Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

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    • February 24th, 1947
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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Acting (46 Credits)

2019A Dog's Way Home as Axel
2019The Devil Has a Name as Santiago
2018Mayans M.C. as Felipe Reyes
2017Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 as Gaff (voice)
2017Blade Runner 2049 as Gaff
2017Coco as Chicharrón (voice)
2013Go for Sisters as Freddy Suárez
20132 Guns as Papi Greco
2012Filly Brown as Leandro
2011The Green Hornet as Michael Axford
2009Battlestar Galactica: The Plan as Commander William Adama
2008Beverly Hills Chihuahua as Diablo (voice)
2007Battlestar Galactica: Razor as Admiral William Adama
2006Splinter as Captain garcia
2006Walkout as Julian Nava
2004Battlestar Galactica (2003) as William Adama
2003Battlestar Galactica as Commander Adama
2001In the Time of the Butterflies as Trujillo
2000The Road to El Dorado as Chief (voice)
2000Gossip as Detective Curtis
1999Bonanno: A Godfather's Story as Gaspar DiGregario (Young)
1998The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit as Vamanos
1998The Taking of Pelham One Two Three as Det. Anthony Piscotti
1997Selena as Abraham Quintanilla
199712 Angry Men as Juror 11
1996Caught as Joe
1996Death in Granada
1996Dead Man's Walk as Captain Salazar
1995My Family as Paco
1994The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story as Wilson Pinheiro
1994A Million to Juan as The Angel
1994The Magic School Bus as Mr. Ramon
1993Even Cowgirls Get the Blues as Musician at Barbecue
1992American Me as Montoya Santana
1991Talent for the Game as Vergil Sweet
1989Triumph of the Spirit as Gypsy
1988Stand and Deliver as Jaime A. Escalante
1986Saving Grace as Ciolino
1985Miami Vice: The Prodigal Son as Lieutenant Martin Castillo
1984Miami Vice as Martin Castillo
1982Blade Runner as Gaff
1981Zoot Suit as El Pachuco
1981Wolfen as Eddie Holt
1980Day of Resurrection as Captain LopezWatch Free
1977Alambrista! as 1st Drunk (as Edward Olmos)
1975Aloha Bobby and Rose as Chicano #1

Himself (4 Credits)

2017LA 92 as Himself (archive footage)
2015Unity as Himself - Narrator (voice)Watch Free
2010I'm Still Here as Himself
2007Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner as Himself


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