LOS ANGELES -- Forget winning; Charlie Sheen is all about giving at the moment. The "Anger Management" star announced Monday that he will donate $1 million to the United Service Organizations (USO), which will go toward the USO’s Operation Enduring Care, an ongoing campaign to support wounded, ill and injured troops and their families.
"It's an honor for me to be able to give back to these men and women of the military who have done so much for all of us," Sheen said of the donation. "They put their lives on the line for us every day, and I'm just happy that my work on 'Anger Management' can bring a little bit of relief to the troops and their families."
The actor has pledged to donate 1 percent of the profits from his FX comedy "Anger Management" to the USO, with a guaranteed $1 million minimum.
"The USO would like to thank Charlie Sheen for his very generous $1 million donation to our Operation Enduring Care Campaign and his interest in helping us lift the spirits of those who have endured so much to protect the freedoms we enjoy daily," Gen. John I. Pray Jr., executive vice president for the USO, said of the donation. "His support is greatly appreciated, especially from our wounded warriors and their families."
The actor has been making efforts to harness his star power for philanthropic ends recently. Last week, Sheen entertained "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe's suggestion that he should become a judge on the singing competition, noting that he'd be up for it on the conditions that a) FX gave him the green light and b) "Idol" makes a significant donation to charity.
"If the numbers move the needle and 'Idol' matches 20 percent of my weekly salary for Autism Speaks, [the diabetes charity] JDRF, and the Boys and Girls Club ... then the hell with it. As we say, pour the smoke," Sheen told TMZ.
Last October, Forbes named Sheen the highest-paid actor on TV, noting that he'd raked in $40 million between May 2010 and May 2011.