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Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

69 Movies · 31 TV Series

Biography

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), actor in and director of American Me (1992), 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 its sequel Blade Runner 2049 (2017). In 2018, he played the father of two biker gang members 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 the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He is also known for his roles as patriarch Abraham Quintanilla in the film Selena, narrator El Pachuco in both the stage and film versions of Zoot Suit, and the voice of Chicharrón in Coco. 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.

Personal Life

From 1979 to 1987, Olmos lived in West New York, New Jersey. In 1971, he married Kaija 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 1993, Olmos was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) degree from Whittier College.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. Sexual assault accusations. In 1992, a woman accused Olmos of twice touching her in a sexual manner while they watched TV and flirted 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.In 1997, a woman accused Olmos of sexually assaulting her in a South Carolina hotel room.

Early Life

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 seven 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.

Movies & TV Series

2020.

2 Movies · 1 TV Series

2019.

6 Movies

2018.

2 Movies · 1 TV Series

2017.

5 Movies

2016.

2 Movies

2015.

1 Movie

2014.

1 Movie · 1 TV Series

2013.

4 Movies · 1 TV Series

2011.

2 Movies · 1 TV Series

2010.

1 Movie

2009.

2 Movies

2008.

1 Movie

2007.

2 Movies · 1 TV Series

2006.

3 Movies · 2 TV Series

2004.

2 TV Series

2003.

1 Movie · 1 TV Series

2002.

2 TV Series

2001.

1 Movie

2000.

3 Movies

1999.

2 Movies · 1 TV Series

1998.

2 Movies

1997.

3 Movies · 1 TV Series

1996.

2 Movies · 3 TV Series

1995.

1 Movie

1994.

4 Movies · 2 TV Series

1993.

1 Movie

1992.

1 Movie

1991.

1 Movie

1990.

1 Movie

1989.

1 Movie · 1 TV Series

1988.

1 Movie · 1 TV Series

1986.

1 Movie

1984.

1 TV Series

1983.

2 Movies

1982.

1 Movie · 1 TV Series

1981.

3 Movies · 1 TV Series

1980.

1 Movie

1977.

1 Movie · 1 TV Series

1975.

1 Movie · 2 TV Series

1974.

1 TV Series

1973.

2 TV Series
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