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What inspired Sam Sheen's name?

11/21/2004 at 02:54 AM ET

Charlie Sheen’s inspiration for naming his daughter Sam has been unveiled – it was the moniker of his old cat.

The actor and his wife Denise Richards welcomed their small bundle ofjoy into the world in March and immediately announced that her namewould be Sam.

And months later, Richards now admits that the name actually came from Sheen’s feline friend.

She says, "Charlie really wanted Sam (as a name for our daughter) and Idreamed of one day naming a girl Sophia – something feminine – or Emma.  She’s named after the cat. We don’t have the cat anymore, though."

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Stephanie on

Just out of curiosity, what is the ‘J’ for in Sam J Sheen? Do you know?


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