Charlie Sheen: Where have you been?

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Charlie Sheen....where have I heard that name lately? Oh, I haven't. But wait, he did have a new sitcom this summer called "Anger Management"....de ja vus? Poor Charlie....that's what Alan (Jon Cryer) might've sarcastically said to him in Two and a Half Men. In that sitcom he was a rich, swinging bachelor that got suckered into letting his brother move in with him. Swinging bachelor...well Charlie Sheen wasn't a bachelor but...

So where did it all begin? Charlie Sheen's father is Ramon Estevez, more commonly known as Martin Sheen. He was the third of four children. By the way, his father was an alcoholic who suffered an on-camera heart attack.

His first appearance as an actor was in a TV film The Execution of Private Slovik (1974), he was nine and appeared with his father. Charlie grew up in Hollywood with best friends like Rob Lowe and Sean Penn and the three of them made a bunch of low budget films together.

He fathered a child at 19 and got kicked off his high school football team at 17 when he was arrested for credit card fraud and marijuana (just weeks before getting his diploma). But our Charlie wasn't worried, he wanted to be an actor.

Charlie appeared in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" in 1986. His first dialog in that film? The word Drugs. It fit in with his lifestyle. Even then, he is said to have had his first joint at 11, his first hooker at age 15, and at 21 played a soldier in the Oscar winning film "Platoon". I would think it wouldn't take a genius to see where this is headed. He followed "Platoon" with roles in "Wall Street" and "Major League" but then things quieted down...well, as far as his movie roles.

His first drug intervention happened at age 25 when friend Clint Eastwood told him he needed to get into rehab. Oh, did I mention his girlfriend at the time got shot in the leg but both said it was an accident....his girlfriend Kelly Preston went on to become Mrs. John Travolta. You can't make this stuff up! Really...did you know during the 1995 Heidi Fleiss trial Charlie admitted to hiring her girls more than 20 times and was known to always leave a tip on top of the $2,000 charge!

Charlie Sheen Quotes

I blinked and I cured my brain. That's how. Everyone has the power.

I don't believe myself to be an addict. I really don't. I think that I just ignore or smash or finally dismiss a model that I think is rooted in vintage balderdash, you know? For lack of a better word.

Defeat is not an option. They picked a fight with a warlock.

Slash sat me down at his house and said, You've got to clean up your act. You know you've gone too far when Slash is saying, Look, you've got to get into rehab.

He was hospitalized in 1998 after having trouble with his cocaine habit...seems his nose wasn't functioning properly anymore and when he tried to mainline the coke, his legs gave out. Back to rehab.

Next we have Chuck Lorre, producer of "Two and a Half Men", who had drug problems in his younger years as well so he recognized Charlie's problems. After AA, Lorre used his knowledge of his former life to write "Two and a Half Men". He knew about Charlie's problems but wanted him on the show anyway, ironically the two never really got along but the show was a huge success.

Am I leaving out marriages and children? Yes. (There were three of them.) How about other movies? Well here's a short list of some of Charlie Sheen's movies:

  • Red Dawn
  • Young Guns
  • Navy Seals
  • The Rookie
  • Hot Shots
  • Hot Shots Part Deux
  • Being John Malkovich

Illustrious to say the least. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. According to tv.com Charlie was nominated for two SAG awards, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Being John Malkovich, and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for Two and a Half Men. This same site states, "In 2002 Charlie won the Golden Globe for "Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series-Comedy Or Musical" for his work in Spin City."

Charlie was hospitalized in January of 2011 after a 36-hour marathon of vodka, cocaine, and porn stars. That wasn't enough for our Charlie, he then decided to launch a crusade against CBS and Warner Bros. At one point he filed a $100 million lawsuit for breach of contract against Warner Bros. when they cancelled his contract. Anyone who watched or read the news at that time knows why his contract was cancelled, he was out of control to say the least.

Charlie has said Two and a Half Man has bad writing and Ashton Kutcher is saddled with bad writing (I'm paraphrasing here).

Charlie's new show, "Anger Management" has been picked up for 90 more episodes! According to Wikipedia.com, "Anger Management is an American comedy series that premiered on FX on June 28, 2012. The series is based on the 2003 film of the same name and stars Charlie Sheen in a role similar to the one originated by Jack Nicholson from the film. Anger Management broke a ratings record with 5.74 million viewers in its series debut and ranks as the most-watched sitcom premiere in cable history." Not coincidentally, Charlie's father Martin will have a recurring role playing his father in this new series.

So, is Charlie back? Has he really begun again at age 47? http://www.telegraph.co.uk quotes Charlie as saying Anger Management is his swan song. That there are things he wants to do. “I want to learn to dance, and paint, and write more poetry, and raise my kids, and go exploring."

Only time will tell where Charlie will wind up next. I can only say its been an incredible ride and I wish him well.


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  • No way, he'll never change
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Lord De Cross profile image

Lord De Cross 4 years ago

All I can say is that he has been lucky. River Phoenix didn't make it that far. Honestly I feel sorry, because that body of his will catch up with him, eventually. I'm just 2 1/2 years older, and have been following his act. No wonder Emilio Estevez wants to stay away from the "Sheen." I know... or I would recommend him to hang on to the little time left. Thanks Mary! Where in the world is Denise Richards?


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I'd like to think he's better. Not only for his sake but for the sake of his kids- particularly the ones too young to understand why their daddy is sick. And I'm sure his parents and siblings had alot to deal with as well. Haven't seen Anger Management but it didn't really appeal to me. But I'm glad to see his doing something other than drugs and booze.

I didn't know Clint Eastwood was a friend of his, I did hear that the creator of Two and a Half Men did have his own issues with substance abuse but didn't know to what extent.

Great hub, hopefully he'll continue on this track :)!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Good analysis of Charlie Sheen. Amazing how much they get away with. No matter how deep the trouble many seem to land on their feet..ie Charlie Sheen. The body has to break down after all the abuse. How much can it take. We worry about ours and we take care with healthy food and exercise. Maybe he is just lucky. Great Hub..Voted up and share.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Great, Mary! I follow Emilio on Twitter, forgot about Charlie. I'd say he's a good actor with a fair bit of negative press. Could've been better! Thanks for sharing, and I share too,


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Til....I admit, I have always liked all three of the Estevez men....Martin & Charley Sheen and Emilio Estevez. They are all quite talented. Two and a half men was one of the few sitcoms I even bothered to watch.....pretty funny.

Even though we're all aware Charley's issues were self-induced, I couldn't help but feel for him, especially when it appeared he had gone off the deep end. A waste of a man is always sad. My girlfriend from Cleveland went to see him "live" when he was roaming from place to place doing his RANT performances. She actually got to go back stage, meet him and have her picture taken with him. She was also sorry that she did. She told me he was really sweet and friendly and funny, but very pale and pasty and terribly thin.....in other words, he was clearly sick and not the good looking man we know as Charlie Sheen.

I will be thrilled if he has made a come back and gotten his act together.


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

It is deceptive how these movie actors are presented to us as stars by the media only to find their true life behind the curtains. I watched Charlie Sheen's movies Navy Seals and being Being John Malkovich, he looked great but this life he lived is a total mess. It is great that you shared this one here, voted up and useful.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Mary, I would also like to think he is better at this point, but judging from his past misdeeds I am not truly convinced and think he probably will never unfortunately be cured of his addictions. However, I tried to watch Two and a Half Men without him and even just watched the episode where Kathy Bates plays his ghost, but sorry to report that as great of an actress as Kathy Bates is the show just falls flat without Charlie and do believe they should have ended the show without trying to recast. Have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Lord, its hard for us to realize what fame can do to some people...it seems Charlie's problems started long before his personal fame. It must be an inherent problem for him since his siblings are all doing well. Hmm, Denise Richards?

Alecia you are so right...its not fair for his children to suffer the sins of their father.

Carol, time will tell if he's lucky or not. His future is in his hands.

Thanks for the share Michelle...Its a shame Charlie turned his boyish charm into drugged drunkenness.

I agree Effer. It is sad to see him in this state. Will the new show help pull him back up or is he past the point of caring? I think there is much more to his problems than the drugs and alcohol and I hope he finds his way back, for his sake and his entire family's.

dwachira glad you enjoyed this hub about Charlie. So much remains to be seen.

Janine, Charlie was Two and a Half Men for sure. They could've renamed the show and gone on from there. Thanks for your votes and of course the share!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I refuse to watch him on any show. I think he has been very lucky and of course, being born in the right family doesn't hurt. He is just too obnoxious for my taste. He has already run out of second chances from me. Your hub was interesting however, as you recounted so many facts of his life.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

It can be so difficult Pamela, to watch someone who has been given so much, throw it back in his own face by his addictions and habits.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Tillsontitan, thank you for this information about Charlie Sheen and the list of some of his movies. The Anger Management video is quite an eye-opener :) The private lives of stars do affect their success. They are regarded as role models and whatever they do count. But then, we need good and bad examples in order to distinguish between good and bad. Voted up and interesting :)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Martie I like your take on 'having the good and bad' so we can distinguish between them! It is so sad that their lives are not so private, I think that adds to their problems.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

I guess I just come to love his characters.. I never thought or think about his personal life.. I love two and half.. but now it's not the same it's so unbelivable.. doesn't make sense.. and I stopped watching.. but this was a good hub for me to understand the make-up and mechanics of that character Charlie Sheen et al


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for reading Frank. Two and a Half Men was the best and I think Charlie Sheen made it that way, even if it was based on Chuck Lorre's alcohol days...it was still funny. Every Monday night we watched it for sure!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I didn't know Charlie had another show! I know now, but not before I read this hub. I do miss him. I had a good feeling he would bounce back. Thanks for the heads up on Anger Managment Tills! :)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Very welcome Linda and from what I've read it's a success...they just picked up for 90 new episodes!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I've always loved Charlie! I have not see his new show, but I sure hope he has a hit. He is a fantastic actor, too.

I voted this Hub UP, etc.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Nice to have you visit Mary. Somehow I think we all have a soft spot for good old Charlie.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

Nicely written. I have always beena fan of Charlie and saddened by his struggles with addiction and t now seems mental illness. You did an excellent job highlighting the important facts and not getting acught up too much in details of drama or celebrity. It was good to learn a little more about one of my favorite actors.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Tilsontitan, awesome article on Charlie. I know he is far from perfect, but the man can act. I just like his personality. He is being himself. The hardest thing for an addict to admit is that he is an addict. As you know, Charlie has, many times over actually. I hate that he continues to struggle but I hope he finds his way. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared Til. Awesome article.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Dana...there is so much more to Charlie than his addictions as you said....we can only hope for the best for him at this point.

Thelyricwriter, I think most people, in spite of his problems, actually do like Charlie...he has a little boy charm that he covers up.

Glad you both enjoyed this hub!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Very well done...this is a very impressive hub on the life of Charlie Sheen.....I think people love watching his life like people always slow down to see car wrecks....it is fascinating. Personally I like him, I would not want my children to hang around him but he seems to be a nice enough guy that is fighting some huge demons in his life.

I think with the success of Anger Management.....he will have a steady stream of money coming in for many years...which will probably be the cause of his next meltdown....but hopefully I will be wrong....voted up and interesting.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I have to agree with you Cogerson....in spite of it all I do like Charlie too. Only time will tell what he does with the rest of his life...who knows how we would react to the fame and money he has had all of his life? I would hope wisely but....


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Ingenira 4 years ago

Fun to read, though sad to read how Charlie led his life.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Ingenira, you are also so right about poor Charlie.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Brill hub Mary. He's a lost cause really isn't he, yet his fans all still love him. I thought he was 1oo% better in Two and A Half Men but Anger Management is just Two and A Half Men with a psych theme isn't it? It has yet to grow on me. I hope he gets his act together but I doubt it :o)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I have a feeling you're right Jools, he is a lost cause....what a shame. Thanks for stopping by.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Charlie is certainly a talented actor, but I feel sorry for his antics that prove he needs some help. I hope that he does find it and entertains us once again in quality shows and films. I will have to rent Navy Seals, didn't know this was one of his films. Thanks for the news and history.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Yes teaches, he has a great talent....such a waste right now. Glad you enjoyed.

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