Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940 as Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as Captain Willard in the film Apocalypse Now and, most recently, as President Josiah Bartlet on the acclaimed and long-running television drama series The West Wing.
Sheen was born in Dayton, Ohio to Francisco Estévez, a Galician factory worker/machinery inspector from Parderrubias, Galicia, Spain, and Mary Anne (Phelan), an immigrant from County Tipperary, Ireland. Sheen's mother fled from Ireland during the Irish War of Independence due to her family's IRA connections. Sheen adopted his stage name in honor of Catholic archbishop and theologian Fulton J. Sheen. Sheen lived on Brown Street in the South Park neighborhood, and was one of 10 siblings (9 boys and one girl). He attended Chaminade High School (now Chaminade-Julienne High School). He was raised as a Roman Catholic.
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Bobby is a Golden Globe Award-nominated historical drama film written and directed by Emilio Estevez. The film features an ensemble cast and is a fictional account of the lives of several people present during the final hours in the life of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, candidate for President of the United States, on June 5, 1968.
Bobby was released in New York and Los Angeles on November 17, 2006; wide release followed on November 23, one day after the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Robert's brother. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it received a seven-minute-long standing ovation. It received mixed reviews from critics, but nevertheless was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture.
Bobby is a fictional account of events at the Ambassador Hotel on the day Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. The film recreates the ambience and themes of 1968 and invokes the hopes killed with Kennedy, by portraying this day-in-the-life of 24 fictional characters....,
The Departed is an Academy Award-winning 2006 film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs.
This film takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, where notorious Irish mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Nicholson) implants career criminal and protege Colin Sullivan (Damon) as an informant within the Massachusetts State Police. Simultaneously, the police assign undercover cop Billy Costigan (DiCaprio) to infiltrate Costello's crew. When both sides of the law realize the situation, the two men are dispatched to discover each other's identities.
Tagline:Cops or criminals. When you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?The film begins in 1975 in South Boston during the Boston busing riots featuring a montage of documentary footage with voice-over narration by Irish mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack Nicholson). The next scenes take place years...,
Who Killed the Electric Car? is a 2006 documentary film that explores the birth, limited commercialization, and subsequent death of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the 1990s. The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the US government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers in limiting the development and adoption of this technology.
It was released on DVD to the home video market on November 14 2006 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The film deals with the history of the electric car, its development and commercialization, mostly focusing on the General Motors EV1, which was made available for lease in Southern California, after the California Air Resources Board passed the ZEV mandate in 1990, as well as the implications of the events depicted for air pollution, environmentalism, Middle East politics, and global warming.
The film details the California Air Resources Board's reversal...,
Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 motion picture set in the 1960s. It was co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and adapted by Jeff Nathanson loosely from the book by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
The movie states that it was inspired by the true life story of Abagnale; however the movie diverges somewhat from the real events as reported in Abagnale's book on his exploits.
The film was a critical and commercial success and is well regarded for John Williams' score and its unique title sequence. The lead actors were Leonardo DiCaprio (as Abagnale) and Tom Hanks (as his FBI pursuer), with a supporting role by Christopher Walken (as Abagnale's father). Williams and Walken were nominated for Academy Awards.
The film is based on the pursuit of a man wanted for fraud.
The film begins with an FBI agent, Carl Hanratty Jr. (Tom Hanks), arriving at a French jail in 1969 to meet an imprisoned and sick Frank, who attempts to escape. The...
O is a 2001 'teen' film version of William Shakespeare's Othello.
The film's intended release date coincided with the Columbine High School massacre, so the film was shelved. It was finally released in 2001. It was directed by Tim Blake Nelson and written by Brad Kaaya. It contains many different styles of music, ranging from rap to opera. It was filmed in South Carolina.
Told in a contemporary high school setting, Othello is now Odin (Mekhi Phifer), star of the basketball team and the school's only African American student. Desdemona is Desi (Julia Stiles, in her second modern adaptation of a Shakespeare play), the dean's daughter and Odin's girlfriend. Iago is Hugo (Josh Hartnett), the coach's steroid-shooting son, who jealously plants seeds of doubt that fester in Odin's mind, leading them all to a tragically violent fate. Roderigo is Roger (Elden Henson), Hugo's best friend, a rich and troubled student who wants to go out with Desi, and helps Hugo until he is killed by Hugo...,
Monument Ave., originally titled Snitch, was a 1998 American film directed by Ted Demme and starring Denis Leary. The film centers on the Charlestown, Massachusetts Irish Mob and small time criminal Bobby O'Grady (Leary) who is dealing with the problems that arise due to Charlestown's code of silence. The film also stars Famke Janssen, Martin Sheen, Billy Crudup, Colm Meaney, Ian Hart, and Lenny Clarke.In Australia, this film was titled Noose....
Truth or Consequences, N.M. is an American neo-noir film released in 1997 directed by Kiefer Sutherland, who makes his directorial debut.The film was executive produced by Phillip M. Goldfarb and stars Sutherland, Vincent Gallo, Kevin Pollack, Rod Steiger, Martin Sheen, and others.
This noir is about a drug heist gone seriously wrong.
Raymond Lembecke (Vincent Gallo) is a con just out of prison after serving time for selling drugs for his mob boss Tony Vago (Rod Steiger). (Lembecke was innocent and took the rap for Vago.) Raymond thinks Vago owes him big time so, when his former boss gets him a measly job in a warehouse, he decides on revenge and comes up with a plan to steal a million dollars worth of drugs from the guy.
He plans the heist with Marcus Weans (Mykelti Williamson) and the disturbed trigger-happy Curtis Freley (Kiefer Sutherland). In pure noir fashion, fatalism hits the boys hard when they kill an undercover DEA agent (who's wearing a wire) during the heist. They decide...,
Spawn is a film adaptation of Todd McFarlane's creator-owned Image comic book of the same name. It was released in the United States on August 1, 1997. The film was directed and co-written by Mark Dippé (a former animator at Industrial Light and Magic) and executive produced by McFarlane and Alan Blomquist. The movie starred Michael Jai White as Al Simmons/Spawn, John Leguizamo as Al's demonic guide and antagonist Clown/Violator, veteran voice actor Frank Welker as Malebolgia, Melinda Clarke as the assassin Jessica Priest, Nicol Williamson as Al's mentor Cogliostro, Theresa Randle as Al's widow Wanda Blake, D.B. Sweeney as Wanda's husband Terry Fitzgerald, and Martin Sheen as Jason Wynn, Al's former government employer.The premise of the movie is similar to the initial storyline of the original comics. Al Simmons, a military soldier/assassin, has been betrayed by a covert government agency head named Jason Wynn. Wynn orders his top assassin, Priest, to assassinate him. After Simmons...,
The War at Home is a 1996 motion picture starring Emilio Estevez, Kathy Bates, and Martin Sheen. Estevez also directed the film and also served as co-producer.Estevez plays Jeremy Collier, a returning Vietnam War hero whose haunting experiences leave him unable to adjust to the quiet realities of small town life. The film lays bare the hidden costs of war on the soldiers who fight, and kill, not for rightness, but simply to survive.Sheen plays Bob Collier, Jeremy's father. He expects his son to go back to the way his life was, despite the possibility of post-traumatic stress disorder.Kathy Bates plays Estevez's mother, Maurine, who treats Jeremy 'like he's a 10-year-old', and also seems to think he should forget about his war experiences.His sister Karen, played by actress Kimberly Williams, is a little more understanding of his "adjustment problems", but her father doesn't want her to try helping her brother.The film was made for $3 million, and was distributed by Touchstone Pictures...
The American President is a 1995 romantic comedy movie directed by Rob Reiner and written by Aaron Sorkin. It stars Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen and Michael J. Fox.
In it Democratic President Andrew Shepherd (Douglas) is a widower who pursues a relationship with attractive lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Bening) — who has just moved to Washington, D.C. — while at the same time attempting to win passage of some important legislation.
Composer Marc Shaiman was nominated for the "Original Musical or Comedy Score" Oscar for The American President.The film was nominated for Golden Globes for best director, best screenplay, best actor in a comedy/musical for Michael Douglas, best actress in a comedy/musical for Annette Bening, and best comedy/musical motion picture.Shepherd is introduced as an immensely popular president from the state of Wisconsin preparing to run for re-election with a 63% approval rating. The President and his staff, led by Chief of Staff A.J. McInnerney (...,
Roswell is a 1994 television movie based on the alleged true story from the testimony of hundreds of witnesses about the U.S. military recovery of a flying saucer and its alien crew following a crash near the town of Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. It stars Kyle MacLachlan, Martin Sheen, Kim Greist, and Dwight Yoakam.
This film was produced by Paul Davids and is credited by some to have put the Roswell UFO incident in the mainstream media.
The script was based specifically on the book by Kevin D. Randle and Donald R. Schmitt, UFO Crash at Roswell.
James MacDonald, who played an Area 51 soldier here, later appears in a similar role in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Little Green Men", that also focused on the Roswell UFO Incident.
Gettysburg is a 1993 movie that dramatizes the decisive Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. It was directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, who also wrote the screenplay, a close adaptation of Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1974 novel The Killer Angels.
For the first time, the National Park Service allowed the motion picture industry to recreate and film battle scenes directly on the Gettysburg Battlefield, including scenes of Devil's Den and Little Round Top. However, much of the movie was shot at a nearby Adams County farm. Thousands of Civil War reenactors from across the country volunteered their time and expense to come to Gettysburg to participate in the massive battle scenes.
Media mogul Ted Turner helped bankroll the project (originally planned as a miniseries for TNT), but decided to instead release it in theaters. Although not as successful at the box office as Turner and Maxwell had hoped, the movie became a popular seller on VHS and DVD, and has become a staple...
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) is a documentary about the making of the film Apocalypse Now.
The title is derived from the source material for Apocalypse Now, the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness. Using behind the scenes footage, and narrated by Eleanor Coppola, it chronicles how production problems including bad weather, actors' health and other issues delayed the film, increasing costs and nearly destroying the life and career of Francis Ford Coppola. In 1990, Eleanor Coppola turned her material over to two young filmmakers George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr who then shot new interviews with the original cast and crew and intercut them with her existing material. After a year of editing, Hickenlooper, Bahr, and Coppola debuted their film at the Cannes International Film Festival to universal critical acclaim.
Originally aired on television in the United States, Hearts of Darkness won several awards: The National Board of Review, USA award for "Best...,
Wall Street is an American film released in 1987. It was directed by Oliver Stone, and features Michael Douglas in the role that won him an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The film has come to be seen as the archetypal portrayal of 1980s excess, with Douglas as the "Master of the Universe." Wall Street was written by Stanley Weiser and Oliver Stone.
The story involves a young stockbroker, Bud Fox (played by Charlie Sheen), who is desperate to get to the top. He settles on a plan to become involved with his hero, the extremely successful and wealthy but unscrupulous corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas).
After succeeding in attaining an audience with Gekko, Fox proposes a number of stock tips, all of which are soundly rejected. As a desperate last attempt to earn Gekko's favor, Fox gives him a stock tip based on secret insider information he obtained from his father, Carl (Martin Sheen, Charlie's real-life father). Carl is a maintenance chief at a small...
The Believers, a horror/neo-noir film directed by John Schlesinger was released in 1987. Martin Sheen, Robert Loggia and Helen Shaver are among the actors in this movie.After the accidental death of his wife by electrocution, Cal Jamison (Martin Sheen) moves to New York City, where a rash of brutal, ritualistic child murders, supposedly committed by members of a Hispanic cult practicing a malevolent version of Santeria have been confounding the NYPD. Things take a turn for the worse when the cult targets Jamison's son Chris (Harley Cross)....,
The Dead Zone is a 1983 horror film based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Directed by David Cronenberg, the film stars Christopher Walken, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Brooke Adams, and Colleen Dewhurst. The plot revolves around a schoolteacher, Johnny Smith (Walken), who awakens from a coma to find he has psychic powers.
Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher in a small Maine town, in love with his colleague and fellow teacher, Sarah (Adams). The film opens some time in Autumn as he reads an excerpt from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" to his class. After school he meets up with Sarah in the hallway; they discuss a date they're having at the carnival that evening.
Later, at the carnival, Johnny and Sarah enjoy a roller coaster ride together until Johnny begins to have a severe headache. Johnny shakes it off and the two continue their date. That night it begins to rain heavily and after Johnny drives Sarah home, she asks him to stay the night -- he assures her he will be fine and...,
Gandhi (1982) is a multi-award-winning biopic film about the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (often known as Mahatma Gandhi), who was leader of the nonviolent resistance movement against British colonial rule in India during the first half of the 20th century. The film was directed by Richard Attenborough and stars Ben Kingsley as Gandhi, a role for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.It was an international co-production between production companies in India and the UK. The film premiered in New Delhi on November 30, 1982.The film opens with a statement from the filmmakers explaining their approach to the problem of filming Gandhi's complex life story:The film begins with Gandhi's assassination and funeral on January 30, 1948. After an evening prayer, an elderly Gandhi is helped out for his evening walk to meet a large number of greeters and admirers. One of these visitors shoots him point blank in the chest. Gandhi exclaims, "Oh, God!" in the film ("Hé Ram!"...,
That Championship Season is Jason Miller's screen version of his 1973 Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway play of the same name. For a number of years Miller attempted to bring the play to the big screen and, finally in 1982, he succeeded. As both writer and director, Miller utilized headline talent of the time and insisted on filming the exteriors on-location in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where the story takes place. His vision had the likes of Robert Mitchum, Martin Sheen, Bruce Dern, Stacy Keach and Paul Sorvino walking down West Side Scranton streets.Scranton, as other major cities in the 1980s, was suffering from a high degree of downtown urban blight. Miller was raised and educated there and his intent was to showcase the city and its people. The first quarter of the film does just that as the characters and situations unfold. Scranton locations used included Nay Aug Park (featuring a political rally using the townspeople as extras), the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad...
The Final Countdown is a 1980 science fiction film about a modern aircraft carrier that travels through time to just before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It was directed by Don Taylor, and stars Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, James Farentino and Katharine Ross.
The setting is the year 1980. Captain Matthew Yelland (Douglas), commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, has been ordered to take on a civilian observer, Warren Lasky (Sheen) during a training mission in the Pacific Ocean. Lasky's boss, Mr Tideman, watches Lasky's departure from inside a limousine, his face concealed from both the audience and Lasky, who has never actually met him face to face. Tideman helped design the Nimitz, and Lasky's assignment is to watch and make recommendations while the ship goes on exercises near Hawaii. When Air Wing Commander Owen (Farentino) mildly confronts him about disrupting the ship's operations that are working just fine, Lasky replies, "There are always alternatives,...
Apocalypse Now is a 1979 Academy and Golden Globe award winning American film set during the Vietnam War. It tells the story of Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard who is sent into the jungle to assassinate United States Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, who is said to have gone insane. The film has been viewed as a journey into the darkness of the human psyche.The film was directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script by Coppola, John Milius and Michael Herr, which drew elements from Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness (1899), and Herr's "Dispatches" (1977). It was also heavily influenced by Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972): Coppola himself has noted, "Aguirre, with its incredible imagery, was a very strong influence. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it."The film stars Martin Sheen as Captain Benjamin L. Willard (based on Marlow in Conrad's novella), Marlon Brando as Colonel Kurtz, Dennis Hopper as a photojournalist, and Robert Duvall in an Oscar...,
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is a 1976 film directed by Nicolas Gessner and written by Laird Koenig, based on Koenig's 1974 novel of the same title. The film fits mostly in the genre of psychological thriller drama with elements of romance and horror.The film opens on Halloween evening in a New England seaside town, where Rynn Jacobs (Jodie Foster) is celebrating her thirteenth birthday alone in her father's house. Frank Hallet (Martin Sheen), the landlady's adult son, drops by; he is a pedophile with an unwholesome interest in Rynn, and although he leaves quickly that night when his stepchildren come to the door trick-or-treating, the next day he is waiting in his car to offer her a ride. She studiously ignores him.Later, Cora Hallet (Alexis Smith), the landlady, arrives at the house. She snoops about, attempting to find out where Rynn's father is, and discreetly asking Rynn whether Frank has been bothering her. Rynn claims her father is in New York, and taunts the...,
The Cassandra Crossing is a 1976 British motion picture starring Richard Harris, Ava Gardner, Sophia Loren, Martin Sheen, Burt Lancaster, Lee Strasberg and O. J. Simpson.
This suspense film concerns a group of hapless passengers aboard a European transcontinental train bound from Geneva to Stockholm. They are infected with a viral plague from a Swedish terrorist, who is fleeing a botched attack on the U.S. mission at the fictional International Health Organization.
Burt Lancaster plays U.S. Colonel Stephen Mackenzie, who wants to send the train across an abandoned ex-Nazi railroad line to a quarantine camp in Yanov, Poland. The twist, however, is that the line crosses a dangerously unsound steel arch bridge known as the Cassandra Crossing. Mackenzie understands that the bridge might collapse as the train passes over it. He reasons that, if the train does not make it across the bridge, he can lay the blame for the situation on the terrorists.
The main passengers include Dr. Jonathan...,
The Execution of Private Slovik is an American made-for-television movie that aired on NBC on March 13, 1974. Based on the book by William Bradford Huie, the film was written for the screen by
Richard Levinson, William Link and by Lamont Johnson who also served as film director.
The film told the story of Private Eddie Slovik, the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the American Civil War. The film starred Martin Sheen as Private Slovik for which he received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Drama. Many critics and viewers consider this to be one of Sheen's finest performances, that note in particular the firing squad execution scene when Slovik recites the Roman Catholic prayer, Hail Mary.
Among the other Emmy Award nominations, the film was named for "Outstanding Special."
In 1962 Frank Sinatra announced that he would produce a movie entitled The Execution of Private Slovik to be written by blacklisted Hollywood 10 screenwriter Albert Maltz....
Badlands is a 1973 film directed by Terrence Malick from his own script. It stars Martin Sheen as Kit and Sissy Spacek as Holly. Warren Oates and Ramon Bieri are also featured. Malick has a small speaking part although he does not receive an acting credit.The story, though fictional, is loosely based on the real-life murder spree of Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, in 1957.The film was edited by Robert Estrin. Billy Weber is credited as associate editor and both he and the art designer Jack Fisk went on to work on Malick's next two features Days of Heaven (1978) and The Thin Red Line (1998).Badlands is narrated from the perspective of Holly, juxtaposing Holly's romantic, naive perception of Kit with the violent, criminal reality of his acts. This use of voice-over to create a dialectic between sound and image has become a dominant feature of Malick's work.The film's score makes repeated use of a short composition from the didactic works of Carl Orff. The same...,
Rage is a 1972 film starring George C. Scott, Lee Remick, Richard Basehart, Martin Sheen, Barnard Hughes, Nicolas Beauvy, Paul Stevens, and Stephen Young.
While on a camping trip, Wyoming rancher Dan Logan (George C. Scott) and his son are inadvertently exposed to a secret Army nerve gas. Both of them end up the hospital and are lied to about their condition by a mysterious doctor (Martin Sheen) who looks at the incident as an opportunity to study the effectiveness of the nerve gas on humans. When Logan tries to hold the military accountable for their actions, he's lied to and stone-walled from every angle by the bureaucrats who want a cover up -- with those responsible already well insulated by their positions of power.
After he discovers that his son died, Logan goes on a terrorism spree against the company responsible for manufacturing the poison before he dies.
Catch-22 is a 1970 film, adapted from the book of the same name by Joseph Heller. Mike Nichols was the director; the screenplay was written by Buck Henry, who also acted in the film.
Along with Henry, the cast included Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Norman Fell, Art Garfunkel, Jack Gilford, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, and Orson Welles. It was not regarded as a great success, earning less money and acclaim than MASH, another war-themed black comedy from the same year.
The story follows the adventures and misadventures of Capt. Yossarian, a fictional World War II US Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier, and the other members of his squadron stationed on the Mediterranean island of Pianosa during World War II. The pacing of Catch-22 is frenetic, its tenor intellectual, and its tone largely absurdist, interspersed with brief moments of gritty, almost horrific, realism. The film does not follow a normal chronological progression. Rather...,
The Subject Was Roses is a Pulitzer Prize-winning 1964 play written by Frank D. Gilroy, who also adapted it for the 1968 film of the same title.
The play had its Broadway premiere on May 25, 1964 at the Royale Theatre, starring Jack Albertson, Irene Dailey and Martin Sheen, and directed by Ulu Grosbard. A major critical and commercial success, the play was nominated for five Tony Awards, winning two for Best Featured Actor (Albertson) and Best Play. For his work in the play, Gilroy won the year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The complete play of the dialogue was recorded by the original cast members in a studio and released as a double-LP set.
A rare occurrence, the film was a faithful adaptation of the play and used most of the cast and crew for the film. The only notable exception was the replacement of Irene Dailey with veteran screen actress Patricia Neal. The film proved a significant comeback for Neal, who was still recovering from a debilitating stroke and hadn't appeared on...,
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Martin Sheen was born in Dayton, Ohio, Montgomery County