Martin Sheen


Ramón Antonio Gerard Estévez (born august 3, 1940), known professionally as Marin Sheen, is an American actor. Born and raised in the United States by immigrant parents, he adopted the stage name Martin Sheen to help him gain acting parts. With his wife Janet, he is the father of four children, all of whom are actors: Emilio, Ramon, Carlos (known professionally as Charlie Sheen), and Renée. He made his feature film debut in The Incident (1967), with Tony Musante, Beau Bridges, Ruby Dee, Jack Gilford, Ed McMahon, Gary Merrill, Donna Mills, Brock Peters, Thelma Ritter, and Jan Sterling.

Sheen first became known for his roles in Ulu Grosbard’s The Subject Was Roses (1968), with Patricia Neal and Jack Albertson; and Terrence Malick‘s Badlands (1973), Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates and Ramon Bieri; and later achieved wide recognition for his leading role in Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now (1979), with Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, and Dennis Hopper; as United States President Josiah Bartlet in the television series The West Wing (1999–2006), with John Spencer, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Janel Moloney, Dulé Hill, and Stockard Channing; and as Robert Hanson in the Netflix television series Grace and Frankie (2015–2021), with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, June Diane Raphael, and Baron Vaughn.

Other films in the 1970s include Mike Nichols’ Catch-22 (1970), with Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Gilford, Buck Henry, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Jon Voight, and Orson Welles; Pickup 101 (1972), with Albertson, Lesley Ann Warren, Hal Baylor, George Chandler, and Robert Donner; Rage (1972), with George C. Scott (who also directed), Richard Basehart, and Bernard Hughes; The Legend of Earl Durand (1974), Peter Haskell, Slim Pickens, and Keenan Wynn; George P. Cosmatos’ The Cassandra Crossing (1976), with Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, Lee Strasberg, and O.J. Simpson; The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976), with Jodie Foster, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, and Scott Jacoby; and Anthony Harvey’s Eagles Wings (1979), with Waterston, Harvey Keitel, and Stéphane Audran.

Films in the early 1980s include Don Taylor’s The Final Countdown (1980), with Kirk Douglas, James Farentino, Katharine Ross, Ron O’Neal, and Charles Durning; Loophole (1981), with Albert Finney, Susannah York, Jonathan Pryce, Colin Blakely, and Tony Doyle; Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1982), with Ben Kingsley, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Richard Griffiths, Nigel Hawthorne, and Daniel Day-Lewis; Jason Miller’s That Championship Season (1982), with Robert Mitchum, Bruce Dern, Stacy Keach, and Paul Sorvino; Enigma (1982), with Sam Neill, Brigitte Fossey, and Kevin McNally; Man, Woman and Child (1983), with Blythe Danner, Craig T. Nelson, David Hemmings, Nathalie Nell, and Maureen Anderman; David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone (1993), with Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, and Colleen Dewhurst; and Mark L. Lester’s Firestarter (1984), David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear, Scott, Art Carney, and Louise Fletcher.

Films in the mid to late 1980s include A State of Emergency (1986), with Fionnula Flanagan, Tim Pigott-Smith, and Peter Firth; John Schlesinger’s The Believers (1987), with Helen Shaver, Robert Loggia, Richard Masur, Harley Cross, and Jimmy Smits; Siesta (1987), with Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne, Foster, Isabella Rossellini, Grace Jones, Julian Sands, and Alexei Sayle; Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987), with Michael Douglas, Charlie, Daryl Hannah, Hal Holbrook, and Terence Stamp; Da (1988), with Hughes and William Hickey; Judgment in Berlin (1988), with Sam Wanamaker and Sean Penn; Beyond the Stars (1989), with Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Olivia d’Abo, and F. Murray Abraham; Cold Front (1989), with Michael Ontkean and Beverly D’Angelo; Beverly Hills Brats (1989), with Peter Billingsley, Burt Young, Terry Moore, George Kirby, Ruby Keeler, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Films in the early 1990s include Cadence (1990), with Charlie, Fishburne, Michael Beach, and Ramon; Grey Knight (1993), with Corbin Bernsen, Ray Wise, and Billy Bob Thornton; Hear No Evil (1993), with Marlee Matlin, D.B. Sweeney, and John C. McGinley; Gettysburg (1993), with Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Maxwell Caulfield, Kevin Conway, C. Thomas Howell, Richard Jordan, Stephen Lang, and Sam Elliott; When the Bough Breaks (1994), with Ally Walker, Ron Perlman, and Tara Subkoff; Rob Reiner’s The American President (1995), with Douglas, Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, David Paymer, Samantha Mathis, John Mahoney, and and Richard Dreyfuss; and Gospa (1995), with Paul Guilfoyle, Frank Finlay, Morgan Fairchild, and Michael York.

Films in the mid to late 1990s include The War at Home (1996), with Kathy Bates, Kimberly Williams, Emilio (who also directed), Carla Gugino, and Lane Smith; Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996), with Moira Kelly, Heather Graham, and Lenny Von Dohlen; The Elevator (1996), with Martin Landau, Richard Lewis, Richard Moll, and Phil Fondacaro; Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997), with Kiefer Sutherland (who also directed), Vincent Gallo, Mykelti Williamson, Kevin Pollak, Max Perlich, Rod Steiger, and Kim Dickens; Spawn (1997), with Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Theresa Randle, Sweeney, and Nicol Williamson; Monument Ave. (1998), with Denis Leary (1998), with Denis Leary, Famke Janssen, Ian Hart, and Lenny Clarke; Free Money (1998), with Brando, Donald Sutherland, Mira Sorvino, and Thomas Haden Church; Lost & Found (1999), with David Spade, Sophie Marceau, Patrick Bruel, Artie Lange, and Mitchell Whitfield; A Texas Funeral (1999), with Robert Patrick, Jane Adams, Chris Noth, and Isaiah Washington; and A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999), with Ernie Hudson.

Films in the 2000s include Tim Blake Nelson’s O (2001), with Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, and Josh Hartnett; Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can (2002), with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Walken, Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams, and James Brolin; Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2006), with DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, and Alec Baldwin; Bobby (2006), with Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Fishburne, Spencer Garrett, Helen Hunt, Anthony Hopkins, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Slater, Stone, Freddy Rodriguez, Graham, Elijah Wood, and Emilio (who also directed); Talk to Me (2007), with Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, and Mike Epps; Bordertown (2007), with Jennifer Lopez, Maya Zapata, Sônia Braga, and Antonio Banderas; Echelon Conspiracy (2009), with Shane West, Edward Burns, Ving Rhames, Pryce, and Tamara Feldman; Imagine That (2009), with Eddie Murphy, Church, and Ronnie Cox; Love Happens (2009), with Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston, Dan Fogler, Judy Greer, Joe Anderson, and John Carroll Lynch; and The Kid: Chamaco (2009), with Michael Madsen.

Films in the early 2010s include The Way (2011), with Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, and Yorick van Wageningen; The Double (2011), with Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Stephen Moyer, Odette Yustman, Stana Katic, Chris Marquette, and Tamer Hassan; Stella Days (2012), with Stephen Rea; Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012), with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley; The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, and Sally Field; Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014), with Mischa Barton, Kal Penn, Rajpal Yadav, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Fagun Thakrar; Selma (2014), with David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Giovanni Ribisi, Alessandro Nivola, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim Roth, and Oprah Winfrey; and Ask Me Anything (2014), with Britt Robertson, Justin Long, Slater, Patrick, and Max Carver.

Films in the mid to late 2010s include Trash (2015), with Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura, and Selton Mello; Rules Don’t Apply (2016), with Warren Beatty (who also directed), Bening, Matthew Broderick, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Oliver Platt, and Taissa Farmiga; and Come Sunday (2018), with Ejiofor, Jason Segel, Condola Rashad, Lakeith Stanfield, Stacey Sargeant, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Danny Glover.

Films in the 2020s include Princess of the Row (2020), with Edi Gathegi, Tayler Buck, Ana Ortiz, and Jacob Vargas; The Devil Has a Name (2020), with Edward James Olmos (who also directed), David Strathairn, Kate Bosworth, Pablo Schreiber, Katie Aselton, Haley Joel Osment, and Alfred Molina; Judas and the Black Messiah (2021), with Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Lil Rel Howery, Algee Smith, and Dominique Thorne; 12 Mighty Orphans (2021), with Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, Jacob Lofland, Levi Dylan, and Duvall.

TV movies and miniseries include The Cliff (1970), with Vince Edwards and Patty Duke; Goodbye, Raggedy Ann (1971), with Mia Farrow and Holbrook; Pursuit (1972), with Ben Gazzara; Crime Club (1973), with Lloyd Bridges, Victor Buono, and Cloris Leachman; Letters from Three Lovers (1973), with June Allyson; The Execution of Private Slovik (1974), with Mariclare Costello, Ned Beatty, and Gary Busey; The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd (1974), with Kim Darby and Michael Parks; California Kid (1974), with Vic Morrow and Nick Nolte; The Missiles of October (1974), with William Devane, Howard Da Silva, And Ralph Bellamy; Taxi!! (1978), with Eva Marie Saint; The Guardian (1984), with Louis Gossett Jr. and Arthur Hill; The Atlanta Child Murders (1985), with Jason Robards, James Earl Jones, Rip Torn, and Morgan Freeman; The Fourth Wise Man (1985), with Eileen Brennan and Arkin; Shattered Spirits (1986), with Melinda Dillon, Matthew Laborteaux, Lukas Haas, and Roxana Zal; News at Eleven (1986), with Barbara Babcock and Peter Riegert; Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (1987), with Peter Boyle, Elliott Gould, Robert Carradine, and James Avery; The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story (1992), with Ralph Macchio; Queen (1993), with Halle Berry, Glover, Jasmine Guy, Tim Daly, Winfield, and Ann-Margret; Trigger Fast (1994), with Jürgen Prochnow; Roswell (1994), with Kyle MacLachlan and Dwight Yoakam; Hostile Waters (1997), with Rutger Hauer and Max von Sydow; Babylon 5: The River of Souls (1998), with Jerry Doyle, Tracy Scoggins, Jeff Conaway, Richard Biggs, and Ian McShane; The Whale (2013), with Jonas Armstrong and John Boyega.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • The Incident (1967) – directed by Larry Peerce
  • The Subject Was Roses (1968) – directed by Ulu Grosbard
  • Catch-22 (1970) – directed by Mike Nichols
  • The Cliff (1970) – Allen Reisner & Ralph Senensky – TV movie
  • No Drums, No Bugles (1972) – directed by Clyde Ware
  • Pickup on 101 (1972) – directed by John Florea
  • Rage (1972) – directed by George C. Scott
  • That Certain Summer (1972) – directed by Lamont Johnson
  • When the Line Goes Through (1973) – directed by Clyde Ware
  • Badlands (1973) – directed by Terrence Malick
  • Catholics (1973) – directed by Jack Gold – TV movie
  • The Legend of Earl Durand (1974) – directed by John Patterson
  • The California Kid (1974) – directed by Richard T. Heffron
  • The Last Survivors (1975) – directed by Lee H. Katzin
  • Sweet Hostage (1975) – directed by Lee Phillips
  • The Cassandra Crossing (1976) – directed by George P. Cosmatos
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) – directed by Nicolas Gessner
  • Apocalypse Now (1979) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Eagle’s Wing (1979) – directed by Anthony Harvey
  • The Final Countdown (1980) – directed by Don Taylor
  • Loophole (1981) – directed by John Quested
  • Gandhi (1982) – directed by Richard Attenborough
  • That Championship Season (1982) – directed by Jason Miller
  • In the Custody of Strangers (1982) – directed by Robert Greenwald
  • Enigma (1982) – directed by Jeannot Szwarc
  • In the King of Prussia (1983) – directed by Emile de Antonio
  • Man, Woman and Child (1983) – directed by Dick Richards
  • The Dead Zone (1983) – directed by David Cronenberg
  • Firestarter (1984) – directed by Mark L. Lester
  • A State of Emergency (1986) – directed by Richard C. Bennett
  • Shattered Spirits (1986) – directed by Robert Greenwald
  • The Believers (1987) – directed by John Schlesinger
  • Siesta (1987) – directed by Mary Lambert
  • Wall Street (1987) – directed by Oliver Stone
  • Da (1988) – directed by Matt Clark
  • Judgment in Berlin (1988) – directed by Leo Penn
  • Marked for Murder (1989) – directed by Rick Sloane
  • Cold Front (1989) – directed by Allan A. Goldstein
  • Beverly Hills Brats (1989) – directed by Jim Sotos
  • Nightbreaker (1989) – directed by Peter Markle
  • Beyond the Stars (1989) – directed by David Saperstein
  • Cadence (1990) – also director
  • Touch and Die (1991) – directed by Piernico Solinas
  • The Maid (1991) – directed by Ian Toynton
  • JFK (1991) – directed by Oliver Stone – narrator
  • Running Wild (1992) – directed by Duncan McLachlan
  • Original Intent (1992) – directed by Robert Marcarelli
  • When the Bough Breaks (1993) – directed by Michael Cohn
  • My Home, My Prison (1993) – directed by Susana Blaustein Muñoz – narrator
  • Ghost Brigade (1993) – directed by George Hickenlooper
  • Fortunes of War (1993) – directed by Thierry Nots
  • Hear No Evil (1993) – directed by Robert Greenwald
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) – directed by Jim Abrahams – cameo
  • Gettysburg (1993) – directed by Ronald F. Maxwell
  • A Matter of Justice (1993) – directed by Michael Switzer
  • Guns of Honor (1994) – directed by David Lister
  • Hits! (1994) – directed by William R. Greenblatt
  • Ghost Brigade (1994) – directed by George Hickenlooper
  • Boca (1994) – directed by Walter Avancini & Zalman King
  • The American President (1995) – directed by Rob Reiner
  • Sacred Cargo (1995) – directed by Aleksandr Buravsky
  • Dillinger and Capone (1995) – directed by Jon Purdy
  • Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys (1995) – directed by Charles Gale
  • A Hundred and One Nights (1995) – Agnès Varda – cameo as himself
  • The Break (1995) – directed by Lee H. Katzin
  • Dead Presidents (1995) – directed by Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes
  • Gospa (1995) – directed by Jakov Sedlar
  • The War at Home (1996) – directed by Emilio Estevez
  • Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996) – directed by Michael Ray Rhodes
  • Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997) – directed by Kiefer Sutherland
  • An Act of Conscience (1997) – directed by Robbie Leppzer – documentary – narrator
  • Spawn (1997) – directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé
  • Family Attraction (1998) – directed by Brian Hecker
  • Babylon 5: The River of Souls (1998) – directed by Janet Greek – TV movie
  • A Stranger in the Kingdom (1998) – directed by Jay Craven
  • Gunfighter (1998) – directed by Christopher Coppola
  • Monument Ave. (1998) – directed by Ted Demme
  • Shadrach (1998) – directed by Susanna Styron – narrator
  • A Letter from Death Row (1998) – directed by Marvin Baker & Bret Michaels
  • Free Money (1998) – directed by Yves Simoneau
  • No Code of Conduct (1998) – directed by Bret Michaels
  • Ninth Street (1999) – directed by Tim Rebman & Kevin Willmott
  • Lost & Found (1999) – directed by Jeff Pollack
  • Storm (1999) – directed by Harris Done
  • A Texas Funeral (1999) – directed by W. Blake Herron
  • O (2001) – directed by Tim Blake Nelson
  • Catch Me if You Can (2002) – directed by Steven Spielberg
  • Mercy of the Sea (2003) – directed by Dominik Sedlar & Jakov Sedlar
  • The Commission (2003) – directed by Mark Sobel
  • Jerusalemski sindrom (2004) – directed by Dominik Sedlar & Jakov Sedlar
  • The Departed (2006) – directed by Martin Scorsese
  • Bobby (2006) – directed by Emilio Estevez
  • Talk to Me (2007) – directed by Kasi Lemmons
  • Bordertown (2007) – directed by Gregory Nava
  • Flatland: The Movie (2007) – Dano Johnson & Jeffrey Travis – short
  • A Single Woman (2008) – directed by Kamala Lopez – voice
  • Man in the Mirror (2008) – directed by Frank Weston
  • Echelon Conspiracy (2009) – directed by Greg Marcks
  • Love Happens (2009) – directed by Brandon Camp
  • Imagine That (2009) – directed by Karey Kirkpatrick
  • The Kid: Chamaco (2009) – directed by Miguel Necoechea
  • The Way (2011) – directed by Emilio Estevez
  • The Double (2011) – directed by Michael Brandt
  • Stella Days (2012) – directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)* – directed by Lorene Scafaria
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) – directed by Marc Webb
  • Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014) – directed by Ravi Kumar
  • Selma (2014) – directed by Ava DuVernay
  • Ask Me Anything (2014) – directed by Allison Burnett
  • Trash (2015) – directed by Stephen Daldry
  • Badge of Honor (2015) – directed by Agustin
  • The Vessel (2015) – directed by Julio Quintana
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) – directed by Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone – cameo as himself
  • Rules Don’t Apply (2016) – directed by Warren Beatty
  • Come Sunday (2018) – directed by Joshua Marston
  • Princess of the Row (2020) – directed by Max Carlson
  • The Devil Has a Name (2020) – directed by Edward James Olmos
  • Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) – directed by Shaka King
  • 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) – directed by Ty Roberts