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Charlie Sheen: 1965—: Actor

Career Took Off After Platoon

Platoon is considered the movie that launched Sheen's career. In the movie he played a young man going to war in Vietnam, a difficult part, but one that won Sheen critical acclaim, especially after the movie won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1987. It was also this movie that led to Sheen being listed as one of twelve promising new actors of 1986 in John Willis' Screen World. Stone so admired Sheen's portrayal of Private Chris Taylor in Platoon that he decided while the film was still in production that he'd like to work with Sheen again. There was later a debate about what movie to do next, a sequel to the then popular Platoon or a movie set in the fast-paced world of Wall Street. The next year Sheen was seen in the movie Wall Street alongside Michael Douglas, with his own father playing a small part as his character's father.

He was next seen in the 1989 comedy Major League, where he was able to put his old baseball skills to use, playing a near-blind pitcher. With his success at comedy proven, he was next seen in Hot Shots! which spoofed action flicks like Top Gun and then Hot Shots! Part Deux which spoofed the Rambo movies. In 1993 Sheen was seen in the remake of The Three Musketeers, in which he played a dreamy and romantic Aramis. The following year, while Sheen was seen onscreen in Major League II, he was awarded a star on the illustrious Hollywood Walk of Fame.

It was at this time that Sheen's profligate behavior began to come to the public's notice as he was sent to court for a few infractions. He married Donna Peele in 1995, saying that she was the angel he needed to help him recover. They divorced six months later. Sheen gave the reason, according to The Buffalo News, that "I couldn't breathe. I like breathing too much. I had to come up for air." Just before his divorce in 1996, Sheen had his name come to light in connection with infamous Hollywood Madam, Heidi Fleiss.

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