Feb. 4, 2008

Tate Lecture Series Presents Martin Sheen

Award-winning actor and human rights activist Martin Sheen will be the featured speaker for a Tate Series Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Southern Methodist University. As part of the lecture, he will be interviewed by film critic Gary Cogill.

Actor Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen

The evening lecture will be at 8 p.m. in SMU's McFarlin Auditorium. There will be a Turner Construction Student Forum with Mr. Sheen at 4:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Tickets also are required for the Forum. Students, faculty and staff may pick up free tickets at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg by presenting an SMU ID; tickets are limited to one per ID.

An actor and human rights activist for more than 40 years, Mr. Sheen has excelled in both film and television. From 1999 to 2006, he was known as U.S. President Josiah Bartlet on NBC's acclaimed White House drama The West Wing. For his role in The West Wing, he received five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in TV-Drama and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. He also has portrayed President John F. Kennedy in the miniseries Kennedy and Robert Kennedy in the television special The Missiles of October.

Mr. Cogill, film critic for WFAA-TV, is a three-time Katie Award winner. He has worked in the Channel 8 News Department for more than 16 years and also is a contributor to WFAA-TV's Good Morning Texas and Texas Cable News. Cogill has been interviewing actors, writers and directors since the mid-1980s. His work has appeared in television markets throughout the United States and on the cable movie channel American Movie Classics.

Questions about the Feb. 5 lecture should be directed to the Tate Lecture Series at

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