Edward James Olmos Age Height Weight Net Worth best and new movies tv shows

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos
Photo: Crosa from Nuernberg / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0

Birth Date

February 24, 1947


74 years old


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Salt and Pepper

Eye color



5 ft 9 in | 175 cm

Net Worth

$10 Million


80 kg | 176 lbs

Shoe size

Not available

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Edward James Olmos was born in East Los Angeles, California, United States, on February 24, 1947, is an American actor.

Young Edward James Olmos first started his career as a rock singer.

He was lead singer for a band "Pacific Ocean" and performed at various clubs in Los Angeles.

He began his acting career in television and Off-off-off Broadway plays.

He landed his first break as the mythical narrator El Pachuco in a play "Zoot Suit" (1978) at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

He was nominated for the Tony Award for best featured actor in a play in the Broadway production "Zoot Suit", at the Winter Garden Theater (1979).

He made his big screen debut in blaxploitation film Black Fist (1974) in uncredited role as Junkie in Bathroom.

He got his television debut in ABC detective series Cannon (1974) in episode "The Exchange", in role as Unnamed Character.

Edward's breakthrough performance came as Lt. Martin Castillo in NBC crime drama television series Miami Vice (1984–1990).

New Movies

Walking with Herb (2021) comedy in role as Joe Amable-Amo, with George Lopez and Kathleen Quinlan

Chasing Wonders (2020) drama opposite, Paz Vega and Jessica Marais

A Dog's Way Home (2019) family adventure in role as Axel, with Ashley Judd and Jonah Hauer-King

Windows on the World (2019) drama in role as Balthazar, with Ryan Guzman and René Auberjonois

The Devil Has a Name (2019) dark comedy in role as Santiago, opposite David Strathairn, Alfred Molina and Kate Bosworth

Best Movies

He was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Jaime Escalante in drama film Stand and Deliver (1998).

He won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film for his role as Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. in biographical musical drama movie Selena (1997).

Blade Runner (1982) science fiction opposite Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) science fiction in role as Gaff (Cameo)

12 Angry Men (1997) drama with Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott and Hume Cronyn

Wolfen (1981) crime horror opposite Albert Finney, Diane Venora and Gregory Hines

American Me (1992) crime drama with William Forsythe and Danny De La Paz

Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007) and Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009) science fiction in role as William Adama

Triumph of the Spirit (1989) biographical drama opposite Willem Dafoe, Robert Loggia and Wendy Gazelle

Virus (1980) post-apocalyptic science fiction with Olivia Hussey, George Kennedy and Glenn Ford

Zoot Suit (1981) musical drama opposite Daniel Valdez, Charles Aidman and Tyne Daly

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998) thriller crime with Vincent D'Onofrio and Donnie Wahlberg

Caught (1996) thriller opposite Arie Verveen, María Conchita Alonso and Bitty Schram

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) Western with James Gammon, Tom Bower and Bruce McGill

In the Time of the Butterflies (2001) drama thriller opposite Salma Hayek and Marc Anthony

The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1996) biographical drama with Andy Garcia and Esai Morales

Talent for the Game (1991) sport drama opposite Lorraine Bracco, Terry Kinney and Jamey Sheridan

Hollywood Confidential (1997) drama thriller with Charlize Theron and Evelina Fernandez

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) comedy opposite Joe Mantegna and Esai Morales

Splinter (2006) thriller action with Tom Sizemore and Noel Gugliemi

Filly Brown (2012) drama opposite Gina Rodriguez, Jenni Rivera and Lou Diamond Phillips

TV Shows

He won the Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Lt. Martin Castillo in NBC crime drama television series Miami Vice (1984–1990).

He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Wilson Pinheiro in television drama movie The Burning Season (1994).

He won the Saturn Award for Best Actor and three ALMA Awards for Outstanding Actor for his performance came as William Adama in military science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009).

He was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television for his performance as Professor Gellar in Showtime crime drama mystery series Dexter (2011).

Hill Street Blues (1982) NBC police drama series in role as Joe Bustamonte

The Fortunate Pilgrim (1998) drama miniseries in role as Frank Corbo

American Family (2002-2004) PBS drama series in role as Jess Gonzalez

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015) ABC television series in role as Robert Gonzales

Narcos (2017) Netflix crime drama series in role as Chucho Peña

Mayans M.C. (2018- ) FX crime drama series in role as Felipe Reyes

He voiced King Pescoro in Disney Channel animated adventure series Elena of Avalor (2018-2019).


Graduated from Montebello High School in Montebello, CA (1964).

Graduated from California State University-Los Angeles.

Has Mexican descent.

Featured in music video for Toto "I Will Remember" (1995).

He voiced Chicharrón in animated fantasy film Coco (2017) and Chief Tannabok in animated adventure musical comedy movie The Road to El Dorado (2000).

He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from California State University, Fresno in 1996.

He co-founded the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and non-profit organization "Latino Literacy Now" in 1997.

He voiced Gaff in tech-noir cyberpunk anime short film Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (2017) and Gayo "El Jefe" in animated family movie Americano (2016).

Supporter of SENS Research Foundation.

He founded "Latino Public Broadcasting" (1998) and serves as its chairman.

He has four adopted children: Daniela, Michael, Brandon and Tamiko.


He was married to:

Kaija Keel (1971-1992) they have two children, Bodie and Mico

Lorraine Bracco (1994-2002)

Lymari Nadal (2002-2013)

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. More info. Accept