sheen married Janet Templeton[64] on December 23, , and they have three sons and a daughter, all of whom are actors: Emilio, Ramón, Carlos, and Renée. Carlos, however, decided to change his name when he began acting, calling himself Charlie Sheen[8] after making the decision to anglicize his first name and take his surname from his father's stage name, although he was already known only as Charlie throughout his elementary school years.

Charlie and his father parodied their roles in the movie Hot Shots! Part Deux; when their river patrol boats passed each other, they both shouted, "I loved you in Wall Street!" a film they both starred in as father and son in

He has played the father of sons Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen in various projects: he played Emilio's father in The War at Home, In the Custody of Strangers and The Way, and Charlie's father in Wall Street, No Code of Conduct, two episodes of Spin City, and Anger Management. He also appeared as a guest star in one episode of Two and a Half Men playing the father of Charlie's neighbor Rose (Melanie Lynskey), and another as guest star Denise Richards's father; at the time that episode aired, Richards was married to Charlie. Martin also played a "future" version of Charlie in a Visa commercial. Martin has played other characters with his children. He starred in the film Bobby, which was directed by Emilio, who also starred in the movie alongside his father. Renée had a supporting role in The West Wing, as a White House staff secretary. Emilio also appeared, uncredited, in an episode of The West Wing portraying his father's character, President Bartlet, in home movie footage.[65]

Sheen became a grandfather at age 43 when Emilio had a son with his girlfriend, Carey Salley. Sheen has a total of ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.[66][67][68][69][70][71][72][73][74]

He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in [9]

In , Sheen was a guest on the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are?, tracing his Irish and Galician ancestry.

He underwent a quadruple heart bypass operation in December [75]

Academic pursuits[edit]

After the end of filming of The West Wing, Sheen planned to further his education: "My plan is to read English literature, philosophy and theology in Galway, Ireland, where my late mother came from and where I'm also a citizen."[76] Speaking after an honorary arts doctorate was conferred on him by the National University of Ireland, Sheen joked that he would be the "oldest undergraduate" at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, when he started his full-time studies there in the autumn of Although expressing concern that he might be a "distraction" to other students at NUI Galway, he attended lectures like everyone else. Speaking the week after filming his last episode of The West Wing, he said, "I'm very serious about it." He once said, "I never went to college when I was young and am looking forward to giving it a try at age 65!"[77] On September 1, , Sheen was among the first to register as a student at NUI Galway.[78] He left the university after completing a semester.

Sheen maintains links with Galway and "heartily" supported Michael D. Higgins (himself an alumnus of NUI Galway) in the Irish presidential election, having become a "dear friend" of Higgins while studying there.[79]


In a speech at Oxford University in , Sheen stated that he had been arrested 66 times for protesting and acts of civil disobedience.[80] He was described by human rights activist Craig Kielburger as having "a rap sheet almost as long as his list of film credits."[81]

On April 1, , Sheen was arrested, with 38 other activists, for trespassing at the Nevada Test Site at a Nevada Desert Experience event protesting against the site.[82]

He has a long association with Sea Shepherd and that conservation organization has named a ship, the RV&#;Martin Sheen to recognize his commitment and support.


Sheen is Catholic, having had his faith restored during conversations in Paris in with Terrence Malick, director of Sheen's breakthrough film, Badlands ().[12][21][24] He is a supporter of the Catholic Worker movement.[83]

Family life and abortion stance[edit]

In a interview with RTÉ, Sheen stated that his wife was conceived through rape, and if her mother had aborted her, or dumped her in the Ohio River as she had considered, his wife would not exist. He also disclosed that three of his grandchildren were conceived out of wedlock, saying his sons "were not happy at the time but they came to love these children. We have three grown grandchildren, two of them are married, they're some of the greatest source [sic] of joy in our lives."[84] He has also stated his empathy for women facing unexpected pregnancy, and that he did not oppose their choice to have a abortion:

I cannot make a choice for a woman, particularly a black or brown or poor pregnant woman. I would not make a judgment in the case. As a father and a grandfather, I have had experience with children who don't always come when they are planned, and I have experienced the great joy of God's presence in my children, so I'm inclined to be against abortion of any life. But I am equally against the death penalty or war – anywhere people are sacrificed for some end justifying a means. I don't think abortion is a good idea. I personally am opposed to abortion, but I will not judge anybody else's right in that regard because I am not a woman and I could never face the actual reality of it.[21]

In a interview given to Catholic World Report he said that he considered himself to be pro-life:

It's a matter of record with me. It's a part of my faith. I'm a father, you know. When three of our grandchildren were young, a long time ago—I became a grandfather at age 42—and we didn't have any in-laws, we supported these children who had come into our lives. We didn't consider them any less welcome or ourselves any less blessed. That's who we are. We know what a child can bring, no matter the circumstances. So [being pro-life] is both natural for us and a practical acceptance. My wife is not Catholic, but she is very pro-life. She's a mother and a grandmother. She knows what it means. There's just never any question—ever.[85]

Awards and honors[edit]

In the spring of , Sheen was named honorary mayor of Malibu, California. He promptly marked his appointment with a decree proclaiming the area "a nuclear-free zone, a sanctuary for aliens and the homeless, and a protected environment for all life, wild and tame".[86] Some local citizens were angered by the decree, and the Malibu Chamber of Commerce met in June of that year to consider revoking his title, but voted unanimously to retain him.[87]

While Sheen claims he deliberately failed the entrance exam for the University of Dayton so that he could pursue his acting career, he still has an affinity for UD, and is seen drinking from a "Dayton Flyers" coffee mug during several episodes of The West Wing. Sheen also developed an ongoing relationship with Wright State University, where he performed Love Letters as a benefit for scholarships in the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures, and hosted a trip of donors to the set of The West Wing with the department's chair, W. Stuart McDowell, in September The Sheen/Estevez & Augsburger Scholarship Fund has since attracted over $, in scholarships in the arts for students in need at WSU since its inception in [15] Sheen also has a great affinity for the University of Notre Dame and in was awarded the Laetare Medal,[88] the highest honor bestowed on American Catholics, in May at the school's commencement.

Sheen received six Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance on The West Wing, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in TV-Drama, as well as two SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, and was part of the cast that received two SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

In his acting career, Sheen has been nominated for ten Emmy Awards, winning one. He has also earned eight nominations for Golden Globe Awards. Sheen has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at Vine Street.[89]

In Sheen won a TV Guide Award for 'Actor of the Year in a Drama Series' for The West Wing.[90] In the animated Nickelodeon movie, TV show and TV spin-off of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, there is a character named Sheen Estevez, which is Sheen's original last name – Estévez – and working last name, Sheen.

Sheen was the recipient of the Marquette University Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa for his work on social and Catholic issues.[91] In , he was awarded an honorary life membership in the Law Society of University College Dublin.[92] On May 3, Sheen received an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree from the University of Dayton for his lifelong commitment to peace, social justice and human rights exemplifying the Catholic, Marianist university's missions.[93]


Main article: Martin Sheen filmography

Awards and nominations[edit]

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Martin Sheen

See also[edit]


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Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez (born August 3, ), better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is an American film actor best known for his performances in the films Badlands () and Apocalypse Now (), and in the television series The West Wing from to

He is considered one of the best actors who were never nominated for an Academy Award despite their acclaimed performances. In film he has won the Best Actor award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival for his performance as Kit Carruthers in Badlands. His portrayal of Capt. Willard in Apocalypse Now earned a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Sheen has worked with a wide variety of film directors, such as Richard Attenborough, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone. He has had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since In television he has won both a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for playing the lead role of President Bartlet in The West Wing, and an Emmy for guest acting in the sitcom Murphy Brown.

Born and raised in the United States to immigrant parents, a first-generation Irish mother, Mary-Anne Phelan from Borrisokane in County Tipperary and a Galician father, Francisco Estévez from Vigo in Galicia (Spain). He adopted the stage name Martin Sheen to help him gain acting parts. He is the father of actors Emilio Estevez, Ramón Estevez, Carlos Irwin Estevez (Charlie Sheen), and Renée Estevez. His younger brother Joe Estevez is also an actor.


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Charlie Sheen

"Carlos Estévez" redirects here. For other people with the same name, see Carlos Estévez (disambiguation).

American film and television actor

Carlos Irwin Estévez (born September 3, ), known professionally as Charlie Sheen, is an American actor. He has appeared in films such as Platoon (), Wall Street (), Young Guns (), The Rookie (), The Three Musketeers (), and The Arrival (). In the s, when Sheen replaced Michael J. Fox as the star of ABC's Spin City, his portrayal of Charlie Crawford earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He then starred as Charlie Harper on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men (—11), for which he received multiple Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy nominations, and as Dr. Charles "Charlie" Goodson on the FX series Anger Management (–14). In , Sheen was the highest-paid actor on television, earning US$&#;million per episode of Two and a Half Men.[2]

Sheen's personal life has made headlines, including reports of alcohol and drug abuse and marital problems, as well as allegations of domestic violence.[3] In March , his contract for Two and a Half Men was terminated by CBS and Warner Bros. following his derogatory comments about the series' creator, Chuck Lorre.[4] On November 17, , Sheen publicly revealed that he is HIV positive, having been diagnosed four years previously.[5] The disclosure resulted in a vast increase of online search queries for HIV prevention and testing, which was later dubbed the "Charlie Sheen effect".[6]

Early life

Sheen was born Carlos Estévez on September 3, , in New York City,[7][8] the youngest son of actor Martin Sheen (whose real name is Ramón Estévez) and artist Janet Templeton.[9] His paternal grandparents were emigrants from Galicia (Spain) and Ireland, respectively.[10] After being accused of antisemitism in , Sheen claimed that his mother was Jewish,[11] although Jewish Standard reporter Nate Bloom wrote that he found no evidence to support this and described Sheen's claim as "exceedingly unlikely".[12] Sheen said later that year that his father was Catholic and his mother was Southern Baptist.[13] He has two older brothers, Emilio and Ramon, and a younger sister, Renée, all actors. His parents moved to Malibu, California, after Martin's Broadway turn in The Subject Was Roses. Sheen's first movie appearance was at age nine in his father's film The Execution of Private Slovik. Sheen attended Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California, along with Robert Downey Jr., where he was a star pitcher and shortstop for the baseball team.[9][14]

At Santa Monica High School, he showed an early interest in acting, making amateur Super 8 films with his brother Emilio and school friends Rob Lowe and Sean Penn under his birth name. A few weeks before graduation, Sheen was expelled from school for poor grades and attendance. Deciding to become an actor, he took the stage name Charlie Sheen. His father had adopted the surname Sheen in honor of the Catholic archbishop and theologianFulton J. Sheen, while Charlie was an English form of his given name Carlos.[15][16]

Acting career


Sheen's film career began in , when he was cast to portray Ron in Grizzly II: The Predator, the sequel to the low budget horror movie Grizzly, which remained unreleased until In , he had a role in the Cold War teen drama Red Dawn with Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, and Jennifer Grey. Sheen and Grey reunited in a small scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (). He also appeared in an episode of the anthology seriesAmazing Stories. Sheen had his first major role in the Vietnam War drama Platoon (). In , he starred with his father in Wall Street. Both Wall Street and Platoon were directed by Oliver Stone. In , Stone asked Sheen to star in his new film Born on the Fourth of July (), but later cast Tom Cruise instead. Sheen was never notified by Stone, and only found out when he heard the news from his brother Emilio. Sheen did not take a lead role in Stone's subsequent films,[17] although he did have a cameo role in Money Never Sleeps.

In , he starred in the baseball film Eight Men Out as outfielder Happy Felsch. Also in , he appeared opposite his brother Emilio in Young Guns and again in in Men at Work. In , Sheen, John Fusco, Christopher Cain, Lou Diamond Phillips, Emilio Estévez and Kiefer Sutherland were honored with a Bronze Wrangler for their work on the film Young Guns.[18]

In , he starred alongside his father in Cadence as a rebellious inmate in a military stockade and with Clint Eastwood in the buddy cop filmThe Rookie.[9] The films were directed by Martin Sheen and Eastwood, respectively. In , he featured in Beyond the Law with Linda Fiorentino and Michael Madsen. In , Sheen was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[18] In , Sheen wrote his first movie, Discovery Mars, a direct-to-video documentary revolving around the question, "Is There Life on Mars?". The next year, Sheen wrote, produced and starred in the action movie No Code of Conduct.[19]

Sheen appeared in several comedy roles, including the Major League films, Money Talks, and the spoof Hot Shots! films. In , Sheen appeared in a pilot for A&E Network, called Sugar Hill, which was not picked up. In , Sheen played himself in Being John Malkovich. He also appeared in the third, fourth and fifth entries in the popular horror-spoof series Scary Movie.

Sheen has also done voices for animation, appearing as Charlie in All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 (replacing Burt Reynolds), as well as Dex Dogtective in the Lionsgate animated comedy Foodfight.[19]

In , Sheen was cast to star alongside Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray in Roman Coppola's surreal comedy film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.[20]

For the film Machete Kills, in which Sheen played the President of the United States, he was credited under his birth name Carlos Estévez. It was a one-time move, due to the film's Hispanic theme; it was Sheen's idea to use his birth name for the film. The trailer and opening credits for the film used an "and introducing" tag when showing Sheen's birth name.[21]

Sheen's next feature film project was the ensemble film9/11 (), an adaptation of the 9/11stage playElevator written by Patrick Carson. The film also featured Whoopi Goldberg, Gina Gershon, Luis Guzmán, Wood Harris, Jacqueline Bisset and Bruce Davison.[22]


Sheen at the FXAd Sales Upfront

In , Sheen debuted on the small screen when he replaced Michael J. Fox for the last two seasons of the sitcom Spin City (which also had fellow Ferris Bueller actor Alan Ruck as Stuart Bondek). For his work on Spin City, Sheen was nominated for two ALMA Awards and won his first Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.[23][24] The series ended in

In , Sheen was cast as Charlie Harper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, which followed the popular Monday night time slot of Everybody Loves Raymond. Sheen's role on Two and a Half Men was loosely based on Sheen's bad boy image.[25] The role garnered him an ALMA Award and he gained three Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globe award nominations.[23] During his eighth and final season on the show, Sheen earned $&#;million per episode.[2]

Warner Bros. dismissal

Production of Two and a Half Men went on hiatus in January while Sheen underwent a substance rehabilitation program in his home, his third attempt at rehab in 12 months.[26][27][28] The following month, CBS canceled the season's four remaining episodes after Sheen publicly made derogatory comments about the series's creator, Chuck Lorre,[29] and Warner Bros. banned Sheen from entering its production lot.[30] Sheen, already the highest-paid actor on television,[2] responded by publicly demanding a 50 percent raise,[31] claiming that in comparison to the amount that the series was making, he was "underpaid".[31]

CBS and Warner Bros. terminated Sheen's contract on March 7, [32] He was replaced by Ashton Kutcher.[33][34] In the aftermath of his dismissal, Sheen remained vocally critical of Chuck Lorre,[35] and filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Lorre and Warner Bros., which was settled the following September [36] That same month, Sheen, while presenting an award at the Primetime Emmy Awards, addressed "everybody here from Two and a Half Men" and stated, "From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television."[37] In , Sheen returned to television in Anger Management, the spin-off of the film of the same name.[38] The series ended after an episode run in the second season.[39]

Publicity following dismissal

In the wake of the dismissal, Sheen had highly publicized events which were broadcast on television and the Internet. He made statements in television interviews, suggesting that he was a "warlock" with "tiger blood" and "Adonis DNA", and that he was "winning".[40] He also posted videos to YouTube showing himself smoking cigarettes through his nose, and cursing out his former employers.[41] He told one TV interviewer, "I'm tired of pretending I'm not special. I'm tired of pretending I'm not a total bitchin' rock star from Mars."[42]


On September 19, , Sheen was roasted on Comedy Central. It was watched by million people, making it the highest rated roast on Comedy Central to date.[43]

Also that year, he played a role in the hip hop music video "Steak & Mash Potatoes" by Chain Swangaz featuring Brother Marquis. The video features both rappers as fast food employee who create havoc while their boss (Sheen) is gone.[44]

In October , Sheen flew to Australia for his "An Evening with Charlie Sheen" tour.[45] During this time he filmed an advert for car servicing company Ultra Tune which is the next installment in their controversial "Unexpected Situations" series alongside Parnia Porsche, Laura Lydall, Tyana Hansen and Imogen Lovell.[46][47]

Other ventures

Sheen's "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option" tour on the marquee of Radio City Music Hallin New York City

In , Sheen launched a clothing line for children, called Sheen Kidz.[48] In , Sheen set a Guinness World Record for Twitter as the "Fastest Time to Reach 1&#;Million Followers" (adding an average of , new followers per day[49]) as well as the Guinness record for "Highest Paid TV Actor Per Episode – Current" at $&#;million while he was a part of the cast of Two and a Half Men sitcom.[50] On March 3, , Sheen signed with marketing agency specializing in Twitter and Facebook promotions.[51][52]

On March 10, , Sheen announced a nationwide tour, "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option", which began in Detroit on April 2.[53] The tour sold out in 18 minutes, a Ticketmaster record.[54] However, on April 1, , the Detroit Free Press featured an article that stated as of March 30 that there were over tickets available from a third-party reseller, some at 15% less than the cheapest seats sold at the Fox Theater.[55]The Huffington Post reported that it was expected Sheen would earn $1&#;million in from Twitter endorsements and $7&#;million from the North American tour.[56] Many of those attending the performance of April 2 in Detroit found it disappointing;[57] the subsequent performance in Chicago, which featured some adjustments, received a more positive reception.[58]

Sheen was announced as the face of and partner in "NicoSheen", a line of disposable E-cigarettes and related products.[59]

On August 13, , Sheen hosted at the 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos, an event created by the Insane Clown Posse. He received a mixed reaction from the audience,[60] but has expressed appreciation for the culture by describing himself as a Juggalo[61] and wearing a baseball cap featuring the Psychopathic Records logo in public and during production meetings for Anger Management.[62]

Personal life

Family and relationships

Sheen has been married three times. He has five children and one grandchild.

His oldest daughter is from a previous relationship with his former high school girlfriend, Paula Profit,[63] whose name has also been given as Paula Speert.[64] Through his oldest daughter, Sheen has one granddaughter.[65]

In January , Sheen accidentally shot his fiancée, Kelly Preston, in the arm.[66] She broke off the engagement soon after.[67][68][69] In the s, Sheen subsequently dated a number of adult film actresses, including Ginger Lynn[66][70] and Heather Hunter.[66]

On September 3, , Sheen married his first wife, Donna Peele.[71] That same year, Sheen was named as one of the clients of an escort agency operated by Heidi Fleiss.[72] Sheen and Peele divorced in [9]

Sheen met actress Denise Richards on the set of Good Advice in [73] They began dating in October , when Richards guest-starred on Sheen's TV show Spin City.[73] They became engaged on December 26, , and married on June 15, , at the estate of Spin City creator Gary David Goldberg.[73] They have two daughters together (born in and ).[74][75] In March , Richards filed for divorce, accusing Sheen of alcohol and drug abuse and threats of violence[3] as well as accusations of Sheen looking at gay pornography featuring "boys who looked underage" and being "attracted" to underage girls.[76][77] Sheen would later deny these claims, and stated that the FBI was "aware" of the allegations and had searched his computers.[78] The divorce was finalized in November and preceded a custody dispute over their two daughters.[79][80][81]

On May 30, , Sheen married his third wife, Brooke Mueller and had twin sons.[82][83][84][85] In November , Sheen filed for divorce. On March 1, , police removed the couple's sons from Sheen's home. Sheen told NBC's Today, "I stayed very calm and focused."[86] According to People, social services took the children after Mueller obtained a restraining order against Sheen. The document said, "I am very concerned that [Sheen] is currently insane."[87] Asked if he would fight for the children, Sheen texted People, "Born ready. Winning."[87] Sheen and Mueller's divorce became final on May 2, [1][88][89]

On March 1, , Sheen was concurrently living with year old pornographic actress Bree Olson and year old[90] model and graphic designer Natalie Kenly, whom he collectively nicknamed his "goddesses".[91][92][93][94][95] Olson left Sheen in April , and Kenly left in June [96][97] In a January interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, Sheen stated that he was in a relationship with adult film actress and Penthouse magazine Pet of the Month Georgia Jones.[98]

Then, in February , Sheen became engaged to former adult film star Brett Rossi,[99] who began going by her real name, Scottine.[][] With a wedding planned for November , the engagement was broken off in October with an announcement that the two had "mutually decided" to separate. Sheen stated, "I've decided that my children deserve my focus more than a relationship does right now. I still have a tremendous fondness for Scotty and I wish her all the best."[] A month later it was reported that Rossi was hospitalized for an apparent drug overdose.[]

Substance abuse, legal issues and health

On May 20, , Sheen suffered a stroke after overdosing while using cocaine and was hospitalized. Sheen was found in his seaside home by a friend, after which paramedics rushed him to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California. He was described as being in "serious condition" after his stomach was pumped.[] Days later, Sheen checked into a rehab clinic, then told doctors that he did not intend to stay. Sheen left, then Sheriffs forced Sheen back to the clinic.[] On August 11, , Sheen, already on probation in California for a previous drug offense, had his probation extended by one year and entered a rehab clinic.[][] In a interview, Sheen disclosed that his previous overdose was caused by injecting cocaine.[]

On December 25, , Sheen was arrested for assaulting his wife at the time, Brooke Mueller, in Aspen, Colorado. He was released the same day from jail after posting an $8, bond.[][] Sheen was charged with felony menacing, as well as third-degree assault and criminal mischief.[] On August 2, , Sheen, represented by Yale Galanter,[] pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault as part of a plea bargain that included dismissal of the other charges against him. Sheen was sentenced to 30 days in a drug rehab center, 30 days of probation, and 36 hours of anger management.[]

On October 26, , the police removed Sheen from his suite at the Plaza Hotel after he reportedly caused $7, in damage.[] According to the NYPD, Sheen admitted to drinking and using cocaine the night of the incident.[] He was released after entering a hospital for observation.[]

On November 17, , Sheen publicly revealed that he was HIV positive, having been diagnosed roughly four years earlier.[5] In an interview, he referred to the acronym HIV as "three hard letters to absorb".[] He manages his condition with a triple cocktail of antiretroviral drugs, and said that it was impossible that he could have infected any of his partners.[] Sheen noted that since , he had paid extortionists approximately $10 million to keep his HIV status secret.[] Sheen stated that he was upfront about his HIV positive condition with all of his past partners.[]

In an episode of The Dr. Oz Show taped in late and aired January 12, , Sheen stated "I'm [sic] been off my meds for about a week now," receiving alternative treatment in Mexico from Sam Chachoua, who claims to have an effective vaccine for HIV; according to his manager, however, after the episode was taped he resumed taking his medications.[]

In April , Sheen had his monthly child support payments to his two ex-wives, Richards and Mueller, reduced from $55, to $10,[] The same month, it was announced that Sheen was under investigation by the LAPD stalking unit for threatening to kill his former fiancée Scottine Ross.[]

Allegations of sexual assault

In , Sheen sued the National Enquirer over a story alleging that, in , the then year-old actor raped his year-old co-star Corey Haim on the set of Lucas. The case was settled in Haim's mother, Judy Haim, identified a different actor as her son's rapist on The Dr. Oz Show, and told Entertainment Tonight that Sheen never raped her son, calling the claims "made up".[][]

In March , actor Corey Feldman repeated the claim that Sheen raped Haim in his documentary (My) Truth: The Rape of Two Coreys, corroborated by Feldman's ex-wife Susie Feldman and his Lost Boys co-star Jamison Newlander.[] Sheen, through his publicist, denied the allegations, calling them "sick, twisted and outlandish".[]


The Charlie Sheen effect

Sheen's HIV-positive disclosure corresponded with the greatest number of HIV-related Google searches ever recorded in the United States. During the three weeks following his disclosure, there were about million more searches than expected that included the term HIV, and million searches were directly relevant to public-health outcomes because they included search terms for condoms, HIV symptoms, or HIV testing (e.g., "get HIV tested").[]

A later study found Sheen's disclosure corresponded with a 95% increase in over-the-counter at-home HIV testing kits.[]

The study's authors dubbed it "The Charlie Sheen Effect" with commenters noting "Charlie Sheen did more for HIV education than most UN events do."[] Sheen spoke out for HIV prevention, citing the studies as motivation, later adding he was "humbled" to "be of service."[citation needed]

Charity work

Sheen was the spokesperson for the Lee National Denim Day breast cancer fundraiser that raised millions of dollars for research and education regarding the disease. Sheen stated that a friend of his died from breast cancer, and he wanted to try to help find a cure for the disease.[]

A major donor and supporter of Aid For AIDS since , Sheen was honored with an AFA Angel Award, one of only a few ever given, at the nonprofit's 25th Silver Anniversary Reception in [] In addition to his financial support, he has volunteered to act as a celebrity judge for several years for their annual fundraiser, Best In Drag Show,[] which raises around a quarter of a million dollars[] each year in Los Angeles for AIDS assistance.[][] He has brought other celebrities to support the event, including his father, actor Martin Sheen.[] Sheen's interest in AIDS was first reported in with his support of Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who became a national spokesperson for AIDS awareness after being infected with AIDS through a blood transfusion for his hemophilia.[][]

On March 27, , Sheen and Jenna Elfman co-hosted the Scientology-affiliated New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project charity event.[]

Sheen donated one dollar from each ticket sold from his "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option Show" tour to the Red CrossJapanese earthquake Relief Fund.[54]

In , Sheen took on a Twitter challenge by a grieving mother to help critically ill babies born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia by supporting CHERUBS – The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support.[]

On July 16, , Sheen announced that he would donate at least $1 million to the USO. This will be among the largest single donations ever given to the troop morale-boosting organization.[]

Sheen, a lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds, announced in August that he would donate $50, to the team's community fund, which supports various charities. The donation came after the team raised another $50, in an attempt to get sportscaster Marty Brennaman to shave his head on the field after a Reds victory. After Brennaman shaved his head, Sheen offered to match the previous donation total.[]


Political views

In a interview, Sheen described himself as a "constitutional Republican". Sheen discussed his desire of running for U.S. President in []

Sheen has been publicly scathing against former President Donald Trump. He has labelled Trump a "charlatan" and wished death upon him.[][]

September 11 attacks

Sheen is an outspoken advocate of the 9/11 truth movement.[] On September 8, , he appealed to PresidentBarack Obama to set up a new investigation into the attacks. Presenting his views as a transcript of a fictional encounter with Obama, he was characterized by the press as believing the 9/11 Commission was a whitewash and that the administration of former President George W. Bush may have been responsible for the attacks.[]


Sheen is staunchly opposed to vaccinations. After separating from Denise Richards, he sent a legal notice to his daughters' physician stating his lack of consent to vaccinate them.[] The dispute over vaccines seems to have played an important role in the failure of the marriage. Richards said in an interview in , "When I vaccinated Sam, he accused me of poisoning her. And I knew when he said that that the marriage wasn't going to work."[]




Music videos

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  Monument Ave.

  Medusa's Child (TV Movie)
President (U.S.)

Jason Wynn

  Truth or Consequences, N.M.

  Gun(TV Series)
Van Guinness

- Ricochet () Van Guinness

  Alchemy (TV Movie)
King Arthur

  Crystal Cave (TV Movie)
King Arthur

  The Elevator

  Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys
Jeff Snyder

  Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story
Peter Maurin

  The War at Home
Bob Collier

  Project: ALF (TV Movie)
Col. Gilbert Milfoil

  Present Tense, Past Perfect (TV Movie)

  Sacred Cargo
Father Andrew Kanvesky

  The American President
A.J. MacInerney

  Dead Presidents
The Judge (uncredited)

  The Break
Gil Robbins

  Dillinger and Capone (Video)
John Dillinger

Father Jozo Zovko

  Running Wild
Dan Walker

  One Hundred and One Nights
Un acteur muet à Hollywood (complete version) (uncredited)


  Guns of Honor (TV Movie)
Jackson Baines Hardin (Ole Devil)

Jesse James Montgomery

  Roswell (TV Movie)

  Trigger Fast
Jackson Baines Hardin (Ole Devil)

  One of Her Own (TV Movie)
Asst. Dist. Atty. Pete Maresca

  When the Bough Breaks
Captain Swaggert

  Fortunes of War
Francis Labeck

  My Home, My Prison (Documentary)
Narrator (voice)

  A Matter of Justice (TV Movie)
Jack Brown

Gen. Robert E. Lee

  Hot Shots! Part Deux
Capt. Benjamin L. Willard (uncredited)

  Hear No Evil
Lt. Brock

  Grey Knight
Gen. Haworth

  Another Time, Another Place
Richard Conley

  The Water Engine (TV Movie)
Chain Letter Voice (voice, uncredited)

  Original Intent (Video)
Homeless Joe

  Touch and Die (TV Movie)

  The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story (TV Movie)
William F. (Ike) Eisenbraun

  A Legacy of Genocide: The Serbian Death Squads (Video)
Narrator (voice)

  Help Croatia (Video)
Narrator (voice)

  The Rites of Mu (Short)

  The Yugoslav Army Is Helping Serbian Terrorism (Video)
Narrator (voice)

Narrator (voice, uncredited)

  Guilty Until Proven Innocent (TV Movie)
Harold Hohne

  The Maid (TV Movie)
Anthony Wayne


  Marked for Murder (Video)
Man in Park

  Beverly Hills Brats
Dr. Jeffrey Miller

  Cold Front
John Hyde

  Beyond the Stars
Paul Andrews

  Nightbreaker (TV Movie)
Dr. Alexander Brown - Present

  Judgment in Berlin
Herbert J Stern


  Wall Street
Carl Fox


  Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (TV Movie documentary)
Alan (voice)

  The Believers
Cal Jamison

  Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (TV Movie documentary)
James Marion Hunt

  A Life in the Day (Short)

  Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (TV Movie)
Mitch Snyder

  News at Eleven (TV Movie)
Frank Kenley

  Shattered Spirits (TV Movie)
Lyle Mollencamp

  A State of Emergency
Alex Carmody

  Out of the Darkness (TV Movie)
Eddie Zigo

  The Fourth Wise Man (TV Movie)

  Consenting Adult (TV Movie)
Ken Lynd

  The Guardian (TV Movie)
Charlie Hyatt

Captain Hollister

  Nobody's Heroes

  Choices of the Heart (TV Movie)
Father Philan

  The Dead Zone
Greg Stillson

  Man, Woman and Child
Robert Beckwith

  No Place to Hide (Short)
Narrator (voice)

  That Championship Season
Tom Daley


  In the King of Prussia
Judge Samuel Salus II

Alex Holbeck

  In the Custody of Strangers (TV Movie)
Frank Caldwell

Stephen Booker

  The Final Countdown
Warren Lasky

  Eagle's Wing

  Apocalypse Now
Captain Benjamin L. Willard

  Taxi!! (TV Movie)
Taxi Driver

  The Cassandra Crossing
Robby Navarro

  The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
Frank Hallet

  Sweet Hostage (TV Movie)
Leonard Hatch

  The Last Survivors (TV Movie)
Alexander William Holmes

  The Missiles of October (TV Movie)
Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy

  The Legend of Earl Durand
Luther Sykes

  The California Kid (TV Movie)
Michael McCord

  The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd (TV Movie)
Charles Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd

  The Execution of Private Slovik (TV Movie)
Eddie Slovik

Father Kinsella

  When the Line Goes Through
Bluff Jackson

  Message to My Daughter (TV Movie)
John Thatcher


  Letters from Three Lovers (TV Movie)

  Crime Club (TV Movie)
Deputy Wilson

  Pursuit (TV Movie)
Timothy Drew

Maj. Holliford

  That Certain Summer (TV Movie)
Gary McClain

  Pickup on
Lester Baumgartner

  No Drums, No Bugles
Ashby Gatrell

  Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol (TV Movie)

  Mongo's Back in Town (TV Movie)

  Goodbye, Raggedy Ann (TV Movie)
Jules Worthman

 /I Montserrat (TV Movie)

  The Cliff (TV Movie)
Charlie Devon


  The Andersonville Trial (TV Movie)
Captain Williams

  Lancer(TV Series)
Andy Blake

- The Knot () Andy Blake

  The Subject Was Roses
Timmy Cleary

  The Incident
Artie Connors

  Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (TV Movie)

  As the World Turns (TV Series)
Jack Davis ()

  The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Roy Sanders ()

  12 Mighty Orphans (performer: "Do Re Mi")

  The War at Home (performer: "The Ballad of Palladin")

  The Subject Was Roses (performer: "It's a Long Way to Tipperary", "Me and My Shadow", "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", "Flying Down to Rio" - uncredited)

Martin Sheen Facts You Didn’t Know About

Michael Sheen

Welsh actor

Michael Christopher Sheen[1] (born 5 February [1]) is a Welsh actor, producer, and political activist.[2] After training at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), he worked mainly in theatre throughout the s and made notable stage appearances in Romeo and Juliet (), Don't Fool with Love (), Peer Gynt (), The Seagull (), The Homecoming (), and Henry V (). His performances in Amadeus at the Old Vic and Look Back in Anger at the National Theatre were nominated for Olivier Awards in and , respectively. In , he was nominated for a third Olivier Award for his performance in Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse.

Sheen has become better known as a screen actor since the s, in particular through his roles in various biographical films.[3] With writer Peter Morgan, he has starred in a trilogy of films as British politician Tony Blair: the television film The Deal in , followed by The Queen () and The Special Relationship (). For playing Blair, he was nominated for both a BAFTA Award and an Emmy. He was also nominated for a BAFTA as the troubled comic actor Kenneth Williams in BBC Four's Fantabulosa!, and was nominated for a fourth Olivier Award in for portraying the broadcaster David Frost in Frost/Nixon, a role he revisited in the film adaptation of the play. He also starred as the controversial football manager Brian Clough in The Damned United ().

Since and into the s, Sheen has become known for a wider variety of roles. In , Sheen appeared in two fantasy films, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, while in , he made a four-episode guest appearance in the NBC comedy 30 Rock. He appeared in the science-fiction film Tron: Legacy () and Woody Allen's romantic comedy Midnight in Paris (). Sheen directed and starred in National Theatre Wales's The Passion.[4][5] From late until early , Sheen played the title role in Hamlet at the Young Vic. He also played a lead role in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 in In , he received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Showtime's television drama Masters of Sex.

More recently, Sheen played an incarcerated serial killer surgeon in Fox's drama, Prodigal Son (), Aziraphale in the BBC/Amazon Studios miniseries of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's end of the world novel, Good Omens, and appeared as Chris Tarrant in Quiz, the screen adaptation of a theatrical production telling the tale of the coughing scandal which denied a top prize win on the British version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in Sheen also played himself in the quarantine comedy show Staged with Good Omens co-star David Tennant throughout COVID lockdown.

Early life[edit]

Sheen was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales,[6] the son of Irene, a secretary, and Meyrick, a British Steel Corporation personnel manager.[7] He has one younger sister, Joanne.[7] The family lived in Llanmartin, near Newport, for 12 years.[8] When he was five, the family moved to Wallasey for work,[9] but settled in his parents' hometown of Baglan, Neath Port Talbot, Glamorgan, three years later.[10][11]

Director Sam Mendes has described Sheen as "a stage creature" and attributed that to the actor's Welsh roots: "I'm serious. He's Welsh in the tradition of Anthony Hopkins and Richard Burton: fiery, mercurial, unpredictable."[12] A keen footballer, Sheen was scouted and offered a place on Arsenal's youth team at the age of 12, but his family was unwilling to relocate to London. He later said he was "grateful" for his parents' decision, as the chances of forging a professional football career were "so slim".[13]

Sheen was raised in a theatrical family, his parents both being involved in local amateur operatics and musicals[14] and, later in life, his father worked as a part-time professional Jack Nicholson lookalike.[15] In his teenage years, Sheen was involved with the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre and, later, the National Youth Theatre of Wales.[14][16] "It was a brilliant youth theatre", Sheen has said, "and it taught me not only a lot about acting, but also about work ethic; it was very disciplined."[17] He was influenced by the performances of Laurence Olivier and the writings of theatre critic Kenneth Tynan, saying "the combination of those two things kind of blew my head off."[18][19] Sheen was educated at Blaenbaglan Primary School, Glan Afan Comprehensive School and, finally, Neath Port Talbot College where he sat A-levels in English, Drama and Sociology.[7] He considered studying English at university but instead decided to attend drama school.[14] He moved to London in to train as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA),[14] having spent the previous year working in a Welsh fast-food restaurant called Burger Master to earn money.[7] Sheen was granted the Laurence Olivier Bursary by the Society of London Theatre in his second year at RADA.[20][21] He graduated in with a BA in Acting.[7]


Classical stage roles (–)[edit]

Sheen worked predominantly in theatre in the s and has since remarked that he will always feel "slightly more at home" on stage. "It's more of an actor's medium. You are your own editor, nobody else is choosing what is being seen of you."[22] His first professional role, while still in his third and final year at RADA, was in When She Danced at the Globe Theatre in [23] He later described the role as "a big break. One day, I was at RADA doing a movement class, the next I was at a read-through with Vanessa Redgrave and Frances de la Tour."[24]Milton Shulman of the Evening Standard praised an "excellent" performance[25] while The Observer wrote of "a notable West End debut".[26] In , Sheen's performance in Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Exchange received a MEN Theatre Award nomination[27] and led theatre critic Michael Coveney to declare him "the most exciting young actor of his generation a volatile, electrifying and technically fearless performer".[15][28] His turn as Perdican in Alfred de Musset's Don't Fool With Love at the Donmar Warehouse was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award.[29][30] and was described by The Independent as "quite thrilling".[31] Also in , Sheen appeared in the world premiere of Harold Pinter's Moonlight at the Almeida Theatre[32] and made his television debut in the BBC mini-series Gallowglass.[33]

Sheen played the title role in Peer Gynt in The Yukio Ninagawa production was staged in Oslo, Tokyo and at the Barbican Centre, London. The Times praised Sheen's "astonishing vitality"[34] while The Independent found him "sensationally good" and noted that "the Norwegian press were grudgingly captivated by the mercurial Welsh boyo".[35] In other work, Sheen appeared in Le Livre de Spencer at the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Paris[36] and starred in the cross-dressing farce Charley's Aunt at the Royal Exchange.[37] In , he appeared opposite Kate Beckinsale in a production of The Seagull at the Theatre Royal, Bath[38] and, with the encouragement of Thelma Holt,[39] directed and starred in The Dresser at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. In addition, Sheen made his film debut that year, appearing opposite Kenneth Branagh in Othello.[40] saw Sheen at the National Theatre for The Ends of the Earth, an original play by David Lan.[41] A minor role in Mary Reilly marked the first of three film collaborations with director Stephen Frears.[42] Sheen's most significant appearance of was the title role in Henry V, staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at their Stratford-upon-Avontheatre, which earned him a second Ian Charleson Award nomination.[43]The Times praised "a blisteringly intelligent performance".[44] Also in , he appeared in a revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming at the National Theatre, directed by Roger Michell,[45] and directed Badfinger, starring Rhys Ifans, at the Donmar Warehouse.[46][47][48] The latter was staged by the Thin Language Theatre Company, which Sheen had co-founded in , aiming to further Welsh theatre.[39][49] He then appeared in the biographical film Wilde, playing Robbie Ross to Stephen Fry's Oscar Wilde.[50] In early Sheen formed a production company, The Foundry, with Helen McCrory and Robert Delamere to promote the work of emerging playwrights,[49] and produced A Little World of Our Own at the Donmar Warehouse, which gave Colin Farrell his West End debut.[51]

The Old Vic, where Sheen starred in a successful revival of Amadeusin The play later transferred to Broadway.

From to , Sheen starred as Mozart in a successful revival of Amadeus.[52] The Peter Hall-directed production was staged at the Old Vic, London and later transferred to the Music Box on Broadway. Ben Brantley, chief theatre critic for The New York Times, was particularly vocal in his praise. He noted that "Mr. Sheen elicits a real poetry from the role" and felt that, while watching him, "you start to appreciate the derivation of the term star. This actor is so luminous it's scary!"[53]The Independent found him "quite stunning as Mozart. His fantastically physical performance convinces you of his character's genius and the play catches fire whenever he's on stage."[54] Sheen was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor.[29][55][56] In , Sheen explored the role of Jimmy Porter in the National Theatre's production of Look Back in Anger. In , Sheen described the production as "the most enjoyable thing I've ever done everything came together".[57] "Sheen has cornered the market in explosive energy", said The Independent, "but this thrilling performance is his finest yet."[58] The Financial Times noted: "As Jimmy Porter, a role of staggering difficulty in every way, Michael Sheen gives surely the best performance London has yet seen from him You hang on every word he utters This is a dazzlingly through-the-body performance."[59] He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor and an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor.[60]

The Deal, The Queen and Fantabulosa (–)[edit]

At this point in his career, Sheen began to devote more time to film work.[61]Heartlands, a little-seen film about a naive man's road trip in the Midlands, was his first leading film role.[62] While The Guardian dismissed the "cloying bittersweet-regional-lottery-Britfilm", it noted that "Sheen himself has a childlike, Frank Spencer-ish charm".[63] "It was great to do something that was so different", Sheen has said of the role. "I usually play very extreme characters."[64] Also in , he had a minor role in the action-adventure film The Four Feathers.[65] In , Sheen appeared in Bright Young Things, the directorial debut of his Wilde co-star, Stephen Fry. An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel Vile Bodies, the film followed high society partygoers in decadent, pre-war London. Sheen played a gay aristocrat in an ensemble cast which included James McAvoy, Emily Mortimer, David Tennant, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Broadbent and Peter O'Toole. While the Los Angeles Times said he "shone",[66]The Guardian felt the role "drastically under-uses his talents".[67] Sheen described his character as "possibly the campest man in cinema history" and relished a scene "where I do drugs with [a then year-old] Sir John Mills."[68] In other film work, Sheen portrayed the werewolf leader Lucian in Underworld[69] and made a brief appearance in the sci-fi film Timeline.[70]

Sheen also returned to the stage in to play the title role in Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Michael Grandage. It was the first of just three stage appearances during the s; his young daughter was now based in Los Angeles which made more frequent stage runs in Britain impractical.[71]The Independent's critic declared it "one of the most thrilling and searching performances I have ever witnessed"[72] while The Daily Telegraph described him as an "outrageously charismatic actor" with "an astonishing physical presence".[73]The Times praised a "riveting performance"[74] while The Guardian found him "highly impressive at one point he attacks his court poet with a single hair-raising leap across a chair and table".[75] Sheen won an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor and a Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor, and was again nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.[76][77]

Sheen's breakthrough role was as British politician Tony Blair in 's The Deal. The Channel 4 film explored the so-called Granita pact made by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown prior to the Labour Party leadership election, and was the actor's first collaboration with screenwriter Peter Morgan. Director Stephen Frears cast him because "he was in Mary Reilly and I knew he was brilliant."[78] Filmed while he was playing Caligula nightly on stage, Sheen has remarked, "It's interesting that in searching for monsters to play, you often end up playing leaders."[79]The Daily Telegraph praised his "earnest, yet steely, portrayal"[80] while The Guardian found him "excellent. This is intelligent and honest casting."[81] In , Sheen starred in ITV's Dirty Filthy Love, a comic film about a man dealing with OCD and Tourette's after a marital separation. Sheen spoke of "treading a fine line" because "a lot of the symptoms are intrinsically comical".[76] He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Television Actor and a RTS Best Actor Award.[82][83] Also in , Sheen played a pompous rock star in the romantic comedy Laws of Attraction[84] and produced and starred in The Banker, which won a BAFTA Award for Best Short Film.[85][86] In , Sheen starred in the National Theatre's production of The UN Inspector, a David Farr adaptation of The Government Inspector. The Times wrote of "a scathingly brilliant and inventive performance"[87] while Variety noted that the actor "adds comic finesse to his apparently ceaseless repertoire".[88]The Evening Standard, while conceding that the performance was "technically brilliant", expressed bemusement as to why "one of the most mercurial and inspiring actors we have seems set on impersonating Rik Mayall throughout".[89] Also that year, he took part in the Old Vic's 24 Hour Play,[90] in which The Daily Telegraph felt he "dazzled".[91] In film work, Sheen starred in Dead Long Enough, a small-budget Welsh/Irish film, with his longtime friend, Jason Hughes.[92][93] In addition, he had a supporting role in Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven,[94] made a cameo appearance in The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse[95] and starred in the short film The Open Doors.[96]

Sheen came to international attention in for his portrayal of Tony Blair in The Queen. The film focused on the differing reactions of the British Royal Family and the newly appointed Prime Minister following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in ; it was Sheen's third collaboration with director Stephen Frears and his second with screenwriter Peter Morgan. He enjoyed reprising his role because Blair, at this point in his career, had "a weight to him that he didn't have before".[19] When asked to discuss his personal opinion of Blair, Sheen admitted that the more time he spent working on the character, the "less opinion" he has of the politician: "Now when I watch him on TV or hear his voice, it's sort of like a cross between a family member, a friend and seeing a really old embarrassing video of yourself."[97]Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised "a sensational performance, alert and nuanced"[98] while Empire spoke of an "uncanny, insightful performance".[99] Sheen was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.[] His second film appearance of was a supporting role in Blood Diamond as an unscrupulous diamond dealer.[] Also in , Sheen starred as the troubled English comic actor Kenneth Williams in BBC Four's Fantabulosa! In preparation for the role, he lost two and a half stone (approx. 35&#;lbs), studied archival footage and read Williams' published diaries.[19] Sheen has said he is "fascinated by finding the private side of the public face".[]The Times found his performance "mesmerising"[] while The Observer described it as "a characterisation for which the description tour-de-force is, frankly, pretty faint praise".[] He won a RTS Award for Best Actor,[] and received his second BAFTA nomination of , for Best Television Actor.[] Sheen starred in two other BBC television productions in , playing H. G. Wells in H. G. Wells: War with the World[] and Nero in Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire.[]

Frost/Nixon and The Damned United (–)[edit]

From to , Sheen starred as the television broadcaster David Frost in Frost/Nixon at both the Donmar Warehouse and Gielgud Theatre in London and at the Jacobs Theatre on Broadway. The play, written by Peter Morgan, directed by Michael Grandage and co-starring Frank Langella, was a critical and commercial success[] but Sheen initially accepted the role as a favour to his friends and "never thought it was going anywhere".[]The Guardian said the actor "exactly captures Frost's verbal tics and mannerisms while suggesting a nervousness behind the self-assurance".[] "He's got the voice, the mannerisms, the blaze," said the Financial Times, "but, more than that, Sheen – as viscerally exciting an actor as any in Britain today – shows us the hunger of Frost's ambition .. and fox-like instinct for the hunt and the kill."[] Sheen was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.[][] Sheen next appeared in the film Music Within as a political activist with cerebral palsy. He spoke of having a "responsibility" to accurately portray the condition.[]Variety said his performance was "remarkable.. utterly convincing",[]USA Today found him "outstanding"[] while the Los Angeles Times felt he was "reminiscent of Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot, bringing a vibrancy and wit to the role".[] Also that year, Sheen starred in the short film Airlock, or How To Say Goodbye in Space with Derek Jacobi[] and was invited to join the actors' branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.[]

Sheen reprised the role of David Frost in 's Frost/Nixon, a film dramatisation of The Nixon Interviews of Despite appearing in the original stage production in a part written for him by Peter Morgan, Sheen was surprised to have been cast in the film: "Peter said he'd only be prepared to give the rights to someone who would cast me as Frost, which was very nice, but when the studios get their hands on something Right up until we started filming I was prepared to be disappointed".[]Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times asserted that Sheen embodied his character in a "compelling, intense" performance[] while The Wall Street Journal felt he was "a brilliant actor" who "grows his character from a bright-eyed social butterfly to a gimlet-eyed interrogator".[] However, The New York Times felt "the likable, watchable Mr. Sheen has been pitted against a scene-stealer" in Frank Langella's Nixon.[] Frost himself later said it was "a wonderful performance".[] Sheen was the recipient of the Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards ,[] while Langella was nominated for an Academy Award.

Close-up of Sheen outdoors, smiling and waving
Sheen at the 81st Academy Awardsin He was invited to join the actors' branch of the Academy in

saw Sheen portray another public figure; he starred in The Damned United as the outspoken football manager Brian Clough. The Tom Hooper-directed film focused on Clough's disastrous day tenure as manager of Leeds United and marked Sheen's fifth collaboration with writer Peter Morgan. The actor has said Clough is the real-life character he enjoyed playing most.[]The Guardian, writing in , declared it the "best performance of his big-screen career"[] while The Times found him "magnificent".[]USA Today praised "Sheen's masterful performance"[] while the Los Angeles Times felt he played the role with "a cheeky, dark panache" and "skillful verve".[]Entertainment Weekly asserted that, despite American audiences' unfamiliarity with Clough, "what's lost in translation is recovered easily enough in Michael Sheen's astonishing performance".[]Variety noted that his "typically scrupulous channelling of Clough gets the tics and mannerisms right, but also carves a moving portrait of a braggart suddenly out of his depth".[] Also in , Sheen reprised his role as a werewolf in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, a prequel to the original film. Of his decision to take part, Sheen has said: "My rule of thumb is that I want to do things I'd like to go and see myself."[]The New York Times felt he was "the movie's greatest asset [taking] a lively break from his usual high-crust duties to bring wit, actual acting and some unexpected musculature to the goth-horror flick".[]Variety said he hit "all the right notes in a star-powered performance that will amuse, if not amaze, anyone who only knows the actor as Tony Blair or David Frost"[] while Richard Corliss of Time noted that he "tries bravely to keep a straight face"[]

Sheen had a supporting role in 's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second film in the highly popular vampire series.[] In its review, Rolling Stone said: "Late in the film, a real actor, Michael Sheen, shows up as the mind-reading Aro, of the Italian Volturi vampires, and sparks things up. You can almost hear the young cast thinking, 'Is that acting? It looks hard.' So Sheen is quickly ushered out."[] While The New York Times said he "preens with plausible menace",[]USA Today felt he "plays the character with more high-pitched giddiness than menace".[] He was named Actor of the Year at GQ magazine's annual Men of the Year ceremony.[] Sheen made two one-off stage appearances in ; he performed a scene from Betrayal as part of a Harold Pinter tribute evening at the National Theatre[] and performed improvisational comedy as part of The Groundlings' Crazy Joe Show in Los Angeles.[]

Hamlet and Masters of Sex (–present)[edit]

In , Sheen had a supporting role in the science fiction sequel Tron: Legacy. Referring to his David Bowie-esque character, Sheen has said, "I was paid to show off basically".[]The Wall Street Journal found little fun in the movie "except for a gleefully campy turn by Michael Sheen"[] while The New York Times said he "shows up to deliver the closest thing to a performance in the movie".[]The Daily Telegraph felt his "lively hamming as a cane-swishing nightclub owner merely underlines how impersonal—how inhuman—much else here is".[] However, USA Today felt his "scenery-chewing performance is meant as comic relief, but this movie thunders along so seriously that the attempt at humor feels jarring".[] In other film work, Sheen provided the voices for characters in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland[] and Disney's Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue[] and appeared as a terrorist in Unthinkable.[] On television, Sheen's performance in the third instalment of Peter Morgan's Blair trilogy, The Special Relationship, was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or Movie.[] The HBO film examined the "special relationship" between the US and the UK in the political era of Blair and Bill Clinton. It was the sixth collaboration between Sheen and Peter Morgan; both parties have since said they will not work together again "for the foreseeable future".[24][] Sheen also made a guest appearance in four episodes of NBC's 30 Rock as Wesley Snipes, a love interest for Tina Fey's Liz Lemon. Fey, the sitcom's star and creator, has said that "he was so funny and delightful to work with".[][] In November , Sheen received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.[]

In , Sheen starred in and was creative director of National Theatre Wales's The Passion, a hour secular passion play staged in his hometown of Port Talbot, Wales.[] In addition to a professional cast, over one thousand local amateurs took part in the performance and as many more volunteers from local charity and community groups were involved in preparations in the months leading up to the play.[][] The event was the subject of both a BBC documentary and The Gospel of Us, a film by director Dave McKean.[][] Sheen has described it as "the most meaningful experience" of his career.[]The Observer declared it "one of the outstanding theatrical events not only of this year, but of the decade".[]The Independent's critic described it as "the most extraordinary piece of community-specific theatre I've ever beheld".[] While The Daily Telegraph bemoaned the large-scale production's logistical problems, "overall I found it touching, transformative and, in its own wayward way, a triumph."[]The Guardian felt it was "so much more than just an epic piece of street theatre..transforming and uplifting".[] Sheen and co-director Bill Mitchell were jointly honoured as Best Director at the Theatre Awards UK [] In , Sheen was nominated for a Best Actor Welsh BAFTA for The Gospel of Us.[]

Sheen's most notable film appearance of was a supporting role in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.[] Allen noted that "Michael had to do the pseudo-intellectual, the genuine intellectual, the pedant, and he came in and nailed it from the start".[] Sheen enjoyed playing "someone who's just absolutely got no sense that he's overstepping the mark or that he's being a bore."[] The film opened the Cannes Film Festival and became Allen's highest-grossing film to date.[] Also in , Sheen starred in Beautiful Boy, an independent drama focusing on the aftermath of a school shooting,[] voiced the enigmatic and mysterious villain House in the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Wife" written by his friend Neil Gaiman[] and made cameo appearances in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1[] and Resistance.[] In film work, Sheen starred opposite Toni Collette in the independent comedy Jesus Henry Christ[] and reprised his role as the vampire Aro in the final instalment of The Twilight Saga.[][]

Sheen played the title role in Hamlet at the Young Vic in late and early ,[] a role he first explored in a BBC Radio 3 production.[] While there had been tentative plans over the years for both Peter Hall and Michael Grandage to direct Sheen in the play,[][][] he eventually asked Ian Rickson.[] Rickson's production was set in the secure wing of a psychiatric hospital and featured original music by PJ Harvey.[] The Evening Standard declared Sheen's performance "an audacious achievement" that "will live in the memory"[] while The Independent praised "a recklessly brilliant and bravura performance."[]The Daily Telegraph felt that Sheen "could be right up there among the great Hamlets",[] were it not for Rickson's "mindlessly modish" staging, while The Times found him "unbearably moving".[][]The Guardian described him as "fascinating to watch intelligent, inventive and full of insights [he] delivers the "What a piece of work is man" passage with a beautiful consciousness of human potential."[]The Observer declared him an actor "always worth crossing a principality to see and hear" whose "'To be, or not to be' is a marvel."[]

In , Sheen appeared in a supporting role as the boyfriend of Tina Fey in the comedy Admission, with Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice describing the character as "a whiskery, elfin academic who chuckles to himself as he reads the Canterbury Tales prologue aloud in bed, in Middle English, no less. (Sheen is scarily good at this.)"[] In , he starred in the fantasy children's film Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.[] R. Kurt Osenlund of Slant Magazine said "the ever-versatile Sheen brings an artful hamminess to his role"[] but Matt Pais of RedEye found him "insufficiently zany" in "a part that Robert Downey Jr. would nail but never accept."[] His second film role of was a minor role in the political thriller Kill the Messenger.[] Also in , he starred in IFC's six-episode The Spoils of Babylon, a television parody of classic, sweeping miniseries, in which he played the husband of Kristen Wiig's character.[]

In , Sheen starred opposite Carey Mulligan in the romantic drama Far from the Madding Crowd as prosperous bachelor William Boldwood. His performance was well received.[][][] Anthony Lane of The New Yorker remarked: "How you prevent such a fellow, crushed by his own decency, from sagging into a bearded Ashley Wilkes is no easy task, yet Sheen succeeds, and Boldwood's brave smile grows dreadful to behold."[] Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club found the character "pitiful, and sometimes downright painful to watch. He's not Hardy's Boldwood, but he's a Boldwood. The only sad, genuine moment of the film belongs to him."[] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian remarked that Sheen's face "is etched with agony and an awful kind of abject adoration, forever trying to find ways to forgive the loved one in advance for rejection. When Sheen's Boldwood confides to Oak that he feels "grief" you really can feel his pain."[] Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice also referred to the scene where Boldwood expressed his grief, commenting: "Sheen's performance is fine-grained, and the pure Englishness of his understatement is heartrending."[] Also in , Sheen had well-received comedic television performances in Comedy Bang! Bang!,[][]The Spoils Before Dying[][][][] and 7 Days in Hell.[] Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times said his television host in 7 Days in Hell was "played with damp lechery and cigarette-ash mastery."[] Liz Shannon Miller of Indiewire said he may have "stolen the show"[] while John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter described him as the "scene-stealer of the bunch."[]

Between and , Sheen starred in and produced Showtime's Masters of Sex.[] He and Lizzy Caplan portrayed the s human sexuality pioneers Masters and Johnson; the series chronicled "their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory, which saw them go from a Midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine and Johnny Carson's couch".[][] David Sims of The Atlantic described Sheen's portrayal of Masters as "an intensely honest and unsympathetic one"[] while Sonia Saraiya of The A.V. Club said Sheen played the role "so seamlessly it's hard to remember that there's a British actor there who has played flamboyant news personalities and prime ministers."[] Sean T. Collins of The Observer described Masters as "a singularly unappealing figure": "It's not that Michael Sheen is bad in the role. On the contrary! Sheen's skill in playing Masters as an asshole who oscillates between headache-inducing self-repression and volcanic rage renders him unpleasant to spend more than two minutes with at a time."[] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter remarked: "Masters has never been very likable. In fact, it's a testament to Sheen's performance— and Caplan's nuanced Johnson offsetting Masters—that anyone still cares what happens to Masters on a personal level."[] He received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in late [][]

In , Sheen had supporting roles in the dramas Nocturnal Animals[] and Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,[] and the science fiction romance Passengers.[] He also provided a voice for Nivens McTwisp, the White Rabbit, in the fantasy adventure Alice Through the Looking Glass.[] In , he had supporting roles in the dramatic comedies Brad's Status[] and Home Again.[]

In , Sheen was cast as unconventional lawyer Roland Blum in season 3 of television series The Good Fight.[]

In May Sheen starred alongside David Tennant in Good Omens, based on the novel of the same name written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and was cast as Chris Tarrant in the TV adaptation of James Graham's stage play Quiz.[] In September , Sheen began playing the role of Martin Whitly in the American television series Prodigal Son on Fox.[][]

In April , Quiz was shown on ITV. On 14 April, when the channel broadcast the second instalment, the continuity announcer introduced him as "Martin Sheen", a different actor. Sheen reacted to this by changing his Twitter handle to "Martin Sheen".[]

In June , Sheen starred alongside David Tennant again in a six-part television lockdown comedy entitled Staged,[] which was made using video-conferencing software. A second eight-episode season started airing in January []

In June , Sheen returned to the London stage, after its protracted period of Covid shutdown, in Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre.

Charity work[edit]

Sheen is the honorary President of Wales Council for Voluntary Action and plays an important part in the public work of the lead national body for the voluntary sector in Wales. Accepting the role he explained "I plan to use my role to actively challenge and support WCVA in their impact and role in supporting the community and keeping us focused on what matters locally as well as the need for national leadership". He is also an ambassador for TREAT Trust Wales, and is the Welsh ambassador of Into Film, a charity which offers after-school film clubs to state primary and secondary schools in an effort to improve literacy levels.[] He is also an ambassador of the environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy.[] He is a patron of British charities including Scene & Heard,[]NSPCC's Child's Voice Appeal,[]Healing the Wounds,[][] The Relationships Centre,[] WGCADA (West Glamorgan Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse)[] and Adferiad Recovery, a new organisation providing support for vulnerable people in Wales and their families and carers.[] He has taken part in a number of charity football matches, most notably captaining the winning Soccer Aid team at Wembley Stadium,[] as well as appearing in the and matches. He is a patron of the British Independent Film Awards,[] an ambassador for the Dylan Thomas Prize[] and vice-president of Port Talbot Town F.C.[] In October , Sheen sponsored a women's football team in Wales. which had sought sponsorship from celebrities who were from the region.[]

In Sheen founded the End High Cost Credit Alliance working to promote more affordable ways to borrow money.[] That same year Sheen became a Patron of Social Enterprise UK, a charity which supports social projects which benefit local, environmental and co-operative causes.[]

In October Sheen and Natasha Kaplinsky became vice-presidents (an ambassadorial role) of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).[]

Personal life[edit]

Sheen was in a relationship with English actress Kate Beckinsale from until They met when cast in a touring production of The Seagull in early ,[38] and began living together shortly afterwards.[][] Their daughter Lily was born in in London.[38] Their relationship ended in January , soon after the couple moved to Los Angeles.[38] Beckinsale had persuaded director Len Wiseman to cast Sheen in Underworld;[] but while on set, she and Wiseman fell in love,[10] and subsequently married in []

Sheen had a long-distance relationship with English ballet dancer Lorraine Stewart from late until mid[] He dated Canadian actress Rachel McAdams from autumn to early [][] He dated American comedian Sarah Silverman from early to early [][]

Sheen lives in Baglan with his partner, Anna Lundberg.[] In July , Sheen announced that he and Lundberg were expecting their first child together.[][] The couple's daughter Lyra was born on 23 September [][]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Theatre awards[edit]

  • M.E.N. Theatre Award for Best Actor ()—nominated for Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
  • Ian Charleson Award ()—nominated for Don't Fool with Love at the Donmar Warehouse, London[30]
  • Ian Charleson Award ()—nominated for Henry V at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance ()—nominated for Amadeus at the Old Vic, London
  • Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor ()—nominated for Amadeus at the Music Box Theatre, Broadway
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor ()—nominated for Look Back in Anger at the National Theatre, Chandigarh
  • Evening Standard Award for Best Actor ()—nominated for Look Back in Anger at the National Theatre, London
  • Evening Standard Award for Best Actor ()—win for Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse, London
  • Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor ()—win for Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse, London
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor ()—nominated for Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse, London
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor ()—nominated for Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse, London
  • Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance ()—nominated for Frost/Nixon at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, Broadway
  • Theatre Award UK for Best Director ()—win for The Passion, a site-specific performance in Port Talbot, Wales

Screen awards[edit]

Return of OBE[edit]

Sheen was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours for his services to drama.[] In , Sheen revealed, during an online interview with Owen Jones, that he had "handed back" the medal after doing research for a lecture on the relationship between Wales and the British state, saying "I didn't mean any disrespect but I just realised I'd be a hypocrite if I said the things I was going to say in the lecture about the nature of the relationship between Wales and the British state."[] Individuals who voluntarily renounce an honour continue to legally hold it unless it is annulled by the Queen.[]

Other honours[edit]

He was awarded the freedom of the borough of Neath Port Talbot, Wales in for his services in the field of the dramatic arts.[][] He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Newport,[] the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama,[]Swansea University,[]Aberystwyth University and Swansea Metropolitan University,[][] and has been awarded the James Joyce Award by University College Dublin.[]

List of performances[edit]

Main article: List of Michael Sheen performances

In addition to theatre, film and television credits, Sheen has also appeared in many radio productions, particularly in the early years of his career. Notable radio play appearances include Strangers on a Train () opposite Bill Nighy,[]The Importance of Being Earnest () opposite Judi Dench,[]Romeo and Juliet () opposite Kate Beckinsale,[]Troy ()[] and The Pretenders () both opposite Paul Scofield.[] He has narrated five novels for BBC Radio 4 and Naxos AudioBooks: Crime and Punishment (),[]The Idiot (),[]The Picture of Dorian Gray (),[]A White Merc With Fins (),[]Salmon Fishing in the Yemen ()[] and The Ocean at the End of the Lane ().


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