The veteran actor made his big screen debut in the 1960s and has starred in several box office hits, including Apocalypse Now and Wall Street.
Sheen was the star guest at the annual event in Chicago on Friday (19Aug11), when his son Emilio Estevez presented him with the Career Achievement Award during a special ceremony.
Friday was also renamed Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez Day by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in honour of their visit.
As he accepted his award, Sheen praised Quinn for doing a good job in office.
He said, “You’ve got this guy in the middle of it all in Illinois who’s a progressive, who’s deeply humane, extremely bright and so practical and he’s just one of my heroes and I adore him.”