Emilio Estevez

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Emilio Estevez
Estevez in 2011
Born (1962-05-12) May 12, 1962 (age 62)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation(s)Actor, filmmaker
Years active1973–present
(m. 1992; div. 1994)

Emilio Estevez (/ɛˈmɪli ɛˈstɛvəs/; born May 12, 1962) is an American actor and filmmaker.

He is the son of actor Martin Sheen and the older brother of Charlie Sheen. Estevez made his theatrical film debut in drama film Tex (1982). As one of the actors associated with Brat Pack, he is notable for starring in coming-of-age drama films such as The Outsiders (1983), The Breakfast Club (1985), St. Elmo's Fire (1985), as well as the cult science fiction/comedy film Repo Man (1984). He subsequently starred in films in various genres such as Judgment Night (1993), Loaded Weapon 1 (1993), and Mission: Impossible (1996). Estevez also starred in three film franchises: Stakeout (1987) and its 1993 sequel, Young Guns (1988) and its 1990 sequel, and The Mighty Ducks (1992–1996; 2021).

Estevez made his directorial debut with the drama film Wisdom (1986) and also directed the comedy film Men at Work (1990). Since mid-1990s, Estevez starred mostly in the films he directed such as The War at Home (1996), Rated X (2000), Bobby (2006) and The Way (2010).

Early life[edit]

Estevez was born in Manhattan, the eldest child of artist Janet Sheen and actor Martin Sheen (legally Ramón Estévez). His siblings are Ramon Estevez, Charlie Sheen (born Carlos Estévez), and Renée Estevez. Estevez's paternal grandparents were Irish and Spanish immigrants. His father is a "devout Catholic" and his mother is a "strict Southern Baptist."[1]

Estevez initially attended school in the New York City public school system but transferred to a 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.[2] Estevez also appeared in Meet Mr. Bomb, a short anti-nuclear power film produced at his high school.[3] Estevez was 14 when he accompanied his father to the Philippines, where Sheen was shooting Apocalypse Now.[2] Estevez had a role as an extra in Apocalypse Now, but his scenes were deleted.[4]

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."[5] After graduating from Santa Monica High in 1980, he refused to go to college and instead went into acting.[2] Unlike his brother Charlie, Estevez and his other siblings did not adopt their father's stage name. Emilio reportedly liked the alliteration of the double 'E' initials,[6] and "didn't want to ride into the business as 'Martin Sheen's son'."[2] Upon his brother's using his birth name Carlos Estevez for the film Machete Kills, Estevez mentioned that he was proud of his Spanish heritage and was glad that he never adopted a stage name, taking advice from his father who regretted adopting the name Martin Sheen as opposed to using his birth name, Ramón Estévez.[7]


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). Later, 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.[2]

Brat Pack years[edit]

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.[8] 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 Two-Bit Mathews. During production, he 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."[2]

After The Outsiders, Estevez appeared as the punk-rocker turned car-repossessor Otto Maddox in the 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.[9] He went on to lead roles in the comedy/action film Stakeout and the westerns Young Guns[10] and Young Guns II.


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."[4]

In 1992, he found the career longevity that escaped other Brat Packers by starring in The Mighty Ducks as Coach Gordon Bombay,[9] a lawyer and former pee wee 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.[9] The following year Estevez starred in three films: the dark thriller Judgment Night, the spoof comedy Loaded Weapon 1 in which his brother Charlie Sheen has a cameo, and comedy/action film Another Stakeout, which was the sequel to his earlier film Stakeout.

Estevez at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

Estevez has acted alongside his father several times. He starred in (and directed) the 1996 The War at Home in which he played a Vietnam War veteran dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder, while Martin Sheen played his unsympathetic father.[5]

Estevez appeared in an uncredited role in the feature film Mission: Impossible. From 1998 to 1999, he appeared in three television films: the spaghetti Western Dollar for the Dead (1998), the comedy Late Last Night (1999), and Rated X (2000), which he 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 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.)[11]

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."[12]

In 2017, his appearance in films was found to generate the highest return on investment (ROI) on average of all Hollywood actors.[13]

Estevez reprised his role as Coach Gordon Bombay in the 2021 Disney+ TV series, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.[14] It was reported in November 2021 that Estevez would not return in the show's second season due to a contract dispute and creative differences.[15]

Directing career[edit]

Aside from acting, Estevez has also directed television shows and motion pictures. He made his directorial debut with the 1986 film Wisdom, which made Estevez the youngest person ever to 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.[5]

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.[9] The movie gained him fans outside the US, mainly in Europe.[16] He won a Hollywood Film Award and received a seven-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival.[12]

In 2010 Estevez filmed a new 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.[6][17]

In 2018 Estevez released The Public, a film featuring Estevez himself as writer, director, and cast member. The film, also starring Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater, and Jena Malone, premiered worldwide at the Toronto International Film Festival.[18] [19]

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.[20] He appeared in Bon Jovi's music video "Blaze of Glory" as Billy the Kid. In turn, Bon Jovi 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]

In the early 1980s, Estevez dated actress Mimi Rogers.[21] He was involved off and on with Carey Salley, a Wilhelmina model.[2] They have a son and a daughter. Their relationship overlapped with Estevez's high-profile engagement to Demi Moore, whom he was with intermittently from 1984 to 1986.[22] In 1987, Salley filed a $2 million paternity suit against Estevez.[23] Estevez acknowledged paternity of Salley's children on June 1, 1987.[24]

On April 29, 1992, Estevez married singer-choreographer Paula Abdul. They filed for divorce in May 1994, with Abdul later stating that the reason for the divorce was that she wanted children while Estevez, who already had two children, did not.[25]

Estevez has stated that his religion is a "work in progress".[1]



Year Film Role Notes
1973 Badlands Boy Under Lamppost Uncredited role
1979 Apocalypse Now Messenger Boy Scenes deleted[4]
1982 Tex Johnny Collins
1983 The Outsiders Keith "Two-Bit" Mathews
Nightmares J.J. Cooney Segment: The Bishop of Battle
1984 Repo Man Otto Maddox
1985 The Breakfast Club Andrew Clark
St. Elmo's Fire Kirby "Kirbo" Keger
That Was Then... This Is Now Mark Jennings Also writer
1986 Maximum Overdrive Bill Robinson
Wisdom John Wisdom Also director and writer
1987 Stakeout Det. Bill Reimers
1988 Young Guns Billy the Kid
1989 Never on Tuesday Tow Truck Driver Cameo role
1990 Young Guns II Billy the Kid
Men at Work James St. James Also director and writer
1992 Freejack Alex Furlong
The Mighty Ducks Gordon Bombay
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Sgt. Jack Colt
Another Stakeout Det. Bill Reimers
Judgment Night Francis Howard "Frank" Wyatt
1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks Gordon Bombay
1995 The Jerky Boys: The Movie Executive producer
1996 Mission: Impossible Jack Harmon Uncredited role
The War at Home Jeremy Collier Also director and producer
D3: The Mighty Ducks Gordon Bombay
2000 Sand Trip
2003 The 3 Wise Men Uncredited voice role
English dub
2005 The L.A. Riot Spectacular Laurence Powell
Culture Clash in AmeriCCa Director
2006 Arthur and the Minimoys Ferryman Voice role
English dub
Bobby Tim Fallon Also director and writer
2010 The Way Daniel Avery Also director, producer, and writer
2018 The Public Stuart Goodson Also director and writer


Year Title Role Notes
1980-1982 Insight Young Man / Pat / Stan / Steve Novak 4 episodes
1982 Making the Grade Dwayne Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to Class?"
In the Custody of Strangers Danny Caldwell ABC television film
1987 Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville Himself / Vietnam soldier Television film/television special documentary
1989 Nightbreaker Dr. Alexander Brown (Past) TNT television film
1994 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: Emilio Estevez/Pearl Jam
The 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
Also director
2001 Jon Bon Jovi Himself / Interviewee Television special
2002 After Dark: South Beach Narrator
2003 The West Wing Young Josiah "Jed" Bartlet Episode: Twenty Five
Cameo role
2003–2004 The Guardian Director
3 episodes
2004–2005 Cold Case Director
2 episodes
2005 CSI: NY Director
2 episodes
Close to Home Director
Episode: Baseball Murder
Criminal Minds[26] Director
2008 Numb3rs Director
Episode: Charlie Don't Surf
Two and a Half Men Andrew "Andy" Donald Patterson Episode: The Devil's Lube
2021–2022 The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Gordon Bombay

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emilio Estevez awards and nominations
Wins 2
Nominations 14
Year Nominated work Award Category Result
1986 Maximum Overdrive Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actor Nominated
1989 Young Guns Western Heritage Awards Bronze Wrangler - Theatrical Motion Picture Won
1998 The War at Home ALMA Awards Outstanding Latino Director of a Feature Film Nominated
Outstanding Individual Performance in a Crossover Role in a Feature Film
2006 Bobby Venice Film Festival Golden Lion - Best Film Nominated
Biografilm Award Won
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Cast Nominated
2006 Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture – Drama Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2006 ALMA Awards Outstanding Director – Motion Picture Nominated
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Screenplay – Motion Picture
2012 Emilio Estevez Shorty Awards Best Actor Nominated
Best Director

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Drake, Tim (September 14, 2011). "Emilio Estévez and Martin Sheen Talk of Faith". NCRegister.com. National Catholic Register. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Buchalter, Gail (February 28, 1983). "Emilio Estevez acts up, and no one's prouder than his father, Martin Sheen". People. Time Inc. Archived from the original on March 31, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  3. ^ Emilio Estevez at Hollywood.com
  4. ^ a b c Biography for Emilio Estevez at IMDb
  5. ^ a b c McLean, Craig (March 21, 2011). "The Way: interview with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on January 11, 2022. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Ramirez, Erika (February 28, 2011). "The True Identity of Charlie Sheen: Tracing The Roots of The Estevez Family". Latina magazine. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  7. ^ Adios Charlie Sheen, hello Carlos Estevez, CNN.com, June 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Blum, David (June 10, 1985). "Hollywood's Brat Pack". New York: 40–47.
  9. ^ a b c d Kiebus, Matt (March 1, 2011). "What About Emilio?". deathandtaxesmag. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  10. ^ "Interviews with the Cast of Young Guns (1988)". Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  11. ^ Mitovich, Matt (November 6, 2008). "Two Brothers to Team on Two and a Half Men". TV Guide. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  12. ^ a b Dwyer, Fr Dave (April 7, 2010). "Emilio Estevez and The Way". Busted Halo. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  13. ^ "What Makes A Hollywood Hit". Party Casino. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 13, 2020). "'The Mighty Ducks': Emilio Estevez To Reprise Role As Coach Gordon Bombay In Disney+ Sequel Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 29, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  15. ^ "Emilio Estevez Speaks Out About His 'Mighty Ducks: Game Changers' Exit, Reveals Long-Haul Covid". November 8, 2021.
  16. ^ Clint, Caffeinated (July 29, 2011). "Congrats to Emilio Estevez; The Way lands distribution". Moviehole. Archived from the original on November 8, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  17. ^ Siedlecka, Jo (February 24, 2011). "A father and son project: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez discuss The Way". Independent Catholic News. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  18. ^ Orlova-Alvarez, Tamara; Alvarez, Joe (September 10, 2018). "Alec Baldwin 'The Public' Film Premiere at Toronto Film Festival 2018". Ikon London Magazine. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  19. ^ Orlova-Alvarez, Tamara; Alvarez, Joe (September 27, 2018). "Emilio Estevez on Homelessness at the Toronto Premiere of The Public". Ikon London Magazine. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  20. ^ Jackson, Laura (2005). Jon Bon Jovi. Citadel. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-8065-2600-3.
  21. ^ "Companions for Emilio Estevez". TCM.com.
  22. ^ Fleeman, Michael. "Emilio Estevez the History Boy".
  23. ^ Goodall, Nigel (August 30, 2012). Demi Moore - The Most Powerful Woman in Hollywood. Andrews UK Limited. ISBN 9781849894852 – via Google Books.
  24. ^ "Estevez v. Superior Court (Salley) (1994)". Justia Law.
  25. ^ Sauter, Michael (April 24, 1998). "Paula Abdul and Emilio Estevez together forever?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  26. ^ "Movies: Filmography for Emilio Estevez". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2008. Archived from the original on February 24, 2008.

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Awards and achievements
Bronze Wrangler Awards
Preceded by Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture
for Young Guns
Succeeded by