Emilio Estevez
Birth Date:
May 12, 1962
Birth Place:
New York, New York, USA
5' 7
Famous for:
His role in 'The Mighty Ducks' (1992)
actor, director, producer, writer
Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, CA
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Billy the Kid


"I idolized my father, and I still do. I watched him do some of the most extraordinary work on TV and in films. Frankly, I think he's been doing shit for years... stuff for the money and stuff so far away from who he is as an actor and as a human being. I found it frustrating. When I read the script for The War at Home, I said, 'This is gonna be the movie that reminds everyone what an extraordinary actor he is." Emilio Estevez

Son of famed actor Martin Sheen and older brother of actor Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez may be best recognized for his portrayal of legend Billy the Kid in Christopher Cain's Young Guns (1988) and its sequel in 1990. The most famous member of the 1980s Brat Pack group, Estevez was initially noticed for playing Two-Bit Matthews in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders (1983) and a jock, Andrew Clark in John Hughes' The Breakfast Club (1985). He also gained attention for writing, directing and starring in the 1990 action comedy Men at Work.

Estevez was also popular for his role of Coach Gordon Bombay in the NHL movie The Mighty Ducks (1994) and its sequels: D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) and D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996). He also appeared in the 2005 comedy, The L.A. Riot Spectacular (starring Snoop Dogg).

Of Hispanic and Irish descent, Emilio Estevez was named as one of twelve Promising New Actors of 1985 in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37. On a more private front, the 5' 7" inches tall actor has been linked to such names as Julie Briggs (assistant in film-production company, together from spring 1996), Demi Moore (actress; engaged in 1986; separated in 1987), and Sheryl Berkoff (makeup artist, later married Rob Lowe). He was also involved with model Carey Salley (1983-1986), who gave him two children, and was once married to "Idol" judge Paula Abdul.

Brat Pack Leader

Childhood and Family:

On May 12, 1962, in New York City, Emilio Estevez was born to a family fully loaded with acting skill. His father is the award-winning actor Martin Sheen (a.k.a. Ramon Estevez, born on August 3, 1940) and his mother is artist Janet Sheen. The oldest child of the family, Emilio has three younger actor siblings, sister Renee Estevez (born in 1967) and brothers Charlie Sheen (a.k.a. Carlos Estevez, born on September 3, 1965) and Ramon Estevez (born on August 3, 1963). His grandparents are Francisco Estevez and Mary Ann Estevez, and his uncle is actor Joe Estevez. Emilio spent his childhood on Manhattan's Upper West Side until his family moved to Malibu, California in 1968.

Emilio has shown his interest in literature and art since his boyhood. He started to write short stories and poems, and by age 8, he sent a script to Rod Serling's Night Gallery television series, which unfortunately was rejected. His father noticed his talent and bought him a portable movie camera. Soon Emilio was busy making short films with his brother and his friends, Sean Penn, Chris Penn, Chad Lowe and Rob Lowe.

"Writing is a lonely job, unless you're a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach." Emilio Estevez

Emilio attended Santa Monica High School and graduated in 1980. He then continued his studies in a high-profile private academy.

In 1992, Emilio Estevez wed singer and dancer Paula Abdul. The couple later filed for divorced on May 10, 1994. Emilio has two children from his former relationship with model Carey Salley: son Taylor Levi Estevez (born in June 1984) and daughter Paloma Estevez (born in 1986).

Men at Work


"What's the level of compromise for making that kind of money? How far do I have to sell my soul? What's the price of that? And I don't know if I want to make those kind of compromises any more. I think I'm a different person. I think I've matured to a great extent. I think that I want different things now. That it's not about the celebrity status that you receive because you're doing the next hot movie. It's about doing good work." Emilio Estevez

Starting his acting gigs in junior high school stage productions including The Dumb Waiter, Hello Out There and Bye, Bye, Birdie, Emilio Estevez then joined with his father in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979). However, his tiny part of a messenger boy was eventually cut from the film. He also worked with his father on stage performing in Mr. Roberts at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater in Jupiter, Florida.

Following his high school graduation, Emilio began his professional acting career on television. After being spotted as a guest in an episode of the long-lived drama series Insight, in November of 1980, Emilio debuted in ABC's short drama, After School Special Seventeen Going on Nowhere (1980). He continued to appear in more made-for-TV movies, including starring in another version of the religious television series Insight, To Climb a Mountain (1981) and teamed with his father for In the Custody of Strangers (1982, played delinquent son Danny Caldwell).

Emilio's first motion picture work was the poignant coming-of-age story based on S.E. Hinton's novel, Tim Hunter's Tex (1982, starring Matt Dillon). In the next year, he won his breakout role as Keith Two-Bit Mathews in Francis Ford Coppola's 1960s stylized teen melodrama inspired by S. E. Hinton's popular novel, The Outsiders (1983, alongside Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell and Diane Lane). Also in the same year, he costarred with Cristina Raines in a four-part anthology horror, Joseph Sargent's Nightmares.

As his name became noticed, Emilio nabbed more memorable roles. He was a Los Angeles punk, a loser with no direction and no role model, Otto Maddox, in Alex Cox's sci-fi comedy, Repo Man (1984, opposite Harry Dean Stanton). Emilio then gained notice when he teamed with Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy, playing high school students from different social groups forced to spend a Saturday together in detention, in John Hughes' drama comedy The Breakfast Club (1985). In the same year, he joined with Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy and Demi Moore to portray Georgetown University graduates who cope with the fears and realities of adulthood, in Joel Schumacher's romantic drama, St. Elmo's Fire. He was also seen in the same year's film, starring as Craig Sheffer's best friend, troubled teen Mark Jennings, in Christopher Cain's novel-based movie, the crime drama That Was Then...This is Now (Emilio also wrote the screenplay).

Emilio also worked in the box office duds Wisdom (1985, Emilio wrote, directed, and starred) and Stephen King's directing debut, Maximum Overdrive (1986). However, he revitalized his career by playing Richard Dreyfuss' FBI partner in John Badham's crime comedy, Stakeout (1987), and later played the same role in its second sequel, Another Stakeout (1993).

In 1988, Emilio reunited with filmmaker Christopher Cain to star in his classic drama action film, Young Guns. In this western tale, he portrayed one of the youngest and most popular outlaws in history, Willam H. Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid, and shared the screen with brother Charlie Sheen and actors Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips and Dermot Mulroney. The notable role handed him a Western Heritage award for Bronze Wrangler. Emilio later reprised the role in its second installment in 1990.

Men at Work (1990) proved to be Emilio's notorious work both on the screen and behind the screen. He wrote, directed and starred in the widely received action comedy film. Along with brother Charlie Sheen, Emilio starred as the pleasant, but unambitious garbage man James St. James.

"People come up to me on the street and say, 'Men At Work is the funniest movie I ever saw in my life.' But, you know, I do have to question how many movies these people have seen." Emilio Estevez The portrayal of lawyer-turned-hockey coach Gordon Bombay, in Stephen Herek's family comedy The Mighty Ducks (1992), was another one of Emilio's notable roles. The film became a family favorite internationally and spawned installments in 1994 and 1996. Meanwhile, he also played roles in such films as Freejack (1992), Judgment Night, and National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (both in 1993). In the rest of the 1990s, Emilio continued to grace the wide screen. He could be seen as a Vietnam veteran in The War at Home (1996), a super-quick gunman in Dollar for the Dead (1998, TV) and as an affluent young Century City entertainment attorney in Late Last Night (1999, TV).

The new millennium watched Emilio starring in his self-directed drama film, Rated X (2000), the screen version of Emilio David McCumber's book. He also costarred with Michael Vartan in Matt Palmieri's tense drama, Sand (also in 2000). Most recently in 2005, he played a role in the surreal, funny and provocative comedy, Marc Klasfeld's The L.A. Riot Spectacular (starring Snoop Dogg).

Emilio will continue to entertain his fans next year. He is scheduled to work in his upcoming films, the self-directed drama Bobby (will also star) and the fourth sequel of The Mighty Ducks. "If Hollywood gives you a break and it gives you stardom, then it can take it away. If you earn it, it can't take it away." Emilio Estevez

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