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Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is an American actor, director, producer, and activist. He is best known for his roles as Lieutenant Martin "Marty" Castillo in Miami Vice (1984–1989), actor in and director of American Me (1992), William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009), teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver (1988), and Detective Gaff in Blade Runner (1982), and its sequel Blade Runner 2049 (2017). In 2018, he played the father of two members of an outlaw motorcycle club in the FX series Mayans MC. For his work in Miami Vice, Olmos won the 1985 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. For his performance in Stand and Deliver, Olmos was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He is also known for his roles as patriarch Abraham Quintanilla in the film Selena, narrator El Pachuco in both the stage and film versions of Zoot Suit, and the voice of Chicharrón in Coco. Over the course of his career, Olmos has been a pioneer for more diversified roles and images of Hispanics in the U.S. media. His notable direction, production, and starring roles for films, made-for-TV movies, and TV shows include Wolfen, Triumph of the Spirit, Talent for the Game, American Me, The Burning Season, My Family/Mi Familia, Caught, 12 Angry Men, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, Walkout, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, American Family, and Dexter. Description above from the Wikipedia article Edward James Olmos, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Feb 24, 1947 In Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Hawaii Five-O 1968-09-20
Latest Project:
Movie Chasing Wonders 2021-06-04
Known For
Poster of A Dog's Way Home
Poster of Blade Runner 2049
Poster of Miami Vice: The Prodigal Son
Poster of Blade Runner
Movie Chasing Wonders Unknown 2021-06-04
Movie Walking with Herb Joe Amable-Amo 2021-04-30
Movie The Devil Has a Name Santiago 2021-04-29
Movie The Blade Runner Phenomenon Self - Actor (Gaff) 2021-05-27
Movie Space Songs: Through the Distance Unknown 2020-04-30
Movie The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II Himself 2020-05-10
Movie A Dog's Way Home Axel 2019-01-10
Movie Windows on the World Balthazar 2019-04-28
Movie Imprisoned Hospicio 2019-09-12
Movie Carlos Almaraz: Playing With Fire Self 2019-05-01
Movie Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage Himself 2019-09-13
Movie Every Night's a Saturday Night Himself 2018-04-28
Movie The Eyes of Martin Castillo Martin Castillo (archive footage) 2018-08-20
Series Mayans M.C. Felipe Reyes 2018-09-04
Movie L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later Himself 2017-04-18
Movie LA 92 Himself (archive footage) 2017-04-28
Movie Blade Runner 2049 Gaff 2017-10-04
Movie Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 Gaff (voice) 2017-09-26
Movie Coco Chicharrón (voice) 2017-10-27
Movie El Americano: The Movie Gayo (voice) 2016-01-29
Movie Monday Nights at Seven Charlie 2016-10-08
Movie Unity Himself - Narrator (voice) 2015-08-12
Movie Agave is Life Narrator (voice) 2014-03-28
Series The Real History of Science Fiction Himself 2014-04-19
Movie Journey of a Female Comic Unknown 2014-05-02
Movie Filly Brown Leandro 2013-04-19
Movie A Bridge Apart (Voice) 2013-01-01
Movie 2 Guns Papi Greco 2013-08-02
Series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Robert Gonzales 2013-09-24
Movie Go for Sisters Freddy Suárez 2013-11-08
Movie The Green Hornet Michael Axford 2011-01-12
Movie America Mr. Irving 2011-03-10
Series Portlandia Unknown 2011-01-21
Movie I'm Still Here Himself 2010-09-10
Movie A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story Narrator 2009-02-23
Movie Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Commander William Adama 2009-10-27
Movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua Diablo (voice) 2008-10-03
Movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor Admiral William Adama 2007-11-12
Series Dave Navarro's Spread Unknown 2007-05-17
Movie Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner Himself 2007-12-18
Movie Recycled Life Narrator 2006-01-01
Movie Walkout Julian Nava 2006-03-18
Series Eureka First sled dog 2006-07-18
Series Dexter Unknown 2006-10-01
Movie Splinter Captain garcia 2006-08-17
Movie La Cerca Narrator / Old Niño 2005-05-04
Series The Batman Unknown 2004-09-11
Series Battlestar Galactica William Adama 2004-10-18
Series Battlestar Galactica Commander Adama 2003-12-08
Movie Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown Himself 2003-12-08
Series American Family Jess Gonzalez 2002-01-23
Series Greetings From Tucson Priest 2002-09-20
Series George Lopez Unknown 2002-03-27
Series The Judge Judge Armando Acosti 2001-05-06
Movie The Judge Unknown 2001-05-06
Movie In the Time of the Butterflies Trujillo 2001-10-21
Movie The Road to El Dorado Chief (voice) 2000-03-31
Movie Gossip Detective Curtis 2000-04-21
Movie The Princess and the Barrio Boy Nestor Garcia 2000-12-08
Movie Zapatista Narrator (voice) 1999-01-01
Movie Bonanno: A Godfather's Story Gaspar DiGregario (Young) 1999-07-25
Movie The Unfinished Journey Unknown 1999-12-31
Series The West Wing Roberto Mendoza 1999-09-22
Movie The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit Vamanos 1998-01-23
Movie The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Det. Anthony Piscotti 1998-02-01
Movie Selena Abraham Quintanilla 1997-03-21
Series Gun Father Santos 1997-04-12
Movie Hollywood Confidential Stan Navarro, Sr. 1997-04-14
Movie 12 Angry Men Juror 11 1997-08-17
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Movie Caught Joe 1996-01-24
Series Dead Man's Walk Captain Salazar 1996-05-12
Movie The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca Unknown 1996-11-09
Series The Rosie O'Donnell Show Unknown 1996-06-10
Movie The Limbic Region Lucca 1996-06-30
Movie Slave of Dreams Unknown 1995-01-01
Series 500 Nations Unknown 1995-04-20
Movie My Family Paco 1995-05-03
Movie Mirage Unknown 1995-11-21
Movie Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Musician at Barbecue 1994-05-13
Movie A Million to Juan The Angel 1994-05-15
Series Babylon 5 Unknown 1994-01-26
Movie The Burning Season Wilson Pinheiro 1994-09-17
Series The Magic School Bus Mr. Ramon 1994-09-10
Movie Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills Jose Menendez 1994-05-22
Movie Roosters Gallo Morales 1993-01-01
Movie American Me Montoya Santana 1992-03-13
Movie Talent for the Game Vergil Sweet 1991-04-26
Movie The Earth Day Special Unknown 1990-04-22
Movie Maria's Story José Serrano (voice) 1990-09-01
Movie Triumph of the Spirit Gypsy 1989-01-01
Series The Simpsons Pit Master (voice) 1989-12-17
Movie Stand and Deliver Jaime A. Escalante 1988-03-11
Series The Fortunate Pilgrim Frank Corbo 1988-04-03
Movie Saving Grace Ciolino 1986-05-02
Movie Miami Vice: The Prodigal Son Lieutenant Martin Castillo 1985-09-27
Series Miami Vice Martin Castillo 1984-09-16
Movie The Nightingale Prime Minister 1983-05-10
Movie The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez Gregorio Cortez 1983-08-19
Movie Blade Runner Gaff 1982-06-25
Series Faerie Tale Theatre Prime Minister 1982-09-11
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Movie 300 Miles for Stephanie Art Vela 1981-01-21
Movie Zoot Suit El Pachuco 1981-10-02
Movie Wolfen Eddie Holt 1981-07-24
Movie Virus Captain Lopez 1980-06-26
Movie Dead Angle Unknown 1979-07-04
Movie Evening in Byzantium Unknown 1978-08-14
Series The Fitzpatricks Unknown 1977-09-05
Movie Alambrista! 1st Drunk (as Edward Olmos) 1977-10-16
Series CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
Movie Aloha, Bobby and Rose Chicano #1 1975-04-29
Series The Blue Knight Clemente (as Ed Olmos) 1975-05-09
Series Starsky & Hutch Unknown 1975-09-10
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20