Martin Sheen

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Quotes (15)

  • (on what happened when Bush got into power) Martin Sheen: When the new administration got into power, all my West Wing colleagues were invited there to meet their counterparts. All except me. I was specifically asked not to come. I was very relieved about that.

  • (on how he handles his children's behavior) Martin Sheen: You are still their parent, you still have a responsibility. If you try to coddle them you can add to the problem. You have to risk your relationship, you have to love them enough to risk their wrath by telling them the truth, and it's not easy.

  • (on running for President) Martin Sheen: Your life is over as soon as you say you want to occupy the Oval Office. We elect an institution, the family of the guy, his entourage. He has to be someone with enormous ego who fancies he'll have an impact on history.

  • (on his parents' influence) Martin Sheen: The bottom line: if you have compassionate, loving parents who are themselves concerned about the larger community and are living a compassionate life, that's going to be ... they don't have to preach it if they're living it. It becomes part of the children's outlook and view of things and a view of themselves.

  • (on his faith) Martin Sheen: I enjoy being Catholic. It's a personal thing. It's a gift, and I enjoy it, receiving it and sharing it. If I can find my humanity then I am free. If your religion defines your humanity, the more it demands you be more human. It takes compassion and forgiveness, and love and service. It doesn't get any better than that. If you are searching for God, you will find yourself.

  • (on why he won't run for office) Martin: I am not a politician or a public servant. I am still a journeyman actor and a peace and justice activist. I'm a pilgrim trying to win my freedom and serve as best I can in the time I have, with this gift I've been given.

  • Martin Sheen: I'm not interested in being loved or liked. I'm interested in being free. I'm interested in knowing myself as I really am. I'm interested in uniting the will of the spirit to the work of the flesh. The only one that I have to account for is myself. I'm not trying to influence anybody. I don't really care a damn if anybody follows me or believes me. That's not important. I do it for myself so that I will know myself and earn my own freedom.

  • Martin Sheen: When I reached adulthood, even now, I could afford to belong to a country club. But I could never belong to a private club because of my experience as a child, because it would isolate me from the whole of humanity.

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Trivia (24)

  • Martin's brother Joe Estévez is also a prolific actor, though he doesn't have the public profile of his older brother.

  • While Martin was filming Kennedy he met James Cagney, one of his heroes, who commented that he wanted Martin to play him in a film.

  • In 1972, Martin auditioned for the role of Michael Corleone in hit movie The Godfather. The role went to Al Pacino. Martin turned down the lead role in Ridley Scott's Bladerunner because he was still recovering from the fallout of Apocalypse Now; the part went to Harrison Ford. In 1993, he was considered for the recurring role of Sloan on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

  • Against his father's wishes, Martin borrowed money from a priest and headed to New York City to pursue his acting career. It was there that he met Catholic activist Dorothy Day and began his commitment to social justice.

  • For some time during the 1940s and 1950s, Martin's family lived in Bermuda, where his father was a representative for IBM. Martin is the only one of the ten Estevez children who was not born in Bermuda.

  • Martin credited James Dean as his influence to begin acting.

  • Martin attended Chaminade High School (renamed Chaminade-Julienne High School) and was raised as a Roman Catholic.

  • Martin adopted his stage name in honor of the Catholic archbishop and theologian, Fulton J. Sheen.

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