Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen in 2008
Born Ramón Antonio Gerard Estévez
August 3, 1940 (1940-08-03) (age 71)
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961–present
Spouse Janet Templeton (1961-present)
Children Emilio, Ramón, Carlos, Renée

Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez (born August 3, 1940), better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is an American film actor best known for his performances in the films Badlands (1973) and Apocalypse Now (1979), and in the television series The West Wing from 1999 to 2006.

He is considered one of the best actors never to be nominated for an Academy Award despite his acclaimed performances.[1] 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 lead role of President Bartlet in The West Wing, and an Emmy for guest acting in the sitcom Murphy Brown.

Born and raised in the United States from immigrant parents, a Galician father, Francisco Estévez from Salceda de Caselas in Galicia (Spain) and a first-generation Irish mother, Mary-Anne Phelan from Borrisokane in County Tipperary. He adopted the stage name Martin Sheen to help him gain acting parts.[2] He is the father of actors Emilio Estevez, Ramón Estevez, Carlos Irwin Estevez (Charlie Sheen), and Renée Estevez. His younger brother Joe Estevez is also an actor.

Although known as an actor, he has also directed one film, Cadence (1990), appearing alongside sons Charlie and Ramon. He has also narrated, produced and directed in documentary television, earning two Daytime Emmy awards in the 1980s. In addition to film and television, Sheen has also become notable for his activism in liberal politics. He declined to run for President of Ireland in 2011, a role he qualified for by virtue of his Irish mother.[3][4][5]


Early life

Sheen was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Spaniard Francisco Estévez (1898–1974) and his Irish wife, Mary Ann Phelan (1903–1951).[6] During birth, Sheen's left arm was crushed by forceps, giving him limited lateral movement of his left arm, which is three inches shorter than his right.[7] Francisco Estévez was a factory worker/machinery inspector at the National Cash Register Company. 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,[10] Estévez worked for the National Cash Register Company. Martin Sheen grew up on Brown Street in the South Park neighborhood, one of 10 children (nine boys and a girl).[9] Due to his father's work, Sheen also spent part of his childhood in Bermuda, where the family lived on St. John's Road, Pembroke.[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 20s, hoping to make it as an actor.[10] It was there 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]


Sheen at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.

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. In 1969 Live Bait (Mission: Impossible) third season of the TV series, Sheen played Albert, assistant to the colonel interrogating an American 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 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, which he has said is his best film.[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 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 didn’t have to act so much since it was his 36th birthday, and he was very drunk.[20] 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.[citation needed] Sheen was able to resume filming a few weeks later.[20]

Sheen in Annapolis, May 10, 2004

Sheen has played U.S. President John F. Kennedy (in the miniseries Kennedy — 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, the President in the two-part TV movie, Medusa's Child, and fictional Democratic president Josiah "Jed" Bartlet in the acclaimed television drama, The West Wing.[9]

As of November 4, 2010, it has been confirmed that he had been cast as Uncle Ben in Sony's 2012 reboot of the Spider-Man series, directed by Marc Webb.[21]

Sheen has performed voice-over work as the narrator for the Eyewitness series and as the "real" Seymour Skinner in the controversial episode of The Simpsons titled "The Principal and the Pauper." In addition, he played the role of the Illusive Man in the highly acclaimed RPG Mass Effect 2.

Sheen recently travelled to Mexico City to star in Chamaco with Kirk Harris, Alex Perea, Gustavo Sanchez Parra and Michael Madsen. His next project will be Stella Days, which he is filming during November in Tipperary, Ireland, near the birthplace of his mother. Thaddeus O'Sullivan is directing and Irish actor Stephen Rea also stars.[22]

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 his 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. It is set to be released in theaters on Easter 2011.[18]

Martin will appear in a new Irish Film entitled Stella Days directed by Irish Director Thaddeus O'Sullivan and stars IFTA award winning actress Amy Huberman. The film sees Martin Sheen play parish priest, Daniel Barry, whose love for the cinema leads him on a path to help set up a local cinema in the town. Daniel comes up against opposition from doubtful local parishioners who question his faith and the Bishop Hegarty, played by Tom Hickey, who is more interested in raising funds for a new church.[22][23]

Political activism

Martin Sheen at an anti-war protest in October 2007.

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

He supported the 1965 farm worker movement with Cesar Chavez in Delano, California.[25] He is a proponent of the Consistent life ethic, which advocates against abortion, capital punishment and war.[26] He also supports the Democrats for Life of America's Pregnant Women Support Act.[27] 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, 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.[28] 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.[29] Cindy Sheehan had been demanding a second meeting[30] 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.[31][32][dead link][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 U.S. Senate in Ohio. Sheen declined the offer, stating, "I'm just not qualified. You're mistaking celebrity for credibility."[33] 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 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.

His latest activism includes attendances at meetings of the environmentalist group Earth First![34] and a speaking appearance at youth activism event We Day[35] 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."[36]

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.[37]

Sheen initially endorsed New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, and helped raise funds for his campaign.[38] After Richardson dropped out of the campaign, Sheen stated in a BBC Two interview that he was supporting Barack Obama.[33]

Personal life

Sheen (right) with son Emilio Estevez in February 2011


Sheen married art student Janet Templeton[citation needed] 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 Sheen is Martin's youngest son.

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.

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' 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. He starred in the film Bobby, which was directed by Emilio. Estevez also starred in the movie alongside his father. His daughter 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 six other grandchildren, Paloma Rae (from Emilio), Cassandra, Sam J, Lola Rose, Bob and Max (from Charlie).[39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46]

He will celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary in late 2011.[10]

Alcohol problems

Sheen has struggled with alcoholism but has been sober since the mid-1980s.[47]

Academic pursuits

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."[48] 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!"[49] On September 1, 2006, Sheen was among the first to register as a student at NUI Galway.[50] 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.[51]

Legal troubles

In an Actors Studio interview with James Lipton, Sheen admitted to being arrested 64 times for protests. "I don't look forward to being arrested and I don't go anywhere to get arrested, I really don't. I never know what's gonna happen at the time and sometimes... you have to do it because you cannot not do it and be honest with yourself," Sheen said in the interview.[attribution needed] Since then, Sheen has been arrested two more times for protests.

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 the site.[52]

Religion and beliefs

Sheen is a devout 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][20][19]

Sheen is pro-life.[53] He discussed his views in a 2011 interview with Raidió Teilifís Éireann 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 considered, his wife would not exist. He also talked about three of his grandchildren whose parents were unmarried when they were born, 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 of joy in our lives."[54][55]

Awards & 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".[56] 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.[57]

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,[58] 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.[59]

In 2001 Sheen won a TV Guide Award for Actor of the Year in a Drama Series for The West Wing.[60] In the animated Nickelodeon movie, TV show and TV spin-off of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, there was a character named Sheen Estevez which is Sheen's original last name, Estevez 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.[61]


Year Film Role Director
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
The Execution of Private Slovik Eddie Slovik Lamont Johnson
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
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
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
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 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
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 Agnès 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
1996 Project ALF Colonel Gilbert Milfoil Dick Lowry
1997 Truth or Consequences, N.M Sir Kiefer Sutherland
An Act of Conscience Narrator Robbie Leppzer
Spawn Jason Wynn Mark A.Z. Dippé
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
Shadrach Narrator Susanna Styron
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
The 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
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 "Charlie" 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
2010 The Way Thomas Avery Emilio Estevez
2011 Broken Dreams Special Thanks Kaleb Wilson
Stella Days[22] Thaddeus O'Sullivan
The Double Tom Highland Michael Brandt
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Ben Parker Marc Webb


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
1994–1996 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 The 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
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
The End of Poverty? Narrator Philippe Diaz
2010 PAX AMERICANA and the Weaponization of Space Himself Denis Delestrac
Return to El Salvador Narrator Jamie Moffett
The Spirit "The Octopuss" Pondy Doorcan
The Kennedy Detail Narrator

Television and video

Year Episode Title Series Title Role Director
1961 "And the Cat Jumped Over the Moon" Route 66 gang leader Packy Elliot Silverstein
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
"Pilot episode" "Then came Bronson" "Nick Oresko"
1970 "Cry, Lie" Hawaii Five-O Eddie Calhao Paul Stanley
1973 "Lovely But Lethal" Columbo Karl Lessing, a chemist who became the murder victim Jeannot Szwarc
"Dark Vengeance" Circle of Fear Frank Herschel Daugherty
1983 All Kennedy John F. Kennedy Jim Goddard
1984 The Guardian HBO Movie Charles Hyatt David Greene
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
1993 "Angst for The Memories" "Murphy Brown" Nick Brody, former 60s radical
1994 Roswell TV Movie Townsend Jeremy Kagan
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
1999–2006 Seasons 1–7 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
2007 "K&R - Part III" Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Radio Host (voice, uncredited) Timothy Busfield
2009 Season 2, episode 7 The Sunday Night Project Guest Host Steve Smith


Year Date Show Title Role Director
2004-2009 November 11, 2004,
September 29, 2007,
June 7, 2008,
June 6, 2009
A Prairie Home Companion N/A N/A

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.[62]

Video games

Year Game Role Notes
2010 Mass Effect 2 Illusive Man Released
2012 Mass Effect 3 Illusive Man Releasing (03/06/2012)


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