Gentleman might not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of actor Charlie Sheen. In fact, with a history of drug and spousal abuse—it might be the last.
However, those who encountered the self-proclaimed warlock during his recent stint in the Westchester area are labeling him as just that...“a gentleman.”
The 45-year-old “bitchin’ rock star from Mars,” won his way through Westchester Monday and Tuesday morning—stopping in Pelham Manor, White Plains and also City Island in the Bronx.
There they enjoyed an alcohol-free meal including ribs, baked clams, shrimp cocktail and penne alla vodka, according to Lobster House owner Joe Mandarino, 52 of New Rochelle.
“He said ‘The Lobster House rocks,’” said Manadrino of Sheen.
Mandarino said "Platoon" star and about five others arrived at his restaurant—which has been open since about 1989—around 10 p.m.
“We talked about sports trivia and old cars,” said Mandarino, who has owned the restaurant for the last few years. “He’s a big Yankee fan, and I’m a big Yankee fan. He’s a regular guy. I don’t pre-judge anybody. You hear all these stories, but he’s a real nice guy.”
After a quick stop at Dunkin’ Donuts to caffinate his “tiger blood,” Sheen rode through Westchester—minus the mercury surfboard.
According to Jamie Oliva, 21, who works at Omni Sports & Fitness Complex in Pelham Manor, Sheen’s former bodyguard Chuck Zito gave the former “Two and a Half Men” star and his 24-year-old goddess Natalie Kenly a tour of Zito’s street survival school—which is housed at the complex owned by the Fiorino brothers.
The entourage was there only a short while, according to Oliva. Before leaving, the trio posed for a picture, which Sheen posted on his Twitter page.
Sheen finished his Westchester tour at, which as been in White Plains for about 12 years. According to Big Joe’s employee Joe Campagna, Sheen was looking to have various tattoos on his arm re-worked, and was discussed designs with the Big Joe’s crew. Zito—a longtime friend of the shop’s owner Adam Kaplan—brought Sheen’s crew by the store around midnight, according to Campagna.
“We usually aren’t open that late, but obviously, we kind of wanted to keep it quiet,” said Campagna, 32, of Stamford, Conn. “He’s [Sheen] a cool guy. The perfect gentleman actually. We talked sports, tattoos.”
Camapgna said Sheen was interested in local college sports teams, like Iona College. Though Sheen didn’t shed any of his “Adonis DNA,” for some new ink—Kenly left with a nautical compass on her right forearm.
The two posed for a photo with the store’s cornsnake Lilly before leaving around 3 a.m., according to Campagna. Sheen posted the photo—where he is seen wearing a hat with his catch phrase "winning"—on his Twitter page at around 4:45 a.m., and said it was taken at 4:30 a.m.
Sheen—who has made headlines for his drug and alcohol abuse, and allegations of violence against women—recently reached pop culture stardom after ranting and raving about his former co-workers at “Two and a Half Men,” which he was fired from.
His rants eventually led to the popularization of “Sheenisms,” phrases uttered by Sheen which are now being marketed on t-shirts and other merchandise—which can be found at a mall in White Plains.