ByOlivia van der Will, writer at

Charlie Sheen probably does not need to be given an excuse to party. With today marking his 50th birthday, I can only imagine how wild things will be getting for him. Charlie has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years, since his debut in 1984’s Red Dawn. He has starred in heaps of iconic big-screen roles which include Wall Street, Platoon and Scary Movie 3 and 5, to name a few.

And let's not forget his infamous roles in Two and a Half Men and Anger Management. Along the journey of his career he has churned out some spectacular quotes while teaching us how to party. In honor of his birthday, I have gathered some fun facts that you may not already know about this wild actor!

18. Charlie has 12 tattoos, but did you know that he has a tattoo on his chest that looks like a note, which says "Be back in 15 minutes."

17. Charlie knows just how special he is

"I’m tired of pretending I’m not special. I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars. People can’t figure me out. They can’t process me. I don’t expect them to. You can’t process me with a normal brain."

16. Charlie and his ex-wife, Denise Richards, appeared in the same film, Loaded Weapon I. Surprisingly they did not share screen time and never met. It was years later that their paths crossed and they fell in love on the set of Good Advice back in 2001.

15. Charlie has a scar on his chin which he acquired while filming No Man's Land in 1987. Out of the blue, a prop explosive detonated accidentally in the midst of filming, ripping into his skin. After the incident, Charlie required eight stitches. But don't worry, he has tiger-blood, so it healed pretty well.

14. Charlie claims to have given Winona Ryder her stage name.

"We were listening to the Doors, to 'Riders on the Storm.' [Winona's real name is Horowitz] And I said, 'You know, I'm thinking Winona Ryder sounds cool,' and she was like, 'Yeah!' .. She never, never gave me credit to this day!"

13. Sheen's daughter was named Sam in honor of Scary Movie 3, which he was shooting around the time of her birth. The couple wanted to chose a name with 's' and 'm' as a tribute to the movie.

12. Charlie loves baseball and trustingly decided to loan around two dozen rare cards from his valuable baseball card collection worth $170,000.00 to a sports-themed restaurant in New York. Sadly, his precious cards were stolen.

11. Charlie almost died during the filming of Platoon. It was during a battle scene that actor Keith David and Charlie were in an open-doored helicopter. The pilot banked the helicopter too hard and Charlie plummeted towards the open door. Lucky for Charlie, Keith's instincts kicked in and he grabbed Charlie just before he was about to plummet out of the door, saving Charlie's life. In an interview with Maxim, Keith revealed what happened:

"Uh, yeah. I happened to be in a position to be able to keep him from losing his life. I would like to think that anybody who was there in the moment would have done the same thing. So yeah, that's true, but it's hard for me to say, 'I saved his life.'"

10. Before changing his name, Charlie's birth name was actually Carlos Irwin Estevez.

9. Charlie is not just an actor and a party instigator, he's a clothing designer too. On top of the growing list of bi-winning things that he has done, Charlie also owns a clothing line for kids called Sheen Kidz.

8. Charlie once challenged the Celebrity Rehab host Dr. Drew Pensky to a boxing match:

"I think me and Pensky should jump in the ring and he should see how unstable these fists of flaming fury are."

7. Back when he was a teen, Charlie produced and directed a bunch of low-budget film shorts with his childhood friends and future stars Rob Lowe and Sean Penn.

6. Charlie Sheen's parents encouraged him and his siblings, Ramon Jr., Emilio, and Renee to pursue acting. It was at the tender age of 9 that Charlie scored his first role as an extra in the TV film The Execution of Private Slovik.

5. Charlie has magic in his finger tips

"I’m sorry man, I got magic and I’ve got poetry in my fingertips, you know, most of the time, and this includes naps."

4. His salary on Two and a Half Men began at $350,000 per episode in 2006. In 2008 it got pushed a little higher to $825,00 per episode. But, this was not enough for Charlie, in 2010 they pushed his earnings to $1.25 million per episode in 2010. Each season had 22 episodes. Maybe, this is where the inspiration for 'winning' came from.

3. Did you think that Charlie looked completely exhausted in Ferris Bueller's Day Off? Well he was. Just so that the acting looked authentic, he stayed up for 48 hours straight to get that wasted look that his character needed. Now, that's dedication!

2. Did you know that Charlie has published a book of poetry? Back in 1988 the actor published Peace of My Mind. One eager fan left a review on Amazon, revealing that it is ‘a controversial and humorous look at the world.’

1. Charlie is fueled by a very special drug

"I am on a drug, it’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available because if you try it you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body."

And who could forget this genius video?


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