Martin Sheen talks about art and life

Martin Sheen at SMUMartin Sheen described himself as someone who “grew up with a picket sign in my hand and a desire for some measure of justice” to an overflow audience of SMU and high school students at the Turner Construction Student Forum Feb. 5. The actor and activist visited SMU to speak in the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

“I never was comfortable unless I was at least a little bit uncomfortable,” Sheen added. “There’s nothing worse than peer pressure, even for old guys like me. We don’t want to be outside the community. We want to be loved. We want to be accepted. We never really take responsibility for ourselves or get to know ourselves…. So I’ve always, always tried to be uncomfortable.” Read more.

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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