Actor Martin Sheen addresses an audience before a screening of the film "Halfway Home," in Boston, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. The actor best known for portraying the president of the United States in the TV series "The West Wing," is actually not political, despite being arrested dozens of time protesting for or against various causes. "I don't really have any interest in politics," he told CBS "Sunday Morning" correspondent Mo Rocca. "It's social justice, really, that interests me."
Martin Sheen, left, and his son Emilio Estevez, co-star and director of the film "The Way." It's the story of a father's spiritual journey along the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain, spreading his son's ashes along the ancient 500-mile pilgrimage.
Sheen said they had difficulty getting the financing for the film. "Yeah, trying to find a partner for a walk across the north of Spain where there's no car chases or violence or sexuality or language or degradation ... no giant robots!"
Mertin Sheen played a serial killer on the run with Sissy Spacek in Terrence Malick's "Badlands."
One of Sheen's most notable early roles was for the 1974 TV movie, "The Executive of Private Slovik," based on a true case of the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.
Sheen starred opposite Jodie Foster in the 1976 horror film "The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane."
Martin Sheen in the Vietnam War film "Apocalypse Now" (1979). Sheen starred as Captain Willard, assigned to seek out and kill a renegade U.S. military officer played by Marlon Brando.
Sheen with Dennis Hopper in "Apocalypse Now."
Martin Sheen in "Apocalypse Now." During shooting in the Philippines Sheen had a heart attack, and was given last rites.
Martin Sheen with James Farentino and Kirk Douglas in the sci-fi flick "The Final Countdown" (1981), in which a modern U.A. aircraft carrier is transported back in time to December 1941.
Martin Sheen appeared as an American journalist who interviews Mahatma K. Gandhi (Ben Kingsley) in Richard Attenborough's Academy Award-winning epic "Gandhi" (1982).
Martin Sheen with Christopher Walken in "The Dead Zone," based on Stephen King's novel. Walken played a psychic who is able to foretell the future if the presidential candidate played by Sheen wins office - and it's not pretty.
Martin Sheen with Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah and Michael Douglas in "Wall Street."
Martin Sheen occasionally acted with his sons, and made guest appearances on Charlie Sheen's TV series "Spin City" and "Two and a Half Men."
Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee and Tom Berenger as Lt. Gen. James Longstreet in "Gettysburg" (1993).
Sheen starred as President Josiah Bartlet in the Emmy Award-winning series "The West Wing," created by Aaron Sorkin.
"I loved that he made me a Notre Dame grad, and that he gave me a prize for economics. I can't even balance a checkbook, you know?" Sheen said.
Sheen in a scene from "The West Wing," with John Spencer as the president's chief of staff Leo McGarry.
Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet in the series "The West Wing," at the funeral for long-time friend and right-hand man, Leo McGarry. McGarry's unplanned death was the result of the unexpected passing of actor John Spencer.
Actor Martin Sheen, left, and actress Stockard Channing attend the 4th Annual Stella by Starlight benefit Monday, March 17, 2008 in New York. Mr. Sheen was honored with the Marlon Brando Award for a life committed to social activism and excellence in film art.
Martin Sheen and Allison Janney in Pamela Dennis with their awards for Outstanding Drama Series for "The West Wing" at the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, 9/10/00
Geena Davis, nominated for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series for her work in "Commander in Chief," receives a kiss on the hand from another commander-in-chief, actor Martin Sheen, as they arrive for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, in Los Angeles.
Martin Sheen and Leonardo di Caprio in Martin Scorsese's "The Departed."
Martin Sheen on the set of Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me if You Can."
Sheen appeared in the film "Bobby," about the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The film was directed by and starred Emilio Estevez.
Martin Sheen appeared in "Talk to Me," the real-life story of Ralph "Petey" Greene, who became a radio talk-show host and community activist in Washington D.C. in the 1960s.
Martin Sheen with Jennifer Lopez in "Bordertown."
Actor Martin Sheen is seen behind Mexican actor Daniel Perea during the filming of the movie "Chamaco" in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007.
Charlie Sheen portrayed a rebellious inmate in an Army prison in "Cadence" (1990), with Martin Sheen.
Sheen (pictured here with Harley Cross) played a psychiatrist trying to get to the bottom of a voodoo cult in New York City in the thriller "The Believers" (1987).
Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez attend the Career Achievement Award ceremony honoring Sheen during the 47th Chicago International Film Festival on Aug. 19, 2011, in Chicago.
Emilio Estavez, Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen at the premier Charlie's movie "The Arrival," in Beverly Hills, Calif., May 22, 1996.
Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen present the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series onstage at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 2006.
Charlie Sheen, 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.
Martin Sheen poses with Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame, after Sheen was presented the Laetare Medal Sunday, May 18, 2008, at Notre Dame's commencement in South Bend, Ind. The Laetare Medal, the University's highest honor, has been conferred annually since 1883 on American catholic men and women who have served with distinction in their chosen fields of endeavor.
Actor Martin Sheen attends a rehearsal for the benefit reading of "The Trial Of The Catonsville Nine" Aug. 18, 2007, in Culver City, Calif.
Martin Sheen addresses the crowd during the nationwide protest against the war in Iraq in Los Angeles on Sept. 24, 2005.
Actor Martin Sheen leads a procession of protesters Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004, in Columbus, Ga. A record 16,000 people protested against the school for Latin soldiers, formerly known as the School of the Americas, now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security.
Martin Sheen and James Cromwell join demonstrators on Hollywood Boulevard to protest the possible war in Iraq in Los Angeles, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003.
Actor Martin Sheen is photographed at the Cannes Lions 2006 international advertising festival, Wednesday, June 21, 2006, in Cannes, southwestern France.
Martin Sheen attends at The Actors Fund's 15th Annual Tony Awards Party on June 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.