Biography

Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is a Mexican American actor and director. Among his most memorable roles are William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, patriarch Abraham Quintanilla in the film Selena, Detective Gaff in Blade Runner, and narrator El Pachuco in both the stage and film versions of Zoot Suit. Description above from the Wikipedia article Edward James Olmos, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is a Mexican American actor and director. Among his most memorable roles are William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, patriarch Abraham Quintanilla in the film Selena, Detective Gaff in Blade Runner, and narrator El Pachuco in both the stage and film versions of Zoot Suit. Description above from the Wikipedia article Edward James Olmos, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 97

Birthday 1947-02-24

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

500 Nations(11 episodes)
2018 The Predator
2017 Coco as Chicharron (voice)
2017 Blade Runner 2049 as Gaff
2017 Blade Runner 2022: Black Out as Gaff (voice)
2017 The Nineties(7 episodes) as Himself
2017 LA 92 as Himself (Archive Footage)
2017 L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later as Himself
2016 Americano as Gayo
2015 Unity as Himself - Narrator (voice)
2014 Journey of a Female Comic
2013 Go for Sisters as Freddy Suárez
2013 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(5 episodes) as Robert Gonzales
2013 2 Guns as Papi Greco
2013 Filly Brown as Leandro
2013 A Bridge Apart as (Voice)
2011 America as Mr. Irving
2011 The Green Hornet as Michael Axford
2010 I'm Still Here as Himself
2009 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan as Commander William Adama
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua as Diablo (voice)
2007 Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner as Himself
2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor as Admiral William Adama
2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor Flashbacks(7 episodes) as Commander William Adama
2007 Dave Navarro's Spread(1 episode)
2006 Dexter(12 episodes) as Professor James Gellar
2006 Splinter as Captain garcia
2006 Eureka(1 episode) as First sled dog
2006 Walkout as Julian Nava
2006 Recycled Life as Narrator
2005 La Cerca as Narrator / Old Niño
2004 Battlestar Galactica(74 episodes) as William Adama
2004 The Batman(1 episode)
2003 Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown as Himself
2003 Battlestar Galactica as Commander Adama
2002 Greetings from Tucson(1 episode) as Priest
2002 George Lopez(1 episode)
2002 American Family(37 episodes) as Jess Gonzalez
2001 In the Time of the Butterflies as Trujillo
2001 The Judge
2000 The Princess and the Barrio Boy as Nestor Garcia
2000 Gossip as Detective Curtis
2000 The Road to El Dorado as Chief (voice)
1999 The West Wing(2 episodes) as Roberto Mendoza
1999 Bonanno: A Godfather's Story as Gaspar DiGregario (Young)
1999 Zapatista as Narrator
1998 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three as Det. Anthony Piscotti
1998 The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit as Vamanos
1997 12 Angry Men as Juror 11
1997 Hollywood Confidential as Stan Navarro, Sr.
1997 Gun(6 episodes) as Father Santos
1997 Selena as Abraham Quintanilla
1996 The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca
1996 The Limbic Region as Lucca
1996 Dead Man's Walk(3 episodes) as Captain Salazar
1996 Dead Man's Walk as Capitán Salazar
1996 E! True Hollywood Story(1 episode)
1996 Caught as Joe
1995 Mirage
1995 My Family as Paco
1995 Slave of Dreams
1994 The Magic School Bus(52 episodes) as Mr. Ramon
1994 Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills as Jose Menendez
1994 A Million to Juan as The Angel
1994 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues as Musician at Barbecue
1994 Babylon 5(1 episode)
1993 Roosters as Gallo Morales
1992 American Me as Montoya Santana
1991 Talent for the Game as Vergil Sweet
1990 The Earth Day Special
1990 Maria's Story as Narrator (voice)
1989 Triumph of the Spirit as Gypsy
1988 Stand and Deliver as Jaime A. Escalante
1986 Saving Grace as Ciolino
1984 Miami Vice(114 episodes) as Lieutenant Martin Castillo
1983 The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez as Boone Chate
1983 The Nightingale as Prime Minister
1982 Faerie Tale Theatre(1 episode)
1982 Blade Runner as Gaff
1982 American Playhouse(70 episodes) as Gen. Santa Anna
1981 Zoot Suit as El Pachuco
1981 Wolfen as Eddie Holt
1981 Hill Street Blues(3 episodes)
1980 Virus as Captain Lopez
1979 Dead Angle
1977 Alambrista! as 1st Drunk (as Edward Olmos)
1977 CHiPs(1 episode)
1977 The Fitzpatricks(1 episode)
1976 Visions(39 episodes) as First Drunk
1975 Starsky & Hutch(1 episode)
1975 The Blue Knight(1 episode) as Clemente (as Ed Olmos)
1975 Aloha, Bobby and Rose as Chicano #1
1974 Police Woman(1 episode)
1973 Kojak(1 episode)
1973 Police Story(1 episode)
1971 Cannon(1 episode)
1968 Hawaii Five-O(1 episode)

Directing

2009 Battlestar Galactica: The PlanDirector
2006 WalkoutDirector
2004 Battlestar Galactica(6 episodes)Director
1992 American MeDirector
1984 Miami Vice(2 episodes)Director

Production

1992 American MeProducer

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