The eldest son of Martin Sheen and Janet Sheen, Emilio Estevez was born on May 12, 1962, in New York City. He lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side until his family relocated to Malibu in 1968. Before graduating from Santa Monica High School in 1980, Estevez had already had a small role as a messenger boy in Apocalypse Now (1979), that was ultimately cut from the film.
Though his father had opted to use the stage name "Sheen" over his more ethnic birth name "Estevez," Emilio chose to retain the family name, hoping to avoid riding his father's coattails. He also thought the double "E" set of initials was "pretty."
He appeared in a few TV movies, the first of which was Seventeen Going on Nowhere (1980) (TV), before making his big-screen debut opposite Matt Dillon in 1982's Tex (1982). A part in The Outsiders (1983) followed, and Estevez made his first big splash as the punk rocker Otto in the cult classic Repo Man (1984).
Originally cast as Bender (The Criminal) in the seminal John Hughes flick The Breakfast Club (1985), Estevez took the part of Andrew (The Athlete) instead after Hughes could find no one else to fill the role. Another ensemble film, St. Elmo's Fire (1985) came next. Then Estevez made his screen-writing debut with That Was Then... This Is Now (1985), a film in which he also starred.
He then starred in the Stephen King thriller Maximum Overdrive (1986), but the film was a failure. The ambitious young actor added directing to his palette with Wisdom (1986) in 1986, but the film was universally panned and struck out at the box office. Estevez quickly rebounded with hits like Stakeout (1987) and Young Guns (1988), as well as their subsequent sequels. He tried his hand at directing again with Men at Work (1990) before taking on one of his most famous roles as Coach Gordon Bombay in The Mighty Ducks (1992). The enormously popular Disney film spawned sequels and an NHL hockey team of the same name, but Estevez was interested in making weighter films.
He agreed to make a brief appearance in D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) in exchange for Disney helping him finance and distribute another effort as actor-director, The War at Home (1996). Though smiled on by critics, The War at Home (1996) received a paltry distribution by Disney and thus went largely unseen. A devastated Estevez considered quitting the business but has ultimately continued to work in films, including a fourth effort as director and star, Rated X (2000) (TV), which co-starred brother Charlie Sheen and was a selection at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2006, Bobby (2006), a film about the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy that Estevez wrote, directed, and acted in, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and received a seven-minute standing ovation.
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Has a unique laugh, prominently featured in his role as Billy the Kid in the "Young Guns" series of films.
As a film director, he often puts the most focus on the characters rather than the plot itself.
Was once engaged to Demi Moore.
Oldest son of actor Martin Sheen and Janet Sheen. Brother of actor Charlie Sheen, Ramon Estevez and Renée Estevez. Father of Taylor Estevez and Paloma Estevez. Uncle of Cassandra Sheen. Francisco Estevez and Mary Ann Estevez are his grandparents. Uncle is Joe Estevez and aunt is Carmen Estevez (teacher).
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37.
Graduated from Santa Monica High School.
Former brother-in-law of actress Denise Richards.
Took a Robert McKee screen-writing course.
Engaged to journalist Sonja Magdevski [September 5, 2006].
Almost went broke while writing the screenplay for Bobby (2006).
Because of writers block while writing the script for Bobby (2006), his brother Charlie Sheen suggested he change his surroundings. Estevez drove about 150 miles north of Los Angeles and randomly chose a motel to spend the night. While talking about his project with the woman working the front desk, she revealed she was actually in the ballroom the night Robert Kennedy was shot.
Both Emilio and brother Charlie Sheen have played the son of real father Martin Sheen; Emilio in both The War at Home (1996) and The Way (2010/I) (which Emilio also wrote and directed), and Charlie in Wall Street (1987) and two episodes of "Spin City" (1996).
Reportedly, as a child he did not get along with younger brother, Charlie Sheen, at all - in fact, they fought constantly.
Was originally set to play the lead in Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986), but when production shut down for two years, he moved on to other projects. The role then went to his brother Charlie Sheen. He was later cast in Stone's doomed project "Jawbreaker".
Makes wine in his own vineyard.
When he was younger, he chose public high school over a private school which He said was "For parents who have everything except a relationship with Their children".
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.
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.
I spent a lot of my life traveling and I knew that's where I got most of my education, not in school.
Writing is a lonely job, unless you're a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach.
The most significant thing my father has taught me is that my job is no more or less important than someone else's. When I realize there are a billion people in China who don't know I exist, any flightiness is swept away.
"People come up to me on the street and say, 'Men at Work (1990) 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".
I used to Google my name to see what came up - it hurt.
I swore to myself that I'd make it through drive, ambition and hard work. I wanted to know I got it that way and not because of my bloodlines. And I think there is no question why I got where I am today. I'm pretty content. I have a motto: expect nothing and be pleasantly surprised.
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