Martin Sheen to receive lifetime achievement honor at Dubai Film Festival

PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 05: Actor Martin Sheen speaks onstage during the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 5, 2013 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images For Palm Springs Film Festival) Jason Merritt

Martin Sheen will be heading to the United Arab Emirates in December.

The Hollywood actor is set to receive a lifetime achievement award at the 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival, for his career that's spanned over five decades.

"In that time he has brought to life a huge variety of compelling, intelligent and wonderfully engaging characters on the big and small screen," festival chairman Abdulhamid Juma said in a press release Monday.

Past recipients of the lifetime achievement award have included Omar Sharif, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone and "Up" documentary filmmaker Michael Apted.

Sheen, 73, has appeared in more than 80 films. Some of them include "Badlands," "Apocalypse Now," "Wall Street" and "The Departed." He's also known to TV viewers for his acclaimed performance as President Josiah Bartlett on Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing," a role which won him a Golden Globe in 2001.

"I am truly honored to accept the Dubai International Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award and looking forward to celebrating the region's gifted cinematic storytellers," Sheen said.

The actor is next slated to reprise his role as Uncle Ben in the upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man 2,"due out in May, 2014.

The Dubai International Film Festival runs from Dec. 6-14.

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