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).
Adapted from a novel by S.E. Hinton, director Francis Ford Coppola's coming-of-age drama chronicles the escalating violence between two teenage gangs in rural Oklahoma: the hardscrabble Greasers and the affluent Socs. The rivalry intensifies when the Socs attack young Greasers Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell) and Johnny (Ralph Macchio). The film helped launched the careers of stars Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise.