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EDWARD JAMES OLMOS: Actor and Activist
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Have you ever wondered about EJO's early years? Did you know he was into rock 'n roll before  becoming an actor? Written by his life-long friend, Steve "Rusty" Johnson, Walk, Don't Run is the true story of those days and how three "underdogs" went from music to movies.
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“This important collection of photographs reveals people who are diverse in culture, color, ideas and dreams, who share a common desire to make life better for themselves, their families, their neighbors, and their nation."  -  EJO
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EJO, Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas (L) in
"Miami Vice" and as Lieutenant Martin Castillo (R).
This man lives in a state of perpetual motion. Acting, producing, and too many community activist projects to mention keep Mr. Olmos one of the busiest men on the planet. He likes it that way. Considered by many to be the voice of Latin America in Hollywood and around the country, he uses his own voice to express the concerns and needs of those no one else hears. It's hard to remember a time when he was not front and center in American culture.
 
1984 was a banner year for him.  Although he had already made many movies including Blade Runner with Harrison Ford and Wolfen with Albert Finney, as well as appearing on television shows such as "Kojak," "Hawaii Five-O,"     "Starsky and Hutch," and "Hill Street Blues," it wasn't until he accepted the role of Lieutenant Martin Castillo on the ultra cool  "Miami Vice" that he was catapulted into America's consciousness. Once he was thrust center stage, Edward James Olmos decided to use his voice for many causes beyond his own career.

Born of an immigrant father and a Mexican-American mother, he grew up in East L.A. Baseball was his first love, but by the time he was fifteen, he had his own rock and roll band, The Pacific Ocean.  In 1975 Eddie decided to try his hand at acting and won a role in the movie aloha, bobbie and rose.  Credited as Eddie Olmos with a character name of Chicano One, it was the first step in what was to become a remarkable career.
A few years before "Miami Vice" came along, Edward appeared as El Pachuco in Luis Valdez's play Zoot Suit for which he earned a Tony Award nomination. He portrayed El Pachuco a second time for the movie version.
Zoot Suit is now available on DVD.
The Tony Award nomination was one of the first honors to come his way. He won several awards including an Emmy for his work on    "Miami Vice." He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1987 appearance as Jaime Escalante in the critically acclaimed movie, Stand and Deliver. The only major award missing is a Grammy, and Edward says with a grin, "I never could sing."
In 1982 Edward starred in the Robert Young film, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. It was the second time these two men joined their efforts. The movie is based on the true story of a man accused of a murder he did not commit. Gregorio Cortez was accused and convicted based on a translator's error in Spanish. Edward speaks no English in the film. He wanted the viewer to fully understand the situation in which Cortez found himself.
Edward James Olmos as Gregorio Cortez in the movie The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.
A man with great social awareness, Edward James Olmos has become extremely active in many causes. He visits reservations, prisons, high schools, and colleges giving motivational speeches. For his efforts after the 1992 L.A. riot, he was awarded the John Anson Ford Award by the Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations. The NAACP has honored him for his leadership towards racial unity.
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Edward James Olmos in a mid-70s publicity shot (R) and in a more recent photo (top right).
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After the LA riots, Edward lead a clean-up effort.
Edward as Judge Mendoza on the NBC series "The West Wing."
Because he frequently portrays serious, dramatic characters, people often think Edward James Olmos is somber or even grim. The truth is exactly the opposite. He is funny, open, warm, and friendly. "Because of where I was from and what happened to me," he explains, "I had the choice of either being happy or sad. And I chose to be happy."
Thanks for visiting Edward James Olmos' official web site. While I do not work for Edward or Olmos Productions, I do have an association with them and am always glad to forward email, provide information, or help in any way I can.  
MaryAnn T. Beverly
One of the most influential and powerful actors/producers in Hollywood, many consider him the voice of the Latino community. It is a responsibility Edward takes very seriously and has a strong impact on the roles he chooses to portray.
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