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Sheen in 2008
Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez

(1940-08-03) August 3, 1940 (age 80)
  • Actor
  • activist
Years active1961–present
Political party Democratic
(m. 1961)
Relatives Joe Estevez (brother)
Family Estevez
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Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (born August 3, 1940), known professionally as Martin Sheen, is an American actor. He first became known for his roles in the films The Subject Was Roses (1968) and Badlands (1973), and later achieved wide recognition for his leading role in Apocalypse Now (1979), as United States President Josiah Bartlet in the television series The West Wing (1999–2006), and as Robert Hanson in the Netflix television series Grace and Frankie (2015–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 1989. 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 2012, he portrayed Uncle Ben in The Amazing Spider-Man directed by Marc Webb.

Born and raised in the United States by immigrant parents, 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 (1990), 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 1980s, and has been active in liberal politics.

Early life

Sheen was born in Dayton, Ohio, on August 3, 1940, to Mary-Ann (née Phelan; 1903–1951) and Francisco Estévez Martínez (1898–1974). [4] [5] During birth, Sheen's left arm was crushed by forceps, giving him limited lateral movement of that arm, which is three inches (7.6 cm) shorter than his right (Erb's palsy). [6] Both of Sheen's parents were immigrants; his mother was from Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland, and his father was born in Salceda de Caselas, Galicia, Spain. [7] [8] After moving to Dayton in the 1930s, 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 televangelist archbishop, Fulton J. Sheen. [16] 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. [8] [9] [16] [17]


Sheen was greatly influenced by the actor James Dean. [8] 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 . In 1964, he co-starred in the Broadway play The Subject Was Roses ; he later reprised his role in the 1968 film of the same name, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. [18] Sheen also starred in the television production Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (1966), an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play Camino Real directed by Jack Landau and presented by NET, a PBS predecessor.

During the 1960s and early 1970s, Sheen honed his skills as a guest star on a number of popular television series, including Insight (1960s-1980s), My Three Sons (1964), Flipper (1967), The F.B.I. (1968), Mission: Impossible (1969), Hawaii Five-O (1970), Dan August (1971), The Rookies (1973), Columbo (1973), and The Streets of San Francisco (1973). He also had a recurring role as "Danny Morgan" on Mod Squad (1970–1971). [19] By the early 1970s, Sheen was increasingly focusing on television films and motion pictures.

Sheen portrayed Dobbs in the 1970 film adaptation of Catch-22 . He then co-starred in the controversial Emmy Award-winning 1972 television film 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 , 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] [20] Also in 1973, Sheen appeared opposite David Janssen in "Such Dust As Dreams Are Made On", the first pilot for the television series Harry O .

In 1974, Sheen portrayed a hot rod driver in the television film The California Kid [21] and that same year received an Emmy Award [22] 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.

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Sheen at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival

Sheen's performance led to Francis Ford Coppola's casting him in a lead role as U.S. Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard in 1979's Apocalypse Now , gaining him wide recognition. Filming in the Philippine jungle in the typhoon season of 1976, 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. [23] 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. [24] Sheen was able to resume filming a few weeks later. [23] In 1979, 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. President John F. Kennedy in the miniseries Kennedy ; 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 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 2010, Sheen was cast as Uncle Ben in Sony's 2012 reboot of the Spider-Man film series, The Amazing Spider-Man , directed by Marc Webb. [25]

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 2011 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, 2012. [26]

In 2009, Sheen travelled to Mexico City to star in Chamaco with Kirk Harris, Alex Perea, Gustavo Sánchez Parra and Michael Madsen. In 2010, he filmed Stella Days [27] in County Tipperary, Ireland, near the birthplace of his mother. Thaddeus O'Sullivan directed and Irish actor Stephen Rea also starred. [28]

Sheen appeared in Martin Scorsese's The 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 2010 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 800 km (500 mi) 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 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. [28] [29] Sheen plays a starring role in Netflix's Grace and Frankie (2015–present).

In December 2019 Sheen signed on to play legendary F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover alongside Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Mark Francis and Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah . Produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is currently[ when? ] in post production. It was directed by Shaka King and chronicles the death of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton in Chicago on December 4, 1969. [30]

Political views

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. [31] 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. [32] 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." [33] Sheen is an honorary trustee of the Dayton International Peace Museum.

He supported the 1965 farm worker movement with Cesar Chavez in Delano, California. [34] 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 2006 and 2007. [35] [36] [ citation needed ]

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Martin Sheen with a Hiroshima bombing survivor, 1995

Sheen is a follower of the Consistent life ethic, which opposes abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment and war. [37] 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." [20] He also supports the Democrats for Life of America's Pregnant Women Support Act. [38]

In 1995, Sheen starred in Jakov Sedlar's religious drama Gospa . Sheen also narrated several nationalist propaganda works for the Croatian director during the 1990s. [39] [40]

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. [41] 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. [42] [43]

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Martin Sheen at an anti-war protest in October 2007

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 Camp Casey to pray with anti-Iraq War activist Cindy Sheehan, who had demanded a second meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush. [44] 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. [45]

During the 1980 Democratic Party presidential primaries he supported Senator Ted Kennedy and gave multiple speeches in favor of him in Florida. [46] In 2004 along with Rob Reiner, Sheen campaigned for Democratic presidential candidates Howard Dean and John Kerry.[ citation needed ] In 2006, members of the Democratic Party in Ohio reportedly contacted Sheen, attempting 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." [47] In the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, Sheen initially endorsed New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in and helped raise funds for his campaign. [48] After Richardson dropped out of the campaign, Sheen supported Barack Obama. [47]

In 2006, 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 €2.50 an hour - way below the country's minimum wage of €7.65. [49]

From 2008 to 2013, Sheen's activism included attendances at meetings of the environmentalist group Earth First! [50] and speaking appearances at youth empowerment events called We Day on behalf of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner. [51] 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. [52] 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." [53] 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 2009 anti-fur documentary "Skin Trade." [54]

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. [55]

In 2010, 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." [56]

In March 2012, 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. [57] The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. [58] [59]

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. McCormack's sister, actress Mary McCormack, co-starred with Sheen on The West Wing in its final 3 seasons. [60]

In 2014, when the film Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain premiered, Sheen advocated for Amnesty International's campaign Justice for Bhopal. [61]

In 2015, Sheen narrated the trailer for a proposed documentary film about the prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman. [62]

Personal life

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Sheen with son Emilio Estevez at the BFI premiere of his film The Way in London February 2011


Sheen married Janet Templeton [63] on December 23, 1961, 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 1993 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 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 , 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. [64]

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. [65] [66] [67] [68] [69] [70] [71] [72] [73]

He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in 2011. [9]

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

He underwent a quadruple heart bypass operation in December 2015. [74]

Academic pursuits

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." [75] 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!" [76] On September 1, 2006, Sheen was among the first to register as a student at NUI Galway. [77] He left the university after completing a semester.

Sheen maintains links with Galway and "heartily" supported Michael D. Higgins in the 2011 Irish presidential election, having become a "dear friend" of Higgins while studying there. [78]


In a speech at Oxford University in 2009, Sheen stated that he had been arrested 66 times for protesting and acts of civil disobedience. [79] He was described by human rights activist Craig Kielburger as having "a rap sheet almost as long as his list of film credits." [80]

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. [81]

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 1981 with Terrence Malick, director of Sheen's breakthrough film, Badlands (1973). [12] [20] [23] He is a supporter of the Catholic Worker movement. [82]

Family life and abortion stance

In a 2011 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." [83] [84] He has also stated his empathy for women facing unexpected pregnancy, and that he did not oppose their right to 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. [20]

In a 2011 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

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". [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]

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Sheen in 1987

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. [15] Sheen also has a great affinity for the University of Notre Dame and in 2008 was awarded the Laetare Medal, [88] 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. [89]

In 2001 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 2003 recipient of the Marquette University Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa for his work on social and Catholic issues. [91] In 2011, he was awarded an honorary life membership in the Law Society of University College Dublin. [92] On May 3, 2015 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]



1967 The Incident Artie Connors Larry Peerce
1968 The Subject Was Roses Timmy Cleary Ulu Grosbard
1970 Catch-22 1st Lt. Dobbs Mike Nichols
The CliffCharlie DevonAllen Reisner
Ralph Senensky
1972 No Drums, No Bugles Ashby Gatrell Clyde Ware
Pickup on 101 LesJohn Florea
Rage Maj. Holliford George C. Scott
That Certain Summer Gary McClain Lamont Johnson
1973When the Line Goes ThroughBluff JacksonClyde Ware
Badlands Kit Carruthers Terrence Malick
The Conflict (Catholics) Father James Kinsella Jack Gold
1974The Legend of Earl DurandLuther Sykes John Patterson
The California Kid Michael McCord Richard T. Heffron
1975The Last SurvivorsAlexander 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
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 BookerJohn Quested
1982 Gandhi Vince Walker Richard Attenborough
That Championship Season Tom Daley Jason Miller
In the Custody of Strangers Frank CaldwellRobert Greenwald
Enigma Alex Holbeck Jeannot Szwarc
1983 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 James Hollister Mark L. Lester
1986A State of EmergencyDr. Alex CarmodyRichard C. Bennett Blue Army of Our Lady of Fátima#Media
Shattered Spirits Lyle Mollencamp Robert Greenwald
1987 The Believers Cal Jamison John Schlesinger
Siesta Del Mary Lambert
Wall Street Carl Fox Oliver Stone
1988 Da Charlie Tynan Matt Clark
Judgment in Berlin Herbert Jay Stern Leo Penn
1989 Marked for Murder Man in park Rick Sloane
Cold Front John HydeAllan A. Goldstein
Beverly Hills Brats Dr. Jeffrey Miller Jim Sotos
Nightbreaker Dr. Alexander Brown Peter Markle
Beyond the Stars Paul AndrewsDavid Saperstein
1990 Cadence MSgt. Otis V. McKinneyHimselfDirector
1991Touch and DieFrankPiernico Solinas
The Maid Anthony Wayne Ian Toynton
JFK Narrator Oliver Stone Voice
1992 Running Wild Dan WalkerDuncan McLachlan
Original IntentJoeRobert Marcarelli
1993 When the Bough Breaks Captain SwaggertMichael Cohn
My Home, My Prison Narrator Susana Blaustein Muñoz
Ghost Brigade Gen. Haworth George Hickenlooper
Fortunes of War Francis LabeckThierry Notz
Hear No Evil Lt. Brock Robert Greenwald
Hot Shots! Part Deux Capt. Benjamin L. Willard Jim Abrahams Cameo
Gettysburg Robert E. Lee Ronald F. Maxwell
A Matter of Justice Jack Brown Michael Switzer
1994Guns of HonorJackson Baines HardinDavid Lister
Hits!KellyWilliam R. Greenblatt
Ghost Brigade General HaworthGeorge Hickenlooper
BocaJesse James MontgomeryWalter Avancini
Zalman King
1995 The American President Chief of Staff A.J. McInnerney Rob Reiner
Sacred CargoFather Andrew KanveskyAleksandr Buravsky
Dillinger and Capone John Dillinger Jon Purdy
Captain Nuke and the Bomber BoysJeff SnyderCharles Gale
A Hundred and One Nights Himself Agnès Varda Cameo
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 CollierEmilio 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 LeppzerVoice
Spawn Jason Wynn Mark A.Z. Dippé
1998Family AttractionPresidentBrian Hecker
Babylon 5: The River of SoulsThe Soul HunterJanet Greek
A Stranger in the Kingdom Sigurd Moulton Jay Craven
GunfighterThe Stranger Christopher Coppola
Monument Ave. Hanlon Ted Demme
Shadrach NarratorSusanna StyronVoice
A Letter from Death Row Mr. RaineMarvin Baker
Bret Michaels
Free Money New Warden Yves Simoneau
No Code of Conduct Bill PetersonBret Michaels
1999 Ninth Street Father FrankTim Rebman
Kevin Willmott
Lost & Found Millstone Jeff Pollack
Storm General James RobertsHarris 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
2003Mercy of the SeaFrederikDominik Sedlar
Jakov Sedlar
The CommissionDep. Atty. Gen. Nicholas KatzenbachMark Sobel
2004Jerusalemski sindromDominik Sedlar
Jakov Sedlar
2006 The 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 SquareDano Johnson
Jeffrey Travis
2008 A Single Woman Kamala Lopez Voice
Man in the Mirror9 roles Frank Weston
2009 Echelon Conspiracy Raymond Burke Greg Marcks
Love Happens Burke's Father-in-LawBrandon Camp
Imagine That Dante D'Enzo Karey Kirkpatrick
The Kid: Chamaco Dr. Frank IrwinMiguel Necoechea
2010 The Way Thomas Avery Emilio Estevez
2011 Stella Days [28] Daniel Barry Thaddeus O'Sullivan
The Double Tom Highland Michael Brandt
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Frank Petersen Lorene Scafaria
The Amazing Spider-Man Ben Parker Marc Webb
2014 Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain Warren Anderson Ravikumar
Selma [94] Frank Minis Johnson Ava DuVernay
Ask Me Anything Glenn Warburg Allison Burnett
2015 Trash Father Juilliard Stephen Daldry
Badge of HonorCaptain RichardsAgustin
The Vessel Father DouglasJulio Quintana
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Himself Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone
Rules Don't Apply Noah Dietrich Warren Beatty
2018 Come Sunday Oral Roberts Joshua Marston
2019 Princess of the Row John AustinMax Carlson
The Devil Has a Name Ralph Wegis Edward James Olmos
2021 Judas and the Black Messiah J. Edgar Hoover Shaka King Post-production
TBA 12 Mighty Orphans Doc HallTy RobertsPost-production


1968Pat Neal Is BackHimselfEdward Beyer
1985 Broken Rainbow NarratorMaria Florio, Victoria Mudd
In the Name of the People NarratorFrank Christopher
Spaceflight NarratorBlaine Baggett
1986 Secrets of the Titanic NarratorRobert Ballard
1988Walking After MidnightHimselfJonathon Kay
1990Doing Time Ten Years LaterNarratorDavid Ellis
1991 Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse HimselfFax Bahr / George Hickenlooper
1994–7 Eyewitness Narrator (U.S. version)
1997187: DocumentedNarratorTimothy Fong
Tudjman NarratorJakov Sedlar, Joe Tripician
Titanic: Anatomy of a DisasterNarratorStephen Burns
1998Taylor's CampaignNarratorRichard Cohen
Holes in HeavenNarratorWendy Robbins
1999A Conversation with KokoNarrator
World's Deadliest EarthquakesNarrator
2000World's Deadliest StormsNarrator
2001The Papp ProjectHimselfTracie Holder, Karen Thorsen
SOA: Guns and GreedHimselfRobert Richter
StockpileNarratorStephen Trombley
Inside the VaticanNarratorJohn B. Bredar
2002Cuba: The 40 Years WarNarratorPeter Melaragno
The Making of Bret MichaelsHimself
Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion NarratorTom Piozet
Straight Up: Helicopters in ActionNarrator David Douglas
2003Hidden in Plain SightNarratorJohn Smihula
All the Presidents' MoviesNarrator Brett Hudson
The Perilous FightNarrator
2004Learning to SeaNarratorZiggy Livnat
Winning New Hampshire HimselfAram Fischer, Mark Lynch, William Rabbe
Tell Them Who You AreNarratorMark Wexler
2005On the Line: Dissent in an Age of TerrorismHimselfPeter Glenn, Jason A. Schmidt
James Dean: Forever YoungNarratorMichael J. Sheridan
2006 Who Killed the Electric Car? Narrator Chris Paine
Between Iraq and a Hard Place NarratorRex J. Pratt
2007Searching for George Washington George Washington (voice)
2008 Flower in the Gun Barrel Narrator Gabriel Cowan
They Killed Sister Dorothy NarratorDaniel Junge
Vietnam-American HolocaustNarratorClay Claiborne
2009 One Water NarratorSanjeev Chatterjee and Ali Habashi
The End of Poverty? NarratorPhilippe Diaz
2010 Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space HimselfDenis Delestrac
Return to El Salvador Narrator Jamie Moffett
The Spirit"The Octopuss"Pondy Doorcan
The Kennedy DetailNarrator
2011 Curiosity Host
2012 Who Do You Think You Are? Himself
Brothers on the LineNarratorSasha Reuther
Death by China NarratorPeter Navarro
2013The Second CoolerNarratorEllin Jimmerson
Salinger HimselfShane Salerno
Messenger of the TruthNarratorTony Haines
2015American Hercules: Babe RuthNarratorJosh Oshinsky
Unity Narrator Shaun Monson
2016Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence [95] Narrator
2017The Home Front: Life in America During World War IINarratorDan Gediman (series producer)


1960s–1980s Insight VariousVariousVarious episodes
1961 Route 66 Gang leader Packy Elliot Silverstein Episode "...And the Cat Jumped Over the Moon"
1962 The Naked City Phil Kasnick Elliot Silverstein
1963 Arrest and Trial DaleDavid Lowell RichEpisode "We May Be Better Strangers"
The Outer Limits Private Arthur Dix John Erman Episode "Nightmare"
1964 My Three Sons Randy Griggs Gene Reynolds Episode "The Guys and the Dolls"
1966 NET Playhouse Kilroy Jac Venza Episode: "Ten Blocks on the Camino Real"
Flipper Philip AdamsEpisode "Flipper and the Seal"
1968 N.Y.P.D. Fred Janney David Pressman Episode: "The Peep Freak"
1969 Mission: Impossible Albert Stuart Hagmann Episode: "Live Bait"
Then Came Bronson Nick OreskoEpisode "Pilot"
1970 Hawaii Five-O Eddie Calhao Paul Stanley Episode "Cry, Lie"
The Andersonville Trial Capt. Williams George C. Scott Television film
Hawaii Five-OArthur DixonJohn Llewellyn MoxeyEpisode "Time and Memories"
1971 Goodbye, Raggedy Ann Jules Worthman Fielder Cook Television film
Mongo's Back in Town Gordon Marvin J. Chomsky Television film
1972–1973 Cannon Jerr / Chris HildebrandtMarvin J. Chomsky
Richard Donner
2 episodes
1972 Columbo Karl Lessing Jeannot Szwarc Episode: "Lovely but Lethal"
1972 Mannix Alex LachlanSutton RoleyEpisode: "To Kill A Memory"
1973 Message To My Daughter John ThatcherRobert Michael LewisTelevision film
Ghost Story Frank Herschel Daugherty Episode: "Dark Vengeance"
The Streets of San Francisco Dean Knox William Hale Episode: "Betrayed"
1974 The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd Charles Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd Clyde Ware Television film
The Missiles of October Robert F. Kennedy Anthony Page Television film
The Execution of Private Slovik Eddie Slovik Lamont Johnson Television film
1978 Taxi!!! Taxi Driver Joseph Hardy Television film
1979 Blind Ambition John Dean George Schaefer4 episodes
Saturday Night Live Himself (host)Episode: "Martin Sheen/David Bowie"
1983 Kennedy John F. Kennedy Jim Goddard3 episodes
1984 The Guardian Charles HyattDavid GreeneTelevision film
1985 Consenting Adult Ken LyndGilbert CatesTelevision film
The Fourth Wise Man ArtabanMichael Ray RhodesTelevision film
1986News at ElevenFrank KenleyMike RobeTelevision film
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story Mitch Snyder Richard T. Heffron Television film
1987 Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 James Marian Hunt Jeremy Kagan Television film
1991Guilty Until Proven InnocentHarold McLoughlin Paul Wendkos Television film
1992The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood StoryWilliam F. "Ike" Eisenbraun Georg Stanford Brown Television film
1993 Alex Haley's Queen James Jackson Sr.John Erman3 episodes
Murphy Brown Nick Brody Peter Bonerz Episode: "Angst for the Memories"
Tales from the Crypt Zorbin Elliot Silverstein Episode: "Well Cooked Hams"
1994 Roswell Townsend Jeremy Kagan Television film
One of Her Own Asst. D.A. Pete Maresca Armand Mastroianni Television film
1996The Crystal Cave: Lessons from the Teachings of Merlin King Arthur Television film
Project ALF Colonel Gilbert Milfoil Dick Lowry Television film
1997 The Simpsons Sergeant Seymour Skinner Steven Dean Moore Voice
Episode: "The Principal and the Pauper"
Hostile Waters Aurora SkipperDavid DruryTelevision film
1998 Babylon 5: The River of Souls A Soul Hunter Janet Greek Television film
1999 Total Recall 2070 PraxisMark SobelEpisode: "Virtual Justice"
1999–2006 The West Wing President Josiah Bartlet Various140 episodes
2002 Spin City Ray Harris / Ray Crawford Ted Wass Episode: "Rags to Riches"
2005 Two and a Half Men Harvey Gary Halvorson Episode: "Sleep Tight, Puddin' Pop"
2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Radio Host Timothy Busfield Uncredited voice
Episode: "K&R: Part 3"
2012–2014 Anger Management Martin GoodsonVarious20 episodes
2014 The Whale Thomas Nickerson Alrick RileyTelevision film
2015–present Grace and Frankie [96] Robert HansonVarious78 episodes
2016 L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables [97] Matthew Cuthbert John Kent Harrison Television film
2017Anne of Green Gables: The Good StarsMatthew CuthbertJohn Kent HarrisonTelevision film
Anne of Green Gables: Fire & DewMatthew CuthbertJohn Kent HarrisonTelevision film
2020 A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote President Josiah Bartlet Thomas Schlamme Recreation of "Hartsfield's Landing"

Video games

2010 Mass Effect 2 The Illusive Man Voice
World of Warcraft Nozdormu/Murozond
2012 Mass Effect 3 The Illusive Man

Podcasts and Radio

2004, 2007–2013 A Prairie Home Companion Wolf12 episodes
November 11, 2004
June 9, 2007
September 29, 2007
June 7, 2008
June 6, 2009
December 12, 2009
January 2, 2010
March 12, 2011
March 17, 2012
May 19, 2012
July 14, 2012
June 8, 2013
2017 The West Wing Weekly HimselfEpisode: "4.00: President Bartlet Special"

First appearing on A Prairie Home Companion on November 11, 2004, Sheen became a frequent guest performer, with over a dozen episodes since 2007. [98]

Awards and nominations

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