Emilio Estevez Biography

Emilio Estevez is an American actor, script writer, director, and entrepreneur. This biography profiles his childhood, life, career, achievements and timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: May 12, 1962

Nationality: American

Famous: Hispanic Men Hispanic Actors

Age: 57 Years, 57 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Taurus

Born in: Staten Island, New York, United States

Famous as: Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Carey Salley, Demi Moore, Paula Abdul, Sonja Magdev

father: Martin Sheen (born Ramón Estévez)

mother: Janet Templeton

siblings: Ramon Estevez Charlie Sheen (born Carlos Estevez) Renée Estevez

children: Paloma Rae Estévez, Taylor Levi Estévez

Ideology: Environmentalists

U.S. State: New Yorkers

City: Staten Island, New York

Founder/Co-Founder: Estevez Sheen Productions

More Facts

education: New York public school

awards: 2006 - Ensemble of the Year
1989 - Western Heritage Awards
Bronze Wrangler

2006 - Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
Behind the Camera Breakout Performance of the Year
2006 - Biografilm Award

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Emilio Estevez was drawn into the film career even at a very young age. When boys of his age were impressed with playing basketball or baseball, young Estevez played with the handy cam and made movies. He also tried his hand at writing scripts, poetry, and acting. Though he hails from a family of Hollywood lineage, Estevez was very individualistic and never wanted to come to limelight under the famed bloodline - he wished to attain stardom through his own achievement. He has gained popularity by remaining as the member of the ‘Brat Pack’ group that includes young actors like Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, and Rob Lowe. His popular films include ‘Tex,’ ‘The Mighty Ducks’, ‘The Outsiders’, and ‘Repo Man’. He acclaimed popularity as a director by directing the films like ‘Bobby’ and ‘The Way’; especially the movie ‘Bobby’ won him the Hollywood Film Award and worldwide popularity. He has also directed innumerous television shows like ‘Close to Home,’ ‘Cold Case’, and ‘CSI: NY’. He is interested in growing vines and he produces and sells them under the label, ‘Casa Dumetz’. As a close friend of Jon Bon Jovi, the renowned musician and songwriter, he made an appearance in his music video, ‘Blaze of Glory’ that was nominated for an Academy Award.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Born as Ramon Estevez, he was the eldest son of actor Martin Sheen and Janet Templeton, an artist. His siblings include Ramon Estevez, actor Charlie Sheen originally named Carlos Estevez and Renee Estevez.
  • He was educated in a New York public school initially but later put up in a private academy when his father’s career picked up. In 1968, the family moved to Malibu.
  • At Malibu, he continued his schooling at Santa Monica High School. It was here he became friends with future actors Rob Lowe, Sean and Chris Penn.
  • Estevez was interested in scriptwriting even as a boy. While he was eight, he sent a script to the 1970-73 TV series, ‘Night Gallery’ produced by Rod Serling, but unfortunately it was turned down.
  • When he was 11, his father gifted him a handy camera. He made films using it and enjoyed acting along with his brother Charlie and friends Chris Penn, Rob Lowe and Sean.
  • During his senior school days, he lost his interest in the drama activities and got drawn towards sports. After graduating from Santa Monica High in 1980, he decided to pursue his career as an actor.
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  • His acting career started in 1979 during his father’s trip to Philippines for the shooting of the film ‘Apocalypse Now’. He played the role of a messenger boy but his role was cut off.
  • After completing his high school education, he decided to start his career as an actor. He decided to keep his father’s original name in order to maintain his own identity as an actor.
  • In 1980, he started appearing in small-screen movies. The most notable one includes the ABC Special by name ‘Seventeen Going on Nowhere’.
  • In 1982, he made his debut in the big screen by starring opposite Matt Dillon in ‘Tex’. The film, an adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s book, gave him a breakthrough in his career.
  • In 1983, he made appearance in Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Outsiders’, a remarkable adaptation of Hinton’s novel. His co-actors included Dillon, Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio and Thomas Howell.
  • In 1984, he played the role of a punk rocker who turned out to be a repossessor in ‘Repo Man’, directed by Alex Cox. The science fiction comedy became one of the cult hits.
  • He starred in ‘The Breakfast Club’, a comic drama by John Hughes that released in the year 1985. The movie was a hit among the Generation X people.
  • In 1985, he collaborated with Tom Cruise and wrote a script for the movie, ‘That was Then This is Now’. He sold it to Paramount pictures but the film achieved only moderate success.
  • He took the role of a college graduate in ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ that became the cover story of New York magazine. The magazine ranked him as the leader of the Brat Pack group.
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  • In 1986, he starred in Stephen King’s horror film, ‘Maximum Overdrive’. By acting in it, he decided to wipe away the moniker attached to him but the film failed to achieve success.
  • He went behind the light and directed the film ‘Wisdom’ apart from starring in it. Though failed commercially, the film won him the reputation as the youngest star to write and direct a film.
  • In 1987, he came back with vitalizing energy in ‘Stakeout’, a comic thriller. His comic role as a Seattle detective resulted in the release of its sequel ‘Another Stakeout’ (released six years later).
  • In 1988, he tasted success with the release of ‘Young Guns’ that became a huge Western box office hit. However, its sequel released two years later was not as popular as its predecessor.
  • In 1990, he released his first comic film ‘Men at Work’ written, directed and acted by him. Though panned by critics, the film achieved success as a mini-cult classic in the video stores.
  • In 1992, he enjoyed box office success with the release of ‘Mighty Ducks’ a popular Disney film. He made a cameo appearance in its sequel, ‘D3: The Mighty Ducks’.
  • He directed the film ‘The War at Home’ and released it in 1996. The film earned positive reviews from critics and won two ALMA award nominations, but was only a moderate success due to poor distribution.
  • For nearly a decade, he achieved only moderate success with films like ‘Rated X’ and ‘Behind the Green Door’. In 2006 he won the Hollywood Film Award for acting and directing the film ‘Bobby’.
  • Of late, he is involved in behind-the camera-scenes and enjoys directing television movies like ‘The Way’ (released in 2010). Apart from movies, he is an avid vine grower who promotes his products.
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Major Works
  • The film, ‘The Mighty Ducks’, a sports comedy released in 1992, was a great box office hit that gave him wide popularity. The film earned $50,752,337 in U.S. market resulting in two sequels.
  • ‘Bobby’, released in 2006, was written, directed and cast by him gave him international recognition by means of awards and appreciation. The film was based on the assassination of President Robert F. Kennedy.
Awards & Achievements
  • He has been acknowledged as the youngest Hollywood personality with multifaceted talents – as actor, writer and director. He has been listed as the ‘Promising New Actors of 1985’ in John Willis' Screen World.
  • In 2006, he won the Hollywood Film Award for the movie, ‘Bobby’, which was directed, scripted and acted by him. It also won him a 7-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • He was in a relationship with Carey Salley, a Wilhelmina model, from 1983-1986. The couple had two children, a son and daughter named Taylor Levi and Paloma Estevez.
  • He was engaged to Demi Moore for a while but in 1992 he married pop singer Paula Abdul. The marriage ended in divorce two years later due to Estevez’s objection in having issues.
  • In 2006, he got engaged to Sonja Magdevski, a Macedonian journalist. The couple lives in a Spanish-styled villa in Malibu and is engaged in growing vines and sell them under the label, ‘Casa Dumetz’.
  • This American actor was offered to star in Oliver Stone’s ‘Platoon’, an Academy award winning film. Due to insufficient funds, the project was put on hold with the role given to his brother Charlie.
  • This Hollywood actor/director from the American acting dynasty preferred the public schooling system over the private ones. He opines that private school is ‘for parents who have everything except a relationship with their children’.

1. Badlands (1973)

  (Crime, Drama)

2. The Breakfast Club (1985)

  (Comedy, Drama)

3. The Outsiders (1983)

  (Drama, Crime)

4. Repo Man (1984)

  (Thriller, Crime, Comedy, Sci-Fi)

5. The Way (2010)

  (Adventure, Comedy, Drama)

6. Young Guns (1988)

  (Thriller, Western, Drama, Crime, Action)

7. Mission: Impossible (1996)

  (Adventure, Action, Thriller)

8. The War at Home (1996)


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