Air Date: August 23, 2013
Show # 132
Joseph “Joe” Estevez (born February 13, 1946) is an American actor, director, and producer. He is the younger brother of actor Martin Sheen and the uncle of Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Renée Estevez, and Ramon Estevez.
Estevez was born in Dayton, Ohio to a Catholic, Galician-born father, Francisco Estevez, and an Irish mother, Mary Anne (née Phelan). He is one of ten children, nine boys and one girl.
As a child, he lived in the South Park neighborhood of Dayton. During a family trip in April 1959, he participated in the White House Easter Egg Roll and met President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He attended Chaminade High School, a Catholic High School located in Dayton. Upon his graduation, he enlisted and served in the United States Navy.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, Estevez began pursuing an acting career starting in the early 1970s. He initially used his mother’s maiden name, Phelan, before using his surname, Estevez. Throughout his career, Estevez has appeared in numerous film and television roles in lead, supporting, and minor parts playing protagonists and antagonists, and he frequently appears in moderate and low-budget independent features and B-movies. In addition, he has worked as a voice-over artist and performs in stage productions. He has expressed in an interview that he wants to make movies that make a difference.
He plays a villain, Cyrus, in the 2012 film Doonby, which features former Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider as a mysterious stranger who comes into a small town and falls in love with the spoiled daughter of Estevez’s character, the local doctor. He also co-stars with David Faustino in the feature Not Another B Movie released by Troma Entertainment in 2011.
Joe Estevez has been married twice and is the father of three daughters. His second wife is actress Constance Anderson.
Estevez, unlike his older brother Martin Sheen, is politically conservative. The brothers’ voices sound similar, and Estevez famously did the voice over for a National Shooting Sports Foundation pro-gunmaker commercial in 2000; at the time, his brother was famous for playing a fictional President of the United States on the television show The West Wing. In response,
Martin Sheen, who’s been famous for his progressive politics starred in a pro-gun control commercial that same year.