Martin Sheen

Biography

Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (born August 3, 1940), better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is an American film actor best known for his performance as President Josiah Bartlet in the television series The West Wing (1999–2006). He achieved fame with roles in the films Badlands (1973) and Apocalypse Now (1979), and made notable appearances in Wall Street (1987), The Departed (2006), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and the Mass Effect video game trilogy. He is considered one of the best actors never to be nominated for an Academy Award despite his acclaimed performances. In film he has won the Best Actor award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival for his performance as Kit Carruthers in Badlands. His portrayal of Capt. Willard in Apocalypse Now earned a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Sheen has worked with a wide variety of film directors, such as Richard Attenborough, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, David Cronenberg, Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone. He has had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 1989. In television he has won both a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for playing the lead role of President Bartlet in The West Wing, and an Emmy for guest acting in the sitcom Murphy Brown. Born and raised in the United States from immigrant parents – a Spanish father, Francisco Estévez from Salceda de Caselas in Galicia (Spain) and a first-generation Irish mother, Mary-Anne Phelan from Borrisokane in County Tipperary – he adopted the stage name Martin Sheen to help him gain acting parts. He is the father of four children (Emilio, Ramon, Carlos and Renée), all of whom are actors, as is his younger brother Joe Estevez. Although known as an actor, Sheen has also directed one film, Cadence (1990), appearing alongside sons, Charlie and Ramon. He has also narrated, produced and directed in documentary television, earning two Daytime Emmy awards in the 1980s. In addition to film and television, Sheen has also become notable for his activism in liberal politics. Early life Sheen was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Mary-Ann (née Phelan; 1903–1951) and Francisco Estévez Martinez (1898–1974). During birth, Sheen's left arm was crushed by forceps, giving him limited lateral movement of his left arm, which is three inches shorter than his right. Both of Sheen's parents were immigrants, his father from Parderrubias, Galicia, Spain; and his mother from Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland. After moving to Dayton in the 1930s, his father was a factory worker/machinery inspector at the National Cash Register Company. Sheen grew up on Brown Street in the South Park neighborhood, one of ten children (nine boys and a girl). Due to his father's work, the family lived in Bermuda on St. John's Road, Pembroke where five of his brothers were born. Martin was the first child to be born in Dayton, Ohio after the family returned from Bermuda. He graduated from Chaminade High School (now Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School) and was raised Catholic. Sheen was the first of the children born in the United States. At age 14 he organized a strike of golf caddies while working at a private golf club in Dayton, Ohio. He complained about the golfers: "They often used obscene language in front of us. . . . we were little boys and they were abusive . . . anti-Semitic . . . And they, for the most part, were upstanding members of the community." Sheen was drawn to acting at a young age, but his father disapproved of his interest in the field. Despite his father's opposition, Sheen borrowed money from a Catholic priest and moved to New York City in his early 20s, hoping to make it as an actor. It was there that he met the legendary Catholic activist Dorothy Day. Working with her Catholic Worker Movement, he began his commitment to social justice, and would one day go on to play Peter Maurin, cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement, in Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story. Sheen deliberately failed the entrance exam for the University of Dayton so that he could pursue his acting career. He adopted his stage name, Martin Sheen, from a combination of the CBS casting director, Robert Dale Martin, who gave him his first big break, and the televangelist archbishop, Fulton J. Sheen. Career Sheen has said he was greatly influenced by the actor James Dean. He developed a theatre company with other actors in hopes that a production would earn him recognition. In 1963, he made an appearance in Nightmare, an episode of the television science fiction series The Outer Limits. The following year, he starred in the Broadway play The Subject Was Roses, reprising his role in the 1968 film of the same name. In 1969 Live Bait "pilot for Then Came Bronson" (Mission: Impossible) third season of the TV series, Sheen played Albert, assistant to the colonel interrogating an American agent that IM was tasked to free. He then played Dobbs in the film adaptation of Catch-22. Sheen was then a co-star in the controversial Emmy Award-winning 1972 television movie That Certain Summer, said to be the first television movie in America to portray homosexuality in a sympathetic light. His next important feature film role was in 1973, when he starred with Sissy Spacek in the crime drama Badlands, which he has said is his best film. Also in 1973, Sheen appeared opposite David Janssen in "Such Dust As Dreams Are Made On", which was the first pilot for Harry O. In 1974, Sheen portrayed a hot rod driver in the television movie The California Kid, and that same year received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Actor in a television drama for his portrayal of Pvt. Eddie Slovik in the television film The Execution of Private Slovik. Based on an incident that occurred during World War II, the film told the story of the only U.S. soldier to be executed for desertion since the American Civil War. Sheen's performance ultimately led to Francis Ford Coppola choosing him for a starring role in 1979's Apocalypse Now, a film that gained him wide recognition. Filming in the Philippine jungle in the typhoon season of 1976, Sheen admitted he was not in the greatest shape and was drinking heavily. For the film’s legendary opening sequence in a Saigon hotel room, Sheen didn’t have to act so much since it was his 36th birthday and he was very drunk. After 12 months, Sheen reached breaking point, suffering a minor heart attack and he had to crawl out to a road for help. After his heart attack, his younger brother Joe Estevez stood in for him in a number of long shots and in some of the voice-overs. Sheen was able to resume filming a few weeks later. Sheen has played U.S. President John F. Kennedy (in the miniseries Kennedy — The Presidential Years); Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in the television special The Missiles of October; White House Chief of Staff A.J. McInnerney in The American President; sinister future president Greg Stillson in The Dead Zone; the President in the two-part TV movie, Medusa's Child; and fictional Democratic president Josiah "Jed" Bartlet in the acclaimed television drama, The West Wing. On November 4, 2010, it was confirmed that he had been cast as Uncle Ben in Sony's 2012 reboot of the Spider-Man film series, The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb. Sheen has performed voice-over work as the narrator for the Eyewitness series and as the "real" Seymour Skinner in the controversial Simpsons episode "The Principal and the Pauper." In addition, he played the role of the Illusive Man in the highly acclaimed video game Mass Effect 2, and the sequel, Mass Effect 3. Martin Sheen is also the host of In Focus, a television program that airs on PBS affiliate stations on Public Television. Sheen recently travelled to Mexico City to star in Chamaco with Kirk Harris, Alex Perea, Gustavo Sanchez Parra and Michael Madsen. In November 2010 he filmed Stella Days[21] in County Tipperary, Ireland, near the birthplace of his mother. Thaddeus O'Sullivan is directing and Irish actor Stephen Rea also stars. He appeared in Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" as Captain Oliver Queenan, a commanding officer who is watching an undercover cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is a mole in an Irish American mob run by a vicous mob boss (Jack Nicholson). Martin Sheen and son Ramon Estevez combined both their real and stage names to create the Warner Bros.-affiliated company, Estevez Sheen Productions. The company’s latest film is The Way, written and directed by Sheen's son Emilio Estevez who also stars in the film as Martin’s on-screen son, who dies while hiking the Camino de Santiago. His daughter, Renée, also has a part in the film. Driven by sadness, Martin’s character, an American doctor, leaves his Californian life and embarks on the 800-km pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela himself, with his son’s ashes. It was set to be released in theaters on Easter 2011. Martin appeared in the Irish Film entitled Stella Days directed by Irish Director Thaddeus O'Sullivan and stars IFTA award winning actress Amy Huberman. The film sees Martin Sheen play parish priest, Daniel Barry, whose love for the cinema leads him on a path to help set up a local cinema in the town of Borrisokane. Daniel comes up against opposition from doubtful local parishioners who question his faith and the Bishop Hegarty, played by Tom Hickey, who is more interested in raising funds for a new church. Family Sheen married art student Janet Templeton on December 23, 1961, and they have four children, three sons and a daughter, all of whom are actors: Emilio, Ramón, Carlos, and Renée. All but one decided to keep their own names when they began acting – Carlos made the decision to use his father's stage name, and is known as Charlie Sheen. Sheen became a grandfather at age 43 when his son, Emilio, had a son named Taylor Levi with his girlfriend, Carey Salley. Sheen has six other grandchildren, Paloma Rae (from Emilio), Cassandra, Sam J, Lola Rose, Bob and Max (from Charlie). He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in late 2011. In 2012, Sheen was a guest on "Who Do You Think You Are?", tracing his Irish and Spanish ancestry.

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Birth Name

Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez

Birth Place

Dayton, Ohio, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

8/3/1940
Known For
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Apocalypse Now

Captain Benjamin L. Willard

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The Departed

Queenan

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The Final Countdown

Warren Lasky

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Spawn

Jason Wynn

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Badlands

Kit

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The Double

Tom Highland

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The Way

Tom

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The American President

A.J. MacInerney

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The Cassandra Crossing

Robby Navarro

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Enigma

Alex Holbeck

Starring In
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Robert De Niro, l'arme du Silence

Self (archive footage)

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Downwind

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12 Mighty Orphans

Doc Hall

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Judas and the Black Messiah

J. Edgar Hoover

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Broadway: The Golden Age

Self

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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed

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Stephen King: A Necessary Evil

Self (archive footage)

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A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote

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The Devil Has a Name

Ralph

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Princess of the Row

John Austin

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Come Sunday

Oral Roberts

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The Boxcar Children - Surprise Island

James Alden (voice)

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L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew

Matthew Cuthbert

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Rules Don't Apply

Noah Dietrich

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The Vessel

Father Douglas

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L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables

Matthew Cuthbert

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Martin Sheen

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L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars

Matthew Cuthbert

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All Creatures Big and Small

Lion (voice)

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Badge of Honor

Captain Richards

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Unity

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Selma

Frank Minis Johnson

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Trash

Father Juilliard

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Ask Me Anything

Glenn Warburg

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Uncle Ben (uncredited)

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The Boxcar Children

Grandfather Alden (voice)

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Salinger

Himself

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Milius

Himself (archive footage)

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Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot

Himself

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The Amazing Spider-Man

Uncle Ben

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Frank

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Death by China

Himself - Narrator (voice)

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The Double

Tom Highland

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Halfway Home

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Stella Days

Fr. Daniel Barry

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Wrinkles

Emilio (voice)

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The Way

Tom

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Self (archive footage)

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Love Happens

Burke's Father-in-Law

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Imagine That

Dante D'Enzo

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The Gift

Raymond Burke

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The Kid: Chamaco

Dr. Frank Irwin

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Vietnam: American Holocaust

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Pirate for the Sea

Self - Actor & Activist

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Talk to Me

E.G. Sonderling

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Flatland

Arthur Square

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Bordertown

George Morgan

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Bobby

Jack

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The Departed

Queenan

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Who Killed the Electric Car?

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James Dean: Forever Young

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The Conflict

Father Kinsella

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Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Himself (archive footage)

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Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

Himself

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The Nomi Song - The Klaus Nomi Odyssey

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The 3 Wise Men [Los reyes magos]

Gaspar (voice)

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Tibet: Cry Of The Snow Lion

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Catch Me If You Can

Roger Strong

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Straight Up - Helicopters in Action

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National Geographic - Inside the Vatican

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"O"

Coach Duke Goulding

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Storm

General James Roberts

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A Texas Funeral

Grandpa Sparta

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D.R.E.A.M. Team

J.W. Garrison

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Thrill Seekers

Grifasi

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Lost & Found

Millstone

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A Stranger in the Kingdom

Sigurd Moulton

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No Code of Conduct

Bill Peterson

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AFI's 100 Years - 100 Movies (CBS Television Special)

Himself

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Free Money

New Warden

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Titanic: Echoes of Titanic

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Da

Charlie

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Noose

Hanlon

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Shadrach

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A Letter From Death Row

Michael´s Father

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Hubble: Secrets from Space

Himself - Host (voice)

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Voyage of Terror

Henry Northcutt

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Spawn

Jason Wynn

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Hostile Waters

Aurora Skipper

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Truth or Consequences N.M.

Sir

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Gunfighter

The Stranger

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War At Home, The

Bob Collier

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Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story

Peter Maurin

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Project: ALF

Col. Gilbert Milfoil

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Crystal Cave

King Arthur

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The Elevator

Sarge

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The American President

A.J. MacInerney

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Dead Presidents

The Judge (uncredited)

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One Hundred and One Nights

Un acteur muet à Hollywood (complete version) (uncredited)

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The Break

Gil Robbins

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Dillinger and Capone

John Dillinger

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When The Bough Breaks

Captain Swaggert

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One of Her Own

Asst. Dist. Atty. Pete Maresca

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Roswell: The U.F.O. Cover-Up

Townsend

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Guns of Honor

Jackson Baines Hardin / Ole Devil

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Fortunes of War

Francis Labeck

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Boca

Jesse James Montgomery

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Gettysburg: Extended Edition

Gen. Robert E. Lee

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Hear No Evil

Lt. Brock

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Hot Shots! Part Deux

Capt. Benjamin L. Willard (uncredited)

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A Matter of Justice

Jack Brown

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The Killing Box

Gen. Haworth

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Alex Haley's Queen

James Jackson Sr.

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Running Wild

Dan Walker

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JFK

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Himself

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The Godfather Family: A Look Inside

Michael Corleone (archive footage)

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Cadence

McKinney

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Harold Hohne

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The Maid

Anthony Wayne

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Original Intent

Homeless Joe

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Nightbreaker

Dr. Alexander Brown - Present

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Cold Front

John Hyde

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Beverly Hills Brats

Dr. Jeffrey Miller

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Beyond the Stars

Paul Andrews

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Judgment In Berlin

Herbert J Stern

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Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

Alan (voice)

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Wall Street

Carl Fox

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The Believers

Cal Jamison

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Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8

James Marion Hunt

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Siesta

Del

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Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story

Mitch Snyder

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Shattered Spirits

Lyle Mollencamp

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News At Eleven

Frank Kenley

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National Geographic - Secrets of the Titanic

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Out of the Darkness

Eddie Zigo

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Consenting Adult

Ken Lynd

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The Fourth Wise Man - DVD

Artaban

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Firestarter

Captain Hollister

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The Guardian

Charlie Hyatt

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The Dead Zone

Greg Stillson

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Enigma

Alex Holbeck

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Man, Woman and Child

Robert Beckwith

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Gandhi

Walker

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That Championship Season

Tom Daley

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Unter den Augen der Justiz

Frank Caldwell

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Loophole

Stephen Booker

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The Final Countdown

Warren Lasky

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Eagle's Wing

Pike

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Apocalypse Now

Captain Benjamin L. Willard

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The Cassandra Crossing

Robby Navarro

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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

Frank Hallet

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Sweet Hostage

Leonard Hatch

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The Last Survivors

Alexander William Holmes

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The Missiles of October

Att. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy

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The Execution of Private Slovik

Eddie Slovik

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The California Kid

Michael McCord

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Badlands

Kit

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Message to My Daughter

John Thatcher

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Crime Club

Deputy Wilson

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Columbo - Sæson 3

Karl Lessing

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Pursuit

Timothy Drew

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Die Rache ist mein

Maj. Holliford

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Goodbye, Raggedy Ann

Jules Worthman

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Catch-22

Dobbs

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The Andersonville Trial

Captain Williams

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La Signora Amava le Rose

Timmy Cleary

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The Incident

Artie Connors

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