Edward James Olmos Poster

Trivia (18)

Drove a red Porsche Turbo, which he bought in Miami at a sale of articles confiscated in drug busts. He remarked, "He [the car's owner] got 30 years. I got the car!". Soon afterwards the Porsche was stolen.

On 8/10/01 he was sentenced to 20 days in jail for trespassing in April 2000 on US Navy land on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. He and others were protesting the use of the island as a bombing test ground. President George W. Bush promised to end the testing in 2003.

Was considered for the part of Klingon Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), but lost the role to Christopher Lloyd because Lloyd was taller.

Father, with Kaija Keel, of Mico Olmos and Bodie Olmos.

Gained 20 pounds and thinned his hair to prepare for the role of Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver (1988).

Former son-in-law of Howard Keel.

Says that he is of Aztec and Spanish ancestry. His father was a Mexican immigrant and his mother was American-born of Mexican descent.

Turned down a regular role on Hill Street Blues (1981) (after several guest appearances) as well as major roles in Scarface (1983) and Firestarter (1984).

Declined an offer from director Michael Mann to reprise the role of Lt. Martin Castillo in the movie version of Miami Vice (2006). He was the only cast member from the original Miami Vice (1984) series who was approached to appear in the rebooted movie version of the series.

Ex-stepfather of Margaux Guerard and Stella Keitel.

Graduated from Montebello High School in Montebello, CA.

Was auctioned off for charity (lunch at the famed Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills) and "purchased" by Vicki Roberts.

Agreed to the role of William Adama on the Battlestar Galactica (2004) remake only on the condition that the stories reflect as much realism and credibility as possible.

Graduated from California State University-Los Angeles .

Was offered the role of Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). He would have been contractually obligated to work exclusively on the series, and not do any other projects while under contract. He wanted the flexibility to be able to work on multiple projects, and declined the role on that basis. Patrick Stewart was eventually cast.

On March 3, 2008, he and Robert M. Young visited Madrid (Spain) to attend a show about their career. [March 2008]

Narrarates the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT (Walt Disney World) during the Christmas seasons. [December 2002]

He went to the United Nations with Mary McDonnell. to raise the profile of humanitarian concerns.