While Angus T. Jones may have been the "half" of a top-rated sitcom, what he lacked in stature at the time, he more than made up with his natural talent and comedic abilities. Before he hit his teen y...
Charlie Sheen declined a series finale role offered to him by his former Two And A Half Men boss Chuck Lorre. The hit comedy ended its 12-season run on Thursday (19Feb15), and despite multiple reports that Sheen would make a surprise cameo on the show - even though his character was killed in France, the bad boy actor did not make an appearance.
However, the finale did centre around Sheen's character Charlie Harper, after his brother, played by Jon Cryer, discovered he didn't actually die, but was kidnapped by his stalker-turned-wife, Rose, who imprisoned him in a pit in her basement for four years.
In the last scene of the series, a Sheen lookalike is seen from behind, as a falling baby grand piano ultimately kills him.
Lorre, who fired Sheen in 2011 following a heated bust-up with the actor, explained in the vanity card shown at the end of the episode that he had hoped Sheen would return for the last show.
The card read: "I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn't get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight’s finale. For the record he was offered a role.
"Our idea was to have him walk up to the front door in the last scene, ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into the camera and go off on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain that these dangers only apply to average people. That he was far from average. He was a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible. And then we would drop a piano on him. We thought it was funny. He didn't."
"Instead, he wanted us to write a heart-warming scene that would set up his return to primetime TV in a new sitcom called The Harpers, starring him and Jon Cryer. We thought that was funny too."
In the final scene, after the Sheen look-alike was crushed by the piano, Lorre appeared from a director's chair and was also killed by a falling baby grand after smiling at the camera and using his former leading man's catchphrase, "Winning!"
Sheen also confirmed he would not be appearing in the finale on Twitter.com hours before the episode aired.
While Sheen didn't stage a comeback, his former castmate Angus T. Jones did make a cameo, and Arnold Schwarzenegger portrayed a detective, while John Stamos and Christian Slater briefly appeared as themselves.
The current 12th season of long-running TV comedy Two And A Half Men will be its last. Network bosses at CBS in America have confirmed the series will end later this year (14), but there are a few surprises in store for fans.
Announcing the news on Wednesday morning (14May14), network president Nina Tassler revealed the show's creator Chuck Lorre has a "season long event" to close the show, adding, "He's very psyched about this. He's got some great ideas in store and some very big surprises."
The sitcom first aired in 2003 and became an instant ratings success in America.
Original star Charlie Sheen was fired in 2011 following a spat with Lorre, and his role was filled by Ashton Kutcher.
Child star Angus T. Jones departed the show last year (13) after criticising plotlines and themes in a video message posted online.
Pretty in Pink star Jon Cryer, who has been with the show from the start, will appear in the final scenes, opposite Kutcher and newcomer Amber Tamblyn.
Former Two And A Half Men star Angus T. Jones has attacked the sitcom again, revealing it was "difficult" for him to be part of a show that made light of "topics in our world where there are really problems for a lot of people." The grown-up child star upset producers and creator Chuck Lorre last year (13) when he called the comedy "filth" and urged fans to stop watching in a video filmed for a religious group he was attached to.
Jones later apologised for his remarks.
He was then axed as a regular on the show and has yet to appear in any episodes this season.
Now, studying in Colorado, the Christian actor has taken aim at Two and a Half Men again in a new interview with Houston, Texas TV network KHOU.
Sporting a thick beard, Jones says, "I was a paid hypocrite."
The TV interview came about as part of the star's trip to the World Harvest Outreach Church in Houston, where he talks about his faith as a Seventh-Day Adventist.
He told a KHOU reporter that although he didn't enjoy his final months on the show, that he feels bad for openly criticising creator Lorre, adding, "I just totally insulted his baby and, to that degree, I am apologetic, but otherwise I don't regret saying what I said."
Actress Amber Tamblyn has been given a big TV boost - her lesbian character in hit sitcom Two And A Half Men has become a regular. The former House star joined the show for a five-episode stint, portraying the long lost daughter of late character Charlie Harper - and now she has been promoted to ex-castmate Angus T. Jones' full-time replacement.
Jones, 19, quit the show to attend college.
Former TV Wonder Woman Lynda Carter is heading back to the small screen to join the cast of Two And A Half Men. The actress will play "a version of herself" in the upcoming 11th season of the sitcom.
Carter won't be the only new face on the show this season - actress Amber Tamblyn has joined the cast as the lesbian daughter of deceased character Charlie Harper, who was played by Charlie Sheen.
Tamblyn will replace Angus T. Jones as a regular on the show. Jones quit at the end of the last season after growing tired of his own TV celebrity.
Teen actor Angus T. Jones walked away from his lucrative role on hit U.S. sitcom Two And A Half Men to pursue a higher education, according to his co-star Ashton Kutcher. The 19 year old rose to fame as Jake Harper, the nephew of original lead actor Charlie Sheen's character, when he was just 10, but he stepped down as a show regular earlier this year (13), just months after he apologised to programme bosses for branding the comedy "filth" and urging viewers to turn it off in a testimonial video for the religious organisation Forerunner Chronicles.
Reports suggested Jones' exit from the programme was linked to his controversial comments, but now Kutcher, who replaced Sheen as the main star in 2011, insists the youngster simply wanted to attend college like a "normal kid".
He says, "Angus has been on the show his entire childhood and last year, he's like, 'Man, I really want to go to college and be a normal kid.' I was like, 'Angus, please come back, do one more year and then go to college', and so he came back last year and this year he decided he really wanted to go to college, so he's going to go off to college."
Jones, who is said to have banked $6 million (£4 million) a year on the show, has yet to speak out about his departure from Two and a Half Men, but Kutcher is hoping he will still make guest appearances in the near future.
He adds, "(Jones' character) went off to the military last year and so he's off fighting wars on behalf of the United States government... Maybe we could get him to Skype in or something... I don't know how they (writers) are gonna do it."
Actress Amber Tamblyn has since been cast as Jones' replacement and will star as his character's lesbian cousin.
Actress Amber Tamblyn has signed on to play Charlie Sheen's lesbian daughter in the new season of hit TV comedy Two And A Half Men. The former House star will replace Angus T. Jones as a regular on the show.
Jon Cryer's Alan Harper will discover her character, Jenny, is his long-lost niece - the illegitimate daughter of his late brother, who moved to Los Angeles to become an actress.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Tamblyn's character will appear in at least five upcoming episodes of the TV show, with an option to become an official series regular.
Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer's new Two And A Half Men castmate will portray a lesbian. The as-yet uncast actress will play deceased Charlie Harper's long-lost gay daughter, Jenny, on the hit show.
Harper was played by Charlie Sheen until he was fired from the show in 2011 and replaced by Kutcher.
The new cast member will replace Cryer's onscreen son Angus T. Jones, who will not be returning full-time when the series heads back to TV later this year (13).
Two And A Half Men regular Angus T. Jones is to be replaced by an actress on the show. Producers are currently on the hunt for a young star who will play the daughter of deceased character Charlie Harper, played by Charlie Sheen, on the sitcom.
The new cast member will join Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer on Two and a Half Men after Jones, who grew up on the programme, leaves during the 10th season.
The grown-up child star sealed his departure as a series regular last year (12) when he described the show as "filth" during an interview with the Christian group Forerunner Chronicles.
Actor Angus T. Jones has lost his status as a regular on hit TV sitcom Two And A Half Men just five months after labeling the show "filth" and urging viewers to turn it off. Network bosses at CBS have renewed the show for an 11th season, with stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer each signing new one-year contracts, but former child star Jones won't be back. Insiders claim he will return as a recurring guest star.
The news comes just months after Jones hit the headlines by taping a testimonial video for the religious organization Forerunner Chronicles. In the YouTube film that eventually went viral, he urged viewers to stop watching Two and a Half Men so he would no longer have to work on the show. He later apologized for his comments but rumors were rampant that he would either leave the hit series or be let go.
Cast as Jake Harper on the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men" alongside Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer; Ashton Kutcher replaced Sheen in 2011
Appeared in HBO's "Dinner With Friends," based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play
Co-starred in the CBS TV-movie "The Christmas Blessing"
Made film debut in the French movie "Simpatico"
Guest starred on Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana"
Began acting in commercials at age four
Landed first lead role at age 6 in "See Spot Run"
Played Dennis Quaid's young son in the hit film "The Rookie"
Landed a supporting role as Steve Martin's son in "Bringing Down the House"
While Angus T. Jones may have been the "half" of a top-rated sitcom, what he lacked in stature at the time, he more than made up with his natural talent and comedic abilities. Before he hit his teen years, Jones possessed an acting resume that rivaled what many actors twice his age had accomplished. After appearing alongside seasoned stars such as David Arquette in the comedy "See Spot Run" (2001), Dennis Quaid in the drama "The Rookie" (2002), and Steve Martin in "Bringing Down the House" (2003), it was the unique family sitcom, "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ) that made Jones one of the most recognized and highest paid child actors on television. Though a showcase for already established stars Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men" presented Jones with the perfect star-making vehicle. He impressed critics with an innate ability to portray characters and express emotions well beyond his years. The success of the sitcom and Jones consistent scene-stealing established him as one of the most inspiring and successful young actors of his generation.
Younger brother by 13 years
In November 2012, an online video surfaced of Jones trash-talking his show "Two and a Half Men" (CBS) and urging viewers to stop watching. He was quoted as saying, "Jake from 'Two and a Half Men' means nothing. He is a non-existent character. If you watch 'Two and a Half Men,' please stop watching 'Two and a Half Men.' I'm on 'Two and a Half Men' and I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth." The video was produced by a religious group Forerunner Christian Church.