He kicked off his career as an actor with notable performances in Tex (1982) and The Outsiders (1983). But Estevez is by far best known for his association with the so-called Brat Pack, a group of young actors who appeared together in the influential 1980s films The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire (both 1985) and included his childhood playmate Lowe as well as Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore and Judd Nelson.
In 1992, Estevez signed on to play a lawyer turned hockey coach in The Mighty Ducks and reprised the role in two sequels (1994 and 1996) before turning his attention to directing, most notably with the all-star political drama Bobby (2006).
When his son dies while hiking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees, a grieving father flies to France to claim the remains. Looking for insights into his estranged child's life, he decides to complete the 500-mile trek to Spain.