Emilio Estevez


Actor
Emilio Estevez

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
May 12, 1962

Biography

Though he was the son of star Martin Sheen, actor Emilio Estevez - who kept his father's given surname to attain success on his own terms - nonetheless benefitted from his family's position. Exposed early on to show business by being on the sets of "Apocalypse Now" (1979) and "Gandhi" (1981), Estevez was more than prepared to make the leap into stardom, which he did following an acclaim...

Family & Companions

Mimi Rogers
Companion
Actor. Reportedly had romantic relationship.
Carey Salley
Companion
Model. Together c. 1983-86; mother of Estevez's two children, Taylor and Paloma.
Demi Moore
Companion
Actor. Engaged c. 1986; no longer together as of 1987; later married Bruce Willis.
Sheryl Berkoff
Companion
Makeup artist. Later married Rob Lowe.

Biography

Though he was the son of star Martin Sheen, actor Emilio Estevez - who kept his father's given surname to attain success on his own terms - nonetheless benefitted from his family's position. Exposed early on to show business by being on the sets of "Apocalypse Now" (1979) and "Gandhi" (1981), Estevez was more than prepared to make the leap into stardom, which he did following an acclaimed leading performance in the cult comedy "Repo Man" (1984). He soon followed with a string of Gen-X hits, including the cultural landmark teen dramedy, "The Breakfast Club" (1985), directed by John Hughes. Also that year, he starred alongside friends and fellow up-and-comers Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Demi Moore and Ally Sheedy in "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985). The group of actors, many of whom went on to star in other films together, were notoriously dubbed "The Brat Pack" by New York magazine - a stigma that he was forced to endure. Following commercial hits like "Stakeout" (1987) and "Young Guns" (1990), Estevez's career went on a bit of a slide in the 1990s, with the Disney movie "The Mighty Ducks" (1992) as perhaps his most successful as a star. Turning more to directing in the latter half of the decade, Estevez helmed episodes of several top procedural shows while making his long dreamed-of project, "Bobby" (2006), which helped propel his career into a new and exciting direction.

Born May 15, 1962, Estevez was the oldest son of actor Martin Sheen and artist Janet Templeton, and brother to fellow performers Charlie Sheen, Renee Estevez, and Ramon Estevez. The Sheen family relocated from New York to Malibu in 1968, with Estevez spending his childhood hanging out with future stars like Rob Lowe, and Sean and Chris Penn. It was with these close friends that he got his first exposure to filmmaking via a home video camera that the pre-Brat Pack used to make their own films. Though he appeared in an anti-nuclear power short film called "Meet Mr. Bomb" while attending Santa Monica High School, Estevez made his first official screen appearance with a cameo in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" (1979), which starred his father as a conflicted soldier sent to "terminate with extreme prejudice" a former army colonel gone mad (Marlon Brando). The scene, however, was cut from the theatrical version of the film. But he did continue working with his father, serving as the old man's stand-in on the set of "Gandhi" (1981).

By the early 1980s, Estevez began to delve more seriously into acting. He also made the all important decision to use his father's real last name, rather than his more familiar stage name, thereby avoiding comparisons to dad and charges of nepotism. He earned his first notices as Matt Dillon's best friend for his feature debut in "Tex" (1982). This minor success was followed by the more popular coming-of-age drama, "The Outsiders" (1983), which, like "Tex," was adapted from a novel by S.E. Hinton. As the wise-cracking Two-Bit Matthews, comic relief of the Greasers, Estevez starred alongside such future heavyweights as C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise and Patrick Swayze. Directed by Coppola, "The Outsiders" became a popular hit, thanks in no small part to rabid teenage girls who plastered their lockers with pictures of the Teen Beat cover boys. Moving away from teen melodrama, Estevez cemented his status as a young star on the rise with his next film, the cult sci-fi/comedy "Repo Man" (1984), in which he played a young and rowdy punk schooled in the ways of car repossession by a worldly mentor (Harry Dean Stanton).

Estevez nearly played the lead in an early version of Oliver Stone's "Platoon" (1986), but financing fell through on that film, while five years later, brother Charlie Sheen took on the role that established his career. So instead, he joined the young cast of John Hughes' comedic drama "The Breakfast Club" (1985), which became and remained a cultural touchstone movie for members of Generation X. Estevez played the jock who, along with four other mismatched miscreants (Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson), spends the entire day in Saturday detention. While filming "The Breakfast Club," Estevez worked on a script based on another Hinton novel, "That Was Then. This is Now" (1985), which he had begun in collaboration with Tom Cruise. The script was purchased by Paramount and was released with Estevez in the lead, but fared only modestly at the box office. Meanwhile, he graduated to college-age roles in his next feature, "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), which again featured a cast of friends (Lowe) and up-and-comers (Nelson, Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy). The making of the film was profiled in an issue of New York magazine, which dubbed the close-knit group "The Brat Pack" - a label which dogged many of the actors for years.

Estevez attempted to shake the moniker by starring in "Maximum Overdrive" (1986), a horror film directed by author Stephen King in his first and only attempt behind the wheel. Despite the creative pedigree behind the picture, "Overdrive" was savaged by fans and critics alike. Undaunted, Estevez moved forward on his behind-the-camera career. With "Wisdom" (1986), he became the youngest Hollywood star to ever write and direct a film that he also top-billed. Unfortunately, the film - a road movie/romance co-starring his then real-life girlfriend Demi Moore - also tanked at the box office. He bounced back with a grown-up role in "Stakeout" (1987), a breezy comedy-thriller in which he was paired with Richard Dreyfuss, with both playing two Seattle detectives tasked with staking out the home of an escaped convict's (Aidan Quinn) ex-girlfriend (Madeline Stowe). Estevez's easygoing comedic camaraderie with Dreyfuss worked well enough to warrant a sequel, "Another Stakeout" (1993), which unfortunately lacked the sparkle of its predecessor. In the meantime, Estevez continued his hot streak with another considerable hit, the slick gen-X Western "Young Guns" (1988). The combination of old-school shoot-'em-ups and young stars, including brother Charlie, Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips, proved to be a winning combination. Estevez's gleeful portrayal of Billy the Kid, complete with his infectious laugh, was singled out for praise.

Estevez returned to the role for "Young Guns II" (1990), which proved a slightly lesser box office hit. At the peak of his success in front of the camera, Estevez made his second attempt behind the camera, writing and directing the feature comedy "Men at Work," starring his brother Charlie and himself as garbage men who become entangled in the murder of a city councilman. Though greatly maligned at the time, the film later became a minor cult favorite. Estevez stumbled once again with the inert sci-fi action flick, "Freejack" (1992), perhaps the only good thing the project yielded was a lasting friendship with co-star Anthony Hopkins. Disney came calling next with the kiddie comedy "The Mighty Ducks" (1992), a charming sports picture which cast Estevez as a greedy lawyer forced to coach a misfit hockey team. The film was a big hit with children and parents alike; enough to warrant a few sequels. Meanwhile, Estevez - already having been engaged to fellow Brat Packer Demi Moore in 1986 - embarked on a high-profile marriage with pop star, Paula Abdul, in 1992. But the two were quickly divorced two years later, with Abdul citing Estevez's lack of desire to have children as the cause of their split. For his part, Estevez already had children from a previous marriage with model Carey Salley and wanted no part of that with Abdul.

Estevez returned for the first "Mighty Ducks" sequel "D2" (1993) after logging time in yet another dire comedy, the "Lethal Weapon" spoof "Loaded Weapon" (1993), in which he played the Mel Gibson part. When the expected third "Ducks" film was put on the table, Estevez agreed to make a cameo in if the studio would help him finance his next directorial project, a post-Vietnam family drama titled "The War at Home" (1996). Despite excellent performances by Estevez, Martin Sheen and Kathy Bates; generally positive reviews for his direction and scripting; and two ALMA award nominations, the film died a quick death due to poor distribution. Following up, Estevez maintained a low profile as an actor, preferring to focus on developing projects to direct. Aside from an uncredited role in buddy Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible" (1996) and several independent features, Estevez was seen mostly on television; first in "A Dollar for the Dead" (TNT, 1998), a solid tribute to spaghetti Westerns, followed by "Rated X" (Showtime, 2000), a biopic of the porn-producing Mitchell Brothers, responsible for "Behind the Green Door" (1972) and other popular adult titles before murder separated them in the early 1990s. The film, co-starring brother Charlie, earned respectable reviews.

Continuing to work steadily on the small screen, Estevez directed several episodes of series television, including such programs as "Cold Case" (CBS, 2003-2010), "CSI: NY" (CBS, 2004-13), "Numb3rs" (CBS, 2004-10) and "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ). But all was preparation for his next feature, "Bobby" (2006), a labor of love that was filled with high expectations and A-list stars such as Sharon Stone, Lindsay Lohan and Anthony Hopkins. Set against Senator Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California primary in 1968, "Bobby" focused more on the lives of various employees of the hotel before, during and after the tragic events. While preparing the highly publicized film, Estevez and his financers were the subject of a scathing and anonymous 2006 Esquire article which depicted the production as out of control. He was fortunate, however, to have been able to film at the actual hotel, which was demolished a week after filming ended. Despite its high profile, "Bobby" garnered mixed critical reviews while failing at the box office, though it did earn a Best Picture nod at the Golden Globes. Following an episode opposite his troubled brother Charlie on "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003-15), Estevez stepped back behind the camera to make the low-budget coming-of-age drama, "The Way," which was shot in late 2009.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Public (2019)
Director
The Way (2011)
Director
Bobby (2006)
Director
Culture Clash in AmeriCCa (2005)
Director
Rated X (2000)
Director
The War At Home (1996)
Director
Men At Work (1990)
Director
Wisdom (1986)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Public (2019)
The Way (2011)
Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
Bobby (2006)
L.A. Riot Spectacular (2005)
Rated X (2000)
Dollar for the Dead (1998)
The Cowboy
Mission: Impossible (1996)
(Uncredited) Electronics Whiz
D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
Gordon Bombay
The War At Home (1996)
Performer
D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
Judgment Night (1993)
Another Stakeout (1993)
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Freejack (1991)
Alex Furlong
Young Guns II (1990)
Men At Work (1990)
Nightbreaker (1989)
Dr Alexander Brown--As A Younger Man
Never on Tuesday (1988)
Young Guns (1988)
William H Bonney
Stakeout (1987)
Wisdom (1986)
John Wisdom
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
That Was Then...This Is Now (1985)
Mark Jennings
Repo Man (1984)
The Outsiders (1983)
Nightmares (1983)
Tex (1982)
In the Custody of Strangers (1982)

Writer (Feature Film)

The Public (2019)
Screenplay
The Way (2011)
Screenplay
Bobby (2006)
Screenplay
Men At Work (1990)
Screenplay
Wisdom (1986)
Screenwriter
That Was Then...This Is Now (1985)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

The Public (2019)
Producer
The Way (2011)
Producer
The War At Home (1996)
Producer
The Jerky Boys (1995)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

The Public (2019)
Song Performer

Cast (Special)

After Dark: South Beach (2002)
Narrator
Jon Bon Jovi (2001)
The Brat Pack: The E! True Hollywood Story (1999)
Earth Day at Walt Disney World (1996)
Funny, You Don't Look 200 (1987)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Late Last Night (1999)
Dan

Life Events

1979

Appeared as an extra in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now," starring his father Martin Sheen

1982

Acted with father (playing parent and child) in the ABC TV-movie "In the Custody of Strangers"

1982

Made feature film acting debut in"Tex," adapted from an S. E. Hinton book

1983

Directed by Coppola in ensemble coming-of-age drama "The Outsiders," also based on a book by Hinton

1984

Co-starred with Harry Dean Stanton in the cult hit "Repo Man"

1985

Wrote first screenplay "That Was Then...This Is Now," based on Hinton's novel; also starred; film directed by Christopher Cain

1985

Became associated with what was called the "Brat Pack"; co-starred in John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club" and Joel Schumacher's "St. Elmo's Fire"

1986

Made directorial debut, "Wisdom"; also acted and wrote

1987

Teamed with Richard Dreyfuss in the comedy "Stakeout"

1988

Played Billy the Kid in "Young Guns," directed by Christopher Cain

1990

Reprised role of Billy the Kid in "Young Guns II"; first collaboration with Geoff Murphy

1990

Wrote, directed and co-starred with brother Charlie Sheen in "Men at Work"

1992

Appeared as a lawyer forced to coach a pee-wee hockey team in "The Mighty Ducks"; also reprised role in two sequels (1994, 1996)

1992

Reteamed with Murphy for the futuristic "Freejack"

1993

Demonstrated comedic talents in "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon I"

1993

Reteamed with Dreyfuss, joined by Rosie O'Donnell for the sequel "Another Stakeout"

1995

Executive produced "The Jerky Boys"

1996

Made uncredited appearance in "Mission: Impossible"

1996

Wrote, produced and starred in "The War at Home"; film co-starred father Martin Sheen and featured sister Renee Estevez and daughter Paloma Estevez

2004

Made television directorial debut with the CBS dramas "The Guardian" and "Cold Case"

2006

Directed "Bobby," a film centered on the hours leading up to Robert F Kennedy's assassination; also wrote screenplay and co-starred with a huge all-star cast

2008

Guest starred on his brother Charlie Sheen's CBS comedy series "Two and a Half Men"

2008

Directed episodes of the CBS crime drama "Numb3rs"

2010

Wrote, directed and starred in adventure comedy "The Way" opposite his father

Photo Collections

Repo Man - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Repo Man (1984), starring Emilio Estevez and directed by Alex Cox. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Maximum Overdrive (1986) - On June 19th, 1987 Stephen King is writer and, for the only time in his career, director, executing his cameo in this opening sequence, shot economically in Wilmington, NC, in the unsuccessful exploitation of King's short story Trucks, Maximum Overdrive, 1986, starring Emilio Estevez and Pat Hingle.
Maximum Overdrive (1986) - Short Circuit, Maybe We've seen a drawbridge malfunction and more troubles emerging, at a truck stop on the North Carolina coast, Emilio Estevez the cook, Pat Hingle the boss and Ellen McElduff the unfortunate waitress, Stephen King writing and directing, in Maximum Overdrive, 1986.
Maximum Overdrive (1986) - You Low Down Scumball! Rebellious machines have squirted diesel in the face of mechanic and concerned father Duncan (J.C. Quinn), cook Bill (Emilio Estevez) urging caution, Pat Hingle their creep boss and Chris Murney a bible salesman guarding his Cadillac, in Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive, 1986.
Repo Man (1984) - Young Men Of Your Age We meet Otto (Emilio Estevez) and Kevin (Zander Schloss), who get fired from the grocery by Mr. Humphries (Charles Hopkins), punk things ensuing, in Alex Cox's Repo Man, 1984.
Repo Man (1984) - United Fruitcake Outlet In a Cadillac he's just collected, Otto (Emilio Estevez) meets Leila (Olivia Barash), who turns out to be into U-F-O's, in Alex Cox's Repo Man, 1984.
Repo Man (1984) - She'll Take The Bus Otto (Emilio Estevez), at loose ends, is recruited unawares to his first job, by Bud (Harry Dean Stanton) who introduces himself, in Alex Cox's Repo Man, 1984.
Repo Man (1984) - Bibles To El Salvador Otto (Emilio Estevez) takes a quick stab at getting support from Dad (Jonathon Hugger) and Mom (Sharon Gregg), stoned and religious, in Alex Cox's Repo Man, 1984.

Family

Martin Sheen
Father
Actor.
Janet Sheen
Mother
Ramon Estevez
Brother
Actor. Born c. 1963.
Charlie Sheen
Brother
Actor. Born on September 3, 1965.
Renee Estevez
Sister
Actor. Born c. 1967.
Taylor Levi Estevez
Son
Born in June 1984; mother, Carey Salley.
Paloma Estevez
Daughter
Born c. 1986; mother, Carey Salley.

Companions

Mimi Rogers
Companion
Actor. Reportedly had romantic relationship.
Carey Salley
Companion
Model. Together c. 1983-86; mother of Estevez's two children, Taylor and Paloma.
Demi Moore
Companion
Actor. Engaged c. 1986; no longer together as of 1987; later married Bruce Willis.
Sheryl Berkoff
Companion
Makeup artist. Later married Rob Lowe.
Paula Abdul
Wife
Singer, dancer. Married in 1992; filed for divorce May 10, 1994; divorced.
Julie Briggs
Companion
Assistant in film production company. Together from spring 1996.

Bibliography