Charlie Sheen (birth name: Carlos Irwin Estévez) is an American actor. Born on Sept. 3, 1965, in New York City, he is the youngest son of actor Martin Sheen.
Charlie’s made his first appearance in movies at the age of nine in his father Martin Sheen’s film, The Execution of Private Slovik, in 1974. While studying at the Santa Monica High School, he showed an interest in acting, and was featured in the amateur series, Super 8, alongside his brother Emilio Estévez, and school friends Sean Penn and Rob Lowe. He was expelled from school because of poor grades and attendance. He adopted the Charlie Sheen when he decided to become an actor.
Charlie’s movie career began in 1984 when he landed a role in the Cold War inspired teen drama Red Dawn alongside Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson, C. Thomas Howell and Jennifer Grey. Charlie’s major breakthrough in Hollywood came when he landed a major role in the movie Platoon in 1986. In 1987, he was casted alongside his father in the film Wall Street. Both Director Oliver Stone directed both the movies, Platoon and Wall Street.
In 1988, Charlie was asked by Oliver to star in his new movie, Born on the Fourth of July(1989), but later Tom Cruise was picked instead. After that, he never took a lead role in any of Oliver’s following films, though he did made a cameo appearance in the 2010 movie, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. In 1987, Charlie was casted to play the role of Ron in the unreleased Grizzly II: The Predator. The following year, he was casted in the baseball movie Eight Men Out playing as an outfielder Happy Felsch.
In 1990, Charlie featured alongside his father in the movie Cadence, where he played the role of a rebellious inmate in a military stockade. The same year he starred with Clint Eastwood in the film The Rookie. Charlie starred in many comedy roles too, which includes the Major League flicks, Money Talks and in the Hot Shots! films. In 1999, he was casted as himself in the film Being John Malkovich. He was also casted in the comedy series, Scary Movie 3 (2003), Scary Movie 4 (2006), and Scary Movie 5 (2013). In the 2013 film, Machete Kills, directed by Robert Rodriques, Charlie decided to use his real birth name in the movie, where he plays the President of the United States.
In 2000, Charlie made his small screen debut, when he replaced Michael J. Fox for the last two remaining seasons of the Spin City series. Charlie was nominated for two ALMA Awards for the sitcom and also won his first Golden Globe for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. In 2003, Charlie was casted as Charlie Harper in the hugely successful Two and Half Men series, which was loosely based on his bad boy persona. The character won him an ALMA Award, two Golden Globe and three Emmy Award nominations. The sitcom made Charlie one of the highest paid actors in television with each episode earning him $1.8 million. Charlie currently stars on the comedy series, Anger Management and the first episode premiered on FX on June 28, 2012.
On Sept. 2011, Charlie was roasted on Comedy Central, which was watched by a record 6.4 million viewers, making it the highest rated roast on Comedy Central ever.
In 2011, Charlie created a new Guinness World Record for having the “Fastest Time To Reach 1 Million Followers” on Twitter, averaging around 129,000 new followers each day and the “Highest Paid TV Actor Per Episode” at $1.25 million while acting at the Two and A Half Men.
Charlie is major supporter and donor of Aid For AIDS since 2006, and has been honored a rare AFA Angel Award, one of very few ever given in 2009, at the foundations 25th Silver Anniversary Reception.