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Admiral William “Husker” Adama is an iconic hero in sci-fi history, leading the human race back from the brink of extinction in Battlestar Galactica. The Sci-Fi Expo, presented by Dallas Comic-Con, had the distinct pleasure of hosting actor Edward James Olmos along with co-stars Tricia Helfer and James Callis earlier this month. In the Battlestar Galactica panel, Olmos talked about how he was cast for the role of Adama, what would kill his character (it’s literally written in his contract), and how he knew this was an incredible project.

Edward James Olmos: “I was very fortunate. They offered me the role after Ron Moore and David Eick sat in a room saying, ‘We need to get somebody like Edward James Olmos [for the role.]’

[laughter from the crowd]

And that’s really what happened. Ron says, ‘Well, why don’t we ask him?’ They said, ‘Well, he turned down Star Trek.’ So they asked me »

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