Martin Sheen is famous artist and activist. Ramon Estevez also known as Martin Sheen was born on August 3, 1940, in Dayton, Ohio. He lived on Brown Street in the South Park zone, and was one of 10 siblings (9 boys and one girl). A pious Roman Catholic, born to a Spanish-born father, Francisco Estevez, and an Irish mother, Mary Anne Phelan, he accepted his stage name in respect of Catholic archbishop and theologian Fulton J. Sheen
Martin Sheen was eager to act since he was very young, but his father rejected his wish. He intentionally missed the entrance examination for theUniversity of Dayton so that hecould follow his goal. He rented money from a priest and moved to New York City while continuing with the struggling actor route.
Throughout his remarkable acting career, he has played various sorts of characters from murderers to world leaders. He realized his love of acting while in high school. Never properly taught, he learned from practice while performing on the New York stage. He received a Tony Award nomination in 1965 for his work in The Subject Was Roses. After appearing in such television shows as Route 66, The Outer Limits, My Three Sons, and The Nurses, Martin Sheen made his first appearance in films in 1967’s The Incident, performing as a teenager thug who takes over a subway car.
In the 1970s, he gave quite a few great performances in such films as the altered copy of Joseph Heller’s best-selling novel Catch-22 (1970), the spree killer Charles Starkweather-inspired Badlands (1973), and Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War masterpiece Apocalypse Now (1979). He gave strong performances in Gandhi (1982), Wall Street (1987), The American President (1995), and Catch Me if You Can (2002). Martin Sheen has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1500 Vine Street.
By the side of his career in film, he created accomplishment on the small screen with the political drama The West Wing, which made its first appearance in 1999. He took on the most important role of President Josiah Bartlet in the critically commended television sequels for which he got a Best Actor Golden Globe Award in 2001. He was chosen for an Emmy Award six times for his efforts on the show, together with for the show’s final 2005-2006 season. He was selected for another nomination that year for a small role in his son Charlie Sheen’s hit comedy Two and a Half Men.
Additional to this, in 2006, he became visible in the Academy Award-winning film The Departed directed by Martin Scorsese with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg. In the same year, he had a part in his son Emilio Estevez’s film about the Robert F. Kennedy murder, Bobby. Along with his television and movie career, Sheen told People magazine in April 2006 that he is willing to promote his education by joining the National University of Ireland.
Apart from his acting, Sheen is identified for his public and political activism. In 2004, he campaigned for Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean together with his colleague actor Rob Reiner. He later campaigned for John Kerry. He has fought against nuclear weapons and for workers’ privileges as well as many other reasons. He has been under arrest many a times through out his political manifestation and disputes. He is known for his vigorous support of liberal political grounds, and has been arrested 63 times for objection against matters such as United States military actions. He also supported causes for PETA. On August 28, 2005, Martin Sheen visited anti-Iraq War activist Cindy Sheehan at Camp Casey. He prayed with her and had a conversation with her supporters. In spite of being identified as liberal he is a voiced foe of abortion.
Martin Sheen wedded art student Janet Templeton in 1961, and they have four children, 3 boys and a girl, all of whom are actors: