'Courage': Martin Sheen Speaks on Charlie's HIV Announcement | NBC 6 South Florida

'Courage': Martin Sheen Speaks on Charlie's HIV Announcement

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    File photo: Actor Martin Sheen and actor Charlie Sheen arrive at the 5th Annual Best In Drag Show FUNdraiser for Aid for AIDS at the Orpheum Theater on October 14, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

    "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" show. 

    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."