Dublin (Reuters): West Wing star Martin Sheen will next
month begin studying at a university in Ireland. Sheen, 66, star of
box office hits such as Apocalypse Now, and Wall
Street, has enrolled for a degree in English literature,
philosophy and oceanography at the National University Ireland
(NUI), Galway. NUI confirmed yesterday that Sheen was due to start
his course in September.
The actor, whose mother hailed from the Irish county of
Tipperary, has been quoted as saying he wanted to finish his
education when he retired from acting as he never got his high
school diploma, according to media reports. Last year NUI conferred
an honorary degree on Sheen, real name Ramon Estevez, for both his
acting and ''his consistent and meaningful engagement with civil
society''. A dedicated supporter of liberal causes, Sheen has been
arrested more than 60 times for public protests.