Although a multi-award-winning actor, Martin Sheen's life was filled with a series of ups and downs, sadly, one of his four children experienced similar struggles.
Born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Esteves on August 3, 1940, the actor came from humble beginnings before becoming a household name. Determined to pursue his dreams, Esteves left for New York in his 20s and worked menial jobs while auditioning for roles.
He decided to adopt the stage name Martin Sheen, which he carried until making a name in the entertainment industry. Sheen is a multi-award-winning actor with several acting credits to his name. He also has four children who followed in his footsteps in show business.
Martin Sheen poses for photos with his sons. | Source: Getty Images
SHEEN'S VICES AFFECTS HIS MARRIAGE
Sheen married Janet Templeton, an actress known for "Rated X," "The Way," and "Beverly Hills Brats" on December 23, 1961. Together, they withstood the test of time and overcame challenges as husband and wife.
Admittedly, their marriage became challenging to hold on to as Sheen battled alcoholism. "It wasn't very endearing. I was a known alcoholic and obviously troubled in a lot of areas," he recalled. However, Sheen's wife never gave up on him and always called him out for his vices. The actor 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."
Martin Sheen and Janet Sheen arrive at the Premiere of "Apocalypse Now Final Cut" the at ArcLight Cinerama Dome on August 12, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
Eventually, Martin sought help from Alcoholics Anonymous and turned to the Catholic Church. He has since been sober and spending the happiest days of his life with his wife and grown children, Emilio, Ramon, Charlie, and Renee.
In 2018, Charlie celebrated his one year of sobriety, followed by one year of no smoking in 2019.
Martin and Janet's children followed in their footsteps in the entertainment industry. Although being related to a famous actor was a bonus, their natural skills in their craft brought them great careers.
Martin Sheen and Janet Sheen during the screening of 'The Incident' during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival on April 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
Martin's firstborn, Emilio, is an actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. Emilio built his acting career in small theater productions and became part of the 1980s "Brat Pack," alongside Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, and more.
In 1992, he starred in Disney's "The Mighty Ducks" and reprised his role in the two sequels as well as "Mighty Ducks: Game Changers." Emilio also found success behind the screen when he first wrote and directed "Men at Work," which he also starred in.
His other known directing stints include "CSI: New York," "Cold Case," "The Guardian," and "The Way," among many others. Like some of his siblings, Emilio did not use a stage name in the industry and maintained his real last name, Estevez.
Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen at the SiriusXM Studio on May 8, 2012 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
Although he has several known productions, the 2006 film "Bobby" mainly brought Emilio recognition. He wrote, directed, and starred in the Robert F. Kennedy-based movie.
"Bobby" had a significant impact on its viewers that the film received a seven-minute standing ovation during its Venice Film Festival premiere.
Behind the scenes, Emilio is a doting father to two children, daughter Paloma and son Taylor, who he shares with model Carey Salley. Emilio was also married to Paula Abdul but divorced her after two years.
The poster for Disney's "The Mighty Ducks." | Source: Wikimedia Commons
The second eldest child, Ramon, was born a year and a half after Emilio. Like his family, Ramon followed a career in show business and made his acting debut alongside his brother in "In the Custody of Strangers."
He has since appeared in several movies, including "Cadence," "That Was Then… This Is Now," and "A State of Emergency," among others. He later ventured into producing and co-produced the sitcom "Anger Management" with his younger brother, Charlie.
Apart from making his mark in Hollywood, Ramon operates their family's company, Estevez Sheen Productions.
Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen and Ramon Estevez during the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS held at The Carlu during the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. | Source: Getty Images
Martin's youngest son, Charlie, may be the most known among his siblings, not only for his acting stints but also for derailing his life with several vices. Charlie wanted to join the entertainment industry at a young age, so he pursued his dreams when he was kicked out of school.
He starred in several highly regarded productions, including "Platoon," "Wall Street," "Money Talks," "Major League," "Scary Movie," "Spin City," and "Two and a Half Men," where he received three Emmy Award and two Golden Globe nominations.
The role also made Charlie the highest-paid actor on television with $1.8 million per episode. However, his life when the camera stopped rolling was quite concerning. Charlie made headlines for his notorious actions, such as trashing hotel rooms and hiding porn stars in closets.
He was also heavily involved with drugs and alcohol, which took a toll on his relationship with Charlotte Lewis. Charlie later dated Scottine Ross and eventually asked her to marry him. Unfortunately, their engagement was called off a year later.
Ross ended up suing Charlie for exposing her to HIV. he also forced Ross to terminate her pregnancy and showed physical abuse towards her. In 2011, Charlie dated Bree Olson and Natalie Kenly simultaneously.
He finally settled down when he married Denise Richards, with whom he shares two children, Sam and Lola. Unfortunately, his drug abuse and violent nature paved the way for a divorce. According to Charlie, he was successfully sober for 11 years but relapsed due to his HIV diagnosis.
"It was to suffocate the anxiety, and what my life was going to become with this condition and getting so numb I didn't think about it," Charlie said, as reported by People. "It was the only tool I had at the time, so I believed that would quell a lot of that angst. A lot of that fear. And it only made it worse."
Still, he pushed for himself to get better. In 2018, Charlie celebrated his one year of sobriety, followed by one year of no smoking in 2019. According to Martin, he adores his son. "I've always, always adored him," he said. "His recovery and his life is a miracle, and he's an extraordinary man."
Martin's kids grew up to find success in the same path he so loved.
Martin's youngest child, Renee, also followed in his footsteps as an actress. Her on-screen debut was in "CBS Schoolbreak Special," followed by several other acting stints, including "Heathers," "Nightmare Vacation 2," and "Intruder.
During a later interview, Renée shared that another actress had helped her nail the blood-curdling scream of slasher movies. She recalled:
"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."
Martin's kids grew up to find success in the same path he so loved. Hopefully, they will age to have a long and illustrious film and television career like their father.