- Date of Birth:
- August 3, 1940
- 5' 7"
Martin Sheen (born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez in Dayton, Ohio on August 3, 1940) is an Irish-American actor. Martin was drawn to acting at a young age, but his father didn’t approve of it. Knowing his dad was against it, Martin decided to try his hand at acting anyway. The actor purposely failed his entrance exam for the University of Dayton so he could pursue his acting career. Martin was able to borrow money from a Catholic priest and moved to NYC in his early twenties. The actor spent two years at the Living Theatre company. Although it wasn’t mentioned when, Martin decided to go by the name “Martin Sheen” in order to advance his acting career. However, the change wasn’t permanent. Martin revealed he still used his birth name on legal documents. Since his name change, Martin has starred and appeared in a number of movies and TV shows. His most notable were in the films Badlands and Apocalypse Now. Looking back at the move, which turned him into a successful movie star, Martin admitted to regret keeping his birth-given name. From 1999 to 2006, he starred as President Josiah Bartlet in The West Wing. Martin was nominated for an Emmy six times for this role and won six of his eight Golden Globe nominations. The actor has also appeared alongside his sons Emilio and Charlie on the big screen.
Best Known For:
Martin Sheen is best known for his roles in Apocalypse Now, Badlands, and The West Wing. The actor received multiple nominations for his work on The West Wing.
Martin Sheen married Janet Templeton on December 23, 1961 and have four children together. Emlio, Ramón, Carlos, and Renée are all actors. However, Carlos was the only of Martin’s children to take on his stage last name. Martin became a grandfather at the age of 43 and has a total of ten grandchildren. He and Janet celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2011.