Edward James Olmos stars as “Felipe Reyes.” The once strong Mexican patriarch, crushed by bullets and hard labor, struggles to keep his past buried and lead his sons down a lawful, righteous path.
Olmos has achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer and humanitarian in his career in entertainment spanning more than 30 years. The Academy Award®-nominated, Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-winning actor, is probably best known to young audiences for his work on the SyFy television series Battlestar Galactica as “Admiral William Adama.” Although the series kept the actor busy during its 73-episode run, it didn’t stop him from directing the HBO film Walkout in 2007, for which he earned a DGA Nomination in the “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television” category.
Originally a musician, Olmos branched out into acting, appearing in many small theatre productions until portraying the iconic “El Pachuco” in Zoot Suit. After the play moved to Broadway, Olmos earned a Tony® nomination for the role, which he reprised in the 1981 film adaptation.
Olmos went on to appear in the films Wolfen, Blade Runner, and The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez before starring in his biggest role to date, that of “Lieutenant Martin Castillo” in the iconic 1980s television series Miami Vice, opposite Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. During his time on the Michael Mann series, Olmos earned two Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations, resulting in a win for each. In 1988, the actor was nominated for an Academy Award® and won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver.He made his directorial debut on American Me in 1992.
Olmos’ passion for the arts grows every year, but he never forgets to give back to the communities that support him with their dedication and support. He is an international advocate, spokesman, and humanitarian working with organizations such as Thank You Ocean, Project Hope Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, The Boys & Girls Club of America, The River Keepers, Dr. Andros’ Diabetic Foot Global Conference, speaking up to 150 times a year in schools, universities, and corporations.
Other credits as an actor include the motion pictures My Family/Mi Familia; Selena, starring Jennifer Lopez, and In the Time of Butterflies, in which he played Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. On television, he enjoyed a recurring role as “U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roberto Mendoza” in the NBC drama The West Wing, portrayed a widowed father in the PBS drama American Family: Journey of Dreams, and recently directed the YouTube phenomena “The Short Film BP Doesn’t Want You To See,” featured on Larry King/CNN.