Edward James Olmos young
February 24, 1947
Salt and Pepper
5 ft 9 in | 175 cm
80 kg | 176 lbs
Edward James Olmos was born in East Los Angeles, California, United States, on February 24, 1947, is an American actor.
Young Edward James Olmos first started his career as a rock singer.
He was lead singer for a band "Pacific Ocean" and performed at various clubs in Los Angeles.
He began his acting career in television and Off-off-off Broadway plays.
He landed his first break as the mythical narrator El Pachuco in a play "Zoot Suit" (1978) at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
He was nominated for the Tony Award for best featured actor in a play in the Broadway production "Zoot Suit", at the Winter Garden Theater (1979).
He made his big screen debut in blaxploitation film Black Fist (1974) in uncredited role as Junkie in Bathroom.
He got his television debut in ABC detective series Cannon (1974) in episode "The Exchange", in role as Unnamed Character.
Edward's breakthrough performance came as Lt. Martin Castillo in NBC crime drama television series Miami Vice (1984–1990).
Walking with Herb (2020) comedy in role as Joe Amable-Amo, with George Lopez and Kathleen Quinlan
A Dog's Way Home (2019) family adventure in role as Axel, opposite Ashley Judd and Jonah Hauer-King
Windows on the World (2019) drama in role as Balthazar, with Ryan Guzman and René Auberjonois
The Devil Has a Name (2019) dark comedy in role as Santiago, opposite David Strathairn, Alfred Molina and Kate Bosworth
He was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Jaime Escalante in drama film Stand and Deliver (1998).
He won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film for his role as Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. in biographical musical drama movie Selena (1997).
Blade Runner (1982) science fiction opposite Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) science fiction in role as Gaff (Cameo)
12 Angry Men (1997) drama with Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott and Hume Cronyn
Wolfen (1981) crime horror opposite Albert Finney, Diane Venora and Gregory Hines
American Me (1992) crime drama with William Forsythe and Danny De La Paz
Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007) and Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009) science fiction in role as William Adama
Triumph of the Spirit (1989) biographical drama opposite Willem Dafoe, Robert Loggia and Wendy Gazelle
Virus (1980) post-apocalyptic science fiction with Olivia Hussey, George Kennedy and Glenn Ford
Zoot Suit (1981) musical drama opposite Daniel Valdez, Charles Aidman and Tyne Daly
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998) thriller crime with Vincent D'Onofrio and Donnie Wahlberg
Caught (1996) thriller opposite Arie Verveen, María Conchita Alonso and Bitty Schram
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) Western with James Gammon, Tom Bower and Bruce McGill
In the Time of the Butterflies (2001) drama thriller opposite Salma Hayek and Marc Anthony
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1996) biographical drama with Andy Garcia and Esai Morales
Talent for the Game (1991) sport drama opposite Lorraine Bracco, Terry Kinney and Jamey Sheridan
Hollywood Confidential (1997) drama thriller with Charlize Theron and Evelina Fernandez
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) comedy opposite Joe Mantegna and Esai Morales
Splinter (2006) thriller action with Tom Sizemore and Noel Gugliemi
Filly Brown (2012) drama opposite Gina Rodriguez, Jenni Rivera and Lou Diamond Phillips
He won the Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Lt. Martin Castillo in NBC crime drama television series Miami Vice (1984–1990).
He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Wilson Pinheiro in television drama movie The Burning Season (1994).
He won the Saturn Award for Best Actor and three ALMA Awards for Outstanding Actor for his performance came as William Adama in military science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009).
He was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television for his performance as Professor Gellar in Showtime crime drama mystery series Dexter (2011).
Hill Street Blues (1982) NBC police drama series in role as Joe Bustamonte
The Fortunate Pilgrim (1998) drama miniseries in role as Frank Corbo
American Family (2002-2004) PBS drama series in role as Jess Gonzalez
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015) ABC television series in role as Robert Gonzales
Narcos (2017) Netflix crime drama series in role as Chucho Peña
Mayans M.C. (2018- ) FX crime drama series in role as Felipe Reyes
He voiced King Pescoro in Disney Channel animated adventure series Elena of Avalor (2018-2019).
Graduated from Montebello High School in Montebello, CA (1964).
Graduated from California State University-Los Angeles.
Has Mexican descent.
Featured in music video for Toto "I Will Remember" (1995).
He voiced Chicharrón in animated fantasy film Coco (2017) and Chief Tannabok in animated adventure musical comedy movie The Road to El Dorado (2000).
He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from California State University, Fresno in 1996.
He co-founded the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and non-profit organization "Latino Literacy Now" in 1997.
He voiced Gaff in tech-noir cyberpunk anime short film Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (2017) and Gayo "El Jefe" in animated family movie Americano (2016).
Supporter of SENS Research Foundation.
He founded "Latino Public Broadcasting" (1998) and serves as its chairman.
He has four adopted children: Daniela, Michael, Brandon and Tamiko.
He was married to:
Kaija Keel (1971-1992) they have two children, Bodie and Mico
Lorraine Bracco (1994-2002)
Lymari Nadal (2002-2013)
I learned to discipline myself to do things I didn't want to do.
I think in Vice and American Me I played very silent, rigid characters and people remember them.
I want to show how strong I am from my roots.
And I've been acting for 39 years, so I define characters differently than I did in say Miami Vice.
There is no way that we know what is going on between the African American and the Asian American. We don't understand what an Indigenous American is. We don't understand what a Latino American is.
Education is the key. But it's the kind of education that we teach that is the key. We don't have it.