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  • Faith: Christian - Catholic
  • Career: Actor
  • Birthday:  August 03, 1940
  • Accomplishments:  Golden Globe Winner, Oscar Nominees, West Wing, Departed, Wall Street, Emmy Winner
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Martin is the father of Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen

Well known for his liberal political activism, Martin Sheen is a Catholic who chose his stage name in honor of Catholic theologian Fulton J. Sheen. Though he strayed from the Church, he returned after falling seriously ill during the filming of "Apocalypse Now." Sheen, an Emmy and Golden Globe winner, he played President Josiah Bartlett on "The West Wing" as a liberal Catholic who was known to debate theological issues and quote the Bible. Since his TV presidential administration ended, he's appeared in the Oscar-winning movies The Departed and faith-based film The Way.

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