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Edward James Olmos

Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, Amiral William "Husker" Adama in Battlestar Galactica

Photos Edward James Olmos Birth name: Edward James Olmos
Birth date: 1947/02/24 (75 years old)
Birth place : East Los Angeles (USA)

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Biography for Edward James Olmos

If Edward James Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he'd have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered his life: rock music. By age 15 he was already an experienced rock singer, forming and reforming several "garage bands" along the way. During the late '60s and early '70s he played the most famous clubs on Sunset Strip, including Gazzarri's and The Factory. But a friend suggested that, with his flair for the dramatic, he consider a career in acting.

Throughout the seventies he divided his time between rock music gigs, acting classes, bit parts in TV, Off-off-off Broadway plays and his business of moving fine furniture (which kept body, soul and family together). His first big break was a starring role in Luis Valdez's play, "Zoot Suit", in 1978. The play moved to Broadway and led to a Tony nomination and great critical acclaim. Perhaps best known for his role as "Lt. Martin Castillo" in the NBC TV series, "Miami Vice" (1984) (1984-1989), he has been seen in numerous film and TV productions. He received an Accademy Award nomination for "best actor" for his starring role in Stand and Deliver (1988). Most notable of his recent offerings is _"American Me" (1992)_ , which was also his directing debut. But acting, directing and screenwriting are only parts of what he does. Olmos contends he would much rather be known as an activist than an actor. He devotes much of his time to causes, particularly those focusing on the needs and rights of children. He makes, on average, some 150 personal appearances a year to places where he can reach kids at risk; juvenile halls, detention centers, boys/girls clubs, schools. Anywhere he can get across his message that "we all have a choice" about where life takes us. He stresses the importance of education, the risks of gang life and tries to promote the notion of taking responsibility for one's own actions and one's own happiness in life. Using his own "disadvantaged background" as an example (he grew up in East Los Angeles, infamous for its gang problems), he tells the kids, "If I can do it, so can you". And he tries to point them in a positive direction. He has served as an ambassador for UNICEF and has received numerous accolaids for his activism. He will long be remembered for getting out in the thick if the L.A. Riots of 1992 with his broom: one calm, reasonable presence in the midst of chaos and gunfire. Olmos was married to actress Lorraine Bracco. Between them they have 6 children, ages 10 - 25.


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Title Role
Battlestar Galactica (2003 TV mini-series) Commander William Adama
Jack and Marilyn (2002) Pasquel, Producteur, RĂ©alisateur
Intimate Portrait: Jennifer Lopez (2002 Documentaire TV) Lui-mĂȘme
Inside the Playboy Mansion (2002 Documentaire TV) Lui-mĂȘme
American Family (2002 Serie TV) Jess Gonzalez
Miami Vice: The E! True Hollywood Story (2001 TV special) Lui-mĂȘme
In the Time of the Butterflies (2001 Téléfilm) Trujillo
The Judge (2001 Téléfilm) Judge Armando Acosta
ESPY Awards (2000 TV special) Actor
The Princess and the Barrio Boy (2000 Téléfilm) Nestor Garcia
Gossip (2000/I) Detective Curtis
The Road to El Dorado (2000) Chief (voice)
Americanos: Latino Life in the United States (2000 documentary) Producteur
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (1999 TV special documentary) Lui-mĂȘme
Kennedy Center Presents: The Americanos Concert (1999 TĂ©lĂ©film) Lui-mĂȘme Narrator
The Dream Center: Hope for the Inner City (1999) (Invité)
The Unfinished Journey (1999 documentary short) Narration (voice)
Zapatista (1999 documentary) Narrator
Bonanno: A Godfather's Story (1999 Téléfilm) Salvatore Maranzano
The Story of Fathers & Sons (1999 Documentaire TV) Lui-mĂȘme
The Wall (1998/I Téléfilm) Col. Holst
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998 Téléfilm) Det. Anthony Piscotti
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) Vamanos
Latino Laugh Festival (1997 Téléfilm) Actor
Selena Remembered (1997 video) Narrator
12 Angry Men (1997 Téléfilm) Juror #11
Prophecies of the Millennium (1997 Téléfilm) Invité
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997) Roberto Lozano
Hollywood Confidential (1997 Téléfilm) Stan Navarro, Sr.
Selena (1997) Abraham Quintanilla
The Limbic Region (1996 Téléfilm) Jon Lucca
Dead Man's Walk (1996 TV mini-series) Captain Salazar
Caught (1996) Joe
Mirage (1995) Matteo Juarez
Slave of Dreams (1995 Téléfilm) Potiphar
Songs of the Homeland (1995 Documentaire TV) Lui-mĂȘme/InvitĂ©
My Family (1995) Pacos
500 Nations (1995 TV mini-series) Actor (voice)
The Burning Season (1994 Téléfilm) Wilson Pinheiro
Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (1994 Téléfilm) Jose Menendez
A Million to Juan (1994) The Angel
Lives in Hazard (1994 TĂ©lĂ©film) Lui-mĂȘme, Executive Producteur
Roosters (1993) Gallo
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) Musician at Barbecue
Good Cop, Bad Kid (1993 Documentaire TV) Invité
The 64th Annual Academy Awards (1992 TV special) Lui-mĂȘme
American Me (1992) Montoya Santana, Producteur, RĂ©alisateur
Talent for the Game (1991) Virgil Sweet
Father/Son (1990 documentary) Invité
Triumph of the Spirit (1989) Gypsy
The Fortunate Pilgrim (1988 TV mini-series) Frank Corbo
Stand and Deliver (1988) Jaime A. Escalante
Saving Grace (1985) Ciolino
Miami Vice (1984 Serie TV) Lieutenant Martin Castillo, RĂ©alisateur
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982 Téléfilm) Gregorio Cortez, Associate Producteur, Composer
Blade Runner (1982) Gaff
Seguin (1982 Téléfilm) Gen. Santa Anna
Zoot Suit (1981) El Pachuco
Wolfen (1981) Eddie Holt
Three Hundred Miles for Stephanie (1981 Téléfilm) Art Vela
Day of Resurrection (1980) Lopez
Evening in Byzantium (1978 Téléfilm) Angelo
The Illegal (1977) Drunken Man
Aloha, Bobby and Rose (1975) Actor


Drives a red Porsche Turbo, which he bought in Miami at a sale of articles confiscated in drug-busts. "He got 30 years. I got the car!"

Sentenced to 20 days in prison for trespassing in April of 2000 on US Navy land on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. Olmos & others were protesting the use of the island as a bombing test ground. President Bush promised to end the testing in 2003. [10 August 2001]

Was considered for the part of Klingon Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), but lost the role to Christopher Lloyd because Lloyd was taller.

Gained twenty pounds and thinned his hair to prepare for the role of Jamie Escalante in Stand and Deliver.

Former son-in-law of the late actor Howard Keel.

Was nominated for Broadway's 1979 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for "Zoot Suit," a part he recreated in the film version of the same name, Zoot Suit (1981).


Il conduit une Porsche Turbo rouge, achetée à une vente de biens saisis dans des affaires de drogues : "Il a pri 30 ans, j'ai pris sa Porsche !"

Citation dans le dictionnaire des citations : "L'Ă©ducation est le seul vaccin contre la violence."


Spouse : Lorraine Bracco (28 January 1994 - 4 March 2002) (divorced), Kaija Keel (29 December 1971 - 1992) (divorced) 2 children.

Father of Mico Olmos and Bodie Olmos.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by stals
  • Last update: 01/05/2007 by abdest

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