Edward James Olmos

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Birth Place: East Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Date: February 24, 1947
Occupation: Actor, Director, Producer

Edward James Olmos Biography


If Edward James Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he'd have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered his life: rock music. By age 15 he was already an experienced rock singer, forming and reforming several "garage bands" along the way. During the late '60s and early '70s he played the most famous clubs on Sunset Strip, including Gazzarri's and The Factory. But a friend suggested that, with his flair for the dramatic, he consider a career in acting.Throughout the seventies he divided his time between rock music gigs, acting classes, bit parts in TV, Off-off-off Broadway plays and his business of moving fine furniture (which kept body, soul and family together). His first big break was a starring role in Luis Valdez's play, "Zoot Suit", in 1978. The play moved to Broadway and led to a Tony nomination and great critical acclaim. Perhaps best known for his role as "Lt. Martin Castillo" in the NBC TV series, "Miami Vice" (1984) (1984-1989), he has been seen in numerous film and TV productions. He received an Academy Award nomination for "best actor" for his starring role in Stand and Deliver (1988). Most notable of his recent offerings is American Me (1992), which was also his directing debut. But acting, directing and screenwriting are only parts of what he does. Olmos contends he would much rather be known as an activist than an actor. He devotes much of his time to causes, particularly those focusing on the needs and rights of children. He makes, on average, some 150 personal appearances a year to places where he can reach kids at risk; juvenile halls, detention centers, boys/girls clubs, schools. Anywhere he can get across his message that "we all have a choice" about where life takes us. He stresses the importance of education, the risks of gang life and tries to promote the notion of taking responsibility for one's own actions and one's own happiness in life. Using his own "disadvantaged background" as an example (he grew up in East Los Angeles, infamous for its gang problems), he tells the kids, "If I can do it, so can you". And he tries to point them in a positive direction. He has served as an ambassador for UNICEF and has received numerous accolades for his activism. He will long be remembered for getting out in the thick of the L.A. Riots of 1992 with his broom: one calm, reasonable presence in the midst of chaos and gunfire. Olmos was married to actress Lorraine Bracco. Between them they have 6 children, ages 10 - 25.

Edward James Olmos Movies / TV-Shows


The Predator (2018)
A Dog's Way Home (2018)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Coco (2017)
Windows on the World (2017)
Mayans MC (2017)
L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later (2017)
The Nineties (2017)
Gracepoint (2014)
Monday Nights at Seven (2014)
El Americano: The Movie (2014)
Go for Sisters (2013)
2 Guns (2013)
Machete Kills (2013)
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)
Filly Brown (2012)
America (2011)
Hispanic Youth Showcase 25th Anniversary (2011)
The Green Hornet (2011)
2011 ALMA Awards (2011)
Latino 101 (2010)
I'm Still Here (2010)
The Plan (2009)
Scream Awards 2009 (2009)
2009 Alma Awards (2009)
A Class Apart (2009)
Battlestar Galactica: The Last Frakkin' Special (2009)
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)
2008 ALMA Awards (2008)
Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles (2008)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)
Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007)
Blade Runner: Deleted and Alternate Scenes (2007)
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007)
Dexter (2006)
Walkout (2006)
Splinter (2006)
The 65th Annual Peabody Awards (2006)
Recycled Life (2006)
Discovery Atlas (2006)
Behind the Microphone: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (2005)
The Black Movie Awards (2005)
Film Trix (2005)
Cristina: El 15 aniversario (2004)
Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Play Ball!: The Authentic Little League Baseball Guide to Pitching (2003)
Battlestar Galactica (2003)
American Family (2002)
Jack and Marilyn (2002)
The 4th Annual Family Television Awards (2002)
In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)
The Judge (2001)
Gossip (2000)
The Princess & the Barrio Boy (2000)
Super Bowl XXXIV (2000)
The Road to El Dorado (2000)
Bonanno: A Godfather's Story (1999)
The West Wing (1999)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998)
The Wall (1998)
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998)
Gun (1997)
12 Angry Men (1997)
Hollywood Confidential (1997)
Selena Remembered (1997)
Prophecies of the Millennium (1997)
Selena (1997)
The Living Edens (1997)
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1996)
The Limbic Region (1996)
1996 Billboard Music Awards (1996)
Caught (1996)
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1996)
My Family (1995)
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995)
Mirage (1995)
Slave of Dreams (1995)
15th Annual Tejano Music Awards (1995)
A Million to Juan (1994)
The Burning Season (1994)
Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (1994)
Touched by an Angel (1994)
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
1993 Essence Awards (1993)
Roosters (1993)
American Me (1992)
Talent for the Game (1991)
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards (1990)
The 1st Annual American Teacher Awards (1990)
22nd NAACP Image Awards (1990)
Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1989)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Barry Gibb Love and Hope Festival IV (1988)
Barry Gibb Love and Hope Festival III (1987)
Biography (1987)
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1986)
The 37th Annual Emmy Awards (1985)
Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984)
Miami Vice (1984)
Blade Runner (1982)
Faerie Tale Theatre (1982)
Zoot Suit (1981)
Wolfen (1981)
Hill Street Blues (1981)
Fukkatsu no hi (1980)
Evening in Byzantium (1978)
Alambrista! (1977)
CHiPs (1977)
Aloha Bobby and Rose (1975)
Starsky and Hutch (1975)
Bogard (1974)
Police Woman (1974)
Hawaii Five-O (1968)

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