Meet Martin Sheen's Four Children Who Follow in Their Dad's Footsteps
A multiple Golden Globe and Emmy winning actor, Martin 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's "Winning". Martin just belonged to an earlier generation.
MARTIN SHEEN'S MARRIAGE TO JANET ESTEVEZ
Janet Templeton is an actress known for her appearances in productions such as "The Way," "Rated X," and "Beverly Hills Brats." She is also known for her role as Elaine de Kooning in "Kennedy," where Sheen played the lead character, John F. Kennedy. Janet was also the executive producer of "The Way."
Martin and Janet became acquainted while she was studying art at the New School for Social Research in NY. Although the exact date is not precise, we do know that they tied the knot on December 23, 1961. And if we do the math, that indicates that Martin was only 21, while Janet was 17! (she was born on July 8, 1944).
And that also means that the couple has been together for quite some time. Unlike most Hollywood men, Martin has remained faithful to his youth sweetheart for almost 58 years. Hollywood couples have a long way to catch up with these two. But the almost six decades together 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."
And if you're wondering how a Hollywood A-lister could be together with the same woman for so long, the answer might shock you. According to The Washington Post, Martin answered that very question and claimed, laughing, that he doesn't know. He further said: "I've never met a person with more integrity in my life, though. I honestly couldn't keep up with her. It's taken me a long time to be as even and direct with her as she has been, always, with me. And that's the relationship."
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 drunk, he got angry, and Martin used to beat Emilio up in drunken rages.
Even though their relationship suffered because of Martin’s abuse of alcohol, 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, whom 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” was 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. Charlie got canned for his actions, and the sitcom was being 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.
CHARLIE'S EARLY LIFE AND ROAD TO STARDOM
Born as Carlos Irwin Estevez on September 3, 1965, Charlie, as he is popularly known, is an American actor who lives in New York City. His acting career took off in 1984 when he landed a role in Red Dawn with other actors like Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, and Patrick Swayze. In 1986, he landed another character in a movie titled Ferris Bueller's Day Off, with his co-star, Jennifer Grey. Movie-wise, things began to go great for this talented actor, and by 1997, Sheen wrote his film.
This was a shock to so many, but the actor pulled it off, and the question that lingered in everyone's mind was; is there life on Mars? Most of his films had comic events in it, and it was not long before Sheen became the Golden boy we always wanted to see on our screens. Aside from comedy, he lent his voice to different movies for many years, while acting in some. In 2017, the actor started in a 9/11 adaptation movie that was a big hit across the globe.
HIS AFFAIR WITH CHARLOTTE LEWIS
Charlotte and Charlie dated each other from 1986 to 1989. They met while working a set together. At that time, Charlotte was 19 years old, and she once talked about how innocent Charlie looked whenever they were intimate. However, his alcohol issues got in the way of their relationship, and they decided to end it.
After dating Charlie for three years, the actress went on to do bigger things for herself. In 2010, she revealed that Roman Polanski was inappropriate with her on set, while she was working on the pirates' movie with Charlie in 1986. However, it was found out that those allegations against Polanski were made up by the actress.
CHARLIE'S TIME WITH SCOTTINE ROSS
Scottine Ross was involved with Charlie Sheen, and even got engaged with him in February 2014. The couple looked like they could go places together, but a year later, Scottine backed out of the engagement. She went ahead to sue Charlie for $5 million on the basis that he exposed her to HIV, made her terminate her pregnancy, and was physical towards her. Scottine won the petition, and the couple parted ways for good. After her venture with Charlie, Scottine involved herself with numerous movie roles. She also went into modeling for a while, making a name in the industry.
HIS ROMANCES WITH BREE OLSEN AND NATALIE KENLY
In 2011, Charlie Sheen started acting strangely as he took an interest in two beautiful women; Bree Olson and Natalie Kenly. In his words, he referred to them as goddesses, and he dated them at the same time. The women were very much aware of this arrangement, and for a while, they were both living with the actor as co-girlfriends. Later on, both women showed hatred towards Charlie when he revealed his status. According to them, he never told them about his HIV status, and there had been intimacy without protection. However, eventually, Natalie came around and even defended Charlie, saying he was a good person.
CHARLIE AND DENISE RICHARDS
This fantastic actress was married to Charlie Sheen for four years after they met while shooting Good Advice in 2000. The couple gave birth to two beautiful girls named Sam and Lola, but the marriage soon hit the rocks, reason being that Charlie was engrossed in substance abuse and violence. In 2005, Denise filed for divorce, and it came to pass in 2006. Presently, Denise Richards is a popular Hollywood actress who has taken part in various incredible movies.
HIS LIFE STRUGGLES
As per US Weekly, Martin talked about his son's struggles with addictions last year during the Chefs for Human Rights event in LA. He stated that the best way to heal is to help others to heal because, in that way, you can appreciate more what someone is going through since you were there as well. "One of the great energies of addiction is the ego. It gets in the way of everything. When you start serving others, then the ego is removed from the equation."
He further explained that nobody is alone because there is always someone to call or that can hook up with. But undoubtedly, Charlie's road riddled with struggles is by no means easy. They started when his acting career skyrocketed, but he hit bottom in other aspects. Alcohol, drugs, and sex addictions plagued his reputation as an actor as his behaviors spun out of control.
He was arrested for assaulting his former girlfriend, Brittany Ashland, and later landed in a drug rehabilitation center. Besides, he attended 12-step meetings to keep himself sober. In 2006, Charlie and Denise split up despite their children together, and hell broke loose. He was also diagnosed with substance abuse and arraigned in court for physically abusing his former wife, Denise Richards.
The actress claimed that her husband had abused her physically and verbally, and even threatened to kill her. Thus, Richards filed for a restraining order, and that's without counting the battles over custody. In 2009, the story sort of repeated again when Charlie was again arrested for charges over criminal activities and second-degree assault of his wife, Brooke Mueller.
From 2010 to 2011, Charlie went in and out of rehabilitation centers and paid numerous visits to the hospital. Three years later, Charlie was sued for assault and battery on a female dental technician, which was yet another evidence of how he treats women.
On November 17, 2015, The Two and a Half Man star publicly announced that he was HIV positive, adding that he was diagnosed four years earlier. But finding out the bad news did not stop him; Sheen had more than 200 sexual partners after learning about his condition.
Regarding Charlie's HIV diagnosis, the father expressed how proud he was of Charlie for leading an honest life and revealing his state. However, overcoming that challenge when you are a celebrity is not easy. Since 1990, Charlie Sheen has had a turnaround in his life and career. But the fact that he is an amazing actor was not able to cover up for the many struggles he was going through.
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. As her brother Emilio put it, 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 with today's political climate.
In 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.
Would you consider this a testament to Martin's good parenting or merely a consequence of nature? Let us know in the comments and be sure to share this article with friends who are interested in famous family trees.