Charlie Sheen is a name that makes you think of both talent and failure. A man of enormous talent, with numerous successful roles in various movies, Sheen is unfortunately equally known for his hectic lifestyle. Drug and alcohol abuse, as well as marital issues and domestic violence allegations have been the top headlines related to the actor over the past years. This month he revealed that he is HIV positive, having been diagnosed about four years ago.
Despite the dark and devious life of the man, we mustn’t forget the wonderful characters he gave life to. Like many other actors, Sheen has worked for our entertainment, for our way to escape reality by watching movies. Without further ado, let’s have a look at the top 6 performances by Charlie Sheen over the years.
1. Two and a Half Men
Surely the most popular of Charlie Sheen’s roles was Charlie Harper. If you ask anyone about Sheen’s movies, most people will tell you about the Two and a Half Men TV series. Even though he couldn’t finish the series and was replaced by Ashton Kutcher, Sheen did receive four Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations. To those of you who might wonder why he was dismissed from the show, it was due to his lifestyle.
2. Bud Fox (Wall Street)
Although he does comic characters wonderfully, Sheen did also throw great serious performances as well. Those of you who have seen Wall Street can surely remember the young and ambitious investor in one of Oliver Stone’s classics. This is one of Sheen’s roles that definitely proves his quality as an actor.
3. Charlie Goodson (Anger Management)
More recently, you can watch Charlie Sheen in the Anger Management TV series, which is an adaptation of the 2003 movie with the same name, starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. Sheen stars as a retired professional baseball player who is now a therapist for anger management.
4. Chris Taylor (Platoon)
This was Sheen’s breakthrough role, which made him well enough known to move on to greater endeavours. Chris Taylor is truly one of the most dramatic characters played by Sheen, a soldier who takes part in the war in Vietnam. The movie won 4 Oscars when it came out, in 1986, and starred other little known actors at the time, who would become superstars later on, like Johnny Depp.
5. Charlie Crawford (Spin City)
In the Spin City TV series, Sheen was a replacement for Michael J. Fox for the role of Charlie Crawford. Charlie was New York’s Deputy-Mayor and had to save the Mayor from the media with the help of his not so bright team. This was a milestone role for the actor, as he won a Golden Globe for his performance.
6. Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Major League)
Major League remains a sports classic even today, grace to the role played by Charlie Sheen. The Cleveland Indians’ owner wished to lose in order to move the team. To do so, she assembled the worst players ever, but despite her efforts, the players started winning in a most unexpected way.
Even though these might be his best performances, the actor had other very good roles that did not make our list of top 6 performances by Charlie Sheen: Young Guns, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Hot Shots!, Beyond the Law, Red Dawn and Cadence being only some of them.