In the year of the tiger blood, Charlie Sheen reigned

Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesActor Charlie Sheen during a commercial break on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

We look back at Charlie Sheen antics over the course of an epic rollercoaster year for the ‘rock star from Mars.’

JAN. 14: A CBS exec admits the network has “a high level of concern” about Charlie’s hard-partying ways, but notes that he does his job on “Two and a Half Men” well.

JAN. 27: After a 911 call, Charlie is rushed to the hospital — his camp insists it’s not because he OD’d, but concedes he had been partying for days straight.

JAN. 28: Charlie’s rep announces the actor has entered rehab at an “undisclosed” facility. Turns out he actually hasn’t.

JAN. 31: His manager announces Charlie will seek treatment at home with a team of professionals.

FEB. 24: Charlie rants against his hit show’s creator Chuck Lorre in shocking, bizarre interviews — which include his new catchphrase “winning” — and claims to have cured his alcoholism with “my mind.”

FEB. 24: After his rants, CBS announces it will shut down production of “Two and a Half Men” for the remainder of the season; Charlie responds by calling Lorre a “contaminated little maggot.”

FEB. 27: Charlie announces, “I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen.”

FEB. 28: Charlie declares to “Today” in a typically, er, colorful interview that  he has “tiger blood” and “Adonis DNA,” and proclaims, “I’m tired of pretending like I’m not bitchin’, a total freaking rock star from Mars.” He also introduces the world to his live-in “goddesses,” adult star Natalie Kenley and model Bree Olsen.

MARCH 1: The actor joins Twitter and sets a Guinness world record for the fastest account to get to 1 million followers. Also, ex-wife Brooke Mueller obtains a restraining order against him and police take his kids away.

MARCH 5: Charlie announces via Twitter that one of his “goddesses,” Bree, has left him — then, hours later, that “she’s back!”

MARCH 7: “Two and a Half Men” producers announce that Charlie has been fired from the show.

MARCH 10: Charlie files a $100 million breach of contract suit against the show.

MARCH 17: The increasingly erratic actor’s so-called comedy tour, “My Violent Torpedo of Truth,” sells out two shows at Radio City Music Hall and other dates around the nation.

APRIL 2: The Detroit debut of the “Torpedo” tour draws boos and audience walk-outs. During the performance, Charlie himself pauses to ask the crowd, “Is anybody as confused by this [expletive] as I am?”

APRIL 19: The actor arrives in court to seek full custody of twin sons Bob and Max after their mother, his ex-wife Brooke Mueller, allegedly relapses into drug addiction.

MAY 13: After Ashton Kutcher is announced as his “Men” replacement, Charlie takes another swipe at Lorre on Twitter: “Enjoy planet Chuck, Ashton. There is no air, laughter, loyalty, or love there.”

JULY 18: </b>It is announced that Charlie has signed on to film a pilot for a new TV show. “I chose ‘Anger Management’ because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept,” he says in a statement.

SEPT. 18: Viewers expecting an outburst are sorely disappointed when Charlie, presenting the Best Comedy Actor Emmy, declares to his former “Men” colleagues, “From the bottom of my heart I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season.”

SEPT. 19: While his character’s funeral plays out on his old show’s season premiere, Comedy Central airs a star-studded roast of the actor. “How much blow can Charlie Sheen do?” Jon Lovitz quips. “Enough to kill two and a half men.”

SEPT. 26: Word leaks that Charlie will receive $25 million from Warner Bros. to settle his lawsuit over being fired. Winning!

DEC. 9: After ex-wife Brooke Mueller is busted for alleged cocaine possession with intent to distribute, Charlie reportedly pays her bail and sticks up for her, scoffing to TMZ, “With the child support I give her … she’s gonna deal drugs? Never gonna happen.”

Congratulations to the biggest winner of 2011 — on not only surviving the year but, from all appearances, stepping back from the brink of self-destruction. Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!


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