Charlie Sheen’s life has been marked by significantly high ups and downs. In the 1980s, he rose to prominence with parts in “Red Dawn,” “Platoon,” and “Wall Street.” In the 1990s, however, the actor became more of a tabloid cover star than a matinée darling. His successful TV appearances on “Spin City” and “Two and a Half Men” enhanced Sheen’s reputation until a year-long private and organizational breakdown left the star unemployed and in many people’s view unemployable. Despite this, and several false stories, Sheen’s return to television is unmissable. Let’s learn more about the star and celebrate his birthday!
Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez in New York City on September 3, 1965. He was born to actor Martin Sheen (also known as Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez), who was just starting into the profession with Broadway Plays at the time and Janet Sheen, his mother, was a previous New York art student.
Sheen continued to pursue multiple acting roles after graduating from high school. His first notable appearance was as a high schooler in “Red Dawn.” His breakthrough came when he appeared in Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning epic “Platoon.” Sheen received a great deal of praise for his performance & produced a series of blockbusters which also included “Young Guns,” “Major League,” and “Hot Shots!.” In the late 80s and early 90s, he proceeded to solidify himself as one of the top blockbuster performers. However, as the ’90s approached, his success, both personally and professionally, began to wane.
Sheen had a new beginning in the 2000s as he was selected as Michael J. Fox’s replacement on the ABC popular comedy TV series “Spin City.” He was featured in the comedy series “Two and a Half Men,” which became a tremendous success, revitalizing his failing career. His personal life seemed to be flourishing as well. Sheen wedded actress Denise Richards and was blessed with a daughter. Denise’s pregnancy with the second baby was disclosed shortly after. The stability, however, did not last long, and Denise, who was six months pregnant at the time, filed for divorce, citing unresolved issues. She had a second daughter and their divorce was finalized in late 2006.
Sheen co-stars with his father in the film "The Execution of Private Slovik" when he is nine years old.
After a decade, Sheen casts in the film "Red Dawn," which features his portrayal as a high school student.
Sheen’s breakout role comes when he features in "Platoon," a Vietnam War thriller that gets rave reviews for his performance.
Sheen has big hits in a variety of genres, notably comedies and horror pictures, such as "Young Guns," "Hot Shots!," and so on.
Sheen has a major downfall, however, he begins rebuilding his career and lands a role in the TV sitcom "Spin City."
The comedy "Two and a Half Men" relaunches his career and enhances his popularity with the public.
Why We Love Charlie Sheen
He’s an award-winning actor
Sheen has earned several recognitions, including The Golden Globes Award, The ALMA Award, The TV Land Award, The Walk of Fame, and The Western Heritage Award.
The sexiest legend
Sheen was named second on Maxim's list of 10 Living Sex Legends. It is not an easy title to own.
The ink lover
Sheen’s entire body is covered in tattoos. Some of the artwork includes a wooden sign nailed over his heart and a stingray on his left ankle, among other inks.
5 Surprising Facts
He was a blue baby
During his delivery, he went blue and almost died; he was called a ‘blue baby’ by the doctor who saved him.
He was expelled from high school
After being caught for credit card fraud, Sheen was dismissed from Santa Monica High School, thereby ruining his scholarship offer.
He is an avid gun lover
Sheen used to collect pistols and he would bring them with him when filming on-site.
He loves writing
Sheen is a talented writer who enjoys composing poetry about self and society.
He is a baseball lover
Sheen is a huge baseball enthusiast and was very interested in pursuing a career in the sport during his school days.
Charlie Sheen FAQs
Is Sheen still married?
He has been married three times and is currently dating 28-year-old model Julia Stambler.
Is Michael Sheen related to Sheen?
No, both actors appeared in the film “Wall Street,” although they are unrelated.
Why did Charlie Sheen change his name?
His given birth name is Carlos Irwin Estévez. He chose Charlie as the English form of ‘Carlos’ and Sheen he got from his father’s chosen stage name. He did this to better his chances of landing acting roles.
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