Before Two and a Half Men and Tiger Blood: A Charlie Sheen Timeline
Charlie Sheen | Photo Credits: Greg Gayne/FX
Charlie Sheen is back on TV just a little over a year after getting the boot from his longtime sitcom home, Two and a Half Men. And while many (read: anyone not living under a rock) recall the long, strange trip Sheen took from Men to his new FX sitcom Anger Management (premiering Thursday at 9/8c), we decided to retrace the career highs and lows that came long before his tiger blood-infused media rampage, his standup comedy tour, and his recent resurgence:
Red Dawn (August 1984): Sheen's first big break came playing one of a group of high schools resisting occupation by the Soviets in an alternate 1980s.
Ferries Bueller's Day Off (June 1986): Sheen made a memorable cameo as a burnt-out criminal suspicious young man Jeannie (Jennifer Grey) meets at the local police station. He may have criticized her heavy eye make-up, but he also offered her some rather insightful advice. Who knew?
Platoon/ Wall Street (December 1986/1987): Greed was very good for Oliver Stone's momentary-it-boy, who showed off his dramatic chops first as a Vietnam soldier in the Oscar winner for Best Picture and then in the famed yuppie classic.
Charlie's Got a Gun (January 1990): The first sign of trouble. Sheen accidentally shot his then-fiancée Kelly Preston in the arm and their relationship ended soon after. Sheen completed drug rehab later that year.
Frequent Flier (July 1995): Sheen testified in the tax evasion trial of Heidi Fleiss, admitting he spent almost $53,000 on her prostitutes.
Friends (May 1996): Sheen guest-starred on Season 2 as Phoebe's ex who returns from the Navy. (Too bad they both got chicken pox!) For a bad boy, Sheen sure cleaned up real nice in that uniform.
Papa Don't Preach (May 1998): Sheen was hospitalized for overdosing on cocaine and his own father turned him into the police for violating his probation. Who do you think you are, Martin, the President of the United States?
Being John Malkovich (October 1999): Sheen played himself in this cult classic. One of his lines: "Hot lesbian witches. Think about it. It's f---ing genius." Need we say more?
Spin City (September 2000): He replaced Michael J. Fox on the political comedy for two seasons, and won the Golden Globe for best TV actor in a comedy. Fun fact: Sheen's ex-wife, Denise Richards went on to date Richie Sambora, the future ex-husband of Sheen's on-screen love interest, Heather Locklear. It is a small world.
Two and a Half Men (September 2003): Sheen starred as a bachelor bad boy — a role that played up his own reputation — in the Chuck Lorre sitcom, which went onto become the top-rated comedy and earned Sheen three Emmy nominations.
Tis the Season? (December 2009): Sheen was arrested on Christmas Day for an alleged altercation with his third wife, Brooke Mueller. He took time off from Men to check into rehab and was welcomed back in May with a raise to $1.8 million an episode, making him highest-paid actor on television for his final season.