Edward James Olmos

American actor

Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is an American actor and movie director. He is best known for his roles in Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice, Stand and Deliver, Selena, Blade Runner and Zoot Suit. In 1988, Olmos was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the movie Stand and Deliever.

Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos in January 2009
Edward Huizar Olmos

(1947-02-24) February 24, 1947 (age 77)
Occupation(s)Actor, director
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Kaija Keel (1971–1992)
Lorraine Bracco (1994–2002)
Lymari Nadal (2002–present)

In 1971, Olmos married Katija Keel. She is the daughter of actor Howard Keel. They had two children but divorced in 1992 and later married actress Lorraine Bracco in 1994. However, they filed for divorce in January 2002.[1] He has four adopted children. In the same year of 1994, he married Puerto Rican actress Lymari Nadal.

In 1996, he was awarded the Doctorate of Fine Arts from California State University. In his honor, Asteroid 5608 Olmos was named after him.


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Black Fist Junkie in Bathroom Uncredited
1975 Aloha Bobby and Rose Chicano #1 Credited as Eddie Olmos
1977 Alambrista! Drunk
1980 Fukkatsu no hi Capt. Lopez
1981 Wolfen Eddie Holt
Zoot Suit El Pachuco
1982 Blade Runner Gaff
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez Gregorio Cortez
1985 Saving Grace Ciolino
1988 Stand and Deliver Jaime Escalante
1989 The Fortunate Pilgrim Frank Corbo
Triumph of the Spirit Gypsy
1991 Talent for the Game Virgil Sweet
1992 American Me Montoya Santana Also director
1993 Roosters Gallo Morales
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Musician at Barbecue
1994 A Million to Juan Angel
1995 Mirage Matteo Juarez
My Family Paco
1996 Dead Man's Walk Capt. Salazar
Caught Joe
1997 Selena Abraham Quintanilla, Jr.
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca Roberto Lozano
Hollywood Confidential Stan Navarro, Sr.
1998 The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit Vamanos
2000 The Road to El Dorado Chief Tannabok Voice
Gossip Detective Curtis
2002 Jack and Marilyn Pasquel
2005 Cerca, La Nino
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Mito English dub
2006 Splinter Capt. Garcia
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Diablo Voice
2011 The Green Hornet Michael Axford
America Mr. Irving
2012 Filly Brown Leandro Also producer
2013 Go for Sisters Freddy Suarez
2 Guns Papa Greco
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary
2016 El Americano: The Movie Gayo "El Jefe" Voice
Also producer
Monday Nights at Seven Charlie Also producer
2017 Blade Runner Black Out 2022 Gaff Voice
Short film
Blade Runner 2049 Gaff Cameo
Coco Chicharrón Voice
2019 A Dog's Way Home Axel
Windows on the World Balthazar
The Devil Has a Name Also director, Post-production


  1. Cast:William Adama Archived 2008-03-30 at the Wayback Machine, scifi.com, accessed 2 December 2006

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