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Samaritan - 1986
Character:   Mitch Snyder
Fact-based story about Mitch Snyder, a Washington crusader for the homeless, who took their case to Congress.   Working for the Community for Creative Non-violence, Snyder became outraged at the number of homeless people from mental institutions and other facilities who had been dumped on the Washington streets without shelter.   His advocacy drew national attention to the "missing persons" that live among us.
He says of the situation, "The President's nearest neighbor is a bag lady...she sleeps down the road from the Oval Office."
Sheen was so moved by Snyder's work that he organized the "Grate American Sleepout" in 1987 to bring attention to the problem.   Joined by other actors and more than a dozen Congressmen, Sheen huddled with supporters and homeless people over two steam vents in front of the Library of Congress.
Cast members include:  Cicely Tyson, James Avery, and Roxanne Hart
Behind the Scenes
Martin Sheen with Mitch Snyder
Working for the homeless is Washington
Sheen works to highlight the plight of the homeless in DC
Next role:    The Normal Heart
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