Charlie’s Famous Family
Charlie was born as Carlos Irwin Estevez and is the son of acting legend Martin Sheen, who was born as an Estevez, as well. Martin changed his name for his entertainment career, though Charlie’s brother Emilio Estevez opted not to. Their mother, Janet Templeton, also acted professionally and produced in the film and TV industry.
Hot Young Actor
In 1984, Charlie first debuted on the silver screen in the film Red Dawn, which also featured such 80s stars as Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, and Lea Thompson. In 1986, he became one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood after starring in Platoon. He continued his hot streak with Wall Street, Young Guns, and others.
Shooting With Kelly
Kelly Preston is known for being married to John Travolta, but many people forget that she also was engaged to Charlie Sheen for a while. One night in 1990, Charlie accidentally hurt Kelly, which as you can imagine, will really change a relationship for the worse. Kelly shortly thereafter decided to break their engagement.
Trip To The ER
In 1998, the world got a glimpse of Charlie Sheen’s problems when he overused and wound up in the emergency room. The doctors there had to pump his stomach and he ultimately ended up going to a rehabilitation facility. Unfortunately, he checked himself out that day, so he obviously didn’t really learn anything.
Charlie’s First Wife
Charlie’s first marriage began in 1995 when he married Donna Peele. At the time, Charlie was very complimentary of her. He said that Donna was “an angel sent from heaven to take me through the rest of my journey.” Unfortunately, her part in his journey would barely last a year, as they divorced in 1996.
One More Time
Many lesser men would be swayed away from the institution of marriage after a couple of spectacularly failed attempts, but not Charlie Sheen. In 2008, he married Brooke Mueller, with whom he had twin boys. In 2010, Sheen filed for divorce. They had a custody battle which it seemed that no one would win. In fact, Denise Richards even had custody of their kids for a while!
Charlie’s rap sheet has gotten long over the years. He started off getting in trouble for vandalizing a hotel room in 2010, and has also been the subject of police activity regarding alleged assaults on his spouses and a threat against ex-fiance Scottine Ross.
In 2015, the world had gotten used to a relatively controversy-free Charlie Sheen. However, he made headlines on November 17 when he said that he had been diagnosed as HIV-positive. He actually learned about the diagnosis in 2011. Hopefully, his “goddesses” that were living with him when he got fired from Two and a Half Men weren’t afflicted.
When Charlie finally revealed his HIV-positive status, he had already been blackmailed by a group of people for four years. Over those years, he had paid as much as $10 million to the people in order to not have his information leaked. Sadly, many rumors persist that Charlie had over 200 partners after he found out that he was HIV-positive.
Charlie had a very positive attitude about his diagnosis. He didn’t throw a fit or make a big deal about it. Of course, he had already known about it for four years, anyway. In fact, when he did interviews after the revelation, he said that he had a renewed focus on his family and health after hearing about his status.
Charlie’s Famous Father
Charlie’s father, Martin Sheen, was most recently known for playing the president on The West Wing from 1996 to 2006, but he had already had a successful acting career for decades before that. His credits include the classic film Apocalypse Now, and he’s won both Daytime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.
Charlie And His Siblings
Charlie seems to have a good relationship with his brothers and sister. Emilio, of course, is a famous actor himself and continues to act regularly. Ramon is a producer who runs Estevez Sheen Productions. Meanwhile, younger sister Renee has been seen in such films as Heathers, The War at Home, and Addams Family Reunion.
A Happy Childhood
Charlie grew up with a little notoriety from his father, Martin’s acting career, but he had a pretty good childhood. He moved to California as a child and made his first acting appearance as a nine-year-old in The Execution of Private Slovik. In a sign of things to come, Sheen played baseball at Santa Monica High School.
Set For Stardom
Charlie not only took an interest in acting, but also directing when he was a young guy, even making movies with his friends with a Super 8 camera. He was good friends with Rob Lowe and Sean Penn. Charlie actually never finished high school and was expelled not long before graduation due to poor attendance and failing grades.
Set Up For Success
After high school, Carlos Estevez knew that he wanted to have an acting career. He decided to go with a name change and become Charlie Sheen. This clearly set him up as the son of the legendary Martin Sheen and gave him a leg up in the acting business, even if Charlie may not like to admit that the famous name gave him an advantage.
What’s Charlie Worth?
Charlie actually made much more money as he shifted to focus on TV, earning a reported $1.8 million per episode on Two and a Half Men. Charlie’s net worth is the subject of much debate, as some say that he’s worth over $100 million, and others say that his legal troubles, substance abuse issues, and other personal problems have whittled his worth down to about $20 million.
Getting Ink Done
Charlie has had tattoos for quite some time, even though they were often covered up for his film roles. He has 13 of them in all, even though it’s hard to tell because many of them are very small and some are quite faded. One of his tattoos is a boy saying “Mom,” which is interesting. He also has tattoos of a stingray and a bespectacled dragon, among other things.
A Charitable Guy
Although Charlie Sheen often attracts controversy, he has done some good things with his fame and fortune, as well. He supports a number of charities and helped the Red Cross raise money after the powerful Japanese earthquake years ago. He also gave the USO a $1 million donation, which is said to be the highest donation of the organization’s history.
Having A Good Laugh
In 2011, a number of Charlie Sheen’s friends, along with some comedy notables like Amy Schumer, Seth MacFarlane, and Jon Lovitz, gathered to roast him. About 6.4 million people watched the roast, making it the most popular in the history of Comedy Central. His weird friends Steve-O, William Shatner, and others showed up to join in the fun, too.
Charlie’s Stand On 2nd Amendment
Much has been said and written about the intersection between gun ownership and mental illness in the United States, and Charlie Sheen may be a good avatar for the issue. After all, Charlie was an avid collector of firearms before accidentally shooting then-fiance Kelly Preston. He now is not allowed to have firearms at all.
Charlie was enjoying a career resurgence from 2003 to 2011, earning two Golden Globe nominations and a reported $1.8 million per episode for Two and a Half Men. In the eight season, Charlie made some anti-Semitic comments and engaged in a public feud with Chuck Lorre, who created the show.
Charlie Knowing His Worth
After being fired, Charlie had one of the most famous meltdowns in Hollywood history. He broadcast himself bragging about his “tiger blood” and “Adonis DNA.” He claimed that despite losing his job and looking terrible, he was “winning” and bragged about having multiple live-in girlfriends that he called his “goddesses.” “I’m tired of pretending I’m not special,” he said at the time.
Feuding With His Replacement
Charlie was replaced on the show by Ashton Kutcher, which he was clearly none too happy about. He engaged in a very embarrassing public feud where he tweeted at Ashton to “quit barfing on my brilliant show.” Charlie also sued for wrongful termination, but ultimately settled the lawsuit out of court.
Burt’s Not A Fan
Some people have forgiven Sheen and even feel bad for Charlie for his fortunes, but not Burt Reynolds. He said when asked about if he felt bad for Charlie, “For Charlie, no, he deserves it. He misbehaved very badly. His father is a very, very decent man and a dear friend of mine. I feel bad for him, But Charlie, I don’t feel bad for him.” Wow.
Doomed Love Affair
Charlie Sheen is not only known for his acting exploits but also his relationships off of the screen, too. The most notable of them all is likely his marriage to Denise Richards, the actress he met in 2000 and married two years later. Unfortunately, three years later they were divorced.
Charlie The Father
Charlie has amassed five children over the years. In 1984, he had a daughter, Cassandra, with his high school girlfriend. He added two daughters, Sam and Lola, with Denise Richards, and topped it off with twin sons Bob and Max in 2009 with Brooke Mueller. If you’re tallying at home, that’s three daughters and two sons. Oh, and Cassandra is a mom, so he’s actually a grandfather!
Charlie’s Stand On Vaccinations
Like a disconcerting number of actors and actresses these days, Charlie Sheen has a position on vaccinations that has little to do with actual science. “When I vaccinated Sam, he accused me of poisoning her,” said Denise Richards in 2008. “And I knew when he said that that the marriage wasn’t going to work.”
Charlie Sheen has been nominated for 23 awards in his acting career and has even won some notable hardware, as well. In 2002, he earned a Golden Globe Award for Spin City. He also won an ALMA Award for Two and a Half Men and earned a star on the Walk of Fame. He’s a subject of controversy, but also a talented performer.