Charlie Sheen was born with the name Carlos Irwin Estevez on September 3, 1965(A&E
Television, 2011). He was born to parents Ramon Estevez, otherwise known as Martin Sheen,
and Janet Estevez. Charlie’s immediate family included two brothers and one sister. All of the
children were encouraged to pursue acting as a career (A&E Television 2011). Charlie appeared
in his first film at the age of nine. In his teenage years, Charlie produced several low- budget
films with his friends Rob Lowe and Sean Penn. Charlie was an unfocused student who
preferred pursuing his love of baseball playing over his academic studies. He was expelled from
school two weeks shy of his graduation after he was arrested for credit card fraud and possession
of marijuana. Charlie subsequently lost the scholarship he had been awarded from the
University of Kansas. At the age of 19 Charlie fathered a child with his 17 year old girlfriend.
Charlie has reportedly remained an active part of his daughter’s life since her birth in 1984 (A&E
In the years following high school Charlie starred in several made for television movies.
He got his big break in the movie Platoon in 1986. Charlie went on to star in the movies Wall
Street, Eight Men Out, The Rookie, Hot Shots, and Hot Shots! Part Deux. Charlie checked
himself into a rehabilitation center for alcohol addiction after citing an exhaustive filming
schedule as the reason for seeking help. However, Sheen checked out of the rehab center less
than a month later saying he would continue on with outpatient rehab meetings. Following his
brief stint in rehab Charlie’s engagement to Kelly Preston was called off after it was reported she
was accidentally shot in the arm at their California home. Sheen explored the world of literature
when he published a book of poetry in 1991 called Peace of Mind. In 1995 Charlie served as a
leading witness in the trial of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. During the trial, Charlie
confessed to spending upwards of $50,000 to purchase sexual favors from twenty seven
prostitutes. Charlie also divorced his wife, Donna Peele in 1995. In 1996 Charlie was
arrested for assaulting his former girlfriend Brittany Ashland. Charlie received a suspended
sentence and two years’ probation after pleading no contest. Charlie’s father, Martin Sheen,
persuaded Charlie to enter rehab after a near fatal overdose. Sheen did not stay in the
rehabilitation center and was pulled over by police for abuse of prescription narcotics. Sheen
then went on to pursue a career in television on the sitcoms Spin City and Two and a Half
Men(A&E Television, 2011).
Sheen wed actress Denise Richards in June of 2002. Charlie and Denise had two
daughters together before announcing their divorce in 2006. Denise claims Charlie was
physically and verbally abusive and threatened to kill his wife and received a restraining order
against Sheen. ...