Charlie Sheen turns 49 years old today. In honor of the occasion, here are some Charlie Sheen facts you might never have heard before. (Image credit: Angela George)
1) Charlie was born Carlos Irwin Estavez. He was born a "blue baby.” The doctor who saved him was named “Irwin" and Charlie's middle name was in honor of him.
2) He has 12 tattoos. He has a tattoo on his chest that looks like a note, which says "Be back in 15 minutes."
3) He is an avid gun collector who believes in the right to bear arms. He does not use the guns for hunting, only recreational shooting. He always takes a gun with him when he films on location.
4) He and his future wife, Denise Richards, appeared in the same film in 1993 Loaded Weapon I. They did not share screen time and never met. Years later, they met and fell in love on the set of Good Advice in 2001.
5) Charlie Sheen has a noticeable scar on his chin, which he got filming No Man's Land in 1987. A prop explosive detonated accidentally during filming, ripping into his chin and requiring eight stitches.
6) He turned down roles in White Men Can't Jump (1992), Indecent Proposal (1993) and The Cowboy Way (1994). All three of his rejected roles went to Woody Harrelson.
7) He claims he gave actress Winona Ryder her stage name. He says the two were listening to the doors' song “Riders on the Storm" together one day. After they listened to the song, he claims he suggested she change her surname from “Horowitz" to “Ryder" (with a “Y”).
8) He played a stoner in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1985). This was years before his own addiction. He stayed up for two days straight before filming his scene, so he could look and feel right for the role.
9) Sheen named his daughter Sam in honor of the movie he was shooting when she was born, Scary Movie 3 (2003). He and his wife wanted to give her a name with the letters “S” and “M” in it, in honor of the Scary Movie sequel.
10) He is a huge baseball fan and an avid Ccincinnati Reds fan. He once owned the historic ball hit by Mookie Wilson that rolled between Bill Buckner's legs in the 1986 play-offs (he has since sold the ball). He loaned two dozen rare cards from his valuable baseball card collection (worth $170,000.00) to a sports-themed restaurant in new york. The cards were stolen.
He says he'd rather have one at-bat in the major leagues than win an Oscar (“Then i'd be in the baseball encyclopedia.”)
11) He loves barbecue sauce and thought of releasing his own brand someday.
12) Sheen's life was saved by actor Keith David during the filming of Platoon (1986). During a battle scene, the two actors were in an open-doored helicopter. The pilot banked the helicopter too sharply and Charlie started to fall towards the open door. Keith grabbed him before he plunged out the door, saving his life.