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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 23 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Blade Runner
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica Admiral William Adama / Commander William Adama
Miami Vice
Miami Vice Lieutenant Martin Castillo
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 2016 Urban Cowboy (TV Movie)
Al Robles
 2015 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Pit Master
- 'Cue Detective (2015) ... Pit Master (voice)
 2011 Eureka (TV Series)
First sled dog
- Do You See What I See (2011) ... First sled dog (voice)
 2010 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Luther Devarro
- Sangre por Sangre (2010) ... Luther Devarro
 2007 George Lopez (TV Series)
Mr. Vega
 2006 Walkout (TV Movie)
Julian Nava
 2004 The Batman (TV Series)
Chief Angel Rojas
 2003 Greetings from Tucson (TV Series)
- Sibling Rivalry (2003) ... Priest
 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
 1998 The Wall (TV Movie)
Col. Holst
 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 The Limbic Region (TV Movie)
Jon Lucca
 1995 Slave of Dreams (TV Movie)
 1995 The Magic School Bus (TV Series)
Mr. Ramon
- Going Batty (1995) ... Mr. Ramon (voice)
 1995 500 Nations (TV Mini-Series)
- The Ancestors (1995) ... (voice)
- Mexico (1995) ... (voice)
- Clash of Cultures ... (voice)
 1994 The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (TV Movie)
Wilson Pinheiro
 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
 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
 1981 300 Miles for Stephanie (TV Movie)
Art Vela
 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 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)
 1974 Cannon (TV Series)
- The Exchange (1974) ... (as Edward Olmos)
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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


5' 8½" (1.74 m)

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On Miami Vice (1984) and Battlestar Galactica (2004): "Miami", although it took place among policemen, wasn't about reality. It exploited reality to entertain. "Battlestar" is another thing. Despite it being set in space, it deals with real stuff. See more »


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