Childhood & Early Life
Emilio Estevez was born on May 12, 1962, in Staten Island, New York, USA, to Martin Sheen and Janet Templeton. His siblings–Ramon Estevez, Charlie Sheen, and Renee Estevez–went on to become actors.
He was initially educated in a New York City public school but was later transferred to 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’ where he became friends with Rob Lowe, Sean, and Chris Penn.
Estevez was interested in scriptwriting even as a boy. When he was eight, he sent a script to the production team of the popular TV series ‘Night Gallery,’ which was produced by Rod Serling. Unfortunately, his script was turned down.
When he was 11, his father gifted him a handycam. He used the handycam to make films, and enjoyed acting along with his brother Charlie and friends Chris Penn, Rob Lowe, and Sean.
During his senior school days, he lost interest in drama and got drawn towards sports. After graduating from ‘Santa Monica High’ in 1980, he decided to pursue a career as an actor.
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In 1979, he accompanied his father to the Philippines for the shooting of the film ‘Apocalypse Now.’ In the film, he played the role of a messenger boy, but his role did not make it to the final cut.
After completing his high school education, he decided to start his career as an actor. He decided to keep his father’s original surname (Estévez) in order to maintain his own identity as an actor.
In 1980, he started appearing in TV movies; the most notable being ‘ABC’ network’s ‘Seventeen Going on Nowhere.’
In 1982, he landed a major role and starred alongside Matt Dillon in the film ‘Tex.’ The film, an adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s book, gave him a breakthrough in his career.
In 1983, he made an 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 ‘Otto Maddox,’ a young punk rocker, in ‘Repo Man,’ which was directed by Alex Cox. The science fiction comedy went on to achieve cult status.
He starred in ‘The Breakfast Club,’ a comic drama by John Hughes, which released in the year 1985. The movie was a hit among the young audience.
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 played the role of a college graduate in ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ that became the cover story of ‘New York’ magazine. The magazine labeled him as the leader of the ‘Brat Pack’ group.
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In 1986, he starred in Stephen King’s only directorial effort ‘Maximum Overdrive.’ Though the film’s soundtrack included best-selling singles, such as ‘You Shook Me All Night Long,’ ‘Who Made Who,’ and ‘Hells Bells,’ it failed to impress the critics and the fans.
He went on to direct the film ‘Wisdom,’ apart from starring in it. Though the film failed commercially, it established him as one of the youngest stars to write and direct a film.
In 1987, he played the role of ‘Det. Bill Reimers’ in ‘Stakeout,’ a buddy cop action comedy film. The film’s success resulted in the release of its sequel ‘Another Stakeout’ (1993).
In 1988, he tasted success with the release of ‘Young Guns’ which became a huge box office hit. However, its sequel, released two years later, was not as successful as its predecessor.
In 1990, he released his first comic film ‘Men at Work.’ Though panned by the 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 ‘The 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 the critics and won two ‘ALMA’ award nominations. However, it 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.’
After taking a break from acting and directing, he wrote and directed the 2018 film ‘The Public.’ He also played the role of ‘Stuart Goodson’ in the film. Apart from being an actor and director, he is also an avid vine grower who promotes his products.
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The film ‘The Mighty Ducks,’ a sports comedy released in 1992, was a great box office hit. It also increased his popularity. The film earned $50,752,337 in the US, resulting in two sequels.
The film ‘Bobby,’ which released in 2006, earned him international recognition, awards, and appreciation. The film was based on the assassination of President Robert F. Kennedy.
Personal Life & Legacy
He was in a relationship with Carey Salley, a ‘Wilhelmina’ model, from 1983 to 1986. The couple had two children, a son and daughter named Taylor Levi and Paloma Estevez, respectively.
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.
In 2006, he got engaged to Sonja Magdevski, a Macedonian journalist. They live in a Spanish-styled villa in Malibu. They grow vines and sell them under the label ‘Casa Dumetz.’