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Martin Sheen

Actor Martin Sheen, star of TV drama The West Wing and the film Apocalypse Now, joins Kirsty Young to choose his Desert Island discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the actor Martin Sheen.

In recent years he has won great acclaim and a Golden Globe for playing the leader of the free world in the hugely successful political drama The West Wing. He's made more than a 100 movies, including Apocalypse Now, Badlands and The Departed. For him, work is often a family affair, in Wall Street he acted alongside his son Charlie Sheen and in his latest movie, The Way he was directed by another of his children - Emilio Estevez.

But away from the film set, he's an activist and campaigner - he's been arrested around 70 times and is motivated, he says by faith and conscience above politics.

Record: Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Book: The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky.
Luxury: A full set of golf clubs and a bag of golf balls.

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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45 minutes

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Fri 8 Apr 2011 09:00

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  • Bob Dylan

    Subterranean Homesick Blues

    Composer: Bob Dylan

    • Biograph.
    • CBS.
  • Enya

    How Can I Keep From Singing?

    Composer: Trad. Enya, Ryan & Ryan

    • Shepherd Moons.
    • WEA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major - 2nd movement

    Artist: Daniel Barenboim with the English Chamber Orchestra.

    • Mozart Piano Concertos.
    • EMI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    The Four Seasons - Spring

    Artist: Pinchas Zukerman

    • The Italian Album.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' - Ode to Joy

    Artist: The Netherlands Radio Chorus with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink

    • Symphony No.9.
    • Philips.
  • The London Emmanuel Choir

    How Great Thou Art

    Composer: Music: Stuart K Hine . Words: Russian trad & Kine.

    • Top Twenty Hymns.
    • BBC.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Bob Dylan

      Knockin' on Heaven's Door

      Composer: Dylan

      • Biograph: Cd3.
      • CBS.
  • Johann Pachelbel

    Canon in D Major

    Artist: The Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan

    • Herbert Von Karajan: BPO/Karajan; Adagion works….
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Book Choice

    • The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Luxury Choice

    • Golf clubs

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Martin Sheen

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