Full Name: Ramaon Gerardo Antonio Estevez

Description: Actor, USA

Known For: Seen as The President in the television series – “The West Wing”
Location: United States of America

Date Born: 3rd August 1940
Location Born: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

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Martin Sheen

An American actor.

Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (born August 3, 1940), better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is an American actor who first achieved fame with roles in the films Badlands (1973) and Apocalypse Now (1979).

Other notable films in Sheen’s career include Gettysburg (1993), The Departed (2006), and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). He also starred in the television series The West Wing (1999–2006) as President Josiah Bartlet.

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 by immigrant parents, he adopted the stage name Martin Sheen to help him gain acting parts.[3] He is the father of four children (Emilio, Ramón, Carlos (aka 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.

Sheen was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Mary-Ann (née Phelan; 1903–1951) and Francisco Estévez Martinez (1898–1974). 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. Both of Sheen’s parents were immigrants; his father was born in Parderrubias, Galicia, Spain; and his mother from Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland. After moving to Dayton in the 1930s, his father was a factory worker/machinery inspector at the National Cash Register Company.[8] Sheen grew up on Brown Street in the South Park neighborhood, one of ten children (nine boys and a girl). 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. At age 11, Martin’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 Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dayton. Raised as a Catholic, he graduated from Chaminade High School (now Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School). Sheen was the first of the children born in the United States. 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.”

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. 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, 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.

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. 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.

Sheen has said he was greatly influenced by the actor James Dean. 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. 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. 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.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. After 12 months, Sheen reached breaking point, suffering a minor heart attack and he had to crawl out to a road for help. After his heart attack, his younger brother Joe Estevez stood in for him in a number of long shots and in some of the voice-overs. Sheen was able to resume filming a few weeks later.

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.


Sheen married Janet Templeton[53] 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.[7]

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).

He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in 2011.

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

Films include

2007 – Talk to Me
2006 – The Departed
2006 – Bobby
2002 – Catch Me If You Can
2001 – O
1997 – Spawn
1996 – The War at Home
1996 – Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story
1995 – The American President
1993 – Hot Shots! Part Deux
1993 – Gettysburg
1993 – Hear No Evil
1993 – The Killing Box
1991 – JFK
1990 – Count a Lonely Cadence
1989 – Beverly Hills Brats
1989 – Beyond the Stars
1988 – Da
1988 – Judgment in Berlin
1987 – Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
1987 – Wall Street
1987 – The Believers
1987 – Siesta
1984 – Firestarter
1983 – The Dead Zone
1982 – That Championship Season
1982 – In the King of Prussia
1982 – Man, Woman and Child
1982 – Gandhi
1982 – Enigma
1980 – Loophole
1980 – The Final Countdown
1979 – Apocalypse Now
1979 – Apocalypse Now Redux
1978 – Eagle’s Wing
1976 – The Cassandra Crossing
1974 – Badlands
1971 – No Drums, No Bugles
1970 – Catch-22
1968 – The Subject Was Roses