Martin Sheen to speak in Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Feb. 5

martin-sheen-150.jpgAward-winning actor Martin Sheen will visit the Hilltop Feb. 5 to speak in SMU’s 2007-08 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. Gary Cogill, film critic for WFAA-TV, will be the interviewer. Actor and director Michael Douglas, who was previously scheduled to appear, is unable to attend due to unforeseen professional obligations.

An actor and human rights activist for more than 40 years, Sheen is perhaps best known as President Josiah Bartlet in “The West Wing.” The series ran from 1999-2006 on NBC, and Sheen received five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Drama and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. He also has portrayed President John F. Kennedy in the miniseries Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in the television special The Missiles of October. His most recent films include Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, which won the Academy Award for best picture of 2006; and Bobby, written and directed by his son, Emilio Estevez.

Sheen will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Tickets, which are free, are required for this event and are available at the Hughes-Trigg Mane Desk (limit one per SMU ID). Learn more at