Emilio Estevez

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Emilio Estevez
Emilio Estevez Venice 2006 crop.jpg
Estevez at the Venice Film Festival in 2006
Born(1962-05-12) May 12, 1962 (age 52)
Staten Island, New York, United States
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, producer, voice actor
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Paula Abdul (1992–1994)
Partner(s)Carey Salley (1983–1986; 2 children)
Demi Moore (1986–1987)
Sonja Magdevski (2006–present)
ParentsMartin Sheen (father)
Janet Templeton (mother)
FamilyCharlie Sheen (brother)
Ramon Estevez (brother)
Renée Estevez (sister)
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Emilio Estevez
Emilio Estevez Venice 2006 crop.jpg
Estevez at the Venice Film Festival in 2006
Born(1962-05-12) May 12, 1962 (age 52)
Staten Island, New York, United States
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, producer, voice actor
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Paula Abdul (1992–1994)
Partner(s)Carey Salley (1983–1986; 2 children)
Demi Moore (1986–1987)
Sonja Magdevski (2006–present)
ParentsMartin Sheen (father)
Janet Templeton (mother)
FamilyCharlie Sheen (brother)
Ramon Estevez (brother)
Renée Estevez (sister)

Emilio Estevez (/ɛˈmlj ˈɛstɨvɛz/; 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[edit]

Emilio Estevez was born in Staten Island, New York,[1] 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 Spanish and Irish immigrants. His father is a "devout Catholic" and his mother is a "strict Southern Baptist".[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] Estevez also appeared in a short anti-nuclear power film produced at his high school, entitled "Meet Mr. Bomb."[5] Emilio was 14 when he accompanied his father to the Philippines, where Sheen was shooting Apocalypse Now.[3] Estevez appeared as an extra in Apocalypse Now, but the scenes were deleted.[6]

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 realise: my God, he’s one of us."[7] After graduating Santa Monica High in 1980, he refused to go to college and instead went into acting.[3] 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,[8] and "didn't want to ride into the business as 'Martin Sheen's son'."[3] Upon his brother 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 had regrets adopting the name Martin Sheen as opposed to using his birth name Ramon Estevez.[9]


Brat Pack years[edit]

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 Emilio did the casting.[3]

Estevez received great attention during the 1980s for being a member of the Brat Pack and was credited as the leader of the group of young actors.[10] 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'd have to direct to feel the full extent of his talents, describing him as "an officer, not a soldier."[3]

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.[11] He went on to lead roles in the comedy/action film Stakeout and the westerns Young Guns and Young Guns II.

Late career[edit]

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."[6]

In 1992, he found the career longevity that escaped other Brat Packers by starring in The Mighty Ducks as Coach Gordon Bombay,[11] 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.[11] 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.[7] He also guest-starred in one episode of The West Wing as a younger version of his father's character (Jed Bartlet).

Estevez also appeared in an uncredited role in the Saturn Award-nominated film Mission: Impossible. From 1998 to 1999, he appeared in three television movies: the spaghetti western flick 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.)[12]

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."[13]

Directing career[edit]

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.[7]

His most famous film was 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.[11] The movie scored him some fans outside of the USA, mainly in Europe.[14] He won a Hollywood Film Award and received an unprecedented 7 minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival.[13]

Estevez has stated that he will direct and star in an independent film called The Bang Bang Club, and that he currently has six screenplays that he has written that remain unproduced. Estevez said during an interview after one of the first screenings of Bobby that his next film will likely be Johnny Longshot.[15]

Estevez (left) with father Martin Sheen at the BFI premiere of his film The Way in London February 2011

Under Estevez Sheen Productions, a Warner Bros.-affiliated company, Emilio filmed his latest project, The Way, in Spain where he directs 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.[8][16]

Music videos[edit]

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.[17] 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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Estevez is of Irish and Spanish descent from the Galician region, on his father's side.[3] He is environmentally conscious and is a fan and friend of interior designer Kari Whitman.[18] His father is a Roman Catholic and his mother was raised a Southern Baptist, and he has stated that his own religion is a "work in progress".[19] He also revealed on his official Twitter that he is a supporter of South-East London Football Club Millwall F.C.

Family and relationships[edit]

Estevez is the older brother of Charlie Sheen and son of Martin Sheen. Estevez has two children with ex-girlfriend and Wilhelmina model Carey Salley. They had a steady relationship until eventually breaking up in 1986.[3] 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 Bobby, alongside Moore's real-life (then) husband Ashton Kutcher.[20]

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.[21]

In 2006, Estevez announced his engagement to Macedonian writer Sonja Magdevski.[22] The couple live in a Spanish-style home on a one-acre lot in Malibu where they operate a small vineyard.[23]


1979Apocalypse NowMessenger BoyScenes deleted[6]
1982TexJohnny Collins
1983The OutsidersKeith "Two-Bit" Mathews
1983NightmaresJ.J. CooneySegment: Bishop of Battle
1984Repo ManOtto Maddox
1985Breakfast Club, TheThe Breakfast ClubAndrew Clark
1985St. Elmo's FireKirby "Kirbo" Keger
1985That Was Then... This Is NowMark JenningsWriter
1986Maximum OverdriveBill Robinson
1986WisdomJohn WisdomDirector/Writer
1987StakeoutDet. Bill Reimers
1988Never on TuesdayTow Truck DriverCameo role
1988Young GunsWilliam H. ''Billy the Kid'' Bonney
1990Young Guns II
1990Men at WorkJames St. JamesDirector/writer
1992FreejackAlex Furlong
1992Mighty Ducks, TheThe Mighty DucksGordon Bombay
1993Loaded Weapon 1Sgt. Jack Colt
1993Another StakeoutDet. Bill Reimers
1993Judgment NightFrancis Howard "Frank" Wyatt
1994D2: The Mighty DucksGordon Bombay
1995The Jerky Boys: The MovieOnly executive producer
1996Mission: ImpossibleJack HarmonUncredited role
1996War at Home, TheThe War at HomeJeremy CollierDirector and producer
1996D3: The Mighty DucksGordon Bombay
1999Late Last NightDan
2000Rated XJim MitchellDirector
2003The 3 Wise MenJimmyUncredited voice role (English dub)
2005L.A. Riot Spectacular, TheThe L.A. Riot SpectacularLaurence Powell
2005Culture Clash in AmeriCCaOnly director
2006Arthur and the InvisiblesFerrymanVoice role (English dub)
2006BobbyTim FallonDirector/Writer
2010Way, TheThe WayDaniel AveryDirector/Writer/Producer
1980InsightEpisode: 17 Going Nowhere
1981To Climb a Mountain
1982Making the GradeEpisode: 1.5
1982In the Custody of StrangersDanny CaldwellABC Television film
1987Funny, You Don't Look 200:
A Constitutional Vaudeville
Himself/Vietnam SoldiersTelevision film/television special documentary
1989NightbreakerDr. Alexander Brown (Past)TNT television film
1994Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: Emilio Estevez/Pearl Jam
1994Legend of Billy the Kid, TheThe Legend of Billy the KidHimselfInterview from the set of Young Guns II
1998Dollar for the DeadCowboyTNT television film
1999Late Last NightDanTelevision film
2000Rated XJames Lowell "Jim" MitchellShowtime television film
2001Jon Bon JoviHimself — IntervieweeTelevision special
2002After Dark: South BeachNarratorTelevision special
2003West Wing, TheThe West WingYoung Josiah "Jed" BartletEpisode: Twenty Five
Cameo role
2003, 2004Guardian, TheThe GuardianDirector:
Episode: Hazel Park
Episode: All is Mended
Episode: The Watchers
2004, 2005Cold CaseDirector
Episode: The Sleepover
Episode: Wishing
2005CSI: NYDirector
Episode: The Dove Commission
Episode: The Closer
2005Close to HomeDirector
Episode: Baseball Murder
2005Criminal Minds[24]Director
2008Numb3rsEpisode: Charlie Don't Surf
2008Two and a Half MenAndyEpisode: The Devil's Lube

Awards and nominations[edit]

ALMA Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Hollywood Film Festival

Western Heritage Awards

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Razzie Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Shorty Awards

Venice Film Festival


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  15. ^ Close-Up Film Interview
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  17. ^ Laura Jackson (2005). Jon Bon Jovi. Citadel. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-8065-2600-3. 
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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Bronze Wrangler Awards
Preceded by
Carroll Ballard
for Never Cry Wolf
Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture
for Young Guns
Succeeded by
Kevin Costner, Jim Wilson & Rodney A. Grant
for Dances With Wolves
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
Preceded by
none give
Breakout Performance of the Year – Behind the Camera
for Bobby
Succeeded by
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
for No Country for Old Men