Charlie Sheen

Maybe it’s premature to mourn Charlie Sheen but perhaps it’s just the mourning his career I’m not so sure he can come back from this latest stuff.  He just seems to be too far gone this time.  I hope I’m wrong.  I do so enjoy his acting.  He has a true knack for comedy.  He has been a joy to watch in Two and a Half Men clearly though the womanizing hard partying character he plays has not been a stretch for him at all.  He had big shoes to fill when he joined the cast of Spin City after Michael J. Fox had to leave and he handled it well and sustained the show much longer than anyone expected.   He was brilliant in Platoon and Wall Street.  You had to love him in Young Guns and Major League.   So with his very diverse and admirable body of work it would be a shame to see his career come to an end too soon.   So here’s hoping the mourning of a career cut short is premature.  Good Luck Charlie.  

Loved Him Then, Love Him Now – Charlie Sheen

Let me start with my disclaimer, I know Charlie has been in and out of trouble and this post is not in any way condoning domestic violence or any of Charlie’s other issues.    It’s about loving him as an actor from back in the 80’s and still today.   The man has demons, but he’s awfully cute and makes me laugh out loud in Two & A Half Men.  So here he is Charlie Sheen:

From the early days when I first became intrigued in Red Dawn:

He was hot as Patrick Swayze’s little brother in this teen classic.  Charlie grew up and went to war again, this time in Vietnam in Platoon.    Doesn’t he look like his dad?

He went on to do some other serious stuff.  Wall Street he lost the uniforms and put on a suit and was hot in a whole new way:

After critical acclaim for Platoon and Wall Street, Charlie found his calling in comedy, Hot Shots,  Scary Movie, he  came to Spin City when Micheal J. Fox left and now has received mulitple nominations for his role as Charlie Harper on Two and A Half Men. 

From the time he broke on the scene in Red Dawn to the episode of Two And A Half Men I watched last night Charlie Sheen has not ceased to entertain me.

Loved Him Then, Love Him Now – Michael J. Fox

I had someone else in mind for today’s post and chose to go with Michael instead.  My other choice was, is and probably will always be a bad boy.  Check back for him next week.  I chose Michael today because it’s his Birthday (and mine) and I did  love him back in the day as Alex P. Keaton, on Family Ties.   Yes he was an uptight ultra conservative at what 16, he was very very lovable and ohhh so cute.    I will never as long as I live hear Billy and The Beaters sing At This Moment and not think of the Family Ties episode where he chased Ellen (his future wife Tracy) to the train station to stop her from leaving to get married.  

So Michael left Family Ties to go on to one of the  best known movie triologies of all times, Back to the Future and how many of us back in the day went out and got a down vest because of that first movie?   He was still very cute and such a

good actor so here he is as  Marty McFly fom Back to the Future. 

We can’t forget other movies like Casualties of War, Teen Wolf,   The American President, and Doc Hollywood he did along the way.  He had grown up from the sweet teen we had fallen in love with to grow into a still loveable, still cute, very talented adult.  

Then I don’t know about the rest of you but I felt like we got introduced to Alex P. Keaton grown-up when Michael started on Spin City.   Smart, funny, ambitious, Mike Flaherty could have totally been Alex grown up and moved to New York City.  

Then the Parkinson’s Disease that Michael had dealt with silently for years took him from our tv screen on a regular basis.  Now he works with his foundation, he’s a political activist and he still comes back to tv to amuse and entertain us on shows like Scrubs, Boston Legal and Rescue me. 

So truly a loved him then, love him now kind of guy, Birthday boy Michael J. Fox.   Happy Birthday Michael and thanks for the memories.

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