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Born: August 3, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dayton, Ohio, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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Appointed as honorary mayor of Malibu, California, in 1989; appointment nearly rescinded when Sheen declared city a "nuclear-free zone, a sanctuary for aliens and the homeless and a protected environment for all life, wild and tame"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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