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Edward James Olmos

1947-02-24 Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Image of 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.


The Devil Has a Name Santiago 2021-04-29
Das Phänomen Blade Runner Self - Actor (Gaff) 2021-05-27
Walking with Herb Joe Amable-Amo 2021-04-30
Chasing Wonders 2021-06-04
The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II Himself 2020-05-10
Space Songs: Through the Distance 2020-04-30
Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage Himself 2019-09-13
A Dog's Way Home Axel 2019-01-10
Windows on the World Balthazar 2019-04-28
Carlos Almaraz: Playing With Fire Self 2019-05-01
Imprisoned Hospicio 2019-09-12
Every Night's a Saturday Night Himself 2018-04-28
The Eyes of Martin Castillo Martin Castillo (archive footage) 2018-08-20
L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later Himself 2017-04-18
Coco Chicharrón (voice) 2017-10-27
ブレードランナー ブラックアウト 2022 Gaff (voice) 2017-09-26
LA 92 Himself (archive footage) 2017-04-28
Blade Runner 2049 Gaff 2017-10-04
Monday Nights at Seven Charlie 2016-10-08
El Americano: The Movie Gayo (voice) 2016-01-29
Unity Himself - Narrator (voice) 2015-08-12
Journey of a Female Comic 2014-05-02
Agave is Life Narrator (voice) 2014-03-28
Go for Sisters Freddy Suárez 2013-11-08
Filly Brown Leandro 2013-04-19
2 Guns Papi Greco 2013-08-02
A Bridge Apart (Voice) 2013-01-01
América Mr. Irving 2011-03-10
The Green Hornet Michael Axford 2011-01-12
I'm Still Here Himself 2010-09-10
A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story Narrator 2009-02-23
Battlestar Galactica: The Last Frakkin' Special Self 2009-03-16
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Commander William Adama 2009-10-27
Beverly Hills Chihuahua Diablo (voice) 2008-10-03
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner Himself 2007-12-18
Battlestar Galactica: Razor Admiral William Adama 2007-11-12
Splinter Captain garcia 2006-08-17
Walkout Julian Nava 2006-03-18
Recycled Life Narrator 2006-01-01
La Cerca Narrator / Old Niño 2005-05-04
In the Time of the Butterflies Trujillo 2001-10-21
The Judge 2001-05-06
Gossip Detective Curtis 2000-04-21
The Road to El Dorado Chief (voice) 2000-03-31
The Princess and the Barrio Boy Nestor Garcia 2000-12-08
The Unfinished Journey 1999-12-31
Zapatista Narrator (voice) 1999-01-01
Bonanno: A Godfather's Story Gaspar DiGregario (Young) 1999-07-25
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Det. Anthony Piscotti 1998-02-01
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit Vamanos 1998-01-23
12 Angry Men Juror 11 1997-08-17
Hollywood Confidential Stan Navarro, Sr. 1997-04-14
Selena Abraham Quintanilla 1997-03-21
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca 1996-11-09
Caught Joe 1996-01-24
The Limbic Region Lucca 1996-06-30
Slave of Dreams 1995-01-01
My Family Paco 1995-05-03
Mirage Matteo Juarez 1995-11-21
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Musician at Barbecue 1994-05-13
A Million to Juan The Angel 1994-05-15
The Burning Season Wilson Pinheiro 1994-09-17
Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills Jose Menendez 1994-05-22
Roosters Gallo Morales 1993-01-01
American Me Montoya Santana 1992-03-13
Talent for the Game Vergil Sweet 1991-04-26
Maria's Story José Serrano (voice) 1990-09-01
The Earth Day Special Hospital Director 1990-04-22
Triumph of the Spirit Gypsy 1989-12-08
Stand and Deliver Jaime A. Escalante 1988-03-11
Saving Grace Ciolino 1986-05-02
Miami Vice: The Prodigal Son Lieutenant Martin Castillo 1985-09-27
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez Gregorio Cortez 1983-08-19
The Nightingale Prime Minister 1983-05-10
Blade Runner Gaff 1982-06-25
Zoot Suit El Pachuco 1981-10-02
Wolfen Eddie Holt 1981-07-24
300 Miles for Stephanie Art Vela 1981-01-21
復活の日 Captain Lopez 1980-06-26
白昼の死角 1979-07-04
Evening in Byzantium 1978-08-14
¡Alambrista! 1st Drunk (as Edward Olmos) 1977-10-16
Aloha, Bobby and Rose Chicano #1 1975-04-29