Controversial character: Charlie Sheen

<b>What he did:</b> The third son of Martin Sheen and Janet Templeton has had his name in the papers on and off for years -- oftentimes not for his acting. There was the time he accidentally shot then-fiancee Kelly Preston in the arm; his messy custody battle with then-estranged-wife Denise Richards;  his guilty plea to misdemeanor assault against wife Brooke Mueller as part of a deal with Colorado prosecutors; and the alleged trashing of a hotel room at the Plaza Hotel in New York, with a porn actress who had locked herself in the hotel bathroom and called for help, according to officials. This last incident was followed by debauchery, a trip to the hospital and then "at-home rehab."<br>
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Then he lashed out at "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre, which led to the rest of the CBS sitcom's season being canceled. Sheen launched a media blitz. His publicist quit. Then Mueller got a temporary restraining order against him and had his sons removed from his home.<br>
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<b>What happened next: </b> Despite all this, Sheen seems to be keeping a positive attitude, claiming that "the only thing I'm addicted to right now is winning" and that he is "riding the mercury surfboard" of the media circus that has become his life. He's also <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/@charliesheen">joined Twitter</a>.<br>
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<b>Residual effects:</b> We shall see.

( David Zalubowski / Associated Press )

What he did: The third son of Martin Sheen and Janet Templeton has had his name in the papers on and off for years -- oftentimes not for his acting. There was the time he accidentally shot then-fiancee Kelly Preston in the arm; his messy custody battle with then-estranged-wife Denise Richards; his guilty plea to misdemeanor assault against wife Brooke Mueller as part of a deal with Colorado prosecutors; and the alleged trashing of a hotel room at the Plaza Hotel in New York, with a porn actress who had locked herself in the hotel bathroom and called for help, according to officials. This last incident was followed by debauchery, a trip to the hospital and then "at-home rehab."

Then he lashed out at "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre, which led to the rest of the CBS sitcom's season being canceled. Sheen launched a media blitz. His publicist quit. Then Mueller got a temporary restraining order against him and had his sons removed from his home.

What happened next: Despite all this, Sheen seems to be keeping a positive attitude, claiming that "the only thing I'm addicted to right now is winning" and that he is "riding the mercury surfboard" of the media circus that has become his life. He's also joined Twitter.

Residual effects: We shall see.

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