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Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is a Mexican American actor and director. Among his most memorable roles are William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, patriarch Abraham Quintanilla in the film Selena, Detective Gaff in Blade Runner, and narrator El Pachuco in both the stage and film versions of Zoot Suit.


2019A Dog's Way Home
2018The Predator
2017Coco as Chicharrón (voice)
2017Blade Runner 2049 as Gaff
2017Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 as Gaff (voice)
2017LA 92 as Himself (Archive Footage)
2017L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later as Himself
2016Americano as Gayo
2015Unity as Himself - Narrator (voice)
2014Journey of a Female Comic
2013Go for Sisters as Freddy Suárez
20132 Guns as Papi Greco
2013Filly Brown as Leandro
2013A Bridge Apart as (Voice)
2011America as Mr. Irving
2011The Green Hornet as Michael Axford
2010I'm Still Here as Himself
2009Battlestar Galactica: The Plan as Commander William Adama
2008Beverly Hills Chihuahua as Diablo (voice)
2007Battlestar Galactica: Razor as Admiral William Adama
2007Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner as Himself
2006Splinter as Captain garcia
2006Walkout as Julian Nava
2006Recycled Life as Narrator
2005La Cerca as Narrator / Old Niño
2003Battlestar Galactica - The Mini Series as Admiral William ' Husher' Adama
2003Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown as Himself
2001In the Time of the Butterflies as Trujillo
2001The Judge
2000The Princess and the Barrio Boy as Nestor Garcia
2000Gossip as Detective Curtis
2000The Road to El Dorado as Chief (voice)
1999Bonanno: A Godfather's Story as Gaspar DiGregario (Young)
1999Zapatista as Narrator
1998The Taking of Pelham One Two Three as Det. Anthony Piscotti
1998The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit as Vamanos
199712 Angry Men as Juror 11
1997Hollywood Confidential as Stan Navarro, Sr.
1997Selena as Abraham Quintanilla
1996The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca
1996The Limbic Region as Lucca
1996Caught as Joe
1995My Family as Paco
1995Slave of Dreams
1994Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills as Jose Menendez
1994A Million to Juan as The Angel
1994Even Cowgirls Get the Blues as Musician at Barbecue
1993Roosters as Gallo Morales
1992American Me as Montoya Santana
1991Talent for the Game as Vergil Sweet
1990The Earth Day Special
1990Maria's Story as Narrator (voice)
1989Triumph of the Spirit as Gypsy
1988Stand and Deliver as Jaime A. Escalante
1986Saving Grace as Ciolino
1983The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez as Boone Chate
1983The Nightingale as Prime Minister
1982Blade Runner as Gaff
1981Zoot Suit as El Pachuco
1981Wolfen as Eddie Holt
1980Virus as Captain Lopez
1979Dead Angle
1977Alambrista! as 1st Drunk (as Edward Olmos)
1975Aloha, Bobby and Rose as Chicano #1
The Devil Has a Name
The Devil Has a Name as Santiago

Other Roles

2009Battlestar Galactica: The Plan - Director
2006Walkout - Director
1992American Me - Director
1992American Me - Producer
The Devil Has a Name - Director

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