Brat Pack Actor Emilio Estevez Dies At 60
By Ms. Sowerberry
July 10, 2022
Actor, director and folk singer Emilio Estevez passed away last Monday from injuries sustained while setting off illegal fireworks. He was 60 years old.
The son of celebrated actor Martin Sheen, Estevez burst onto the cinematic scene at age 21 with a role in the film adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s classic book The Outsiders. Along with Outsiders co-star Rob Lowe, Estevez went on to even greater fame as a member of the “Brat Pack,” a 1980s teenage talent stable that included Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. Apart from the films they made, the Brat Packers were primarily known for their entitled whiteness, trivial problems and kickass parties. In a 1985 interview, Outsiders supporting player Matt Dillon sniffed, “You wanna talk about being an ‘outsider?’ Try gettin’ into one of Rob Lowe’s parties if you ain’t in his little club.”
In the midst of his Brat Pack notoriety, Estevez dated and impregnated model Carrey Sally. Their union produced two children, Taylor Levi in 1984 and Paloma Rae in 1986. The couple never married and Estevez was later briefly engaged to future cradle-robber Demi Moore.
Inkeeping with his new status as a parent, Estevez soon began appearing in more adult films, notably 1987’s Stakeout and the Razzie Award-winning Maximum Overdrive (written and directed by Stephen King). He also collaborated with his brother (substance- and spouse- abuse enthusiast Charlie Sheen) on Men at Work, a comedy about trash collectors.
In the early 90s, Estevez endeared himself to a whole new generation of young people in The Mighty Ducks. The film featured Estevez as Gordon Bombay, a callous lawyer-turned-peewee hocky coach. The franchise was so successful that it spawned three sequels (D2: The Mighty Ducks, D3: The Mighty Ducks and D4-3-D:The Mighty Ducks) and an ill-fated animated series. At this time, Estevez also endeared himself to pop singer Paula Abdul.Â The couple married in 1992, but split in 1994 because Estevez wasn’t on board with Abdul’s desire for “children or a crippling drug problem, whichever comes first.” Estevez did eventually get engaged again in 2006 to writer Sonja Magdevski, but the couple never officially married due to the fact that Estevez could never pronounce her last name correctly.
Before leaving Hollywood behind, Estevez directed a number of television shows and films, notably The War at Home (starring his father) and Bobby (also starring his father), a star-studded ensemble retelling of US Senator and Notable Kennedy Robert Kennedy’s assassination.
Estevez’s father and frequent collaborator, Martin Sheen, suffered a debilitating stroke in 2017. Sheen’s resulting paralysis ended his own acting career, as well as Estevez’s career behind the camera. No longer content to be just a pretty face, Estevez opted to tour the world with his Peter, Paul and Mary-esque folk band, Emilio and the Lesser Estevezes. Estevez played lead guitar while brother Ramon handled lead vocals/tambourine and sister Renee played drums. The group released a single album, “No Charlies Allowed” in 2019 and travelled extensively with 30 seconds to Mars, Juliette and the Licks, Martini Ranch and The Bacon Brothers as part of the annual “What Day Job?” Tour. Emilio and the Lesser Estevezes have been described as “the Carpenters via Madrid and nepotism.”
The band officially disbanded in 2020 and Estevez retired to Malibu, where he spent time with his family, watched Antiques Roadshow and made prank phone calls to Robert Downey, Jr. up until his untimely July 4 death.
Estevez is survived by his parents, Martin Sheen and Jean Templeton, his three siblings, fiancee Sonja Magdevski and children Taylor and Paloma.