Martin Sheen

NBC TV shows Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet in the dramatic series "The West Wing" at the funeral for long-time friend and right-hand man, Leo McGarry.
AP Photo/NBC, Mitchell Haddad
Martin Sheen has had a long acting career that stretches back to television roles in the early 1960s in shows such as "Route 66," "Naked City," "The Outer Limits," "The Nurses" and "The Defenders."

The Dayton, Ohio, native also appeared in the daytime drama "As The World Turns" from 1965 through 1970 and had guest spots on numerous television shows through the 1970s.

He played the murderous Kit opposite Sissy Spacek in the 1973 Terrence Malick thriller "Badlands," and starred in the 1979 war epic "Apocalypse Now."

His other film credits include "Ghandi," "The Dead Zone," "Firestarter," "Wall Street," "When the Bough Breaks," "Gettysburg" and "Catch Me If You Can."

Sheen won an Emmy for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series in 1994 for an appearance on "Murphy Brown."

From 1999 to 2006, Sheen played the president of the United States on the television drama "The West Wing." This year he received his sixth nomination for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for the role. He has yet to win.

Sheen is also nominated for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for "Two And A Half Man," which stars his also-nominated son, Charlie Sheen.

His other three children, Emilio Estevez, Ramon Luis Estevez and Renee Estevez, are also actors.