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Martin Sheen

Highest Rated:   100% They Killed Sister Dorothy (2008)
Lowest Rated:   0% Echelon Conspiracy (2009)
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Birthplace:   Dayton, Ohio, USA
Martin Sheen has appeared in a wide variety of films ranging from the embarrassing to the sublime. In addition to appearing in numerous productions on stage, screen, and television, Sheen is the father of a modern dynasty of actors and a tireless activist for social and environmental causes, particularly homelessness. Born Ramon Estevez on August 3, 1940, he was the seventh of ten children of a Spanish immigrant father and an Irish mother. Growing up in Dayton, OH, Sheen wanted to be an actor so badly that he purposely flunked an entrance exam to the University of Dayton so he could start his career instead. With his father's disapproval, he borrowed cash from a local priest and moved to New York in 1959. While continually auditioning for shows, Sheen worked at various odd jobs and changed his name to avoid being typecast in ethnic roles. "Martin" was the name of an agent/friend, while he chose "Sheen" to honor Bishop Fulton J. Sheen; until his early twenties, the actor had been a devoted Catholic. He joined the Actor's Co-op, shared a loft, and with his roommates prepared showcase productions in hopes of attracting agents. For a while he worked backstage at the Living Theater alongside aspiring actor Al Pacino, and it was there that he got his first acting jobs. Around that time, Sheen married, and in 1963 broke into television on East Side West Side; more television would follow in the form of As the World Turns, on which he played the character Roy Sanders for a few years. In 1964, Sheen debuted on Broadway in Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory, and that same year won considerable acclaim for his role in The Subject Was Roses, which in 1968 became a film in which he also starred. After making his feature film debut as a subway punk in The Incident (1967), Sheen moved to Southern California in 1970 with his wife and three children. During the beginning of that decade, he worked most frequently in television, but occasionally appeared in films as a supporting actor or co-lead. His movie career aroused little notice, though, until he played an amoral young killer (based on real life murderer Charles Starkweather) in Terrence Malick's highly regarded directorial debut, Badlands (1973). Further notice came in the mid-'70s, when the actor was cast by Francis Ford Coppola to star in a Vietnam War drama filmed in the Philippines. Two years and innumerable disasters later -- including a near-fatal heart attack for Sheen -- the actor's most famous film, Apocalypse Now (1979), was complete, and it looked as if he would finally become a major star. Although the film won a number of honors, including a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, and Sheen duly gained Hollywood's respect, he never reached the heights of some of his colleagues. This was possibly due to the fact that during the 1970s and 1980s, he appeared in so many mediocre films. However, Sheen turned in memorable performances in such films as Ghandi (1982) -- from which the actor donated his wages to charity -- and Da (1988), in which he took production and starring credits. He also did notable work in a number of other films, including Wall Street (1987), The American President (1995), and Monument Ave. (1998). In 1999, he could be seen in a number of projects, including Ninth Street and Texas Funeral, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival that year; O, a modern-day adaptation of Othello; and The West Wing, a television series that cast him as the President of the United States (a role for which he would win the Best TV Series Actor in a Drama Award at the 2000 Golden Globe Awards).Sheen took a supporting role in legendary director Martin Scorsese's crime drama The Departed, and joined the cast of Talk to Me, a 2007 comedy drama directed by Don Cheadle. In 2009, Sheen starred in The Kid: Chamaco, a boxing drama following a father (Sheen) and son's attempt to reconcile their differences to turn a fierce streetfighter into a boxing champion. The following year he woul

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Dreamland: Mark Twain's Journey to Jerusalem
  • Actor
2017
56% Rules Don't Apply
  • Noah Dietrich
$3.7M 2016
65% The Vessel
  • Father Douglas
2016
78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  • Himself
2016
No Score Yet Badge of Honor
  • Captain Richards
2016
No Score Yet Anne of Green Gables
  • Matthew Cuthbert
2016
No Score Yet L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars
  • Actor
2016
64% Trash
  • Father Juilliard
$10.7k 2015
No Score Yet Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger of the Truth
  • Actor
2015
99% Selma
  • Frank Minis Johnson
2015
No Score Yet Ask Me Anything
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Water Wars
  • Narrator
2014
64% Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain
  • Actor
$12.6k 2014
No Score Yet The Boxcar Children
  • Actor
2014
96% Wrinkles
  • Emilio
2014
67% Cesar's Last Fast
  • Actor
2014
36% Salinger
  • Actor
$0.6M 2013
No Score Yet The Whale
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Second Cooler
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Holy Man: The USA vs Douglas White
  • Martin Sheen
2012
73% The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Uncle Ben
$262.1M 2012
55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Frank
$7.2M 2012
60% Stella Days
  • Father Barry
2012
No Score Yet Joe Papp In Five Acts
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Brothers On The Line
  • Narrator
2012
20% The Double
  • Highland
$0.2M 2011
82% The Way
  • Tom Avery
$4.3M 2011
No Score Yet Halfway Home
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet After Kony: Staging Hope
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Eco-Pirate:The Story Of Paul Watson
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet 9/11: Day That Changed The World
  • Narrator
2011
No Score Yet The Kid: Chamaco
  • Dr. Frank Irwin
2010
No Score Yet Return To El Salvador
  • Actor
2010
16% Love Happens
  • Burke's Father-in-Law
$23M 2009
40% Imagine That
  • Dante D'Enzo
$16.1M 2009
0% Echelon Conspiracy
  • Raymond Burke
$0.6M 2009
No Score Yet A Single Woman
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Man in the Mirror
  • Actor
2008
55% The End Of Poverty
  • Narrator
2008
100% They Killed Sister Dorothy
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Bordertown
  • George Morgan
2008
No Score Yet Whale Warrior: The Pirate for the Sea
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Eyewitness: Arctic and Antarctic
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Finding Our Voices: Stories of American Dissent
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet White House Revealed
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Pirate for the Sea
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet On the Line
  • Actor
2008
82% Talk to Me
  • E.G. Sonderling
$4.5M 2007
No Score Yet Father G and the Homeboys
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The First Days of Christianity
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Flatland: The Movie
  • Actor
2007
46% Bobby
  • Jack
$11.1M 2006
91% The Departed
  • Queenan
$132.3M 2006
89% Who Killed the Electric Car?
  • Narrator
$1.4M 2006
No Score Yet Confessions of an Innocent Man
  • Narrator
2005
No Score Yet James Dean: Forever Young
  • Narrator
2005
88% Tell Them Who You Are
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Holes in Heaven: HAARP and Advances in Tesla Technology
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Nature - Koko
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Aleut Story
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet 3 Wise Men
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Helen's War
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Winning New Hampshire
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Fate Did Not Let Me Go
  • Valli Ollendorff
2003
78% Hidden in Plain Sight
  • Narrator
2003
86% Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion
  • Narrator
2003
No Score Yet The Perilous Fight
  • Actor
2003
96% Catch Me If You Can
  • Roger Strong
$164.4M 2002
No Score Yet Straight Up: Helicopters in Action
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet When Did I See You Hungry?
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
2002
64% O
  • Coach Duke `The Duke' Goulding
$15.6M 2001
93% Apocalypse Now Redux
  • Capt. Benjamin Willard
$2M 2001
No Score Yet Echoes from the White House
  • Host
2001
No Score Yet D.R.E.A.M. Team
  • J.W. Garrison
2001
No Score Yet A Texas Funeral
  • Grandpa Sparta
2000
No Score Yet Ballad of a Gunfighter
  • The Stranger
2000
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Story of the Twelve Apostles
  • Narrator
2000
No Score Yet Stranger in the Kingdom
  • Sigurd Moulton
1999
17% Free Money
  • New Warden
1999
No Score Yet Storm (Storm Trackers)
  • General Roberts
1999
13% Lost and Found
  • Millstone
1999
No Score Yet No Code of Conduct
  • Bill Peterson
1999
No Score Yet Ninth Street
  • Father Frank
1999
No Score Yet Lady Liberty---A Musical Salute to America
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet War Dogs
  • Narrator
1999
No Score Yet Letter from Death Row
  • Michael's Father
1998
No Score Yet Babylon 5: The River of Souls
  • Actor
1998
90% Monument Ave.
  • Hanolon
1998
50% Shadrach
  • Narrator
1998
No Score Yet Voyage of Terror (Die Schreckensfahrt der Orion Star)(The Fourth Horseman)
  • Henry Northcutt
1998
No Score Yet Gunfighter
  • Actor
1998
18% Spawn
  • Jason Wynn
1997
No Score Yet Hostile Waters
  • Aurora Skipper
1997
38% Truth or Consequences, N.M.
  • Sir
1997
No Score Yet Once There Was a Ballpark
  • Host
1997
No Score Yet Titanic: Anatomy of a Disaster
  • Narrator
1997
60% The War at Home
  • Bob Collier
1996
50% Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story
  • Peter Maurin
1996
No Score Yet Project: ALF
  • Col. Milfoil
1996
No Score Yet Mammal
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Pond & River
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Last Voyage of the Lusitania
  • Narrator
1996
No Score Yet Rock & Mineral
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Butterfly & Moth
  • Actor
1996
90% The American President
  • A.J. MacInerney
1995
45% Dead Presidents
  • The Judge (uncredited)
1995
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Sacred Cargo
  • Father Andrew Kavevsky
1995
No Score Yet The Break
  • Gil Robbins
1995
No Score Yet Dillinger and Capone
  • John Dillinger
1995
No Score Yet Demolition Day
  • Jeff Snyder
1995
No Score Yet Ghost Brigade
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet One Hundred and One Nights
  • Furtive and Friendly Appearance
1995
No Score Yet Roswell
  • Townsend
1994
No Score Yet When the Bough Breaks
  • Captain Swaggert
1994
No Score Yet Boca
  • Jesse James Montgomery
1994
No Score Yet Skeleton
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Hits!
  • Kelly
1994
No Score Yet Guns of Honor
  • Jackson Baines Hardin / Ole Devil
1994
No Score Yet One of Her Own
  • Asst. DA Pete Maresca
1994
No Score Yet Roswell: The U.F.O. Cover-Up
  • Actor
1994
80% Gettysburg
  • Gen. Robert E. Lee
1993
No Score Yet Trigger Fast
  • Actor
1993
59% Hot Shots! Part Deux
  • Capt. Benjamin L. Willard
1993
11% Hear No Evil
  • Brock
1993
No Score Yet Alive: 20 Years Later
  • Narrator
1993
No Score Yet The Killing Box
  • Gen. Haworth
1993
No Score Yet The Lost Brigade
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Fortunes of War
  • Francis Labeck
1993
No Score Yet Original Intent
  • Joe
1992
No Score Yet The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story
  • Capt. Ike Eisenbraun
1992
No Score Yet National Geographic
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Running Wild
  • Dan Walker
1992
No Score Yet The Water Engine
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Queen
  • James Jackson Sr.
1992
No Score Yet The Maid
  • Anthony Wayne
1991
100% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Touch and Die
  • Frank
1991
No Score Yet Guilty Until Proven Innocent
  • Harold Hohne
1991
No Score Yet Cinema Combat: Hollywood Goes to War
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Brats
  • Dr. Jeffrey Miller
1989
42% Cadence
  • Sgt. Otis V. McKinney
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Nightbreaker
  • Executive Producer
  • Dr. Alexander Brown (present)
1989
No Score Yet Cold Front
  • John
1989
No Score Yet Beyond the Stars
  • Paul Andrews
1989
70% Da
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Charlie
1988
No Score Yet Judgment in Berlin
  • Herbert J Stern
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1988
78% Wall Street
  • Carl Fox
1987
17% Siesta
  • Del
1987
31% The Believers
  • Dr. Cal Jamison
1987
No Score Yet Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8
  • James Marion Hunt
1987
No Score Yet Shattered Spirits
  • Lyle Mollencamp
1987
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
  • Narrator
1987
No Score Yet Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story
  • Mitch Snyder
1986
No Score Yet News at Eleven
  • Frank Kenley
1986
No Score Yet Secrets of the Titanic
  • Narrator
1986
No Score Yet Out of the Darkness
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Broken Rainbow
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Fourth Wise Man
  • Artaban
1985
No Score Yet Consenting Adult
  • Ken Lynd
1985
No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders
  • Chet Dettlinger
1985
No Score Yet The Guardian
  • Charlie Hyatt
1984
38% Firestarter
  • Captain Hollister
1984
90% The Dead Zone
  • Stillson
1983
No Score Yet Kennedy: The Presidential Years
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Man, Woman and Child
  • Bob Beckwith
1983
No Score Yet Enigma
  • Alex Holbeck
1983
87% Gandhi
  • Walker
1982
No Score Yet In the Custody of Strangers
  • Frank Caldwell
1982
No Score Yet In the King of Prussia
  • Actor
1982
60% That Championship Season
  • Tom Daley
1982
No Score Yet Loophole
  • Stephen Booker
1981
40% The Final Countdown
  • Warren Lasky
1980
No Score Yet Eagle's Wing
  • Pike
1979
98% Apocalypse Now
  • Capt. Benjamin Willard
1979
29% The Cassandra Crossing
  • Navarro
1977
90% The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
  • Frank Hallet
1976
No Score Yet Sweet Hostage
  • Leonard Hatch
1975
No Score Yet The Last Survivors
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The California Kid
  • Michael McCord
1974
No Score Yet The Execution of Private Slovik
  • Eddie Slovik
1974
98% Badlands
  • Kit
1974
83% The Missiles of October
  • Robert F. Kennedy
1974
No Score Yet The Legend of Earl Durand
  • Luther Sykes
1974
No Score Yet Catholics
  • Father Kinsella
1973
No Score Yet Message to My Daughter
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Pursuit
  • Timothy Drew
1972
No Score Yet Rage
  • Maj. Holliford
1972
No Score Yet Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol
  • Graytak
1972
No Score Yet Pickup on 101
  • Les
1972
No Score Yet When the Line Goes Through
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet No Drums, No Bugles
  • Ashby Gatrell
1971
85% Catch-22
  • Lt. Dobbs
1970
No Score Yet Hollywood Television Theatre
  • Actor
1970
100% The Subject Was Roses
  • Timmy Cleary
1968
83% The Incident
  • Artie Connors
1967
No Score Yet Ten Blocks on the Camino Real
  • Kilroy
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • Narrator
  • 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
81% Grace and Frankie
2015
  • Robert
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
21% Anger Management
2012
  • Martin
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet President Bartlet President Josiah Bartlet President Josiah `Jed' Bartlet
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Harvey
  • 2005
No Score Yet Spin City
1996-2002
  • Ray
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Narrator
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1997
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1979
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • Lessing
  • 1973
No Score Yet Gun
1997
  • Actor

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