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    >>> we begin with charlie sheen speaking live about the removal of his twin boys from his home. first, jeff rossen has the latest. good morning.

    >> reporter: good morning to you. charlie sheen called us and said police came to his house in the darkness of night with representatives from brooke mueller 's camp, his estranged wife and took his children, max and bob, who turn 2 in a couple of weeks out of the house , removed them. they had been staying with charlie sheen . the lapd confirms for nbc news that did happen without incident. the kids were removed pursuant to a court order that brooke mueller had gotten in an l.a. county courtroom just yesterday claiming that the kids should not be raised in that kind of environment with charlie 's goddesses and what else is going on inside the house . as you mentioned, meredith, charlie sheen is here for a live interview. we'll get his reaction. but first a look behind closed doors . for charlie sheen , this was the perfect place to raise his twin boys, inside his los angeles mansion with the two women he calls his goddesses.

    >> we run errands, eat, play with the kids.

    >> we think up fun plans.

    >> we watch movies. i watch a lot of "two and a half men."

    >> reporter: do you love his kids?

    >> are you kidding? i was just up there. bob was like -- i didn't want to put them down. they're like, they're calling you. he's like, bye, saying bye to the --

    >> the you say dad's busy he says, okay, dada's busy. he knows. he's fine with it.

    >> reporter: is this normal, pictures of the kids on the fridge?

    >> aside from the days we have the gold palm fronds and fan him.

    >> they'll run with that.

    >> i'm joking.

    >> reporter: do the goddesses raise your kids?

    >> yeah. if i can't be there, everybody helps out. i don't know. there's nothing broken here.

    >> reporter: but late tuesday night officers arrived at his home and removed his boys, max and bob, reportedly after sheen's estranged wife brooke mueller , the boys' mother who's also battled drug abuse , filed for a restraining order in court concerned about her children's well-being.

    >> reporter: you said you want to rededicate yourself to your kids.

    >> sure.

    >> reporter: are you embarrassed that your kid wills read about this?

    >> god, no. talk about an education. this guy's our dad and we can get the answers and the truth? wow, winning.

    >> reporter: charlie sheen joins us for a live interview with his lawyer mark gross .

    >> thank you.

    >> reporter: what happened at the house last night? you were home. the boys were awake or asleep?

    >> they were just being put to bed. my secretary informed me the police were on their way down to issue a restraining order . i thought, okay, we can deal with that. i got my lawyer on the phone and it was revealed once i opened the door that they were there to remove bob and max. so, you know, i professed in the last few days to not deal and come from a place of panic, ego, emotion, so i stayed calm and focused. somebody badges you, they win in that moment. it seemed odd. there were others that didn't seem qualified to carry out such an operation.

    >> reporter: like who?

    >> a couple of gentlemen who wouldn't show i.d., wouldn't identify themselves. looked like they were from the rehab facility more than law enforcement . i didn't push it. i'm not into resisting the law. just had to surrender to it knowing that this is now the challenge i claim to be looking for. i'm more than willing to take on this task. if anybody thought my focus was directed in a radical capacity, that's going to seem like child's play.

    >> reporter: so they went upstairs? who got the children?

    >> i did and emma and laura, the nannies. we videotaped the whole thing so there was no -- nobody could claim otherwise. you have seen the video. they didn't have car seats so i provided them. i said, i love you, and i said, don't say good-bye. say " see you later ." later is, as we believe, to be very soon.

    >> reporter: sitting here hours after it happened do you know where your children are?

    >> i do not. that's a good question. that's a good point. isn't there some legal protection or some law that should inform the father of where his children are being removed and delivered to?

    >> you or any other father has the right to know where your children are. the silence by brooke 's attorneys is conspicuous.

    >> yeah.

    >> reporter: did you say to the police officers , a, where are you from and, b, where are you taking my children before i hand them over to you?

    >> stupidly, i assumed they were going back to the house they have been living in with brooke when they are not with me. i think we got reports last night they were at a hotel in santa monica . at this moment on live television i don't know where my children are, but i am not panicking. this is not about emotion or ego ego. this is about focus and getting in touch with what i have to do to complete the task of bringing these two beautiful young men back to the home that they deserve to be raised in. there is more love, compassion, support, child care and everything else you could possibly want for a child in this lovely home. it's not a house . it's a home right down that hill.

    >> reporter: according to tmz brooke went to court yesterday and told the judge you threatened her recently and that's why she filed the court order . she said you told her, i will cut your head off, put it in a box and send it to your mom.

    >> colorful.

    >> reporter: did you say it?

    >> no. but you can formulate things and make them sound like it came from my mouth.

    >> reporter: a lot of people watched the video from "today" yesterday. when we were in the house with the goddesses and said, you know, maybe two young boys shouldn't be raised in this environment. you know, with women who they are just meeting. how do you respond to that, respond to the critics and your estranged wife?

    >> i invite anybody to come in and observe. if it's a court -appointed monitor, somebody from the legal team, her, you with a camera. there is nothing to hide. as i said, there is nothing but love and compassion and absolute support for these amazing children. i'm going to go ahead and say that regardless of what people offer in the form of judgment or opinion, based on preconceived whatever, it's 100,000 times better than what will be offered in her house .

    >> reporter: will you sit here today and say you will go to the negotiating table with brooke mueller ? i'm sure your anger is through the roof now.

    >> i'm calm. had i received a phone call , i would have been willing to play ball and say absolutely, this is fine. in fact, i was going to call her because she's been requesting a two-hour visit asking lourdes to bring them somewhere. i had rejected it, because i knew that unlike myself that a drug test would not be clean.

    >> in fact, when we were aware brooke had gone to the police and the police took no action we were concerned because it was charlie 's court -ordered time with the children. i attempted to contact brooke 's attorneys but no one returned a phone call .

    >> reporter: is this normal, in your experience?

    >> it's atypical?

    >> reporter: police coming to the house at night.

    >> the issuing of a court of an order, but it is atypical to issue an order with no notice to the other side. often courts will do it in abundance of caution and we have to figure out what to do next.

    >> reporter: what's next? as charlie 's lawyer how will you try to get the children back?

    >> i don't want to show my hand, but we'll look at the allegations, figure out not just to get charlie 's word against brooke 's, but independent witnesses to verify the accuracy or inaccuracy of statements. it rehashes a lot of old stuff. it's unfortunate they chose to go this route instead of communicating. but we are willing to sit down and try to work it out.

    >> absolutely.

    >> reporter: is there anything you want to say to brooke ? may be your only chance to talk to her considering there is a restraining order .

    >> i understand. is that violating it? those things get creative these days.

    >> there is no order preventing you from contacting her. but you never want anything twisted.

    >> brooke , i'm sorry you felt this had to be done in this way. this does not display any responsible parenting in anything i'm familiar with. i think cooler and smarter, leveler heads can prevail. i urge you to reach out to me immediately if not sooner and tell me where our sons are.

    >> reporter: we'll leave it there with the children. i want to move on to your legal battle with cbs .

    >> oh, that.

    >> reporter: that other thing happening in your life. you have been out of work a couple of weeks now.

    >> yeah.

    >> reporter: obviously the future of the show is in jeopardy at this point.

    >> sure.

    >> reporter: cbs and warner brothers haven't said much, only that you lost your job this season because of your conduct, statements and behavior.

    >> sure.

    >> reporter: first of all, your lawyer sent a letter demanding that you get paid for all eight episodes cancelled this season.

    >> sure.

    >> reporter: and for the first time since this happened, les moonves , the president spoke out. there was audio rolling. let's listen.

    >> good.

    >> doing eight less originals saves us money . i'm not saying long term i want this to go on or it's great, but the repeat last night actually was the fourth highest rated show of the night. he's on the air quite a bit these days. i wish he would have worked this hard to promote himself for an emmy. i hope it's back. we'll see.

    >> reporter: so less moonves is saying cbs is fine without charlie sheen now.

    >> i don't know if i would paraphrase it like that. it was an intelligent spin. he's a brilliant businessman. look where he is. look who he got. you have to be nominated first to go out and launch a campaign. that's a little detail, but it was a good joke in good spirits. nothing has changed on this end. i thought getting the crew paid for four was a good direction.

    >> reporter: warner brothers agreed to pay for four. you want them paid for all eight.

    >> well, yeah. that's the way it will be completed. the rest of my cast and myself in that order. until that happens there is nothing to talk about. then we can open up a dialogue for the future of season 9 and the rest of it, you know.

    >> reporter: are you ready to go back to work? it will be obviously a tense set. you have chuck lorre . can you work with him again?

    >> it's up to him. i can't even get a phone call returned. i can't get a phone call in a live, open forum .

    >> reporter: you want chuck to call you?

    >> well, yeah. something, anything. even if he calls, hears my voice and hangs up quick.

    >> reporter: why don't you call him?

    >> i deleted the number from my phone.

    >> reporter: why? out of anger?

    >> it was a recommendation from this guy. i don't know. i issued my questions through you. i was even and direct and i have requested some interaction in other live forums. rhymes with cnn. i made it clear where i stand and why i stand here. it's feeling like they are hiding based on nothing. i'm not trying to insult everybody. i'm as confused as everybody here and all of my beautiful and perfect fans.

    >> reporter: charlie sheen , mark gross , thanks for joining us. charlie , meredith vieira in new york has a question for you.

    >> go for it.

    >> thank you very much.

    >> is this the million dollar question?

    >> maybe, if you give me the final answer i'm looking for. charlie , i want to go back to your kids. obviously you are upset about the boys. any message you want to deliver to them?

    >> bob, max, it's dada. i will see you very soon. you're right hear.

    >> thank you very much for joining us.

    >> thank you, sweetie.

    >> mark, do you plan to go to court today to get this undone, this restraining order ?

    >> we will not be in court today.

    >> reporter: why not go to court today?

    >> unlike brooke 's attorney, anything we do will be with notice and so the earliest we could be in court would be tomorrow. we'll weigh our options whether it's tomorrow or friday.

    >> reporter: what would be your message to the judge about why the children should be returned to charlie and how long were you supposed to have them?

    >> until thursday -- what time?

    >> until 10:00 . his custody time ended today at 10:00 . the message essentially would be there isn't even an allegation that charlie is a danger to the children, harmed or threatened the children, which is why i'm surprised by the issuance of the order.

    >> reporter: thank you very much. meredith, back to you.

    >> thank you. our thanks to charlie sheen and mark gross

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updated 3/2/2011 9:04:24 AM ET 2011-03-02T14:04:24

Just hours after police and representatives of his estranged wife turned up on his doorstep to enforce an emergency court order to remove his 23-month-old twin sons from his Los Angeles mansion, a visibly angry but surprisingly measured Charlie Sheen said that he had no idea where his children were, but vowed that he would get them back. “At this moment, on live TV, I do not know where my children are,” the actor said.

“If anybody thought my focus was directed in a radical way, that’s going to seem like child’s play,” Sheen told NBC’s Jeff Rossen in a predawn interview with his attorney, Mark Gross, at his side. “This is about getting very focused, getting in touch with what I have to do to complete the task of bringing these two beautiful young men back to the home that they deserve to be raised in.”

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Sheen said he had heard reports — so far unconfirmed — that the boys had been taken to a hotel in Santa Monica. Thus far, he said, he has received no formal notification of their whereabouts from police or from Mueller’s attorneys.

“You or any other father has a right to know where your children are,” Gross told Sheen during their interview with Rossen. “The silence from Brooke’s attorneys is very conspicuous.”

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Los Angeles police confirmed to NBC that they had enforced the court order, obtained by lawyers for Sheen’s estranged wife, Brooke Mueller, demanding that the children be turned over to her immediately. The boys were to have had a scheduled visitation with their mother beginning Thursday, Gross said.

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According to published reports, Mueller — who has had her own public struggles with substance abuse — not only told the court that she had concerns about the environment in the home Sheen shares with two young women he calls “the goddesses,” but also alleged that he had threatened her. TMZ reported that Sheen had told Mueller: “I will cut off your head, put it in a box and send it to your mom.”

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In the live interview Wednesday Sheen called that comment “colorful,” but denied he had ever made it. “I did not. That’s a good one, I guess; I guess if you spend enough time around me, you can formulate things that could have come from my mouth. But you could do that watching reruns,” he added, referring to his sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” on which production is currently suspended.

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Sheen also insisted that his home provided a nurturing environment for the two young boys. “I invite anybody at this point to come in and just observe — a court-appointed monitor, somebody from her legal team, whether it’s her, or it’s you with a camera. There’s nothing to hide ... there’s nothing but love or compassion. 

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Brooke Mueller is Charlie Sheen’s estranged third wife and the mother of his twin sons, Bob and Max. The boys, aged nearly 2, were removed from Sheen’s home by police.

“It’s 100,000 times better than what’s going to be offered in her house,” Sheen added, referring to Mueller.

No resistance
Sheen and Gross acknowledged that there had been tensions between Mueller over issues of custody, and that he had recently rejected a request from her to be allowed to spend some time with the twins when they were scheduled to be with him. “I rejected it because I knew that unlike myself, her drug test would not be clean,” Sheen said.

But he insisted that he was caught completely by surprise late Tuesday when authorities turned up, along with what he described as some unidentified men, to demand that Max and Bob be handed over.

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“They were just being put to bed,” Sheen said, when the police called to say that they were on their way over, making no mention, he said, of removing the boys. “I thought, OK, I can deal with that ... I got my lawyer on the phone,” he said. “And then it was revealed, once I opened the door, that they were there to remove Bob and Max.”

Image: Charlie Sheen's twin boys
Sheen said that authorities who came to remove his twin sons did not bring along car seats, so he provided them.

Sheen did not put up a fight, he said. “I’m not into resisting the law, and just had to surrender to it,” the actor said, adding: “We videotaped the whole thing ... they didn’t have car seats, so I provided them and I said, ‘I love you,’ and I said, ‘Don’t say goodbye, say ‘see you later,’ and ‘later’ is going to be very soon.’ ”

Message to Mueller
Gross said he and Sheen are planning on demanding a court hearing — perhaps Thursday, perhaps within a few days after that. The first task, he said, is to determine “what the allegations are, figure out where we can get — not just Charlie’s word against Brooke’s — but also get ... independent witnesses to verify the accuracy or inaccuracy of statements.

“There isn’t even an allegation that Charlie is a danger to the children, harmed the children or threatened the children, which is why I am so surprised by the issuance of this order,” Gross added. Referring to Mueller’s attorneys, he said, “It’s unfortunate that they chose to go this route instead of communicating.”

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Sheen is under a restraining order that bars him from contacting Mueller directly, but he used the interview to send her a message. Facing the camera, he said: “Brooke, I’m sorry that you felt this had to be done in this way, but this does not display any responsible parenting or anything that I’m familiar with. And I think that cooler and smarter, leveler heads can prevail, and I urge you to reach out to me immediately if not sooner and tell me where our sons are.”

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In the meantime, Sheen insisted that he remains focused on getting the boys back. “This is now the challenge I claimed to be looking for, and I am more than willing to take on this task,” he said.

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  1. Family affair

    Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen's real-life father plays Martin, on Charlie's show "Anger Management." (FX) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Smoking man

    Sheen, left, holds a necrotic lung affected by tobacco use and a healthy lung as he talks to Dr. Oz during a taping of "The Dr. Oz Show," in New York. Sheen, who is a heavy smoker, also discussed his manic behavior and anger issues in the January 2013 episode. (Barbara Nitke / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Star power

    Sheen, left, speaks as former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 10, 2012 in Hollywood, Calif. (Joe Klamar / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Play ball!

    Sheen acknowledges the fans before throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on July 7, 2012 in San Diego. (Denis Poroy / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. In the hot seat

    Comedy Central roasted Sheen in one of their infamous specials on Sept. 10, 2011. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Enter the Warlock

    Sheen shows off his Detroit Tigers jersey during his performance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on Saturday, April 2, 2011. Promising "the real story," the 45-year-old former "Two and a Half Men" star hit the road for a month-long, 20-city variety show tour, with the first stop a sold-out show in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Thumbs down

    A Sheen fan offers her review while leaving the Fox Theatre in Detroit on April 2, 2011. (Geoff Robins / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. The gang's all here

    Sheen, second from left, is joined by Joey Scoleri of Live Nation, left, and "goddesses" Bree Olson and Natalie Kenly, right, at the after party for his Chicago tour stop at Enclave on April 3, 2011. (Daniel Boczarski / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Blood thirst

    Charlie Sheen is seen on the rooftop of the Live Nation building drinking "Tiger Blood" in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 7, 2011. The "Two and a Half" men star was fired from the show earlier in the day by Warner Bros. (Jean Baptiste Lacroix / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Two for one

    Sheen poses with the two women he refers to as his "goddesses" in the kitchen of his Los Angeles home during the first week of March 2011. Natalie "Natty" Kenly, left, a model, and Rachel Oberlin, aka porn star Bree Olsen, gained fame during the actor's media blitz over his fight with CBS and Warner Bros. television. (Michael Austin / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Plenty to say

    Adult film star Capri Anderson, the woman who was in Charlie Sheen's hotel room the night he allegedly trashed his suite, talks with ABC about the incident. Claiming to have feared for her life upon being locked in the bathroom, Capri said, "I'm not going to stand down and be completely be walked over." Anderson filed a harassment lawsuit, Sheen then countersued for extortion, and the case was dropped. (ABC via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Before the storm

    Sheen joins his ex wife Denise Richards and their daughters Sam and Lola in a trip to the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Oct. 25, 2010. Their museum visit ended a weekend together in which the four of them went shopping at an American Girl store, dined at Serafina Broadway and took in the Broadway show Mary Poppins.

    Sheen was later hospitalized after he was found drunk and naked with an alleged escort in his trashed room at The Plaza hotel. Damages to the room reportedly totaled $7,000. The actor's rep later said Sheen had had an allergic reaction to medication. (INFphoto.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Back to rehab

    Sheen, second from right, arrives with his attorney Richard Cummins, second from left, for a sentencing hearing at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen, Colo., on Aug. 2, 2010. Sheen was sentenced under a plea deal to get a 30-day sentence to be "administered and executed" at Promises rehab facility in Malibu, Calif., for assaulting his wife Brooke Mueller during an alcohol-fueled Christmas Day quarrel in Aspen. (Rick Wilking / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. See you in a month

    Sheen, right, leaves the Pitkin County Courthouse with his attorney Richard Cummins in Aspen, Colo., on Monday, June 7, 2010. A sentencing hearing for the actor in his domestic assault case against wife Brooke Mueller was continued until July 12. (Ed Andrieski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. More troubles

    Sheen's Mercedes was apparently stolen from his Shermon Oaks, Calif., home in early 2010. It was found overturned hundreds of feet down a nearby cliff. On June 15, 2010, police reported a second Mercedes suffered the same fate. (Gus Ruelas / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Not-so-merry Christmas

    Brooke Mueller Sheen called police on Christmas Day, 2009, reporting that Sheen attacked and threatened her. (Riccardo S. Savi / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Got my designs on you

    Sheen has collaborated with the owner of the Rock & Roll Religion clothing line to create a line of shirts called the DaVinci Collection by Charlie Sheen. Sheen's "Two and a Half Men" character wears similar shirts. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Viva ALMA!

    Sheen, born Carlos Estevez, captured the outstanding male performance in a comedy TV series award at the 2008 ALMA Awards. The honors are given to Latino performers who promote positive portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment field. Sheen's paternal grandparents were Spanish, his maternal grandparents Irish. (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Trying marriage again

    In 2008, Sheen married real-estate investor Brooke Mueller, seen here with Sheen and his daughters, Sam and Lola. The couple's twins, Bob and Max, were born on March 14, 2009. A Christmas Day fight that same year has sent Sheen's latest round of marital woes back into the tabloids. (Donato Sardella / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Play clothes for the posh

    Fashion executive Michael Berens, Sheen and clothing designer Suzanne Ciulla pose with children wearing clothes from Sheen Kidz, a couture children’s sportswear inspired by Sheen’s daughters, Sam and Lola. (Donato Sardella / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. A 'Platoon' reunited

    Actor Willem Dafoe, director Oliver Stone, an unidentified guest, Sheen and Tom Berenger reunited for a screening of their classic film "Platoon" at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival in France. (Francois Durand / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. 'Bounce' back

    Sheen starred in "The Big Bounce," a critical flop, in 2004. Although the film was based on a novel by Elmore Leonard and features Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman in addition to Sheen, it was a disaster, and cost $50 million to make. It earned back only $6 million. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Men, men, men, men, manly men

    Sheen and Jon Cryer play brothers with opposite temperaments in the CBS hit comedy "Two and a Half Men." Sheen reportedly earns $825,000 per episode on the show. (CBS via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Till divorce do us part

    Sheen married actress Denise Richards in 2002, and they had two daughters, Sam and Lola. Richards filed for divorce in 2005, and the details of their marriage, estrangement and custody battle quickly became tabloid fodder. Richards accused Sheen of abusing drugs and alcohol, and threatening her with violence. (Robert Mora / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Keep the Globe spinning

    In 2002, Sheen won the Golden Globe Award for best performance by an actor in a television comedy or musical series for his role in "Spin City." (Scott Nelson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Putting a 'Spin' on things

    Sheen, shown with Barry Bostwick and Heather Locklear, played Charlie Crawford on "Spin City" from 2000 to 2002. As he does in "Two and a Half Men," Sheen played a character with the same first name as himself. Tony Danza Syndrome, perhaps? (ABC via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. X marks the film

    Sheen teamed again with brother Emilio Estevez to play real-life brothers Jim and Artie Mitchell in 2000's "Rated X." The Mitchells were pioneers in the pornography and strip-club industries in San Francisco in the 1970s and '80s. (Showtime via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. In court

    Drug issues have troubled Sheen for years. In 1998, he appeared in a Malibu, Calif., courtroom, where a judge ruled that the actor, who nearly died of a drug overdose five months before, could be released from his rehabilitation facility. (Nick Ut / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. He'll be there for you

    Sheen kisses Lisa Kudrow in his appearance on the hit show "Friends" in 1996. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Geronimo!

    In 1994's "Terminal Velocity," Sheen starred with Nastassja Kinski in a film about a skydiver who apparently dies on her first jump, but turns out to have faked her death. (Walt Disney Studios) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Family of stars

    Sheen, father Martin Sheen and brother Emilio Estevez unveil Charlie's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. (Jim Smeal / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. All for one, and one for all

    Sheen played Aramis, one of "The Three Musketeers," in the 1993 film version of Alexandre Dumas' classic story. Kiefer Sutherland played Athos, Oliver Platt played Porthos, and Chris O'Donnell played D'Artagnan, who longs to join the trio. (Walt Disney Studios) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Daddy and daughter

    Sheen and his daughter, Cassandra Jade Estevez, attended the 1992 premiere of "The Mighty Ducks." Sheen was just 19 when Cassandra was born. (Ron Galella / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Mullet man

    In the comedy spoofs "Hot Shots" and "Hot Shots Part Deux," Sheen plays Navy pilot Topper Harley. "Part Deux" parodies the action-movie genre, particularly the Rambo films. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Brothers at work

    Sheen and brother Emilio Estevez teamed up in 1990's "Men at Work," about two garbage collectors who discover a corpse. (Triumph Releasing) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Three strikes, yer out

    Sheen, right, and Tom Berenger starred in 1989's "Major League," a comedy about a fictionalized version of the Cleveland Indians. Sheen played Ricky Vaughn, an out-of-control pitcher who improves once he gets glasses. (Paramount via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Bang, bang, my baby shot me down

    In 1990, before Kelly Preston wed John Travolta, she was engaged to Sheen, who gave her a 2.5 carat pink diamond engagement ring. The engagement ended shortly after he accidentally shot her in the arm, causing a wound that required stitches. (Ron Galella / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Guns blazing

    Sheen, middle right, and Emilio Estevez, front, starred with Lou Diamond Phillips, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko and Dermot Mulroney in 1988's Western, "Young Guns." (20th Cenury Fox via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Greed is good

    Sheen starred in 1987's "Wall Street," where he plays Bud Fox, a young, ambitious trader who falls under the spell of ruthless millionaire Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas. Reportedly Sheen and director Oliver Stone parted ways after Stone approached Sheen to star in "Born on the Fourth of July," but then cast Tom Cruise without telling Sheen. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Fighting the war outside and the war inside

    In 1986's "Platoon," Sheen, center, starred with Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger in Stone's critically lauded Vietnam War movie. The film was based on Stone's own war experiences, and is regularly listed by critics as one of the best war films ever made. (Orion Pictures via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Putting the moves on Ferris Bueller's sister

    Sheen and Jennifer Grey starred in 1986's "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," with Grey playing Ferris Bueller's snotty sister Jeanie and Sheen a rebel she meets at the police station. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation

    Sheen got his movie start in 1984's "Red Dawn." His fellow young stars included Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey. (MGM) Back to slideshow navigation
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