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Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eleanor (Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a mail carrier and welder. His family was of Mexican descent. If Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he would have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered his life: rock music. By age 15, he was already an... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Blade Runner
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica Admiral William Adama / Commander William Adama / Adm. William Adama
Miami Vice
Miami Vice Lieutenant Martin Castillo
2 Guns
2 Guns Papi Greco


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 2017 Windows on the World (filming)
 2017/I Coco (filming)
Chicharron (voice)
 2017 Mayans MC (TV Series) (pre-production)
Felipe Reyes
- 2017 Pilot (2017) ... Felipe Reyes
 2016 Monday Nights at Seven
 2016 Americano
Gayo (voice)
 2016 Urban Cowboy (TV Movie)
Al Robles
 2015 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Pit Master
- 'Cue Detective (2015) ... Pit Master (voice)
 2015 The Art of Human Salvage (Short)
 2014 House of the Righteous (Short)
Mr. Lucy
 2013 Go for Sisters
Freddy Suarez
 2012 Filly Brown
 2012 Enduring Legacy (Short)
John Quincy Adams (voice)
 2011 América
Mr. Irving
 2010 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Luther Devarro
- Sangre por Sangre (2010) ... Luther Devarro
 2010/I I'm Still Here
Edward James Olmos
 2009 A Class Apart
 2007 George Lopez (TV Series)
Mr. Vega
 2006/I Splinter
Captain Garcia
 2006 Walkout (TV Movie)
Julian Nava
 2005 La cerca (Short)
Narrator / Old Niño
 2004 The Batman (TV Series)
Chief Angel Rojas
 2003 Greetings from Tucson (TV Series)
- Sibling Rivalry (2003) ... Priest
 2002 Jack and Marilyn
 2001 The Judge (TV Movie)
Judge Armando Acosta
 2000 The Princess & the Barrio Boy (TV Movie)
Nestor Garcia
 2000 Great Writers, Great Cities (TV Series)
- Paco Taibo's Mexico City (2000) ... Narrator
 2000 The Road to El Dorado
Chief (voice)
 1998 The Wall (TV Movie)
Col. Holst
 1997 Selena Remembered (Video)
 1997 12 Angry Men (TV Movie)
Juror #11
 1997 Prophecies of the Millennium (TV Movie)
 1995-1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Fisherman / El Murcielago / Rey Emiliano
- The Fisherman and His Wife (1997) ... Fisherman (voice)
- Thumbelina (1997) ... El Murcielago (voice)
- Cinderella (1995) ... Rey Emiliano (voice)
 1997 Gun (TV Series)
Father Santos
- Father John (1997) ... Father Santos
 1997 Hollywood Confidential (TV Movie)
Stan Navarro, Sr.
 1996 Death in Granada
Roberto Lozano
 1996 The Limbic Region (TV Movie)
Jon Lucca
 1996 Caught
 1996 The Crystal Skull (Video Game)
The Shaman
 1995 Slave of Dreams (TV Movie)
 1995 The Magic School Bus (TV Series)
Mr. Ramon
- Going Batty (1995) ... Mr. Ramon (voice)
 1995 My Family
 1995 500 Nations (TV Mini-Series)
- The Ancestors (1995) ... (voice)
- Mexico (1995) ... (voice)
- Clash of Cultures ... (voice)
 1995 Mirage
Matteo Juarez
 1994 The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (TV Movie)
Wilson Pinheiro
 1993 Roosters
Gallo Morales
 1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Musician at Barbecue (uncredited)
 1992 American Me
Montoya Santana
 1991 Talent for the Game
Virgil Sweet
 1989 Triumph of the Spirit
 1988 The Fortunate Pilgrim (TV Mini-Series)
Frank Corbo
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Frank Corbo
- The Fortunate Pilgrim (1988) ... Frank Corbo
- The Fortunate Pilgrim (1988) ... Frank Corbo
 1986 Saving Grace
 1984 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Mito (English version, voice)
 1982-1984 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Joe Bustamonte / Judge Cruz
- Parting Is Such Sweep Sorrow (1984) ... Judge Cruz
 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Prime Minister
- The Nightingale (1983) ... Prime Minister
 1982 The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
Gregorio Cortez
 1981 Zoot Suit
El Pachuco
 1981 300 Miles for Stephanie (TV Movie)
Art Vela
 1980 Day of Resurrection
Capt. Lopez (as Edward J. Olmos)
 1978 Evening in Byzantium (TV Movie)
 1978 CHiPs (TV Series)
- Flashback! (1978) ... Henry
 1977-1978 Police Story (TV Series)
Bill / Cordova
- River of Promises (1978) ... Bill
- Trigger Point (1977) ... Cordova
 1978 The Fitzpatricks (TV Series)
Don Vasquez
- A Living Wage (1978) ... Don Vasquez
 1977 Rafferty (TV Series)
- The Epidemic (1977)
 1977 Alambrista!
1st Drunk (as Edward Olmos)
 1977 Visions (TV Series)
First Drunk
- Alambrista! (1977) ... First Drunk
 1977 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
- Ready, Aim..... (1977) ... Dancer
 1977 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Julio Gutierez
- The Psychic (1977) ... Julio Gutierez (as Edward Jamesl Olmos)
 1977 Delvecchio (TV Series)
Luis Hemenez
- The High Price of Justice (1977) ... Luis Hemenez (as Edward J. Olmos)
 1976 Police Woman (TV Series)
- Sara Who? (1976) ... Hawkins (as Edward Olmos)
 1976 The Blue Knight (TV Series)
- Mariachi (1976) ... Clemente (as Ed Olmos)
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
- How Cruel the Frost, How Bright the Stars (1975) ... Paco (as Edward Olmos)
 1975 Aloha, Bobby and Rose
Chicano #1 (as Eddie Olmos)
 1974 Cannon (TV Series)
- The Exchange (1974) ... (as Edward Olmos)
 1974 Bogard
Junkie in Bathroom (uncredited)
Show Show Producer (15 credits)
Show Show Director (6 credits)
Show Show Composer (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Thanks (5 credits)
Show Show Self (156 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (5 credits)

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Public Service Announcement (PSA) TV commercial "Great Futures Start Here" for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Wesley Clark, Mario Lopez, John Paul DeJoria, Jackie Joyner, Kerry Washington, Martin Sheen, Sugar Ray Leonard, Smokey Robinson, Magic Johnson, Cuba Gooding... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Eddie Olmos | Edward J. Olmos | Edward Jamesl Olmos | Edward Olmos | Ed Olmos


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(2000, on an ideal day getting away from it all) I would drive to Joshua Tree and spend the night there in my sleeping bag. The desert--it's spiritual and Joshua Tree has some wonderful flatlands and rock formations. There are places to stay too, little hotels. But sleeping outside is what's wonderful. It's so darkly clear, and there's no light from the city so the stars are very impressive. See more »


Says that he is of Aztec and Spanish ancestry. His father was a Mexican immigrant, and his mother was American-born, and of Mexican descent. See more »


Frequently plays men of authority and/or power who inspire and enlighten those beneath him See more »


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