Martin Sheen in 2008
|Born||RamĂłn Gerardo Antonio EstĂ©vez
August 3, 1940
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor & Jesuit temporal co-adjutor|
|Years active||1961 â€“ present|
|Spouse(s)||Janet Templeton (1961-present)|
RamĂłn Gerardo Antonio EstĂ©vez (born August 3, 1940), better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is an actor best known for his performances as Captain Willard in the film Apocalypse Now, Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the film Gettysburg, and President Josiah Bartlet on the television series The West Wing. He has worked for some of cinema's most prominent directors, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Francis Ford Coppola, Richard Attenborough, Terrence Malick and Mike Nichols.
Along with the critical acclaim he has received as an actor, he has become known as an activist. Born and raised in Ohio, United States, with Irish and Spanish parents, Sheen is also an Irish citizen.
Sheen was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Mary Ann (nĂ©e Phelan), an immigrant from Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland, and Francisco EstĂ©vez, who was a factory worker/machinery inspector from Parderrubias, Galicia, Spain, near the border of northern Portugal. After moving to Dayton, EstĂ©vez worked for several decades for the National Cash Register Company. Sheen's mother fought in the Irish War of Independence due to her family's connections to the Irish Republican Army. Sheen lived on Brown Street in the South Park neighborhood, and was one of 10 siblings (nine boys and one girl). One of his brothers is actor Joe EstĂ©vez. He attended Chaminade High School (now Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School) and was raised as a Roman Catholic. Sheen eventually adopted his stage name in honor of the Catholic archbishop and theologian, Fulton J. Sheen, a popular religious figure on television during the 1950s.
During the 1930s, his family lived in Bermuda, where Sheen's father was a representative of IBM, selling cash registers and early computing and copying equipment to businesses and to the U.S. Air Force. The family lived on St. John's Road, Pembroke, just outside Hamilton and his siblings attended the Mount Saint Agnes school, an institution operated by the Sisters Of Charity, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church. Sheen was the first of the ten Estevez children who was not born in either Bermuda or Ireland.
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 headed to New York City. It was there that he met the legendary Catholic activist Dorothy Day. It was working with her Catholic Worker movement that began his commitment to social justice. At age 14, he organized a strike of golf caddies while working at a private golf club in Dayton Ohio. He complained about the golfers: "they often used obscene language in front of us....we were little boys and they were abusive... anti-Semitic ... racist. And they, for the most part, were upstanding members of the community."  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, 2001. The Sheen/Estevez & Augsburger Scholarship Fund has since attracted over $100,000 in scholarships in the arts for students in need at WSU since its inception in 2000.
Sheen also has a great affinity for the University of Notre Dame and in 2008 was awarded the Laetare Medal, the highest honor bestowed on American Catholics, in May 2008 at the school's commencement. Sheen has said that he was greatly influenced by the actor James Dean. He developed a theater company with other actors in hopes that a production would earn him recognition. In 1963, he made an appearance in Nightmare, an episode of the television science fiction series The Outer Limits. The following year, he starred in the Broadway play The Subject Was Roses, which he recreated in the 1968 film of the same name. In 1969 "Live Bait" (Mission Impossible) 3rd season of the TV series, Sheen played Albert, assistant to the Col. interrogating an America Agent that IM was tasked to free. He then played Dobbs in the film adaptation of Catch 22. Sheen was then a co-star in the controversial, Emmy-winning 1972 television movie That Certain Summer, said to be the first television movie to portray homosexuality in a sympathetic, non-judgmental light. His next important feature film role was in 1973, when he starred with Sissy Spacek in the crime drama Badlandsâ€”which he has said in many interviews is his best film.
In 1974, Sheen portrayed a hot rod driver in the TV movie The California Kid, and that same year received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Actor in a television drama for his portrayal of Pvt. Eddie Slovik in the made-for-television film, The Execution of Private Slovik. 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. It was Sheen's performance in this film that ultimately led to Francis Ford Coppola choosing him for a starring role in 1979's Apocalypse Now, a film that gained him wide recognition. Sheen admitted that during filming, he was not in the greatest shape and was drinking heavily. On location, he had a heart attack and crawled out to a road for help. After his heart attack, his younger brother Joe Estevez stood in for him in a number of long shots and in some of the voice-overs.
Sheen has performed voice-over work as the narrator for the Eyewitness series.
After the end of filming of The West Wing, Sheen announced plans 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". 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 2006. Although expressing concern that he might be a "distraction" to other students at NUIG, 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!" On September 1, 2006, Sheen was among the first to register as a student at NUI Galway. He left the University after completing a semester.
He has played U.S. President John F. Kennedy (in the miniseries Kennedy â€” The Presidential Years), Attorney General Robert Kennedy in the television special The Missiles of October, White House Chief of Staff A.J. McInnerney in The American President, sinister future president Greg Stillson in The Dead Zone, and fictional Democratic president Jed Bartlet in the acclaimed television drama The West Wing.
Although he did not attend college, Sheen credited the Marianists at University of Dayton as a major influence on his public activism. Sheen is known for his robust support of liberal political causes, such as opposition to United States military actions and a toxic-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." Sheen is an honorary trustee of the Dayton International Peace Museum.
He supported the 1965 farm worker movement with Cesar Chavez in Delano, California. He is a proponent of the Consistent life ethic, which advocates against abortion, capital punishment and war. He also supports the Democrats for Life of America's Pregnant Women Support Act. In 2004, along with fellow actor Rob Reiner, Sheen campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean. He later campaigned for nominee John Kerry.
On May 16, 1995, Martin Sheen and Paul Watson from the non-profit environmental organization, Sea Shepherd, were confronted 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. In early 2003, 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 magazine The Nation. On August 28, 2005, he visited anti-Iraq War activist Cindy Sheehan at Camp Casey. He prayed with her and spoke to her supporters. He began his remarks by stating, "At least you've got the acting President of the United States," referring to his role as fictional President Josiah Bartlet on The West Wing. Cindy Sheehan had been demanding a second meeting with the President, George W. Bush.
Sheen endorsed marches and walkouts called by the civil rights group, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), to force the state of California to honor the Cesar Chavez holiday. On March 30, the day of the protests, 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 massive immigration marches in Los Angeles in 2006 and 2007.
On April 10, 2006, the New York Times reported that members of the Democratic Party in Ohio had contacted Sheen, attempting to persuade him to run for the U.S. Senate in Ohio. Sheen declined the offer, stating that "I'm just not qualified," he said. "You're mistaking celebrity for credibility." On November 26, 2006, the Sunday Times in the Republic of Ireland, where Sheen was then living due to his enrolment in NUI Galway, reported on him speaking out against mushroom farmers exploiting foreign workers by paying them as little as â‚¬2.50 an hour in a country where the minimum wage was â‚¬7.65.
His latest activism includes several attendances at meetings of the environmentalist group Earth First!. Sheen has also endorsed and supported Help Darfur Now, a student run organization to help aid the victims of the genocide in Darfur, the western region in Sudan.
Sheen initially endorsed New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in the 2008 US Presidential Election, and helped raise funds for his campaign. After Richardson dropped out of the campaign, Sheen stated in a BBC Two interview that he was supporting Barack Obama.
Sheen married art student Janet Templeton on December 23, 1961, and they have four children, three sons and a daughter, all of whom are actors: Emilio, RamĂłn, Carlos (better known as Charlie Sheen) and RenĂ©e. Sheen became a grandfather at age 43 when his son, Emilio, had a son named Taylor Levi with his girlfriend, Carey Salley. As well as Taylor Levi, Sheen has six other grandchildren, Paloma Rae (from Emilio), Cassandra, Sam J, Lola Rose, Bob and Max (from Charlie). Sheen is a devout Roman Catholic.
Sheen starred in the Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now, and his son, Charlie Sheen, also starred in a film about Vietnam: Platoon. Charlie Sheen once stated that he wanted to star in a film similar to one his father was in because he wanted to know what it feels like. They jointly parodied their respective previous roles in the 1993 movie Hot Shots Part Deux: their river patrol boats passed each other, at which point they both shouted, "I loved you in Wall Street!", a film they both starred in as father and son in 1987.
In the Spring of 1989, 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". 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.
Sheen has limited lateral movement of his left arm, which is three inches shorter than his right, due to its being crushed by forceps during his birth. This restricts him from putting on a coat in the typical manner; instead, he flips it up and over his head from the front, as clearly demonstrated throughout the run of The West Wing.
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 and In the Custody of Strangers, and Charlie's father in Wall Street, No Code of Conduct, and two episodes of Spin City. 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' father; at the time that episode aired, Richards was still married to Charlie. Martin also played a "future" version of Charlie in a VISA TV commercial. Martin has played other characters with his sons and his daughter.
Sheen is also an activist for labor rights, specifically farm workers. Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack aged 38 while filming 'Apocalypse Now'.
Sheen received six Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance on The West Wing, for which he won a Golden Globe 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 1500 Vine Street.
Sheen was the 2008 recipient of the Laetare Medal, an annual award given by the University of Notre Dame for outstanding service to the Roman Catholic Church and society.
Sheen was the 2003 recipient of the Marquette University Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa for his work on social and Catholic issues.
|1967||The Incident||Artie Connors||Larry Peerce|
|1968||The Subject Was Roses||Timmy Cleary||Ulu Grosbard|
|1970||Catch-22||1st Lt. Dobbs||Mike Nichols|
|1972||No Drums, No Bugles||Ashby Gatrell||Clyde Ware|
|Pickup on 101||Les||John Florea|
|Rage||Maj. Holliford||George C. Scott|
|That Certain Summer||Gary McClain||Lamont Johnson|
|1973||When the Line Goes Through||Bluff Jackson||Clyde Ware|
|Badlands||Kit Carruthers||Terrence Malick|
|Catholics||Father Kinsella||Jack Gold|
|1974||The Legend of Earl Durand||Luther Sykes||John Patterson|
|The California Kid||Michael McCord||Richard T. Heffron|
|The Missiles of October||Robert F. Kennedy||Anthony Page|
|1975||The Last Survivors||Alexander William Holmes||Lee H. Katzin|
|Sweet Hostage||Leonard Hatch||Lee Phillips|
|1976||The Cassandra Crossing||Robby Navarro||George P. Cosmatos|
|The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane||Frank Hallet||Nicolas Gessner|
|1977||The Execution of Private Slovik||Eddie Slovik||Lamont Johnson|
|1979||Apocalypse Now||Captain Benjamin L. Willard||Francis Ford Coppola|
|Eagle's Wing||Pike||Anthony Harvey|
|1980||The Final Countdown||Warren Lasky||Don Taylor|
|1981||Loophole||Stephen Booker||John Quested|
|1982||Gandhi||Vince Walker||Richard Attenborough|
|That Championship Season||Tom Daley||Jason Miller|
|In the Custody of Strangers||Frank||Robert Greenwald|
|1983||Enigma||Alex Holbeck||Jeannot Szwarc|
|In the King of Prussia||Judge Samuel Salus II||Emile de Antonio|
|Man, Woman and Child||Robert Beckwith||Dick Richards|
|The Dead Zone||Greg Stillson||David Cronenberg|
|1984||Firestarter||Captain Hollister||Mark L. Lester|
|1985||The Fourth Wise Man||Artaban||Michael Ray Rhodes|
|1986||A State of Emergency||Dr. Alex Carmody||Richard C. Bennett|
|Shattered Spirits||Lyle Mollencamp||Robert Greenwald|
|1987||The Believers||Cal Jamison||John Schlesinger|
|Wall Street||Carl Fox||Oliver Stone|
|Judgment in Berlin||Herbert Jay Stern||Leo Penn|
|1989||Marked for Murder||Man in park||Rick Sloane|
|Cold Front||John Hyde||Allan A. Goldstein|
|Beverly Hills Brats||Dr. Jeffrey Miller||Jim Sotos|
|Nightbreaker||Dr. Alexander Brown||Peter Markle|
|Beyond the Stars||Paul Andrews||David Saperstein|
|1990||Cadence||MSgt. Otis V. McKinney||Martin Sheen|
|1991||Touch and Die||Frank||Piernico Solinas|
|The Maid||Anthony Wayne||Ian Toynton|
|1992||Running Wild||Dan Walker||Duncan McLachlan|
|Original Intent||Joe||Robert Marcarelli|
|1993||When the Bough Breaks||Captain Swaggert||Michael Cohn|
|My Home, My Prison||Narrator||Susana Blaustein MuĂ±oz|
|Ghost Brigade (aka The Killing Box)||Gen. Haworth||George Hickenlooper|
|Fortunes of War||Francis Labeck||Thierry Notz|
|Hear No Evil||Lt. Brock||Robert Greenwald|
|Hot Shots! Part Deux||Capt. Benjamin L. Willard||Jim Abrahams|
|Gettysburg||Robert E. Lee||Ronald F. Maxwell|
|A Matter of Justice||Jack Brown||Michael Switzer|
|1994||Guns of Honor||Jackson Baines Hardin||David Lister|
|Hits!||Kelly||William R. Greenblatt|
|Grey Knight||General||George Hickenlooper|
|Boca||Jesse James Montgomery||Walter Avancini, Zalman King|
|1995||The American President||Chief of Staff A.J. McInnerney||Rob Reiner|
|Sacred Cargo||Father Andrew Kanvesky||Aleksandr Buravsky|
|Dillinger and Capone||John Dillinger||Jon Purdy|
|Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys||Jeff Snyder||Charles Gale|
|A Hundred and One Nights||Himself||AgnĂ¨s Varda|
|The Break||Gil Robbins||Lee H. Katzin|
|Dead Presidents||The Judge||Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes|
|Gospa||father Jozo Zovko||Jakov Sedlar|
|1996||The War at Home||Bob Collier||Emilio Estevez|
|Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story||Peter Maurin||Michael Ray Rhodes|
|1997||Truth or Consequences, N.M||Sir||Kiefer Sutherland|
|An Act of Conscience||Narrator||Robbie Leppzer|
|Spawn||Jason Wynn||Mark A.Z. DippĂ©|
|1998||Family Attraction||President||Brian Hecker|
|Stranger in the Kingdom||Sigurd Moulton||Jay Craven|
|Gunfighter||The Stranger||Christopher Coppola|
|Monument Ave. (aka Snitch)||Hanlon||Ted Demme|
|A Letter from Death Row||Michael's Father||Marvin Baker, Bret Michaels|
|Free Money||New Warden||Yves Simoneau|
|No Code of Conduct||Bill Peterson||Bret Michaels|
|1999||Ninth Street||Father Frank||Tim Rebman, Kevin Willmott|
|Lost & Found||Millstone||Jeff Pollack|
|Storm||General James Roberts||Harris Done|
|A Texas Funeral||Grandpa Sparta||W. Blake Herron|
|2001||O||Coach Duke Goulding||Tim Blake Nelson|
|2002||Catch Me if You Can||Roger Strong||Steven Spielberg|
|2003||Mercy of the Sea||Frederik||Dominik Sedlar, Jakov Sedlar|
|The Commission||Dep. Atty. Gen. Nicholas Katzenbach||Mark Sobel|
|2004||Jerusalemski sindrom||Dominik Sedlar, Jakov Sedlar|
|2006||The Departed||Capt. Oliver â€śCharlieâ€ť Queenan||Martin Scorsese|
|Bobby||Jack Stevens||Emilio Estevez|
|2007||Talk To Me||E.G. Sonderling||Kasi Lemmons|
|Bordertown||George Morgan||Gregory Nava|
|Flatland: The Movie||Arthur Square||Dano Johnson, Jeffrey Travis|
|2008||A Single Woman||voice||Kamala Lopez|
|2009||Echelon Conspiracy||Raymond Burke||Greg Marcks|
|Love Happens||Burke's Father-in-Law||Brandon Camp|
|Bhopal: Prayer for Rain||Warren Anderson||Ravi Kumar|
|Imagine That||Dante D'Enzo||Karey Kirkpatrick|
|1968||Pat Neal Is Back||Himself||Edward Beyer|
|1985||Broken Rainbow||Narrator||Maria Florio, Victoria Mudd|
|In the Name of the People||Narrator||Frank Christopher|
1986 secrets of the Titanic Narrator Robert Ballard
|1988||Walking After Midnight||Himself||Jonathon Kay|
|1991||Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse||Himself||Fax Bahr / George Hickenlooper|
|1994â€“1996||Eyewitness||Narrator (US version)|
|1997||187: Documented||Narrator||Timothy Fong|
|Tudjman||Narrator||Jakov Sedlar, Joe Tripician|
|1998||Taylor's Campaign||Narrator||Richard Cohen|
|Holes in Heaven||Narrator||Wendy Robbins|
|2001||The Papp Project||Himself||Tracie Holder, Karen Thorsen|
|SOA: Guns and Greed||Himself||Robert Richter|
|2002||The Making of Bret Michaels||Himself|
|Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion||Narrator||Tom Piozet|
|Straight Up: Helicopters in Action||Narrator||David Douglas|
|2003||Hidden in Plain Sight||Narrator||John Smihula|
|All the Presidents' Movies||Narrator||Brett Hudson|
|2004||Learning to Sea||Narrator||Ziggy Livnat|
|Winning New Hampshire||Himself||Aram Fischer, Mark Lynch, William Rabbe|
|Tell Them Who You Are||Narrator||Mark Wexler|
|2005||On the Line: Dissent in an Age of Terrorism||Himself||Peter Glenn, Jason A. Schmidt|
|James Dean: Forever Young||Narrator||Michael J. Sheridan|
|2006||Who Killed the Electric Car?||Narrator||Chris Paine|
|Between Iraq and a Hard Place||Narrator||Rex J. Pratt|
|2008||Flower in the Gun Barrel||Narrator||Gabriel Cowan|
|They Killed Sister Dorothy||Narrator||Daniel Junge|
|2009||One Water||Narrator||Sanjeev Chatterjee and Ali Habashi|
|Year||Episode Title||Series Title||Role||Director|
|1963||"Nightmare"||The Outer Limits||Private Arthur Dix||John Erman|
|1969||"Live Bait"||Mission: Impossible||Albert, assistant to the Col. interrogating an America Agent that IM was tasked to free|
|1970||"Cry, Lie"||Hawaii Five-O||Eddie Calhao|
|1973||"Lovely But Lethal"||Columbo||Karl Lessing, a chemist who became the murder victim||Jeannot Szwarc|
|1983||All||Kennedy||John F. Kennedy||Jim Goddard|
|1986||News at Eleven||TV movie||Frank Kenley, a well-respected senior anchorperson at a fictional San Diego TV station||Mike Robe|
|1993||Alex Haley's Queen||Mini-Series||James Jackson Sr., a wealthy plantation owner and grandfather to the shows main character, Queen, played Halle Berry||John Erman|
|1996||The Crystal Cave: Lessons from The Teachings of Merlin||Video||King Arthur||(Created by Deepak Chopra)|
|1997||"The Principal and the Pauper"||The Simpsons||Seymour Skinner|
|1998||Babylon 5: The River of Souls (TV film)||Babylon 5||A Soul Hunter||Janet Greek|
|1999||"Virtual Justice"||Total Recall 2070||Praxis||Mark Sobel|
|1999â€“2006||Seasons 1â€“7||The West Wing||President Josiah Bartlet||Various
(Created by Aaron Sorkin)
|2005||"Sleep Tight, Puddin' Pop"||Two and a Half Men||Harvey, Rose's Father||Gary Halvorson|
|2009||Season 2, episode 7||The Sunday Night Project||Guest Host||Steve Smith|
|2010||Mass Effect 2||Illusive Man|
|2011||Mass Effect 3||Illusive Man||In Production|
Martin Sheen (born RamĂłn Gerardo Antonio EstĂ©vez on August 3, 1940) is an American actor.
RamĂłn Gerardo Antonio EstĂ©vez|
August 3, 1940
Dayton, Ohio, USA
|Height||5â€‰ft 7â€‰in (1.70â€‰m)|
RamĂłn Luis EstĂ©vez
Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is an American actor. He is famous for his role as Captain Willard in the film Apocalypse Now and, most recently, as President Josiah Bartlet on the acclaimed and long-running television drama series The West Wing. He won both the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for his works.