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The son of actor Martin Sheen and artist Janet Sheen, this hell-raiser from New York has had a roller coaster ride of a life. Born a ‘blue baby’ he was saved by the doctor. As a sign of gratitude, his parents named him Irwin after the doctor. His birth name is Carlos Irwin Estevez. His father Martin Sheen also an actor became famous for his roles in Broadway plays. They later moved to Malibu, California. Charlie was bitten b y the acting bug at the tender age of 9, he did a tiny role in a movie that his father was working in called ‘The Execution of Private Slovik’. And ever since took a great interest in his father’s acting career.
Charlie attended the Santa Monica High School, but he was never interested in studies. He was more interested in acting and baseball. He was the star pitcher for his high school team. He made friends with future fellow actors Sean Penn and Rob Lowe and starred and produced many amateur films together. Since all his attention was in the extra-curricular activities, his grades suffered and as a result he was expelled from school just weeks before his graduation.
Charlie used this opportunity to audition for roles. He landed his first major role in a horror flick Grizzly II: The Predator (1984), but unfortunately this movie never got released. Later that same year he made his debut in the cold war thriller ‘Red Dawn’. He continued to search for work, doing small bit roles in T.V. movies. His search finally paid off when he was cast in Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning epic, Platoon (1986). His work was well appreciated in the movie by critics and audiences alike, prompting Oliver to cast him in the ‘Wall Street’. In this movie he worked alongside his father Martin and this movie too was a success.
In the 80’s and 90’s Charlie’s career was going great guns, but it was his personal life that was suffering. Charlie had gotten addicted to alcohol. In New York he would spend wee hours till morning drinking alcohol and sniffing cocaine in bars despite having work next morning. He was also failing at every relation he was getting into. Charlie was soon gaining a reputation of being a womanizer. And it was not helped by the fact that he had to testify in court against Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss and under oath confessed to having spent $50,000 on 27 different prostitutes employed by the madam. His drug habit reached a breaking point in May 1998 when he was rushed to the emergency room with a near-fatal drug overdose, following that he was ordered to check into a rehab clinic.
Charlie spent most of his time in and out of rehab which adversely affected his career. Quite a few of his movies bombed at the box-office and it seemed curtains on his career, if wasn’t for a lucky break. He replaced Michael J. Fox in the sitcom Spin City, though it lasted only two seasons more, it was enough for him to get noticed by the producers of CBS. They cast him in ‘Two and a Half Men’ along with his Hot Shots! co-star Jon Cryer. The show became a huge success and earned Charlie a neat salary of $350,000 per episode, making him one of the highest paid actors on American television. He also received two Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy nomination for his role as Charlie Harper in Two and a Half Men.