Martin Sheen

Birth name: Antonio Gerardo Estévez

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio

Films you may have seen him in:: “Badlands” (1973), “Apocalypse Now” (1979), “Wall Street” (1987), “Gettysburg” (1993), “The Departed” (2006), and “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012). He has also appeared in “The West Wing” (1999–2006) and in the “Mass Effect” video game trilogy

Awards: Two Screen Actors Guild awards, one Emmy, one Golden Globe

Directors he has worked with: Richard Attenborough, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, David Cronenberg, Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone

Little known fact: Sheen has had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 1989.


SHIPROCK — Hollywood actor Martin Sheen's next role is going to be alongside hundreds of Shiprock youths.

The famed star is coming to Shiprock to help out with a local community camp and series of workshops. Sheen will be working with both children and adults Sunday through Tuesday. He arrives Saturday.

Sheen will work with the camp's drama clinic, which will produce a 45-minute video starring both Sheen and the children.

"Anyone that would like to go, can go," said Kathleen Norton, field director for the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health.

Every year, the center puts on a summer camp, Native Vision summer camp, on tribal lands. This year, the camp will be held at Shiprock High School and the Phil L. Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock. It will offer an assortment of sports clinics, in addition to the drama-focused clinic that Sheen will help with.

Many of the sports clinics are led by professional or former professional athletes.

No registration is required, though there are forms available on the Central Consolidated School District website,

Registration has no deadline date, and children and adults both are allowed to walk-in to the clinics.

The camp each year enrolls about 1,000 children and adults, though this year the enrollment might reach 2,000, Norton said, because Sheen will be there.

"He will convey that there is an interest in what they are doing — even as far as Los Angeles and New York," Norton said.

It is not often that such A-listers frequent the Shiprock area, unless they are wrapped up in filming. They rarely stick around to hang out with the locals.

GET INVOLVED To see how you can get involved or participate, visit the Native Vision website at
Sheen, however, is friends with the parents of one of the volunteers leading the drama portion of the camp. He spoke at a Native Vision event initially and gained further interest in what Native Vision actually did for communities.

"We've really forgotten about our Native American population," Sheen said in a video for Native Vision. "Our citizens on the reservation have been neglected for so very long."

Sheen, who has starred in major blockbusters such as "Apocalypse Now" and "The Departed," likely will offer a few tips on how to act for those who enroll.

Sheen also will share stories about his beginnings as Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez, the son of European immigrants.
Actor Martin Sheen prepares to speak on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, during an event supporting the "Faces of the Employee
Actor Martin Sheen prepares to speak on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, during an event supporting the "Faces of the Employee Free Choice Act," campaign. (Haraz N. Ghanbari The Associated Press)
 The staff hope that his own story will inspire some of the students that are uncertain if they have the ability to pursue their own dreams.

"We're pretty excited," said Manfred Duncan, the facility technician at the Phil L. Thomas Performing Arts Center. "The students already Googled him."

The clinic will take place from noon Sunday to noon Tuesday. No fees are associated with the clinics or workshops.

The clinics and workshops, both sports and drama, will begin Sunday at about 7 a.m., and all activities will end no later than 10 p.m.

The drama workshop will mainly be 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. A performance will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday for the public.

The drama workshop will be held at the performing arts center, and the sports workshops and clinics will be held at the Shiprock High School athletic fields and gym.

Jenny Kane covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and Follow her on Twitter @Jenny_Kane