Charlie Sheen's career got off to a great start. In 1984 he appeared in "Red Dawn," a what-if about a Communist invasion of America. He followed that film with high-profile starring roles in two Oliver Stone films, "Platoon" (1986), which won Best Picture, and "Wall Street."
Photo: Director Oliver Stone waves at spectators with the cast of "Platoon" at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. From left: Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Stone, and Charlie Sheen.
Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas appeared together in the very successful Oliver Stone film "Wall Street."
Photo: Sheen as Bud Fox and Douglas as Gordon Gekko.
In 1990, Sheen's behavior started getting as much attention as his acting when he accidentally shot then-fiancee Kelly Pretson (who's now married to John Travolta).
Photo: Actress Kelly Preston walks the red carpet at the screening of "Return To Sender" during the Toronto International Film Festival Friday, Sept. 17, 2004.
After breaking up with Preston, Sheen starting dating porn actress Ginger Lynn, whom he reportedly dated for two years. In the following years, Sheen also dated former porn star Heather Hunter.
Photo: Ginger Lynn
Charlie Sheen got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. Acting-wise, the 1980s and 1990s were good to Sheen. In addition to the Oliver Stone films, he appeared in John Sayles "Eight Men Out" and had a funny cameo in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
Photo: Charlie Sheen, his father Martin Sheen and brother Emilio Estevez, in Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 23, 1994, as Charlie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1994, Sheen starred with Nastassja Kinski in the box office flop "Terminal Velocity." It followed a string of hits, including "Major Leage" (1989), "Hot Shots!" (1991) and "The Three Musketeers" (1993).
Photo: A publicity photo from "Terminal Velocity."
In 1995, Sheen admitted to being a regular client of former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. Sheen said he paid about $50,000 for the services of Fleiss' escorts.
Photo: Fleiss is shown at Comedy Central's First Annual Commie Awards held at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif., in this Nov. 22, 2003, photo.
People reports that two months after marrying Donna Peele in 1995, Sheen was "sued by a UCLA student who claimed he'd struck her in the head in 1994 when she refused to have sex (the case was settled out of court)." Peele and Sheen divorced in 1996.
Photo: Emilio Estavez, Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen at the premier Charlie's movie "The Arrival" in Beverly Hills, Calif., May 22, 1996.
Sheen's then-girlfriend, adult film star Brittany Ashland, filed suit against him in 1997 for battery. He pleaded no contest to the charges.
Photo: Brittany Ashland.
Charlie Sheen and his father Martin Sheen had their troubles, too. In 1998, Martin Sheen turned his son in for violating his parole.
Photo: They're seen presenting the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series onstage at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 2006.
Sheen starred with his brother in the well-received made-for-cable movie "Rated X" (2000), about porn kings Artie and Jim Mitchell.
Photo: Estevez and Sheen in "Rated X."
Sheen won a Golden Globe for his performance on the show "Spin City." He took over for Michael J. Fox when Fox left the show in 2000.
Photo: Charlie Sheen kisses then-fiancee Denise Richards after he winning the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Musical/Comedy, on Jan. 20, 2002.
Denise Richards and Sheen met on the set of film "Good Advice" (2001). They married on June 15, 2002. After four years of marriage and two kids they divorced in 2006.
Photo: Denise Richards attends Conde Nast Media Group's Third Annual Fashion Rocks Concert at Radio City Music Hall Sept. 7, 2006.
Sheen's most successful venture professionally is the long-running CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men." It premiered in 2003.
Photo: Robert Wagner, Jenny McCarthy, Sheen and Jon Cryer in and episode of "Two and a Half Men."
E! Online reports Denise Richards, engaged in a bitter custody dispute with Sheen, "laid out a series of shocking allegations" that included "claims regarding his dalliances with prostitutes, his drug and gambling addictions and his threats to harm, or even kill her."
Photo: Richards and Sheen are shown at the "Rodeo Drive Walk Of Style" in Beverly Hills, Calif., in this Sept. 9, 2003. file photo.
Sheen reportedly met his third wife, Brooke Mueller Sheen, at a party in 2006. They were married May 30, 2008, and had twin sons the following year.
Photo: Charlie Sheen and his then-fiancee Brooke Mueller arrive at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.
Sheen was arrested on Dec. 25, 2009, in Aspen, Colo., on suspicion of domestic violence against his wife, Brooke Mueller Sheen. He was accused of second-degree assault as well as menacing, both felonies, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.
Photo: This mug shot was provided by the Aspen (Colo.) Police Department on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009.
Sheen was sentenced by a Colorado judge to 30 days in rehab after he plead guilty to third-degree assault on his then-wife Brooke Mueller. The charges stemmed from the Christmas Day 2009 altercation that led to his arrest. He also received 30 hours of probation and 36 hours of anger management training, according to the New York Times.
Photo: Sheen departs the Pitkin County Courthouse on Aug. 2, 2010, in Aspen, Colo.
Sheen was taken to the hospital in October, 2010, after security at the Plaza Hotel called police to report he was disorderly and had broken furniture in his room, police said.
He downplayed the incident, telling RadarOnline, "The story is totally overblown and overplayed as far as the reality of the scenario."
Photo: The Plaza Hotel in New York in a March 16, 2005, file photo.
Escort Capri Anderson (real name: Christina Walsh) said she was with Sheen at the time of the Plaza Hotel incident. She filed a criminal complaint against him claiming he was violent toward her that evening.
Sheen filed a lawsuit in November 2010, claiming Anderson tried to extort $1 million from him to remain quiet about their "consensual encounter" at the hotel. That filing pre-empted a lawsuit Anderson said she planned to file against the actor alleging battery and false imprisonment.
Photo: Capri Anderson, left, and Charlie Sheen.
Charlie Sheen was rushed to a hospital early on the morning of Jan. 27, 2011. Porn star Kacey Jordan said she was at Sheen's house with him and told TMZ he was smoking crack.
The next day, Sheen was headed back to rehab. "Two and a Half Men" is on hiatus while Sheen recovers, though Sheen told radio host Dan Patrick that he was ready to go back to work. Sheen says the plan is for the show to resume its schedule on Feb. 28 and he'll return March 1.
Photo: Sheen and porn star Kacey Jordan.
The AP reports a Los Angeles judge finalized Charlie Sheen's divorce from Brooke Mueller Sheen on Feb. 10. They'll be legally single on May 2.
Because of a prenuptial agreement, Sheen has to pay Mueller Sheen more than $750,000. And, an agreement filed with the court says he has to pay $55,000 a month in child support for their twins.
Photo: Charlie Sheen, right, and Mueller Sheen arrive at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on Sept. 20, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Martin Sheen said his son Charlie Sheen is "doing well" after entering rehab following reported partying and a trip to the hospital for abdominal pain.
"This disease of addiction is a form of cancer," he said. "You have to have an equal measure of concern and love and lift him up."
Photo: Actor Martin Sheen attends 'The Way' photocall at the Ritz Hotel on Nov. 10, 2010, in Madrid, Spain.
On Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, CBS and Warner Bros. Television said they are ending production on "Two and a Half Men" for the season. They said the decision was made because of the "totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition."
Earlier Thursday, Sheen told radio host Alex Jones, "Check it, Alex: I embarrassed [show co-creator Chuck Lorre] in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that his unevolved mind cannot process," Sheen said.
Photo: Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen attend the ceremony honoring Lorre with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame March 12, 2009, in Hollywood, Calif.
Just minutes after it was announced that production on "Two and a Half Men" would be halted because of Sheen's remarks about show co-creator Chuck Lorre, Sheen let loose with more vitriol.
In an open letter given to TMZ, the actor called Lorre a "contaminated little maggot" and "earthworm," wishing the producer "nothing but pain."
Photo: In this undated publicity image released by CBS, from left, Charlie Sheen, Angus T. Jones and Conchata Ferrell are shown during the taping of "Two and a Half Men," in Los Angeles.
While Sheen ranted on the radio, news surfaced that he's dating Natalie Kenly. Kenly is the "premiere model" for the magazine "Cali Chronic X," an editor of the magazine told E! She was also named the pot magazine's "Official Chronic Girl 2010."
Photo: Natalie Kenly
Sheen communicated with "Good Morning America" Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, via text message, in which he called show co-creator Chuck Lorre a "loser" and a "clown." Sheen said he'll show up for work even though CBS pulled the plug on production for "Two and Half Men" for the rest of the season.
Photo: In this July 20, 2005, photo, Sheen and executive producer Chuck Lorre are shown during the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Sheen told ABC News' "20/20" over the weekend, "I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen."
Photo: Charlie Sheen talks to "20/20" in an interview airing March 1, 2011.
Sheen has been "on the air quite a bit these days," said President and CEO of CBS Corp. Les Moonves on March 1. "I wish he would have worked this hard to promote himself for an Emmy."
Photo: Moonves arrives at the launch party for the video game "Fallout: New Vegas" on Oct. 16, 2010, in Las Vegas.
Sheen joined Twitter on Tuesday, March 1. Twenty-four hours later he had nearly 1 million followers. His first tweet read, "Winning..! Choose your Vice... #winning #chooseyourvice" and included a link to the photo at left.
Photo: Charlie Sheen and Rachel Oberlin in a photo Sheen posted on Twitter with the caption "Choose your vice."
On March 1, Brooke Mueller Sheen obtained a restraining order to keep the actor away from her and their young sons because she was afraid of violent comments the actor had made in recent days.
Photo: In this image from video released by RadarOnline.com, Charlie Sheen holds one of his 23-month-old twins before they are removed from his Hollywood Hills home late Tuesday, March 1, 2011, in Los Angeles.
"Questions..? I'm here for my people..! Bring it!! #Tigerblood" Sheen tweeted Tuesday, March 1. "Tigerblood" has become a worldwide trend on Twitter.
Sheen's web show, "Sheen's Korner," premieres March 5. It contains lots of ranting. "Like anytime I roll something out, my plan is the best one in the room and people are starting to realize that," he says. "Walk into my plan and you're going to win win win."
Photo: Sheen on "Sheen's Korner."
On Monday, March 7, Warner Bros. announces that it has fired Charlie Sheen from "Two and a Half Men." In a brief press release Warner Bros. writes, "After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen's services on 'Two and a Half Men' effective immediately."
Photo: A banner for "Two and a Half Men" is seen at the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, Calif., Monday, March 7, 2011.
Sheen holds a meeting at Live Nation on March 7 that RadarOnline reports was scheduled before his firing. Sheen said Friday, March 4, that he had a deal with Live Nation for T-shirts. RadarOnline reports that Sheen and the entertainment company may be planning a live touring show.
Photo: Charlie Sheen waves a machete on top of a building in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 7, 2011.
On March 10, Sheen files a $100-million wrongful-termination lawsuit against against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre, the co-creator and executive producer of "Two and a Half Men."
Photo: Executive producer/writer Chuck Lorre attends the Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle 2011 Gala at the Beverly Wilshire on Feb. 28, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Since being fired from "Two and a Half Men," Sheen has been mightily promoting the Charlie Sheen brand. The Washington Post reports he made a deal with start-up Ad.ly regarding his Twitter account, charliesheen.com has sprung up, and he's doing a live concert tour with 20 dates scheduled as of Friday, March 18, 2011.
Photo: Rachel Oberlin (a.k.a. Bree Olsen), Charlie Sheen and Natalie Kenly in a picture Sheen posted on his Twitpic page, March 15, 2011. They're all wearing T-shirts that are part of Charlie Sheen's growing brand.
Charlie Sheen's live show, "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option," kicked off in Detroit on April 2.
Photo: The marquee of the Fox Theater is shown in Detroit, Friday, April 1, 2011. Sheen's live show debuted there the next night.
Sheen's performances in Detroit bombed. The crowd greeted him with a standing ovation but the adulation quickly turned to boos.
Photo: Sheen shows off his Detroit Tigers jersey during his performance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, April 2, 2011.
A patron of Charlie Sheen's show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, April 2, 2011, shows her displeasure following a performance in which Sheen walked off the stage.
Sheen fared much better in Chicago. The show was revamped with a portion of it devoted to an interview setting. Fans and critics liked the changes - or at least thought it was better than Detroit.
Photo: Charlie Sheen waves to fans as he leaves the Chicago Theatre, Sunday, April 3, 2011, in Chicago.
Charlie Sheen returned to television with the series "Anger Management."
In the FX show, loosely based on the film of the same name, Sheen plays Charlie Goodson, a former ballplayer who becomes an anger management therapist.
Sheen starred in "Scary Movie 5" alongside Lindsay Lohan.
"We spoof 'Paranormal Activity.' We spoof 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.' We're spoofing 'Mama.' We're spoofing 'Evil Dead.' We're even spoofing 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' which isn't even made yet," co-star Simon Rex told KCAL-9's Suzanne Marques on the red carpet.
Charlie Sheen, now 48, proposed to girlfriend, adult film star Brett Rossi while vacationing in Hawaii.
Rossi told E! News, "Yes! We are engaged! He even was a gentleman and got down on one knee," she told E! News. "I was not expecting it at all. We had a beautiful Valentine's Day and he proposed to me early this morning after we watched the sun rise."
The engagement was broken off in October, a few weeks before they were due to be wed.
Charlie Sheen revealed on Nov. 17, 2015 that he is HIV-positive. He says he was diagnosed four years earlier, but didn't know how he contracted the virus. "It started with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches," he said. "I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over," he said, adding, "It's a hard three letters to absorb. It's a turning point in one's life."