What the Hell Happened to Emilio Estevez?

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Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez comes from Hollywood royalty.  His dad is actor Martin Sheen.  His brother is Charlie Sheen.  As a child, his best friends were the Penns (Sean and Chris) and the Lowes (Rob and Chad).  Estevez grew up immersed in show biz.  In the early 80’s Estevez became the de facto leader of the actors of his generation.  Collectively, they were known as the Brat Pack and for a short time, they reigned supreme.  As the decade ended, there was a backlash against the Pack.  Among his colleagues, Estevez held up better than others.  But these days, Estevez is rarely heard from.

What the hell happened?

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Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen

Estevez is one of Martin Sheen’s children.   Charlie Sheen (born Carlos Estevez) and Renée Estevez are his siblings.  Estevez was born in New York, but when his dad’s movie career took off, the family moved out West.


High school pictures left to right: Robert Downey Jr., Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen and Rob Lowe

Estevez grew up in Malibu where he attended Santa Monica High School.  His classmates included Robert Downey Jr. (pictured far left), his brother (pictured second from the right), Rob Lowe (pictured far right), Chad Lowe, Sean Penn and Chris Penn.

When Estevez was 11, his father bought  a portable movie camera.  Estevez used the camera to make short films with his future actor friends.

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Emilio Estevez on the set of Apocalypse Now

When Estevez was 14, his father took his family to the Philippines to film Apocalypse Now.  Estevez was miserable.  He wanted to return to school in California and his dad was drinking heavily.  According to Estevez, there was very little parental supervision:

My father and mother, neither of them cared if Larry Fishburne and I jumped in a jitney and went to Manila for the weekend. President Marcos was in power, martial law was in effect, and you were shot on sight if you were seen on the street after 1am. What were they thinking?

Eventually, things became heated between Estevez and his father.  The two had a fistfight which was broken up by Marlon Brando.  According to Sheen:

“I was trying not to hurt Emilio and trying to make sure he didn’t hurt himself. Thank God Marlon arrived when he did.”

Estevez talked about his combative relationship with his father:

I hated him when he got drunk, because he’d get violent.  Some of it he may remember, some of it he may not. But, yeah, it was horrible. And because I was the oldest, it was always directed at me. But I think the Philippines was the last physical fight we had. The older I got, I started lifting weights and getting stronger, soI was like, ‘Come on, let’s go…’

When they returned to California, Estevez co-wrote and starred in a high school play.  The play was titled Echoes of an Era and it was about Vietnam veterans.  Estevez invited his parents to attend the production and his father was astonished by what he saw.  Sheen recollects:

I had no idea that he was interested. I was so interested in myself I didn’t really focus on what my kids’ needs were, or what their aspirations were. And when he invited us to come see this play, I was astonished. He had this very emotional scene, and the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. And I began to realise: my God, he’s one of us. He had that same deep and personal thing. I thought, ah, he’s cursed.

After graduating high school, Estevez refused to attend college.  He wanted to start his acting career right away.  His first role was in a drama on Insight, a syndicated TV program produced by the Catholic Paulist order.  After that, he made his stage debut with his dad in Mister Roberts at Burt Reynolds’ theater in Jupiter, Fla.   According to Estevez,”That was the only job Dad ever placed me in.”

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Estevez – In the Custody of Strangers – 1982

In 1982, Estevez starred opposite his father in the TV movie, In the Custody of Strangers.

Estevez played a teen who rebels against his father and gets in trouble when he rear-ends a cop while drunk driving.  Sheen and Jane Alexander played his parents.  Sheen’s character decides to teach his son a lesson in the form of a little tough love by letting him spend the night in prison.  Unfortunately, the events of the evening land Estevez in deeper trouble.

This time, Estevez suggested his dad for the role instead of the other way around.  “I just told Dad it would be fun to work together, and one of us might be dead next week, so why waste the chance?”

The film was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television but lost to Brideshead Revisited.

Matt Dillon and Emilio Estevez - Tex - 1982

Matt Dillon and Emilio Estevez – Tex – 1982

Later that year, Estevez appeared opposite Matt Dillon in the big screen adaptation of S. E. Hinton’s novel, Tex.

Dillon and Jim Metzler played brothers who struggle after the death of their mother.  Estevez and Meg Tilly played rich neighbor kids who are forbidden by their father from associating with Dillon.

Reviews were mostly positive, but the film grossed just a little over seven million dollars.

Next: The Outsiders and Repo Man


Posted on November 22, 2014, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actor, WTHH Director and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 89 Comments.

  1. Some nice goofs in this one, Lebeau! I particularly like the Wikipedia quote and Anakin’s review of Sand.

    From an entirely personal point of view, it seems to me that Estevez just didn’t make any good movies between the time I graduated from high school and when I graduated from college. The run of Men at Work, Freejack, The Mighty Ducks, Loaded Weapon, Another Stakeout, Judgement Night, and D2 is pretty bad. Despite the kids hockey movies doing decent box office, it’s hard to look at that track record and think he would see much success going forward. He must be easy to work with, because people kept letting him make movies.

    Bobby is actually a pretty good film, though, so I agree that he appeared to learn more about movie-making as he went.

    The story of Martin Sheen’s near death while making Apocalypse Now was offered up by my acting instructors as warning against both drug use and the Strasberg approach to acting. Sheen is sometimes foolishly lauded for a scene in Apocalypse Now in which he punched a mirror, but refused to stop filming despite the fact that he’d cut his hand badly. It is generally considered bad form to break stuff you’re not supposed to break. After all, films and plays have budgets and if you break stuff that costs the producing company money. And of course there’s production delays and costs that happen when you injure yourself irresponsibly.

    “That guy’s nuts. Don’t hire him. Make sure he leaves the building. He broke that chair.”
    If you’re not already famous, that’s what that sort of behavior will get you.


    • I’m glad you liked the goofs. Sometimes when I’m staring down a run of movies that don’t especially interest me, I get a little slap happy. That was the case here. Post Stakeout, there really wasn’t much here that I personally enjoyed. So, you know, silliness ensues.

      Obviously, I agree with your assessment of Estevez’s run in the 90s. I recall seeing Freejack and Judgement Night in the theaters and thinking they were awful. Although my wife told me not to make fun of Judgement Night because it’s a favorite of hers. I told her it was too late for that because I had already done so in the Cuba Gooding Jr article.

      I will say that I am surprised by how beloved the Mighty Ducks movies are by the kids who grew up on them. We may not care for them. But some people consider them classics. I guess it’s like us looking back with fondness on something like Pete’s Dragon.

      I’ve read quite a bit about Estevez for the article and aside from the Brat Pack article in New York Magazine, I haven’t read one bad thing about Estevez. He seems like a bright, talented guy. He’s got a ton of friends in the business. Everyone likes him. That’s why he can get a murderer’s row of stars for something like Bobby. His dad and brother have both struggled with addiction. But Estevez seems to have his head on straight.

      As a director, his maturity shows. His early movies were sloppy. His later films show a steadier hand. He may have a couple of solid movies left in him.


      • Yeah, I really don’t have much nostalgia for Pete’s Dragon. “Every Little Piece” is great, but otherwise…meh. Helen Reddy’s voice just screams the worst of mainstream 70s culture when I hear her. The best of 70s culture was mostly not available to me during the 70s because I was a kid, so I was actively of the opinion that the 70s sucked when I was living through them. I do have some friends who love Pete’s Dragon quite a lot.

        Other peers also love Goonies for some reason. Goonies is awful.

        I have to admit that I’ve never actually seen the Mighty Ducks movies. I was right out of college when the first one was released, so I was clearly too cool for them. As far as I could tell, Estevez was already a has-been who was only just decent to begin with, and I tended to loathe any movie or TV comedy starring and aimed at kids. They claimed to be trying to approximate Bad News Bears, but go back and look at that movie. The Bad News Bears is a great deal edgier than any of its imitators. For starters, Walter Matthau>Emilio Estevez, and I don’t think Emilio himself would argue that point.

        I’m trying to think of some sort of pop culture from my childhood that I continue to love despite it being utterly terrible, but I’m not coming up with anything. Maybe that’s because I’ve actually seen this stuff again as an adult, giving me a chance to kill the romance. Maybe it’s because my family didn’t have a VCR until I was in high school, so I really didn’t have a chance to become obsessed with something embarrassing in any provable way. I constantly moved on from the stuff that wasn’t any good. For example, I liked the Smurfs for about a year, but tired of them after that. I loved Star Wars, but there’s no reason to be embarrassed of that. The Muppet Movie has its faults, but also has enough pure magic that I still admire it. I remember really enjoying the Apple Dumpling Gang. In fact, I think we saw it twice in the theater! But I haven’t seen it since then and I hold no illusion that it is actually any good. Still, with Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Slim Pickens, and Harry Morgan, you could probably do a lot worse.

        How about you, Lebeau? Anything from your youth that you will defend to the teeth despite the fact that other people seem to think it’s awful?


        • Basically, a lot of the stuff from my childhood that still holds up is the good stuff (Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice). One movie from that era I still consider a guilty pleasure is Red Dawn. Yes its plot is extremely dumb and it’s more than a tad jingoistic. But I still see it as a fun piece of what might have been fiction. On the other hand, I’ve come to regard Short Circuit as a loose ET rip, although I maintain Newton Crosby is still a cool character.

          The 80s were more the era of guilty pleasures as (like Daffy was in the 70s) I was a kid and didn’t have access to the more sophisticated pop culture. By the mid 90s (1993) I was in my teens and appreciating stuff on a somewhat adult level. The one thing from that era that I liked then that was pretty bad in hindsight was ABC’s TGIF. Certain musical artists too. But even some of the more guilty pleasures from that era still hold up. Recently I re-watched both Wayne’s World and House Party. The former has lost some of its humor in the 21 years since. But its still fun. As for the latter, there’s a reason it’s widely regarded as a cult classic.

          Yeah, I haven’t watched The Goonies in ages because I subconsciously sense that unlike Ghostbusters or House Party it will not stand up at all. But that’s the basic thing with pop culture in general. Our tastes changed and stuff we once loved now evokes the what the hell feeling or indifference. Macgyver was my favorite TV show when I was 10-12. I came across a re-run of it not too long ago and discovered that no, it wasn’t terrible or out of date. But that the only interest it has for me now is as a nostalgia artifact.

          As far as Estevez goes, the main point in his favor was his likability. That kept him going, even if his choice in scripts was often questionable at best. The Mighty Ducks movie I always saw as what they were basically: family fluff. Good to watch with family. But there’s a reason why they haven’t sustained popularity over the years. They lack the edginess of The Bad News Bears or even the youthful innocence of The Sandlot.

          So basically, the likability kept him working longer than some of his Brat Pack peers who faded once the 80s were over. But his limitations as an actor kept him from evolving when he needed to. I sensed that he was trying to follow in the footsteps of Eastwood and Redford and transition into directing when his star days began tapering off. But most of his efforts didn’t work as well as they should have although The War At Home and The Way both showed he can evolve in a good direction.


        • Defend to the teeth? No. Nothing awful. There are things that I love because they are part of my childhood that I would not feel the same emotional attachment to if I experience them as an adult. I can totally understand why my dad thought Star Wars was stupid. Watching it now, it is kind of stupid. But even Jar Jar can’t make me stop loving Star Wars. Even with it’s flaws, Star Wars is far from awful.

          I love The Muppet Movie. The Rainbow Connection gets me choked up. Would I feel that way if I first saw it in my 20s? Probably not. Superman: the Movie makes me feel like I’m seven and I can fly. The John Williams score = instant happiness. I fondly remember Saturday morning cartoons but I know they were awful and not even nostalgia can entice me to watch them for more than a couple minutes now. If I see a picture from Pete’s Dragon or The Black Hole, it takes me back to that period of my life. But please don’t ask me to sit through them. Okay, maybe The Black Hole every 5 years or so.

          I totally agree with you about Goonies. It’s terrible. And yet, I can’t tell you how many people have told me it is their favorite movie ever. Mindy loves it. That’s what happens when you have a trophy wife, I guess. She says she’s going to come on the next podcast to explain to you about good taste in movies. That should be an interesting topic. Anyway, for a lot of people the Might Ducks movies are classics just like Goonies.

          A few years ago, Time did an article on the somethingth anniversary of Mighty Ducks 2. Not Mighty Ducks. Mighty Ducks 2. Because they considered it to be the pinnacle of the series. The Ducks equivalent of Empire if you will. Everyone who had been involved in those movies agreed to be interviewed except Estevez. The kids, the writers, producers, directors, even the former CEO of the company. Everyone but the star. That tells me Estevez doesn’t hold those movies in the highest esteem. He only agreed to appear briefly in the 3rd one if Disney would finance his little Vietnam movie. Which they did and the of course they promptly dumped it in 4 theaters.

          I do get the impression Estevez has at least some perspective on his career. He is willing to admit Wisdom was a train wreck and that Men at Work isn’t great. So maybe he’d agree with you on your comparison to Matthau. But I do think you’re being a bit hard on Estevez. Quick. Pick now. Estevez or Andrew McCarthy! HA! I’ve got you now!

          The idea of the screenwriter was to emulate The Bad News Bears. But Disney made it clear as soon as they got involved they were going to strip away the edge. What was left was Eisner-era Bad News Bears which is intentionally toothless. But you could probably do worse.


        • Oh and I think you are on to something with the VCR comments. People who love Goonies and Mighty Ducks watched them over and over again at an early age. We didn’t have that. So I don’t think our generation formed the same attachment to things. For us, we have only faint memories of some of the things we grew up with. You’d see a movie once or twice in theaters and then it might be on TV 3-5 years later and even then it would only air maybe once a year if it was extremely popular.


      • 10 MORE Oscar non-starters:


        Year: 2006

        Director: Emilio Estevez

        Stars: Harry Belafonte, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood

        What happened: As you can see, Estevez recruited quite the ensemble for this cross section of lives inside the Ambassador Hotel the day Robert Kennedy was assassinated. It even worked out for SAG ensemble and Golden Globe Best Picture nominations, but Oscar stayed away. It was a baity piece of work that I actually quite liked and thought had a chance, but it never could reach for the brass ring. Probably a bit of a surprise still, what with all those famous people with famous friends and Harvey Weinstein pushing the enterprise in his first real try under the Weinstein Company banner.

        • Kristopher Tapley


      • I read a theory on IMDb that Emilio’s issue or problem if you will (regarding his lack of input) is that he simply didn’t want to “play the game”. What I’m trying to say is that Emilio wants to do solid character work and make his own films (instead of being an actor/director for hire), but Hollywood for the most part, isn’t interested in the movies/stories that Emilio wants to tell.

        So maybe if Emilio was more flexible and was willing to make movies that the studios/general public wanted to see (instead of being so hard-nosed and standing his ground), it would’ve been easier to down the line, get the projects that he really wanted to make off of the ground.


  2. Great article, as always! I recently watched The Way and really enjoyed it. I’d love to see more of his writing and directing work in the future.


  3. his brother charlie career died then to 2 and a half men sitcom brought him back elmo needs a sitcom like that


    • I agree that Elmo needs a sitcom. I probably wouldn’t watch it because his high-pitched voice bothers me, but I still feel like it is something that would make the world better.


    • Emilio had a character on that that show that died as well; I think he played Charlie’s friend.


  4. I’m a big fan of “Repo Man”; totally dig it.


  5. he did play charlies friend died but him and matthew broderick would fit in sitcom


    • That sounds fine, but I’m not sure if Matthew Broderick is interested in a television series; he seems to be more invested in theater. Fun fact: Matthew Broderick was in line for the role of a doomed boyfriend in New Line Cinema’s (pre Freddy Kruger) 1982 film “Alone in the Dark” (I think it’s a better film than one would think: it also has Martin Landeau and Jack Palance in major roles as mental patients!), but director Jack Sholder thought he was just too nice to be killed. It worked out for him anyways, since he got the “Wargames” part (a more mainstream film, for sure).


  6. Interestingly (to me anyway) is that unlike many of the WTHH subjects whose filmographies have considerably more heft, I am actually familiar with almost all of Emilio Estevez’s work. Only one or two “he was in what” moments while reading the article. And of course I’ve seen pretty much every one of the Brat Pack line of movies. I distinctly remember when that mag article came out and thinking it was a hatchet job even back then! What seems to get lost is that the 80s era actors and actresses really did bring something to the screen apart from bone structure. The label “brat pack” gave them short shrift as actors, which becomes evident whenever one of them appears on a screen project today. For Estevez, sounds like he enjoyed his time on the A list and is content with the occaisonal project today.


    • Too bad I can’t edit that last sentence, as I see it, but running late as usual 🙂


    • I had read about the article, but I hadn’t actually read it until writing this article. It was a total hatchet job. Estevez, Lowe and Nelson were behaving the way young actors behaved for generations and Blum eviscerated them for it. Today’s young celebs do much worse.


    • Funny thing; when I was fifteen, my friend Mike and I viewed “The Mighty Ducks” in a theater (personally, I’m a Calgary Flames fan; hey, they’re good this season!:-).


  7. Check out the Wiki page for St.Elmo’s Fire – seriously, there is a TV show in production based on the movie about 6 friends, 3 male and 3 female? That just hasn’t been done yet!!
    BTW I’m on my lunch break.


  8. What About Emilio?

    How pissed would you be if you were Emilio Estevez right now?

    This has got to be one of those moments when Emilio Estevez must be really glad that he chose not to use his father’s stage name. Surprisingly, there are still a ton of people that have no clue Charlie Sheen and Estevez are brothers. Unfortunately, there are plenty more who probably think Estevez is already dead.

    As we all know Charlie Sheen has been makes news by setting a new land-speed record for celebrity flame outs, and he’s surprisingly gaining legions of fans in the process. Meanwhile, his father, Martin Sheen, and brother, Emilio Estevez, have been conspicuously absent throughout this whole highly publicized debacle.

    For the duration of this bizarre saga surrounding Charlie Sheen, his girlfriends, and his unshakable addiction to winning; there hasn’t appeared to be much support from Sheen’s family. It’s left people wondering where Charlie’s father and brother have been hiding during his meltdown?

    Well, it seems the two of them have been hobnobbing in Europe screening Estevez’s new film “The Way,” which stars his father in the lead role. The non-crazy, and not nearly as successful Estevez, filmed his new flick in Spain and seemed to have a great time connecting with his “best friend,” aka his dad, during the filming and current press tour. When the Estevez/Sheen clan recently discussed Charlie’s behavior, Martin related it to an addiction or cancer. Charlie “Tiger Blood” Sheen responded in typical poetic fashion.

    “They tried. But I said, you know, I’m not ready, I’m not interested in your rhetoric right now. I appreciate your love, your compassion, if that’s what you wanna call it. But I’m 45 years old, and I’m not interested in people treating me like a 12-year-old.”

    Sheen may be acting like an privileged prepubescent teen with a penchant for every vice he stumbles upon, but the reality is his 1-hour ABC special tonight will probably have a larger audience than Estevez’s new movie (including Netflix instant). “The Way” will most likely go relatively unseen in the United States, because no one has seemed to care for Estevez’s acting, writing or directing style in nearly two decades.

    Meanwhile his younger brother was handed cushy job starring in a sitcom, where he plays a fictionalized version of himself, and becomes the highest paid actor in television history.

    Twenty years ago both brothers were budding stars and among the desired actors in Hollywood. Today, not so much.

    Estevez was a former Brat Pack star who became a teen idol for his roles in ‘80s classics like “The Breakfast Club” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.” And he found the career longevity that escaped other Brat Packers by scoring the role of Coach Gordon Bombay in “The Mighty Ducks,” which turned out to be one of Disney’s most successful franchises. However ever since Estevez decided to pursue a career behind the camera his career has taken a rather precipitous fall.

    Emilio’s entire decline can be traced back to one disastrous career decision: to become a writer. There is no way to fade into obscurity quicker than going from the “Minnesota Miracle Man” to a mediocre screenwriter. His most famous film, “Bobby,” from 2006, took over six years to write and nearly bankrupted him. In the end, the domestic box office gross didn’t even cover production costs.

    His career post-”Mighty Ducks” hasn’t been remotely as perfect and bitching as his younger, more badass brother. But it all could have been so different. One of the reason’s Charlie Sheen had more staying power in Hollywood is simply because he’s a better actor than Estevez. There was more of an edge to Charlie, while Emilio was a goofy 5′ 6” guy who endearingly appeared to be trying too hard. But it was Estevez who was originally cast in “Platoon,” and was forced to drop out after production was delayed for two years. Sheen was then offered the part which became his career break-out role in one of the most popular war movies of all-time.

    It should have been Estevez, who possesses his father’s respectable seriousness without his brother’s self-destruction. Later in the ’90s the brothers both decided to tackle the parody genre with markedly different results. Sheen did “Hot Shots,” parodying “Top Gun,” which spawned a sequel and earned in total over $200 million. Estevez did “Loaded Weapon Part 1,” there was never a part two.

    As a result Estevez has become nothing more than an answer to an ’80s Trivial Pursuit question. He spent most of the past decade finding random directing jobs with shitty CBS drama’s like “Cold Case,” “CSI: NY,” “Numb3rs,” “Close to Home” and “The Guardian,” which were probably given as a favor to Sheen.

    Maybe Estevez isn’t bitter, because unlike his brother, he has his health, his sanity, and a career that is fulfilling.

    But I find it difficult to believe he’s not annoyed in the slightest, it would be inhuman not to be. Estevez has worked tirelessly pursuing his passion with little to no recognition, while watching Sheen spoon-fed arguably the easiest and highest paid career in television.

    However, treading water always trumps drowning.


  9. Typo alert.

    You wrote (page 8, near the bottom), “In 1998, Estevez starred in the TNT movie, Dollar for the Dead. The Wikipedia entry for this movie is classic. So I am just going to quote ir for the plot summary:”

    “ir” (I think you meant “it.”) 🙂


  10. Top 10 Movie Stars Who Dropped Off the Map:

    Now you see them, now you don’t. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 movie stars who dropped off the map.


  11. ONE HIT WONDERLAND: “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” by John Parr:

    Who the heck is St. Elmo anyway?


  12. What Happened to Emilio Estevez – What is He Doing Now in 2015

    If you grew up in the 90’s, you probably remember Emilio Estevez best as plucky PeeWee hockey coach Gordon Bombay from the Mighty Ducks films. Bombay led the misfit Ducks to victory after victory, after inheriting the team as a punishment for drinking and driving (the 90’s were a very different time for the legal system). Then, in D2: The Mighty Ducks, Bombay brought in new recruits from all over the country and led the team to gold playing against the strangely villainous Icelandic team in the Junior Olympics. In the final movie in the trilogy, D3, he played a less prominent role, appearing only several times in the film and acting as more of a mentor than a coach, leaving most of the work to his now high school aged hockey stars. Yet, as the Ducks skated off into the sunset after D3, the once famous Emilio Estevez left the spotlight with them, and you might be wondering what he’s up to now.

    Son of West Wing president Martin Sheen and brother to Hollywood heartthrob and bad boy Charlie Sheen, the rise of Emilio Estevez felt inevitable from an early point in his career. Emilio Estevez became a household name in the 80’s, playing young, oddball characters in classic films like The Outsiders and Repo Man. He was famously a member of the “Brat Pack,” a group of youthful rising A-Listers, appearing alongside other Brat Pack members such as Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, and Rob Lowe in the films The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire. In the Breakfast Club, Estevez took on his most well-known role, Andy the jock, who couldn’t think for himself, and who was driven to crush all opposition in a misguided attempt to live up to his father’s legacy of athletic domination.

    Emilio Estevez continued his run of good-hearted tough guy roles by battling killer trucks as an ex-con in the Stephen King adaptation, Maximum Overdrive. In 1988 and 1990, he “reaped the whirlwind” of violence as the notoriously hot-headed crack shot, Billy the Kid, in the westerns Young Guns and Young Guns II. Estevez then had his first turn of success as a director with the black comedy Men at Work, in which Estevez co-starred with his brother, Charlie Sheen. Estevez and Sheen played slacker-hero garbage men solving a brutal murder and stopping the illegal dumping of toxic waste in their beloved coastal town. Although the film was panned by critics for the lowbrow humor and wacky sight gags, it was a major financial success and has since become a cult classic. Estevez appeared in several other action comedies like Stakeout, Stakeout II, and National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon, but he struggled to recreate the popularity of his earlier 80’s hits with the Brat Pack.

    Estevez attempted to turn his career around by re-inventing himself as the gruff, cynical coach with a heart of gold in 1992’s The Mighty Ducks and its sequels. The Disney family films were major successes for the studio, and they kicked off a wave of family-friendly sports movies like Cool Runnings, Angels in the Outfield, Heavyweights, The Big Green, and Air Bud. Critics were not kind to Coach Gordon Bombay however, and it was the beginning of the end for Estevez’s big screen career.

    After a string of duds, cameos, and made for TV movies like Late Last Night and Rated X, Emilio Estevez fell off the map for many years. The struggling actor was divorced by the 80’s superstar, Paula Abdul. He found work doing voice acting for several cartoon films, but mostly disappeared from public view, at one point claiming “shyness” as the reason for his rare public appearances. In 2006, Emilio wrote and directed the ensemble historical drama, Bobby, about the assassination of the late Robert Kennedy, and received mixed praise from the world. Since then, Estevez has had a TV cameo or two, including one on his brother Charlie’s show, Two and a Half Men. The once lauded teen star also had a minor triumph directing his father in the thoughtful pilgrimage, The Way, in 2010, a movie about family, death, and acceptance.

    Despite his lack of success as an actor, today Emilio Estevez continues to pursue directing. He is rumored to be in the filming stage of his newest writer and director effort, The Public, a sociopolitical drama based on a true story of the Los Angeles Public Library taking in homeless and mentally ill refugees in the coldest depths of winter. Emilio Estevez remains close to his father, and despite his more successful brother’s struggle with addiction and numerous jokes at Estevez’s expense, has refused to say anything negative about his brother in public. Most recently, Estevez appeared in the public eye rooting for the real life Anaheim Ducks hockey team, playfully live-tweeting their game on twitter in the persona of Coach Gordon Bombay. It remains to be seen whether or not Estevez’s directorial efforts can achieve the same late life resurgence that his father saw portraying President Bartlett on the critically-acclaimed The West Wing, but we’ll never forget the man that made us quack out loud in a crowded theater.


  13. forrestbracket

    Interesting fact broderick was actually first choice for Alex P Keaton role but he turned it down to see his sick dad. This Emlo article reminds me sheens needs a page like this. He was rising start back in mid 80s to early 90s. Unfortunately bad film choices and drug problems tarnished that. His tenure on spin city gave lorre the idea he would do well on tv which lead to two and a half men. first 8 years were successful but lol i tihnk we all know how that ended up enough said.


    • Once upon a time, Charlie Sheen played characters. I miss that era.


      • That was a long time ago! I barely remember it.


        • I think we’d have to go way back (“way with more yyyy’s) for that era.


        • 1986 sounds about right.


        • 1986 would be “The Wraith”, so not to be greedy, that works for me (We’re also bringing Back Sherilyn Fenn as well!).


        • Mmmmm. Sherilyn Fenn.

          Can’t wait for the Twin Peaks reunion!


        • Now that’s a reunion that would be a great idea!


        • It’s more than a great idea. It’s happening next year on Showtime. David Lynch is back in the director’s chair for every episode!


        • No kidding! I broke with Showtime after that CBS/Viacom disaster. After this news, maybe we should get back together.


        • I haven’t had a Showtime subscription since sometime in the mid 90s. But when the new Twin Peaks episodes air, I want to support them. So I will be subscribing for that period. I’m hoping to do weekly episode recaps like I do for Walking Dead.


        • I was too young to really understand the show when it initially aired (I do have a hardcover book of Rolling Stones covers from 1967-1997, and one issue had Sherilyn Fenn, Madchen Amick, and Lana Flynn Boyle on the cover), but I’ve viewed the series through channels which aired marathons of it (I remember Cloo aired it for awhile) and really liked it. It’s one of the most unique shows I’ve ever seen, and I find it surprising that ABC went for it.


        • It is a wonder it ever made it on the air. Current Disney CEO Bob Iger was in charge of ABC at the time. First, he championed Twin Peaks and then he ruined it. Sounds about right.


        • I really don’t like it when either a series or the network itself (like the former G4 Network) changes a winning formula in an attempt to gain the indifferent audience, because that often alienates the true fans, which ends up hurting that series or network. It usually isn’t worth it chasing after numerous viewing demographics for a brief ratings bump.


        • Seems like Hollywood suddenly decided to revive all kinds of 90s TV shows. Besides Twin Peaks there are Xena and X-Files reboots in the works, plus the Evil Dead movie trilogy from the 80s and early 90s is getting turned into a show too.


        • Everything is being revived. If not now, soon.


  14. forrestbracket

    Back to sheen he truly is a great actor. He just chose to be a punchline instead after his off screen behavior. But watching Red Dawn ,platoon ,eight men out and wall street you can tell he had raw talent. HE just got lazy did lame action films then later half of 90s. In a way spin city is partially to blame for it. Chuck lorre cast sheen in Two and a Half men based on spin city role while two and a half men iwas my favourite show of all time (during the sheen era) it led to role with him basically play variation of himself. Like anger management and Mind of charles swan. I love him comdies he made two and a half men the good show it was. Seeing drop in quality last four years show he was the show. I wish Oliver stone would throw him another bone cast him again make platoon magic. Or even Chuck lorre making amands to him and casting him in another sitcom.


  15. forrestbracket

    robin and phillip were too . sheen look at paychecks he was getting for two and a half men relized he can lots of money for playing variaton of himself. not that he did bad on the show he was funny on it e was the show. lebeau do you prefer sheen or fox in spin ity role and do remember the hype about fix being replaced was it as big as sheen two and a half men. i know spin city wasnt as popular as two and a half men and there was alot more contrevery in the show too


  16. forrestbracket

    u found spin city unique i didnt care for show but i will admit it was bettor with fox seasons then sheen the show i kind of forgotten now and is more talked about for fox leaving due to parks ions.


    • Freakin’ Awesome Forums discussion:

      Watching reruns of this series on FXX, and I must say Spin City is a very underrated series, it was very well written. The comic timing and the jokes intercepted very well, and some of the humor was intelligent and some of it was slapstick humor.

      I thought the show’s prime was season 2 or 3, that is when it found it’s niche, then Michael J. Fox and had to take time away from the show, and then leave, it was never the same. The last two seasons was Charlie Sheen, all I can say it wasn’t better or worse, it was just different. The last two season they moved from New York to Los Angeles, and you can tell, and its focus was less on politics and more on relationships. I prefer the more political humor of the first 4 seasons, but that is just my preferences.

      And my favorite episode I just saw this morning, “Back To The Future Part IV: Judgement Day”.

      When Sheen came it, it really ruined the dynamic. You lost most of the cast, and the story just started becoming about how much of a playboy he was. Granted, I wasn’t a fan of Kaitlyn’s addition either, but she at least didn’t completely throw off the chemistry.

      I agree 100%. With Michael J Fox, Mike was the main character but it was an ensemble show, once Sheen came in, it became about Charlie.

      The first season is always interesting to watch, because it seemed like a completely different concept. They shed his girlfriend (Carla Gugino)’s character pretty quick, and that alone changed the vibe of the show into a slightly more traditional, but much funnier, sitcom.

      But the show fell greatly when Michael J. Fox left, not just because of him leaving but because almost half the cast left along with him. Jennifer Esposito also kinda vanished not long before he left. And later, Alan Ruck ended up appearing very little toward the end – though I think he was sick at the time – which was just terrible. Definitely a different kind of show; not bad (Sheen and Locklear worked well together) but certainly not the same (the rest of the original cast just kinda seemed to fall around the edges of the new dynamic).

      Loved it though Heather Locklear messed with the chemistry a bit. Still never agreed with the fact they made her Mike’s new love interest over the other girl in the office.


  17. forrestbracket

    the spin city episodes with charlie are not worth wathcing. if fox replaced sheen in two and a half men i would say same. i think the idea of character like him fits the two and a half men show because its not a work place sitcom .the idea of him serving for mayor ridculous. plus last 2 seasons they made it about sheen and lockyear shoved cast to side. let me tell you healther lockyear had bad comic timing fox other love interest better. the show went through lots cast it was hard to keep track. the upside is lorre cast him in two and a half men based on spin city. harper is more based on sheens character on spin city then his personal life.i vagualy remember in 2000 sheen gots lot hate mail when he was replacing fox much like kutcher got flack replacing sheen. iam guessing le beau your are not a fan of spin city


    • To be fair to Charlie Sheen, “Spin City” was a career rehab (pardon the pun) for him. It wasn’t too different than when Robert Downey Jr. joined the cast of “Ally McBeal” (different results though). The problem is that after that, that’s ALL Charlie Sheen has done with television characters. I do feel that his “Spin City” effort was genuine.
      As for Heather Locklear (love me some “T.J. Hooker”!), from what I understand she was hired to lighten the load for Michael J. Fox due to his Parkinson’s struggle. When Fox just couldn’t do it, in comes Charlie Sheen, a sleazier version of Fox’s Mike character. So, Sheen replaced a character who also used his real life first name; back then, it seemed harmless.
      For what it’s worth, I prefer the Michael J. Fox led early seasons of “Spin City” vs. the Charlie Sheen led version of the show, for the reasons the Freakin Awesome Forums discussion described (such as the political satire).


  18. forrestbracket

    but he did star in one of the most highest ratted show and appear in scarey movie its a step up spin city lead to it. do u remember if there was alot of hype for fox being replace so like sheen being fire.d the fox seasons better


    • Yeah, it was a big deal at the time, since Michael J. Fox is considered a beloved figure and the news that he had Parkinson’s shocked many. On the other end is Charlie Sheen, who’s father went pubic about a year so before that Charlie had a life threatening overdose, had an intervention, and went into rehab. So for Charlie Sheen, this was his chance to prove he could act, and act right. It worked, for a while


  19. forrestbracket

    it showed he had tv chops. Before spin city he was this washed up drug addicted movie star who couldnt open a film anymore this was only job he got. it led to two and a half men his biggest hit. michael j fox first annonced his parkinson in the show . the show was fairly popular during fox era. i could be wro ng i remeber it being refferenced alot it got lots of awards with fox it was in for 4 years with fox alot of grdeshcool teachers loved it. I would be lying if i said it matched famly ties or two and a half men success but iwas doing good. i tihnk sheen last 2 seasons made people forget about the show and its more rememberd for losing its lead then successful 4 years. I have a fear two and a half men despite 8 good seasons with sheen will be remmeberd more for his rants and his being replaced then when it use to be good


  20. forrestbracket

    like kutcher announcement for being cast. People where angry and automatically wrote it off as flop before it aired. sheen got hate mail too.


  21. Retrospective / Review: Mission Impossible (1996)


  22. Unfinished Business with Jeff Gallashaw: EMILIO ESTEVEZ!

    Jeff describes his man crush passion for all things Emilio Estevez.


  23. The Mighty Ducks: The Cast Then And Now

    Emilio Estevez

    Emilio Estevez was the leader of the rag tag group of hockey playing kids and was the only bona fide star in the first film. He’d been famous for seven years already, having starred in the both of classic “Brat Pack” films The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire. Then he played Billy the Kid in a pair of Young Guns movies. While Estevez has continued to act since Ducks, he’s been much more focused on directing in recent years. He both wrote and directed the Kennedy Assassination drama Bobby as well as his current project, the drama The Public about the people who live and work around the Los Angeles Public Library.


    • This film has been on the Laff channel as well. Hey, if they air “The Big Green”, it only makes since to air this in the same month.


    • What the cast of The Mighty Ducks looks like today

      Emilio Estevez (Gordon Bombay)

      The role of Gordon Bombay allowed Emilio Estevez to shake off the Brat Pack tag he carried throughout the ’80s. He’d already attempted to move away from coming-of-age dramedies with his turn as Billy the Kid in the Young Guns movies, though Bombay was his first real grown-up character. He carried on acting into the late ’90s and early ’00s, but now spends much of his time directing, with the cast of his recent project The Public recently bolstered by the addition of Christian Slater. He still holds Gordon Bombay close to his heart, however, which he proved in 2015 when he live-tweeted support for the Anaheim Ducks during their playoff showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks in full character. After Anaheim pulled the game back in true Ducks fashion, the actor risked the ire of Blackhawk fans by calling them “windy city windbags” and telling them to “suck it.”


  24. 15 Forgotten ’80s Heartthrobs: Where Are They Now?

    Emilio Estevez

    Emilio Estevez got his big break in the ‘80s with his role in Tex and he continued his success with a role in The Outsiders, a film adaptation of an S.E. Hinton book, which became a cult classic, putting nearly every major actor, including Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise, on the Hollywood map. Throughout the ‘80s, he was part of the Brat Pack, a group of young actors that included Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson and Andrew McCarthy, but by the early 2000s, he began spending more time behind the camera. He’s directed episodes of Cold Case, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds and Numb3rs.


    • 40 Stars Who Vanished Without a Trace From Hollywood

      Emilio Estevez

      Emilio Estevez hasn’t been making headlines in the same way as his brother Charlie Sheen, but the former Brat Pack member has been forging a quietly impressive resume nonetheless. Indeed, his directorial efforts Bobby and The Way were met with praise, but there has been nothing since 2010.


      • Actors/Actresses That Have Disappeared from Movies

        Emilio Estevez

        It seems like when the pickings became thin he said screw that and now he lives on his own self-sufficient farm and vineyard or something like that, only coming out to direct a movie he feels passionate about every few years.



          Ringwald told The Daily Beast in 2015 that she had heard talk of a potential The Breakfast Club sequel on the rise herself. “Somebody told me that there is a script for a sequel to The Breakfast Club,” she said. “One day, all that stuff will come out.” However, Ringwald was one of the cast members who was completely opposed to the idea of following up the original.

          Ringwald, who also starred in a pair of Hughes’ other popular ’80s pics, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink, reportedly said, “I think that’s a movie that just should stand on its own.” She and co-star Ally Sheedy, who played the near-mute waif Allison Reynolds in the pic, reunited to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary in 2015 and later revealed that there was another cast member from the pic who wanted exactly zero to do with its continued craze.

          Ringwald revealed to the press, “The only person [from the film] I don’t really see is Emilio [Estevez]. He won’t really have anything to do with anything. He’s just like, ‘that’s the past, and that’s not really what I want to do.” Indeed, Estevez was also absent from the reunion which took place before that in 2010, to mark the flick’s 25th anniversary in New York, and the 2005 MTV Movie Awards before that.


        • I’m glad this never happened; there was no need for a sequel, unless the film was titled “Brunch”.


  25. Martin Sheen Is Making A Docuseries That Tries To Prove That O.J. Simpson Is Innocent

    Doesn’t it, though? Charlie isn’t crazy out of nowhere. Not sure when the beatings started but Emilio said he bulked up as a teenager to fight off his dad. He also said that his parents were permissive to the point that he felt like they didn’t care what the hell the kids were up to.


  26. Where Are They Now? Cast Of The Mighty Ducks

    Emilio Estevez (Gordon Bombay)

    Emilio Estevez plays the Mighty Ducks’ coach Gordon Bombay, a lawyer so obnoxious that his number plate reads “JUSTWIN.” Bombay finds himself charged with coaching an under-performing pee-wee hockey team following a DUI charge. By the time the Ducks win the championship, Bombay has faced down his own childhood hockey demons and made the transition to full-on inspirational figure. Yet it could have been Estevez’s brother, Charlie ‘Tiger Blood’ Sheen, delivering the pep talks, having originally been offered the role.

    A veteran of the ’80s brat pack films (St Elmo’s Fire, The Breakfast Club) Estevez’s star began to wane during the ’90s, appearing in a string of misfires and TV movies, with a few notable exceptions (Judgment Night, Loaded Weapon). Estevez is now better known as a director, having used his entire salary for D3 to fund his directorial debut War at Home. Subsequent efforts behind the camera include the well-received Bobby and The Way, the latter of which starred Estevez’s dad, Martin Sheen. Next up for Estevez are directing duties on The Public.


  27. The life of a Repo Man is always intense

    Punk apathy is personified by Otto, played by Emilio Estevez. He owns the screen from the very first scene, flipping the double-bird to an armed grocery-store security guard after getting fired from his stock-boy job. Otto’s overall dissatisfaction with life (his girlfriend leaves him for his ex-con friend; his pothead parents have given all their money to a TV evangelist) make him a perfect repo man candidate. He’s aimlessly wandering the streets when he’s picked up by Bud (Harry Dean Stanton, never better) and gets duped into joining the business. Alongside the ensuing car hijinks, there’s a punk crime spree, a cute girl involved with the United Fruitcake Outlet, a government conspiracy to get ahold of some dead aliens, and various people exploding.


  28. Freejack is a terrible movie except for Mick Jagger’s majestically campy performance


    • I think “Freejack” is a terrible name for anything, unless someone is getting a free jack from somebody (certainly it won’t be AAA).


  29. Surprised by some of the reviews and comments. I personally enjoyed both Young guns and Judgement night


  30. The real reason we don’t hear from Emilio Estevez anymore

    Emilio Estevez was once considered one of Hollywood’s most popular actors. Born into a screen-savvy family that included Martin and Charlie Sheen and raised among rising stars (including Sean Penn and Rob Lowe), Estevez was part of the “Brat Pack”, a young crowd of A-list actors that graced the screen in a string of hit films during the ’80s and early ’90s. In recent years, however, Estevez has seemingly slipped off the pop culture radar. Here’s how it happened.


    • The Real Reason We Don’t Hear About Emilio Estevez Anymore


    • 15 Actors Who Live In The Shadows Of Their Parents


      Siblings Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez have certainly had their ups and downs in Hollywood.

      Charlie became a bankable star in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and found later success with the hit show Two and a Half Men. Unfortunately, Charlie’s career took a serious dip after a very public meltdown and has never fully recovered.

      Emilio has had a similar career — minus the public breakdown — starring in a string of hits like Young Guns and The Breakfast Club, while falling out of the lime light in recent years.

      Patriarch Martin Sheen, on the other hand, has managed to remain relevant since the 1970s. Starring in such high regarded films, like Apocalypse Now, The Departed, and Wall Street.

      Along with his starring role on the series The West Wing, Martin has racked up a collection of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations along the way.

      Though no one can deny Charlie and Emilio’s successful careers, Martin is the only one left in the family that still manages to find work in high profile projects.


  31. Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone & Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith Join Emilio Estevez-Directed ‘The Public’


    • EXCLUSIVE: Emilio Estevez, Christian Slater talk filming ‘The Public’ in Cincinnati

      CINCINNATI — Emilio Estevez worked for more than 10 years to get “The Public” — an upcoming drama set in and filming at the Cincinnati Public Library — into production.

      Now that filming is almost over, Estevez said he’s balancing the stress of directing a mostly nighttime shoot by giving praise to a city he loves. Filming here has allowed his stars, including Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater and “Westworld” actor Jeffrey Wright, to get their first taste of Cincinnati.

      “Emilio definitely loves this city, and I see why,” Slater said, ticking off a list of the landmarks he visited during the shoot: The Roebling Suspension Bridge, the Cincinnati Art Museum and, of course, the library. “It’s really good. It’s a great town.”

      There was never a question of whether or not Slater would be involved in “The Public,” he said. He first read the script 10 years ago, eager to work with a director he described as “a great, talented guy,” and said its story rings just as true in 2017 as it did in 2007.

      Estevez agreed.

      “It feels like the timing on this could not have been more perfect,” he said. “Essentially, this is an occupy film. It takes place during the coldest winter the city has seen in a long time, and the homeless shelters are overwhelmed, and the patrons of the library decide to stage an occupy and say, ‘We are a de facto homeless shelter.'”

      It was important to Estevez that his adopted hometown play itself, he said, and he credited the city with accommodating the film’s shooting schedule. The fact that the film is set chiefly at night helps, he said, but the leeway offered by the library was still remarkable.

      “I don’t think there is any other library in any other city in America that would allow us the sort of access that we’ve had,” he said.

      Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati, said access was the result of collaboration among a wide variety of city agencies, including City Hall, the police department and local television stations such as WCPO. (Keep an eye out for us, Hollywood!) All the pieces were necessary to create the authentic portrait of the Queen City.


  32. Emilio Estevez’s Gun and Ammo Stolen During Car Break-In


  33. Another fond childhood memory of mine was purchasing “Maximum Overdrive” with my own money. Yeah, I know, not a great film, but I like AC/DC (and the waitress who yelled “We made you, we made you!”.


  34. Emilio Estevez is Hollywood’s most profitable star, Brad Pitt the least

    The most profitable actor in Hollywood isn’t Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr. or Dwayne Johnson — it’s Emilio Estevez. And there’s research to prove it.

    Analysts from PartyCasino, a unit of the GVC gaming group, have studied box-office data from 1980 to 2017 and found that the “Young Guns” star delivered the best return of any top-billed male actor who has starred in at least 10 films. Specifically, for every $1 spent on the leading man’s films, Estevez generated $6.70 at the box office.

    The male actors who generated the next-best returns were just as surprising. Jean-Claude Van Damme raked in $4.20 for each dollar, while other great investments were Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3) and Dudley Moore ($3).

    The results for the worst return also left researchers stunned.

    Brad Pitt returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, making him the least profitable actor in Hollywood. The “Ocean’s Eleven” star was followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents), Hugh Jackman (25 cents) and Anthony Hopkins (26 cents).

    PartyCasino also crunched the numbers for actresses from the past decade and found that Rose Byrne scored the best return — $9.80 for every budgeted dollar — followed by Regina Hall ($3.50) and Octavia Spencer ($2.90).

    The male actors who generated the next-best returns were just as surprising. Jean-Claude Van Damme raked in $4.20 for each dollar, while other great investments were Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3) and Dudley Moore ($3).

    The results for the worst return also left researchers stunned.

    Brad Pitt returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, making him the least profitable actor in Hollywood. The “Ocean’s Eleven” star was followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents), Hugh Jackman (25 cents) and Anthony Hopkins (26 cents).

    PartyCasino also crunched the numbers for actresses from the past decade and found that Rose Byrne scored the best return — $9.80 for every budgeted dollar — followed by Regina Hall ($3.50) and Octavia Spencer ($2.90).

    A rep told The Post that the reason they didn’t have the extended data for actresses was because “women, unfortunately, are less likely to be the top-billed actor for a movie.”

    PartyCasino compiled its list by analyzing the top 100 films in each year since 1980. Researchers took each movie’s gross from Box Office Mojo, which tracks receipts from theaters in the US and Canada, and subtracted each movie’s budget. The difference — dubbed “profit” by analysts — was then divided by each movie’s budget to determine its ROI, or return on investment.

    When it came to movie genres, mysteries proved to be the most profitable — returning $39.89 for each budgeted dollar over the 37-year period.

    Horror flicks had the second-highest ROI, with $34.13, followed by thrillers ($17.36) and documentaries ($7.38).

    Action movies were the least profitable films — generating $1.89 for each budget dollar, followed by crime pictures ($2.01) and musicals ($2.05).


  35. 5 Actor Siblings Who Hate Each Other (And 10 Who Are Really Close)


    Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen are both sons of the famous actor Martin Sheen and have followed their father’s example. Emilio Estevez had one of his break out roles in John Hughes’ still fondly remembered The Breakfast Club.

    Charlie has had much more consistent fame over the course of his acting career, such as with roles in Wall Street and a regular role in Two and a Half Men. They even starred together in 1988’s Young Guns.

    There seems to have always been some tension between Emilio and Charlie, in part over Emilio’s decision to keep the family’s original surname. Charlie has repeatedly taken jabs at his older brother during interviews and brought a whole lot of drama and heart ache to the family during his drug related antics in 2011.


  36. The Mighty Ducks may become a new TV series

    Steven Brill, the writer of the original 1990s youth hockey film trilogy, pitched the idea of a Mighty Ducks TV series, but no script has been written and no network is attached, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Emilio Estevez also isn’t currently attached to the project. ABC Signature Studios, the streaming division of ABC Studios, is behind the potential series. This would be the second Mighty Ducks TV series, after ABC’s short-lived animated version of the film franchise in 1996.


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