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Edward  James  Olmos

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        Actor, director and activist Edward James Olmos was born 24 February 1947 in East Los Angeles, California. His early dream was to play professional baseball, but instead he led a successful local rock band called Pacific Ocean, then tried acting, playing many bit parts for tv series and in "aloha, bobby and rose" [1975]. His breakthrough role as 'El Pachuco' in the 1978 Luis Valdez play "Zoot Suit" ran for a year and a half in Los Angeles before moving to Broadway, where Olmos was nominated for the Tony Award; the play was filmed in 1981.

        After "Zoot Suit", Olmos no longer had to fight for minor 'bad guy' roles, and better jobs soon followed: "Blade Runner" [1982], the title role in "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez" (1982), and then the tv series "Miami Vice" (1984-90) made him a household name. He was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for "Stand and Deliver" [1988]. He directed "American Me" [1992], and "Jack and Marilyn" [2002]. His Latino-themed tv series "American Family" [2002] lasted only one season, but is available on DVD. And in December of 2003, the SciFi Channel re-launched "Battlestar Galactica", starring Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama {info below}.

        He married Kaija Keel in 1971, and had two sons, Mico and Bodie; his 1994 marriage to actress Lorraine Bracco also ended in divorce. In 2002 he married Puerto Rican actress Lymari Nadal. While acting and directing, he continues to maintain a busy schedule as a speaker and activist – stressing the importance of education – and he co-produces several Latino film and book festivals.

official Olmos Productions [est. 1980] website - based in Burbank, California
Edward James Olmos entry at Wikipedia
Edward James Olmos credits [100+ credits since 1974] at Internet Movie Database

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Movies  &  Television
Edward James Olmos credits [100+ credits since 1974] at Internet Movie Database

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"aloha, bobby and rose" [1975] /tt0073941/

"Zoot  Suit" [Universal 1981]
Zoot Suit video  A landmark of Latino/Xicano arts. First staged as a play in 1978, this is a filming of that play; the 'stylized musical' tells of anti-Xicano riots in Los Angeles in 1942 against a backdrop of swing music & dance. The sensational performance of Edward James Olmos shows why he became today's leading Hispanic actor. Written & directed by Luis Valdez
Universal widescreen color DVD [5/2003] for $9.99
Universal color VHS video [4/2001] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDbcredits on Broadway

Murder at The Sleepy Lagoon book by Eduardo Obregón Pagán  "Murder at The Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race & Riot In Wartime L.A." [2003]
by Eduardo Obregón Pagán

"An important and illuminating contribution ... a wholly compelling glimpse of the reality behind the myth" — Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times Book Review
Univ NC Press 9¼x6¼ pb [11/2003] for $13.97
Univ NC Press 9¾x6¼ hardcover [11/2003] for $49.95
El Pachuco of Fullerton, California (sells/rents zoot suits!)
Siegel’s Zoot Suit Store in San Francisco, California

"Blade  Runner" [Ladd Company June 1982]
Blade Runner movie poster directed by Ridley Scott  
Future Noir / Making of Blade Runner book by Paul M. Sammon  
Directed by Ridley Scott, from a novel by Philip K. Dick; starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh & Daryl Hannah; music by Vangelis; won Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, listed on National Film Registry in 1993; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005)
Warner Collector's Edition widescreen color on Blu-ray [12/2007] 5 disks for $24.99
Warner Final Cut Special Edition widescreen color DVD [12/2007] 2 disks for $10.99
Warner Director's Cut DVD [3/97] for $11.99
Warner Director's Cut VHS [11/99] out of prodn/many used
Atlantic soundtrack CD [6/94] for $11.98
Warner orchestral version CD [10/90] for $11.98
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99
27"x40" poster from Amazon for $19.99
"Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner" book by Paul M. Sammon
HarperCollins 9x6 pb [7/96] for $11.53

more details (synopsis, books & sequels, posters, games, music, links) on
Magic Lantern's "Blade Runner" 1982 Movie Page

"The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez"
[American Playhouse TV June 1982, Embassy theatrical Aug 1983]
Ballad of Gregorio Cortez movie poster starring Edward James Olmos  Based on an incident in Gonzales, Texas in 1901 revolving around a stolen horse, mistaken identity, and a killing. Olmos, as Cortez, speaks only Spanish. Co-produced by Moctesuma Esparza; co-written & directed by Robert M. Young; co-written by Victor Villaseñor, based on the book by Américo Paredes; co-produced by & starring Edward James Olmos; also starring James Gammon, Tom Bower, Bruce McGill, Brion James & Barry Corbin • not available on DVD (2017) • full credits from IMDb
Columbia Tristar Home Ent. color VHS [undated] out of prodn/used
Fox/M.G.M. color VHS [9/2001] out of prodn/used
27"x40" poster from Amazon for $19.99
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $14.99
With His Pistol in His Hand book by Américo Paredes  
"With His Pistol In His Hand: A Border Ballad & Its Hero" [1958]
by Américo Paredes [1915-99]

Univ TX Press 8¾x6 pb [1/70] for $12.21
author entry at Wikipedia

"Miami Vice" TV series [NBC-TV 1984-90]
Miami Vice Complete TV Series on DVD  The 111-episode five-year series is a mainstay of 1980s pop culture; innovative content included clothing styles and the rock music soundtrack. Created by Anthony Yerkovich; starring Don Johnson as Detective James 'Sonny' Crockett, Philip Michael Thomas as Detective Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs, and Edward James Olmos as Lt. Martin Castillo {in 106 episodes}
Universal Studios color DVD [11/2007] 27 disks for $119.99
series credits at IMDbofficial DVD websiteseries entry at Wikipedia
"Miami Vice" Volume I: M.C.A. Music soundtrack CD [10/90] 11 tracks for $7.98
"Miami Vice" Volume II: M.C.A. Music soundtrack CD [8/00] 11 tracks for $8.48

Edward James Olmos was not involved in the "Miami Vice" motion picture [July 2006]

"Stand and Deliver" [Warner Bros. April 1988]
Stand & Deliver 1988 movie starring Edward James Olmos  The true story of Jaime Escalante [1930-2010], a math teacher who came to a gang-filled Los Angeles high school and inspired 18 students to take – and pass – the advanced placement calculus test, in the process teaching them pride in themselves and control of their own futures • Directed by Ramón Menéndez; starring Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Andy Garcia & Rosanna DeSoto; Oscar nomination for Best Actor [EJO], won 6 Independent Spirit Awards, Nosotros Golden Eagle Award
Warner color DVD [10/98] for $11.54
Warner color VHS [9/93] for $6.55
Warner color VHS [9/98] for $9.94
Warner color VHS w/Spanish subtitles [9/93] out of prodn/used
Varese soundtrack CD [8/94] out of prodn/used
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $2.55 {sic}
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"American Me" [Universal March 1992]
American Me movie starring Edward James Olmos  Co-produced & directed by and starring Edward James Olmos; script by Floyd Mutrux & Desmond Nakano; also starring Pepe Serna, William Forsythe, Sal Lopez, Vira Montes, Roberto Martín Márquez, Dyana Ortelli & Daniel A. Haro
Universal widescreen DVD [1/2003] for $17.98
Universal color VHS [5/2000] for $9.98
Virgin soundtrack CD [6/92] for $11.98
full credits from IMDb

"Hollywood Confidential" [Paramount TV April 1997]
Hollywood Confidential TV movie  Several ex-cops run an agency in Hollywood that investigates and tries to prevent scandals or embarrassment involving entertainment stars, and then to quash the scandal quickly when things get out of hand. Directed by Reynaldo Villalobos; written by Anthony Yerkovich; starring Edward James Olmos, Rick Aiello, Angela Alvarado, Christine Harnos, Richard T. Jones, Brendan Kelly, Charlize Theron, Thomas Jane, Evelina Fernández & Amanda Pays
Paramount color DVD [4/2000] for $17.99
Paramount color VHS [7/99] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb

"12 Angry Men" TV movie [M.G.M./Showtime Aug 1997]
12 Angry Men 1997 TV movie  A multi-racial, all-male jury meets to decide the fate of a youth accused of murdering his father with a knife; they start out with eleven ready for a quick conviction and one juror holding out for acquittal.
Directed by William Friedkin; re-written by Reginald Rose, from his 1950s teleplay; starring Courtney B. Vance, Ossie Davis, George C. Scott {won Emmy}, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Dorian Harewood, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza, Jack Lemmon, Hume Cronyn, Mykelti Williamson, Edward James Olmos & William Petersen
Orion Home Video color VHS [4/98] out of prodn/used
Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not available (2017) • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" [Touchstone Jan 1998]
Ice Cream Suit video  Barrio con-man Gomez convinces four strangers to pool $20 each to buy a luminescent vanilla ice-cream-colored suit; he intends to split for El Paso, well-dressed. The first night, each gets the suit for an hour, and each is trans-formed: Dominguez with his guitar & voice charms women who dance in a parade through the plaza; Martinez's turn gets his lovely neighbor's attention; street poet Villanazul captures a crowd with his political and economic vision. The suit makes Gomez a better man, so he may not bolt; but then, what do they do with the last partner, the filthy ¡Vamanos!, whose juicy-taco-eating, wine-drinking habits could ruin the suit? • Directed by Stuart Gordon; script by Ray Bradbury [1920-2012], based on his story & stageplay; starring Edward James Olmos, Joe Mantegna, Esai Morales, Clifton Collins Jr. & Gregory Sierra
Walt Disney Video color DVD [8/99] for $43.99
Walt Disney Video color DVD [8/99] for $54.99
Touchstone color VHS [8/99] for $10.49
Bantam pb playscript [1972] out of print/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Youngest Godfather"
aka "Bonanno: A Godfather's Story" [Hallmark/Showtime tv miniseries July 1999]
Bonanno The Youngest Godfather tv movie  The 'true story' of Joseph Bonnano [1905-2002], who became boss of New York City's Maranzano crime family at age 26 • Directed by Michel Poulette; teleplay by Thomas Michael Donnelly; starring Bruce Ramsay, Tony Nardi & Martin Landau (each as Bonanno at different ages), Guido Grasso Jr., Costas Mandylor, Edward James Olmos, Vince Corazza, Robert Loggia, Zachary Bennett & Philip Bosco
Platinum Disc color DVD [2/2005] for $6.99
Live/Artisan color VHS [8/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"American Family: Journey of Dreams" P.B.S. TV series
[KCET/El Norte Jan 2002 to July 2004]
American Family video  Directed by Gregory Nava; starring Edward James Olmos as Jess, Sonia Braga as Berta, Constance Marie as Nina, Esai Morales as Esteban, Raquel Welch as Aunt Dora, A.J. Lamas as Cisco & Rachel Ticotin as Vangie; the 13-episode second season was not filmed
all 22 episodes: Fox widescreen DVD [4/2003] 6 disks - out of prodn/used
series credits from IMDbofficial series websiteseries entry at Wikipedia

"Jack and Marilyn" [2002] /tt0327976/


"Battlestar Galactica"
'Battlestar Galactica' entry at Wikipedia

Battlestar Galactica 2003  "Battlestar Galactica 2003" [SciFi Channel miniseries Dec 2003]
Directed by Michael Rymer; written by Ronald D. Moore; starring Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber, Katee Sackhoff, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Tricia Helfer & Grace Park
Universal widescreen color DVD [12/2004] for $17.49
2003 series official website; SciFi Channel 2003 series site
cast member page for Edward James Olmos
2003 series credits from IMDb
Battlestar Galactica TV series   "Battlestar Galactica" [SkyOne/N.B.C. 52-episode TV series Jan 2005]
Starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff, Aaron Douglas, Michael Hogan, Tahmoh Penikett & Kandyse McClure • series credits from IMDb
Season One Box Set: Universal widescreen color DVD [9/2005] 5 disks for $17.99
Season 2.0 Box Set: Universal widescreen color DVD [12/2005] 3 disks for $17.49
Season 2.5 Box Set: Universal widescreen color DVD [8/2006] 3 disks for $20.99
Season Three Box Set: Universal widescreen color DVD [3/2008] 6 disks for $21.99
Season 4.0 Box Set: Universal widescreen color DVD [1/2009] 4 disks for $17.99
Season 4.5 Box Set: Universal widescreen color DVD [7/2009] 4 disks for $24.99
Battlestar Galactica Complete Series on DVD & Blu-ray  
"Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series" [2009]
includes all six sets above plus the "Razor" TV movie
Universal widescreen color Blu-ray [7/2009] 20 disks for $194.99
Universal widescreen color DVD [7/2009] 25 disks for $140.49

"Battlestar Galactica: Razor" 2-hour special [Sci-Fi Nov 2007]
Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá; starring Katee Sackhoff, Edward James Olmos, Tricia Helfer, Michelle Forbes,
Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, Grace Park, John Pyper-Ferguson, Steve Bacic & Kandyse McClure
Universal Studios widescreen color Blu-ray [12/2010] for $17.99
Universal Studios widescreen color DVD [12/2007] for $19.98
full credits from IMDb

"Battlestar Galactica: The Plan" 2-hour special [Sci-Fi Jan 2010]
Directed by & starring Edward James Olmos; also starring Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Trucco, Aaron
Douglas, Dean Stockwell, Rick Worthy, Matthew Bennett, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Hogan & Rekha Sharma
Universal Studios widescreen color Blu-ray [10/2009] for $19.99
Universal Studios widescreen color DVD [10/2009] for $12.99
full credits from IMDb

Battlestar Galactica Complete Series on DVD & Blu-ray  
"Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series" on DVD or Blu-ray [2010]
Extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes & exclusive never-before-seen deleted footage
Universal Studios Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [4/2010] 21 disks for $135.09
Universal Studios Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [4/2010] 25 disks for $93.88
Universal Studios limited edition widescreen color DVD with toy [7/2009] 25 disks for $77.89

original 1978 series: starring Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict & Lorne Greene
original series on DVD [2/2004] 6 disks for $68.991978 series credits at IMDB



"Walkout" TV movie [H.B.O. March 2006]
Walkout TV movie  The true story of a high school student who in 1968 organized 10,000 others at five East Los Angeles high schools to stage a walkout in protest of educational conditions and anti-Mexican educational bias. Produced by Moctesuma Esparza; co-produced & directed by Edward James Olmos; starring Alexa Vega, Michael Peña, Yancey Arias, Laura Harring, Efren Ramirez, David Warshofsky, Holmes Osborne, Tim DeKay, Tonantzin Esparza & Bodie Olmos; nominated for DGA Award
H.B.O. widescreen color DVD [3/2007] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb

"The  Green  Hornet" [Sony/Columbia release Dec 2010]
logo for 2010 Green Hornet movie starring Seth Rogen  
2010 Green Hornet movie starring Seth Rogen  
"Saving the world their own way" Based on the characters from the radio program that ran from 1936 to 1952. Co-produced & co-written by Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen; directed by Michel Gondry; starring Seth Rogen, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Edward Furlong, Tom Wilkinson, Edward James Olmos & Jay Chou
Sony Pictures 3-disk combo (DVD & Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3-D) [5/2011] for $25.99
Sony Pictures widescreen color Blu-ray [5/2011] for $18.42
Sony Pictures widescreen color DVD [5/2011] for $17.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

"The  Chrystal  Frontier" [in development?]
Announced 2011: based on the 1995 'novel in nine stories' written by Carlos Fuentes;
starring Edward James Olmos • no longer listed on IMDb (2012)

"America" [Puerto Rico 2011] /tt1670931/
Directed by Sonia Fritz; starring Lymari Nadal {title role}, Yancey Arias, Yareli Arizmendi,
Edward James Olmos, Frank Perozo, Tony Plana & Rachel Ticotin

"Filly Brown" [Cima/Indomina April 2013]
2012 poster for Filly Brown movie - walking  poster for Filly Brown 2013 movie - face  Poet and hip-hop artist Maria José ('Majo') gets a chance to record a demo, albeit by a small-time hustler; soon a major record label and its aggressive top exec want her to sign a contract. The money would certainly help her family out of poverty, but would she be selling out her community?
Co-produced by Edward James Olmos, Michael D. Olmos, Mico Olmos & others; written & co-directed by Youssef Delara; co-directed by Michael D. Olmos; starring Gina Rodriguez {title role}, Jenni Rivera, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos
Indomina widescreen color Blu-ray [7/2013] for $15.99
Indomina widescreen color DVD [7/2013] for $12.33
full credits at IMDb

"Two Guns (2 Guns)" [Universal Pictures Aug 2013]  
poster for 2013 Two Guns / 2 Guns movie  Undercover D.E.A. agent Bobby Trench has partnered with undercover U.S. Navy Intelligence officer Michael Stigman, neither knowing that the other is a federal officer; they are set up to rob a bank just inside the southern U.S. border where a Mexican drug lord stashes cash on a regular basis. They find that all of the safe deposit boxes are filled with cash, to a total of 43 million dollars - the deposits are not savings of the drug lord, but his payments to the C.I.A., whose rogue local boss is very upset at the theft. Filmed in New Mexico, Texas, Georgia & Louisiana; directed by Baltasar Kormákur; screenplay by Blake Masters based on the manga/comic by Steven Grant; starring Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, James Marsden, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos, Robert John Burke, Fred Ward
Universal Studios widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD/digital combo [2013?] pre-order for $23.99
Universal Studios widescreen color DVD [2013?] pre-order for $19.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
2 Guns graphic novel by Steven Grant  
"2 Guns" graphic novel [2008]
Written by Steven Grant, Illustrated by Mateus Santolouco

BOOM! Studios Deluxe Edition 10x6½ pb [5/2013] for $15.44
BOOM! Studios 8¾x6 pb [5/2008] out of print/used

"Go For Sisters" [D Street/Variance Nov 2013]  
'Go For Sisters' 2013 movie  Two girls who grew up as friends took different paths in life: twenty years later, recovering addict Fontayne is assigned to parole officer Bernice; when Bernice's son goes missing on the Mexican border, she turns for help to her old friend; they enlist the help of a wily but nearly-blind ex-cop (Olmos) and plunge into the dim underbelly of Tijuana and its web of smugglers, human traffickers, and corrupt police.
Co-produced by & starring Edward James Olmos; written & directed by John Sayles; also starring LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross, Hector Elizondo, Isaiah Washington, Hilary Barraford, Mahershala Ali, Harold Perrineau, Michael Piznarski, Mary Portser, Don Harvey, Brent Jennings & Michael Laskin
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"Machete Kills" [2013?] /tt2002718/

"Monday Nights At Seven" [2014?] /tt3025198/


Other Works
letter from Federal prison in Puerto Rico [August 2001]


Works About Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos biography by Louis Carrillo  
"Edward James Olmos" [YA biography 1997]
by Louis Carrillo

Steck Vaughn 9½x6½ hardcover [3/97] out of print/used


Family & Friends

first wife Kaija Keel Olmos - married in 1971, divorced 1992 /nm1867803/
son 'Mico' Olmos [b. 1972]
son Bodie James Olmos [b. 1975] /nm0647453/

adopted son Michael Darnell Olmos [b. 1971] /nm0201524/
adopted son Brandon Olmos
adopted daughter Tamiko Olmos

second wife actress Lorraine Bracco Guerard Keitel Olmos /nm0000966/
married January 1994, separated 1997, divorced March 2002

third wife Lymari Nadal Olmos from Puerto Rico - married 2002 /nm1317082/


L i n k s
official Olmos Productions [est. 1980] website - based in Burbank, California
Edward James Olmos entry at Wikipedia
Edward James Olmos credits [since 1974] at Internet Movie Database
Edward James Olmos credits [1979] at Internet Broadway Database

browse Edward James Olmos {as actor} on DVD at Amazon
browse Edward James Olmos {as director} on DVD at Amazon
search for Edward James Olmos on VHS & DVD at Amazon

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Keppler speakers bureau Edward James Olmos page



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