In 2010 Charlie Sheen earned a stunning $1.8 million an episode for his role in Two and a Half Men. Eight years later, though, the actor would claim that the industry had since iced him out. And as a result of his lack of work, he could no longer afford to pay child support for his four young children.
Sheen was almost destined to become a star, however, as he was born into an acting family. His father Martin’s career took off just after Sheen’s birth, with the veteran actor arguably best known for The West Wing and Apocalypse Now. Meanwhile, Sheen’s brother, Emilio Estevez, would become part of the 1980s Brat Pack, with roles in The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire.
Sheen also nabbed his first film role at just nine years old, but he had an in: his dad was also in the 1974 film The Execution of Private Slovik. From there, Sheen explored acting and filmmaking at Santa Monica High School with his brother and two of his friends from school – future stars Rob Lowe and Sean Penn.