Charlie Sheen

Actor

Born: 3 September 1965
Birthplace: New York, New York
Best known as: The fast-living ex-star of the TV comedy Two and a Half Men

Name at birth: Carlos Irwin Estevez

Charlie Sheen is the son of actor Martin Sheen, and a star in his own right thanks to some high-profile 1980s movies and the long-running TV sitcom Two and a Half Men. After a few notable-young-man roles in films like Red Dawn (1984, starring Patrick Swayze) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986, starring Matthew Broderick), Charlie Sheen emerged as a leading man in the Oliver Stone films Platoon (1986, starring Willem Dafoe) and Wall Street (1987, starring Michael Douglas). Since reaching stardom, though, Charlie Sheen's appearances in the tabloids have rivaled his appearances on the big screen; as played out in the gossip columns, Sheen's life has been a wild ride that included cocaine, high-priced prostitutes, an accidental shooting (in 1990 -- his then-girlfriend, Kelly Preston, was wounded) a long, bitter divorce battle with actress Denise Richards, and an arrest on felony charges related to alleged domestic violence with his third wife, Brooke Mueller, in Aspen, Colorado on Christmas Day 2009. All the while, Sheen has kept working in hits and misses that include dramas such as Eight Men Out (1988, with David Strathairn) and The Arrival (1996), and lowbrow comedies such as Hot Shots (1991) and Scary Movie 3 (2003). After a string of so-so performances and a much-publicized drug problem, Charlie Sheen made a comeback in the late 1990s, poking fun at himself in the film Being John Malkovich (1999, starring John Cusack) and replacing Michael J. Fox in the TV series Spin City. Sheen landed a major comedy series in 2003, co-starring with Jon Cryer in the sitcom Two and a Half Men, a hit that brought him Emmy nominations in 2006 and 2007. Sheen stayed with the show for eight successful years, but was fired by the show's producers on 7 March 2011 after he gave a series of bizarre interviews in which he announced "I am on a drug, it's called Charlie Sheen" and insulted the show's producers. He was replaced on the show by Ashton Kutcher.

Extra credit: Charlie Sheen's siblings, Emilio, Ramon and Renée Estevez, are also actors... Charlie Sheen, unlike his siblings, takes his surname from his father's stage name (Martin Sheen was born Ramon Estevez)... Sheen married Denise Richards in 2002 and they have two daughters; Richards filed for divorce in 2005... He has twin sons with Brooke Mueller, Max and Bob, born on 14 March 2009. Sheen and Mueller filed divorce papers in 2010... In 1997 Sheen narrated Mission to Mars, a documentary about the possibility of life on Mars; he also earned a writing credit.

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