Biography

A wonderfully versatile actor with an overwhelming number of stage, television and movie credits to his name, Martin Sheen started out playing bad boys in his twenties and has ended up the quintessential father figure. Although he will forever be associated with his seminal role in the feature Apocalypse Now, his small-screen projects have brought him the most fame, particularly his seven-year, Emmy-winning turn as the president of the United States on The West Wing, one of the myriad political characters he has played throughout his career. A tireless liberal activist and devoted family man off screen, Sheen has been married to Janet Sheen since 1961 and is the father of four children, including actors Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez. In 2006, after his term on The West Wing ended, Sheen, who skipped college earlier in life in order to pursue acting, enrolled at the National University of Ireland in Galway to study English literature for one semester.

Fast Facts

  • One of 10 children.
  • At age 11, was fired from a job as a golf caddy in Ohio because he tried to form a union.
  • Suffered a heart attack during the filming of Apocalypse Now (1979).
  • Purposely failed the entrance exam for the University of Dayton so that he could pursue his acting career.
  • Supports PETA.
  • Named honorary mayor of Malibu, CA, in 1989.
  • In 2007, was among 39 activists arrested for trespassing during an antinuclear protest at the Nevada Test Site.
  • Received the Laetare Medal, a prestigious honor for American Catholics, from the University of Notre Dame in 2008.

Awards

  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1965, Tony — Actor, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Lead Actor in a Drama: Nominee
  • 1979, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Mary Ann Estevez — Mother
  • Emilio Estevez — Son
  • Renée Estevez — Daughter
  • Carmen Estevez — Sister
  • Janet Sheen — Wife
  • Charlie Sheen — Son
  • Francisco Estevez — Father
  • Ramón Estevez — Son
  • Joe Estévez — Brother

College

  • Attended National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland (English literature)

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  • Birth Name: Ramon Gerard Antonio Estevez
  • Birth Place: Dayton, OH
  • Birthday: August 3, 1940, Leo
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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