Martin Sheen declines plea to run for Irish president

Martin Sheen, 70, has politely turned down a suggestion from his fans to run for the Irish presidency. Sheen, who played the U.S. President on the TV series The West Wing, is eligible because his mother, Mary Ann Phelan, was born in Ireland. However, American-born Sheen said last weekend during a public appearance that although he’s flattered by the social networking campaign on Twitter and Facebook set up by his fans to petition for him to run for office, he has no intention of doing so. Sheen, who has dual citizenship, is a frequent visitor to Ireland and in 2006, spent a semester studying English literature, philosophy, and oceanography at the National University of Ireland in Galway.

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  1. mitch • August 22, 2011 @ 11:20 AM

    Maybe they can figure out a way for Charlie Sheen to become a candidate

  2. Germain • August 22, 2011 @ 12:57 PM

    Oh yeah, he played the American President on TV so that gives him the competencies to be an actual president? I like Martin Sheen as an actor and philanthropist but you can’t a president without having held public office before in any way shape of form.

  3. C-Dub • August 22, 2011 @ 4:59 PM

    That’s a bit much. Really, so Alec Baldwin plays a pilot in a movie means he can easily fly and land a jumbo jet (yes he truly may or may not have an ACTUAL pilots lic.). Start small, be a town mayor like Clint Eastwood was. Work your way up to running a country.

  4. c_0638 • August 23, 2011 @ 9:18 PM

    Why is everyone wanting all these actors to become politicians? If they can act obviously they would be able to lie pretty easily to the public and in front of a camera. I wouldn’t want someone who can easily fake their emotions, and read from a script to run the country.

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