Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos is a Mexican American actor and director. Among his most memorable roles are William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar GalacticaLt. 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.

In 1988, Olmos was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film Stand and Deliver.

He has also been a longtime 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 WolfenTriumph of the Spirit,Talent for the GameAmerican MeThe Burning SeasonMy Family/Mi FamiliaCaught12 Angry MenThe Disappearance of Garcia LorcaWalkoutThe Wonderful Ice Cream SuitAmerican Family, and 2 Guns. He will voice El Chu in The Book of Life.