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Edward James Olmos

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. He recently starred as Professor Gellar in Showtime’s serial killer series, Dexter.

Olmos became the first American-born Hispanic to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, in Stand and Deliver, for his portrayal of real-life math teacher, Jaime Escalante. Olmos starred as the taciturn police Lieutenant Martin Castillo in the television series Miami Vice, opposite Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. He was awarded a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 1985 for his work in the series. In 1997, he starred alongside Jennifer Lopez in the film Selena. Olmos played Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo in the 2001 movie In the Time of the Butterflies. He also had a recurring role as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roberto Mendoza in the NBC drama The West Wing.

He has been a longtime pioneer for more diversified roles and images of Hispanics in the U.S. media. Along with appearances in television classics like Starsky & Hutch and CHiPs, Olmos has also appeared in George LopezCSI: NYEureka and Portlandia.  His other notable film roles include The Burning Season (1994), The Judge (2001), and The Green Hornet (2011).

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