Edward James Olmos

Birthday: Feb 24, 1947
Birthplace: East Los Angeles, California, USA
Though most easily recognized as a respected actor of stage, screen, and television, Edward James Olmos is also a distinguished humanitarian who spends considerable time and money supporting various causes and charitable organizations in his native Los Angeles. Born the son of an immigrant and a Mexican-American mother, Olmos was raised in an ethnically diverse area of East Los Angeles. Although he was placed in his mother's custody at age seven following his parents' divorce, Olmos kept in close contact with his father. In his teens, Olmos was a rock musician and with his close friend Rusty Johnson formed the Pacific Ocean, a popular group at Sunset Strip area clubs during the late '60s. It was Johnson who suggested Olmos, who by his own admission was not much of a singer, that he try acting. Olmos spent nine years trying to establish himself as an actor, making his film debut (billing himself as Eddie Olmos) as an extra in Aloha, Bobby and Rose in 1975. Prior to that, Olmos had worked as a bit player and extra in several early '70s television shows ranging from Medical Center to Hawaii Five-O. In 1979, he made a splash on Broadway playing Pachuco in Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit. The play was originally staged in L.A. and represented the first time in which Olmos was paid to act on-stage. During the show's New York run, Olmos earned a Tony Nomination and a Drama Critics Circle Award. In 1982, Olmos reprised the role in Valdez's film version. Early in his film career, Olmos showed a preference for socially conscious films and after his first screen appearance played a leading role in Robert M. Young's Alambrista (1977). In 1982, he played a creepy police detective in Blade Runner. That year, Olmos and Robert M. Young co-founded YOY productions to make socially conscious films such as their first joint effort The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982). Olmos became a star when he played the super-pragmatic Lieutenant Castillo on the hip police drama Miami Vice (1984-1989) and in 1985 won an Emmy for his efforts. He earned an Oscar nomination for his inspirational performance as a determined teacher who helps a troubled group of urban kids excel in math and science in Stand and Deliver (1986). Though his film career was sporadic during the '80s and '90s, Olmos continued to show up regularly in television movies. He made his feature film directorial bow in 1992 with the powerful American Me, a grim look at a reformed gangster's attempts to stay away from the violent, criminal ways of his old cohorts. Other notable 1990s efforts include the 1994 miniseries Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills and Gregory Nava's beautiful My Family/Mi Familia (1995). OImos would spend the coming years making successful runs on TV series like American Family, Battlestar Galactica, and Dexter.Olmos' humanitarian activities include acting as a United States Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, being the national spokesman for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, serving a place on the boards of the Miami and Los Angeles Children's Hospitals, serving as the executive director of the Hazard Education Project, and contributing to the foundation for the Advancement of Silence and Education. For his many good works, Olmos has received Honorary Doctorates from five educational institutions including the University of Colorado, California State University at Fresno, and the American Film Institute in Hollywood.


Highest Rated Movies



62% A Dog's Way Home Actor 2019
No Score Yet Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire Actor 2019
No Score Yet Uno más de la familia Actor 2019
No Score Yet The Devil Has a Name Director 2019
No Score Yet Elena of Avalor: Song of the Sirenas King Pescoro 2018
97% Coco Chicharrón $208.5M 2017
No Score Yet Chasing Satellites Actor 2016
50% El Americano: The Movie Executive Producer Gayo 2015
No Score Yet Exile Nation: The Plastic People Actor 2014
74% Go For Sisters Freddy Suárez Producer $56.5K 2013
64% 2 Guns Papi Greco $73.6M 2013
42% Filly Brown Leandro Executive Producer $2.9M 2013
No Score Yet Live Forever: A Ray Bradbury Odyssey Actor 2013
No Score Yet Fatherhood 101 Actor 2013
No Score Yet Mitchell 20: Teacher Quality Is The Answer Actor 2011
44% The Green Hornet Axford $98.1M 2011
53% I'm Still Here Actor $0.5M 2010
No Score Yet Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Director Commander William Adama 2009
No Score Yet Chicano Rock!: The Sounds of East Los Angeles Actor 2009
40% Beverly Hills Chihuahua El Diablo $94.5M 2008
No Score Yet Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles Host/Narrator 2008
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now Actor 2007
No Score Yet Recycled Life Actor 2006
43% Splinter Capt. Garcia 2006
No Score Yet Walkout Executive Producer Julian Nava Director 2006
No Score Yet Selena: Ones Actor 2003
89% Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries Cdr. Adama 2003
No Score Yet In the Time of the Butterflies Gen. Trujillo 2003
No Score Yet Play Ball!: Basic Fielding Actor 2003
No Score Yet Play Ball!: Basic Pitching Actor 2003
No Score Yet Play Ball!: Official Rules & Regulations Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Princess and the Barrio Boy Nestor Garcia 2001
No Score Yet Steve Martini's 'The Judge' Judge Armando Acosta 2001
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood Actor 2000
48% The Road to El Dorado Chief 2000
50% Triumph of the Spirit Gypsy 2000
No Score Yet Champions Forever: Latin Legends Actor 2000
No Score Yet Bonanno: A Godfather's Story (The Youngest Godfather) Actor 1999
No Score Yet Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War Narrator 1999
No Score Yet The Wall Colonel Holst 1998
No Score Yet The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (TV) Anthony Prescotti 1998
80% The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit Vamenos 1998
No Score Yet Hollywood Confidential Stan Navarro 1997
67% Selena Abraham Quintanilla Sr. 1997
29% The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca Lozano 1997
92% 12 Angry Men Juror #11 1997
77% Caught Joe 1996
No Score Yet Larry McMurtry's 'Dead Man's Walk' Capt. Salazar 1996
No Score Yet Mystic Lands Actor 1996
No Score Yet The Limbic Region Det. Jon Lucca 1996
No Score Yet Slave of Dreams Potiphar 1995
No Score Yet Mirage Matt Juarez 1995
85% My Family Paco, the Narrator 1995
No Score Yet The Burning Season Penheiro 1994
No Score Yet A Million to Juan Mr. Angel 1994
No Score Yet Roosters Gallo Morales 1993
78% American Me Director Santana Producer 1992
No Score Yet Maria's Story Narration 1992
No Score Yet Talent for the Game Virgil Sweet 1991
No Score Yet Desperate Passage: Father/Son Actor 1990
73% Stand and Deliver Jaime Escalante 1988
No Score Yet Saving Grace Ciolino $10.8M 1986
88% Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no tani no Naushika) Mito (English) 1985
No Score Yet Miami Vice 2 - The Prodigal Son Actor 1985
100% The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez Gregorio Cortez 1982
90% Blade Runner Gaff 1982
92% Blade Runner (The Final Cut) Gaff $0.3M 1982
56% Zoot Suit El Pachuco 1981
75% Wolfen Eddie Holt 1981
100% Alambrista! Drunk 1977
No Score Yet Aloha, Bobby and Rose Actor 1975


72% Mayans M.C.
Felipe Reyes
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89% Narcos
Chucho Peña
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95% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Robert Gonzales
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85% The Simpsons
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95% Battlestar Galactica
Director Adm. William Adama Cdr. William Adama Commander Adama
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77% Eureka
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72% Dexter
Prof. James Gellar
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No Score Yet CSI: NY
Luther Devarro
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No Score Yet American Experience
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No Score Yet Voces on PBS
Narrator Host
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No Score Yet The Batman
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No Score Yet George Lopez
Mr Vega Mr. Vega
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75% The West Wing
Roberto Mendoza Mendoza
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No Score Yet Miami Vice
Director Lt. Martin Castillo
  • 1999
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No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
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No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
Judge Cruz Bustamonte
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No Score Yet CHiPs
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No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • 1982
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
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No Score Yet Kojak
  • 1975