Who's Who

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos


Born of an immigrant father and a Mexican-American mother, Edward James Olmos grew up in East L.A. Baseball became his first love when he learned the game from neighborhood friends. The sport eventually led him to the Dodger farm system, even catching for Sandy Koufax. But at the age of 15, he had left baseball behind to play in a rock and roll band. In 1975, Olmos decided to try his hand at acting and won a role in the movie Aloha, Bobbie and Rose. From there, Olmos' career took off, earning a Tony nomination in 1978 for the play Zoot Suit and an Academy Award Nomination for his starring role in Stand and Deliver.

After almost a quarter-century, Olmos has won several Emmy's and Golden Globes, and extended his talents to directing and producing. He has become a activist and a voice in the Latino community, making visits to reservations, detention centers, and schools to gives speeches stressing the importance of education, telling kids, "If I can do it, so can you."

Olmos stars on the series Battlestar Galactica as Admiral William Adama.