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Also Known As: Carlos Irwin Estevez, Carlos Estevez, Charles Sheen Died:
Born: September 3, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer, poet

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Charlie Sheen's roles in Oliver Stone's gritty Vietnam War drama "Platoon" (1986) and Stone's bleak portrait of Reagan-era greed, "Wall Street" (1987), gave the actor his big break in Hollywood, but those films proved to be anomalies in a career later characterized by laughs - both on- and off-screen. During the 1990s, Sheen found a niche in light comedies that banked on his good looks and flair for deadpan comedy, though even blockbuster spoofs like "Hot Shots" (1991) were overshadowed by Sheen's real-life penchant for prostitutes, cocaine and loquacious bravado. The notorious bad boy finally hit on a successful formula after a decade of being the butt of Hollywood jokes, when he began laughing at himself and his clichéd image. His own genuinely funny brand of comedy emerged and he went on to enjoy primetime acclaim; first with a Golden Globe-winning run on the sitcom "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002), where his character's shady past resonated for laughs, followed by a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as an unapologetic, swinging bachelor on "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ). Sheen may never have recovered his early promise as a dramatic actor, but he miraculously overcame a negative...

Charlie Sheen's roles in Oliver Stone's gritty Vietnam War drama "Platoon" (1986) and Stone's bleak portrait of Reagan-era greed, "Wall Street" (1987), gave the actor his big break in Hollywood, but those films proved to be anomalies in a career later characterized by laughs - both on- and off-screen. During the 1990s, Sheen found a niche in light comedies that banked on his good looks and flair for deadpan comedy, though even blockbuster spoofs like "Hot Shots" (1991) were overshadowed by Sheen's real-life penchant for prostitutes, cocaine and loquacious bravado. The notorious bad boy finally hit on a successful formula after a decade of being the butt of Hollywood jokes, when he began laughing at himself and his clichéd image. His own genuinely funny brand of comedy emerged and he went on to enjoy primetime acclaim; first with a Golden Globe-winning run on the sitcom "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002), where his character's shady past resonated for laughs, followed by a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as an unapologetic, swinging bachelor on "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ). Sheen may never have recovered his early promise as a dramatic actor, but he miraculously overcame a negative public image to become a charming and well-regarded sitcom actor who, for a time, became the highest paid actor on television. However, Sheen's personal issues seemed to get the best of him yet again in 2010-11, when a series of emergency room visits, porn star parties and rumored drug binges during the program's eighth season helped publicly unravel not only the popular show, but the man as well.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Scary Movie 5 (2013)
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 Machete Kills (2013)
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 Due Date (2010)
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 Scary Movie 4 (2006)
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 Big Bounce, The (2004) Bob Rogers Jr
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 Scary Movie 3 (2003) Tom Logan
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 Good Advice (2001) Ryan Turner
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 No Code of Conduct (2000) Jake Peterson
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 Rated X (2000) Artie Mitchell
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1974:
Made first TV appearance at age nine in NBC movie "The Execution of Private Slovik"; project starred his father Martin Sheen
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Produced and directed over 200 Super-8 and video film shorts, including 16mm "R.P.G."
1979:
Landed first film appearance as an extra in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now," which starred his father
1984:
Made film acting debut in "Grizzly II ¿ The Predator"
1984:
Made TV movie acting debut in "Silence of the Heart" (CBS)
1985:
Appeared in "No Day at the Beach," a WWII episode of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" (NBC)
1985:
Landed first co-starring role in "The Boys Next Door"
1986:
Cast in breakthrough lead role in Oliver Stone's "Platoon"
1986:
Appeared in brother Emilio Estevez's directorial debut "Wisdom"
1987:
Re-teamed with Oliver Stone for "Wall Street," playing Gordon Gekko's (Michael Douglas) protégé; also teamed with his father, who played his onscreen parent
1988:
Landed a featured role in "Young Guns"
1988:
Contributed to the fine ensemble of "Eight Men Out" directed by John Sayles
1989:
Played a baseball pitcher nicknamed 'Wild Thing' in "Major League"
1990:
Acted with brother Emilio in "Men at Work"
1991:
Scored big as pilot Topper Harley in the comedy spoof "Hot Shots!"
1991:
Acted with father and brother Ramon in "Cadence," Martin Sheen's directorial debut
1993:
Reprised his role of Topper Harley in the sequel "Hot Shots! Part Deux"
1993:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1993:
Played one of the titular swordsmen in "The Three Musketeers"
1994:
Reprised role of 'Wild Thing' in the sequel "Major League II"
1994:
Made his debut as executive producer and also starred in "The Chase"
1996:
Starred in the sci-fi flick "The Arrival"
1997:
Acted opposite Chris Tucker in "Money Talks"
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Formed production company Sheen-Michaels Entertainment with Bret Michaels, ex-lead singer of Poison
1999:
Acted in "Free Money" with Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino and Donald Sutherland; aired on Starz! (filmed in 1997)
2000:
Executive produced (also co-scripted with Bret Michaels) and starred with father in "No Code of Conduct"; aired on USA Network
2000:
Starred with brother Emilio Estevez in the Showtime movie "Rated X"
2000:
Joined the fifth season of ABC's political sitcom "Spin City," replacing Michael J. Fox in the lead role
2001:
Starred opposite Denise Richards in "Good Advice"; aired on HBO in lieu of a theatrical release
2003:
Cast as womanizer Charlie Harper on CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men"; received Golden Globe (2004, 2005), SAG (2004, 2009) and Emmy (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series; fired from show March 2011 after several weeks of increasingly erratic behavior
2004:
Cast with Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman in "The Big Bounce"
2006:
Launched a children's clothing line called Sheen Kidz
2010:
Reprised his role of Bud Fox with a cameo in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"
2010:
Cast in minor role in comedy "Due Date," starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis
2011:
Launched "The Torpedo of Truth: Defeat is Not an Option" tour in Detroit, MI
2012:
Made series television comeback with starring role on "Anger Management" (FX) as a former baseball player whose anger issues lead him to become a therapist
2012:
Played title role in "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," directed by Roman Coppola
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Education

Santa Monica High School: Santa Monica , California -

Notes

About setting director-brother Emilio up during "Men at Work": "One day I showed up on the set and told him that the night before ... some guy was trying to take a picture ... and I decked the guy ... During the day he was always coming up to me and asking, 'Did you hit him with a right or a left?' When he was setting up a big master shot involving 12 cast members, I pulled a movie set police officer aside and said, 'When they call "Action" can you pull into the scene and arrest me?' So we do the scene, the cop car pulls up with the blinking lights and the look on Emilio's face is like: we didn't rehearse this. The cop gets out ... He handcuffs me right there, with the cameras still rolling. Emilio is sold completely, yelling, 'Wait a minute, this is my lead actor!' The cop put me in the car and drove me away ... A few minutes went by and I came back around the block with the handcufs dangling, laughing. Emilio was like: 'You just wait, pal!'" --Sheen to Movieline, August 1990.

"Fame is a lot to deal with, but I was never suicidal. If I was gonna go out, I wouldn't do it like [Kurt Cobain]. I wanna do something more dramatic. I'd do it driving a '67 Stingray off the Grand Canyon, on fire, dressed as Spider-Man, screaming 'MOM!' at the top of my lungs and have somebody videotape it." --Sheen quoted in Movieline, September 1994.

Sheen's Super-8 and video movies often boasted all-star casts including Sean and Chris Penn, Rob and Chad Lowe, Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen.

Jon Cryer on working with Sheen in "Hot Shots!": "Charlie's amazing. He'd show up an hour late, in a convertible with a porn star in the back seat, yet still--wham!--he'd hit his marks, hit his lines and get everything right on the first take. Then--wham!--he'd be gone off to warm up some porn star."

At Heidi Fleiss trial for tax evasion in 1995, Sheen testified that he had spent $53,000 on 27 of Fleiss' prostitutes.

"What do you do when you've got studio heads that won't hire you, even though you screwed the same whores? Yet they pull you aside at a party and say that you're they're hero for the things that you do ... If I go away and start wearing wooden shoes and fake leather, who's left? I feel like Vicarious Man. I am Vicarious Man!" --Charlie Sheen to Details, March 1998.

Asked if was smoking cocaine during his drug-using period, Charlie Sheen told Us Weekly (October 30, 2000): "Yes, because my nose fell apart after a while, and I said, 'I gotta find another way to get this into my system. I'm not gonna shot it.' So I smoked it. But I was a snob. I cooked all my own s---. I was a high-level basehead. Man, it was ugly. I was on a beef jerky-and-lemonade diet for about a year. It was the only thing I wanted to eat."

When asked if he blamed his celebrity for his drug and alcohol use, Sheen replied, "Oh, no, that's a massive cop out. But celebrity is an overwhelming situation, an overwhelming place to wind up, no matter how much you are around it or how much research you do about it; until it happens to you, it's no big deal. You can't really prepare for it.

" ... I don't think I handled it very well. I thought I was above the law and, essentially, I was for a long time."

--From Us Weekly, October 30, 2000.

"When Charlie's sober, he's sweet, kind, loving, generous. When he's drinking and using, he's out of control." --former girlfriend Ginger Lynn Allen quoted in People, October 16, 2000.

In an October 2000 interview with Maxim, Sheen admitted to having a dozen tattoos, having slept with over 5,000 women ("That's how I got the nickname 'The Machine'"), and was no longer a practicing Catholic. He concluded by saying, "I'm just at a different place now, thankfully. I don't feel that I have to be 'that guy' anymore. And if people see me as being a dick, or a goofball, or a cool guy, that's not my problem."

On being cast in "Spin City", Sheen was quoted by People (October 16, 2000) as saying "To get a shot at getting back in the game with something at this level of exposure, this level of quality, with this amount of talent, is really a blessing."

"He was a movie star who came to television, he had a bad-boy image, and I'm sure he had a certain mystique. I'm sure young people followed his antics and found him more intriguing than Michael J. Fox, who is happily married and a family man." --Earle Marsh, co-author of "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable Shows", quoted in The New York Times, May 7, 2001.

"Charlie said, 'Look, Gary, I've been the biggest joke in Hollywood for 10 years. If I can't laugh at myself, no one else will.'" --"Spin City" creator and producer Gary David Goldenberg on Sheen's willingness to allow the sitcom character to mirror some of the actor's real-life troubles, quoted in The New York Times, May 7, 2001.

"Do I use condoms? Is that the questions? Absolutley! In fact, I'm wearing one right now." -Sheen Moveline November 2002

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companion:
Paula Profitt. High school girl friend and mother of daughter Cassandra.
companion:
Dolly Fox. Visited Sheen in the Philippines when he was shooting "Platoon".
companion:
Kelly Preston. Broke off engagement on March 23, 1990; later married actor John Travolta.
companion:
Ginger Lynn Allen. Actor. Adult-film actor turned legit actor; dated off and on between 1990 and 1996.
wife:
Donna Peele. Model. Born c. 1970; married on September 3, 1995; Sheen filed for divorce in February 1996; divorced on November 19, 1996 (at the time, Sheen was quoted as saying "You buy a bad car, it breaks down.").
companion:
Brittany Ashland. Actor. Born c. 1972; adult film actor; filed assault charges against Sheen in 1996 to which he pleaded no contest; no longer together.
companion:
Valerie Barnes. Model. Born c. 1975; dated from February 1997 to August 1997.
wife:
Denise Richards. Actor. First met during filming of "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1" (1993); acted in "Good Advice" (2001); also appeared in recurring role on ABC's "Spin City" in 2001; announced engagement in January 2002; married in June 2002.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Martin Sheen. Actor, director. Born on August 3, 1940.
mother:
Janet Sheen.
sister:
Renee Pilar Estevez. Actor. Married to Jason Federico in October 1997.
brother:
Emilio Estevez. Actor, director, screenwriter. Born on May 12, 1962.
brother:
Ramon Estevez. Actor. Older.
daughter:
Cassandra Sheen. Born in 1984; mother, Paula Profitt, a high school girlfriend of Sheen's.
daughter:
Sam Sheen. Born March 8, 2004; mother is Denise Richards.
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