Emilio Estevez Biography

(Actor, Filmmaker and Son of Actor Martin Sheen)

Birthday: May 12, 1962 (Taurus)

Born In: Staten Island, New York, United States

Emilio Estevez is an American writer, actor, and director. The son of actor Martin Sheen, Emilio showed interest in films at a very young age. When boys of his age were busy playing basketball and baseball, young Estevez played with a handycam and made movies. He also tried his hand at writing scripts, poetry, and acting. Though he was born into a family of actors, Emilio was particular about maintaining his individuality. He never wanted to live in the shadow of his famous father and wished to attain stardom through his own achievement. He gained popularity by becoming a member of the ‘Brat Pack’ group of the ‘80s. The group included actors like Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, and Rob Lowe. His popular films include ‘Tex,’ ‘The Mighty Ducks,’ ‘The Outsiders,’ and ‘Repo Man.’ He became popular as a director when he directed films like ‘Bobby’ and ‘The Way.’ The movie ‘Bobby’ earned him the ‘Hollywood Film Award’ and worldwide popularity. He has also directed television shows, such as ‘Close to Home,’ ‘Cold Case,’ and ‘CSI: NY.’ Apart from acting and making films, he is interested in growing vines; he produces and sells them under the label ‘Casa Dumetz.’ He is a close friend of musician Jon Bon Jovi. He even appeared in Bon Jovi’s music video ‘Blaze of Glory,’ which was nominated for an ‘Academy Award.’

Quick Facts

Age: 61 Years, 61 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Paula Abdul (m. 1992–1994)

father: Martin Sheen (born Ramón Estévez)

mother: Janet Templeton

siblings: Charlie Sheen, Ramon Estevez, Renée Estevez

children: Paloma Rae Estévez, Taylor Levi Estévez

Born Country: United States

Actors Directors

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

Ancestry: British American, Irish American, Spanish American

U.S. State: New Yorkers

City: Staten Island, New York

Founder/Co-Founder: Estevez Sheen Productions

More Facts

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

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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Major Works
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.
Awards & Achievements
Since he displayed skills as a writer, actor, and director at a young age, he was acknowledged as the youngest multifaceted Hollywood personality. He was also listed among the ‘Promising New Actors of 1985’ in John Willis' ‘Screen World.’
In 2006, he won the ‘Hollywood Film Award’ for the movie ‘Bobby.’ Apart from acting, he also wrote and directed the film. The film also earned him a 7-minute standing ovation at the ‘Venice Film Festival.’
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.’
This American actor was offered a role in Oliver Stone’s ‘Platoon,’ which went on to win an ‘Academy Award.’ Due to insufficient funds, the project was put on hold, and the role was given to his brother Charlie.
This Hollywood actor/director preferred public schooling system over private schools. He opines that private school is “for parents who have everything except a relationship with their children.”

Emilio Estevez Movies

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)


9. Judgment Night (1993)

  (Thriller, Crime, Action, Drama)

10. Tex (1982)


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