Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is an American actor, director, producer, and activist. He is best known for his roles as Lieutenant Martin "Marty" Castillo in Miami Vice (1984-1989), William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver (1988), and Detective Gaff in Blade Runner (1982) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). In 2018, he played the father of a gang member in the FX series, Mayans MC.
For his work in Miami Vice, Olmos won the 1985 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. For his performance in Stand and Deliver, Olmos was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Over the course of his career, Olmos has been a pioneer for more diversified roles and images of Hispanics in the U.S. media. His notable direction, production, and starring roles for films, made-for-TV movies, and TV shows include Wolfen, Triumph of the Spirit, Talent for the Game, American Me, The Burning Season, My Family/Mi Familia, Caught, 12 Angry Men, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, Walkout, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, American Family, and Dexter.
Edward James Olmos
Olmos at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Edward Huizar Olmos
February 24, 1947
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Children||6, including Bodie Olmos|
Olmos was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the son of Eleanor (née Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a welder and mail carrier. His father was a Mexican immigrant who moved to California in 1945 and his mother was Mexican American. His parents split up when he was 7 years old, and he was primarily raised by his great-grandparents as his parents worked. He grew up wanting to be a professional baseball player, and at age 13 joined the Los Angeles Dodgers' farm system, playing as a catcher. He left baseball at age 15 to join a rock and roll band, which caused a rift with his father, who was hurt by the decision.
He graduated from Montebello High School in 1964. While at Montebello High School, he lost a race for Student Body President to future California Democratic Party Chair Art Torres. In his teen years, he was the lead singer for a band he named Pacific Ocean, so called because it was to be "the biggest thing on the West Coast". For several years, Pacific Ocean performed at various clubs in and around Los Angeles, and released their only record, Purgatory, in 1968. At the same time, he attended classes at East Los Angeles College, including courses in acting.
In the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Olmos branched out from music into acting, appearing in many small productions, until his big break portraying the narrator, called "El Pachuco," in the play Zoot Suit, which dramatized the World War II-era rioting in California brought about by the tensions between Mexican-Americans and local police. (See Zoot Suit Riots.) The play moved to Broadway, and Olmos earned a Tony Award nomination. He subsequently took the role to the filmed version in 1981, and appeared in many other films including Wolfen, Blade Runner and The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.
In 1980, Olmos was cast in the post-apocalyptic science fiction film Virus (復活の日 Fukkatsu no Hi), directed by Kinji Fukasaku and based on a novel written by Sakyo Komatsu. His role required him to play a piano while singing a Spanish ballad during the later part of the film. Although not a box office success, Virus was notable for being the most expensive Japanese film ever made at the time.
From 1984 to 1989, he starred in his biggest role up to that date as the taciturn police Lieutenant Martin Castillo in the television series Miami Vice, opposite Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas, for which he was awarded a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 1985. At this time, Olmos also starred in a short training video for the United States Postal Service entitled Was it Worth It?, a video about theft in the workplace. He was contacted about playing the captain of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) on Star Trek: The Next Generation when it was in pre-production in 1986, but declined.
Returning to film, Olmos became the first American-born Hispanic to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, in Stand and Deliver, for his portrayal of real-life math teacher, Jaime Escalante. He directed and starred in American Me in 1992, and also starred in My Family/Mi Familia, a multi-generational story of a Chicano family. He had a slight appearance in the video of the American rock band Toto, "I Will Remember" (1995), where he can be seen with the also actor Miguel Ferrer. In 1997, he starred alongside Jennifer Lopez in the film Selena. Olmos played Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo in the 2001 movie In the Time of the Butterflies. He also had a recurring role as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roberto Mendoza in the NBC drama The West Wing. From 2002 to 2004, he starred as a recently widowed father of a Hispanic L.A.-family in the PBS drama American Family: Journey of Dreams.
From 2003 to 2009, he starred as Commander William Adama in the Sci-Fi Channel's reimagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries, and in the television series that followed. He directed four episodes of the show, "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down" (1.9), "Taking a Break from All Your Worries" (3.13), "Escape Velocity" (4.4), and "Islanded in a Stream of Stars" (4.18). He also directed a television movie based upon the show, The Plan. Regarding his work on the show, he told CraveOnline, "I'm very grateful for the work that I've been able to do in my life, but I can honestly tell you, this is the best usage of television I've ever been a part of to date."
In 2006, he co-produced, directed, and played the bit part of Julian Nava in the HBO movie about the 1968 Chicano Blowouts, Walkout. He also appeared in Snoop Dogg's music video "Vato". In the series finale of the ABC sitcom George Lopez, titled "George Decides to Sta-Local Where It's Familia"; he guest-starred as the plant's new multi-millionaire owner. More recently, he has been a spokesperson for Farmers Insurance Group, starring in their Spanish language commercials.
Olmos starred in the second season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Robert Gonzales, the leader of a rival faction of S.H.I.E.L.D., for five episodes.
Olmos has often been involved in social activism, especially that affecting the U.S. Hispanic community. During the 1992 Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles, Olmos went out with a broom and worked to get communities cleaned up and rebuilt. He also attended an Oprah episode relating to the L.A. riots as an audience member. In 1997, he co-founded the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival with Marlene Dermer, George Hernandez and Kirk Whisler. That same year, he co-founded with Kirk Whisler the non-profit organization, Latino Literacy Now, that has produced Latino Book & Festivals around the US, attended by over 700,000 people.
In 1998, he founded Latino Public Broadcasting and currently serves as its chairman. Latino Public Broadcasting funds public television programming that focuses on issues affecting Hispanics and advocates for diverse perspectives in public television. That same year, he starred in The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, a comedy that sought to break Hispanic stereotypes and transcend the normal stigmas of most Hispanic-oriented movies. In 1999, Olmos was one of the driving forces that created Americanos: Latino Life in the U.S., a book project featuring over 30 award-winning photographers, later turned into a [Smithsonian] traveling exhibition, music CD and HBO special.
He also makes frequent appearances at juvenile halls and detention centers to speak to at-risk teenagers. He has also been an international ambassador for UNICEF. In 2001, he was arrested and spent 20 days in jail for taking part in the Navy-Vieques protests against United States Navy target practice bombings of the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. On January 5, 2007, he appeared on Puerto Rican television to blame the Puerto Rican and United States governments for not cleaning Vieques after the U.S. Navy stopped using the island for bombing practice.
Olmos narrated the 1999 film Zapatista, a documentary in support of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, a revolutionary group that has abstained from using their weapons since 1994. He also gave $2,300 to New Mexico governor Bill Richardson for his presidential campaign (the maximum amount for the primaries).
He is also a supporter of SENS Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to treating and curing diseases of aging by repairing the underlying damage caused by aging. A series of animations explaining the concept of SENS has been narrated by him.
From 1979 to 1987, Olmos lived in West New York, New Jersey. In 1971, he married Katija Keel, the daughter of actor Howard Keel. They had two children, Bodie and Mico, before divorcing in 1992. Olmos has four adopted children: Daniela, Michael, Brandon, and Tamiko. He married actress Lorraine Bracco in 1994. She filed for divorce in January 2002 after five years of separation. Olmos also had a long term relationship with actress Lymari Nadal. They married in 2002, and separated in 2013.
In 1996, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from California State University, Fresno. In 2007, after a seven-year process, he obtained Mexican nationality. Asteroid 5608 Olmos is named in his honor.
In 1992, a 14-year-old girl accused Olmos of twice touching her in a sexual manner while they watched TV together. Olmos paid the family a cash settlement of $150,000 in response to the allegations, but denied that they were true. He claimed that the settlement was in fact meant to protect his son, Bodie Olmos, not him.
|1974||Black Fist||Junkie in Bathroom||Uncredited|
|1975||Aloha Bobby and Rose||Chicano #1||Credited as Eddie Olmos|
|1980||Fukkatsu no hi||Capt. Lopez|
|1981||Zoot Suit||El Pachuco|
|1982||The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez||Gregorio Cortez|
|1988||Stand and Deliver||Jaime Escalante|
|1989||The Fortunate Pilgrim||Frank Corbo|
|1989||Triumph of the Spirit||Gypsy|
|1991||Talent for the Game||Virgil Sweet|
|1992||American Me||Montoya Santana||Also director|
|1993||Even Cowgirls Get the Blues||Musician at Barbecue|
|1994||A Million to Juan||Angel|
|1996||Dead Man's Walk||Capt. Salazar|
|1997||Selena||Abraham Quintanilla, Jr.|
|1997||The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca||Roberto Lozano|
|1997||Hollywood Confidential||Stan Navarro, Sr.|
|1998||The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit||Vamanos|
|2000||The Road to El Dorado||Chief Tannabok||Voice|
|2002||Jack and Marilyn||Pasquel|
|2005||Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind||Mito||English dub|
|2008||Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Diablo||Voice|
|2011||The Green Hornet||Michael Axford|
|2012||Filly Brown||Leandro||Also producer|
|2013||Go for Sisters||Freddy Suarez|
|2013||2 Guns||Papa Greco|
|2016||El Americano: The Movie||Gayo "El Jefe"||Voice|
|2016||Monday Nights at Seven||Charlie||Also producer|
|2017||Blade Runner Black Out 2022||Gaff||Voice|
|2017||Blade Runner 2049||Gaff||Cameo|
|2019||A Dog's Way Home||Axel|
|1977||Hawaii Five-O||Dancer||Episode: "Ready, Aim..."|
|1977||Starsky & Hutch||Julio Guiterez||Episode: "The Psychic"|
|1978||Evening in Byzantium||Angelo||Television film|
|1981||Three Hundred Miles for Stephanie||Art Vela||Television film|
|1982||Hill Street Blues||Joe Bustamonte||2 episodes|
|1984||Hill Street Blues||Judge Cruz||Episode: "Parting Is Such a Sweet Sorrow"|
|1984–1990||Miami Vice||Lt. Martin Castillo||106 episodes|
|1988||The Fortunate Pilgrim||Frank Corbo||3 episodes|
|1990||The Earth Day Special||Hospital Director|
|1994||Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills||Jose Menendez||Television film|
|1994||The Burning Season||Wilson Pinheiro||Television film|
|1995||The Magic School Bus||Mr. Ramon||Episode: "Going Batty"|
|1996||The Limbic Region||Jon Lucca||Television film|
|1996||Dead Man's Walk||Captain Salazar||Television miniseries|
|1997||12 Angry Men||Juror #11||Television film|
|1998||Touched By An Angel||Col. Victor Walls||Episode: "God and Country"|
|1998||The Taking of Pelham One Two Three||Det. Anthony Piscotti||Television film|
|1999||Bonanno: A Godfather's Story||Salvatore Maranzano||Television film|
|1999–2000||The West Wing||Associate Justice Roberto Mendoza||2 episodes|
|2000||The Princess & the Barrio Boy||Nestor Garcia||Television film|
|2001||The Judge||Judge Armando||Television film|
|2001||In the Time of the Butterflies||Rafael Trujillo||Television film|
|2002–2004||American Family||Jess Gonzalez||17 episodes|
|2003–2009||Battlestar Galactica||William Adama||73 episodes|
|2006||Walkout||Julian Nava||Television film; also director|
|2007||George Lopez||Mr. Vega||Episode: "George Decides to Sta-Local Where It's Familia"|
|2010||CSI: NY||Luther Devarro||Episode: "Sangre Por Sangre"|
|2011||Dexter||Professor Gellar||10 episodes|
|2011||Eureka||Rudy||Episode: "Do You See What I See?"|
|2012||Portlandia||Himself||Episode: "One Moore Episode"|
|2015||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Robert Gonzales||5 episodes|
|2015||The Simpsons||Pit Master||Voice|
Episode: "Cue Detective"
|2016||Urban Cowboy||Al Robles||Pilot|
|2017||Narcos||Chucho Peña||2 episodes|
|2018||Mayans M.C.||Felipe Reyes||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2018-2019||Elena of Avalor||King Pescoro||Voice|
|1985||Miami Vice||Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Won|
|1985||Miami Vice||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|1986||Miami Vice||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|1988||Stand and Deliver||Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead||Won|
|1988||Stand and Deliver||Academy Award for Best Actor||Nominated|
|1988||Stand and Deliver||Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama||Nominated|
|1994||The Burning Season||Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Won|
|1994||The Burning Season||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||Nominated|
|1997||Selena||ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film||Won|
|1997||Hollywood Confidential||ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|2001||The Judge||ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|2003||Battlestar Galactica||ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|2005||Battlestar Galactica||ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Won|
|2006||Battlestar Galactica||ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor - Television Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie (tied with Michael Peña)||Won|
|2007||Battlestar Galactica||Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television||Nominated|
|2008||Battlestar Galactica||Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television||Won|
|2009||Battlestar Galactica||ALMA Award for Best Actor on Television||Nominated|
|2011||Dexter||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2011||Dexter||Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television||Nominated|
|2016||Himself||Mary Pickford Award||Won|
|1995||"I Will Remember"||Toto|
Before Edward James Olmos was an award-winning actor, producer and social activist, he was a West New York resident. From 1979 to 1987, Olmos rented an apartment on Boulevard East after departing East L.A., he said.
A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family adventure film directed by Charles Martin Smith and written by W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon, based on the book by Cameron. The film stars Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi, Chris Bauer, Barry Watson, and Jonah Hauer-King, and follows a dog named Bella (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard) who travels more than 400 miles to find her owner. It was released in the United States on January 11, 2019, received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $63 million.American Me
American Me is a 1992 American biographical crime drama film produced and directed by Edward James Olmos, his first film as a director, and written by Floyd Mutrux and Desmond Nakano. Olmos also stars as the film's protagonist, Montoya Santana. Executive producers included record producer Lou Adler, screenwriter Mutrux, and Irwin Young. It depicts a fictionalized account of the founding and rise to power of the Mexican Mafia in the California prison system from the 1950s into the 1980s.Anthony Yerkovich
Anthony Yerkovich is an American television producer and writer.
He is best known for creating the 1980s cop show Miami Vice. He served as the show's executive producer along with Michael Mann before handing over full executive responsibilities to Mann after only six episodes.
His other television credits include Big Apple as executive producer, Private Eye as creator, Hill Street Blues as a writer and supervising producer, Hart to Hart and 240-Robert as a writer. He also wrote the made-for-TV film Hollywood Confidential starring Edward James Olmos and most recently reunited with Mann to executive produce the Miami Vice film.Caught (1996 film)
Caught is a 1996 erotic thriller film about a drifter who disrupts the simple life of a fish market owner and his wife. The film was directed by Robert M. Young, and stars Edward James Olmos, Arie Verveen, María Conchita Alonso, and Bitty Schram.List of accolades received by Miami Vice
Miami Vice is an American police procedural television series which was broadcast for five seasons on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) between 1984 and 1990. Starring Philip Michael Thomas, Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos, Olivia Brown, Saundra Santiago, John Diehl and Michael Talbott, it focuses on the lives of two undercover Metro-Dade police officers, Ricardo Tubbs (Thomas) and James "Sonny" Crockett (Johnson). The series was created by Anthony Yerkovich, with Michael Mann and Dick Wolf serving as executive producers.
Since its debut, Miami Vice has received several award nominations, including twenty at the Emmy Awards, seven at the Golden Globe Awards, two People's Choice Awards and two Grammy Awards. Although lead actor Philip Michael Thomas coined the phrase "EGOT" for his ambitions to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards, only Johnson and Olmos won acting awards for their work on the series, while composer Jan Hammer earned two Grammy awards for his composition for the show's opening credits, "Miami Vice Theme". Of a total of thirty-three nominations earned by the series, it went on to win ten awards.
The series also spawned several successful soundtrack albums, with both Miami Vice and Miami Vice II charting in several countries worldwide; however Miami Vice III saw little success. Singles from these albums, including Jan Hammer's "Miami Vice Theme" and "Crockett's Theme", and Glenn Frey's "You Belong to the City", also performed well, although later singles by acts including Sheena Easton, Yello and The Hooters did not match the popularity of earlier releases.List of awards and nominations received by Battlestar Galactica
Awards and nominations received by the 2004 TV series Battlestar Galactica.Mary Pickford Award
The Mary Pickford Award is an honorary Satellite Award bestowed by the International Press Academy. It is “IPA’s most prestigious honor” and as an award “for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry” it reflects a lifetime of achievement.The award is named for Mary Pickford, early pioneer of the film industry, who began her career as a child actress and went on to become "America's Sweetheart" and a co-founder of United Artists Studios with fellow filmmakers Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D. W. Griffith.The award was first presented to Rod Steiger at the 1st Golden Satellite Awards. Edward James Olmos is the latest recipient.
The trophy awarded to the honorees is a bust of Canadian American motion picture actress Mary Pickford cast in bronze, on a marble base, inscribed for the recipient. It was designed by Sarajevan sculptor Dragan Radenović.Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
The following is a list of Saturn Award winners for Best Actor on Television (formerly Best Genre TV Actor).
The award is presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, honoring the work of actors in science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction on television.
(NOTE: Year refers to year of eligibility, the actual ceremonies are held the following year.)
The winners are listed in bold.Selena Remembered
Selena Remembered is a DVD/CD by Mexican-American Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, released on April 1, 1997 on VHS and on January 25, 2005 on DVD. The DVD features Edward James Olmos narrating special moments and triumphs that helped Selena, and her band Selena y Los Dinos, into superstardom in North America. The DVD's logo Her Life, Her Music, and Her Dream are featured on both the DVD and CD covers.Slave of Dreams
Slave of Dreams is a 1995 television film based on the story of Joseph in the Bible, directed by Robert M. Young, produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Martha De Laurentiis and written by Ron Hutchinson. The film stars Adrian Pasdar as Joseph, Sherilyn Fenn as Zulaikha and Edward James Olmos as Potiphar.Splinter (2006 film)
Splinter is a 2006 American police-action film set in Los Angeles directed by Michael D. Olmos and starring Tom Sizemore, Noel Gugliemi and Edward James Olmos.The film's concept originated with writer and actor Enrique Almeida, who portrays the film's lead character. Noel Gugliemi, who starred as the lead character's brother, stated that the filmmakers wanted to create "a Mexican version of Friday, a Mexican version of Menace II Society." The film grossed $12,918 in United States theaters.Stand and Deliver
Stand and Deliver is a 1988 American drama film based on the true story of high school math teacher Jaime Escalante. For portraying Escalante, Edward James Olmos was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 61st Academy Awards. The film was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2011.Talent for the Game
Talent for the Game is a 1991 film directed by Robert M. Young and starring Edward James Olmos, Lorraine Bracco, Terry Kinney, Jamey Sheridan, and Jeff Corbett. The plot concerns a baseball scout.
Scenes were filmed on the Palouse in the small town of Genesee, Idaho, between Lewiston and Moscow, and nearby Garfield, Washington. Other scenes were shot in northern Idaho at Kellogg.After a disappointing debut in a limited number of theaters in Florida, it went quickly to video.The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez is a 1982 American biographical Western film directed by Robert M. Young and starring Edward James Olmos as Gregorio Cortez. It is based on the book With His Pistol in His Hand by Americo Paredes.The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit is a 1998 film set in East Los Angeles directed by Stuart Gordon, written by Ray Bradbury and starring Edward James Olmos, Joe Mantegna, Esai Morales, Clifton Collins Jr. (credited as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez), Sid Caesar, Howard Morris and Gregory Sierra. Despite some well-known actors and the writing credit of Bradbury, the film was released direct-to-video by Touchstone Pictures.Walkout (film)
Walkout is a 2006 HBO film based on a true story of the 1968 East L.A. walkouts. It premiered March 18, 2006 on HBO. Starring Alexa Vega, Efren Ramirez and Michael Peña, the film was directed by Edward James Olmos. Moctezuma Esparza, one of the real-life students who was involved in the walkouts, was the film's executive producer.Zoot Suit (film)
Zoot Suit is a 1981 film adaptation of the Broadway play Zoot Suit. Both the play and film were written and directed by Luis Valdez. The film stars Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos — both reprising their roles from the stage production — and Tyne Daly. Many members of the cast of the Broadway production also appeared in the film. Like the play, the film features music from Daniel Valdez and Lalo Guerrero, the "father of Chicano music."