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Acknowledged as the founder of modern Chicano theatre and film, Luis Valdez was born to migrant farm workers Francisco and Armida Valdez and spent his early life traveling with the family, working in the fields himself. He eventually found himself at San Jose State College, where his play "The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa" was staged in 1964. He ... See full bio »

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Adios Amor -- The Search for Maria Moreno (S3, Ep2)
Mon, Sep 20 4:00 PM PDT on KOCEDT4 (1269)
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The Pushouts (S3, Ep3)
Mon, Sep 20 5:00 PM PDT on KOCEDT4 (1269)

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La Bamba Director
(1987)
Zoot Suit Director
(1981)
(1988)
(1991)

Filmography

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 1994 The Cisco Kid (TV Movie)
 1991 Great Performances (TV Series) (1 episode)
- La pastorela (1991)
 1988 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Fort Figueroa (1988)
 1987 La Bamba
 1981 Zoot Suit
 1976 Visions (TV Series) (1 episode)
- El Corrido (1976)
 1969 I Am Joaquin (Documentary short)
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Other Works:

His play, "Zoot Suit," was performed on Broadway in New York City with Edward James Olmos in the cast. See more »

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2 Interviews | 2 Articles | See more »

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Lupe Trujillo-Valdez  (3 children)
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He was awarded the 2016 National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C. for his services to theatre and music. See more »

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