Purposely flunked his college entrance exam to the University of Dayton so that he could pursue an acting career instead. His father wholeheartedly disapproved until he had gained popular success, not even seeing Martin act until he saw him on the screen at a drive-in in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
Born at 8:03pm-EST
Father of Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Renée Estevez and Ramon Estevez.
Brother of actor Joe Estevez.
Martin was one of 22 people arrested for crossing over a line established by the Air Force in an anti-militarization protest at California's Vandenberg Air Force base. He was charged with trespassing. [7 October 2000]
Is a strong advocate for the closing of The School Of The Americas, a military base which trains Latin American soldiers (allegedly teaching techniques of torture and political terror). Has been involved in a large protest every year since 1998.
Auditioned for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972).
Pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years probation for trespassing at an Air Force base during a protest against the United States building a missile defense system. [27 June 2001]
Publicly credited Carroll O'Connor for helping his son Charlie to get off drugs and back on the right track. He read one of the scriptures at Carroll's funeral.
His mother, Mary Ann Phelan, was an Irish immigrant with IRA connections, and his father, Francisco Estevez, was a Spaniard who came to the U.S. by way of Cuba. Sheen seems to have identified more, at least publicly, with his maternal ethnic heritage. Son Emilio appears to have reversed that trend.
Was considered for the recurring role of Sloan on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993).
Stumped in Florida for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Janet Reno in her unsuccessful campaign against sitting Gov. Jeb Bush, June 2002, who also drew major support from Rosie O'Donnell and Elton John.
Has played American Presidents four times; Jed Bartlett on TV series "The West Wing" (1999), in the TV movie Medusa's Child (1997) (TV), as John F. Kennedy in the mini series "Kennedy" (1983) (mini) and as the "future" president (in a premonition) Greg Stilson in The Dead Zone (1983).
His admiration for the Rev. Fulton J. Sheen prompted him to adopt the bishop's name for his acting career.
His left arm is 3" shorter than his right due to complications during his birth.
Is the seventh of ten children
His parents met at citizenship school in Dayton
Was arrested over 70 times mainly for liberal protests.
Along with Steve McQueen and James Dean, is mentioned in R.E.M.'s song "Electrolite".
His father, Francisco Estevez, died shortly before the premiere of "Blind Ambition" (1979) (mini). As he was unable to attend the funeral, Martin mourned his father in the scene in which John Dean cries in his jail cell.
Has memorized and can sing every single Frank Sinatra song.
He can only put his jacket on by flipping it over his head (like Bartlet in "The West Wing" (1999)). His left arm was crushed by forceps when he was born and he has limited lateral movement.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1965 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "The Subject Was Roses," a role that he recreated in the film version of the same name, The Subject Was Roses (1968).
Due to his commitment to "The West Wing" (1999), was unable to reprise the role of Robert E. Lee in the Gettysburg (1993) prequel, Gods and Generals (2003). The role was instead played by Lee descendant Robert Duvall, who, ironically, starred with Sheen in the popular Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now (1979).
Has played both Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in The Missiles of October (1974) (TV) and President John F. Kennedy in the mini-series "Kennedy" (1983) (mini).
Ranked #5 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
Of all the U.S. presidents he admires Jimmy Carter the most
Is portrayed by James Hayden in The Patricia Neal Story (1981) (TV)
Suffered a severe heart attack while filming Apocalypse Now (1979).
According to friends and family, he is closest to son Charlie than anyone else. Indeed, he and son Charlie often appear together on screen and Martin has even played Charlie's on screen father twice.
Received an honorary doctor of letters degree from Marquette University (2003) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the dedication of the school's new library (according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel web site).
Martin is a strong admirer and supporter of actor James Dean and his legacy and Martin worked to preserve the high school in Fairmount where Dean went to school. He has visited Fairmount for Dean-related events. Martin considered John Spencer, the late "The West Wing" (1999) actor, his best friend. Both suffered drug and alcohol addictions and both achieved recovery.