Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez

Born: May 12, 1962
Age: 62
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, U.S.
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Emilio Estevez (/ɛˈmiːljoʊ ˈɛstᵻvɛz/; born May 12, 1962) is an American actor, director, and writer. He started his career as an actor and is well known for being a member of the acting Brat Pack of the 1980s, starring in The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, and also acting in the 1983 hit movie The Outsiders. He is also known for Repo Man, The Mighty Ducks and its sequels, Stakeout, Maximum Overdrive, Bobby (which he also wrote and directed), and his performances in Western films such as Young Guns and its sequel.


Early life

Estevez was born in Staten Island, the oldest child of artist Janet Templeton and actor Martin Sheen (born Ramón Estevez). His siblings are Ramon Estevez, Charlie Sheen (born Carlos Estevez), and Renée Estevez. Estevez's paternal grandparents were Irish and Galician (Spanish) immigrants. His father is a "devout Catholic" and his mother is a "strict Southern Baptist".

Estevez initially attended school in the New York public school system but transferred to a prestigious private academy once his father's career took off. He lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side until his family moved west in 1968 when his father was cast in Catch-22. Growing up in Malibu, California, Estevez attended Santa Monica High School.

When Estevez was 11 years old, his father bought the family a portable movie camera. Estevez, his brother Charlie, and their high school friends, Sean Penn, Chris Penn, Chad Lowe, and Rob Lowe used the camera to make short films, which Estevez would often write. Estevez also appeared in "Meet Mr. Bomb", a short anti-nuclear power film produced at his high school. Emilio was 14 when he accompanied his father to the Philippines, where Sheen was shooting Apocalypse Now. Estevez appeared as an extra in Apocalypse Now, but the scenes were deleted.

When they returned to Los Angeles, Estevez co-wrote and starred in a high school play about Vietnam veterans called Echoes of an Era and invited his parents to watch it. Sheen recalls being astonished by his son's performance, and "began to realize: my God, he’s one of us." After graduating from Santa Monica High in 1980, he refused to go to college and instead went into acting. Unlike his brother Charlie, Emilio and his other siblings did not adopt their father's stage name. Emilio reportedly liked the assonance of the double ‘E’ initials, and "didn't want to ride into the business as 'Martin Sheen's son'." Upon his brother's using his birth name Carlos Estevez for the film Machete Kills, Emilio mentioned that he was proud of his Hispanic heritage and was glad that he never adopted a stage name, taking advice from his father who has said he regrets adopting the name Martin Sheen instead of using his birth name Ramón Estevez.


His first role was in a drama produced by the Catholic Paulist order. Soon after, he made his stage debut with his father in Mister Roberts at Burt Reynolds' dinner theater in Jupiter, Florida (this was the only job his father ever placed him in). Since then, father and son worked together in the 1982 ABC-TV film about juveniles in jail, In the Custody of Strangers, in which Estevez did the casting.

Brat Pack years

Estevez received much attention during the 1980s for being a member of the Brat Pack and was credited as the leader of the group of young actors. Estevez and Rob Lowe established the Brat Pack when cast as supporting "Greasers" in an early Brat Pack movie, The Outsiders based on the novel. Lowe was cast as C. Thomas Howell's older brother Sodapop and Estévez as the drunken Two-Bit Matthews. During production, he also approached his character as a laid-back guy and thought up Two-Bit's interest in Mickey Mouse, shown by his uniform of Mickey Mouse T-shirts and watching of cartoons.

Besides his roles in In the Custody of Strangers and The Outsiders, his credits include NBC-TV's thrillers Nightmares and Tex, the 1982 film version of another S.E. Hinton story. He bought the movie rights to a third Hinton book, That Was Then, This Is Now, and wrote the screenplay. His father predicted he would have to direct to feel the full extent of his talents, describing him as "an officer, not a soldier."

After The Outsiders, Estevez appeared as the punk-rocker turned car-repossessor Otto Maddox in the cult film Repo Man before co-starring in The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire. Following the success of these back-to-back Brat Pack films, he starred in That Was Then, This Is Now (which he co-wrote), the horror film Maximum Overdrive (for which he was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award), and the crime drama Wisdom (with fellow Brat Packer Demi Moore). Estevez was originally cast in Platoon to be private Chris Taylor but was forced to drop out after production was delayed for two years; the role eventually went to his younger brother Charlie Sheen. He went on to lead roles in the comedy/action film Stakeout and the westerns Young Guns and Young Guns II.

Career as an adult

In the early 1990s, Estevez directed, wrote, and starred with his brother Charlie in a comedy about garbagemen, Men at Work. Estevez later stated, "People come up to me on the street and say, Men at Work is the funniest movie I ever saw in my life. But, you know, I do have to question how many movies these people have seen."

In 1992, he found the career longevity that escaped other Brat Packers by starring in The Mighty Ducks as Coach Gordon Bombay, a lawyer and former peewee star and minor hockey prodigy looking to forget the past, forced into coaching a pee wee hockey team as a form of community service. The film turned out to be one of Disney’s most successful franchises. It was followed by two sequels. The following year Estevez starred in three films: the dark thriller Judgment Night, the spoof comedy Loaded Weapon 1, and comedy/action film Another Stakeout, which was the sequel to his earlier film Stakeout.

Estevez has acted alongside his father several times. He starred in (and also directed) the 1996 The War at Home in which he played a Vietnam War veteran dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder, while Sheen played his unsympathetic father. He also guest-starred in one episode of the TV series The West Wing as a younger version of his father's character (Jed Bartlet).

Estevez also appeared in an uncredited role in the feature film Mission: Impossible. From 1998 to 1999, he appeared in three television movies: the spaghetti Western Dollar for the Dead (1998), the comedy Late Last Night (1999), and Rated X (2000), which he also directed. In 2000, Estevez starred in the Moxie! Award-winning thriller Sand as part of an ensemble cast that also included Denis Leary, Jon Lovitz, Harry Dean Stanton, and Julie Delpy.

In 2003, he made his voice acting debut when he helped create the English dubbed version of The 3 Wise Men with his father. Later, Estevez starred in The L.A. Riot Spectacular and also voiced the English version of the film Arthur and the Invisibles. In 2008, he guest-starred on his brother's sitcom Two and a Half Men as an old friend of Charlie Sheen's character. (His father Martin Sheen had also guest starred in 2005.)

In an interview a month after the 2010 Oscar tribute to John Hughes he explained his absence as publicity shyness: "I've never been a guy that went out there to get publicity on myself. I never saw the value in it."

Directing career

Aside from acting, Estevez has also directed television shows and motion pictures. He made his directorial debut with the film Wisdom, which made Emilio the youngest person to ever write, direct, and star in, a single major motion picture. Most recently, he has directed episodes of the television series Cold Case, Close to Home, The Guardian, CSI: NY and Numb3rs. The films he has directed include Men at Work and The War at Home.

He directed the 2006 film Bobby, which took over six years to write. Producing the film nearly bankrupted him as the domestic box office gross was not able to cover production costs. The movie scored him some fans outside of the USA, mainly in Europe. He won a Hollywood Film Award and received a 7-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival.

Estevez has stated that he has several screenplays he has written that remain unproduced. Estevez said during an interview after one of the first screenings of Bobby that his next film would likely be Johnny Longshot.

Under Estevez Sheen Productions, a Warner Bros.-affiliated company, Emilio filmed his latest project, The Way, in Spain where he directed his father in a story about a man who decides to make the Camino de Santiago after the death of his son in the French Pyrénées. It was released in the United States on October 7, 2011.

Music videos

Estevez appeared in John Parr's "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" music video from the soundtrack of his film with the same name, where he played Kirby Keger. The music video featured all seven of the main cast members of the film, looking sadly through the foggy windows of a run-down and fire-damaged version of the St. Elmo's Bar set.

Estevez is a close friend of Jon Bon Jovi. He appeared in Bon Jovi's music video "Blaze of Glory" as Billy the Kid. In turn, Bon Jovi also made a cameo appearance in Young Guns II. "Blaze of Glory" was in the Young Guns II soundtrack and was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2000, Estevez made an appearance in another Bon Jovi video, "Say It Isn't So," along with Matt LeBlanc, Claudia Schiffer, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Estevez's father Martin Sheen (born Ramon Estevez) is of half Irish and half Spanish descent, from the Galician region. Sheen is a Roman Catholic and Emilio's mother was raised a Southern Baptist, and Emilio has stated that his own religion is a "work in progress". He also revealed on his official Twitter that he is a supporter of South-East London Football Club Millwall F.C.

Family and relationships

Estevez is the older brother of Charlie Sheen and son of Martin Sheen. He had a steady relationship with Carey Salley, a Wilhelmina model, until they broke up in 1986. They share a son, Taylor Levi Estevez (born June 22, 1984), and a daughter, Paloma Rae Estevez (born February 15, 1986). He was briefly engaged to actress Demi Moore and they remain good friends. The two starred as a feuding married couple in the 2006 movie Bobby, alongside Moore's real-life husband at the time, actor Ashton Kutcher.

On April 29, 1992, Estevez married singer-choreographer Paula Abdul. They divorced in May 1994, with Abdul later stating that she wanted children and Estevez, who already had two children, did not.

In 2006, Estevez announced his engagement to Macedonian writer Sonja Magdevski. The couple split in March 2015.


Year Film Role Notes
1979 Apocalypse Now Messenger Boy Scenes deleted
1982 Tex Johnny Collins
1983 The Outsiders Keith "Two-Bit" Mathews
1983 Nightmares J.J. Cooney Segment: Bishop of Battle
1984 Repo Man Otto Maddox
1985 Breakfast Club, TheThe Breakfast Club Andrew Clark
1985 St. Elmo's Fire Kirby "Kirbo" Keger
1985 That Was Then... This Is Now Mark Jennings Writer
1986 Maximum Overdrive Bill Robinson
1986 Wisdom John Wisdom Director/Writer
1987 Stakeout Det. Bill Reimers
1988 Never on Tuesday Tow Truck Driver Cameo role
1988 Young Guns William H. ''Billy the Kid'' Bonney
1990 Young Guns II
1990 Men at Work James St. James Director/writer
1992 Freejack Alex Furlong
1992 Mighty Ducks, TheThe Mighty Ducks Gordon Bombay
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Sgt. Jack Colt
1993 Another Stakeout Det. Bill Reimers
1993 Judgment Night Francis Howard "Frank" Wyatt
1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks Gordon Bombay
1995 The Jerky Boys: The Movie Only executive producer
1996 Mission: Impossible Jack Harmon Uncredited role
1996 War at Home, TheThe War at Home Jeremy Collier Director and producer
1996 D3: The Mighty Ducks Gordon Bombay
1999 Late Last Night Dan
2000 Sand Trip
2000 Rated X Jim Mitchell Director
2003 The 3 Wise Men Jimmy Uncredited voice role (English dub)
2005 L.A. Riot Spectacular, TheThe L.A. Riot Spectacular Laurence Powell
2005 Culture Clash in AmeriCCa Only director
2006 Arthur and the Invisibles Ferryman Voice role (English dub)
2006 Bobby Tim Fallon Director/Writer
2010 Way, TheThe Way Daniel Avery Director/Writer/Producer
Year Title Role Notes
1980 Insight Episode: 17 Going Nowhere
1981 To Climb a Mountain
1982 Making the Grade Episode: 1.5
1982 In the Custody of Strangers Danny Caldwell ABC Television film
1987 Funny, You Don't Look 200:
A Constitutional Vaudeville
Himself/Vietnam Soldiers Television film/television special documentary
1989 Nightbreaker Dr. Alexander Brown (Past) TNT television film
1994 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: Emilio Estevez/Pearl Jam
1994 Legend of Billy the Kid, TheThe Legend of Billy the Kid Himself Interview from the set of Young Guns II
1998 Dollar for the Dead Cowboy TNT television film
1999 Late Last Night Dan Television film
2000 Rated X James Lowell "Jim" Mitchell Showtime television film
2001 Jon Bon Jovi Himself — Interviewee Television special
2002 After Dark: South Beach Narrator Television special
2003 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Young Josiah "Jed" Bartlet Episode: Twenty Five
Cameo role
2003, 2004 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Director:
Episode: Hazel Park
Episode: All is Mended
Episode: The Watchers
2004, 2005 Cold Case Director
Episode: The Sleepover
Episode: Wishing
2005 CSI: NY Director
Episode: The Dove Commission
Episode: The Closer
2005 Close to Home Director
Episode: Baseball Murder
2005 Criminal Minds Director
2008 Numb3rs Episode: Charlie Don't Surf
2008 Two and a Half Men Andy Episode: The Devil's Lube

Awards and nominations

ALMA Awards

  • 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Latino Director of a Feature Film" - The War at Home
  • 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Crossover Role in a Feature Film" - The War at Home
  • 2006: Nominated, "Outstanding Director - Motion Picture" - Bobby
  • 2006: Nominated, "Outstanding Screenplay - Motion Picture" - Bobby
  • 2006: Nominated, "Outstanding Motion Picture" - Bobby

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • 2006: Nominated, "Best Cast" - Bobby (shared w/co-stars)

Golden Globe Awards

  • 2006: Nominated, "Best Film" - Bobby

Golden Raspberry Awards

  • 1986: Nominated, "Worst Actor" - Maximum Overdrive

Hollywood Film Festival

  • 2006: Won,, "Ensemble of the Year" - Bobby (shared w/co-stars)

Western Heritage Awards

  • 1989: Won, "Bronze Wrangler (Theatrical Motion Picture)" - Young Guns

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • 2006: Won, "Behind the Camera Breakout Performance of the Year - Bobby

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2007: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" - Bobby (shared w/co-stars)

Shorty Awards

  • 2012: Nominated, Actor
  • 2012: Nominated, Director

Venice Film Festival

  • 2006: Nominated, "Golden Lion (Best Film)" - Bobby
  • 2006: Won, "Biografilm Award" - Bobby

Emilio Estevez supports the following charitable cause: Children.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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