Martin Sheen

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Martin Sheen
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Martin Sheen in 2008
Born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez
(1940-08-03) August 3, 1940 (age 74)[1]
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Citizenship United States
Ireland
Spain
Occupation Actor, activist
Years active 1961–present
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Janet Templeton (1961–present)
Children Emilio
Ramon
Carlos (Charlie Sheen)
Renée Estevez
from the BBC programme Desert Island Discs, 03 Apr 2011[2]

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Martin Sheen (born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez; August 3, 1940) is an American actor who achieved fame with roles in films like Badlands (1973), Apocalypse Now (1979) and the alternate history, 1980 science fiction film, The Final Countdown.

Since then, Sheen is better known for films like Gettysburg (1993), The Departed (2006), and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). He starred in the television series The West Wing (1999–2006) as President Josiah Bartlet, and lent his voice as the Illusive Man in the Mass Effect video game trilogy.

He is considered one of the best actors never to have been officially nominated for an Academy Award.[3] He did however receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his role in Apocalypse Now but he requested that his nomination be withdrawn.[4] In film, he has won the Best Actor award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival for his performance as Kit Carruthers in Badlands.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, David Cronenberg, Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Oliver Stone. He has had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 1989. In television, he has won both 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.

Born and raised in the United States from immigrant parents, he adopted the stage name Martin Sheen to help him gain acting parts.[5] He is the father of four children (Emilio, Ramón, Carlos (better known as Charlie Sheen), and Renée), all of whom are actors, as is his younger brother Joe Estevez.

Although known as an actor, Sheen also has directed one film, Cadence (1990), appearing alongside sons Charlie and Ramón. He has narrated, produced, and directed documentary television, earning two Daytime Emmy awards in the 1980s. In addition to film and television, Sheen has been active in liberal politics.

Early life[edit]

Sheen was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Mary-Ann (née Phelan; 1903–1951) and Francisco Estévez Martinez (1898–1974).[6] During birth, Sheen's left arm was crushed by forceps, giving him limited lateral movement of that arm, which is three inches shorter than his right.[7] Both of Sheen's parents were immigrants, his father from Parderrubias, Galicia, Spain; and his mother from Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland.[8][9] After moving to Dayton in the 1930s, his father was a factory worker/machinery inspector at the National Cash Register Company.[10] Sheen grew up on Brown Street in the South Park neighborhood, one of ten children (nine boys and a girl).[9] Due to his father's work, the family lived in Bermuda on St. John's Road, Pembroke where five of his brothers were born. Martin was the first child to be born in Dayton, Ohio after the family returned from Bermuda.[11] He graduated from Chaminade High School (now Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School) and was raised Catholic.[9][12] Sheen was the first of the children born in the United States.[13] 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 . . . And they, for the most part, were upstanding members of the community."[14]

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.[10] He spent two years in the Living Theatre company. It was in New York that he met the legendary Catholic activist Dorothy Day. Working with her Catholic Worker Movement, he began his commitment to social justice,[9][15] 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 exam for the University of Dayton so that he could pursue his acting career.[16]

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 televangelist archbishop, Fulton J. Sheen.[17] In a 2003 Inside the Actors Studio interview, Sheen explained, "Whenever I would call for an appointment, whether it was a job or an apartment, and I would give my name, there was always that hesitation and when I'd get there, it was always gone. So I thought, I got enough problems trying to get an acting job, so I invented Martin Sheen. 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."[9][10][18]

Career[edit]

Hawaii Five-O: Diana Muldaur with Sheen guest-starring on the third season episode, "Time and Memories" (1970)

Sheen has said he was greatly influenced by the actor James Dean.[9] He developed a theatre 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, reprising his role in the 1968 film of the same name.

Camino Real was presented on television in 1966 by NET, a PBS predecessor, as Ten Blocks on the Camino Real. A black-and-white production, it was directed by Jack Landau and starred Martin Sheen, Lotte Lenya, Tom Aldredge, Michael Baseleon, Albert Dekker, and Hurd Hatfield.

During this time, Sheen honed his skills as a guest-star appearing in a multitude roles on some of the most popular television series of the day, including: Flipper, (1967); The F.B.I., (1968); Mission: Impossible, (1969), Hawaii Five-O, (1970); Dan August, (1971); The Rookies, (1973); Columbo, (1973); The Streets of San Francisco, (1973); and a recurring role as Danny Morgan on Mod Squad, (1970–1971). Concurrently, Sheen began transitioning to television films and motion pictures.

He portrayed Dobbs in the film adaptation of Catch-22. Sheen was then a co-star in the controversial Emmy Award-winning 1972 television movie That 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 1973, when he starred with Sissy Spacek in the crime drama Badlands. He’s gone on to state that it’s one of his two favorite roles, the other being Apocalypse Now.[9][19] Also in 1973, Sheen appeared opposite David Janssen in "Such Dust As Dreams Are Made On", which was the first pilot for Harry O.

In 1974, Sheen portrayed a hot rod driver in the television movie The California Kid, and that same year received an Emmy Award[20] nomination for Best Actor in a television drama for his portrayal of Pvt. Eddie Slovik in the television film The Execution of Private Slovik.[9] 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 ultimately led to Francis Ford Coppola choosing him for a starring role in 1979's Apocalypse Now, a film that gained him wide recognition. Filming in the Philippine jungle in the typhoon season of 1976, Sheen admitted he was not in the greatest shape and was drinking heavily.[9] For the film’s legendary opening sequence in a Saigon hotel room, Sheen did not have to act so much since it was his 36th birthday and he was heavily intoxicated.[21] After 12 months, Sheen reached breaking point, suffering a minor heart attack and he had to crawl out to a road for help.[9] 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.[22] Sheen was able to resume filming a few weeks later.[21]

Sheen has played U.S. President John F. Kennedy (in the miniseries Kennedy — The Presidential Years); Attorney General Robert 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 future 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.[9]

On November 4, 2010, it was confirmed that he had been cast as Uncle Ben in Sony's 2012 reboot of the Spider-Man film series, The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb.[23]

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. 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, 2012.[24]

Sheen recently[when?] travelled to Mexico City to star in Chamaco with Kirk Harris, Alex Perea, Gustavo Sanchez Parra and Michael Madsen. In November 2010 he filmed Stella Days[25] in County Tipperary, Ireland, near the birthplace of his mother. Thaddeus O'Sullivan directed and Irish actor Stephen Rea also starred.[26]

Sheen appeared in Martin Scorsese's The Departed as Captain Oliver Queenan, a commanding officer who is watching an undercover cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is a mole in an Irish American mob run by a vicious mob boss (Jack Nicholson). Martin Sheen and son Ramon Estevez combined both their real and stage names to create the Warner Bros.-affiliated company, Estevez Sheen Productions. The company’s latest film is 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 800-km pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela himself, with his son’s ashes. The Way premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Sheen appeared in the Irish Film entitled Stella Days directed by Irish Director Thaddeus O'Sullivan and stars IFTA award winning actress Amy Huberman. Sheen plays parish priest Daniel Barry, whose love for the cinema leads him on a path to help set up a local cinema in the town of Borrisokane. Daniel comes up against opposition from doubtful local parishioners who question his faith and the Bishop Hegarty (Tom Hickey), who is more interested in raising funds for a new church.[26][27]

Political activism[edit]

Martin Sheen at an anti-war protest in October 2007

In 2010, Martin Sheen first spoke to 18,000 young student activists at Free The Children’s We Day, explaining "While acting is what I do for a living, activism is what I do to stay alive."[28]

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.[29] 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."[30] Sheen is an honorary trustee of the Dayton International Peace Museum.

He supported the 1965 farm worker movement with Cesar Chavez in Delano, California.[31] He is a proponent of the Consistent life ethic, which advocates against abortion, capital punishment and war.[32] 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." [33] He also supports the Democrats for Life of America's Pregnant Women Support Act.[34] In 2004 along with Rob Reiner, Sheen campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, and later campaigned for nominee John Kerry.

On May 16, 1995, Martin Sheen and Paul Watson from the non-profit environmental organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, 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.[35] In 2000, Sheen got involved in support of gun control 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.[36][37] 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.[38] Cindy Sheehan had been demanding a second meeting[39] 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 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 2006 and 2007.[40][41][citation needed]

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 United States Senate in Ohio. Sheen declined the offer, stating, "I'm just not qualified. You're mistaking celebrity for credibility."[42] On November 26, 2006, the Sunday Times in the Republic of Ireland, where Sheen was then living as a result of his enrolment in NUI Galway, reported on his speaking out against mushroom farmers exploiting foreign workers by paying them as little as €2.50 an hour in a country where the minimum wage was €7.65.

Sheen's latest activism includes attendances at meetings of the environmentalist group Earth First![43] and speaking appearances at youth empowerment events called We Day on behalf of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner.[44] Sheen has been named an ambassador of Free The Children and has supported such initiatives as the We are Silent campaign, a 24-hour pledge of silence.[45] 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."[46]

Sheen has also endorsed and supported Help Darfur Now, a student-run organization to help aid victims of the genocide in Darfur, the western region in Sudan. He also appears in the recent anti-fur documentary "Skin Trade."[47]

Sheen has appeared in television and radio ads urging Washington State residents to vote 'no' on Initiative 1000, a proposed assisted suicide law before voters in the 2008 election.[48]

Sheen initially endorsed New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, and helped raise funds for his campaign.[49] After Richardson dropped out of the campaign, Sheen stated in a BBC Two interview with Graham Norton that he was supporting Barack Obama.[42]

In March 2012, Sheen was featured with George Clooney in a performance of 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.[50] The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.[51][52]

In September 2012, Sheen reunited with the cast of The West Wing to produce a video tasked with 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.[53]

Personal life[edit]

Sheen (right) with son Emilio Estevez in February 2011

Family[edit]

Sheen married Janet Templeton[54] on December 23, 1961, and they have four children, three sons and a daughter, all of whom are actors: Emilio, Ramón, Carlos, and Renée. All but one decided to keep their own names when they began acting – Carlos made the decision to use his father's stage name, and is known as Charlie Sheen.[9]

Charlie and his father 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.

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 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's 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 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 one of President Josiah Bartlet's (Sheen) secretaries.

Sheen became a grandfather at age 43 when his son Emilio had a son named Taylor Levi with his girlfriend, Carey Salley. Sheen has a total of ten grandchildren, the other nine being: Paloma Rae (from Emilio), Cassandra, Sam J, Lola Rose, Bob and Max (from Charlie) and Katherine, Luis Jr. and Christopher (from Ramon) and one great-granddaughter Luna (from Cassandra).[55][56][57][58][59][60][61][62][63]

He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in 2011.[10]

In 2012, Sheen was a guest on the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are?, tracing his Irish and Spanish ancestry.

Academic pursuits[edit]

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."[64] 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!"[65] On September 1, 2006, Sheen was among the first to register as a student at NUI Galway.[66] He left the University after completing a semester.

Sheen maintains links with Galway and "heartily" supported Michael D. Higgins in the Irish presidential election, 2011, having become a "dear friend" of Higgins while studying there.[67]

Protests[edit]

In a speech at Oxford University in 2009, Sheen admitted to having been arrested 66 times for protesting and acts of civil disobedience.[68] He was described by human rights activist Craig Kielburger as having "a rap sheet almost as long as his list of film credits."[69]

On April 1, 2007, Sheen was arrested, with 38 other activists, for trespassing at the Nevada Test Site at a Nevada Desert Experience event protesting against the site.[70]

Religion[edit]

Sheen is a Roman Catholic, having had his faith restored by a series of meaningful conversations in Paris in 1981 with Terrence Malick, the director of Sheen’s breakthrough film, Badlands (1973).[12][19][21] He is a supporter of the Catholic Worker movement.[71] He stated recently that he supports same-sex marriage, unlike the Catholic Church.[72]

Family Life and Abortion Stance[edit]

Sheen is often considered pro-life.[73] He discussed his views in a 2011 interview with RTÉ in which he said his wife was conceived through a rape and he says had her mother aborted her, or dumped her in the Ohio River as she had considered, his wife would not exist. He also talked about three of his grandchildren who 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."[74][75] He has also stated his empathy for women facing unexpected pregnancy: "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. (...) 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."[76]

Awards and honors[edit]

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".[77] 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.[78]

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.[16] Sheen also has a great affinity for the University of Notre Dame and in 2008 was awarded the Laetare Medal,[79] the highest honor bestowed on American Catholics, in May 2008 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 1500 Vine Street.[80]

In 2001 Sheen won a TV Guide Award for 'Actor of the Year in a Drama Series' for The West Wing.[81] 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 2003 recipient of the Marquette University Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa for his work on social and Catholic issues.[82] In 2011, he was awarded an honorary life membership in the Law Society of University College Dublin.[83]

Filmography[edit]

Motion pictures[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1967 Incident, TheThe Incident Artie Connors Larry Peerce
1968 Subject Was Roses, TheThe Subject Was Roses Timmy Cleary Ulu Grosbard Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
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
The Conflict (Catholics) Father Kinsella Jack Gold
1974 Legend of Earl Durand, TheThe Legend of Earl Durand Luther Sykes John Patterson
California Kid, TheThe California Kid Michael McCord Richard T. Heffron
Missiles of October, TheThe Missiles of October Robert F. Kennedy Anthony Page
Execution of Private Slovik, TheThe Execution of Private Slovik Eddie Slovik Lamont Johnson
1975 Last Survivors, TheThe Last Survivors Alexander William Holmes Lee H. Katzin
Sweet Hostage Leonard Hatch Lee Phillips
1976 Cassandra Crossing, TheThe Cassandra Crossing Robby Navarro George P. Cosmatos
Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, TheThe Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Frank Hallet Nicolas Gessner
1979 Apocalypse Now Captain Benjamin L. Willard Francis Ford Coppola Nominated — American Movie Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Eagle's Wing Pike Anthony Harvey
1980 Final Countdown, TheThe 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
Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone Greg Stillson David Cronenberg
1984 Firestarter Captain Hollister Mark L. Lester
1985 Fourth Wise Man, TheThe Fourth Wise Man Artaban Michael Ray Rhodes
1986 State of Emergency, AA State of Emergency Dr. Alex Carmody Richard C. Bennett
Shattered Spirits Lyle Mollencamp Robert Greenwald
1987 Believers, TheThe Believers Cal Jamison John Schlesinger
Siesta Del Mary Lambert
Wall Street Carl Fox Oliver Stone
1988 Da Charlie Matt Clark
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
Maid, TheThe Maid Anthony Wayne Ian Toynton
JFK Narrator Oliver Stone
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 Muñoz
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
Matter of Justice, AA 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 American President, TheThe 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
Hundred and One Nights, AA Hundred and One Nights Himself Agnès Varda
Break, TheThe Break Gil Robbins Lee H. Katzin
Dead Presidents The Judge Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Gospa father Jozo Zovko Jakov Sedlar
1996 War at Home, TheThe War at Home Bob Collier Emilio Estevez Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Crossover Role in a Feature Film
Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story Peter Maurin Michael Ray Rhodes
Project ALF Colonel Gilbert Milfoil Dick Lowry
1997 Truth or Consequences, N.M Sir Kiefer Sutherland
Act of Conscience, AnAn Act of Conscience Narrator Robbie Leppzer
Hostile Waters Aurora Skipper David Drury Television movie; BBC/HBO
Spawn Jason Wynn Mark A.Z. Dippé
1998 Family Attraction President Brian Hecker
Stranger in the Kingdom Sigurd Moulton Jay Craven
Gunfighter Stranger, TheThe Stranger Christopher Coppola
Monument Ave. Hanlon Ted Demme
Shadrach Narrator Susanna Styron
Letter from Death Row, AA 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
Thin Red Line, TheThe Thin Red Line Thanks Terrence Malick
1999 Ninth Street Father Frank Tim Rebman, Kevin Willmott
Lost & Found Millstone Jeff Pollack
Storm General James Roberts Harris Done
Texas Funeral, AA 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
Commission, TheThe Commission Dep. Atty. Gen. Nicholas Katzenbach Mark Sobel
2004 Jerusalemski sindrom Dominik Sedlar, Jakov Sedlar
2006 Departed, TheThe Departed Oliver 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 Single Woman, AA Single Woman Voice Kamala Lopez
2009 Echelon Conspiracy Raymond Burke Greg Marcks
Love Happens Burke's Father-in-Law Brandon Camp
Imagine That Dante D'Enzo Karey Kirkpatrick
The Kid: Camacho Dr. Frank Irwin Miguel Necoechea
2010 Way, TheThe Way Thomas Avery Emilio Estevez
2011 Stella Days[26] Daniel Barry Thaddeus O'Sullivan Nominated — Irish Film and Television Award for Actor in a Lead Role – Film
Double, TheThe Double Tom Highland Michael Brandt
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Frank Petersen Lorene Scafaria
Amazing Spider-Man, TheThe Amazing Spider-Man Ben Parker Marc Webb
2014 Bhopal: Prayer for Rain Warren Anderson Ravikumar
Selma[84] Frank Minis Johnson Ava DuVernay
2015 Trash Father Juilliard Stephen Daldry Post-production
Unity Narrator Shaun Monson Documentary
The 33 Mr. Sepulveda Patricia Riggen Filming

Documentaries[edit]

Year Film Role Director
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
Spaceflight Narrator Blaine Baggett
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
1994–6 Eyewitness Narrator (U.S. 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 Papp Project, TheThe Papp Project Himself Tracie Holder, Karen Thorsen
SOA: Guns and Greed Himself Robert Richter
Stockpile Narrator Stephen Trombley
Inside the Vatican Narrator John B. Bredar
2002 Cuba: The 40 Years War Narrator Peter Melaragno
Making of Bret Michaels, TheThe 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
2007 Searching for George Washington George Washington (voice)
2008 Flower in the Gun Barrel Narrator Gabriel Cowan
They Killed Sister Dorothy Narrator Daniel Junge
Vietnam-American Holocaust Narrator Clay Claiborne
2009 One Water Narrator Sanjeev Chatterjee and Ali Habashi
End of Poverty?, TheThe End of Poverty? Narrator Philippe Diaz
2010 Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space] Himself Denis Delestrac
Return to El Salvador Narrator Jamie Moffett
Spirit, TheThe Spirit "The Octopuss" Pondy Doorcan
Kennedy Detail, TheThe Kennedy Detail Narrator
2011 Curiosity Host
2012 Who Do You Think You Are? Himself
Death by China Narrator

Television and video[edit]

Year Episode title Series title Role Director
1960 "Th eNight the Saints Lost Their Halos" Naked City, TheThe Naked City Phil Kasnick
1961 "And the Cat Jumped Over the Moon" Route 66 Gang leader Packy Elliot Silverstein
1963 "Nightmare" Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Private Arthur Dix John Erman
"We May Be Better Strangers" Arrest and Trial Dale David Lowell Rich
1966 "10 Blocks on the Camino Real" NET Playhouse Kilroy Jac Venza
"Flipper and the Seal" Flipper Philip Adams
1969 "Live Bait" Mission: Impossible Albert Stuart Hagmann
Pilot episode Then Came Bronson Nick Oresko
1970 "Cry, Lie" Hawaii Five-O Eddie Calhao Paul Stanley
"Time and Memories" Arthur Dixon John Llewellyn Moxey
1972 "The Devil's Playground" Cannon Jerry
1973 "Lovely but Lethal" Columbo Karl Lessing, a chemist who became the murder victim Jeannot Szwarc
1973 "Dark Vengeance" Circle of Fear Frank Herschel Daugherty
1979 Miniseries Blind Ambition John Dean George Schaefer
1983 Miniseries Kennedy John F. Kennedy Jim Goddard
1984 Television film Guardian, TheThe Guardian Charles Hyatt David Greene
1985 Television film Consenting Adult Ken Lynd Gilbert Cates
1986 Television film News at Eleven Frank Kenley Mike Robe
1993 Miniseries Alex Haley's Queen James Jackson Sr. John Erman
1993 "Angst for the Memories" Murphy Brown Nick Brody, former 1960s radical Peter Bonerz
1994 Television film Roswell Townsend Jeremy Kagan
1994 Television film One of Her Own Asst. D.A. Pete Maresca Armand Mastroianni
1996 Television film The Crystal Cave: Lessons from the Teachings of Merlin King Arthur (Created by Deepak Chopra)
1997 "The Principal and the Pauper" Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Seymour Skinner
1998 "Babylon 5: The River of Souls" Babylon 5 A Soul Hunter Janet Greek
1999 "Virtual Justice" Total Recall 2070 Praxis Mark Sobel
1999–2006 Seasons 1–7 West Wing, TheThe 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
2007 "K&R - Part III" Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Radio Host (voice, uncredited) Timothy Busfield
2009 Season 2, episode 7 Sunday Night Project, TheThe Sunday Night Project Guest host Steve Smith
2012 Season 8, episode 15 Flash Pop Guest appearance
2012–present Season 1 (guest), season 2 (regular) Anger Management Martin Goodson
2014 Television film The Whale Thomas Nickerson
2015 Season 1 Grace and Frankie[85] Robert

Radio[edit]

First appearing on A Prairie Home Companion on November 11, 2004, Sheen has since become a frequent guest performer, with over a dozen episodes since 2007.[86]

  • 2004: November 11
  • 2007: June 9, September 29
  • 2008: June 7
  • 2009: June 6, December 12
  • 2010: January 2
  • 2011: March 12
  • 2012: March 17, May 19, July 14
  • 2013: June 8

Video games[edit]

Year Game Role Notes
2010 World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Nozdormu Voice and Likeness
2010 Mass Effect 2 Illusive Man, TheThe Illusive Man Voice and Likeness
2012 Mass Effect 3 Illusive Man, TheThe Illusive Man Voice and Likeness

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1969 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture The Subject Was Roses Nominated
1974 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The Execution of Private Slovik Nominated
1978 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Taxi!!! Nominated
1980 British Academy Film Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Apocalypse Now Nominated
1980 Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Blind Ambition Nominated
1981 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Religious Programming Insight Won
1984 British Academy Television Awards Best Actor Kennedy Nominated
1984 Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Kennedy Nominated
1985 CableACE Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The Guardian Nominated
1986 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Children's Special CBS Schoolbreak Special Nominated
1986 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming CBS Schoolbreak Special Won
1989 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming CBS Schoolbreak Special Nominated
1990 CableACE Awards Best Movie or Miniseries Nightbreaker Nominated
1994 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Murphy Brown Won
1999 ALMA Award Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Babylon 5: The River of Souls Nominated
1999 ALMA Award Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film Monument Ave. Nominated
2000 ALMA Award Outstanding Actor in a Television Series The West Wing Nominated
2000 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The West Wing Nominated
2000 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2000 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama The West Wing Won
2000 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2000 TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The West Wing Nominated
2000 Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series The West Wing Won
2001 ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Television Series The West Wing Won
2001 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The West Wing Won
2001 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2001 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama The West Wing Nominated
2001 TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The West Wing Nominated
2001 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The West Wing Won
2001 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Won
2002 ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Television Series The West Wing Nominated
2002 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The West Wing Nominated
2002 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2002 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama The West Wing Nominated
2002 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The West Wing Won
2002 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Won
2002 TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The West Wing Nominated
2003 Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama The West Wing Nominated
2003 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2003 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama The West Wing Nominated
2003 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2003 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2004 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The West Wing Nominated
2004 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Two and a Half Men Nominated
2006 Satellite Award Best Cast – Motion Picture The Departed Won
2006 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2007 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Cast Bobby Nominated
2007 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Cast The Departed Nominated
2007 Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Talk to Me Won
2007 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Bobby Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Departed Nominated
2012 ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actor The Way Nominated
2012 Irish Film & Television Academy Best Actor – Film Stella Days Nominated

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