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Also Known As: Ramn Gerardo Antonio Estvez,Ramon Estevez Died:
Born: August 3, 1940 Cause of Death:
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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 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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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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