Joe Estevez

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Joe Estevez
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Estevez in 2011
Joseph Estévez

(1946-02-13) February 13, 1946 (age 76)
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
Years active1973–present
Shirley Monkman
(m. 1978; div. 2001)

Constance Anderson
(m. 2004)
Parent(s)Francisco Estevez
Mary Anne Phelan
RelativesMartin Sheen (brother)
Emilio Estevez (nephew)
Ramon Estevez (nephew)
Charlie Sheen (nephew)
Renée Estevez (niece)

Joseph Estévez (born February 13, 1946) is an American actor and director.[1] He is the younger brother of actor Martin Sheen and the uncle of Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Renée Estevez, and Ramon Estevez.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Estevez was born in Dayton, Ohio to a Catholic, Galician (Spanish) father, Francisco Estévez (1898–1974), and an Irish mother, Mary Anne (née Phelan) (1903–1951). He is one of ten children—nine boys and one girl.

As a child, he lived in the South Park neighborhood of Dayton. He attended Chaminade-Julienne High School, a Catholic High School located in Dayton. Upon his graduation, he enlisted and served in the United States Navy.


After serving in the United States Navy, Estevez began pursuing an acting career starting in the early 1970s. He initially used his mother's maiden name, Phelan, before using his surname, Estevez. Throughout his career, Estevez has appeared in numerous film and television roles in lead, supporting, and minor parts playing protagonists and antagonists, and he frequently appears in moderate and low-budget independent features and B-movies. In addition, he has worked as a voice-over artist and performs in stage productions. He has expressed in an interview that he wants to make movies that make a difference.[2]

Estevez stood in for his brother in a number of long shots and in some of the voice-overs for Apocalypse Now (1979), as Martin Sheen was recovering from his heart attack.[3]

In 1992, he acted in Armed for Action and Blood on the Badge.[4][5]

He plays a villain, Cyrus, in the film Doonby (2012), which features former The Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider as a mysterious stranger who comes into a small town and falls in love with the spoiled daughter of Estevez's character, the local doctor.[2] He also co-stars with David Faustino in the feature Not Another B Movie (2011) released by Troma Entertainment.

Estevez has recently worked with alternative-comedians Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington on various projects including On Cinema, The Tim Heidecker Murder Trial and as President Jason Davidson (and President Davidson Jr.) on the Adult Swim series Decker. In all his collaborations, Estevez either plays a fictionalized version of himself or a character being portrayed by a fictionalized version of Joe Estevez.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Joe Estevez is the youngest sibling of Martin Sheen and sounds very similar to him, a fact he took advantage of when he performed a voice-over for a National Shooting Sports Foundation pro-gunmaker commercial in 2000; at the time, his brother was famous for playing a President of the United States on the television series The West Wing. Sheen starred in a pro-gun control commercial that same year.[7] Estevez also recorded the voiceover for his brother's role as Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now after Sheen's health issues on set prevented him from doing so.[8][9]

Selected filmography[edit]

Joe Estevez film work
Year Title Role Notes
1975 Lucky Lady American Kid Film debut
1979 Apocalypse Now Captain Benjamin L. Willard (voice) Estevez provided the voiceover track for Willard (the character was portrayed by his brother Martin Sheen, but since Sheen was unable to perform the narration for the character, Estevez was brought in to complete the narration track as his voice sounded almost identical to his brother's) and was used as a stand-in for Sheen after he had suffered a heart attack.[3]
1986 The Zero Boys Killer Credited as Joe Phelan
1987 Terminal Exposure Eskenezy Credited as Joe Phelan
1988 Human Error Phil Martins
South of Reno Hector Credited as Joe Phelan
1989 The Platinum Triangle Roland Geiger
1990 Soultaker The Man/Soultaker
1991 The Roller Blade Seven Saint O'ffender
1992 Eddie Presley Eddie's father
Return of the Roller Blade Seven Saint O'ffender
The Legend of the Roller Blade Seven
Blood on the Badge Captain Burton
Armed for Action Detective West
1993 Dark Universe Rod Kendrick
Beach Babes from Beyond Uncle Bud
1994 Double Blast Nadir
Inner Sanctum II Detective Lane
1995 Little Lost Sea Serpent Harry Rockwell Direct-to-video release
Baby Ghost Winslow Cobblepott
Dillinger and Capone Roy Direct-to-video release
Guns and Lipsticks Sanders
1996 Toad Warrior Mickey O'Malley Alternative title: Hell Comes to Frogtown III
Rollergator Chico Dennis
Werewolf Joel Alternative title: Arizona Werewolf
Direct-to-video release
1997 Quiet Days in Hollywood The Pick-Up Guy Alternative title: The Way We Are
Guns of El Chupacabra Rocket Ranger Dan Danger Direct-to-video release
1998 I Got the Hook Up Lamar Hunt
No Code of Conduct Pappy
Memorial Day Willard's Contact Uncredited
1999 14 Ways to Wear Lipstick Maximo
2000 The Catcher Father/Umpire
2001 Shattered Faith Steve Townsend
2002 Deathbed Art Direct-to-video release
2003 Spanish Fly Harry Homeless Segment: "Autopsy: A Love Story"
Hitman City Lt. O'Leary
Summer Solstice Seth Arden
Minds of Terror Farm Owner
Zombiegeddon Brooks
2004 Vampire Blvd. Mr. Big Shot
I.R.A.: King of Nothing Seamus
2005 Resurrection Mary Wilkes
Hercules in Hollywood Zeus
2006 Inner Rage Sheriff McCarthy
San Franpsycho Detective Bill Culp
2007 Sigma Die! Officer Brubek
Alibi Detective Lombardi Also associate producer
2008 Withered One Marin Gray
2009 Untitled Horror Comedy Chips Fisher
Dead in Love Poker
La Femme Vampir Joe
Caesar and Otto's Summer Camp Massacre Joe Estevez
2010 Horrorween Neighbor Also director
Iron Soldier General Brooks
La Femme Vampir Volume 2 Joe
2011 Not Another B Movie Sterns
2012 Caesar and Otto's Deadly Christmas Joe Estevez
The Perfect Candidate Joe Estevez
Turning Point The Boss
Doonby Cyrus
2013 Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan Meeks
2015 Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Captain Harmon
2016 Enter the Samurai Himself Documentary on the creation of Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance
2019 Gangsters Incorporated The Vice President
Mister America Himself Archive footage
Joe Estevez television work
Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd E.W. Floyd Television movie
Credited as Joseph Estevez
The California Kid Don McCord Television movie
1975 The Hatfields and the McCoys Troy Hatfield
1979 Eischied Roth 1 episode
Credited as Joseph Sheen
1981 The Brady Brides Fireman 1 episode
Credited as Joseph Sheen
CHiPs Mel
1982 The First Time Sailor Television movie
Credited as Joseph Phelan
Bring' Em Back Alive Kassle 1 episode
Credited as Joseph Phelan
1983 The Invisible Woman Police Officer #2 Television movie
Credited as Joseph Phelan
1984 I Married a Centerfold Reporter #2
Whiz Kids D.A Meeks 1 episode
Credited as Joseph Phelan
1985 The Fourth Wise Man Townsperson Television movie
Credited as Joseph Phelan
1986 Starman West 1 episode
1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special Coach 1 episode
Credited as Joseph Phelan
1990 Murder in Law Bill Television movie
1992 Psychic Detectives Professor Halifax
1996 Lethal Orbit NSC Chairman
Backroads to Vegas Ambrose's Father
1998 Winner Takes All Richard
2000 Stolen from the Heart Phil
Movie Stars Joe Estevez 1 episode
2001 Black Scorpion Butcherville
2002 Jumping For Joy Coach Layden Television movie
2013 Brodowski & Company Mr. Brodowski
Eagleheart Himself 1 episode
2013–present On Cinema Joe Estevez series
2014–present Decker President Jason Davidson/President Jason Davidson Jr. and Adult Swim series
2016 Day 5 Alonzo Alvarez Rooster Teeth Web series
2017 Wrecked Jerry 1 episode
Joe Estevez video game work
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Tex Murphy: Overseer John Klaus


  1. ^ "Joe Estevez Biography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2013. Archived from the original on November 6, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Moye, David. "AOL News Exclusive: Charlie Sheen's Uncle Joe Speaks Out". AOL News. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Joe Estevez Shares an Incredible Story on YouTube
  4. ^ "Armed For Action | TV Guide". Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Blood On The Badge | TV Guide". Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "Joe Estevez". IMDb.
  7. ^ Leah Garchik, I'm Not a President But I Play One, San Francisco Chronicle, October 10, 2000, accessed January 17, 2013.
  8. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (May 10, 2019). "17 Things You Never Knew About 'Apocalypse Now' on its 40th Anniversary". Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  9. ^ Medeiros, Aron (August 6, 2019). "A-Ron's Film Rewind Presents: "Apocalypse Now" 40 Years Of Smelling Napalm". Maui Watch. Retrieved October 7, 2021.

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