Ten fun facts about Edward James Olmos

Fact 1
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.

Fact 2
In 1988, Olmos was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film Stand and Deliver.

Fact 3
He has also been a longtime pioneer for more diversified roles and images of Hispanics in the U.S. media.

Fact 4
He graduated from Montebello High School in 1964. While at Montebello High School, he lost a race for Student Body President to future California Democratic Party Chair Art Torres.

Fact 5
For several years, Olmos performed at various clubs in and around Los Angeles, and released a record in 1968. At the same time, he attended classes at East Los Angeles College, including courses in acting.

Fact 6
Edward Olmos has often been involved in social activism, especially that affecting the U.S. Hispanic community.

Fact 7
His notable direction, production and starring roles for films, made-for-TV movies and TV shows include Wolfen, Triumph of the Spirit, Talent for the Game, American Me, The Burning Season, My Family/Mi Familia, Caught, 12 Angry Men, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, Walkout, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, American Family and 2 Guns.

Fact 8
His father was a Mexican immigrant and his mother was Mexican American.

Fact 9
He grew up wanting to be a professional baseball player, and became the Golden State batting champion.

Fact 10
In his teen years, he turned to rock and roll, and became the lead singer for a band he named Pacific Ocean, so-called because it was to be “the biggest thing on the West Coast.”

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