Edward James Olmos


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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 29 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Battlestar Galactica Admiral William Adama / Commander William Adama
(2004-2009)
(1982)
Stand and Deliver Jaime Escalante
(1988)
Selena Abraham Quintanilla
(1997)

Filmography

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  Walking with Herb (post-production)
Joe Amable-Amo
 2018-2019 Mayans M.C. (TV Series)
Felipe Reyes
- Camazotz (2019) ... Felipe Reyes
- Xaman-Ek (2019) ... Felipe Reyes
- Xbalanque (2019) ... Felipe Reyes
- Cuervo/Tz'ikb'uul (2018) ... Felipe Reyes
- Serpiente/Chikchan (2018) ... Felipe Reyes
 2019 The Devil Has a Name
Santiago
 2019 Windows on the World
Balthazar
 2018-2019 Elena of Avalor (TV Series)
King Pescoro
- Two Left Fins (2019) ... King Pescoro (voice)
- The Tides of Change (2018) ... King Pescoro (voice)
- Song of the Sirenas (2018) ... King Pescoro (voice)
 2019 A Dog's Way Home
Axel
 2018 Imprisoned
Hospicio
 2018 Mayans M.C. - Inside Season 1: The Mayans Table Read (Video short)
Felipe Reyes
 2018 Mayans M.C. - Inside Season 1: Meet the Brotherhood (Video short)
Felipe Reyes
 2018 Mayans M.C. - Inside Season 1: Latin Pride (Video short)
Felipe Reyes
 2017/I Coco
Chicharrón (voice)
 2017 Blade Runner 2049
Gaff
 2017 Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (Video short)
Gaff (voice)
 2017 Narcos (TV Series)
Chucho Peña
- Going Back to Cali (2017) ... Chucho Peña
- The Kingpin Strategy (2017) ... Chucho Peña
 2016 Urban Cowboy (TV Movie)
Al Robles
 2016 Monday Nights at Seven
Charlie
 2016 Americano
Gayo (voice)
 2015 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Pit Master
- 'Cue Detective (2015) ... Pit Master (voice)
 2015 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV Series)
Robert Gonzales
- Scars (2015) ... Robert Gonzales
- The Dirty Half Dozen (2015) ... Robert Gonzales
- Afterlife (2015) ... Robert Gonzales
- One Door Closes (2015) ... Robert Gonzales
- Love in the Time of Hydra (2015) ... Robert Gonzales
 2015 The Art of Human Salvage (Short)
Max
 2014 House of the Righteous (Short)
Mr. Lucy
 2013 2 Guns
Papi Greco
 2013 Go for Sisters
Freddy Suarez
 2012 Enduring Legacy (Short)
John Quincy Adams (voice)
 2012 Filly Brown
Leandro
 2012 Portlandia (TV Series)
Edward James Olmos
- One Moore Episode (2012) ... Edward James Olmos
 2011 Eureka (TV Series)
Rudy the Lead Sled Dog
- Do You See What I See (2011) ... Rudy the Lead Sled Dog (voice)
 2011 Dexter (TV Series)
Prof. James Gellar
- Ricochet Rabbit (2011) ... Prof. James Gellar
- Get Gellar (2011) ... Prof. James Gellar
- Sin of Omission (2011) ... Prof. James Gellar
- Nebraska (2011) ... Prof. James Gellar
- Just Let Go (2011) ... Prof. James Gellar
 2011 América
Mr. Irving
 2011 The Green Hornet
Axford
 2010 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Luther Devarro
- Sangre por Sangre (2010) ... Luther Devarro
 2010/I I'm Still Here
Edward James Olmos
 2009 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (Video)
Commander William Adama
 2004-2009 Battlestar Galactica (TV Series)
Admiral William Adama / Commander William Adama
- Daybreak: Part 2 (2009) ... Admiral William Adama
- Daybreak: Part 1 (2009) ... Admiral William Adama
- Islanded in a Stream of Stars (2009) ... Admiral William Adama
- Someone to Watch Over Me (2009) ... Admiral William Adama
- Deadlock (2009) ... Admiral William Adama
 2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua
El Diablo (voice)
 2008 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series)
William Adama - Top Ten Presenter
- Episode #15.85 (2008) ... William Adama - Top Ten Presenter (uncredited)
 2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor (TV Movie)
Admiral William Adama
 2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor Flashbacks (TV Mini-Series)
Commander William Adama
- Escape (2007) ... Commander William Adama
 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
- The Bat in the Belfry (2004) ... Chief Angel Rojas (voice)
 2003 Battlestar Galactica (TV Mini-Series)
Commander Adama
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... Commander Adama
- Episode #1.1 (2003) ... Commander Adama
 2003 Greetings from Tucson (TV Series)
Priest
- Sibling Rivalry (2003) ... Priest
 2002 Jack and Marilyn
Pasquel
 2002 American Family (TV Series)
Jess Gonzalez / Pancho Villa
- The Fighting Fridas (2002) ... Jess Gonzalez
- The Glass Ceiling (2002) ... Jess Gonzalez
- The Father (2002) ... Jess Gonzalez
- La Cama (2002) ... Jess Gonzalez
- The Forgotten War (2002) ... Jess Gonzalez
 2001 In the Time of the Butterflies (TV Movie)
Trujillo
 2001 The Judge (TV Mini-Series)
- Part Two (2001)
- Part One (2001)
 2000 The Princess & the Barrio Boy (TV Movie)
Nestor Garcia
 2000 Great Writers, Great Cities (TV Series)
Narrator
- Paco Taibo's Mexico City (2000) ... Narrator
 2000/I Gossip
Detective Curtis
 2000 The Road to El Dorado
Chief (voice)
 1999-2000 The West Wing (TV Series)
Judge Roberto Mendoza / Mendoza
- Celestial Navigation (2000) ... Judge Roberto Mendoza
- The Short List (1999) ... Mendoza
 1999 Bonanno: A Godfather's Story (TV Movie)
Salvatore Maranzano
 1998 The Wall (TV Movie)
Col. Holst
 1998 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Col. Victor Walls
- God and Country (1998) ... Col. Victor Walls
 1998 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (TV Movie)
Det. Anthony Piscotti
 1997 Selena Remembered (Video)
Narrator
 1997 12 Angry Men (TV Movie)
Juror #11
 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.
 1997 Selena
Abraham Quintanilla
 1996 The Crystal Skull (Video Game)
The Shaman
 1996 Death in Granada
Roberto Lozano
 1996 The Limbic Region (TV Movie)
Jon Lucca
 1996 Dead Man's Walk (TV Mini-Series)
Captain Salazar
- Episode #1.3 (1996) ... Captain Salazar
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... Captain Salazar
- Episode #1.1 (1996) ... Captain Salazar
 1996 Caught
Joe
 1995 Slave of Dreams (TV Movie)
Potiphar
 1995 Toto: I Will Remember (Video short)
 1995 The Magic School Bus (TV Series)
Mr. Ramon
- Going Batty (1995) ... Mr. Ramon (voice)
 1995 500 Nations (TV Mini-Series)
- Clash of Cultures (1995) ... (voice)
- The Ancestors (1995) ... (voice)
- Mexico (1995) ... (voice)
 1995 Mirage
Matteo Juarez
 1995 My Family
Paco
 1994 The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (TV Movie)
Wilson Pinheiro
 1994 Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (TV Movie)
Jose Menendez
 1994 A Million to Juan
The Angel
 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
 1990 The Earth Day Special (TV Special)
Hospital Director
 1989 Triumph of the Spirit
Gypsy
 1984-1989 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Lieutenant Martin Castillo / Castillo
- Too Much, Too Late (1989) ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo (credit only)
- Leap of Faith (1989) ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo (credit only)
- Miracle Man (1989) ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
- World of Trouble (1989) ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo (credit only)
- Freefall (1989) ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
 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
 1988 Stand and Deliver
Jaime Escalante
 1986 Saving Grace
Ciolino
 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
- Zen and the Art of Law Enforcement (1982) ... Joe Bustamonte
- Of Mouse and Man (1982) ... Joe Bustamonte
 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Prime Minister
- The Nightingale (1983) ... Prime Minister
 1982 The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
Gregorio Cortez
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Gregorio Cortez / Gen. Santa Anna
- The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) ... Gregorio Cortez
- Seguin (1982) ... Gen. Santa Anna
 1982 Blade Runner
Gaff
 1981 Zoot Suit
El Pachuco
 1981 Wolfen
Eddie Holt
 1981 300 Miles for Stephanie (TV Movie)
Art Vela
 1980 Day of Resurrection
Capt. Lopez (as Edward J. Olmos)
 1978 Evening in Byzantium (TV Mini-Series)
Angelo
- Part II (1978) ... Angelo
- Part I (1978) ... Angelo
 1978 CHiPs (TV Series)
Henry
- 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 Delvecchio (TV Series)
Luis Hemenez
- The High Price of Justice (1977) ... Luis Hemenez (as Edward J. Olmos)
 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)
Dancer
- Ready, Aim..... (1977) ... Dancer
 1977 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Julio Gutierez
- The Psychic (1977) ... Julio Gutierez (as Edward Jamesl Olmos)
 1976 Police Woman (TV Series)
Hawkins
- Sara Who? (1976) ... Hawkins (as Edward Olmos)
 1976 The Blue Knight (TV Series)
Clemente
- Mariachi (1976) ... Clemente (as Ed Olmos)
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Paco
- How Cruel the Frost, How Bright the Stars (1975) ... Paco (as Edward Olmos)
 1975 Bronk (TV Series)
Chico
- Bargain in Blood (1975) ... Chico (as Eddie Olmos)
- Echo of Danger (1975) ... Chico (as Eddie Olmos)
 1975 Aloha Bobby and Rose
Chicano #1 (as Eddie Olmos)
 1975 Bogard
Junkie in Bathroom (uncredited)
 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 ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

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

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Personal Quote:

[in 2000, on an ideal day getting away from it all] I would drive to Joshua Tree [National Park] 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 ... See more »

Trivia:

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. See more »

Trademark:

Rough facial features See more »

Nickname:

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Star Sign:

Pisces

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