Emilio Estevez was born in 1962 into a family of artists, the son of actor Martin Sheen and artist Janet Templeton. Forgoing college after his graduation in 1980, Estevez started out like many other actors his age with a debut on stage. In 1982 however, he worked with his father on a TV-film called “In the Custody of Strangers.” Estevez even did the casting for this film.
The ’80s were when Estevez really hit star status when he was sited as one of the members of the Brat Pack, the group made up of young popular actors who starred in coming-of-age films in this decade. Due to his involvement and popularity during this time, Estevez has often been cited as the “unofficial president” of the group due his early role in the 1983 film, “The Outsiders.”
After appearing in “The Outsiders”, Estevez appeared in the cult classic “Repo Man” in 1984, followed closely by both “The Breakfast Club” and “St. Elmo’s Fire” in 1985. Also in that same year, Estevez co-wrote and starred in the drama, “That Was Then, This Is Now”, followed by “Maximum Overdrive” and “Wisdom” in 1986.
The 1990s brought on a new venue for Estevez in the way of directing, starting with a 1990 comedy called “Men at Work” that Estevez wrote, directed, and starred in with his brother, Charlie Sheen. Though that movie wasn’t very well critically-acclaimed, it was only two years after that Estevez became the lead role in one of Disney’s most successful franchises, “The Mighty Ducks.” Though Estevez had various other roles in films throughout the ’90s and early 2000s (for example, “Mission: Impossible”, “Dollar for the Dead”, “Late Last Night” and a television appearance on the show “The West Wing”) his most prominent film during the late 90s was “The War at Home”.
“The War at Home”, created in 1996, is a film that starred Estevez and his father. This film also marks an accomplishment in Estevez’s career, for he was nominated for two ALMA Awards in 1998 for “Outstanding Latino Director of a Feature Film” and “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Crossover Role in a Feature Film.”
However, his most famous film came ten years later, a film that took over six years to write. “Bobby”, written by, directed by and featuring Estevez is a film about the events prior to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. This film has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for “Best Motion Picture – Drama” and “Best Original Song”, three ALMA Awards for “Outstanding Motion Picture”, “Outstanding Director – Motion PIcture” and “Outstanding Screenplay – Motion Picture”, a Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” and was awarded with wins at the Venice Film Festival for a “Biografilm Award”, two Hollywood Film Festival Awards for “Best Ensemble Cast” and “Best Breakthrough Actress (Lindsay Lohan)”, and a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for “Breakout Performance of the Year – Director.”
Currently Estevez is focused on his latest feature film, “The Way”, which is set to bow in the United States next week under his production company, Estevez-Sheen Productions. Written by, produced by and directed by Estevez, this film stars himself and his father in two key roles. Take a look at the trailer below for this drama.