Oct 15, 2012
Flipper and Twilight Zone, making a big impression (although that's not what it looks like) but not receiving critical acclaim.
Then came The Incident (1967), a drama about two young hoodlums (Martin and Tony Musante) who terrorize the passengers on a subway car (including Jeff Bridges).
One of the passengers, by the way, is gay, marking The Incident as the first time -- but by no means the last -- that a Martin Sheen vehicle has included gay characters.
Scott Jacob discovers that his dad (Hal Holbrook) is gay. Martin played his lover.
In Consenting Adult (1985), a married couple (Martin Sheen, Marlo Thomas) discover that their son (Barry Tubb) is gay. Martin's character doesn't react well.
In 1986, he played the character of Ned Weeks, a gay journalist attempting to document the rise of AIDS, in The Normal Heart on the London stage.
In 8 (2012), he played Theodore Olson, the attorney who introduced a federal lawsuit challenging California's Proposition 8 (which banned same-sex marriage).
The Believers), but the negatives are overwhelmed by his gay-positive roles.
Besides, among his many liberal causes, Martin Sheen is a champion of gay rights.