Martin Sheen Says Son Charlie Was Brave to Reveal He’s HIV-Positive

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Actors Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen attend AARP's Movies For Grown Ups Film Festival screening of "The Way" at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Actors Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen attend AARP’s Movies For Grown Ups Film Festival screening of “The Way” at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)

The West Wing actor Martin Sheen says he wishes he had the courage of his son Charlie Sheen, who has revealed he’s HIV-positive.

Sheen spoke Tuesday during an event at The Ritz-Carlton resort in Naples, Florida, hours after his son’s appearance on NBC’s Today.

According to the Naples Daily News, Sheen said his 50-year-old son had been working up to the announcement for months with his family’s encouragement.

Sheen said that as he watched his son reveal “his deepest, darkest secret, I couldn’t believe the level of courage I was witnessing, and that it was my son.”

Sheen encouraged support for people struggling with drug and alcohol addictions.

He said he hoped the announcement was “the first day of the rest of Charlie’s life as a free man.”

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