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Also Known As: Ramn Gerardo Antonio Estvez, Ramon Estevez Died:
Born: August 3, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dayton, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, screenwriter, playwright, caddy, usher, stock boy, soda jerk, car washer, porter, messenger

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. He also became actively involved on the campaign trail, stumping for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004. In 2006, Sheen was rumored to have been contacted by members of the Democratic Party in Ohio to persuade him to run for the senate, which he politely declined, stating he was unqualified for office. Following yet another arrest in 2007 for trespassing on a nuclear test site in Nevada, Sheen supported and raised money for New Mexico governor Bill Richardson during the 2008 Democratic primary campaign. Once Richardson dropped out of the race, Sheen threw his support behind the eventual president, Barack Obama.During his successful run on "The West Wing," Sheen's film career received a significant jolt in the arm. He delivered a strong turn as a high school basketball coach in "O" (2001), a contemporary take on William Shakespeare's "Othello," which he followed with a turn as a southern lawyer who welcomes con man and prospective son-in-law Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) into his home in "Catch Me If You Can" (2002). He next made an appearance in Emilio's reflective political drama, "Bobby" (2006), which focused on the people working at the Ambassador Hotel the night Robert...

. He also became actively involved on the campaign trail, stumping for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004. In 2006, Sheen was rumored to have been contacted by members of the Democratic Party in Ohio to persuade him to run for the senate, which he politely declined, stating he was unqualified for office. Following yet another arrest in 2007 for trespassing on a nuclear test site in Nevada, Sheen supported and raised money for New Mexico governor Bill Richardson during the 2008 Democratic primary campaign. Once Richardson dropped out of the race, Sheen threw his support behind the eventual president, Barack Obama.

During his successful run on "The West Wing," Sheen's film career received a significant jolt in the arm. He delivered a strong turn as a high school basketball coach in "O" (2001), a contemporary take on William Shakespeare's "Othello," which he followed with a turn as a southern lawyer who welcomes con man and prospective son-in-law Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) into his home in "Catch Me If You Can" (2002). He next made an appearance in Emilio's reflective political drama, "Bobby" (2006), which focused on the people working at the Ambassador Hotel the night Robert Kennedy was shot. Being a huge political influence on his sons, both Sheen and Estevez spoke reverentially of the real RFK throughout the extensive press tour. Sheen was one of many quality parts of Martin Scorsese's award-winning crime drama, "The Departed" (2006), in which he played the commanding officer of an undercover cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) who has infiltrated the inner circle of a notorious mob boss (Jack Nicholson) at the same time an informant has infiltrated the state police. Following an episode on Charlie's hit sitcom, "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ), he narrated "They Killed Sister Dorothy" (HBO, 2008), a documentary that shed light on why a Catholic nun from Ohio was shot to death in South America. He next made an appearance in the forgettable comedy "Imagine That" (2009), starring Eddie Murphy. issue of teen pregnancy by following the stories of five different girls struggling to cope with the same problem. Sheen returned to feature prominence with a small, but memorable turn as a union official and father at odds with the insider trading world of his financier son - played by real-life son Charlie Sheen - in Oliver Stone's absorbing drama of greed and excess, "Wall Street" (1987).

The following year, Sheen executive-produced and starred in two features, playing Barnard Hughes' son in "Da" (1988) and a trial judge in Leo Penn's "Judgment in Berlin" (1988), a courtroom drama about a real incident in 1978, when an East German man hijacked a Polish airliner with a toy gun and forced it to land in West Germany. Following several forgettable projects - "Beverly Hills Brats" (1989) and "Beyond the Stars" (1989), chief among them - Sheen served as executive producer while starring alongside son Emilio Estevez in the made-for-television movie "Nightbreaker" (TNT, 1989), a politically-themed drama about a former military doctor - played by both Sheen and Estevez; the latter in flashbacks - sterilized after nuclear bomb testing by the U.S. government in the 1950s. By this time, Sheen was also well-known for being a political activist with a knack for getting arrested - some 60-odd times over the course of a few decades. Following his first arrest, which came when he protested President Ronald Reagan's nuclear initiative, Sheen was involved in many issues, including environmental causes, anti-war demonstrations and civil rights marches. Sheen also had no problem doing whatever was necessary to save one of his sons from drug addiction. After staging an intervention for Charlie - even putting friend Clint Eastwood on the phone to talk him into rehab - Sheen went public in a big way when Charlie overdosed in May 1998 and his father reported it to police - in essence, landing his son in legal trouble and court-ordered rehab to save his life. Some were flummoxed that a father would turn in his own son, but Sheen passionately spoke publicly of his determination to do whatever was necessary to ensure Charlie's recovery.

Despite the many nights he spent in jail for his political activism and devotion to issues close to his heart, Sheen maintained a steady flow of film and television projects. He made his feature debut as a director with the disappointing military drama, "Cadence" (1991), which depicted an AWOL soldier (Charlie Sheen) thrown into an all-African American stockade, where he confronts a racist sergeant. Though he continued to be a consistent force in the feature world, Sheen became more indentified with the small screen as his career progressed. While the Civil War epic, "Gettysburg" (1993) received a theatrical release, far more people saw his distinguished, bewhiskered turn as General Robert E. Lee on the later TNT telecast. That same year, Sheen copped his first Emmy Award for his memorable guest appearance on "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998) as a celebrated sixties radical writer who emerges from a self-imposed seclusion as a vocal conservative. Following the tone-deaf thriller "Hear No Evil" (1993), he starred opposite Patty Duke in "A Matter of Justice" (NBC, 1993), a two-part miniseries based on the true story of a mother trying to bring her daughter-in-law to justice for the murder of her son.

Sheen's prolific output - which consisted of as many duds as gems - continued unabated in the second half of the decade. After playing an assistant district attorney in "One of Her Own" (ABC, 1994), which was based on the real-life case of a female officer (Toni Shroud) raped by a fellow cop, he strapped on his tinfoil hat for the alien conspiracy drama "Roswell" (Showtime, 1994), which focused on the crash of an unidentified flying object in the New Mexico desert in 1947. Perhaps his most prominent feature role of the decade came as a presidential advisor to Michael Douglas' commander-in-chief in "The American President" (1995), which acquainted him with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. Three generations of Sheen's, including son Emilio and granddaughter Poloma, appeared in "The War at Home" (1996), which starred Estevez as a Vietnam veteran struggling to adapt to life back at home after the war. In "Hostile Waters" (HBO, 1997), he was the captain of a U.S nuclear submarine that collides with another nuclear sub from the Soviet Union, sparking a near-catastrophe of international proportions. Sheen was the heavy in the supernatural adventure, "Spawn" (1997), playing an evil government official who betrays and kills an assassin (Michael Jai White) who returns from hell to exact revenge.

After several decades on the stage and screen, Sheen finally landed his first regular series role with "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006), Aaron Sorkin's behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the White House, as seen through a group of idealist staffers. Sheen played President Josiah Bartlet, a former two-term governor of New Hampshire who serves as the leader of the free world with passion, intelligence, toughness and a touch of humor. Perhaps idealized to the point of being impossible, Sheen's character nonetheless faced numerous challenges, particularly a battle with multiple sclerosis. Meanwhile, the critically-acclaimed show was a long-running ratings winner for NBC, while racking up numerous awards and nominations. Sheen himself was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy Award six times, though he failed to win one. Nonetheless, Sheen became the country's favorite pseudo-president, particularly during the dark days of George W. Bush. Of course, his numerous arrests for political activism were only amplified because of his fictional portrayal of the president.

As the political atmosphere darkened following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and the subsequent Iraq War, Sheen was a frequent presence at numerous anti-war rallies

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DIRECTOR:

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  Cadence (1990) Director
2.
  Babies Having Babies (1986) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Trash (2015)
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 33, The (2015)
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 Selma (2014)
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 Wrinkles (2012)
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Won a trip to New York City and a CBS audition after appearing on local Dayton TV program "The Rising Generation"
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Worked at the Living Theater in NYC as a curtain puller
1959:
Made stage acting debut in "The Connection" at NYC's Living Theater
1961:
Early TV work as guest on shows like "The Defenders" and "Route 66" (CBS)
1962:
First Shakespearan role in the NY Shakespeare Festival production of "Anthony and Cleopatra" in Central Park
1964:
Made Broadway debut in Frank Gilroy's "Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory"; play closed after eight days
1964:
Had first Broadway success in Gilroy's "The Subject Was Roses" opposite Jack Albertson; the pair reprised their roles for the 1968 film adaptation
1965:
Landed feature role on the CBS daytime soap "As the World Turns"
1967:
Made screen debut in "The Incident"
1967:
Portrayed the title role in Joseph Papp's NYSF production of "Hamlet"
1968:
Played the title role in the NYSF production of "Romeo and Juliet"
1969:
Penned the play "Down the Morning Line" for NYC's Public Theater (billed under Ramon G Estevez)
1970:
Acted in the star-studded "Catch-22"; film was adapted from the Joseph Heller novel
1972:
Appeared in landmark TV-movie "That Certain Summer" (ABC), starring Hal Holbrook
1973:
Co-starred with a young Sissy Spacek, as a cross-country killer, in Terrence Malick's "Badlands"
1974:
Played the title role in "The Execution of Private Slovik" (NBC); received first Emmy nomination
1974:
Portrayed Robert Kennedy in the NBC movie presentation of "The Missiles of October"
1975:
Returned to Broadway as Happy Loman in a revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"
1978:
Nominated for an Emmy for his performance as a cab driver in "Taxi!" (NBC); co-starred with Eva Marie Saint
1979:
Gained wide recognition for playing the Captain sent upriver after Kurtz (Marlon Brando) in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now"; suffered a heart attack during the arduous shoot
1982:
Appeared in Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi"
1982:
Acted with Daniel and Phil Berrigan in the docudrama "In the King of Prussia"
1983:
Offered a villainous turn in David Cronenberg's "The Dead Zone"; adapted from the Stephen King novel
1983:
Played President John F. Kennedy in the NBC miniseries "Kennedy"
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Formed Sheen/Greenblatt productions with William R Greenblatt
1986:
TV directing and producing debut, "Babies Having Babies" (CBS)
1987:
Played son Charlie's fictional father in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street"
1987:
Played the leading role of writer Ned Weeks in the acclaimed London stage production of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart"
1988:
Feature producing debut, "Da"; also played Barnard Hughes' son
1988:
Returned to the stage as Marcus Brutus in a NYSF production of "Julius Caesar"
1989:
Produced and starred in the TNT movie "Nightbreaker"; son Emilio played his character as a young man
1990:
Feature directing and screenwriting debut, "Cadence"; co-starred with sons Charlie and Ramon
1993:
Portrayed Robert E. Lee in "Gettysburg"; released theatrically before airing on TNT
1993:
Earned an Emmy Award for his guest appearance as a former radical turned conservative on "Murphy Brown" (CBS)
1995:
Cast as the President's (Michael Douglas) advisor in "The American President"; scripted by Aaron Sorkin
1996:
Co-starred with son Emilio Estevez and Kathy Bates in "The War at Home"; directed by Estevez; daughter Renee Estevez and granddaughter Poloma Estevez (Emilio's daughter) also appeared
1999:
Re-teamed with Sorkin (series creator) to play U.S. President Josiah Bartlet on NBC's "The West Wing"; garnered Best Actor Emmy (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006) SAG (2002, 2004) and Golden Globe (2002, 2003) nominations
2001:
Cast in "O," a modern reworking of Shakespeare's "Othello"
2002:
Portrayed Leonardo DiCaprio's prosepctive father-in-law in "Catch Me If You Can"
2006:
Earned an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role on "Two and a Half Men" (CBS); series starred his son Charlie
2006:
Cast in Martin Scorsese's mob drama "The Departed," a remake of the popular Hong Kong crime thriller "Infernal Affairs" (2002)
2006:
Co-starred in his son Estevez's directorial debut "Bobby," an ensemble centered around the night of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination
2007:
Co-starred in "Talk to Me," a film about D.C. radio personality Ralph 'Petey' Greene (Don Cheadle)
2009:
Played Aaron Eckhart's father-in-law in the romantic drama "Love Happens"
2010:
Co-starred with son Estevez in the adventure comedy "The Way"; Estevez also wrote and directed
2012:
Cast as Peter Parker¿s Uncle Ben in "The Amazing Spider-Man"
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Education

Chaminade High School: Dayton , Ohio -
National University of Ireland, Galway: - 2006
National University of Ireland, Galway: - 2006
National University of Ireland, Galway: - 2006

Notes

Sheen took his stage name from the last names of CBS casting director Robert Dale Martin and Bishop Fulton Sheen.

Appointed as honorary mayor of Malibu, California, in 1989; appointment nearly rescinded when Sheen declared city a "nuclear-free zone, a sanctuary for aliens and the homeless and a protected environment for all life, wild and tame"

Sheen intervened when sons Emilio and Charlie got girlfriends pregnant at a young age and refused to take responsibility. He bought houses for the women (Carey Salley, who has two children by Emilio, and Paula Profitt, Charlie's high school girlfriend) near his own and set up trusts for the grandchildren.

About the opening sequence of "Apocalypse Now", shot prior to his heart attack: "Frankly, I was intoxicated; I had been drinking all day. I'd lived in the room for a couple of days. Day and night. I had no business on screen. Francis didn't want me to do it, but I insisted. I said, 'There is something here I need to investigate.' He put two cameras up and said, 'Whenever you want to quit, just say it.' He was very compassionate, very sweet, and at the same time protective. He asked, 'What is it you want to do?' I said I didn't know,' and he said, 'I'll go along with that. Fine. OK.'

"I was a raving lunatic. Joe Lowery, a Vietnam veteran and friend, was teaching me hand-to-hand -- karate and judo. He explained that the best way to train is by yourself in front of a mirror, because nothing is faster than your own reflection. I was in front of a mirror. I made a chop; I was too close; I hit it and cut myself and Francis yelled, 'Cut!'

"And I said, 'No, keep it rolling.' And he said, 'No, you're bleeding,' and I said, 'Yes, I know, let's go on; I'm not hurt, I want to explore this.'

"He held the footage in the Phillipines for a long time. He finally said, 'You must see this footage. I don't want to use it unless you see it.' And I said, 'No, I can't look at it; it's part of myself I'm not able to look at; I'm not able to deal with it.' Francis said, 'I don't want you to be surprised or embarrassed.' I said, 'Look we're dealing with a guy here who's in a very bad way. This could be useful to the film.' He offered to show it to me after he cut it, but I refused. The first time I ever saw it was in the theater." --Martin Sheen, speaking to Emilio de Antonio, his director for "In the King of Prussia" (1982)

On turning his son Charlie in for violating his probation: "People ask me if it's hard to be tough on your kid. It's a lot tougher to bury him. Everyone knows how to put someone in a box and carry them into a hole, but that's not what being a parent is about. You have to love someone enough to risk their wrath.

"I don't care if my son always likes me. I know he loves me for what I did.

"I knew that unless I had my son locked up, he wasn't going to be here much longer than a few weeks. So I got rid of all the thugs, sycophants and fools in my boy's life. And I staged an exorcism.

"He's 15 months sober, man. His sobriety has been the great miracle in my life. Charlie is my hero."

"I still don't know if he will be OK ... I know two things in this life: Nothing is a sure thing. And you have to trust that your feet will find solid ground. You just have to keep moving and trusting each step." --Sheen to Cindy Pearlman of the Chicago Sun-Times, October 3, 1999.

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wife:
Janet Sheen. Artist. Married on December 23, 1961.

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father:
Francisco Estevez. From Spain; originally denied entrance to the USA because ill will from the Spanish-American War was still fresh; immigrated to Cuba where he worked a couple of years in the sugarcane fields.
mother:
Mary Ann Estevez. Of Irish origin; sent to the USA for her safety because of her father and brothers' deep involvement in the IRA; died when Sheen was 11.
brother:
Joe Estevez. Actor. Co-starred with brother in "The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd" (ABC, 1974), playing his on-screen brother E.W. Floyd; the two reteamed as brothers later that year in "The California Kid" (ABC).
sister:
Carmen Estevez. Teacher.
son:
Emilio Estevez. Actor, director. Directed father in "The War at Home" (1996).
son:
Charlie Sheen. Actor. Has appeared opposite father in "Wall Street" (1987) and other films.
son:
Ramon Estevez. Actor. Appeared with father in "The Dead Zone" (1983) and "Cadence" (1990).
daughter:
Renee Estevez. Actor. Married Jason Federico in October 1997; acted with father in "Touch and Die" (1992) and "The War at Home".
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Shumway ( 2008-07-15 )

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Mistake: In the comment for "Bobby" 2006 - it was not the directorial debut of Emilio Estevez. In fact, it is noted that Martin Sheen appeared in "The War At Home," which was directed by Emilio in 1996.

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