Meet Martin Sheen's Four Children Who Follow in Their Dad's Footsteps
A multiple Golden Globe and Emmy winning actor Sheen became a household name after being part of Francis Ford Coppola's legendary Apocolypse Now in 1979. After starring in numerous films through the '80s and '90s. Martin set the screen on fire with the ever-popular tv series The West Wing in 1999 playing the role of POTUS. A character for which he won six Emmys. The name Martin Sheen was famous long before Charlie Sheen started 'winning.' Martin just belonged to an earlier generation.
Martin and Emilio
Janet and Martin Sheen got married in December 1961, just as Martin’s acting career began. The couple welcomed their first child and son, Emilio on May 12, 1962, in New York City. But Martin’s rising fame also saw an increase in his drinking. When he got inebriated, he got angry, and Martin used to beat Emilio up in drunken rages. Even though their relationship suffered because of Martin’s alcohol abuse, they started rebuilding their relationship after Martin decided to become, and stay sober.
The same year Emilio Estevez graduated from Santa Monica High School, he snagged a role in “Seventeen Going on Nowhere.” Like three of his other siblings, Emilio kept their father’s real surname, Estevez. Of Spanish descent, Martin chose Sheen as his screen name while he kept using his birth name in real life. In 1982 came Emilio Estevez’s debut role in the big-screen opposite Matt Dillon in “Tex.” His performance in the film led to a part in “The Outsiders” the following year and “Repo Man” in 1984.
Martin Sheen's Marriage To Janet Estevez
Unlike most Hollywood men, Martin has remained faithful to his childhood sweetheart for almost 58 years. But those five decades were not a walk in the park. When the actor was battling his drinking problem, he confessed to The Washington Post, that it was a trying time for him and Janet. Recalling how their marriage was at the time, Martin said:
"Yeah, it wasn't very endearing. I was a known alcoholic, and obviously troubled in a lot of areas."
Luckily, he was able to get back on his feet thanks to Alcoholics Anonymous and his return to the Catholic belief. However, all that happened because his wife always told him the truth. Janet, who he describes as "the scariest woman he ever met," never failed to call him out when he was doing wrong. He said:
"I was fortunate enough to marry the scariest woman I'd ever met. She did not know how to lie. It was impossible. For me, the truth was a sometimes thing. For her, it was eternity. She would always call me out, thank God."
Like Father Like Son
Emilio turned to Directing and worked on popular movies that included “Stakeout” in 1987, and “Young Guns” a year later. The actor’s most famous role came in 1992 when he starred as Coach Gordon Bombay in “The Mighty Ducks.” The same year he married Paula Abdul on April 29, but their marriage didn’t last long and the couple divorced on May 10, 1994.
The acting and directing continued, but one of Emilio’s productions stood out. In 2006 the film “Bobby” got released. It told the story of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination and Emilio directed, wrote, and starred in the movie. When the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, it received a seven-minute standing ovation. Through the 80s and 90s, Emilio snagged another few roles before he started running Estevez Sheen Productions for his father. Inbetween Emilio also wrote songs for Diamond Rio.
Martin and Ramon
Emilio’s brother Ramon, who is one and a half years younger than Emilio, followed him into acting in 1982. For Ramon’s debut role, he starred alongside Emilio, Jane Alexander, and Ed Lauter in “In the Custody of Strangers.” After being involved in the production and development of Esteves Sheen Productions Ramon has been co-producing comedic show Anger Management with his brother Charlie Sheen. Ramon seems to flourish more behind the screen than in front of it. He has managed to keep out of trouble, though.
Martin and Charlie
Charlie is the only child that adopted his father’s stage name and anglicized his first name. Born Carlos Estevez, he became the Charlie Sheen we all know. By far the child who caused the most drama, Charlie made headlines for hiding porn stars in closets and trashing hotel rooms. While starring in “Two and a Half Men,” Charlie insulted the creator of the series, Chuck Lorre. Then Charlie got canned for his actions, and the sitcom got put on hold. When Charlie went on vacation with his ex-wife, nanny, and a porn star, the actor made news again. Later on, he lost custody of his twin sons after a legal battle with his ex-wife.
Martin and Renee
The baby of the family is Renée. Born in 1967 she first appeared onscreen in an episode of “CBS Schoolbreak Special” in 1984. Renée’s best-known role followed in the cult movie “Heathers” in 1988, wherein she played Betty Finn. Shortly after she also appeared in two slasher films, “Nightmare Vacation 2” and “Intruder” in 1989. During a later interview, Renée shared that another actress had to help her nail the blood-curdling scream associated with slasher movies.“She helped me conjure up a few terror scenarios, and in a matter of minutes, I was screaming like a real B-movie actress pro! I nailed the scene in two takes, and the sound man never spoke to me again,” Renée recalled.
In later years she put her acting career aside and became a pastry chef, keeping out of the public eye. Like her brother, Emilio said during an interview, “We are a real family with real problems. What we are going through is what millions of other families worldwide have gone through, except we are doing it on a very different level where everything is public.”
Martin, Here and Now
The patriarch of the family also continued acting taking various cameo roles on shows such as Murphy Brown. When rumors of a “West Wing” reboot surfaced in 2018. Get ready all you Sheen fans. There is always room for another entertaining political show on television. Especially in today's political climate. During the original West Wing series, Martin played the role of the president. In the last episode of the previous season, Sheen's character left Washington. Now he might be making a return as an advisor like Nixon was for Clinton which should work well with the storyline.
Nature or Nurture?
Whether it be staying sober, acting, or parenting, Martin Sheen seems to be doing a pretty good job. All his children have evolved into successful adults with good careers. It might have taken longer for some of them than it did for others to get it right, but they all got there.
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