Martin Sheen grew up in the South Park district of Dayton, Ohio. The son of immigrant parents from Ireland and Spain, he was one of 10 children – which could sometimes make it tough to get an adult’s attention.
But Sheen had something else: he also belonged to a local Boys & Girls Club. Martin and his six brothers spent almost every waking moment there. They also found a mentor in Club director Whitey Gates, who had a tremendous impact on their lives.
To this day, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor credits the caring Club staff with providing mentorship and guidance when he needed it most.
Club Location: Dayton, Ohio
Occupation: Actor and Activist
Member Since: 1946
Boys & Girls Clubs National Alumni; For more information, visit BGCA.org