Following the announcement the star said: ‘I am truly honoured to accept the Dubai International Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award and am looking forward to celebrating the region's gifted cinematic storytellers.’
Over a 55 year career Sheen, now 73, has appeared in more than 80 movies including Badlands, Wall Street, Gandhi, Catch Me If You Can, The American President, The Departed and The Amazing Spider-Man. He’s also renowned for his six-time Emmy-nominated performance as President Josiah Bartlet in respected TV series The West Wing, and is father of controversial actor Charlie Sheen.
Festival chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: ‘Martin Sheen is a cinematic legend whose remarkable career has spanned five decades. In that time he has brought to life a huge variety of compelling, intelligent and wonderfully engaging characters on the big and small screen.
‘We are honoured to present Martin Sheen with a DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award and we look forward to welcoming him to Dubai.’
Taking place between December 6 and 14, this year’s tenth anniversary festival is tipped to be the biggest yet, with more than 150 movies to be screened over the nine-day event.
Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award include: Omar Sharif, Faten Hamamah, Adel Imam, Jameel Rateb, Sabah, Morgan Freeman, Sean Penn, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Daoud Abdel Sayed, Youssef Chahine, Rachid Bouchareb, Souleymane Cisse, Nabil El-Maleh, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Terry Gilliam, Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Michael Apted and Mahmoud Abdel Aziz.