Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez
, (born August 3, 1940) better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is an actor best known for his performances as Captain Willard in the film Apocalypse Now and President Josiah Bartlet on the television series The West Wing. As well as the critical acclaim he has received as an actor, he has become known as an activist. Born and raised in Ohio, United States, with Irish and Spanish parents, Sheen is also an Irish citizen.
He is the father of actors Carlos Irwin Estévez (Charlie Sheen), Emilio Estévez, Ramón Estévez and Renée Estévez, and is brother of the actor Joe Estevez.
Auditioned for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972).
Was considered for the recurring role of Sloan on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1993).
Has memorized and can sing every single Frank Sinatra song.
He can only put his jacket on by flipping it over his head (like Bartlet in “The West Wing” (1999)). His left arm was crushed by forceps when he was born and he has limited lateral movement.
Was nominated for Broadway’s 1965 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for “The Subject Was Roses,” a role that he recreated in the film version of the same name, The Subject Was Roses (1968).
Due to his commitment to “The West Wing” (1999), was unable to reprise the role of Robert E. Lee in the Gettysburg (1993) prequel, Gods and Generals (2003). The role was instead played by Lee descendant Robert Duvall, who starred with Sheen in the popular Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now (1979).
Has played both Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in The Missiles of October (1974) (TV) and President John F. Kennedy in the mini-series “Kennedy” (1983), and is the only actor to portray both brothers.
Ranked #5 on Tropopkin’s Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
Is portrayed by James Hayden in The Patricia Neal Story (1981) (TV)
Suffered a severe heart attack while filming Apocalypse Now (1979).
According to friends and family, he is closest to son Charlie than anyone else. Indeed, he and Charlie often appear together on the screen, and Martin has even played Charlie’s on-screen father twice. He also appeared as an older “Charlie” in a credit-card commercial.
Received an honorary doctor of letters degree from Marquette University (2003) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the dedication of the school’s new library (according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel web site).
As an admirer and supporter of actor James Dean and his legacy, he worked to preserve the high school in Fairmount that Dean attended. In addition, he has visited Fairmount for Dean-related events.
[October 2006] Pursuing a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, philosophy, and oceanography at the National University of Ireland (NUIG), Galway, Ireland.